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Achieving the target of 15M Foreign Tourist Arrival Tourism Ministry in December 2016 has held the National Coordination Meeting and set the target of 15M foreign tourist arrivals and 265M domestic tourist arrivals in 2017. It is certainly not easy to achieve the target without hard effort and work. However, we should feel optimistic for all parties concern with and support the program. Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said that the target has been set higher than the previous year, which was only 12M foreign tourists and 250M domestic tourists. “The 2017’s target is 15M foreign tourists and 265M domestic tourists,” he said. Ministry of Tourism also set the macro and micro target. The macro target includes the contribution to the national GDP, foreign exchange and number of labor. It is said that in 2017, tourism sector is expected to contribute 13% of national GDP, from only 11% in the previous year. As for the foreign exchange, is targeted to increase to IDR 200 trillion from only IDR 172 trillion in 2016. In terms of the amount of labor, tourism sector is expected to contribute 12 million jobs from 11.8 million in 2016. As for the micro target in 2017, Tourism Ministry set the tourism competitiveness index to rank 40th in the world. Considering the target, “Indonesia Incorporated” becomes significant by implementing the priority program of Tourism Ministry, which includes digital tourism, homestay and air connectivity. The key to the success of national tourism development cannot be separated from the role of the entire stakeholders, academics, business practitioners, government and media as the penta-helix force. On different occasion, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya mentioned cooperation of all tourist aspects as Indonesian Incorporated becomes our strength to achieve the target of 2017 until 2019. President Joko Widodo in his speech said that the growth of tourism sector should be accelerated in order to support the national economic growth. The government’s development program in the next five years focuses on the sectors of infrastructure, maritime, energy, food and tourism. The five sectors are set by considering the significance of their role in the short, medium, and long term to the national development. “Of the five sectors, tourism defined as leading sector as it shows positive growth in short, medium and long term.” According to the data of the United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), tourism sector contributes 9.8% of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP), US$ 7.58 trillion of the total world export, and the foreign exchange earning of tourism sector grows by 25.1%. In the field of employment, 1 out 11 jobs is in tourism sector. Compared to other sectors, tourism development is the easiest sector to create job opportunity (pro-job), alleviate poverty (pro-poor), accelerate economic growth (pro-growth), and preserve the environment (pro-environment). In this context, tourism has the principle of “Semakin dilestarikan, Semakin Menyejahterakan” that means if we continuously preserve something, it will bring more prosperity. The bright prospect of world tourism has become a reference in setting the target of national tourism in the future. President has set tourism target for the next five years that includes: contributing 8% to the national GDP, IDR 240 trillion foreign exchange earning, providing employment in the field of tourism for 13 million people, 20 million foreign tourist arrivals and 275 million domestic tourist arrival and tourism competitiveness index to rank 30th in the world. .*** Igo Kleden


The Ancient Village of Ke’te Kesu’ in the Heart of the Toraja Highlands


e’te Kesu’ is a quaint, traditional village concealed in the mountainous region of TanaToraja, South Sulawesi. It sits amidst a vast expanse of rice fields, and is the oldest village in the Sanggalangi district. The village is over 400 years old, and is said to have not changed at all in the last 400 years. Ke’te Kesu’ functions as a sort of living museum, where one can experience first-hand the culture and traditions of the ancient Torajan people. Kete Kesu is probably most recognized for its fascination with death, as shown through their extravagant funeral ceremonies, hanging graves and decorative burial sites. The Ke’te Kesu’ are said to have the most well-preserved megalithic culture and death-celebrating traditions in all of Toraja. This timeless town is home to about 20 families. It is comprised of eight “Tongkonan”, set in rows facing each other, complete with connected rice barns. The walls of the Tongkonan are adorned with beautiful carvings and buffalo horns, which serve as a mark of the homeowner’s status. A Tongkonan is the traditional house of the Torajan people, distinguished by its oversized boat-shaped roof. The construction of 6 | Paradiso August, 2017

Tongkonan is a laborious task, and usually requires the help of all family members. In the original Toraja Society, only those of noble blood were given the right to build Tongkonan, while the common people lived in smaller, less elaborate houses. Not far behind the Tongkonan, menhirs rise from the rice fields, marking the way to the eerie hill of Bukit Buntu Ke’su. Bukit Buntu Ke’su is an ancient burial site, estimated at over 700 years old. The rocky hillside is scattered with human skulls and bones, some piled high into large canoeshaped vessels. The face of the cliff is hollowed with caves, which are ancient crypts. The caves were carved by masters of their skill, and take many months to make. According to tradition, those of noble status were buried in higher holes, while commoners rested at the foot of the hill. Torajans believe that the higher one is buried, the easier the pathway to Paradise. Haunting, life size tau-tau, which are effigies of the dead, perch high across face of the cliff. Built to resemble the deceased, they stand watch outside each tomb, as symbols of each cave’s “inhabitants.”Some of the tombs are secured with iron bars to prevent the theft of these. Coffins also

hang from the walls of the hill, shaped in various forms of dragons, pigs, and buffalo. The wooden crates were engraved with great accuracy and beauty, but are now crumbling with age. The people of Ke’te Kesu’ are renowned as highly skilled craftsmen. Unique ornaments of bamboo and stone are carved in abstract and geometric patterns, seemingly without the use of mathematical calculations. Many souvenirs can be bought in and around the Ke’te Kesu’ village including coasters, jewellery, wall hangings, tau-tau, and even traditional weapons. Coasters, bracelets and necklaces are sold for a few thousand rupiah, while intricate wall hangings and engraved paintings can be priced at a few million rupiah. One of the Tongkonan has been converted into a museum, displaying strange, historic objects of ancient customs. Chinese ceramics, sculptures, daggers and machetes, and even a flag, said to be the first flag flown in Toraja. The Museum also conducts bamboo craft workshops for those who would like to try their hand at this skill.


Rafting Grade-5 Rapids on Toraja’s Sa’dan River


he Sa’dan river which follows the road as one travels up from Makale to Rantepao in the highlands of in South Sulawesi, is the lifeblood of the people of Toraja, as the Sa’dan irrigates the surrounding fertile rice fields and provides water for both humans and cattle in this largely agricultural land. The Sa’dan river has its source in the mountains north of Rantepao and is one of the longest rivers on the island of Sulawesi, flowing a distance of 182 km and measures 80 meters at its widest point. Along this long route, the river sometimes moves slowly over flat terrains, but more often rushes swiftly over big boulders and steep valleys, creating an unshakeable attraction to white water rafting afficionadoes. Rafting the entire Sa’dan river can take two days, offering challenges from grade 3-5, passing picturesque swathes of green ricefields, quaint traditional villages, steep gorges and high rocky mountains. It is, therefore, not a river for the meek nor for beginners. The Sa’dan river is the river for experienced and adventurous rafters. The rapids at Puru are grade three, the Seba Rapids are grade 4, with the fastest being

the Fitri rapids offering grade 5 challenges, sure to pump up your adrinaline. These grades mean that rafting on the Sa’dan can be difficult, has wavy, long, consecutivwe and strong currents, has dangerous rocks and in places has foaming whirlpool froth. The start of rafting is at the hanging bridge of Buah Kayu, north of the town of Rantepao, some 3.5 hours ride by four-wheel drive vehicle, and finishes at the Pappi bridge at Enrekang. Participants donot need to worry about accommodation, since there are many homes along the river to stay the night.

Get There Makassar, capital of South Sulawesi, is the entry point to the Toraja Highlands. As airline hub for East Indonesia, Makassar is served by many domestic airlines from and other parts of the country. The only way to get to the town of Rantepao in Toraja is by road, which takes about 8 hours from Makassar. From Rantepao to the start of your rafting expedition at Buah Kayu takes another 3.5 hours by four-wheel drive. There are buses available in Makassar that ply the Makassar-Toraja route.

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Dili, City of Peace R

ecently anointed “City of Peace” by José Ramos Horta, Dili has not always been in the news for its serenity. However his dream is becoming a reality. Visitors will find some of the world’s best diving, plus migrating whales, international events and delicious seafood. All of this is agains a Portuguese backdrop, reminders of the Indonesian occupation and the struggles since independence. By walking through the city you will find a variety of restaurants, bars and shops open most of the time. You can take a walk in the main avenue; take a look at the embassies, passing through the government palace and go down to typical markets with fresh fruits and vegetables looking tasty just by their colors. The coast of Díli is always agitated since dawn to late night. Between the beach and the road there are parks with palm trees, offering a great spot to refreshing with a nice and fresh coconut. There’s a legend saying that who drinks coconut water in

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Timor, always comes back. Dili is also a place of great hope, where East Timorese and people from around the world want to shed the decades of their legacy and become known for something food, something positive. Here is also one of the best places if you want to meet the local people. Local fishermen unship all kinds of fish, shellfish and tempting lobsters at the beach, making this a reference point to find the freshest seafood in Díli. In the afternoon, after school, the children gathered around having fun, playing football or simply running at the beach. All day along peddlers sell some cold drinks, satay and a few snacks. At night you can enjoy tasty grilled fish dinner at a restaurant by the sea. The beautiful Atauro island, about 20 miles (1 hour by fast boat) to the north, can be seen from Díli. Ferry or charter boats are available to get there. No matter what your plans are in East Timor. Dili will play an important role in

your trip. It’s your stepping-off point for seeing the country and where you’ll buy anything you may need for your travels. And it’s where you tap into the local juju to find out what’s really going on here and in the rest of the country.

When to go? May is the start of the dry season and when the Sunset Fair at Cristo Rei is held. The dry season is also when the bulk of visitors descend on Dili. June has the Dili Marathon, while the Tour de Timor cycle race is held in September. In October whales begin migrating through the Wetar Strait. For those visiting around the major religious holidays,expect to see parades at Easter and ornately decorated nativity scenes in the lead-up to Christmas. Diving off the Dili coast is great year-round. (by António Casais)


Timorese People & Culture

The People Timorese are fiercely proud of their independence and very aware of how hard they’ve had to fight for it. They are also quite stoic in the face of adversity, something honed through decades of tragedy. In many ways the population has been awakened to the possibilities ahead and that can explain some of the frequent internal upheavals. Without a common enemy in the form of the Indonesians, all manner of factions are vying for their place in the new East Timor. Old scores are being settled and spheres of power and influence calved out. People are not hesitant to protest perceived wrongs and this has led to frequent clashes in Dill and elsewhere, especially in old Fretilin strongholds. Despite the chaotic images shown in news reports, the Timorese are one of the friendliest people you will encounter. Normally polite in a simple way you’ll soon get hand fatigue from all the waving you’ll be

doing. Language issues aside, the Timorese are gregarious; in a nation this small, everybody seems to have one degree of separation. There is a long collective memory, but the Portuguese from colonial are fading from consciousness, as are the Japanese from the war. It’s much more complex regarding Indonesia: most adults in the country educated in Indonesian-run schools actually speak the language. And almost everybody had a loved one killed during the occupation, others married Indonesians sympathetic to the Timorese cause. Australia also poses a complex question. If any country could have stood for East Timor in 1975 but didn’t it was Australia. Fretilin and others still resent perceived Australian meddling in local affairs, yet Australia’s local importance, its leading role in trying to maintain peace from 1999 and the many Australians with a direct interest in, and friendship towards, East Timor make it a highly significant player. Finally, many could learn lessons about

stress reduction from the Timorese who don’t expect things to work very well and are very adept at patiently adapting to the myriad challenges faced daily.

Timorese customs Hospitality is important to the East Timorese If you’re offered food or drink when you meet somebody, it’s important to at least taste it but always wait for your host to take the first sip or bite. As a result of the long Portuguese period, shaking hands is expected. Women often cheek or air kiss, usually on both sides of the face It’s good form to greet others you pass on the street. And do as your mother always said: don’t put your feet up on anything. Always ask before taking photos or video of people but usually the East Timorese are quite happy to be photographed – a sign that East Timor is not overrun with touristis. Say“Bele?” (“May I?” in Tetun) and you’ll likely get a smiling “bele,bele” in response,

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Destination which means “yes, yes”, in contrast “Labele” would mean no and that the photo is not welcomed. East Timor is a conservative, largely traditional culture with strong Christian values. Elders, church and community leaders are treated with deference. As a general rule first names are only used among close acquaintances. Otherwise use “Senhor” (for men) or“Senhora” (for women).

Timorese Dance & Music Bits of rock country, hip-flop, rap and even reggae can all be heard in East Timor’s modern music. Guitars are popular and if there were garages there would be a lot of garage bands, especially in Dili. Instead you might say there are lots of under-trees bands across the country. No important East Timorese social gathering is complete without a band performing the types of cover songs that have been the staple of legions of globe-trotting Filipino bands to the north. Usually a generator will be found for the synthesizer and the

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ballads can continue long into the night. Should you stumble upon a festival featuring traditional dancing and music, you are in for a rare treat. The likurai was primarily a Tetun dance used to welcome warriors returning from battle. Women danced with a small drum and circled the village compound where heads taken in battle were displayed. Today it is performed by unmarried women as a courtship dance. The tebedai dance is a circle dance performed throughout East Timor and it is accompanied by a drum.

Timorese Architecture The traditional houses of East Timor vary from the large conical Bunak houses (deuhoto) in the west to the unique and iconic Fataluku houses in the east. The tall, elongated Fataluku houses have stilts supporting a main living room and are topped by a high, tapering thatched roof. A few have been built for display purposes, but you ll find many still in use on the road to Tutuala and in the region of Lantern and

Lospalos. In Oecussi the hills are dotted with the traditional lopo and ume kebubu houses of the Dawan people, while all the way from Dill to the south coast you’ll find the circular houses and conical roofs of the Mambat people. In Maliana, capital of the Bobonaro district and home to the Kemak people you’ll see rectangular stilt houses.

Basket Weaving Basket weaving is an important skill. Along the coast road between Dill and Manatuto village, craft workers hang their work out by the road to sell. Manatuto is also noted for its pottery work. On Atauro Island, directly north of Dill, a number of villages have their own distinct crafts, including wood carving and basket work. Arte Moris, an idiosyncratic and intriguing art school, gallery and social centre for a new generation of Timorese artists. It’s home to a growing number of artists in residence and is on the must do list for Dili.(*)


Timorese Local Products guese. The method for making coffee is to roast the beans till they turn black and let out an incredible aroma and hints of cocoa. Low acidity levels give Timor Leste’s coffee its heavenly taste. Verify you purchase your coffee in a traditional market as opposed to in Dili’s markets, where the item is liable to be preground and is frequently stale.

Tais – and each one outline speaks to an unique family. Tais additionally make incredible gifts and souvenirs. In Díli, visit the Tais market for an extraordinary determination from distinctive districts in East Timor. Different painstaking work incorporate ethnic woodcarvings, batik fabric and weaved fabrics. Woodcarvings are available to be purchased from numerous road sellers, and incorporate carvings of crocodiles, nearby individuals, covers and in addition vessels.

Timorese Local Produce & Markets

Coffee East Timorese local coffee is developed naturally and tastes marvelous. Coffee was introduced in East Timor by the Portu-

Timorese Tais & Handicrafts Tais is a local type of weaving made by the ladies of East Timor. Every region makes distinctively composed and shaded

East Timor doesn’t have the mixed variety of items or shops that travelers are typically used to. Be that as it may, there are markets in every town on the island and these cook sufficiently to nearby needs. A visit to an East Timorese business is an unquestionable requirement, and will supply all fresh local produce of the area that you may need.

Trekking and Hiking in Timor-Leste Trekking in Timor There is 4wd (four wheel drive) and truck access to the 1900 meter high village of Hatobuilico and from that point you can begin the trek over Mount Tatamailau. The trek is then along the spine of the Rumelau mountains and down to the town of Ainaro. A short transport excursion and afterward a stroll up finishes the circuit again to Hatobuilico. This medium to hard walk includes one night in a shrub camp and one night in Ainar

In Portuguese pilgrim days it was the most elevated heap of the entire Portuguese provincial realm. The name “Tatamailau” is Mambai-origin, the nearby dialect and means “Grandfather of all”. “Ramelau” is the name of the massif of the mountain.

The Tatamailau is devoted to the Virgin Mary and the subject of a yearly journey celebrating the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, around March 25. There is a three meter high statue of the Virgin Mary on the top.

Trekking Mt Ramelau Tatamailau, once in a while alluded as Mount Ramelau, is the most elevated mountain in East Timor with 2,986 m (9,797 ft). The mountain is placed nearly 70 km (43 mi) of the capital Dili in the area of Ainaro.

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TripAdvisor Named Bali as

Best Destination in the World 2017


ali regains the confidence of Indonesia to make tourism as the core of the national economic. The world’s most reliable and popular website that specialized in travel provider, TripAdvisor, Inc named Bali as The World’s Best Destination with Traveler Choice, and automatically also the best in Asia. “Thanks to travelers from all over the world who have given positive review about Bali, so that it can become the World’s Best Destination,” said Minister Arief Yahya in Nusa Dua, Bali on Tuesday (21/3/2017). Bali has successfully won over major cities of the world which have become the icon of global tourism. The World’s Best Destinations are Bali (Indonesia), London (UK), Paris (France), Rome (Italy), New York (USA), Crete (Greece), Barcelona (Spain), Siem Reap (Cambodia), Prague (Czechoslovakia), Phuket (Thailand). 12 | Paradiso August, 2017

“We’re proud of it, Bali strengthens the confidence of Indonesia to accelerate tourism development as leading sector and the core of national economy,” said Arief Yahya. At Asian level, Lombok is in the top nine. In the last two years, Lombok has been driven with the branding label of “Halal Tourism” and won for two consecutive years. In 2015, Lombok became the World’s Best Halal Destination and World’s Best Halal Honeymoon for the first time. In 2016, Lombok received three awards, namely The World’s Best Halal Honeymoon Destination for Sembalun, The World’s Best Halal Beach Resort for Novotel Kuta Mandalika, and World’s Best Halal Travel Website. “This is very heartening that Lombok becomes one of the nine Asian best destinations,” said Arief Yahya. The Top 10 Asian Best Destinations are

Bali (Indonesia), Siem Reap (Cambodia), Phuket (Thailand), Hoi An (Vietnam), Kathmandu (Nepal), Hanoi (Vietnam), Ko Samui (Thailand), Bangkok (Thailand), Lombok (Indonesia) and Bangkok (Thailand). Communications Director of TripAdvisor, Janice Lee Fang said, “Bali has become favorite destination of many travelers all through the years, 12 months.” “Our website helps travelers from all over the world to find anything on the island of Bali using TripAdvisor. We expect them to share their special experience and sensation during their holiday in Bali, and share information to other travelers so that they also have dream to visit Bali,” Janice explained. As a digital person, Arief Yahya knows well that review and comments of foreign and domestic tourists to TripAdvisor are very natural. In this digital era, people


complain and compliment through online media and social media. If it is really good, comfortable and enjoyable, they will share it just the way it is. The same way applied if it is something unpleasant or inconvenience. “If certain destination has been appreciated by netizen, the information is quite reliable and will influence other travelers to visit the destination. The aspects that are usually commented are tourist attractions, tourist destinations (i.e. nature, culture), transportation, airlines, car rental, ferry, traffic and many more,” said Arief Yahya. TripAdvisor is a digital platform, which is designed for travelers and tourists. It provides complete and detailed information on attractions, amenities, and access. It is exactly like the formula of 3A, which is always reminded by Minister Arief Yahya regarding the strategy of Indonesia Tourism Destination Development. “This is the importance of referring to the global standard. The criteria has been used worldwide and recognized by any nations. Therefore, if we want to be part of global players, we have to use global standards,” Arief explained. Since appointed as Tourism Minister by President Joko Widodo, Arief Yahya has determined the 3 greaters, which will be promoted actively abroad. They are Great Bali, Great Jakarta and Great Batam. This has drawn a lot of criticism since Indonesia has 34 provinces and 514 regencies/cities, not only Bali, Jakarta and Riau Islands. However, the idea of Minister Arief Yahya, who said that in order to develop the brand of Wonderful Indonesia, we need to set the priority first, has been proven to be effective. The three areas are set as the priority because 90 percent of foreign tourists enter Indonesia through three main entrances, Bali (40%), Jakarta (30%) and Riau Islands/ Batam-Bintan (20%). Thus, the government

is going to focus on developing those three areas first while improving the branding of Wonderful Indonesia. In 2015, Indonesia has successfully promoted the brand so that it ranked 47 in the world based on the version of Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index World Economic Forum. Indonesia has moved up from the position of N/A (i.e. Not Available) from 141 countries after Arief Yahya launched Top 10 Destinations. Those destinations have been endorsed as “10 New Bali.” No, there is no more debate and everything has been answered. “Thus, promotional materials in any travel marts, TV channels all around the world, outdoor and indoor venues in Amsterdam, Black Cab Taxi in London, Double Decker Bus in London, Tourist Bus in Paris, Tram in Melbourne, station and airport in Tokyo, and tourism icon in Time Square New York also use the icon of Bali and at the same time promote Borobudur for the icon of Joglosemar, Lake Toba for North Sumatera Icon, and many more,” explained Arief Yahya.

Tourism Minister also determines Bali as tourism hub, the first terminal used by foreign tourists to enter Indonesia. After enjoying the beauty and cultural tradition of Bali, they will be endorsed to see beyond Bali. “Therefore, bottlenecking in the access to Bali needs immediate solution. The airport capacity needs to be improved, and we also need to build cruise harbor and marina yacht. If the entrance is wide, the number of people entering the region will increase,” he said. How to make Bali remain on the top position? To become the Best Destination as long as possible? “We don’t need to concern on tourism attractions. The strength of Bali relies on its culture. Regarding culture, the more we preserve it, the more it brings prosperity. I have never doubted the reputation of Bali in preserving its tradition and culture,” he said. Minister Arief Yahya now needs to think about how to balance the unequal distribution of tourism activities, which is currently concentrated in the South of Bali. “60% of people coming to Indonesia, and Bali in particular is for its culture. I’m optimistic about it,” said Arief Yahya. Bali to Become Regular Winner Bali named as the Best Destination is something that comes instantly. It has gone through various processes and gained different reputations. “World-class institutions such as Travel + Leisure, World Travel Awards, Conde Nast Traveler, UNWTO Awards,, DestinAsian, TripAdvisor and many more have named Bali as the best in different categories,” he said. Moreover, Arief Yahya said that the interactive review was done digitally. It is open to public, fair and can be detected from the big digital data. Thus, it is appropriate if currently the Ministry of Tourism is encouraging Go Digital in all areas, and making digital aspect as the first priority in 2017. (*)

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Bukit Lawang, “Door to The Hills” of The Legendary Sumatra Jungle B ukit Lawang is located about 90 kilometers northwest of Medan, the capital city of North Sumatra, and at the south of the Mount Leuseur National Park. It is a gateway to the legendary Sumatran jungle with it’s steep slippery terrain and muddy slopes. Exploring the jungle here is a true adventure. Trek through the breathtakingly thick jungle and be transported into to new world. It is the gentle giants of the jungle, the orangutans, which are the main attraction here. Bukit Lawang is one of the best places in the world to meet this rare and endangered primate. See these graceful creatures swing through the forest canopy as they forage for fruit. This is one of the largest stronghold communities of orangutans, with more than 5000 of them living in the here. 14 | Paradiso August, 2017

The Orangutan rehabilitation center is where young orphaned orangutans are trained to live in the wild and has been operating since 1973. Today, it attracts visitors from around the world who come here to catch a glimpse of these amazing orphaned creatures. The rehabilitation center helps orangutans regain their natural habits by putting them through intensive training before their release back to the wild. Once a primate heads back the jungle, the rehabilitation center keeps providing it with food supplements and regular check-ups.

Get Around As you venture deep into the Sumatran jungle, you’ll have little way to get around but to use your feet and walk. Trek through the wild and muddy jungle and try and

catch a glimpse of the native wildlife. The park is home to Sumatra’s and the world’s most exotic animals including elephants, tigers, sun bears, gibbons clouded leopards as well as the famous orangutans. Hike the hills for some incredible views of the spectacular landscape. For a true adventure go rafting and ride the wild rapids of the river.

Get There From Medan use a car or a bus to get to Bukit Lawang. Buses depart frequently from Pinang Baris bus terminals (located at Jalan Gatot Subroto). The trip takes around 3 hours. If you are traveling in a group or want something more convenient instead of the public bus, you can rent a car with arranged trips through most of the main tourist destinations.


Loksado, the Place where Culture Meets the Stunning Natural Landscape


oksado is a sub-district of the Hulu Sungai Selatan Regency where the well preserved indigenous Dayak culture meets the stunning natural landscape. It is a lush landscape decorated with wonderful waterfalls, rushing rivers, and the enchanting culture of its indigenous people. This particular part of Kalimantan is home to the indigenous Dayak Meratus tribes–a sub ethnic group of the Dayak in Kalimantan that occupy traditional houses called Balai. Today, there are at least 43 of these Balai that can be found in 9 villages across Loksado. A Balai is a traditional wooden long house with tens of rooms measuring 3x4 meters and are occupied by tens of families. Living closely with nature, the Dayak Meratus practice the Aruh Ganal Rituals that revolve around agriculture. Equally fascinating as the exotic Dayak culture are

the Meratus Mountains themselves that are filled with natural splendors. The lush landscape is decorated with fascinating waterfalls, among which are the Haratai Waterfall, Riam Hanai Waterfall, Kilat Api Waterfall, Rampah Menjangan Waterfall, Pemandian Anggang Waterfall, and Tinggiran Hayam Waterfall. There is also the Tanuhi Hot Spring where one can enjoy refreshing hot water. Its tropical forest moreover, holds other treasures where the exotic pitcher plant (Nepenthes distillatoria) and the endemic Meratus Orchid (Dendrobium hepaticum) grow. The most exceptional feature of Loksado’s natural treasures is the Amandit River that runs through some of the most fascinating sceneries of the area. The winding river of fresh clear water decorated with rocks and creeks and unique traditional

bridges that look to the lush green hills of Meratus are surely a sight rarely found elsewhere. To top it all, you should enjoy the magnificent scenery and exceptional sensation from a bamboo raft on the river.

Get There The highway is paved all the way from Banjarmasin to Kandangan, but from Kandangan capital of Hulu Sungai Selatan Regency) the road narrows considerably. There is no public transportation from Banjarmasin or elsewhere, except from Kandangan but even this is not frequent. If your starting point is Banjarmasin, your best bet to reach Loksado is by renting car with driver. The trip itself will take approximately 4-5 hours.

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Once Again! Indonesia’s and NASI GORENG Crowned

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ext to Indonesia’s outstanding natural splendors and fascinating cultural attractions, the wonders of Indonesia also lie in the abundant and diverse culinary treasures that have clearly also attracted worldwide attention. After its previous success in 2011, Rendang, the scrumptious meat dish from West Sumatra was again crowned the Best Food in CNN’s World’s 50 Best Foods recently published on 12th July 2017. This time,

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second to Rendang on the top was Nasi goreng, Indonesia’s renowned and beloved Fried Rice, confirming Indonesia’s reign over the world’s best loved cuisines. “Rendang, and Nasi Goreng are among five Indonesian distinct Foods that are being promoted by the Ministry of Tourism as culinary icons of Indonesia. Others being pushed are Soto, Satay, and Gado-gado. This achievement truly boosts Indonesia’s culinary brand and with it Indonesia’s Tour-

ism in general” said Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, commenting on this proud achievement. Rendang hails from the highlands of West Sumatra, while Nasi Goreng is a delicious invention that somehow became popular across the Indonesian islands. The list was compiled by CNN following a poll on popular social media Facebook, and 35,000 votes, when Rendang and Nasi Goreng came on the top two of the list.

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Meanwhile, another Indonesian culinary icon, Satay or Meat Skewers also made it to the list in 14th place. “Beef is slowly simmered with coconut milk and a mixture of lemongrass, galangal,

garlic, turmeric, ginger and chilies, then left to stew for a few hours to create this dish of tender, flavorful bovine goodness. The Indonesian dish is often served at ceremonial occasions and to honored guests. It’s not only delicious but also comes with a simple recipe”, such is the illustration given by CNN as quoted from the article. Reader Kamal F Chaniago showed great foresight when he wrote, “Rendang is the best.” A clear winner with a loyal following, this beefy dish can now rightfully claim the title of “World’s Most Delicious Food.”While another comment given by Isabela Desita said: “Rendang should be the first! It’s really nice, you should try it!” Having received more than 10 times the votes compared to its Thai counterpart, Nasi Goreng –the Indonesian Fried Rice has this year propelled from the non-runner up to runner up. “The wonder of combining rice with egg, chicken and prawns strikes again.” wrote the article. One reader, commented “I like Rendang and Nasi Goreng, two of most popular foods in Indonesia!”, and apparently thousands of voters agreed. Minister Arief Yahya further mentioned that Indonesia’s culinary presentations have become an important part of Indonesia’s Tourism. “The more our food is extensively known in the world, the more people will be drawn to come and visit our country,” said the Minister. Moreover, Minister Arief Yahya stated

that the Ministry is currently boosting our Culinary Tourism by cooperating with all stakeholders including academics and the media. The Minister will also support the branding of Indonesian Restaurants overseas. 10 Indonesian restaurants in a number of countries will be chosen to represent and promote Indonesia’s Tourism. This will be done according to target markets, such as for instance in France, Indonesian restaurants will be designated as centers of Indonesia’s Culinary Promotion. Meanwhile, Deputy for Tourism Marketing Development of the Ministry of Tourism, Esthy Reko Astuti was also pleased to receive the good news and commented that food will always play an important part in getting to the heart of international tourists. “Indonesia has over 5,350 authentic traditional recipes that are our recognized national heritage. Not only are these exceptionally delicious, but every dish has a rich and long history. Our culinary treasures are colorful and feature strong taste, using a rich variety of ingredients. We are very proud to have Rendang and Nasi Goreng recognized among the Best Food in the World “ said Esthy Reko Astuti.

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Rococo Group Expands its Rococo Resort and Brings Vilebrequin, The New Member of The Family R

ococo Group, the fashion retailer known for its high-end fashion collection for women, men and kids continues to expand. Maintaining a total of eleven stores to cater to all customers’ needs in Jakarta and Bali, Rococo Group now expanding its Rococo Resort at W Bali – Seminyak, a place where magic comes alive. The place where isolated from city noise, giving the customer’s new shopping ambience. Opened early in December, Rococo Resort offers wide selection of brands, starts from chic swimwear Eberjey, Mara 18 | Paradiso August, 2017

Hoffman, Body Glove and Agua de Alma. Women can also discover shoe collection by Giuseppe Zanotti, Manolo Blahnik, Casadei, N21, Chiara Ferragni, Badgley Mischka, Chloe, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Cole Haan and Cynthia Vincent. Bags and clutch collection by Olympia le Tan, Yazbukey, Les Petits Joueurs, Cole Haan, and Lauren Merkin. As well as accessories by Philippe Audibert, House of Harlow, Skye, Eric Javits, Linda Farrow, Orlebar Brown, Markus Lupper, Christian Lacroix, Dries Van Noten and Eugenia Kim. And the men stay current with stylish

ready-to-wear collection, starts from readyto-wear collection by rag & bone, Theory, Vince, Gilded Age, Michael Bastian and JV Star USA. Shoes from John Varvatos, rag& bone, N21, Kenzo, Vince, Cole Haan. Not just bring the well known Rococo name into the heart of Bali, Rococo Group also brings the new member in the family, Vilebrequin. Vilebrequin is a Saint Tropez – based cult swimwear brand known for exceptional quality, bold prints and strong colors. Hand in hand with the Rococo Resort, Vilebrequin offers everything the 45-year-old Saint-Tropez based swimwear


brand could offer, from matching dad and son swim shorts (its specialty) to women’s shorties, bikinis and boyfriend shirts. Vilebrequin settles for nothing less than excellence. Rococo Resort – Vilebrequin, at 60 square meter is now open at W Bali – Seminyak. Jl Petitenget 80361, Bali from 10 am to 10 pm everyday.

About Rococo Rococo was founded in 2000 with its first store opening in Plaza Indonesia, located in the center of Jakarta. Established to provide high fashion with competitive price in Indonesia, Rococo soon became the go-to store for the fashion-savvy looking for high quality designer shoes, rare items in the country at the time. Not long after, Rococo launched the first Stuart Weitzman, Giuseppe Zanotti and Vilebrequin stores in the country, further improving its service for loyal customers. To cater a wider audience, Rococo expanded to

build Rococo Store, providing high street brands and for those bargain hunters, Rococo Rack will definitely fulfill their desire to purchase designer shoes for less. Although Rococo has always been providing shoes for men and children, it decided to spread its wings by setting up standalone stores for both men and children, aptly titled Rococo The Men’s Store and Rococo The Kids. In December 2015, Rococo opened its first establishment in Bali, aptly titled Rococo Resort (located at Seminyak Village), shoppers can expect a more laid-back resort wear collection. For info please contact : Ditya Nabiel PR & Promotion Mgr of Rococo Group T : +62 21 2992 4003 F : +62 21 2992 4005 E :

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CITILINK starts CHONGQING and KUNMING, China, Direct Charters to beautiful BINTAN ISLAND


oosting air connectivity between China and Indonesia, Citilink, LCC subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia will start 13 charter flights from the cities of Chongqing and Kunming in China direct to the the Raja Haji Fisabilillah (RHF) Airport in Tanjung Pinang , capital of the Riau Islands province, on Bintan Island. “The charter flights will be operated during the period between 22nd July to 21stAugust 2017. There are 2 source cities in China: Chongqing and Kunming that are both new markets and have not been served by charter flights to Indonesia before� said Senior Manager of Charter Business and Operation of Citilink, Teddy Rezadiansyah. Teddy added that in preparation for the arrival of the charter flights, close integrated coordination with relevant authorities and agencies in charge have been made. To date the Tanjung Pinang RHF Airport has as yet not been designated as international airport so that up to now RHF has

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only served domestic flights. Normally, international passengers arrive at Bintan by sea only, so that Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) officers are not stationed at the airport. Nonetheless, special for the Citilink charters, the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine officials have agreed to process passengers at the Tanjung Pinang airport. Visa Free Facilities may also be granted to passengers at the RHF airport. “Thankfully, the RHF Airport has obtained a temporary permit from the Directorate General of Immigration in Jakarta. The Immigration Office on Bintan has clarified, however, that this permit is valid only for these charters and for this specified period only awaiting official announcement that the RHF Airport is declared an international airport. Citilink is definitely prepared to bring in more international tourists to the country including to Bintan” said Teddy Rezadiansyah. The Angkasa Pura II authority under whose auspices is Bintan’s RHF Airport, has meanwhile already extended the runway from the earlier 2,026 meters to 2,226 meters so as to enable it to receive Citilink’s Airbus 320 planes used for the flights. Other facilities being prepared include Check Point counters for Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine Procedures and application for free visa extended to nationals from 169 countries. The charter flights between Chongqing and Kunming to Tanjung Pinang are intended to support the government’s programwhich has placed Tourism as leading

economic sector, targeting the arrival of 20 million tourists by 2019. “Tourists in China are very eager to visit the many amazing destinations in Indonesia, where interest to holiday in Bintan has shown significant growth” commented Teddy Rezadiansyah. Teddy also expects that the start of direct charter flights will accelerate tourism development in the Riau Islands Province. “ Bintan and Tanjung Pinang will be more widely known in the international market and more investments will follow. This is Citilink’s support for Indonesia’s tourism in the spirit of ‘Indo-

nesia Incorporated’ which has been widely expressed by the Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya” added Teddy Rezadiansyah. Situated just a ferry ride away from Singapore and Johor Bahru in Malaysia, as well as its neighboring Batam island, Bintan is the largest island in the Riau Islands province and one that offers the perfect getaway complete with high-end resorts, world-class golf courses, and refreshing coastal atmosphere offering beach games, trekking through forests, mangrove tours to delicious fresh seafood restaurants, to spa, boating and sailing opportunities. Bintan’s chief tourist attraction today is the Bintan Resort, a spectacular beach holiday destination in the north of the island, covering 23,000 hectares along the entire sandy white coast facing the North Natuna Sea. Bintan has today grown into a world class Sport-Tourism destination attracting thousands around the world to compete in its marathons, triathlons, Ironman races, extreme sports and golf challenges. Lately, to attract even more visitors, a huge man-made lagoon has been added at Lagoi surrounded by new four-starand other luxury hotels. In Bintan Resorts are among others: Bintan Lagoon Resort, Lagoi Bay Villas, Angsana Bintan, Banyan Tree Bintan, The Canopi, the Sanchaya, Swiss-Bel Hotel, Ria Golf Lodge, Nirwana Gardens , and a lot more.

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Renew and Revitalize at Alaya Resort Jembawan

Alaya Hotels & Resorts Launches Boutique Wellness Retreat in Ubud


remier hospitality brand Alaya Hotels & Resorts is delighted to launch its newest property - Alaya Resort Jembawan. Nestled in the heart of Ubud, this boutique wellness retreat is a healing sanctuary for personal renewal. It is positioned to provide affordable solutions to many of the issues that arise from the stresses of living in today’s fast-paced world. With just 37 rooms across three primary categories, travellers can look forward to basking in the unique blend of design-driven elegance and heartfelt service that has become synonymous with Alaya’s own brand of hospitality. Each accommodation category taps into

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the cultural richness and sense of community that is totally authentic to Ubud. Tasteful in every possible way, all rooms are designed to take guests on a journey towards personal well-being. From smart furnishings and hints of local creativity to all the little extras that count, there’s a feel-good factor that immediately puts the mind at ease. For visitors hoping to indulge, the Deluxe Room provides a restful environment to unwind after a busy day spent exploring the sights of Ubud. It is a cosy base featuring clean-line furnishings, a smart en-suite bathroom and a decorative wall that showcases Bali’s creative legacy. A private terrace or balcony

blends seamlessly into the outdoors providing extra space to sit and relax. The Alaya Room is the resort’s signature accommodation category that ensures total comfort and holiday peace of mind. It features a smart decor with an original work of local art extending along one entire wall and out onto the terrace. An elegant bathroom with a rain-shower cubicle and a floor standing bathtub promises a spa-styled bathing experience. Redefining island-inspired luxury, the Alaya Suite was created to anticipate every possible holiday need before it is even realised. With purposefully-designed areas for sleeping, relaxation and

Hotel bathing, the suite is a veritable haven with all the essential comforts of home. A soothing decor, bespoke furnishings and personal touches give this spacious accommodation category an air of sophistication. As a place where guests are encouraged to slow down, eat nutritious food and return to the basics of simply living well, Alaya Resort Jembawan provides an array of facilities and services designed with great emphasis on body, mind, and spirit rejuvenation. With its team of onsite experts, including an Ayurvedic specialist and yoga instructor, this boutique wellness retreat offers a variety of lifestyle programs that are tailored to address specific health concerns. A dedicated yoga pavilion is a focal point in the resort’s outdoor environment. It provides a peaceful spot for in-house guests to meditate or exercise under the guidance of resident instructors. Daily sessions of yoga, which combine deep breathing techniques with stretching movements and poses, complement all wellness programs offered on-site. Additional activities such as Balinese dance lessons,

Balinese handicraft classes and cooking workshops are also available for guests who wish to immerse themselves in the island’s local culture. Alaya Resort Jembawan features two swimming pools created with early morning laps and water-based exercises in mind. There is ample space for daytime relaxation with reclining chairs and shady umbrellas that are just perfect for lounging or reading. Both pools are enveloped by lush greenery and artistic elements showcasing traditional landscaping techniques by the dearly departed Made Wijaya, who was a local authority on tropical gardens and island-inspired aesthetics. A haven of relaxation and renewal, DaLa Spa at Alaya Resort Jembawan draws inspiration from the holistic teachings of Ayurveda, which is the world’s oldest healing system. The Ayurvedic concept, which originates from India, is evident in the spa’s interiors as well as its treatment menu where great emphasis is placed on balancing all areas of life and helping the body call upon its own energy to heal. The spa’s treatment rooms were specifically built for wet and dry therapies, with steam

boxes, a crystal light bed, and a Thai massage room. An Ayurvedic specialist presides over this unique wellness facility to conduct pre-treatment consultations and recommend integrated health programs. Herb Library at the front entrance of the resort is a contemporary, healthy, all-day dining venue that serves carefully-crafted and nutritionally balanced cuisine with multi-cultural influences. The restaurant offers guests a range of unique plant-based meals for self-professed Herbivores, with sustainably and responsibly-sourced fish and chicken options for Omnivores. To complement Herb Library’s menu, renowned living food movement expert Diana von Cranach, together with Suresh, an Ayurvedic practitioner from Kerala in India, provide special Ayurvedic dishes as part of the resort’s wellness concept. Located in “downtown” Ubud, Alaya Resort Jembawan is within easy walking distance to key attractions in the village such as the popular Monkey Forest Sanctuary, the Neka Gallery, Arma Museum, the Ubud Market, the Royal Palace, and Museum Blanco.

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ABOUT ALAYA HOTELS & RESORTS Alaya Hotels and Resorts is a premier accommodation brand that selects distinct destinations for its properties. The company’s mission is to merge a new generation of hospitality and refined service standards with classic contemporary interiors and innovative space. Alaya properties are well appreciated by millennial couples and families who thirst for interesting travel opportunities and personalized experiences. Alaya Resort Ubud, Alaya Resort

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Kuta and Alaya Resort Jembawan were designed by Perth-based architects Grounds Kent, an award-winning firm responsible for numerous culturally unique resort projects worldwide. The three hotels feature landscape art by Made Wijaya and signature pieces by acclaimed Indonesian sculptor, Pintor Sirait, along with décor by Moroccanborn interior decorator Zohra Boukhari, in its DaLa Spas. Alaya Hotels and Resorts is managed by AIM Hospitality, a privately held Indonesian-based holding company that operates several successful leisure brands including Villa de daun, Tanaya

Bed & Breakfast, DaLa Spa and Manisan. Alaya Hotels and Resorts is a premier accommodation brand that selects distinct destinations for its properties. The company’s mission is to merge a new generation of hospitality and refined service standards with classic contemporary interiors and innovative space. Alaya properties are well appreciated by millennial couples and families who thirst for interesting travel opportunities and personalized experiences. Alaya Resort Ubud, Alaya Resort Kuta and Alaya Resort Jembawan were designed by Perth-based architects Grounds Kent, an award-winning firm responsible for numerous culturally unique resort projects worldwide. The three hotels feature landscape art by Made Wijaya and signature pieces by acclaimed Indonesian sculptor, Pintor Sirait, along with décor by Moroccanborn interior decorator Zohra Boukhari, in its DaLa Spas, Petani and Herb Library Alaya Hotels and Resorts is managed by AIM Hospitality, a privately held Indonesian-based holding company that operates several successful leisure brands including Villa de daun, Tanaya Bed & Breakfast, DaLa Spa, Petani, Sukun, Manisan and Herb Library. For further information, please contact Irma Wardani | Corporate Marketing Communications Manager


Kawah Putih T

ravelling south from Bandung, capital city of West Java you will find yourself surrounded by mountains with magnificent sceneries, a rolling evergreen landscape of neatly cropped tea bushes, clumps of tropical forests, and misty hilltops. Amidst this fascinating setting, a surreal beauty radiates from an enchanting crater lake known as Kawah Putih or literary translated means the White Crafter. Kawah Putih is located near the charming little market town of Ciwidey, approximately 50 Kilometers south of Bandung. The Crater Lake is one of two craters of Mount Patuha, with the dry Kawah Patuha or the Patuha Crater located 600 meters to its northwest, being the other. Stepping into Kawah Putih is like entering a different realm. As the name suggests, the Crater Lake and its surroundings are dominated by a pale white color which radiates a rather hypnotizing ambience. The vast dormant volcanic crater is filled with surreal turquoise-colored water. On sunny days, the color of the lake is stark and bright, while on cloudy days, the entire

crater can be shrouded in mist, which presents its own mystical beauty. The tree-clad cliffs surrounding the crater reach around 2,500 meters above sea level and make for a stunning backdrop, especially when the clouds start to roll in. The altitude here brings with it chilly temperatures, which in a way, will add to the magical splendor of Kawah Putih. The lake is said to have been first documented in 1837 by Dr Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn, a German botanist who carried out a considerable amount of research in Indonesia until his death in 1864 in Lembang, located just north of Bandung. At the time, there were various local stories about the history of the area. Birds were said to avoid flying near the region and some were even found dead after flying above the lake. Villagers in the area tended to regard the forest around the lake as eerie and somewhat mysterious. These stories prompted Dr Junghuhn to investigate, and so discovered Kawah Putih. He concluded that the birds flying over the Crater Lake died due to its high concentra

tion of sulfur. Upon this discovery, a sulfur plant known as the Zwavel Ontginning Kawah Putih was established by the lake during Dutch rule on Java. In World War II the plant was taken over by the Japanese military and was operated under the name Kawah Putih Kenzanka Yokoya Ciwidey. Today the plant no longer exists , however, entry points to its tunnels, remnants of these mining activities can still be seen at several points around the current site. First opened for visitors in 1987, nowadays Kawah Putih is a favorite destination for tourists and day trippers who are simply stunned by its mesmerizing ambience. On weekends and on holidays, quite large numbers of visitors frequently visit the area just to immerse themselves in the mystical beauty of nature. Kawah Putih is open to the public daily from 07.00 to 17.00 West Indonesia time. The facilities available are adequate with a parking lot, transportation, information center and food stalls.*** 25 | Paradiso August, 2017



The Latest Luxurious Ferry to Serve BATAM-SINGAPORE with 317 Seats


ombining high end technologies, luxurious facilities, and comfort for passengers, the Majestic Fast Ferry Pte Ltd recently launched its latest ferry called MV Majestic Dream that will serve passengers travelling between Singapore and the beautiful island of Batamin the Riau Islands Province. Besides being a business and industrial center, Batam is popular for tourists because of its natural tropical island landscape, first class golf courses, relaxing spas, scrumptious fresh seafood and shopping, notably for Indonesian cuisine herbs and ingredients. MV. Majestic Dream has a total capacity of 317 seats and is completed with 2 VIP Rooms with 4 seats each especially designed for business travelers. The Ship is 33 meters long and features the latest technology designed in Australia. The Head of Promotion of Majestic fast Ferry Batam, Victor, explained that the ship is the product of some of the best talents in Indonesia at the PT Cahaya Samudra Shipyard Batam. “All seats use real leather to pamper passengers and tourists” said Victor, adding that the ferry will serve the route between

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Batam-Singapore very soon. The launch of mv. Majestic Dream is part of the series in launching the company’s new fleet to be gradually introduced to the public. Last year 2016, three new ferries

were launched, namely the Majestic 7, Majestic 8, and Majestic 9. Aside being aimed to raise the company’s services to customers, the launch of this latest luxurious ferry is also targeted

Transportation to boost tourist arrivals from Singapore to Batam, as part of Majestic Fast Ferry’s contribution to the development of tourism on Batam. Victor emphasized that the Majestic Fast Ferry Pte Ltd is an experienced Singapore-Batam ferry operator and is currently the only private operator directly cooperating with the Indonesian Government to increase the number of tourists to the country. “By continuously introducing our new fleet, Majestic fast Ferry Pte Ltd expects that the interest of international tourists to visit Indonesia will also grow significantly� said Victor. Located so near Singapore, Batam is a favorite resort for residents and international tourists in and to Singapore who wish to get closer to nature, relax for a short vacation of go golfing or sailing, enjoy mouthwatering fresh seafood, luxuriate in a traditional royal spa, go shopping or just holiday for family fun. Last year, the island successfully achieved the target of 1.6 million international tourists arrival. This year the island has set its goal to welcome 1.7 million tourists, while the whole of the Riau Islands

Province, that include Bintan, Karimun, Natuna and the Anambas island, together aim to achieve the target of 2.5 million this year. Through continuous improvements

made to the accessibility, amenities, as well as attractions, all stakeholders are optimistic that these targets will be achieved or even exceeded.

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Kalasan Temple,

The Oldest Buddhist Temple that Predating The Great Borobudur


alasan Temple is believed as the oldest Buddhist temple in Central Java and Yogyakarta, even predating the colossal Borobudur Tample. It is located on the southern main road between the cities of Yogyakarta and Solo, approximately 2 Km from the Prambanan Tample compound. The temple stands on a 45x45 meters rectangular base. Each of the four main cardinal points has stairs and gates adorned with Kala-Makara and also rooms measuring 3.5 square meters. No statue is found in the smaller room facing north, west, and south; but the lotus pedestals suggest that the rooms once must have contained statues of bodhisat28 | Paradiso August, 2017

tvas. The temple is richly decorated with Buddhist figures such as the Bodhisattva and Gana. The Kalasan inscription found near the temple indicates that it was completed in the Saka year 700 Saka or 778 AD. Written in Sanskrit using Pranagari script. One notable feature of the temple is its octagonshaped roof, which features carved images of the Tathagatas/Buddha facing the four cardinal points, each of which is flanked by a pair of bodhisattvas in bas-relief. Kalasan temple is located in the archaeologically rich Prambanan valley. Just a few hundred meters north east of Kalasan one will find the Sari Temple (or Candi Sari)

which was most probably the monastery mentioned in the Kalasan inscription.

Get There Kalasan temple is located roughly about 13 Km east from , about 100 meters south off the main road of Yogyakarta-Solo in direction to Prambanan Temple Complex. From Yogyakarta the trip will take approximately 25-35 minutes. If you want to take public transportation, you can catch the TransJogja Buses in many shelters in Yogyakarta with the direction to Prambanan for an Rp 3,000.



the Sweet Jacfkfruit Stew of Yogyakarta


he main ingredient of Gudeg is young unripe jackfruit, known locally as gori. In the process, the shredded young jackfruits are boiled with palm sugar and coconut milk over low heat for several hours. It tastes best when cooked in an earthen pot over a wooden or charcoal fire. Garlic, shallot, candlenut, coriander seed, galangal, bay leaves, then teak leaves are added to the mix which gives the reddish brown color to the dish. Dominated by the sweet taste, Gudeg is, therefore, often described as the “young jack fruit sweet stew”. In contrast to the western “fast food”, Gudeg is the perfect example of Javanese slow and thorough cooking. The process of making this traditional jackfruit stew can be tiring and tedious. Almost every part of the process is time consuming, and must be done with precision. Therefore, creating the perfect Gudeg can take almost a full day. In a way, it is a perfect reflection of Javanese philosophy of calmness, patience,

and meticulousness, as opposed to rushing and recklessness. Just like most Indonesian food, Gudeg is served with rice. Other mandatory side dishes that are usually served with Gudeg include: sambel goreng krecek (crisp beef skins fried with chilli and peanuts), opor ayam (a sort of chicken curry drenched in coconut milk), telur pindang (seasoned boiled egg), and tahu or tempe bacem (sweet steamed tofu or soybean cake).

Generally, there are two types of Gudeg: the Wet Gudeg and Dry Gudeg. The wet Gudeg has more coconut milk sauce which resembles gravy. On the other hand, the dry Gudeg has a deep brownish color and caramelized young jackfruit which gives it a sweeter taste. The dry Gudeg, also takes longer to cook since it needs to drain the coconut milk, so that it will also last longer (24 hours when stored in a fridge). There is also another variant of Gudeg which is called Gudeg Manggar. Instead of young unripe jackfruit, Gudeg Manggar uses coconut flower which is locally known as Manggar. Another version comes from the neighboring city of Solo which is more soupy, since it is added with lots of coconut milk and is whitish in color because teak leaves are generally not added. Gudeg can be found in almost every part of Yogyakarta; however the most popular place for Gudeg is at Wijilan and Barek. Wijilan is located not too far from the royal palace of Yogyakarta and can be reached by becak trishaw or a 10 minutes’ walk from here. There are over 17 restaurants in this area that sell gudeg with their own distinct taste and touch. The other Gudeg center, Barek, is located on the north side of Yogyakarta near the Gadjah Mada University. Here, there are also many restaurants and street-side tents offering this legendary dish.

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ukang Taneuh or Green Canyon is river tourism which now has become tourist attraction in Ciamis Regency. Green Canyon is located 31 kilometers to the south of Pangandaran on Kertayasa village, Cijulang sub-district, West Java Province. The development of this place into tourist destination has been started since the leadership of President Soeharto in the 1990’s by the construction of post I located in Ciseureuh, Karangpaci, Kertayasa village. In its development, the area is managed by a tourism group KOMPEPAR and Tourism Bureau as the coordinator. With attention from the local government, Green Canyon undergoes rapid development, which includes facilities improvement and construction of post II located around 30 | Paradiso August, 2017

Cukang Taneuh. In the beginning, Post II was built by the villagers. It consisted of shower room and rest area which were later damaged by the flood. Currently, post II is bigger with new facilities of prayer room and rest booth. Local people call it palatar (in Sundanese language means large yard). The name of Green Canyon was given by French tourist named Bill Jhon. Its original name is Cukang Taneuh. Cukang means bridge and taneuh means soil. Thus, Cukang Taneuh means a bridge made from soil. It is built by nature through natural process. The texture under the bridge consists of stalactite and stalagmite. For distance, it looks like a cave decorated with green canyon. The area under the bridge is where the boat that takes tourists around stops before going into a waterfall which

is by the local people called the golden waterfall. It indeed looks like gold in certain time due to the sunray reflection on the brownish water. Going further inside, especially when you swim, you can see a stone which looks like an umbrella. Thus it is called the umbrella stone. Visitors are able to climb the stone and if you have enough guts, you can jump into the water from there. The stone is 6 meter high. Farther than this area, there is a place called pemandian putri (the princess bathing place). It has the shape of a bathtub decorated with water seepage through the walls and stalactite, which makes it, looks like raindrops. The water is cool and refreshing. Local people believe that the water can make people who take a bath there stay young.

East Manggarai

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Vanda Magdalena,

Kegigihan yang Membuahkan Hasil

Tak ada kesuksesan tanpa kerja keras”, itulah semboyan seorang Vanda Magdalena. Setelah melewati banyak pengalaman pahit, pada akhirnya Vanda berhasil mewujudkan mimpi membuat bisnis produksi tas kulit dengan merek Giglini.

Kejujuran dan tekad yang kuat Dunia bisnis memang sudah tidak asing lagi bagi Vanda. Selama 12 tahun dia berkarier di berbagai bidang dan Organisasi

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Internasional. Mulai dari, Kedutaan Besar Amerika Serikat, Frisian Flag Indonesia, sampai AusAID. Kegigihannya dalam bekerja membuatnya berhasil mencapai karier sebagai manajer keuangan dalam proyek kerja sama antara pemerintah Australia dan Indonesia. Selama empat tahun membantu proyek kerja sama bilateral tersebut tidak penah mengikis mimpi Vanda untuk memiliki bisnis sendiri, khususnya di bidang asesoris fashion. Dengan kejujuran serta tekad yang kuat menjadikan dia yakin dengan keputusannya. “Meskipun skill yang dipunya terbatas,

tetapi kalau bisa jujur dan dapat dipercaya, pasti bisa kerja sama dengan saya. Semua itu adalah misi saya dalam membangun usaha. Kejujuran yang paling utama,” ujarnya. Vanda mulai melakukan riset pada tahun 2012. Membutuhkan waktu 2 tahun untuk Vanda berhasil mempersiapkan segala sesuatunya, diantaranya meriset mengenai model, bahan baku, jenis kulit, dan desain yang dianggap tepat sebagai bahan produksi,” imbuh Alumni Teknik Kimia, Politeknik Institut Teknologi Bandung ini. Keputusan Vanda untuk menekuni bisnis tas kulit tidak dapat dilepaskan


dari pengalaman saat berwisata keliling Eropa. Saat mengunjungi Italia, dia banyak mengobservasi beragam jenis tas kulit khas Italia. Pertanyaan yang selalu tersirat dalam benaknya adalah mengapa tas kulit buatan Italia begitu terkenal dan digemari khalayak di seluruh dunia. “Saat saya ke Roma, saya melihat banyak tas yang yang dibuat dengan merek yang tidak terkenal, tetapi kualitas kulitnya bagus. Nah pada saat aku merintis bisnis ini aku ingin mendapat supplier kulit seperti yang di Itali,” ungkapnya. Melalui pengalaman tersebut banyak mempengaruhi Vanda dalam memulai bisnisnya. Salah satunya adalah dia merasa harus menggunakan material kulit asli yang kualitasnya sama dengan material yang banyak digunakan para produsen tas di Italia. Dia mencari bahan kulit berkualitas bagus di sejumlah kota seperti Bandung, Garut, dan Jakarta. Akhirnya dia menemukan pemasok kulit berkualitas di Bandung, dan Jakarta. Dia kemudian mencari perajin tas yang terampil membuat rancangan sesuai dengan permintaannya. Vanda mengaku sangat berhati-hati saat memilih perajin tas. Semua itu tidak lepas dari pengalamannya yang pernah ditipu oleh perajin. Saat itu, dia mendapatkan tastas pesanannya dikerjakan dengan kualitas jahitannya yang tidak bagus sehingga tastas tersebut tidak layak untuk dijual. Padahal, dia sudah mengeluarkan modal yang tidak kecil untuk memesan tas itu.

Peristiwa itu tidak membuatnya berputus asa. Dia tetap kukuh untuk meraih mimpinya. Ditilik dari sisi rancangan tas, Vanda mengaku tidak menemui banyak masalah. Latar belakangnya sebagai sarjana Teknik Kimia dan sering membuat gambar teknik dari yang sederhana hingga rumit, membuat tangannya tidak terlalu kaku saat mendesain. Dia mengaku desain tas yang diproduksinya berasal dari ide dan kreativitasnya sendiri. “Saya tidak ada background fashion. Saya lulusan Teknik Kimia, kalau dilihat sebenarnya nyambung, bentuk dasar tas sama dengan seperti teknik silinder, balok, bujur sangkar. Sisanya ditambahkan sense of fashion.” Kata Vanda. Setelah semua persiapan matang, pada 2014 Vanda resmi mendirikan bendera Giglini, dan memperkenalkannya ke khalayak. Label Giglini dipilihnya berdasarkan kata Giggle yang berarti tertawa kecil. Dia menginginkan agar labelnya bernuansa ceria. ”Aku nggak suka yang dark. Butuh waktu kurang lebih 3 bulan untuk menemukan kata giggle. Nah, kalau hanya giggle kan kesannya masih umum ya. Supaya lebih spesial & enak didengar saya utak-atik menjadi Giglini,” lanjut Vanda berfilofosi. Kerja keras Vanda pada awal merintis bisnis terbayar ketika memiliki banyak pelanggan setia. Desain produknya mendapatkan apresiasi dari konsumen.

Meyakinkan publik

Vanda memang bukan kolektor tas mewah seperti kebanyakan orang. Namun, dia tidak pernah memakai barang tiruan. Vanda menyayangkan jika ada orang yang rela membeli tas tiruan label terkenal dengan harga yang cukup mahal. Padahal, orang tersebut dapat membeli tas dengan kualitas yang bagus meskipun bukan merek terkenal. ”Aku nggak mau menjual sesuatu, seperti halnya tas kw (tas tiruan). Berbahan plastik selain gampang rusak juga merusak lingkungan. Banyak-banyakin sampah, kan?” tegas Vanda. Belajar dari banyak negara yang yang sangat memperhatikan lingkungan, Vanda juga ingin memberi kontribusi nyata untuk bumi yang dipijaknya. Langkah awal membuat produk tas berkualitas berbahan kulit asli tanpa pelengkap lain berbahan plastik. Pertimbangan lainnya, kulit ini tahan lama, bisa sampai puluhan tahun, jadi orang tidak perlu beli berulang kali. ”Hampir 80-90 persen, tas kulit yang ku produksi bisa berdegradasi di alam. Begitu pun dengan tas kulit dengan kombinasi kanvas. Aku tidak memakai kanvas polyester, melainkan kanvas katun. Jadi memang aku pikirin sampai ke situ juga,” tandasnya. Vanda mengaku masalah terbesar yang dihadapinya adalah menyakinkan publik untuk menggunakan produk berkualitas buatan Indonesia yang sudah terlanjur

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Advertorial tertanam dalam pikiran masyarakat bahwa produk Indonesia itu tidak bergengsi. Meski demikian, strategi jitu menurut Vanda adalah dengan menemukan karakter pada merek tasnya sendiri. Dengan desain yang kokoh, ekslusif dan berkualitas setara produk tas merek terkenal, dia sangat optimis melihat tren saat ini, dan diharapkan suatu ketika orang Indonesia akan bangga menggunakan produk sendiri. Giglini menyasar pasar usia 25-40 tahun. Untuk masing-masing desain menurut Vanda sengaja dibuat terbatas, maksimal 10 unit saja. Supaya tidak terkesan massal.

”Giglini juga membuat tas pria yang disesuaikan kebutuhan mereka. Misalnya dengan menambah tempat menyimpan dompet atau ponsel. Simpel tapi tetap elegan.Kebanyakan pria lebih senang tas selempang dengan banyak ruangan sehingga memudahkan mereka mengatur barang-barang bawaannya,” jelas Vanda. Ada pula yang dibuat khusus untuk perempuan ’maskulin’ dengan tali selempang dan tas sedikit melebar. Sementara untuk perempuan feminin dia menambahkan beberapa ornamen kancing atau aksesori di bagian depan.

Biodata Nama :

Vanda S. Magdalena

Pendidikan : • S1 Manajemen di Universitas Mercubuana (2017) •Diploma III Teknik Kimia Institut Teknologi Bandung (1996-1999) Karier: • Pemilik Bisnis Tas Fashion Giglini (2014-sekarang) • Manager Keuangan AusAID & PNPM Mandiri (2008-2012) •Asisten Pemimpin Tim AusAID-ISP3 (2008) • Sekretaris Eksekutif PT Frisian Flag Indonesia (2003-2008) • Asisten Administrasi PT Frisian Flag Indonesia (2002-2003) • Asisten Administrasi USAID - Language Center (2000-2001) • Peneliti PT Indomilk 1999 • Magang PT Indomilk 1998

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”Saya membuat model yang simpel dengan bahan dan jahitan yang berkualitas. Nah saya melihat peluang pasar untuk menjual yang simpel dan berkualitas seperti ini masih besar,” ungkap Vanda. Mengenai perawatan menurut Vanda, sejatinya hampir sama seperti kulit manusia. ”Kalau nggak mau kulit tas menjadi kering, ada krim khusus untuk melembabkan. Krim alami dari lemak sapi sendiri. Setelah dikasi krim tersebut tas kulit akan terlihat kinclong terus,” pungkas Vanda berbagi trik.

Enjoing a Cup of Filosofi at ArtHotel Sanur A

RTOTEL Indonesia proudly announces that starts from August 2017, all coffee enthusiasts can enjoy a freshly brewed cup of Filosofi Kopi at ARTOTEL Sanur-Bali. This collaboration between Filosofi Kopi and ARTOTEL has been going on since early 2017 where single every coffee cup that is served in ARTOTEL, particularly at its restaurant, ROCA, is by Filosofi Kopi. This collaboration first started at ARTOTEL Thamrin – Jakarta on February 2017, followed by ARTOTEL Surabaya on May 2017 and now blending in ARTOTEL Sanur – Bali on August 2017. Filosofi Kopi at ARTOTEL Sanur-Bali is officiated by CEO ARTOTEL Indonesia, Mr.

Erastus Radjimin and by the founders / actors Filosofi Kopi, Mr. Chicco Jerikho and Mr. Rio Dewanto. Filosofi Kopi will be serving coffees from its 3 famous original coffee beans, Perfecto, Lestari, and Tiwus, making ARTOTEL Sanur-Bali will be one of the most – wanted Indonesian Local Coffee Brewers in Bali. All the coffee beverages varieties that is served are the same aslike what Filosofi Kopi served at its coffee shops in Jakarta and Jogjakarta, from Kopi Tubruk to Coffee Latte. Aside from the freshly brewed coffee that is served, all the guests can also buy their own favorite coffee beans, nicely packed and ready to be brought anywhere, served as its desired.


As an introduction, ARTOTEL Sanur-Bali will served 1 complimentary coffee with various selection to hotel guests and also for Bali residents who come to ARTOTEL to enjoy lunch or dinner at ROCA. This offer valid in limited period, from 4 -25 August 2017. CEO ARTOTEL Indonesia, Mr. Erastus Radjimin said ‘’ I’m pumped for this collaboration, we have Filosofi Kopi at ARTOTEL Sanur-Bali and we can #NgopiDiARTOTEL together. With the presence of Filosofi Kopi at ARTOTEL Sanur-Bali especially in ROCA Restaurant, we hope ROCA will be one of Sanur, Bali restaurant who served Indonesian Local Best Coffee, moreover with ROCA 24 hours services.’’ (*)

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Nature’s Hidden Gems

in the Kupang Regency

on Timor Island


ituated in the province of East Nusa Tenggara, West Timor is one of Indonesia’s lesser known destinations compared to neighboring Flores or Komodo Islands, but is no less captivating and therefore well worth a visit. Sharing the border with the young independent country of East Timor, the region is characterized by mainly rugged terrain 36 | Paradiso August, 2017

which is home to unique traditional villages, and vast diversity of flora and fauna. Timor is in many respects one of the Indonesian archipelago’s undiscovered jewels. Some of these gems are located in the administrative district of Kupang, outside the city of Kupang itself, which serves as the capital of the entire province of East Nusatenggara. Leaving downtown Kupang, buzzing

with its bemos and honking horns, beyond the city, West Timor’s landscape captivates with its spiky Palmyra palms, rocky soils and central hills dotted with villages consisting of sharp cone-shaped thatched huts, and some fantastic coastlines. Located about 12 Km from the heart of Kupang, one can find a 3.5 hectares flat shore covered with soft white sands

Leisure called the Lasiana Beach. With hundreds of coconut and old fan palm trees nicely lined up, the beach is not only naturally sheltered, but also offers lots of genuinely fresh air. Another unique feature of the area is the lopo-lopo, the local term for their traditional cone-shaped houses, that are completely covered with thatch from the mast down to the floor with only a small opening to crawl in. These lopo-lopo are now mainly used to store foodstuff since inside these cabins it is cool and pretty dark. As one travels further to about 25km from downtown Kupang city, a Fishing Paradise awaits off the coast of Tablolong Beach. Located at the tip of Timor Island on a strait facing the island of Rote, the waters 10 miles away from the coast of Tablolong Beach are known as a crowded migration line for many species of fish. Marlins, tuna, barracudas, Layaran, Tenggiri, Wahui, Kuwe, and Lemadang are among the many types of fish found plentiful in these waters. Its abundance has made it the ideal site for an annual international fishing contest participated by fishing enthusiasts from around the globe. About half an hour drive from Kupang, the Oenesu Waterfall offers the perfect place to relax and enjoy its refreshing atmosphere. As one of the few waterfalls found in West Timor, the site is a favorite for local and tourists to enjoy nature, the pleasant weather and fascinating scenery. Among the four levels waterfall, natural ponds are formed that are perfect to dive in for a cooling swim. The debit of the wa-

terfall is quite stable, so one can still enjoy it even during the dry season. The diversity of flora and fauna on Timor can also be observed at the Menipo Island Natural Park. Aside from its stunning white sand coast, the wildlife within the island is as colorful as its scenery. Timorese Deer (Cervus timorensis), Apes (Macaca fascicularis), Wild Boar (Sus vitatus), Giant Lizards (Varanus salvator), and Timorese Python Snake (Python timorensis), are among some of the animals that dwell on the island. Between August to November, the island is also visited by sea turtles that annually lay eggs on its shores. The 2.449,50 hectares island itself is located within the Amrasii county, Kupang Regency, about 118 Km east of Kupang.

About 46 Kilometers from the city of Kupang, near the town of Soe, lies an enchanting forest filled not only with wildlife but has also some beautiful landscape at the Camplong Forest Park. Located at the foot of Mount Fatuleu, the forest comes with a natural bathing place created by natural springs. The forest is decorated with colorful plants such as the red wood, pines, Palmyra palms, eucalyptus, and many others. The Camplong Forest area also accommodates a crocodile breeding facility. Timorese Deer and pythons, olive-shouldered parrots, and black-backed fruit-doves, are most likely the inhabitants that one will encounter as you make your way through the forest.

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Bingka Bakar,

Exotic Delicacy of Batam I

f you are craving for a true taste of the tourist island of Batam, you should take a bite of the sweet Bingka Bakar, a simple cake with a distinct Riau Malay taste. Bingka (or also known as Bika) is a typical sweet cake of the Malay ethnic group which is also familiar on the island of Sumatra and other Malay dominated regions. What makes Bingka Bakar of Batam different from other Bingka (such as the more familiar Bika Ambon of Medan, North Sumatra) is that it is baked rather than steamed, hence the name Bingka Bakar (Bakar in Bahasa Indonesia means barbequed or grilled). Basically, Bingka Bakar is made of flour, eggs, coconut milk, sugar, and salt, which is uniquely shaped into a blooming flower. Although the original flavor uses

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Pandan Leaves, nowadays Bingka Bakar also features other flavors such as cheese, chocolate, strawberry, mocha, sesame, corn, durian, peanuts and others. With a soft and tender texture and reasonably sweet (no too overwhelming) taste, Bingka Bakar is a perfect companion for your morning coffee or afternoon tea. Bingka Bakar is said to have initially been a royal treat for Malay Sultans and was served only at special ceremonies or to honor distinguished guests. The distinct taste of Bingka Bakar was said to have been familiar only among royalty and stayed within the palace walls. However, over time the recipes of the special cake also spread among the common people and was widely developed as a popular dessert. Although

it evolved into a modern cake featuring popular flavors, the distinct blooming flower shape is preserved from ancient times. In Batam today, Bingka Bakar is almost synonym with the brand Nay@dam. You can find Bingka Bakar Nay@dam in many shops all across the island and at Batam’s Hang Nadim International Airport. Nay@dam was founded by Wisnu Wardhana who successfully transformed the traditional cake into a popular snack and one of the most favorite souvenirs of the island. You can found Bingka Bakar Nay@dam in Outlet Ruko Puri Legenda, Blok D1 No 03, Batam Centre. Phone: +62 778 809 6179, +62 778 731 5376; Fax: +62 778 809 6174; Website:


The cool Malino Highlands of Makassar in South Sulawesi I

n the highlands of Makassar, capital of South Sulawesi, some 90 km from the city center, lies the cool mountain resort of Malino, a 3.5 hours’ drive to get to. A colonial heritage site that offers magnificent mountain panorama, villas were already built here during Dutch colonial times constructed for recreational purposes. Located at 1,050 meters above sea level, the breeze here is fresh and cool, while the temperature ranges between 10-26 degrees Centigrade. Next to the gorgeous pine forest, there are nearby waterfalls such as the Air Terjun Seribu Tangga or the thousand stairs waterfall, and the Takapala Waterfall. And to further add to your adventure you will look down on swathes of tea plantations, blue valleys, but

also World War II Japanese bunkers. Malino is situated in the Tinggimoncong District in the Gowa regency. Here, wayside vendors sell edelweiss flowers as well as beautiful orchids, since Malino is known as the Flower city of South Sulawesi. Entrance fee to the Malino Highlands in the special tourist area is Rp. 25,000 for children and Rp 50,000 for adults. But if you wish to spend time at the Pine forest only, you will only need to pay about Rp 3,000 per person, with additional charge for recreational rides in the forest. Stop for yummy charcoal grilled corn to give you the carbo you need to start your journey. After enjoying a leisurely walk and shooting countless of photos in the forest, sit and relax and take a hot cup of the fin-

est green tea at the Malino Highland cafĂŠ that overlooks tea plantations backed by grand mountain scenery. You should also try the special Marquisa or passion fruit syrup drink, the sticky rice dodol and the tenteng Malino crunchies that are some popular local products for tourist to enjoy and take home.

How to get here The pine forest is located along Jalan Poros, Malino. It is advised to rent a car with driver from Makasar, since it is quite a long journey up, through some winding road, but your journey will be enhanced by stunning views and interesting spots to enjoy. 39 | Paradiso August, 2017


The Cikole Forest at Lembang near Bandung, West Java V

ery popular for family and corporate gatherings, this forest provides recreational packages to suit your needs well. From camping, forest trekking to pre-wedding photos and villas to spend a wonderful time in the shades of the trees. Completed with a few restaurants with each specific capacity and unique atmosphere, this place will surely also meet your culinary explorations. Outbound packages for team building and outdoor adventures are available with

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various games to choose from, such as flying fox, paint balls and challenging ATV’s. You should definitely try to stay the night in one of the accommodation facilities provided here, whether it be the tent, the wooden cottages or the hotel, each with their own advantages. Due to a heavy traffic especially during weekends, it is advised to come up here very early in the morning, and perchance catch a beautiful sunrise peeking between the trees.

How to get here: The address of Cikole forest is on jalan Raya Tangkuban Perahu Km 8, Cikole village, Lembang, west Bandung. So drive via Jl. Baranang Siang to Jl. Ahmad Yani, and then follow through via Jl. Pasirkaliki, Jl. Sukajadi, Jl. Setiabudhi and Jl. Raya Lembang to finally reach Jl. Tangkuban Perahu.


Kayu Aro Tea Plantation of Jambi L

ooking for a tranquil spot to clear your mind and refresh your body amidst fresh mountain air, cool breeze and natural surroundings? Kayu Aro may be the ideal spot. Stroll through the vast expanses of tea, or even help the workers pick the shoots that are ready to be processed. The factories that were built during the creation of the plantation have not changed much since 1925, nor has much of the entire management process. Observe the entire procedure followed in the production of the tea. For lovers of the great outdoors, several other points of interest are located nearby, such as Mount Kerinci, Lake Kerinci, and the Kerinci Seblat National Park. Getting to Kayu Aro Tea Plantation follows the same route as the path to Mount Kerinci in the direction of Sungai Penuh. The two closest

airports to Sungai Penuh, capital city of Kerinci District, are Jambi and Padang. Getting to Sungai Penuh from Jambi city takes about 10 hours by car over a distance of approximately 500 KM. This can be done using public transportation or rental car. Jambi airport serves just Jakarta and Batam. The alternative route through Padang is much faster, at a total distance of under 300 KM. Sungai Penuh can be reached via public transport, car rental or private car, and should take between 5-6 hours. Minangkabau International Airport in Padang serves Jakarta, Medan, Pekanbaru, Batam and Kuala Lumpur.

Get There Getting to Kayu Aro Tea Plantation fol-

lows the same route as the path to Mount Kerinci in the direction of Sungai Penuh. The two closest airports to Sungai Penuh, capital city of Kerinci District, are Jambi and Padang. Getting to Sungai Penuh from Jambi city takes about 10 hours by car over a distance of approximately 500 KM. This can be done using public transportation or rental car. Jambi airport serves just Jakarta and Batam. The alternative route through Padang is much faster, at a total distance of under 300 KM. Sungai Penuh can be reached via public transport, car rental or private car, and should take between 5-6 hours. Minangkabau International Airport in Padang serves Jakarta, Medan, Pekanbaru, Batam and Kuala Lumpur. Kayu Aro is about an hour’s drive from Sungai Penuh.

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Kedisan Village

at the foot of Mt. Batur


edisan is a small rural village nestled at the foot of the Mount Batur on the island of Bali, at the edge of Lake Batur, the largest lake in on the island. The village sits amidst the panoramic setting of the crescent shaped lake and the majestic volcano filling the skyline above. It is one of 15 villages in the Kintamani Region, about 2 hours north from Denpasar, capital city of Bali. Located between Lake Batur’s shore and the magnificent Mount Batur, Kedisan’s soil is well irrigated by the

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river and incredibly fertile due to the volcanic ash. That, combined with the cool mountainous climate makes it the perfect crop-raising terrain. It’s no wonder, therefore, that this region is inhabited largely by those that make a living by farming. Kedisan’s colorful patchwork of agricultural produce includes onions, cabbages, peppers, tomatoes and much more. Some residents of Kedisan also work as fisherman, as Lake Batur is home to quite the abundance of fish. The Kintamani region has been

well known since the 9th century, as is proven by various royal edicts engraved on copper plates found throughout Kedisan and the other villages around Lake Batur, such as Trunyan, Songan and Buahan. Bask in the site’s natural beauty and enjoy the fresh mountain air. Take a trek around the village or a swim in the cool lake. One of the main attractions of Kedisan Village is Terapung Restaurant: a restaurant that floats on the surface of Lake Batur. This floating restaurant is the only restaurant around Lake Batur, and offers the seating choice of floating gazebo, or a floating lounge. Savor the delicious menu of freshly caught fish, fried or grilled with a delectable blend of Balinese spices to a backdrop of the clear blue lake and Mount Batur towering above. A crisp and spicy flavor, coupled with the beautiful scenery and cool mountain breeze creates a serene and romantic ambience that will not easily be forgotten. Given its location at the foot of Mount Batur, this village is a great stopping place before setting off up the mountain. Kedisan is approximately 6 kilometers away from Toya Bungkah,


another village commonly used as a climbing point of Mount Batur. Toya Bungkah is also known for its natural hot springs, believed to relax the muscles and nurture healthy skin. A small pier is built in Kedisan Village on the banks of Lake Batur. Many small boats dock at this pier, ready to take you on a tour around the lake, or across the lake to the other surrounding villages. From this dock, you can also cross over to Trunyan – a village famous for its unique burial traditions. Unlike most parts of Bali, the people of Trunyan do not cremate their dead, but instead embalm them in the oil of the Taru tree and store them in large stone basins. To observe the culture of Kedisan village itself, schedule your visit during the months of August or September, when the annual procession known as Ngusabha Tegen is held. This ceremony is a form of thanksgiving to the goddess of fertility, and

has been faithfully held every year for many generations. During the ceremony, thousands of villages will bring offerings to the Dalam Prajapati Temple. These offerings are usually in the form of vegetables, fruits, fish and meat. Fish and other foods that are offered may not be fried, but must be steamed or baked. Tradition states that these offerings should be returned with the gifts of salvation and prosperity. An interesting fact about this ceremony is that every member of the village should bring a coin to the temple. When the coins are counted, the result is the updated census of the village’s population. Aside from being an agricultural village, Kedisan produces many wooden handicrafts that can be purchased as souvenirs. These crafts include a variety of shapes such as cats, elephants and even miniature Buddha statues. While in Kedisan, you can also observe the entire

process from the wood selection, to the carving process, to painting, and finally, the final product. In addition to wooden artifacts, mosaics and other glass crafts can also be found. Located on the exotic and internationally famous island of Bali, getting to Kedisan village is a fairly easy task. Bali is an extremely well connected airport with international flights available from numerous cities across the globe, including Amsterdam, Bangkok, Brisbane, Darwin, Dili, Doha, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Manila, Melbourne, Moscow, Osaka, Perth, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo and others. Domestic flights are available from all major cities of Indonesia. From the airport, (or anywhere,) simply hire a cab, and you’re good to go! Kedisan village is approximately 60 kilometers north from Denpasar, the capital city of Bali. (Indonesia. Travel)

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ITB Asia 2017 announces major

partnership with Korea Tourism Organization For more information on ITB Asia 2017, visit For more information or interest to be a Buyer’s Program Partner of ITB Asia 2017, please email: com or visit: uploads/2017/06/ITB-Asia-Buyers-Brochure-2017.pdf

About ITB Asia 2017


TB Asia has secured a major partnership with the Korea Tourism Organization of Singapore (KTO). The memorandum of cooperation with Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd, organisers of Asia’s leading travel trade show, looks to boost Korea’s appeal as a key destination place in Southeast Asia. “Korea's first-class transport infrastructure, world-class readiness, as well as the popularity of Korean pop culture and fashion have boosted the country’s appeal as one of the leading destinations for today's business and leisure travellers. We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Korea Tourism Organisation of Singapore this year and delighted that ITB Asia has been chosen as the key platform of choice for KTO in bridging more visitor and buyer connections, and boosting awareness of Korea’s thriving tourism industry,” said Katrina Leung, Executive Director of Messe Berlin (Singapore). “Looking at the global business trends, growth in corporate travel and MICE, it is clear that Asia will be the most strategic market for us in the next decade. Our partnership with ITB Asia will expand our presence and strengthen our proposition to the Asian and Southeast Asian market. Singapore is a hub for the region, and being located here, ITB Asia is a great platform for us to reach a large number

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of participants who clearly recognise the benefits of attending. We are excited about the potential opportunities that the show can open up for us," said Mr Yoon Seung Hwan, Director, Korea Tourism Organisation. According to the latest edition of the International Meetings Statistics Report released by the Union of International Associations (UIA), Korea now ranks in the first spot for global congresses. This result is a reflection of the strong growth by established Korean meeting cities such as Seoul, as well as rising destinations such as Busan, Jeju, and Incheon, contributing to the country’s increasingly diverse business events portfolio. KTO along with Seoul Tourism Organisation, Jeju Convention and Visitors Bureau and HanaTour Services Inc will have their respective booths at ITB Asia 2017 to provide delegates the latest information on Korea’s attractions, convention and activities. This will follow the success of ITB Asia in 2016, where almost 900 buyers attended the show, leading to a 1:1 ratio between exhibitors and buyers whilst over 50% of buyers signed deals with exhibitors after the event. 43% of attending buyers had purchasing power of USD 500K – USD 1m whilst 85.7% of attending buyers were direct decision makers.

ITB Asia 2017 will take place at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, from 25 - 27 October. It is organised by Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd and supported by the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau. The event will feature hundreds of exhibiting companies from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East, covering not only the leisure market, but also corporate and MICE travel. Exhibitors from every sector of the industry, including destinations, airlines and airports, hotels and resorts, theme parks and attractions, inbound tour operators, inbound DMCs, cruise lines, spas, venues, other meeting facilities and travel technology companies are all expected to attend.

About Korea Tourism Organization of Singapore (KTO) Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) is a global public enterprise that promotes Korea as an attractive travel destination for business and leisure. KTO has over 30 offices across continents to provide up-to-date travel information and support towards MICE events and leisure travellers. The Korea Tourism Organisation of Singapore is one of the regional MICE offices in the Asia and Oceania region, and works closely with the Korea MICE Bureau (KMB) and all stakeholders to establish Korea as a premier destination for tourists, convention delegates, and business travellers.


Blood Donation Activities at Harris Sunset Road


ARRIS Hotel & Residences Sunset Road also promoted health care environment by conducting blood donor activities in collaboration with PMI Denpasar. The "Blood Drive for Life" event was supported by Bali Caring Community and Bali Hotel Association. The event held at Easy Simple Room, on Friday, July 21, 2017 was started at 10:00 pm until 13:00 pm. In addition, this event also invited all hotels under TAUZIA Hotel Management, Bali Hotel Association’s member, supporter of Bali Caring Community, and society to

donate blood for anyone who needs. HARRIS Hotel & Residences Sunset Road also provided coffee break and green beans porridge for donor participants. Blood Donation is a part of concern HARRIS Hotel & Residences Sunset Road to responsibility for our environment, and also one of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program that routinely implemented. Blood donor activities have purpose of saving the lives of people. Whenever the blood stock was provided in the hospital sometimes deficient, it’s unfortunate

that if we could not save one’s life. Therefore, there are many various ways to attract the attention of public and encourage their participations. Blood bags have been collected will be distributed to emergency people. On the other hands, blood donation activities have become a special concern for the wider society, especially PMI Denpasar City. HARRIS Hotel & Residences Sunset Road is actively in facilitating the needs of the community and society which is expected to have a positive impact for everyone. *

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Rote Island

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n old- new red wine is about to hit the Indonesian market. It’s different than another red A classic red wine has reborn in the Indonesian market - It’s different than any other red wine out there! This Cabernet Sauvignon will fulfill the expectation of any discerning wine drinkers of Cabernet Sauvignon, new or old. Plaga Wine is excited to announce the launch of its new Cabernet Sauvignon

blend. After two years of hard acrossdifferentblends of red grapes and exploring new vine producers, the Winemakershave arrived to announce“The New Blood” of Plaga Cabernet Sauvignon. Made from fresh juices of Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo from Spain (25%) and Shiraz from Italy (5%); this Cabernet Sauvignon Blend will surprise any palate and nose. Imagine the experience

in drinking from one bottle, a variety of grapes from two different hemispheres. What Plaga Wine has accomplished with this blend is a remarkable full body wine that wine lovers from the main cities of Indonesia will adore. The fruit and the wood are perfectly balanced; delivering a gentle taste, easy to understand and enjoy. Not surprisingly, it’s perfect to pair with red meats and pastas. Plaga Wine will launch its “New Blood” at Seminyak Italian Food, Double Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak, Bali. That is followed by a comprehensive presentation to the media during the occasion. For further details on the launch event, please contact or Marina at A little word on the New Blood Every time there is a new born son in Argentina, the father declared the public, how the “new blood” arrives to support the family. Our Chief winemaker is Argentinean, so we thought it would be a good idea to use the metaphor to explain how this wine improves the Plaga Wine selection. With consistent taste, better body and perfect balance, we are confident it will entice more Indonesian palates.

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Moto Z2 Play Hadirkan

Kemungkinan Tanpa Batas M

otorola sejak diakuisisi oleh Lenovo tahun 2015 terus melakukan inovasi dan meluncurkan produk-produk barunya untuk masyarakat Indonesia. Kali ini hadir dengan Moto Z2 Play yang memberikan kemungkinan tanpa batas bagi Anda yang suka dengan inovasi. Dengan desain yang lebih ramping dan lebih ringan serta performa yang lebih cepat, Moto Z² Play generasi kedua menampilkan fitur-fitur yang paling dibutuhkan oleh konsumen, dengan tetap menawarkan pengalaman transformatif dengan Moto Mods. Melalui kombinasi yang kuat antara

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gaya dan kekuatan, Moto Z² Play tampil dengan desain unibody full-metal sehingga membuatnya tidak saja tampil hebat tapi juga tahan banting. Layar Super AMOLED 13,97cm (5,5”) Full HD menawarkan detil yang sangat tajam, apapun yang Anda lihat di layar. Dapatkan daya tahan baterai 24-jam dan prosesor octa-core 2.2 GHz untuk beraktivitas sepanjang hari +. Lupa mengisi baterai Moto Z² Play tadi malam? Jangan khawatir—Anda dapat memperoleh daya baterai yang tahan hingga 7 jam hanya dengan pengisian selama 15 menit. Dapatkan foto-foto yang lebih terang dan

lebih tajam, bahkan dalam cahaya rendah, dengan kombinasi laser autofocus dan dual autofocus pixel technology dalam Moto Z² Play. Laser autofocus generasi terbaru memiliki jangkauan lebih jauh hingga 5 meter, sehingga Anda dapat fokus pada benda-benda yang jaraknya 3 kali lebih jauh dalam lingkungan yang nyaris gelap. Dengan kamera depan 5MP dan dual color corrected flash, Anda akan menghasilkan foto selfie yang sangat bagus, baik siang maupun malam. Moto Z² Play menawarkan Moto Experiences yang juga luar biasa. Fitur Night Display akan secara otomatis menyesuai-

Advertorial ilustrasi Batik, Borobudur, Gunung Bromo & Rinjani serta ringtone dengan instrumen tradisional angklung & gamelan.

Harga dan Ketersediaan

kan layar sehingga lebih memiliki tone lebih hangat pada malam hari serta mengurangi blue light yang dapat mengganggu tidur Anda. Instant queries baru pada Moto Voice akan memberi informasi berharga seperti cuaca atau update kalender atau secara otomatis meluncurkan aplikasi tanpa harus menyentuh atau mengaktifkan smartphone. Dengan pembaca sidik jari yang didesain ulang, Anda dapat mengaktifkan navigasi satu tombol sehingga dapat bergerak cepat di layar. Sapu ke kiri untuk kembali, ke kanan untuk mengakses aplikasi-aplikasi terbaru, tap untuk kembali ke home, dan tekan agak lama untuk mengunci smartphone Anda. Tanpa adanya tombol-tombol yang memenuhi layar, Anda

akan memperoleh tampilan layar yang lebih baik. Meskipun smartphone dengan desain sangat presisi ini sangat mengesankan, Moto Z² Play juga dapat dengan cepat diubah menjadi sesuatu yang benar-benar Anda inginkan, kapanpun Anda membutuhkannya ketika dipasangkan dengan Moto Mods. Selain spesifikasi mumpuni yang dimiliki oleh Moto Z2 Play, Motorola menyematkan konten lokal agar dapat lebih dekat dengan konsumen Indonesia. Konten lokal yang disematkan Motorola di dalam Moto Z2 Play adalah boot animation seperti komodo, ondel-ondel & angklung dan wallpaper dengan ilustrasi khas Indonesia seperti

Moto Z2 Play hadir di Indonesia melalui partner distribusi resmi Motorola dengan harga Rp 6.499.000 tersedia dalam warna Gold dan Grey dengan penawaran menarik. Untuk pembelian Moto Z2 Play selama periode pembelian 28 Juli – 13 Agustus melalui jalur ritel modern seperti Erafone,, Megafon, Point 2000, Sentra Ponsel dan Telesindo Shop konsumen berhak mendapatkan gratis XtraPlay Kit berisi 1 Carbon Fibre Style Cap, 1 Metal Frame, 1 selfie stick, 1 set screen liquid protection kit dengan total nilai sebesar Rp 800.000 dan cash back hingga Rp 500.000 dari bank-bank terkemuka Indonesia serta didukung dengan paket data terbaik dari Indosat, Smartfren, Telkomsel, dan XL.

Tentang Motorola Mobility Motorola Mobility LLS diakuisisi oleh Lenovo Group Holdings di tahun 2015. Motorola Mobility adalah anak perusahaan yang dimiliki penuh oleh Lenovo dan bertanggungjawab dalam merancang dan manufaktur semua handset bermerk Moto. Untuk informasi lebih lanjut kunjungi*)

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