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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?

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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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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.

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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.

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COURTESY PHOTO

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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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.

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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

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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

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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: bali2011@fsc.com.au 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

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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

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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


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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

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PHOTOS BY WIDNYANA SUDIBYA

T

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

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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

ceremony.

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

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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

respective places.

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

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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

expected results.

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. ■

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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

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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.

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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

out Sanur.

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

company.

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

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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.

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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

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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–

French.

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.

Courtesy photos

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

(0361) 288-833

room service is ready to serve.

standby.

www.mercureresortsanur.com

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Sanur is a small and quiet village but

â– Mercure Resort Sanur


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PROFILE&PORTRAIT

WHATEVER WHENEVER

CHEFS

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

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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

here!” Haha!

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.

Gleaneagles, Scotland.

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

Chef Yoss?

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

suitable.

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

experiences?

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

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Single out your most personal

in this position, I can clearly understand he

First time I was doing it, I was just actually

disaster.

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

Chef Wayan?

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

Chef Jack?

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.”

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“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

That’ll do.

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

Chef Ian?

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

Wisdom again.

hospitality industry”?

IL: Coz everybody’s been in that position.

IL: In the hospitality industry? Yes.

Sure...

WW: 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

meal?

personal story here, I got divorced

IL: Souvlaki lamb. For sure… and a few

because my ex told me I didn’t spend

beers.

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

(0361) 738-106

long as it’s natural.

advice. He said, “You’re only as good as

www.whotels.com/baliseminyak

■ W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak

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PONDERINGPOINT

CHELONIAN

CONSERVATION Turtle conservation can not only be solved in one country, but across the globe. They easily migrate to different parts of the world.

T

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

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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 ‘releasing ceremonies’ 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

nests.

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 people’s decision on whether to

regulations after.

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

behind it.

illegally.

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,

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PHOTO COURTESY BTDC

ACTION&ATTRACTION

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

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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

Challenge.

was named among the Top 10 Relaxation

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some owned by international chains.

this year, namely the Bali International

back-then arid area would have evolved to

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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


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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

That’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

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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 Association’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

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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

around.

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

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■ Nusa Dua Fiesta, Bali Tourism

elsewhere. It is treated with a wide range

Development Center, Nusa Dua

of spices, tubers, and spices called base

(0361) 771-010

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BEYONDBALI

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.

S

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

(601,392).

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

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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

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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.

MARTAPURA 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

again.

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

Amazing!

And again…

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

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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

OCTOBER 2010

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

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Now in front of us a couple of men

a ‘cheap’ loose diamond can reach Rp

aforementioned diamond is ready for the

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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


MUARA KOMAN

BANJARMASIN MUARANYA TAMINGLAYANG

KELUA

SANGAYAM

AMUNTAI

TABUDARAT

RANTAU

LIMBUNGAN

BINUANG

SARUNGGA

BANJARMASIN BATULICIN

MARTAPURA

SOUTH KALIMANTAN

BATIBATI BATUNGJAWA PELAIHARI KINTOP

BATAKAN

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

mining.

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. ■

INDONESIA

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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.

S

tepping inside the Taman

carried to the cemetery by boats in the

Prasasti Museum or

Krukut River.

Museum of Memorial

The cemetery was turned into an open

Stone Park, one can’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

world’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

Batavia.

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

museum caretakers.

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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

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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

attractions.

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

Mount Semeru.

a Portuguese church just outside the Old

make good photo props; therefore the

Another strong attraction is the

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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

Prasasti Museum.

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 it’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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SURABAYA HOSPITALITY Sheraton Surabaya Hotel & Towers recently announced the appointment of Mr Rajiv Kapoor as its new Director of Food and Beverage. After his stint at the Westin Sohna Gurgaon Resort & Spa and Le Royal Meridien Mumbai, Rajiv is ready to pour his distinguished Food and Beverage experience to Sheraton Surabaya Hotel & Towers. The hotel is located next to the city’s most famous shopping center, Tunjungan Plaza. It offers a comfortable retreat with 348 newly refurbished guest rooms and suites. It also offers 45 upscale apartments, perfectly suited for both long and short-term stays. Sheraton Surabaya Hotel and Towers Jalan Embong Malang 25-31 Surabaya, East Java (031) 546-8000 www.starwoodhotels.com

DRIPPED WET Oney Anwar, Indonesia’s, Gold Coast/Palm Beach based surfer sent out a loud and clear message to the surfing world that the Indonesian’s will be a power in professional surfing by becoming the first ever Indonesian surfer to win a major Association of Surfing Professionals Pro Junior surfing event when he won the Dripping Wet Pro Junior at South Curl Curl Beach on Sydney’s northern beaches on August 21. The day was highlighted by aerial performances — more successful aerial moves than ever before seen at a pro junior event in Australia and included an amazing tally of 11 aerial moves in the four man final. Anwar has been based on the Gold Coast studying for the past three years and second in the final was fellow Gold Coaster Thomas Woods. Woods set the scene for the remarkable performances scoring a perfect 10 point ride in an earlier heat when he executed a full rotation 360 degree air reverse. Third in the final completed the Gold Coast trio with Mitch Crews — all places posting outstanding final tallies on their top two scoring rides of above 16 points with Anwar on 17.75, Woods 16.50 and Crews on 16. www.isctour.com

DANCE, AND TELL The Australian Embassy in Jakarta recently announced Tarian Baru dari Indonesia or the ‘New Dance from Indonesia’, a stage presentation of two Indonesian contemporary dance groups from Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre as part of the recent Brisbane Festival this yera in September. Indonesian dance stylists, Ery Mefri and Hartati from Nan Jombang Dance Group, based in Padang, West Sumatra, have created works combining ancient tradition and modernism to tell their unique stories. www.brisbanefestival.com.au

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GOING SOLO Aston International has clinched two new management contracts for its 2 star favehotel group in Solo. The first of the two new favehotels is set to open late 2011 and will be in close proximity to central Solo’s business district offering approximately 190 rooms and diversified meeting venues with flexibility to cater conferences from 2 to 200 persons while the second favehotel will open in mid 2012 in Solo Baru and add approximately 150 stylish new faverooms to Solo’s hotel inventory. The favehotel Solo Baru will also be the first international chain hotel in Solo Baru. The favehotels by Aston is a group of new and imaginative select service hotels for smart business and leisure travelers who appreciate style, functionality and a good value. It is a new select service brand established by Aston International, aiming to offer inexpensive, fresh, attractive and contemporary 2 star hotels to smart budget minded travelers. Since its inception in July 2009 favehotel has been on the forefront of the budget hotel sector redefining the industry’s standards for select service hotels thru imaginary design, mid market features such as high quality beddings and LCD televisions and a small environmental footprint. Aston International Hotels, Resorts and Residences (021) 831-8800, www.aston-international.com

Surabaya Plaza Hotel’s lobby was recently crowded by spectators anxious to see foreigners in traditional attire who were part of the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Indonesian Arts & Culture scholarship program (BSBI) for cross cultural education. They were 12 students who were given the grant, and performed two traditional dances as part of an evaluation process of the cultural education they received during their scholarships in Surabaya. The students were of different nationalities namely Thailand, Vietnam, Germany, Timor Leste, Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Samoa, Tuvalu, Russia, and Indonesia’s own Lampung. The performance was the first month’s evaluation in their their three month scholarship. Surabaya Plaza Hotel (031) 531-6833

FRENCH NOUVELLE Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jakarta presents Chef Paul Bocuse’s 3 Michelin-starred French Cuisine, at its ORiENT8, Pan-Asian and French restaurant. Widely known as the father of French nouvelle cuisine, at age 84, Chef Paul Bocuse continues to create culinary magic. Having maintained his coveted three Michelin stars at his namesake restaurant in France for over 44 years, Chef Bocuse owns the longest number of consecutive years having been awarded this honor. For three days only, from October 28 until 30, Bocuse assigns Chef Gilles Reindhardt to Jakarta to present Bocuse’s all-time classics. Hotel Mulia Senayan, (021) 574-7777 www.hotelmulia.com 58

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Bali Tropic Resort & Spa

HOTELHIGHLIGHTS Bali Tropic Resort & Spa is an all-inclusive hotel that epitomizes the authentic Balinese architecture and style fringed by whitesand and crystalline sea--s. It combines nature, rejuvenating spa treatments, and a host of recreational activities to give you the ultimate tropical retreat... Perched gracefully between the ocean and the sky, embraced by the lush tropical landscape, resort serenity designed for indulgence, the ambience is definitely natural, a place of beauty beyond imagining. The resort offers 130 deluxe rooms, 14 royal bungalows and 3 2-bedroom suites, each featuring individually controlled air– conditioning, private bath/showers, satellite TV, IDD, minibars, and tea/coffee making facilities, safe deposit box. Vast choices for dining include three restaurants and four bars, serving international barbecue buffet dinner. Bali Tropical Spa has 10 treatment rooms with private shower and bathtub offering traditional massages, body scrubs, facial and other therapies to choose from.

All Inclusive Jl. Pratama 34A, Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua Tel: (62) 361 772130, Fax: (62) 361 772131 E-mail: hotel@balitropic-resort.com Website: www.balitropic-resort.com

Experience the authentic Balinese hospitality.

Pool Villa Club Sanur Beach Bali The Pool Villa Club at Sanur Beach Bali offers luxurious one-bedroom ocean view villas with direct beach access. Each villa with private terrace and its own 11m private pool also comes with a majestic bed, living and dining areas and expansive gardens with gazebo. The villas have fully equipped kitchens with breakfast bar, a spacious bathroom with Jacuzzi and walk-in wardrobes. Guests may take the option of dining at the gazebo while enjoying the beach and the ocean. Personal butlers provide personalized services. A perfect place for couples, families or to entertain friends. Sanur Beach Bali also features 426 rooms and suites, 2 large pools, a choice of restaurants and bars. Jl. Danau Tamblingan, Sanur 80228 Bali, Indonesia Ph: +62 361 288011 Fax: +62 361 287566 reservation@sanurbeach.aerowisata.com www.sanurbeach.aerowisata.com

The Patra Bali

Resort & Villas The Patra Bali Resort & Villas is an 11 hectare five star resort in Tuban, offering one of the largest guestrooms in Kuta. All decorated in traditional Balinese style with exquisite wooden furnishings overlooking exotic tropical landscapes. The hotel has a warm and peaceful atmosphere and is ideal for total relaxation! The Resort has 206 rooms and suites, all beautifully appointed, with marble bathrooms and five-star amenities. There is a huge swimming pool right by the sea. The 22 Villas are a semi-boutique concept, giving extra privacy and luxury for families or couples. Many have private plunge pools, and they’ve all 24-hour butler service. Villa guests have their own huge seaside swimming pool and exclusive use of the Floating Heritage Lounge. The hotel offers more facilities like 4 restaurants, convention centers, a Kids club, Spa & Health club, a Beach Bar and free shuttle service to Kuta.

Jl. Ir. H. Juanda, South Kuta Beach, Kuta Tel : (0361) 751-161 Fax: (0361) 752-030 reservation.bali@patra-jasa.com www.patrabali.com

The location is ideal, a huge landscaped property on South Kuta Beach, directly on the Indian Ocean and next to the international airport. A 5-minute drive north brings you to the heart of Kuta’s shopping district.

The Dreamland Luxury Villas & Spa The Dreamland Luxury Villas & Spa is a new destination for those who want to experience the atmosphere of first class service with state of the art facilities. 42 Private Pool Villas are available with different categories; 1 bedroom suite villa, 2 and 3 bedroom family villas to meet every guest’s dream.

Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Br. Bakung Sari, Ungasan, South Kuta, Bali Tel. (0361) 708 199; Fax. (3361) 708 168 E-mail: reservation@dreamland-villa.com sales@dreamland-villa.com www.dreamland-villa.com

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


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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

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Bali Masari

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: reservations@balimasarivillas.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: sales@mentarisanur.com 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: info@maxi-hotel.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: rock@hardrockhotels.net Website: www.hardrockhotels.net

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


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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

ABOUT SKAL AND SKAL BALI Skal International the World’s largest travel and tourism organization, founded in 1934 in Paris, 20,000 members in 500 clubs in 90 countries. Members are industry management and professionals providing accommodation, tours, transportation and travel, maritime and other activities, attractions, restaurants, golf, spas, consultation and media. Skal Bali is the largest club in Southeast Asia and World Leader in Membership Growth Membership and Information Gede Juwena Telephone: 7840212, email: gede@skalbali.com 68

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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: chilehonconsulate@bali-villa.com

■ SWEDEN & FINLAND: Segara Village Hotel, Jl. Segara Ayu Tel: (0361) 282-211, Fax: 282-211 E-mail: sweconsul@yahoo.com

■ 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: bali@honorary.mzv.cz

■ SWITZERLAND & AUSTRIA: Istana Kuta Galeria Blok Valet 2 No 12, Kuta Tel: (0361) 751-735, Fax: (0361) 754-457 E-mail: bali@honorarvertretung.ch

■ 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: consul@dps.centrin.net.id

■ THAILAND: Jl. Puputan Raya No. 81, Renon, Denpasar Fax: (0361) 263-310 E-mail: rtc_bali@thaimail.com

■ 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: bali.congen@dfat.gov.au www.bali.indonesia.embassy.gov.au ■ BRITAIN: Jl. Tirta Nadi 20, Sanur, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 270-601, Fax: (0361) 287-804 E-mail: bcbali@dps.centrin.net.id ■ BRAZIL: Jl. Raya Legian No. 186, Kuta Tel: (0361) 757-775, Fax: (0361) 751-005 E–mail: brazilconsul@bali.net

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■ GERMANY: Jl. Pantai Karang 17, Batujimbar, Sanur Tel: (0361) 288-535, Fax: (0361) 288-826 Email: germanconsul@bali-ntb.com ■ HUNGARY: Marintur, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai 219, Sanur. Tel: (0361) 287-701, Fax: (0361) 287-456 Email: huconbali@telkom.net ■ ITALY: Lotus Enterprises Building Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai, Jimbaran Tel: (0361) 701-005, Fax: (0361) 701-005 E-mail: italconsbali @italconsbali.org ■ JAPAN: Jl. Raya Puputan 170, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 227-628, Fax: (0361) 265-066 E-mail: konjpdps@indo.net.id ■ MALAYSIA: Alam Kulkul Boutique Resort, Jl. Pantai Kuta Tel: (0361) 752-520, Fax: (0361) 766-373 E-mail: info@consulmalaysia-bali.com ■ MEXICO: PT Puri Astina Putra Building Jl. Prof. Moh. Yamin 1A, Renon, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 223-266, Fax: (0361) 244-568 E-mail: consulmex@astinatravel.com ■ NETHERLANDS: KCB Travel, Jl. Raya Kuta 127, Kuta Tel: (0361) 761-502, Fax: (0361) 752-777 E-mail: dutchconsulate@kcb-tours.com ■ NORWAY & DENMARK: Mimpi Resort, Kawasan Bukit Permai, Jimbaran Tel: (0361) 701-070, Fax: (0361) 701-073 E-mail: danishcon@mimpi.com norwaycon@mimpi.com ■ POLAND: Jl. Raya Petitenget No. 11, Block I/C, Banjar Umasari, Kerobokan Tel: (0361) 732-165, Fax: (0361) 732-165 E-mail: consul@balipolandconsulate.com ■ SLOVAKIA: Jl.Gunung Agung 93, Denpasar 80118 Tel: (0361) 426-171, Fax: (0361) 426-477 E-mail: konsulslowakbali@yahoo.com ■ SPAIN: Istana Kuta Galeria, Blok Vallet 2, No. 11 Jl. Patih Jelantik, Kuta Tel: (0361) 769-296, Fax: (0361) 769-296 E-mail: espana_bali@blueline.net.id

■ TIMOR LESTE: Jl. Prof. Yamin No. 4, Renon, Denpsar Tel: (0361) 235-093, Fax: (0361) 235-092 E-mail: cgtl@dpsbali.com ■ UNITED STATES: Jl. Hayam Wuruk 188, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 233-605, Fax: (0361) 222-426 E-mail: amcobali@indosat.net.id

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.


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