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BALI & BEYOND OCTOBER 2010 VOLUME 12 NO. 125
SPARKLING JEWEL FROM KALIMANTAN ENJOY CANOE RIDES ALONG THE LARGEST RIVER IN SOUTH KALIMANTAN; DISCOVER AND ADMIRE TRADITIONALLY MINED AND CUT DIAMONDS OF BANJARMASIN
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All Over October ‘Om Swastiastu...’ Welcome to the island, to the archipelago, and to our October 2010 edition of Bali & Beyond magazine. Our editorial department has been quite busy, preparing for the items through to the year end and such. Plotting out plans as well as gathering all the brainstorming notes for the year ahead. Yes, we’re all trying to get ahead, even though it’s still October. But that’s just it, same as when you go to the supermarket and see some of the stands already putting out Christmas promotions and offers months ahead. From within the hospitality industry, many of the hotels are busy already booking dancers and artists to highlight their year end agendas, otherwise they’d run out of all the entertainment people to help add color and sparks to their celebrations. So comes the second wave of the high season, with visitors flocking the island for the celebrative season. To some, it’s far too early to talk about it. But it’s interesting to ask, “Where will you be?” Towards the more present time, as we were preparing this edition we called up our Jakarta-based contributor. As we laid out the plots for our articles, we had our Capital Corner plotted with one of their article and photo proposals. So here it is, check out Josua Alessandro’s and Patricia Ivana’s piece with a gothic angle that made us fix it for this edition’s Capital Corner. A gothic piece with nice pics for a gothic month, we first thought. Happy Halloweening then! For Craft & Culture, we were thinking that it would be interesting to feature a bit of the island’s deep rooted mysticism of black magic and witchcraft for this Halloween month. But it required more time to research than we expected. Next year perhaps. Some sort of Balinese X-Files feature on the spiritual side perhaps?
But instead, we present through this month’s Craft & Culture the auspicious aspects coinciding with the Balinese calendar system’s count of lunar cycles of the 12 Purnamas. Among the total, one that is considered the most important - the fourth - usually comes around this month of October.
Fadil Aziz takes us along the largest river of South Kalimantan this month, and here he shares with us the area’s traditionally mined and cut diamonds.
At this time the moon is positioned directly above the equator, a time usually signifying the end of the dry season and the beginning of the rainy season. Religious Hindu leaders say that this is the best time for prayers. So no wonder many temples hold their piodalan temple anniversaries this month. Perhaps you would like to witness the unique ‘dumpling wars’, or several other highlights that are held this special month at one of these temples? Through Invite & Indulge we invite you to experience a stay at a hotel in the southern part of idyllic Sanur.
Josua Alessandro provides us with the haunting black and white photography of the Museum Taman Prasasti in Jakarta this month.
In Profile & Portrait we gathered the three key chefs of the exciting W Retreat & Spa Bali together, and over a cold beer, got them to share their personal stories amidst their hectic preparations for the retreat’s December 15 opening. Pondering Point looks at the island’s turtle conservation scene and Action & Attractions reminds you of the annual Nusa Dua Fiesta that will take place again this month.
Murdani Usman is a freelance photojournalist and correspondent for various news agencies in Indonesia. View his shots at www.indobalifoto.com
In Beyond Bali, enjoy a canoe ride through the rivers of Kalimantan and discover the diamonds that the island produces. Meet up with the diggers and a diamond cutter, who showed our contributor some tricks of the rare craft. Enjoy your time on the island and across the archipelago! ‘Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om…’ The Team
Patricia Ivana loves writing, which also finances her travels. She loves the beach and wishes to go to all the beautiful beaches in the world.
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THE SUN... THE SAND... THE SURF... THE CULTURE OF PARADISE AND OVER 18,000 SURROUNDING ISLANDS
October 2010 Volume 12 No. 125
20 CRAFT&CULTURE SACRED SPRING
Religious Hindu leaders say that this is the best time for prayers. No wonder many temples hold their temple anniversaries this month.
PROFILE&PORTRAIT Meet the three key chefs at the exciting W Retreat Bali, as they share personal stories amidst preparatins for the new retreat’s midDecember opening.
56 BEYONDUPDATES News updates from the tourism industry and what’s new beyond Bali.
SANUR... THE SOUTHERN END
60 COMMUNITYCALENDAR Schedules, calendar highlights and various happenings of interest, from art exhibitions to special events.
Mercure Resort Sanur is located at the southern end of the Sanur area, specifically on Sanur’s idyllic Mertasari Beach.
PHOTO COURTESY MERCURE RESORT SANUR
36 36 PONDERINGPOINT CHELONIAN CONSERVATION
+ 12 NEW&NEWS This month’s select news updates from the island’s tourism industry and what’s new around the island.
PHOTO COURTESY NUSA DUA RETREAT
THE WHATEVER, WHENEVER CHEFS
Cover Subtle Interiors Photo courtesy Mercure Resort Sanur
Turtles are not only an issue for Bali and Indonesia, but for the whole globe. Many people think of the Balinese as turtle slayers, while in fact turtles have in the past been a favored commodity among many world communities.
64 SEE&SEEN Snapshots of events and happenings within the preceding month. 70 BALIMAPS Map of Bali showing specific tourism areas and places of interest, as well as a distance scale between the island’s main destinations. 73 CLASSIFIEDCOLUMNS Listings and product descriptions from various clientele. 74 INFOINDEX Useful directory of companies and island-based businesses.
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CAPITALCORNER SILENT WITNESS OF THE PAST
Step inside the Taman Prasasti Museum and notice how serene the place is, despite being located in the middle of Tanah Abang, an area that is notoriously busy and messy in Jakarta. BALI&BEYOND
ACTION&ATTRACTION COLORS IN THE ENCLAVE Nusa Dua Fiesta is back again this year. This time with at least two new highlights on the agenda.
44 BEYONDBALI SPARKLING JEWEL FROM KALIMANTAN Enjoy a canoe ride along the largest river in South Kalimantan, and discover the diamonds that the island produces. Meet up with the diggers and a diamond cutter.
PHOTO COURTESY BTDC
PHOTO BY JOSUA ALESSANDRO
October 2010 Volume 12 No. 125
CONCEPT OF NATURE Gaya Villas introduces its new nature concept villas. Gaya luxury bungalows, originally built as bungalows for their artists, integrate art with luxurious living on the banks of a river between the gallery and a jungle gorge. The Italian-Balinese fusion architecture includes marble floors and thatch “alang alang” roofs, two shared living areas and a swimming pool with sun-lounge. There are three bungalows, each uniquely named Batu, Kayu, and Air. Meanwhile, the new private villas; Papirus, Jepun and Bambu, reference elements of Chinese, Italian and Balinese decor. Gaya Day Spa, below the pool, overlooking the gorge, offers Balinese, European, aromatherapy massage, acupressure, reflexology and shiatsu. Gaya Villas, Jalan Raya Sayan, Ubud, (0361) 979-252 www.gayafusion.com
TRANSFORMATION... The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali celebrated the initial success of its multi-million dollar transformation project by welcoming the first guests to experience a selection of newly renovated rooms. Mr Hsu and family from Taiwan and Ms. Mattia from USA were personally greeted upon arrival by Hotel Manager, Dario Orsini and Director of Sales and Marketing, Jason Leung together with a team of resort associates. Part of the welcome included some extra special treats such as an opportunity to sample Westin’s new bath menu that is exclusive to the renovated rooms. “This first stage of refurbishment has been completed on time and we are extremely happy with the way the new guestroom facilities have turned out. The new guestrooms will provide a residential feel with lots of life style touches which will make the guest experience renewal of mind, body and spirit.” commented Bipan Kapur, General Manager of The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali. This 10 million dollar refurbishment project is expected to be complete by May 2011. For further information and updates on The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali transformation progress visit: www.westinbalitransformation.com 12
LUXURY SET APART The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Bali will unveil their new luxury private pool villas in early 2011. The ten new luxurious private pool villas will each offer a unique tropical residence set apart from the crowd, located in the exclusive tourist complex of Bali’s Nusa Dua. The new Laguna Pool Villas will form an extension of The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort, Nusa Dua, Bali’s current 271 rooms and suites. Eight elegant 250 square meter one-bedroom Villas and two luxurious 452 square meter two-bedroom Villas are pitched to offer an exceptional range of amenities. The individual lap pools found in both one-bedroom (48 square meters) and two bedroom villas (60 square meter) are complimented by a private bale (gazebo) with lounge chairs to relax by the pool, and outdoor private massage area with two dedicated massage beds. The Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali (0361) 771-327; www.starwoodhotels.com
TEES AT THREE New Kuta Golf celebrates its third anniversary with a series of golf tournaments, lavish prizes and special offers to its new members. Opened in December 2008, New Kuta Golf quickly earned a place among Bali’s list of prestigious golf courses, popular as a venue for many tournaments held at both local and International levels. It also hosted last year’s Indonesian Open in February as well as the Ladies Indonesian Open March this year.In its third year of operations, the course celebrated with another weekend of golf tournaments on October 2-3, 2010, targeting 400 participants, open to locals and visitors alike. Play began on October 2 with a tee-off by Suprapto Pegeng, Director of Operations at Golf Link Resort - New Kuta Golf accompanied by management and staff. The following day featured a gala dinner on the driving range. Golflink-Resorts – New Kuta Golf (0361) 848-1333; www.newkutagolf.com
HIGH FOR A RETREAT The Nusa Dua Retreat opens as the island’s newest luxury boutique villa resort early this month. The new property was in its project phase referred to as the Aston Nusa Dua Retreat but will now open as the Nusa Dua Retreat without the Aston branding. The new hotel is one of the Aston groups’ highly individualized luxury properties following the intention of creating a platform that allows the group to showcase and highlight individual hotels. Other high end resorts managed by Aston such as The Taum Seminyak and a luxury villa resort in Langkawi are currently in an early stage of development and will soon complement the Aston groups growing portfolio of highly individualized and small to midsized luxury hotels. www.aston-international.com
SET SAIL! The Board of the Fremantle Sailing Club recently confirmed the appointment of the 2011 Fremantle to Bali International Yacht Race Committee. A staggered start format is planned, with the Cruising Fleet starting on April 16, 2011 and the Racing Fleet a week later on April 23, 2011. The Cruising Fleet will sail to a Rally format, with a number of stops along the Australian coast before grouping for the open ocean crossing to Bali. The Racing Fleet will sail directly from Fremantle to Bali – although stops are permitted without any penalty. For further information, email: email@example.com Fremantle Sailing Club, www.fsc.com.au
UP ROUTED Qatar Airways plans to launch six new routes in Europe and Asia starting this month. The airline will phase in the route expansion over a four-month period with daily flights to Phuket – after Bangkok on October 11. The new flights will operate via Kuala Lumpur. Beginning November 1, it adds the Vietnamese capital Hanoi to its network with four flights a week via Bangkok. November 24 marks the launch of the European expansion drive with thrice-weekly flights to the French Mediterranean city of Nice. The New Year sees entry into eastern Europe with the launch of four flights a week to the Romanian capital of Bucharest, starting January 17. And with five flights a week from January 31, the Belgian capital of Brussels. It also flies to Singapore frm Denpasar in the new B777 aircraft with tickets starting from US$168. Qatar Airways, Discovery Kartika Plaza, (0361) 752-222 16
BRIGHTER ON THE BEACH South Bali’s Badung Lifeguard Department took a break to receive brand new uniforms, hats, and sunglasses courtesy of Quiksilver SEA and Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia (CCAI). Receiving the goods on behalf of the 160 man strong Badung Life Department was Coordinator Made Suparka. The Badung Lifeguard Department is made of up 7 posts; Kuta, Canggu, Dreamland, Padang-Padang, Uluwatu, Club Med (Nusa Dua), and Nusa Dua, all of whom were represented at the presentation where they received 320 long-sleeved shirts, 320 short-sleeved shirts, 320 rashguard shirts, 320 hats, 640 pairs of boardshorts, 320 pairs of sunglasses, and 160 swimming trunks as part of the lifeguard support program that was initiated last year by Quiksilver and Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia. Quiksilver Indonesia, (0361) 751-214
SEPTEMBER SOARS Wings Air and Lion Air began operating new routes to Bali, Nusa Tenggara and Kalimantan in September. Wings Air would commence flights between Semarang (Central Java) and Denpasar, Denpasar and Tambolaka (West Sumba), Denpasar and Mataram (Lombok), Denpasar and Bima (Sumbawa), while Lion Air flies between Surabaya and Palangkaraya (Kalimantan). The new Wings Air routes will be flown by ATR72-500 aircraft with 72 seats. Lion Air’s flights to Palangkaraya are serviced by a Boeing 737-400. The Semarang to Denpasar and Denpasar to Mataram flights fly twice daily. Lion Air, Denpasar office, (0361) 765-183 www.lionair.co.id 18
ASIAN BUFFET Ayana Resort & Spa’s Padi Restaurant offers a true pan-Asian experience through its Asian Spice Buffet dinner held every Tuesday from 6 p.m. The special menu consists of a delectable range of appetizers, salads, soups, sushi and tempura station, hot ‘action’ station, carving station and desserts. Padi’s team of native Indonesian, Thai and Indian chefs work alongside to bring guests their favorite dishes from their respectable homelands, including China and Japan. Asian Spice Buffet is Rp 420,000++ per person. Ayana Resort and Spa Bali (0361) 702-222 www.ayanaresort.com
SACRED SPRING Of the 12 full moons or ‘Purnamas’, there is one that is considered the most important - the fourth - usually coinciding with the month of October. 20
PHOTOS BY WIDNYANA SUDIBYA
he full moon, or referred
vegetation and soil, waking it as if from a
to locally as ‘Purnama’,
deep sleep due to the natural heat.
is when the moon shines
green, and people ‘rediscover’ their fresh
and when the night is at
moods. Many poets brought forth their great
its brightest. Such beauty
literary works around this month. For the
a full moon displays that there is a local
general public, it is a time to worship with
proverb that expresses the “beauty of one
joy; a month full of blessings and sanctity.
resembling a full moon”.
Balinese people regard this as their spring
Traditional societies take advantage of the nights of the full moon as a time to gather and play in open spaces. For the Balinese, a moonlit night is a sacred night
Several noted temples that hold their ceremonies on the fourth full moon are Pura Lempuyang Madya and Pura Penataran Agung Besakih pictured above in Karangasem, Pura Pulaki in Buleleng, Pura Pucak Mangu in Badung, and Pura Tirta Empul in Tampaksiring. pictured above right is Barong Brutuk from the village of Trunyan in the Bangli regency.
Flowers start blooming, leaves turn
its roundest and fullest,
time. The seasonal transition from dry to wet is greeted with the fragrance of flowers. Religious Hindu leaders say that this is the best time for prayers. So no wonder
for prayers. Bali recognizes a 12-month
many temples hold their piodalan temple
calendar system just like the Gregorian
anniversaries this month. Several noted
calendar, with each month starting from
temples that hold their ceremonies on
a day following a Tilem or new moon and
the fourth full moon are Pura Lempuyang
mid-month is always a full moon.
Madya and Pura Penataran Agung Besakih
Of the 12 Purnamas, there is one
in Karangasem, Pura Pulaki in Buleleng,
that is considered the most important
Pura Pucak Mangu in Badung, and Pura
- the fourth - usually coinciding with the
Tirta Empul in Tampaksiring.
month of October. At this time the moon
In addition, several unique traditions
is positioned directly above the equator.
occur on this sacred day. One interesting
At this time it is the end of the dry season
event is this ‘small battle’ in the village of
and the beginning of the rainy season. It is
Kapal in Mengwi district of the Badung
usually marked by drizzle dampening the
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Another ‘war’ takes place at the Panti Timbrah temple of the village of Paksa Bali in Klungkung, namely the Perang Jempana. dumplings as ‘ammunition’. In the local
of yoni or ‘female’, while the bantal
tongue, the event is referred to as the Aci
represents the male counterpart, phallus
Rah Pengangon or the Aci Rare Angon
or lingga. When the two meet, they will
produce offspring. This terminology of fertility is very closely embedded in the agricultural community
village youths standing facing each other.
life like in the village of Kapal. This tradition
They are armed with these dumplings that
apparently has an historical background
they ‘throw’ at the opposite group. There
dating back to the 14th century.
is nothing to lose and win in this ‘war’,
Once upon a time Asta Sura Ratna
because the aim is not actually to throw at
Bhumi Banten, a Bali King, sent forth the
the other group but to smash the tipat and
patih or minister Ki Kebo Iwa to restore the
bantal cakes in midair.
Khayangan Purusada temple in the village
Tipat is rice boiled in coconut leaf-
of Kapal. But there Kebo Iwa witnessed
woven rhomboid packets. This is one
the misery of the people due to a famine
processed form of rice with a dense
that swept the region. He then submitted
but soft texture. While the bantal or
to yogic meditation to seek a solution.
‘pillow’ dumpling are elliptical and made
In his deep meditation he received
of glutinous rice, grated coconut, and
orders to conduct the ceremony Aci Rah
sometimes filled with banana or red beans.
Pengangon or Aci Rare Angon by means
They are very easy to find and widely sold
of offering tipat and bantal as symbols of
at traditional markets.
Purusa and Predhana (male and female).
The compressed rhomboid form of the tipat is identified with the Hindu symbol
It turns out that the cause of famine was the absence of ‘lifesource’. Finally after the
PHOTOS BY I.B. NGURAH PRIMARTA
This war takes place in front of the Pura Desa or village temple, with the
execution of the Aci Rah Pengangon in the village of Kapal, the village again restored its peace and prosperity. At a glance the village looks like an industrial village. Community income is relatively high with the largest contributor being the manufacturer of pelinggih or temple structures, garden pavings, and bricks. But if you look deeper into the village outback, you will find rows of rice paddies, so agrarian based traditions are still maintained up to the present. Another ‘war’ also takes place at the Pura Panti Timbrah in the village of Paksa Bali in the regency of Klungkung, namely 22
the Perang Jempana. Jempana is the
other. The proceedings are accompanied by
small sedan that is sanctified because
a lively gamelan troupe that raises the spirits.
it symbolizes the gods worshiped in the
It only halts when holy water is sprinkled at
‘fourth month’ is the Barong Brutuk in the
temples. For the ceremony, the Jempana
last and the Jempanas are put back in their
village of Trunyan in the Bangli regency.
is usually decorated with golden paper
Barong Brutuk is different from the
and flowers. The ceremony begins with the
This tradition is similar to the ‘Meamian-
shifting to the warm summer. Another tradition that takes place in the
barongs generally known in Bali because
amianan’ that takes place in the village
the costume is made up of dry banana
Jempanas paraded toward the Pura Taman
of Asak in Karangasem. The difference is
leaves. During the celebration the Barong
Temple and its bearers bathing in the river
in the time of its occurrence. Meamian-
Brutuk dancers wear the brutuk mask that
afterwards to purify themselves before the
amianan takes place in the sasih kedasa
is kept at the Pancering Jagad temple.
start of the battle. After that they return
or Tenth Moon, which usually happens
to the Pura Panti Timbrah temple and are
around April. According to the Hindu
remnant of the pre-Hindu era. Trails of the
greeted with dances and a set of offerings.
community in Bali the sasih kedasa is also
pre-Hindu ways can also be seen from
a good month, bearing in mind that it is the
the way they lay down the bodies of the
end of the cold and windy rainy season,
deceased on the ground rather than burning
The ‘battle’ lasts until late afternoon. The shirtless Jempana-bearing men chase each
This tradition is believed to be a living
The ‘small battle’ in the village of Kapal in Mengwi, utilizes tipat and bantal rice dumplings as ‘ammunition’. This fun battle takes place in front of the Pura Desa or village temple, with enthusiastic village youths participating in the lively ‘uprisings’.
them in a funeral pyre. These traditions are
high perched mountain temple. Despite
the ‘fourth month’, nature seems to
just a glimpse of the few traditions that occur
rugged road conditions, be it dusty or
‘accompany’ such devotion. The right
in Bali during the so-called ‘fourth month’.
muddy, they’re still ardent at running on
atmosphere will help us achieve the
But whatever the taken form the goal is
with the offerings - at times holding a small
one, that of worship and sacrifice. Societies
child along the way or guiding along an
worship deities for their blessings, and
elder with one hand.
The Balinese not only believe this ‘fourth month’ is a good day for worship,
communities in turn are willing to sacrifice to
Sacrifice is the core of every offering.
please the gods and deities through various
Sacrifice is also a proof form of love and
things. Traders start their businesses in this
vibrant rituals and communal activities.
devotion. This process is carried out while
month and many young couples choose
reflecting on life and one’s self, which can
to marry around this month because it is
also translate into a form of meditation.
considered to bring them good fortune. ■
Do not be surprised if the members of a Hindu community in Bali has walked the long and uphill road to reach the Pura Luhur Lempuyang temple, or any other 24
Sincere service never looks at time, let alone the act of devotion. But throughout
but also as the best day to start a lot of
Text and photos by Ni Luh Dian Purniawati
SANUR... ON THE SOUTHERN END Mercure Resort Sanur is located at the southern end of Sanur, specifically on Mertasari Beach, with189 guest rooms arranged with traditional architectural elements.
ali’s beaches are
inscription dated year 10 CE is neatly kept
among the main tourism
at the Pura Blanjong temple located at the
highlights of the island,
southern end of Sanur. A heritage museum
each with its own appeal
of a Belgian painter also stands in Sanur.
and uniqueness. Single
The painter, Le Mayeur, who was born in
1932, fell in love and settled on the island
A nice sloping stretch with white sand
and calm waves make the beaches of
until his death in 1958. This area has a long history. When
Sanur a fitting choice as a place to relax.
Ubud became somewhat legendary
During the holiday season Sanur’s strip
with its arts and culture at the dawn of
becomes a favorite destination for foreign,
the 20th century, the village of Sanur
domestic and local tourists alike.
established an image of where Bali’s
Sanur also boasts enduring tales and
first marine tourism village was born. No
silent witnesses that linger on until now. An
wonder that when it comes to Bali, Sanur
The existence of Mekar Bhuana cannot be separated from its founder, Vaughan Hatch. His love of the Semar Pegulingan brought him to the island and led to him eventually establishing this institution.
became the government’s choice for the
used to traditionally store harvests by
construction of the first five-star hotel, and
agrarian Balinese households.
an international chain hotel followed suit placing their first property there. When other areas in Bali opened to
These rooms are surrounded by 5 hectares of shady tropical gardens. Upon entering the resort grounds a subtle, cool
tourism, Sanur’s appeal didn’t fade a bit.
and fresh atmosphere envelopes you,
Although at a glance it seems a somewhat
especially with the feature of a miniature
deserted if not placid place, Sanur is still
but real rice terrace in the gardens. And
a favorite destination. No wonder more
when harvest season arrives, the rice
and more restaurants, cafes, spas, villas
stalks in this small rice field turn bright
and hotels have popped up there. One
yellow, very pleasing to the eye.
among the highlighted properties is the
After passing through the lobby and the
Mercure Resort Sanur, a property owned
beautiful yard, visitors will be escorted into
by the Accor group, a French multinational
the room. Each room has a private balcony
or terrace where they can sit back while
The Mercure Resort Sanur is located at the southern end of the Sanur area,
enjoying the green scenery. The Superior rooms are usually located
specifically on Sanur’s Mertasari Beach.
on the ground floor or second floor. The
This resort has 189 guest rooms all
32-square meter room looks quite cozy
arranged with traditional architectural
with all its amenities. Ideally this is the
elements. One cottage consists of three
room for singles or couples.
floors, with a typical Balinese alang-alang roof that easily reminds us of the rice barns
But if more space is a necessity, then guests can opt for the deluxe room of a BALI&BEYOND
spacious 42 square meters. Sofa beds are
The Kids Club at the Mercure Sanur is
provided so guests do not need to spend
open from 8 am to 5 pm. Children between
extra for extra beds.
3 and 12 years of age are welcome to
A special option at the Mercure Sanur
Sanur is a small and quiet village but still is it sexy. For those who are bored of the hubbub and crowds of other places, Sanur still is the perfect area to relax. And the Mercure Sanur delivers.
visit and join in the programs provided.
is the three spacious family rooms with
But if they require a more personal level
an 84-square meter space. The room can
of supervision, the hotel also provides
certainly accommodate parents and their
babysitting services with special rates.
children. Children are not only provided a special bed but also a separate bathroom. The Mercure Sanur, like other accommodations in the Sanur area, is more favored by honeymooning couples
The Club is located quite strategically in front of the Sahadewa pool, so parents who are swimming or enjoying a drink at the bar can occasionally peek into the Kids Club. They can swim in the pool, play tennis,
and retirees. Young children prefer the
or be pampered at the spa. One favorite
frenetic Kuta, and Seminyak business
activity in Sanur is jogging or cycling on the
execs may prefer the close access to
dedicated coastline track that runs along
shopping. But for family travelers it is more
Sanur Beach. This is best performed in
flexible, they can opt for anywhere.
the morning at sunrise, where it is surely
One thing that is surely needed by family travelers is the Kids Cub. This is a
refreshing and spectacular at the same time. However, when activities inside the hotel
very important venue to accommodate
get overwhelming, guests can choose a
the needs of children, be it in games or
few other activities outside the hotel. Water
educational activities. Parents also benefit
sports and diving centers for example are
because they can carry on with their
prevalent in Sanur, especially around the
activities without any juvenile interference.
Mertasari part of Sanur. In the afternoons
at low tide, the locals usually flock to the beach with plenty of simple canoes in the water. It has become somewhat of a common rule that “in order to go try out canoes in Bali, you should do it in Sanur”. To visit other locations in Sanur, besides going by taxi, guests can take advantage of the Mercure shuttle buses. These shuttle buses provide free lifts to the shopping places around Sanur. But note that the shuttle services can only be used from 9 am to 9 pm. Speaking of pampering, guests can get it all at the Mercure Sanur’s “My Spa.” Visitors can choose open-air breezes or have treatments in their room. There are several treatments that can be selected, such as the traditional massage, foot reflexology, shoulder massage, and aromatherapy massage. In addition to the Spa, there is also a hair salon for treatments from hair blow-drying to manicures and pedicures, and both traditional and aromatherapy facials. BALI&BEYOND
After enjoying the activities and pampering, it is time to enjoy indulge the taste buds. Mercure has a restaurant on the edge of the Nakula pool, and this restaurant that faces the beach is named the Pandawa Restaurant. The Pandawas are the five brothers in the Mahabharata epic. Look up and you will see carvings of the five faces above the main pillar of the restaurant. This restaurant is open for buffet breakfast, a la carte lunches and dinners.
For simple sips and to just relax,
They also provide variations of Asian and
the Mercure Sanur provides two venue
still is it sexy. For those who are bored of
Western cuisine. For dinner they now
selections. The Breeze Bar is located on
the hubbub and crowds of other places,
provide several daily thematic buffets
the beach and the De Lounge is right
Sanur still is the perfect area to relax. And
such as Italian, Spanish, International, and
under the lobby. As its name suggests,
the Mercure Sanur delivers. â–
guests can enjoy the open breeze
Text by Ni Luh Dian Purniawati
There is also a thematic buffet dinner
while sipping away at The Breeze Bar.
that takes place in different spots of the
Meanwhile at De Lounge, guests who
resort, such as barbecues in the beach
have checked out and are waiting for their
garden and a Balinese buffet dinner at
departure flights will find a place to relax
the Rama Sinta Stage. If hunger hits you
before they say goodbye. Here a 42-inch
Jl. Mertasari, Sanur
after hours, no need to worry as a 24-hour
LCD TV, a bar and a small library is on
room service is ready to serve.
Sanur is a small and quiet village but
â– Mercure Resort Sanur
Bali & Beyond gathered together the three key chefs at the exciting new W Retreat & Spa Bali-Seminyak to share a cold beer and some personal stories amidst their hectic preparation for the retreat’s December 15 opening. Meet these interesting personalities: Ian Lovie (Director of Cuisine), Wayan Wenten (Executive Sous Chef) and Jack Yoss (Chef de Cuisine of Starfish Bloo). 32
he three of you have come to this new exciting property each with impressive culinary backgrounds. In your commitment to
enhancing guests’ dining experience once the W Retreat & Spa BaliSeminyak opens its doors before the turn of the year, how will you compliment the W’s sense of style, especially with the ‘Whatever/ Whenever’ philosophy?” IL: Being able to have the freedom. Not just through the food, but also presentation
wise. Unobtrusive service, where everyone
lifestyle of being in the kitchen. The way the
ever tried flake?” He kinda looked at me
is treated the same. Quality cuisine… and
camaraderie is in the kitchen. You know,
like, “Oh, shark?” And the next day the GM
a “make it happen” attitude.
it’s like you’re a family. You generally spend
calls me up, “Chef, could you tell me why
WW: Simply put, “whatever you want, we
more time at work than you do with your
there is a live shark in the loading dock?”
can do it”. And yes, it’s all about quality.
family. And I think it takes a special person
They had gotten me a real live shark!
JY: We’ll try to embody the philosophy. It’s
to be in the kitchen. To work the hours that
Then we were doing monkfish. And in
all whatever the guest wants.
we do. Everyone else is off, out to dinner,
Vietnamese, monkfish translates to Fugu.
Recall for me your first day in the
out partying doing whatever... Chefs are the
And he got a live one of them. I never
kitchen, cooking for money.
type of people that cannot sit in the office.
knew what it was... Killed it,
IL: Frightening. I grew up in Scotland, and
They can’t sit behind a desk all day long.
cooked it, steamed it, and I ate it that
in 1983 went into one of those regimented
We need to be doing something, moving
night. Then the GM says, “Did you have
boot camps. There the chef is really the
and really working. So I guess I really fell
Fugu yesterday? God!” Yeah, “But I’m still
king. The sous chefs were the Sergeant
in love with it after I was in there washing
Majors. We had to do strict and correct
dishes and they let me cook a steak or
Some survival story! Chef Wayan?
procedures. I entered my apprenticeship at
make a salad... on my break, you know.
WW: It was back at the Hyatt International.
Now I see there is a big misconception
Communication problems, you know. It
WW: Well, we always remember mum’s
because people go to culinary school after
was with a German chef. Couldn’t make
cooking. Then I went to tourism school. I
watching all these celebrity chefs on TV
out what he was saying! We both spoke
had the desire to work in the culinary field
and go ‘oh wow that’s fantastic’ they’re like
different versions of English! Stressful, but
from a young age. I became an apprentice
rock stars nowadays, and they don’t really
I survived it! And got a pat on the back for
at the Grand Hyatt back in 1993.
realize how hard it is to be a chef. So they
coping with it.
JY: My first day in the kitchen was as a
dream of being a chef so they go to school
dishwasher, and without going to school.
for 40 thousand dollars a year, then they get
JY: In LA, all my staff were Latino. Back
Peeling vegetables, really crap work if you
out and all of a sudden realize that they are
in the States, international workers on
look back now. Not until I proved my work
going to have to peel carrots for minimum
the West Coast are pretty much all from
did they raise my rank – making salads.
wage... and that it actually takes a lot more
Mexico. So I had a little guy I promoted to
Then I was promoted to the casinos in
than going to school and watching these
Sous Chef. He got his email account and
Vegas. At Caesars Palace I became a grill
shows on TV to be a chef, it takes a lot of
everything, and he did orders and would
cook. All grilled proteins. It was 1992 and I
years. And in the US about 75% of people
do internal emails, all users, whatever. And
had never even seen a scallop before...
that go to culinary school after five years
he used to say, “Hello guys,” and that was
Did you ever dream of becoming a
aren’t even in the business anymore. It’s
how he started all his emails. But he didn’t
chef when you were a kid?
very high in America.
know how to spell ‘guys’. So he typed in
JY: I think, um... Well, same with Ian
IL: All around the world mate.
“Hello gays”. So every email he would send
here. Back when both of us were in the
JY: They don’t dropout, they graduate.
it would start off with “Hello gays”. And
kitchen... it was before the Food Network,
And then they start working and you know,
then he would say whatever the specials
before Jamie Oliver... You know, it was
like “crap, I can’t even live off of what I’m
were to managers, whatever, random
before all that.... Nowadays kids dream of
making,” so they go back to school to
ordering... It was so hilarious, no one ever
being chefs, because they all want to be
be an accountant or something... more
corrected him coz we all thought it was so
celebrity chefs. You know, that’s where
funny. We didn’t want him to stop doing it.
you get that dream from. I think back in the
Any faux pas or culture shock
Corrected him on a lot of things and taught
80s you’re not really dreaming of being a
him along, but that we kept from him. He
chef. It was before all those celebrity chefs
IL: For me, the funniest thing that
still does it to this day.
and everything else.
happened was in Vietnam. I never knew
Any bad kitchen stories, like things
It wasn’t such a ‘stardom’ thing?
that anything’s possible in Vietnam. I was
that went totally wrong?
JY: No, not at all. Not by any means. It’s
talking to the Chinese Sous Chef... he was
IL: Quite a lot actually, seriously… got
more like a lifestyle. I started washing
Chinese Vietnamese... and in Australia we
hundreds. Hard finding out the right one...
dishes, the same thing... In Las Vegas
use a lot of gummy shark. Its called flake,
Been cooking for over twenty years now,
casinos and... just kinda fell in love with the
we use it for Fish n’ Chips. I say, “You guys
too many to tell. BALI&BEYOND
Single out your most personal
in this position, I can clearly understand he
First time I was doing it, I was just actually
was pretty pissed off! I think, as much as it
learning how to cook and de-bone fish.
IL: It was when I was an apprentice at
is a nightmare, it kind of makes you wiser
So I saw a new fish that I hadn’t seen, so
the Gleneagles. We used to have these
as well. You learn. I’ll never ever leave
I was gonna be a little young gun, was
Scottish nights. The dessert was a thing
anything to chance anymore. Anything.
gonna order this new fish, and gonna do
called Clanahan Cream, which is basically
I double-check everything. Always give
this new special. Came in the next day on
raspberry and whiskey, mascarpone. We
myself plenty of time and planning. Always
Friday, pre-service, and I ordered rouget.
used to have like 3-4 hundred of those,
totally brief the staff over what’s going on. I
And rouget are these tiny little French fish.
mate. You know, we used to take them up
never assume. So that’s what taught me.
I’d never seen or de-boned them before
in these trolleys with racks and desserts
and I ordered a hundred pounds of them!
on it. I was taking it out to the lift and took
WW: It was way back in my tenure at the
So I had thousands of these little tiny
it the wrong way. You’re not supposed to
hotel in Kuta I used to work at. There was
fish. The scales, the tiny bones. I was just
push the trolley; you are supposed to pull
this wedding event for a family member
learning how to de-bone big fish. I didn’t
it. So it goes over the bump on the lift…
of the hotel’s owner. Basically there was
know the size; I didn’t know anything
lost about 140 desserts. And I had to go
this difference in the number of guests. So
about them. I was just like, “Wow rouget!
down and tell the pastry chef. He wasn’t
lesson learned was, “Attention to detail”.
That sounds cool. I’m just gonna order
happy at all. That’s probably the scariest
a hundred pounds!” Normally a hundred
thing that ever happened to me.
JY: I was a Commis at a fish restaurant.
pounds, you know, I was used to breaking
What happened after that?
My Chef de Partie was off on a wedding
down swordfish, tuna, you know, simple
IL: He gave me a smack around the ears.
that weekend so I was pretty much in
fish... maybe black bass, maybe a big
And then everybody started fixing things
charge of that station. I was by myself
one. So I ordered and this huge box came
up, yeah… and that literally would give me
and a little short staffed. So I had to do
in... Hundreds of these little things. And it
a good smack. I mean, looking back now,
a fish order for that weekend’s specials.
took me forever. You know, I was hacking
“Rub-a-dub-dub, Three chefs in a tub, And how do you think they got there? The Director of Cuisine, the Executive Sous Chef The Chef de Cuisine of Starfish Bloo They all jumped aboard at W, ‘Twas enough to promise some good culinaire.”
“My first day in the kitchen was as a dishwasher, and without going to school. Peeling vegetables, really crap work if you look back now. Not until I proved my work did they raise my rank – making salads.” (Jack Yoss)
away, they were falling apart. I got about
JY: One meal? It’ll be Thai food. Green
ten orders ready, and by the time when all
curry salted beef. Or a big-ass steak!
the other stuff, service opened. It was a
special that night. And I just started going
Recall the weirdest food you had come
down in flames. I was trying to de-bone
across and actually dared to try out.
them, during service...
JY: All the larvae, the cockroaches, and all
Gosh, what happened after that? Did
the different bugs, dried fried baby frogs.
you get told off or something?
Did you enjoy them? Taste like what?
JY: Well, I learned from my mistake. We
JY: Ants I enjoyed. Crickets needed more
were pretty short staffed that weekend.
salt and lime. Plain, they tasted like grass.
Well, normally there were two of us at each
station, the Chef de Partie and me. Well,
IL: Ox cock. Vietnamese. Quite nice.
there was the chef. He did not really help
Haha... No, seriously... It’s quite nice.
me... at all. He just kinda let me go down.
WW: Taipei, snake blood. Freshly
IL: When you get yourself in the (…) and
squeezed. Tried to enjoy it.
you’ve (…) up, chefs tend to just smirk,
Would you agree that chefs and cooks
“Alright! This is where’ll you’ll learn buddy!”
are “the hardest working people in the
IL: Coz everybody’s been in that position.
IL: In the hospitality industry? Yes.
JY: He asked me, “Why did you get these
JY: I’d definitely say yes.
your last dish.” You’ve been doing great
fish?” I said, “I dunno, i just wanted to try
In what way?
things your whole career. Then that last
something different.” Then he went further,
JY: Chefs are ‘there’ 14-16 hours a day.
plate you put on your menu sucked... you’ll
“Your Chef de Partie is off and you’re by
IL: You know what personally pisses me
be judged by that. That’s it.
yourself and he’s off on the weekend,
off. Like, Jack’s done 12, 14, 16 hours a
The Island is full of aspiring and
and you decide to do something different
day... “But its (…)-ing quiet tonight. I want
talented young cooks. What would you
than what we’ve been doing?” I was like,
you to take the night off and take your
like to say to them?
“Yeah...” And he said, “Yeah, good luck.
wife out. The next day someone comes in,
IL: I would say, never ever do it because
Have fun with it”. And he stood on the
“Where’s Jack?” That happens.
of the money. Being a chef is like being an
other side, pretty much yelled at me the
They expect us to be there all the time.
aspiring actor or rock star. You gotta know
entire night while I was filleting these things
You know what I mean. It’s good for some
what you wanna be. Get all the advice on
with this and that not being set up. I had
departments, but not for us.
board, siphon through it, and get only the
late hours that night, until about 3 in the
JY: The pressure is different on the chefs
relevant stuff. And work hard.
morning trying to fillet these little guys just
as well. If the service is bad and the food
WW: What important is talent. Discover it.
so that I would be ready on Saturday. It
is fantastic, people will come back to
If you’ve got it, come on in.
wasn’t fun. It wasn’t fun at all.
the restaurant. If the food’s bad and the
JY: Check out as many kitchens and
Imagine you were Tom Hanks’
service is great, it’s the other way around.
restaurants while you can. Even when
character in the movie Castaway,
So every dish that comes out, there’s the
you are older. Work abroad, experience
stranded on a desolate island without
chef’s signature. We’re judged on every
different cultures, different cuisines.
your usual pans or herbs and spices.
single plate, we want see every single plate
Thanks chefs... all the best for
Then you are eventually rescued and
before it goes out.
December. See you at the opening. ■
taken back home - to the kitchen.
IL: I honestly think it’s really inevitable;
Interview by Nyoman Ari Gunadi
What would be your first celebration
chefs should have a life balance. A
Photos by Murdani Usman
personal story here, I got divorced
IL: Souvlaki lamb. For sure… and a few
because my ex told me I didn’t spend
enough time at home.
Jl Petitenget, Seminyak
WW: Anything, I’d have anything mate! As
JY: A chef that I worked for gave me this
long as it’s natural.
advice. He said, “You’re only as good as
■ W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak
CONSERVATION Turtle conservation can not only be solved in one country, but across the globe. They easily migrate to different parts of the world.
urtles are not only an issue
hotels. Hotel management that were aware
for Bali and Indonesia,
of such egg layings would usually report
but for the whole globe.
this to the Natural Resources Conservation
Many people think of the
Center (BKSDA). They then would try to
Balinese as turtle slayers,
protect the area by creating an enclosure
while in fact turtles have in
and maintain the security of the sea turtle
the past been a favored commodity among many world communities. In the middle of the year on this island
The eggs are observed until they hatch. Then they invite hotel guests and the local
there have been several hotels such as
media to witness as well as to participate
The Patra Bali and the Nikko Hotel holding
in the release of the hatchlings into sea. It
various â€˜releasing ceremoniesâ€™ of baby
has proven an interesting attraction. Hotel
turtles. The hatchlings emerged from
guests are usually very enthusiastic and
the eggs that were previously laid by the
almost never miss these events.
mother turtles in the areas around the 36
Such releases inspired the
demand for turtles in Bali, especially of
and pharmaceuticals. Turtles are not
the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) reached
only hunted but are also obtained from
19,628 - 30,121 specimens a year. The
captivity. Turtle soup is considered a
purposes varied from consumption to
prestigious food for the people of the
religious ceremony. This led to the image
Anglo-American, Far East, and areas in the
of Bali as local turtle butchers.
Caribbean. The flesh of turtles was, and
This has led to protests from various parties. Moreover as Bali is a tourist destination, the smallest issue could
still is, considered a delicacy in a number of cultures. Even when the turtle was announced as
potentially lead to its negative image
an international endangered species, not
overseas. It is not impossible that it would
many countries ratified the turtle protection
influence peopleâ€™s decision on whether to
travel to Bali or not. The Indonesian government signed
A national research institute in Indonesia in its article in the national media
What use would it be if Indonesia were to ban the capture of sea turtles when in Malaysia and in the Philippines they are still allowed? Intercontinental Bali Resort to hold its own
the Convention on International Trade on
warned that the turtle is not an issue for
turtle release events regularly. No turtles
Endangered Species (CITES) on wild flora
one region only. Turtles can migrate to
have hatched in the area of this hotel, but
and fauna with the turtle being one of
Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua, countries
for the releases they cooperate with the
them. Government regulations regarding
in the South Pacific, and even around the
BKSDA. This institution supplies turtle
the protection of sea turtles were released
globe to the United States and Canada.
hatchlings from its nursery.
in 1999. Implementation in the field
Why have turtle release events become
Turtle conservation can not only be
included cooperation amongst various
solved in one country, but across the
such an attraction? This activity seems
parties up to the socialization of regulations
world. What does it mean if Indonesia were
to be favored not merely because of its
on fishing communities and individuals
to ban the capture of sea turtles when in
uniqueness but there are other reasons
that had tried to capture and resell turtles
Malaysia and the Philippines they are still
allowed? Likewise, vice versa.
Research has shown that the oldest
The Balinese people have also
Along with the issuance of the turtle
turtle lived in the early Triassic period about
welcomed and understand these rules.
protection regulations in Indonesia, a lot of
220 million years ago. It could well be
The Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia, the
significant things have happened in Bali.
considered the oldest reptile living today.
Hindu religious affairs body in Indonesia,
The Balinese people are now aware that
In its long life span, turtles and their
commented that the turtle does not
the hunting of sea turtles and the sought
ancestors have encountered many different
constitute an element in rituals. Which
after turtle meat is negative to the balance
human cultures and vice versa. They have
means, even without turtle meat, the ritual
of nature. Turtle trade is now very limited.
been identified in many different cultures
can go on.
So the experience of having tasted turtle
that have existed on the planet. The Balinese society is one of them. For
However, the image of the Balinese as turtle slayers still lingers. However, the
the Balinese, the turtle was once a source
turtle is in fact a much sought after animal
of nutrition and had a high value for taste.
in many countries.
Turtle meat also constituted part of their ceremonial elements. BKSDA once released news that between the years 1969 - 1999, the
In China for example, one of the
meat and eggs is now a rare thing of the past. This awareness should also be felt by other communities around the globe because conservation is not only for a
oldest cultures in the world, people take
community of one single island in one
advantage of sea turtle body parts for
single corner of the planet. â–
various purposes such as food, cosmetics,
Text by Ni Luh Dian Purniawati BALI&BEYOND
PHOTO COURTESY BTDC
COLORS IN THE ENCLAVE This year’s Nusa Dua Fiesta features not only cultural and artistic events but also two new highlights, namely the Bali International Sports Week and the 8th Bali Culinary Challenge.
with the Bali Tourism Development Center (BTDC) back in the 1970s, Nusa Dua has transformed into an elite tourism enclave for Bali. Elders still have in memory the Nusa Dua area as a not so prosperous coastal area. It was considered such a left behind area that they would say they didn’t even want a piece of land there even it was
given free, because in someway it meant he Nusa Dua Fiesta makes
a burden. But since then land prices have
a comeback this year, and
soared, and people’s perception of the
this time not only cultural
Nusa Dua area as well as the southern
and artistic events are
Bukit promontory has changed drastically.
to be held but two new highlights have been added
Nusa Dua has formed itself into a quality
Sports Week and the 8th Bali Culinary
tourism destination. This year the area
was named among the Top 10 Relaxation
Who would have thought that the become a highlight of the island’s tourism? Anyhow, since it first saw development BALI&BEYOND
some owned by international chains.
this year, namely the Bali International
back-then arid area would have evolved to
Nusa Dua is now a row of hotels with
& Spa Destinations in Asia by travelers at TripAdvisor.com. To further strengthen its image, the area managers routinely hold the BTDC
PHOTO BY MURDANI USMAN
There are at least five elements brought together in collaboration, namely culture, art, sports, fun, and exhibitions. Just like the Bali Arts Festival routinely held by the government of Bali in Denpasar, the NDF has consistently displayed a variety of cultural attractions.
Nusa Dua Festival (NDF), whose main aim
As many festivals are popping up in
Coral Reef Program.
is to popularize the Nusa Dua tourism
different regions of Bali, this festival that
enclave to the world.
started in 1996 was later renamed the
events regularly held, namely the Nusa Dua
There are at least five elements brought
Previously there were two sporting
Nusa Dua Fiesta in 2006. Changes in
Bali International Golf Tournament and the
together in collaboration, namely culture,
the name did not really cause significant
Bali International Marathon. This year they
art, sports, fun, and exhibitions. Just like
changes to the agenda however.
have added woodball, gateball, tennis,
the Bali Arts Festival routinely held by
Generally, this event carries the theme
surfing, bowling, pool, cricket, chess, and
the government of Bali in Denpasar, the
of Green Tourism. The word green has
beach soccer. The celebration is centered
NDF has consistently displayed a variety
become identical with the environment,
in Nusa Dua, although there are some
of cultural attractions. Lately the BTDC
and green tourism is intended to raise
events that take place outside the region.
has worked together with other provincial
public awareness about environmental
Presumably this is a continuation of
governments in Bali and have invited
conservation and the importance for
the successful execution of the Asian
exhibits of their local art and culture.
sustainability of tourism in Bali.
Beach Games in 2008. Ida Bagus Antara,
Now, not only are there arts and
Thatâ€™s why there are several events
chairman of the National Sports Committee
cultural attractions of Bali and Indonesia
including environmental clean-ups and
in Bali, said they wanted to make Bali a
but also of other countries through the
green camps that involve primary school
world sports destination as well.
International Cultural Program, this time
children in each district in Bali. Indeed,
featuring India, Japan, and belly dancing.
environmental awareness should start from
have a beautiful beach that is ideal for
The latter is a continuation of the success
an early age.
beach sports. So it is possible that this
of the Asian Belly Dance Festival that
Most environmental programs displayed
It is undeniable that Nusa Dua does
desire can be fulfilled.
was held last February in Nusa Dua.
are continuations of programs conducted
Belly dance is apparently becoming quite
in previous years. In addition there are also
and nutrition. Fitness is obtained from
popular and growing in Jakarta and Bali.
green camps at the Nusa Dua Save the
outside and within. Whether it is a direct
Sports are closely connected to health
connection or not, clearly the Nusa Dua Fiesta that lasts from October 15 to 19 at the peninsula also highlights a Bali Culinary Challenge. It really is a routine event that has been held seven times but this time it is associated with the NDF. Chef Eka Kurniawan, chairman of the Indonesian Bali branch of the Culinary Associationâ€™s Bali branch said that they found a similar concept in both events. Green Tourism has become an NDF theme. Tourism based on closeness to nature and the environment, and this culinary event will raise culinary themes close to the local community life. So if cuisines of Bali, this is the right place to experience it. In addition to ice carvings, fruit, butter and rock salt sculptures, the event also features gebogan making. Gebogan are colorful Hindu offerings of towering
PHOTOS COURTESY BTDC
you want to know more about the various
PHOTO BY ARVID NICOLAS
This year they have added woodball, gateball, tennis, surfing, bowling, pool, cricket, chess, and beach soccer. A culinary event will raise culinary themes close to the local community life.
fruit arrangements. Usually the beauty
deeply marinates the meat at the same
of a gebogan is determined from its
time with the belly stuffed with spiced
arrangements, color and composition of
vegetables flavoring from within.
the fruit. This will be a unique and attractive
The committee hopes that these new
opportunity, considering the Balinese
event highlights will increase the public
would make these offerings usually only
interest in visiting this year’s NDF. There
when big holidays and celebrations come
indeed has been a fluctuation in the arrival
of visitors. But organizers remain optimistic
Besides gebogan, there will also be
about this year’s event and think it will be
the traditional cuisine of bebek betutu
better than ever. ■
or traditional Balinese slow roast duck.
Text by Ni Luh Dian Purniawati
Chicken and duck betutu is a typical Balinese dish with its equal not found
■ Nusa Dua Fiesta, Bali Tourism
elsewhere. It is treated with a wide range
Development Center, Nusa Dua
of spices, tubers, and spices called base
megenep. The long cooking process
SPARKLING JEWEL FROM KALIMANTAN The capital of Banjarmasin stands on the banks of the largest river in South Kalimantan, the Barito. This famous river along with the Martapura, the Sipandai, the Sigaling, the Keramat, the Jagabaya and the Pangeran Rivers threads through the old town that is renowned for its ethnic Banjar society, forming various canals.
outh Kalimantan is the
the Indonesian part of Borneo at that
smallest province on the
time through to the 20th century. It is no
island of Kalimantan in
wonder that in 1938 the Dutch colonial
SIGHT OF ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE MARKETS IN THE WORLD
terms of geographical
government made Banjarmasin the capital
“Tock Tock Tock Tock Tock …”
size, but it is the densest
city of Kalimantan, which was still referred
So was the sound of our boat engine
in terms of population.
to as Borneo at that time. The greatness
as we rode on, tearing through the still
The capital of Banjarmasin stands on
and prosperity of the sultanate can still
of the dawn while cruising along the
the banks of the largest river there, the
be witnessed through the sheer scale of
Martapura. This sound made its way to
Barito. This famous river along with the
the port in the present time and the large
the onomatopoeic name Klotok, a type of
Martapura, the Sipandai, the Sigaling, the
numbers of its population (627,245 in
motorboat that became the main means of
Keramat, the Jagabaya and the Pangeran
year 2008) compared to Pontianak, the
transportation among the Banjar society.
Rivers threads through the old town that
capital city of West Kalimantan (510,687),
It holds a capacity of up to fifteen people.
is renowned for its ethnic Banjar society,
and Samarinda, the capital city of East
Unique is the roof, which is only the height
forming various canals. Banjarmasin was
Kalimantan (593,853), or even Balikpapan
of a sitting adult. No more. So when we
dubbed the “city of a thousand rivers”. Not
wished to move to another spot in the boat
surprisingly, wide ranges of community
Banjarmasin actually grew and
we had to crawl to get there.
activities are intertwined with the river
was developed by ethnic Malays. This
life. Not long ago we had the opportunity
ethnic group was familiar with the sea
Banjarmasin river cruising if you went in
to travel to the 37,660 square kilometer
and so trade spread all throughout the
a Klotok, At first you would get the idea
province and get a glimpse of the social life
western region of the archipelago, to
of why the Klotok roofs are all so low.
there as well as the potential beauty from
the northern coasts of Borneo (Sabah
Cruising along rivers like these you will
a photographical perspective, through its
and Sawarak) and to the south of the
soon encounter several bridges. On this
culture and nature.
Philippines (Mindanao), as well as to the
day the gap between the water levels
Malay Peninsula (Malaysia), southern
and the myriad of bridges in this ‘town of
CAPITAL CITY OF BORNEO
Thailand (the Patani) and all the way up
a thousand canals’ reached five meters.
It was said that in the 16th century the
to Madagascar. Bandar Masih alone
Yet at certain times it could be down to a
Sultanate of Banjarmasin stood equal to
means the port of the Malays, a moniker
squinting gap of as low as 1.5 meters due
the sultanate of Brunei, which is located
in the Dayak Ngaju language (ngaju =
to high water levels.
on the other side of the large island of
upstream = those of the hinterland while
Borneo. It can be said that Banjarmasin,
Banjarmasin is located near the coast).
Its speed is not that of a speedboat, so we
which was at the beginning called
The word banjar is perhaps a play on the
could actually enjoy the ride and witness
Bandar Masih, was the largest town in
word bandar itself.
the river life along the way. There were
You will have certainly experienced
The Klotok cruises along to the east.
floating petrol stations, markets facing the river, people going to the mosques
see everyday in this modern time. Slowly but surely the sun starts to rise
in canoes, and a memorable sight is the
from the east, shining in all its warmth
stilt houses on the water known locally as
and golden glory. The river life becomes
‘rumah panggung’. The Martapura is not
even more vivid. Now more sampan
as wide as the Barito. So that morning we
canoes become visible. Women in kebaya
could clearly see how the locals start their
and colorful kerudung veils paddle their
day, waking up, opening the windows,
sampan (their attire is so Malay!). At
and taking in all the misty morning river air.
the front are piled up various items. We
Some of them head straight to the river,
and them were heading for the same
washing their faces, some bathing and
destination: The Pasar Lok Baintan market.
many of the women doing their laundry. A sight that is somewhat rare and you don’t
If this were just an ordinary market then we wouldn’t have made the close to an
Indeed we got a glimpse of the social life there as well as the potential beauty from a photographical perspective, through its culture and nature.
South Kalimantan. In the whole world there
the edges that help the stone emit all its
might be only here and in Bangkok, yet the
sparkle”, he explained.
latter is much more modernized and has become a touristy spot. Want to try something new? Hop into one of the canoes and start on the spree!
“If we have a hard time searching for the “key”, the cut would never take form”, he added So that is the secret behind cutting diamonds.
We were then interested in getting to
Do you know how many facets there
know what that key was. He tried to show
are on a diamond? A standard cut has
us through his magnifiers, but even after
57! There are 33 on the top and 24
several times of careful checking, our eyes
underneath. Meanwhile, in the middle it is
were just not trained enough. But at least
sometimes cut further up to 96 facets (the
we got the idea.
number is not usually in the total count because they are optional and vary widely). Then what is its connection to
“The key comes from nature”, the 30years-in-the-business old man said. “Here’s the key”, he again tried to show
Banjarmasin? Well, many people
us, shifting his magnifiers. Then the cut
journeying to Banjarmasin merely stop
was placed on the spinning plate once
prematurely at the floating market. Yet
there is one other, not far from the old
A couple of seconds later he exclaimed,
town, which is a highly remarkable place
“Here, look at the results!”
to visit. Pak Sarwani was sitting behind a 1.5
Indeed there was an actual bit of sparkle that we glimpsed. That’s how the
x 1 meter wooden table which looked
cut went on repetitively until it reached its
pretty old. In front of him was a round plate
finished form. Apparently if the polishing
similar to vinyl record but thicker. In his
process is on the right track, the diamonds
In Kalimantan and even in the whole country there are only two such floating markets. One is the Pasar Kuin and the other is the Pasar Lok Baintan. hour-long Klotok ride to get here – and at
pinching fingers was a 1.75 carat diamond.
take quick form. That’s the basic principle
daybreak. But this morning we witnessed
If it weren’t for its sparkle, it would have
of polishing diamonds. And the years of
tens of canoes arriving. The higher the
been barely noticeable due to its minute
experience in the abrasive techniques was
sun shone, the more traders flocked to
size. Slowly, Pak Sarwani brought the
instrumental in the work.
the market, sellers and buyers rejoicing.
diamond closer to his magnified monocle.
All come on their sampans. Such an
“Dikeker”, as they call it. After “dikeker”
hunting for diamonds, go to the gemstone
extraordinary sight, a sight like no other on
or being closely scrutinized, the diamond
markets of Martapura, not far from the
the planet. Various harvests can be seen.
was then pressed against the spinning iron
Masjid Al Karomah mosque that is in some
Mangoes, bananas, oranges, vegetables
plate. Some seconds later it is raised and
ways a landmark of this ‘town of Muslim
and greens, coconuts and even textiles,
dikeker again. Pak Sarwani checked it very
scholars’. Here we were able to view and
clothing and bags are all sold on canoes.
closely. Then polished it again. Then again.
of course purchase various stones of
many colors and sparkles, ranging from
In Kalimantan and even in the whole
Pak Sarwani was polishing a diamond.
For those of you who are interested in
diamonds to onyx. Some are sold loose
country there are only two such floating
The act purposed to form the cut with
(in free form), some are sold arranged, and
markets. One is the Pasar Kuin and the
all its facets. Starting from 4 facets, then
some rough and uncut, and some already
other is the Pasar Lok Baintan. Both are in
8 and so forth until there were 57. “It is
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Our adventure in the Banjar country became complete with the visit to the diamond mines. Yes, traditional mines! This was a rare opportunity. Because in the whole world there are only 14 diamond source countries, and nine of them are on the African continent. whatever form, you name it. According to the information we obtained, 1 carat of
were working diligently. They were waist
25 million for a single speck. If it is of the
deep in a pool of around 2 x 3 meters.
‘second quality’ range. The better quality
Their eyes were continuously fixed on the
ones can reach Rp 60 to 70 million for
mud and sand that were pooled in their
a single carat. Quite a fistful, literally. No
sifts. If no diamond was present, the sand
wonder “diamonds are forever”. Besides
is tossed away and then they bend down
being the hardest thing on the planet, their
again sifting new chunks of sand. This
price and rarity make them really special.
continuous search is called “melinggang”.
In a matter of 1-3 days, Pak Sarwani’s market. Its luster is incomparable. Yet for
Most of Indonesians refer to the act as ‘mendulang’. Perhaps some of you have heard about
us ‘commoners’, the colorfulness of the
the Tri Sakti. Tri Sakti is the name of a
onyx stones were what caught our eyes,
diamond. It is so famous that it earned its
and budget. Their price is just a hundredth
name. It is 166 carats, the size of a quail
of a diamond.
egg! Compare that to the diamonds that
Our adventure in the Banjar country
Now in front of us a couple of men
a ‘cheap’ loose diamond can reach Rp
aforementioned diamond is ready for the
the African continent.
we usually see, which are only a mere 1-
became complete with the visit to the
2 carats. The discovery of the diamond
diamond mines. Yes, traditional mines!
around 40 years ago raised a headline.
This was a rare opportunity. Because in
The size of the Tri Sakti nearly contended
the whole world there are only 14 diamond
with the size of the Kohinoor diamond. The
source countries, and nine of them are on
Kohinoor was owned successively (and
BANJARMASIN MUARANYA TAMINGLAYANG
BATIBATI BATUNGJAWA PELAIHARI KINTOP
contested) down through history by Indian,
around 10 meters or more. Then workers
pool, where the diamond search process
Persian, Afghan, Sikh, and Moghul rulers
start to change the direction of the dig and
is done. And that is where the sifting
and even became part of the British Crown
horizontally. This is the process of diamond
processes are carried out.
Jewels. And the location of the find of the
Tri Sakti was in Cempaka, not far from Martapura. Slowly we then learned a bit about
Note that in the bowels of the earth
Then how do you tell a diamond speck apart amongst the brown mud? The
they work using traditional tools like
answer lies in their linggang pans that
crowbars and a bucket only. Excavated
they use to sift the mud. The bottom is a
diamond hunts. The mud came from a
soil mixed with stones and gravel are
conical shape. Simple physics. Diamonds
hole in the ground, where a number of
transferred to the sifting area by mixing
are heavy, heavier than soil. So when
workers dig (around 2-4 people take
them with water and via suction pumps for
the sifting is carried out, there is a large
turns). First the hole is made vertically to
easier processing. Then it ends up in the
possibility that it will end up at the bottom of the linggang. There are still many other attractions around Banjarmasin such as the Loksado in Pegunungan Meratus which offers another unique sensation. But we’ll share that other part of the journey in another edition of Bali & Beyond. All in all, one rule is that if you go to Banjarmasin, don’t forget to taste the Soto Banjar soup, a delicious treat typical of the place. ■
Text and photos by Fadil Aziz (Alcibbum Photography) BALI&BEYOND
TAMAN PRASASTI MUSEUM
THE SILENT WITNESS OF THE PAST As one of the oldest cemeteries in the world, the Taman Prasasti Museum could become one of the best sources for studies in Asia.
tepping inside the Taman
carried to the cemetery by boats in the
Prasasti Museum or
Museum of Memorial
The cemetery was turned into an open
Stone Park, one canâ€™t
air museum by the former governor of
help but notice how
Jakarta, the late Mr. Ali Sadikin in 1977.
serene the place is,
The museum was part of the Old Town
despite it being located smack in the
resurrection plan that Mr. Sadikin hatched
middle of Tanah Abang, an area of Jakarta
in order to boost tourism in Jakarta. The
that is notoriously busy and messy.
late Mr. Sadikin was a visionary who
The 1.3-hectare cemetery plot is so
coordinated many development projects
quiet, looking rather abandoned with
in Jakarta. Preserving and revitalizing
many of the gravestones dating back
Old Batavia, a living historic monument
to the Dutch colonial era in dire need
and potential world-class attraction, was
of restoration, but still looks somewhat
his brilliant idea to make Jakarta one of
mystical. This ancient cemetery or Kerkhof
worldâ€™s historic destinations.
Laan was originally called Taman Jahe
To get to the cemetery plot, you have
Kober. It was officially opened in 1797
to go through a Dorian style building that
to accommodate the increasing number
acts as the gate to the cemetery. In the
of deaths due to a sickness outbreak in
right and left wings of the building are
rooms where cadavers used to be put
The area of the cemetery used to be
before they were buried. Now the rooms
5.9 hectares. The location was chosen
are used as makeshift offices for the
because of its proximity to the Krukut
River. In those days, cadavers were being
The cemetery complex is divided into BALI&BEYOND
ten blocks and it is a magnificent sight. Statues of romantic angels, sleeping children, gothic turrets, marble crosses and heavy tombstones with baroque coats-of-arms will remind you of ancient cemeteries in Europe. These Dutch gravestones are the main collections of the museum. They are marked with the inscription “HK” or “Hollandsche Kerk”. Other collections are ancient inscription stones, miniatures of different gravestones from various provinces of Indonesia, a replica of a 17th century hearse and the original coffins of Indonesia’s first president and vice president, Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta. At first the cemetery was built only for royal families and high-ranking officials of VOC. However, after some time the general public were allowed to be buried there, but they had to pay a certain fee. Walking around the quiet cemetery, you can find the gravestones of high-ranking
Another strong attraction is the cemetery plot itself. The ancient graves make good photo props; therefore the museum is a popular photo location both for amateurs and professional fashion shoots or music video shoots.
Dutch officials such as A.V Michiels from
History is more than just artifacts of the past. By making a living environment out of it, we are getting a better understanding of ourselves. Historical places therefore should be integrated into our everyday lives. The Battle of Buleleng, J.H.R Kohler the
Another Indonesian figure that has been
Town. But it is only an assumption. There
general who tried to conquer Aceh, Dr
laid to rest in the Taman Prasasti Museum
was also no apparent reason why the
H.F Roll, the Dutch doctor and founder
is Miss Riboet, a famous singer and dancer
grave of Kapiten Jas earned its legend
of STOVIA (Medical School) who fought
from the group Orion Junior in the 30s.
status. According to one of the museum
for the right of Indonesian doctors to
She was famous for her role as a female
caretakers, it was probably because
receive the same training as their Dutch
robber in Antoinette de Zema’s play called
of an incident that occurred during the
counterparts and Olivia Marianne Raffles,
Juanita de Vega.
relocation. When the grave was dug, they
the wife of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. The famous Indonesian youth activist
There is one particular grave that is believed to have the power to grant
found the coffin intertwined with roots, impossible to move.
of the 60s, Soe Hok Gie, was also laid to
prosperity, happiness and fertility for
rest in this cemetery. Soe Hok Gie was
those who make a pilgrimage there. It’s
remains a mystery. But it does play a major
Whether the grave really is sacrosanct
the founder of Mapala UI, the University of
the grave of Kapiten Jas. But it’s unclear
role in becoming one of the museum’s
Indonesia’s environmental organization and
who is buried there. One assumption is
a vocal critic of Indonesian politics. He died
that people have been calling it the grave
inhaling poisonous gas on his expedition in
of Kapiten Jas because of Jassen Kerk,
cemetery plot itself. The ancient graves
a Portuguese church just outside the Old
make good photo props; therefore the
Another strong attraction is the
The unique materials and styles of each of the tombstones are valuable resources for cultural and architectural studies.
mad dash of erecting malls in every corner of the city. As one of the oldest cemetery in the world, the Taman Prasasti Museum could become one of the best sources for cemetery studies in Asia. The unique materials and styles of each of the
museum is a popular photo location both
Mr. Ali Sadikin to turn the cemetery into
tombstones are valuable resources for
for amateurs and professional fashion
an open air museum. However it is quite
cultural and architectural studies.
shoots or music video shoots. On random
a pity that no one followed his grand plan
days you can expect to stumble upon a
of preserving the heritage of Old Batavia
past. By making a living environment out
group of models wearing vintage costumes,
through. The project is now abandoned
of it, we are getting a better understanding
making the stroll along the cemetery
and it is clearly evident in the Taman
of ourselves. Historical places therefore
somewhat more surreal, as if you have
should be integrated into our everyday
been transported into the 18th century. There is also a nice garden where you
The museum authorities do their best
History is more than just artifacts of the
lives. Only by making historical places an
to maintain the museum, and in its own
integral part of our daily existence can we
can sit and relax under a big tree and enjoy
humble way the museum still attracts daily
prevent them from being neglected or even
the surprisingly cool air. Since parks are
visitors but most of the ancient statues
demolished for new modern projects that
a rarity in Jakarta, finding a nice garden
and graves badly need cleaning and
seem to unstoppable these days. It may
that is relatively clean like this is precious.
restoration. Those are the silent witness
seem like a long shot, but itâ€™s worth a try. â–
Especially after you have endured badly
of the glorious past. The magnificent
Text by Patricia Ivana
congested traffic in getting there.
architecture and the impressive artworks
Photos by Josua Alessandro
are too precious to be neglected in the
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The Dream Spa is a fantastic hide away spa destination for the mind, body and soul. Featuring 3 Romantic Spa Rooms with double spa bed, shower, Jacuzzi, Sauna and spa locker. From the moment you enter into the resort’s lobby you can see the amazing Ocean Views, nice breeze, breathe in the fresh air, you can feel the sensation of the tranquil up hill environment. The Dream Spa is where a heavenly atmosphere invites you to relax, with an assortment of treatments invite you to indulge. Let the sensation of the Dream Spa’s atmosphere pamper and comport you soon. In the Ungasan village, high on the southernmost peninsula of the island of Bali. Ten minutes to Dreamland beach, from your villa by our free shuttle service. BALI&BEYOND OCTOBER 2010 59
PAINTINGS N’ GRAFFITI Kendra Gallery presents Indonesian Disjunction, an exhibition of arts which opens on October 23 at 7 p.m. The exhibition features the paintings and graffiti wall art works of Arie Dyanto, Darbotz, Agus Yulianto, Farid Stevy Asta, and Iwan Effendi. Influenced by low-brow art from America and the world are kinds of art forms which have a different spirit to the modern art which we currently experience. For Indonesia, this movement has influenced its youth from the start of the 21st Century. As with the movement in America, they started their work influenced by comics, murals, graffiti, illustration, tattoo, cover and artwork for cassettes or CDs, animation and cartoons. Kendra Gallery Jl. Drupadi No. 88B, Basangkasa, Seminyak, (0361) 736-628 www.kendragallery.com
BLUE, MELODIES Ganesha Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings by artist Heriawan Siauw, titled Melodies in Blue, from October 7 to November 1. In his second show at Ganesha Gallery, South Sumatran artist, Heriawan Siauw, has largely turned to abstract studies of pure emotion. Dominated by shades of blue and green with an occasional splash of red, his moody and thought provoking paintings are the visual equivalent of the soulful jazz music played afterhours in the smoky jazz cafes. While explorating a palette associated with the melancholy, the titles of his works, such as ‘Hope’, featuring an amorphous splash of turquoise floating upon an endless blue-green field of color, exude optimism and joy. Together they represent a profound study of the bittersweet condition of humans pulled between the underworld of emotions. Ganesha Gallery, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, (0361) 701-010
FESTIVAL OF FILM Balinale enters its fourth consecutive year, bringing together a wealth of talent from around the globe covering every genre from comedy to crime thriller. Balinale is held from October 12 to 17, and includes workshops and seminars that introduce the fine art of film to a wide audience and brings the faces, so often behind the camera, to the spotlight to speak of the powerful craft that inspires many and changes lives. The festival’s Family Program is presented free of charge while tickets for general screenings are reasonably priced at Rp. 25,000 per ticket. Also on offer are Balinale’s ‘Friend of the Festival’ passes. The festival actively supports the global film industry by creating strong intercultural understanding through cinematic storytelling to an international audience. Featured highlights include the premiere of Eat Pray Love as its Opening Night Film. www.balinale.com 60
HOTELHIGHLIGHTS Villas & Spa Bali Masari Villas is a hotel with a difference and features four onebedroom and eight two-bedroom luxury villas each with their own private plunge pool beautifully situated overlooking a ravine in the valley of the Petanu River. A place to be at one with nature, to soothe the senses - mind, body and soul. Self-contained villas are perfect for honeymooners, for discerning travelers and executives. Restaurant providing a range of Asian and European food; bars, a spa, a large swimming pool and a smaller childrens pool. The villas have recently been refurbished to four star standards, each featuring its own dip pool and equipped with television, air conditioning, hot and cold water, telephone, electronic safety deposit box and kitchen. Spacious rooms boast high Balinese roofs, marble floors, a large central living area and a pull out sofa double bed.
Jl. Pantai Purnama, Banjar Gelumpang, Sukawati, Gianyar Tel: (0361) 290-029 Fax: (0361) 290-050 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.balimasarivillas.com
The 1.6 hectare resort is situated near the Sukawati village in the Gianyar Regency. 45 minutes drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, 30 minutes from Ubud, 20 minutes from Sanur. Shopping and art markets are nearby in Sukawati.
Mentari Sanur Hotel The Mentari Sanur Hotel is tucked away down a small side street just off Jalan Hangtuah at the northern end off Sanur, Bali’s most enchanted village. Shaded by frangipani trees, this two-storey 28 rooms hotel offers the ideal combination of modern facilities and a charming Balinese atmosphere with family style hospitality and service. A large luxury private swimming pool is the right place for you to pamper your self and relax in a privacy atmosphere under a warm tropical sun. Tunjung Restaurant offers a combination of continental and traditional Balinese dining, cozy lounge is the area where you can sit down, relax, and bar will serves you varieties of drinks. Free exclusive broadband internet access. Located in a tranquil coastal village of Sanur make the Mentari Sanur Hotel is situated in an ideal location with immediate access to the main highway and just minutes from many great tourist activities and attraction, 25 minutes drive to the Ngurah Rai International Airport, 20 minutes drive to Kuta Beach, 5 minutes drive to the Sanur shopping area, 10 minutes drive to Denpasar and 30 minutes to Ubud.
Jl. Hangtuah III No.3, Sanur, Tel: (0361) 283-286, Fax: (0361) 283-017 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mentarisanur.com
Maxi Hotel & Spa The Maxi Hotel & Spa is situated in the heart of Bali’s shopping and nightlife district. Centrally located, the property offers an ideal base for visitors wishing to explore Bali while keeping all the island’s best shops, bars, restaurants and beaches within easy walking distance. Hotel facilities and services include restaurant, bar, meeting room, massage and spa, room service, swimming pool with Jacuzzi, children’s pool, laundry and dry cleaning service, airport pickup and transfer, snack bar, tour desk, doctor on call, free car park, baby sitter upon request, broadband internet connection, major credit cards accepted, individually controlled air-conditioning, local and IDD telephone, satellite TV, daily mineral water, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, mini bar, personal electronic safe deposit, tea & coffee maker. The balcony overlooking the swimming pool and landscaped tropical garden offers a private area for relaxing. The hotel is less than 15 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport; 20 minutes drive to Denpasar, 30 minutes from Sanur, Nusa Dua and within 45 minutes drive to the artistic centre of Ubud and about 350 meters from Bali’s famous Kuta Beach.
Jl. Legian 83A, Legian Tel: (0361) 754-082Fax: (0361) 750-792 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.maxi-hotel.com
Hard Rock Hotel Bali Asia’s first Hard Rock Hotel, covering a prime three hectares site at the heart of Bali’s entertainment and shopping district. This is the ultimate theme vacation resort with Hard Rock’s signature of limitless energy, unparalleled creativity and quality service - the perfect place to Rest, Relax & Rock! Hard Rock Hotel features 418 tribute rooms and luxury suites, alongside six cutting edge food and beverage outlets. A paradise for couples, families and singles. Situated at Bali’s famous shopping and entertainment district, Kuta, just 10 minutes drive from Bali airport, you’ll find that the Hard Rock Hotel offers more than just comfortable accommodation, it also blends tropical majesty with today’s modern luxury. Jl. Pantai, Banjar Pandai Mas, Kuta Tel: (0361) 761-869 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.hardrockhotels.net
STAMP IT! Filateli Balipex 2010 is around the corner this month. The association of philatelists in Bali are to host the National Philatelic Exhibitions in Denpasar from October 24-28. The exhibitions are followed by all the organizers of the regional philatelists associations and participated by over 200 philatelists who will also participate in this year’s Annual National Philatelists Meeting. During the expo, there will be held stamp arrangement contests, coloring contests for primary school students and open quizzes fr the public. The event will also attract international interest among the world’s philatelic community. Indonesian Philatelists Association, Bali Regional contact: (0361) 481-380
WRITERS, READERS REJOICE AGAIN The Citibank - Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2010 takes place October 6-10 in Ubud this year. Central to this year’s Festival is ‘In Conversation’, the series where guests talk about their lives and their work. A special highlight will be Bali’s Governor Pastika (with Jennifer Byrne) discussing his former role as Chief of Police, Bali’s position in the world today and more. The writers In Conversation include two Booker Prize winners Anne Enright (Ireland) and Thomas Keneally (Australia), as well as 2010 Booker nominee Christos Tsiolkas (Australia), whose latest novel The Slap has set dinner conversations on fire around the globe; multi award winning travel writer and historian William Dalrymple, (UK); former front line journalist and BBC news editor, Kate Adie (UK); Ma Jian (China/UK) who is one of the most important and courageous contemporary voices in Chinese literature; author and film maker Etgar Keret (Israel); grandfather of Indonesian letters and member of Angkatan 45, Sitor Situmorang (Indonesia); painter and author Rabih Alameddine (Lebanon/US) whose new novel The Hakawati has been published in 15 countries. www.ubudwritersfestival.com 62
COLORFUL, COLOSSAL Bali Safari & Marine Park made a new breakthrough in the world of performing arts in Bali by presenting a mega stage performance of “Bali Agung - the Legend of Balinese Goddesses.” The 1,200 capacity auditorium witnessed the birth of a new revolution in Balinese performing arts in late August. With worldclass experts and the latest in sound and lighting technology, Bali Theatre succeeded in enthralling hundreds of eyes with the colossal drama involving 150 artists and tens of exotic animals. The opening ceremony was inaugurated by the Regent of Gianyar, Mr. Cok Ace. www.balitheatre.com
BALI CLEANS UP In September each year, Clean Up the World, in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Program, unites communities around the world in massive clean-up events. Bali Clean Up Day 2010 was the local endeavor of this campaign and carried out clean up activities, creating environmental awareness, while bringing communities together, and targeted 13 locations including roadsides, parks, beaches and waterways. Individual schools, NGO’s and businesses worked independently on Bali Clean Up Day, and coordination efforts were needed to give guidances as to what litter to collect (i.e. non organic), what areas to clean, and what to do with collected rubbish. Up to the Bali Clean Up Day in September, a press conference was held at the Sanur Paradise Plaza with representatives of the local Bali government, Bali Hotels Association, ecoBali recycling, Rotary International, Bhakti Bumi Bali, GUS Foundation, and the Bali Tourism Development Corporation, all shared their views. The event also featured a video screening as well as poetry and music by among the island’s wellknown musicians. www.balicleanup.org
APPRECIATIVE NIGHTS Nikko Bali Resort and Spa, held the closing of its Cultural Appreciation Nights 2010 that was held throughout the month of August. This was the 5th year Nikko Bali Resort and Spa organized an event that’s truly dedicated to Bali through its arts, especially the dances. The hotel had the honor of welcoming Governor of Bali, along with several media for the closing ceremony at Serenity Beach. A token of gratitude was then presented to the Governor by the General Manager of the resort, Jean-Charles Le Coz as the highlight of the closing ceremony. Nikko Bali Resort and Spa, (0361) 773-377 www.nikkobali.com 64
FOR THE LOYAL Mercure Resort Sanur celebrated the second anniversary of its A-Club - Accor loyalty program on September 15. Mercure Resort Sanur presented presents an a la Bali cocktail for guests at the Pelangi open stage. In line with the cocktail’s theme, guests were encouraged to wear traditional Balinese attire. Guests who won the Best Costume received complimentary dinner vouchers for 2 persons at Pandawa Restaurant. As a token appreciation to loyal A Club members, it provided a lucky draw with a grand prize of 3 Days 2 Nights accommodation at a Deluxe Room, valid for one year. Mercure Resort Sanur, (0361) 288-833 www.mercureresortsanur.com
FASHION NEXT APPMI Bali or the Association of Indonesian Fahion Designers and Entrepreneurs - Bali Chapter, recently presented its sneak preview for the Fashion Tendance 2011 at the Laguna Resort & Spa, as a forecast on next year’s trends in fashion. They showcase their latest collections in a highly charged fashion show. With the hope of making people more aware of the state of the fragile environment, thsi year they have adpoted the theme of “Cita Di Alam” or ‘feelings on nature’. This year, designers who will take part in the event include Ali Charisma, Angeliqa wu, Dwi Iskandar, Eny Mng, Monica Weber, Muji Ananta, Oka Diputra, Putu Aliki, Tjok Abi and Tude Togog.
NUSA DUA’S EVENT BTDC or the Bali Tourism Development Corporation, owners of the Nusa Dua Complex, have announced the Nusa Dua Fiesta will be held October 1519 this year, featuring cultural shows, musical entertainment, food and exhibitions. Managing Director of BTDC, I Made Mandra, told in a press conference on September 7, that “Green Tourism” has been adopted as the theme for this year’s event in order to emphasize the need to make Bali tourism sustainable through environmental conservation. “As the managers of a five-star hotel complex, BTDC has long been taking steps to preserve the natural environment. This commitment has been proven through ‘Green Globe’ certification, because a commitment to the environment is necessary for sustainable tourism,” he explained. www.balinusaduaresort.com BALI&BEYOND
TIME TO SHARE The Patra Bali Resort & Villas held a fast breaking program initiated by its Rukun Umat Muslim community. Programs like this have been carried out in the previous years at the mosque in the hotel’s vicinity. Besides a fast breaking event the opportunity was also used to gather among the many staff. The hotel’s Denpasar Room was venue for the event along with media partners, and 35 children from the Al Muin and Mutiara orphanages. At the event the Director of PT. Patra Jasa, Mr. Donny J. Subakti presented donations for both orphanages. He also thanked the members of the island’s media present at the event for the support towards The Patra Bali Resort & Villas ever since it began its operations in 1973; and expressed his hopes for the future. The Patra Bali Resort & Villas Jl. Ir. H. Juanda, South Kuta Beach (0361) 751-161 www.patrabali.com
CHARITY SUNSETS SOS (Sunset On Seminyak) presented another exclusive concert of Carlton J. Smith and his band in Bali. Carlton, better known as ‘James Brown’s brother’, was back from his previous successful shows in March and April early this year. For this charity event in particular, which took place on Friday, August 13, SOS dressed up for a spectacular Charity Gala Night showcasing Carlton live and managed to host over 300 guests in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Bali Seminyak, to which they donated the proceedings raised to support the “Clean Up Bali” program. SOS Anantara Seminyak, (0361) 737-773; www.bali.anantara.com
FUN GET-TOGETHER Hard Rock Hotel invited children from the Yasa Kerthi Orphanage on September 10 to celebrate Lebaran Day. The activities started at 1 p.m. with the “chicken welcome dance” by staff. Lunch followed at the Kid’s Pool, with special activities for all the children arranged in the swimming pool including Walk On Water, Coin Hunt and Macarena Dance. It was a great “get together” where children could have a magical, happy time, with many prizes and gifts from the staff and guests. Pictured: General Manager Andrew Khoo, Mhcima with his team with I Wayan Weda Dharmaja, Head of Kuta District who gave a thank you speech on behalf of the Yasa Kerthi Orphanage; and magic show by the in-house magician. Hard Rock Hotel Bali, (0361) 761-869
SKAL INTERNATIONAL BALI An International Association of Travel and Tourism Professionals Doing Business Among Friends
AYANA STYLE AT DAVA ON THE BUKIT September 3 over 90 members and guests including 9 Skalleagues from Perth gathered for a superb Skal lunch at the fantastic Dava restaurant. Location, ambiance, food, service and hospitality were all truly wonderful. Many lingered on to enjoy the ocean views and Skal friendship. Congratulations to General Manager Charles de Foucault. We look forward to another “AYANA style” experience in 2011.
COMING EVENTS AT THE BEST VENUES IN BALI The 145 members of Skal Bali meet monthly for a great meal, fellowship, fun, networking and an opportunity to bond and get to know industry colleagues. Still to come this year are:
October 1, The Samaya - Seminyak November 5, Bali Dynasty Resort - Kuta A Magical Golden Christmas Ball — Saturday December 11 at Nikko Resort & Spa
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INFOINDEX AIRLINES ■ AIRPORT OPERATOR: Tel: (0361) 751-011
■ CHILE: Jl. Jl. Pengembak Gg 1 No. 3, Sanur, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 756-781, Fax: (0361) 756-783 E-mail: email@example.com
■ SWEDEN & FINLAND: Segara Village Hotel, Jl. Segara Ayu Tel: (0361) 282-211, Fax: 282-211 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
■ CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS: Wisthi Sabha Building, 2nd Floor Ngurah Rai International Aiprort Call Centre: 0804-1-888888
■ CZECH REPUBLIC: Jl. Pengembak 17 Sanur. Tel: (0361) 286-465, Fax: (0361) 286-408 E-mail: email@example.com
■ SWITZERLAND & AUSTRIA: Istana Kuta Galeria Blok Valet 2 No 12, Kuta Tel: (0361) 751-735, Fax: (0361) 754-457 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
■ CONTINENTAL MICRONESIA: Tel: (0361) 768-358, Fax: (0361) 768-369
■ FRANCE: Jl. Mertasari Gg. II No. 8, Sanur Tel: (0361) 285-485, Fax: (0361) 286-406 E-mail: email@example.com
■ THAILAND: Jl. Puputan Raya No. 81, Renon, Denpasar Fax: (0361) 263-310 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
■ ROYAL BRUNEI: Tel: (0361) 757-292 ■ SINGAPORE AIRLINES: Jl. I Gusti Ngurah Rai, Airport Tel: (0361) 768-388, Fax: (0361) 768-383 ■ GARUDA: Jl. Jalan Sugianyar 5 Denpasar Tel. (0361) 227-824, Fax: (0361) 226-298 24-hour access: 08071-807-807 ■ MERPATI: Jl. Melati No. 51, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 235-358 Airport Tel: (0361) 751-011, ext. 5240/5242 Hotline: Tel: (0361) 722-740, 722-741 ■ MANDALA AIRLINES: Komp. Plaza Kertawijaya, Jl. Diponogoro No. 98, Denpasar Reservation Call center 08041234567 ■ NGURAH RAI AIRPORT: Tel/Fax: (0361) 759-761 ■ THAI INTERNATIONAL: Grand Bali Beach Sanur, Tel: (0361) 288-141 ■ QATAR AIRWAYS: Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel, South Kuta Beach Tel: (0361) 752-222; Fax: 753-788. Wisti Sabha Building, 2nd Floor, Ngurah Rai International Aiprort, Tel: (0361) 760-274 Fax: (0361) 760-275 ■ DEPARTURE Arrive at the airport two hours prior to departure. A Rp. 150,000 international departure tax is required. Domestic departure fee is Rp 30,000. Residents pay an additional Rp. 2.5 million Fiscal tax for international departures, whereas holders of official tax registration (NPWP) numbers are Fiscal tax-exempt. Ngurah Rai Intíl Airport, Tel: (0361) 751-011
CONSULATES ■ AUSTRALIA, CANADA, NEW ZEALAND: Jl. Tantular No. 32, Renon - Denpasar 80234 Tel: (0361) 241-118, Fax: (0361) 221-195 E-mail: email@example.com www.bali.indonesia.embassy.gov.au ■ BRITAIN: Jl. Tirta Nadi 20, Sanur, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 270-601, Fax: (0361) 287-804 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ■ BRAZIL: Jl. Raya Legian No. 186, Kuta Tel: (0361) 757-775, Fax: (0361) 751-005 E–mail: email@example.com
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HEALTH&MEDICAL Call an ambulance by dialing 118, but it is a lot more practical and quicker to hire a taxi. Most hotels have on-call doctors on standby. For “Bali Belly”, Lomotil and Imodium eliminate symptoms, but not gastro-related infections. A fever along with symptoms requires doctor-prescribed antibiotics. Drink as much liquid as possible. Isotonic drinks under various brand names are widely available and are known to replenish body hydration and replace fluids. For discomfort, diarrhea and cramping, drink strong, hot tea; avoid fruits and spicy foods. Some day-biting mosquitoes carry dengue fever, but this is not a problem in tourist areas. Bali is non-malarial and prophylaxis is not required. Mosquito bites, cuts or abrasions easily become infected in the tropics. Treat them immediately. Drink only bottled or boiled water. Peel fruit before eating; avoid raw vegetables except at reputable restaurants. Ice in restaurants is safe. Protect yourself from the intense equatorial sun. Use high SPF sunblock and a hat. AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases are increasing in Indonesia. Local sex workers have multiple partners from around the world. They are not checked for sexually transmitted diseases. Act responsibly and use condoms, available over the counter at pharmacies.
HOSPITAL ■ INTERNATIONAL SOS CLINIC: 24-hour emergency medical clinic services, medical evacuation, multilingual staff. Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai 505X, Kuta 80361. Tel: (0361) 710-505, Fax: (0361) 710-515. ■ RUMAH SAKIT UMUM PUSAT SANGLAH (General Hospital): Jl. Diponegoro, Sanglah, Denpasar. Tel: (0361) 227-911/15.
MUSEUMS ■ AGUNG RAI MUSEUM OF ART (ARMA):
Ubud, Tel: (0361) 976-659, Fax: 974-229. Jl. Pengosekan, Ubud, open daily 8 am-6pm. ■ ABIAN KAPAS: Tel: (0361) 227-176 East Denpasar. ■ ANTONIO BLANCO: Tel: (0361) 975-502, 975-551, Ubud, open daily 8 am-5 pm. ■ ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM: Tel: (0361) 942-352, Pejeng. Open 8 am - 3 pm weekdays. ■ GEDONG KIRTYA HISTORICAL LIBRARY: Tel: (0362) 25141, Jl. Veteran, Singaraja. Open 7am - 3pm Monday - Thursday, until Fridaynoon, closed on weekends. ■ GALLERY SENIWATI: Jl. Ubud Raya, Gianyar. Tel: (0361) 975-485 ■ MUSEUM BALI: Tel: (0361) 235-059, 222-680, Jl. Let. Kol Wisnu, Denpasar. ■ MUSEUM LE MAYEUR: Tel: (0361) 286-164, Jl. Hang Tuah, Sanur. Open 8 am - 2 pm, Tuesday - Sunday. ■ MUSEUM MANUSA YADNYA: Mengwi, open daily, but often unattended. ■ MUSEUM NEKA: Tel: (0361) 975-074, 975-034, Jl. Raya Campuan, Ubud open daily 9 am - 5 pm. ■ MUSEUM PURI LUKISAN: Tel: (0361) 975-136, 971-159, Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud, www.mpl-ubud.com ■ MUSEUM RUDANA: Tel: (0361) 975-779, 976-479, Peliatan, Ubud. ■ MUSEUM SUBAK: Tel: (0361) 810-315, Jl. Raya Kediri, Desa Sanggulan, Tabanan.
TOURIST INFO. ■ INTEGRATED TOURISM INFORMATION CENTER (ITIC) A one-stop tourist information complex of ten provinces in Indonesia comprising Bali, Lampung, Jakarta, Banten, West Java, Central Java, East Java, Jogjakarta. Jl. Raya Kuta 2, Kuta, 80361; Tel: (0361) 766-188 ■ NGURAH RAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: Tel: (0361) 751-011 ■ BADUNG GOVERNMENT TOURISM OFFICE: Jl. Kuta Raya 2, Kuta Tel: (0361) 756-175/76 ■ BALI GOVERNMENT TOURISM OFFICE: Jl. Supratman, Niti Mandala, Renon, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 222-387 ■ SINGARAJA TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICE: Jl. Veteran 23, Singaraja Tel: (0362) 251-41 ■ UBUD TOURIST INFORMATION SERVICE: Jl. Raya Ubud, Gianyar Tel: (0361) 96-285, 973-285; 8 am - 9 pm.
Published on Oct 1, 2010