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Bali & Beyond Magazine February 2012

Bali & Beyond Magazine February 2012

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The Sun... The Sand... The Surf... The Culture of Paradise... and Over 18,000 Surrounding Islands
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THE SUN... THE SAND... THE SURF...

THE CULTURE OF PARADISE AND OVER 18,000 SURROUNDING ISLANDS

BALI & BEYOND
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Adore the untouched beauty and unite with the solitude of Mother Nature in Menjangan Island

OF NATURE ALL THAT

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Swing with multi-rhythms and syncopation of Jazz

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teamtalk

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Love is in the air, and this month the island talks about love. Some of you might think that it’s cheesy, but hey, we need to give love a special day. Why not choose the famous Valentine’s Day to celebrate it? We share our love by giving so many inspirational contents to you who happen to be in Bali this month, who want to celebrate Valentine’s Day or for you who don’t. We also have interesting articles which talk about nature, soothing melody, and some updated news about our beloved island that we hope could make you enjoy reading it. We take you up hill to Uluwatu to enjoy sensational rejuvenation and romantic dining for your ‘love celebration’ on our Invite & Indulge. But if you are looking for Valentine’s Day promotions, check out our new feature Prime Promotion which will give you ideas of this month’s promotions in the island, and for you who are looking for some Valentine’s gifts, our Lifestyle & Leisure perhaps could give you some ideas of gifts. Still about love, we are delighted to showcase paintings of three of Bali’s legendary expat maestros who were inspired by Bali’s beautiful women and culture. The short love stories are also presented with few beautiful paintings of Antonio Blanco, Le Mayeur and Theo Meier on our Foto Folio. If you’re a true nature lover, you might want to read our columns Action & Attraction and Beyond Bali which show you destinations to explore. Head to Menjangan Island and Sumatra for true natural playground where you can meet some rare inhabitants that live away from the hustle bustle life. And don’t miss our Jazz discussion on Capital Corner, story about Balinese Parasols in Craft & Culture, and our feature dedicated to recent issues Pondering Point. This time it is about accidents that always happen in Bali. Most of all, we wish you a happy Valentine’s Day, and for Hindunese people, we also would like to say ‘Happy Galungan and Kuningan Day’ and wish you a great celebration! ‘Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om…’ The Team
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Ni Luh Dian Purniawati was part of the B&B editoriral team. Although she is no longer working as a journalist, she still continues her hobby, writing for several publications including our beloved magazine.

Diaz is a creative director with a fashion background. He moved to Bali two years ago and now is involved in the making of several ad campaigns, editorial shoots and articles for some publications. www.whoisdiaz.com

Donny Cahyadi is a profilic photographer and member of Bangli royal family who enjoys recording aspects of his Balinese culture and heritage, as well as the fun of simple outdoors.

Devishanty is currently working for a national TV station, which accomodates her hobby for travelling. She is also a freelance writer for several magazines.

Lesley Love started travelling at the age of 6 and she never stops since. She’s been in various places in Indonesia and spends several months writing, teaching and volunteering for various NGOs in this country.

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Cover Rose Wedding Decoration Collection of Tirtha Bridal www.tirthabridal.com

PONDERINGPOINT
ON THE ROAD
There were 6,820 victims of road accidents in Bali from JanuaryNovember 2011; the number increased compared to 2010. Are Bali roads that dangerous?

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BALINESE PARASOLS
The vibrant colors of Balinese parasols nowdays dominate temple scenes and adorning buildings in this island. But there is something about those colors you might to know...

16 PRIMEPROMOTION Giving hot deals and promotions of the month that shouldn’t be missed. 20 NEW&NEWS This month’s select news updates from the island’s tourism industry and what’s new around the island. 66 BEYONDUPDATES News updates from the tourism industry and what’s new beyond Bali. 70 COMMUNITYCALENDAR Schedules, calendar highlights and various happenings of interest, from art exhibitions to special events. 74 SEE&SEEN Snapshots of events and happenings within the preceding month.

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LIFESTYLELEISURE
FUNKY PINKY GIFTS
Bali has its uniqueness when it comes to retail theraphy. Instead of chocolate, you might want to check out these Valentine gift inspirations.

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ROMANCE REVIVAL
In February the Island speaks love, but at Tirtha love is all around no matter what the occasion.

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WOMEN ON CANVAS These Balinese women showed strong devotion to the artist and to the art, posing for unique and beautiful masterpieces of Bali's most famous maestros.

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78 BALIMAPS Map of Bali showing specific tourism areas and places of interest, as well as a distance scale between the island’s main destinations. 81 CLASSIFIEDCOLUMNS Listings and product descriptions from various clientele. 82 INFOINDEX Useful directory of companies and island-based businesses.

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(FIRST ROW) PHOTO COURTESY OF TIRTHA DINING, (SECOND ROW) PHOTO OF LE MAYEUR PAINTNG COLLECTION OF MUSEUM PASIFIKA, PHOTO OF ANTONIO BLANCO PAINITNG COLLECTION OF THE BLANCO RENAISSANCE MUSEUM, (THIRD ROW) PHOTO OF W RETREAT & SPA SEMINYAK.

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PHOTOS BY IMA DEVILLE (ABOVE) AND JAZZUALITY.COM (BELOW)

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THE LITTLE GOLDEN TRIANGLE OF NORTH SUMATRA
This island can be a daunting destination, but for nature lovers, being on a trip in the Kingdom of Batak culture can be a real adventure worth undertaking.
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ACTIONATTRACTION NUANCES OF NATURE Take yourself a bit further afield to the northeast side and help yourself to a slice of nature of Menjangan Island.

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CAPITALCORNER ALL THAT JAZZ Jazz is becoming very popular in Indonesia. With its multi-rhythms, syncopation and the swing notes, the music starts to take attention of many Indonesian music lovers through festivals including the most famous one, Java Jazz Festival.

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PRIMEPROMOTION

SPRING SENSATION
Throughout February and until April this year, the Golden Lotus Chinese Restaurant offers a special ‘Spring Chicken Promotion’. The menu includes a delicious Hainanese Chicken steamed and served with Hainanese rice, and Shanghai Sesame Chicken served in two styles: using chicken skin wrapped with spring roll skin and dipped with Hoisin Sauce and wrapping shredded chicken meat on a spring roll skin with Blackbean Sauce. Two of these packages are on offer for just Rp. 110,000 net/whole chicken. Golden Lotus Chinese Restaurant at Bali Dynasty Resort, Jalan Kartika, Tuban (0361) 752-403 www.balidynasty.com

RENDEZVOUS AT JIMBARAN
The Intercontinental Bali Resort creates a destination within a destination for all couples that would like to escape in a romantic getaway to their prestigious resort at Jimbaran Bay. Special Valentine packages are offered for a memorable stay at its Club InterContinental room or suite for US$ 299++ per room per night or at its villa for US$ 4,200++ per villa, while on the celebration day selections of romantic dining can be chosen to suit the mood of the two in love, including the Love Boat Dining Experience for Rp. 3,650,000++ per couple, An Intimate Poolside Dinner at Rp. 2,650,000++ per couple, or the Mi Amore at Bella Singaraja for Rp. 1,900,000++ per couple. InterContinental Bali Resort, Jl. Uluwatu 45, Jimbaran (0361) 701-888, www.bali.intercontinental.com

TRUE ‘TASTE OF LOVE’
Welcoming the celebration of love, Sakala Bali is proud to offer their enchanting 8-course ‘Taste of Love’, a creation of Chef Boulay presenting the Foie Gras Degustation of 5 artisanal ways’ Prawn Bisque scented with Taragon and Vanilla, Champagne Granite, Lamb with touches of black truffle, including tempting chocolate choices and much more to enjoy. This luxurious indulgence is in the perfect setting of a magnificent view of the Tanjung Benoa shore, and is available on Valentine’s Day at Sakala Bali. Extending the memorable, try your luck as the restaurant will give you a chance to win a 2-night stay in Thailand. SAKALA. Jl. Pratama 88, Tanjung Benoa (0361) 774-499, www.sakalabali.com
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Ancient tradition had it that coconuts become an inseparable part of the life of Javanese and Balinese. More than just a source of food, coconuts ware olso used as source of healing for all resources of sickness and diseases. From having the benefits offered by coconuts, it is no wonder our forefathers called these fruits the miracle fruits.

Opening Hours : 10.00 - 23.00 Jl. Dewi Sri LC 16 Sunset Road, Kuta - Bali Phone: +62(361) 8733831, 8783951 Fax : +62(361) 8733832 E : talagaspabali@yahoo.com | info@talagaspabali.com BALI&BEYOND FEBRUARY 2012 www.talagaspabali.com

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SUNSET SERENADE
There is no more special way to celebrate your love than having a toast at the Island’s most dramatic bar, The Rock. To welcome this sweetest of moments, a special sunset cocktail package for Him and Her and dessert are introduced for only Rp. 200,000++ per couple. Enjoy Tanqueray Gin mixed with a fruity sensation to be paired with Bitter Chocolate Lollipops with raspberry tender filling and pistachio crunch for just Rp. 90,000++/couple, while listening to the sound of waves and a sunset serenade from the Live Band. Rock up the love! Rock Bar at Ayana Resort and Spa Bali Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, (0361) 702-222 www.ayanaresort.com

BALANCING ENERGY
The Away Spa at W Retreat & Spa Seminyak is ready to light the fire for couples in love that want to celebrate Valentine’s Day at their award-winning spa. A three-hour couples treatment could be the best way to share some intimate moments and to balance the energy of two. The treatment includes a Tantric Meditation to bring a completeness in each being and a Body Bliss Tantric Massage to stimulate the nervous system while releasing tension from tiring muscles, using herbal oil blends with a warm herbal poultice of Himalayan Crystal Salt and Rosemary. Included in the package is a bathing treatment with scrubbing along with the refreshment of bubbles and an Aphrodisiac Snack. Away Spa at W Retreat & Spa Bali Seminyak, (0361) 473-8106 www.whotels.com/baliseminyak

SEMARA SENSATION
Semara Resorts Group offers a new holiday experience at its new opening Semara Uluwatu and Semara Seminyak. Enjoy a combination Semara Experience package staying for 2 nights in a scenic retreat of Semara Uluwatu and 2night experience at Semara Seminyak for only US$ 506++/room/night. The group also has a Valentine’s package of Romantic Escape offering 3-night accommodation in Pool Side Room for US$ 295++/room/night. Maximizing the pleasure of intimate moments, the resorts present a complimentary romantic dinner at Finn’s Beach Club, 2-hour Bali Spa treatment, Wellness program including Yoga, Meditation, Pilates or Lap Training, as well as souvenir pack for the couples. www.semararesorts.com
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SECURITY ASSURED
A Gold Certification for hotel security and safety was awarded to The 101 Legian on December 11 after achieving the highest rank among 78 other hotels in Bali in a regular event held every two years by the Tourism Department of the Badung Regency in collaboration with Polda Bali (Police Department of Bali Province). The award was based on the security personnel’s experience and knowledge, complete security equipment, supporting security software and the safety level of the surrounding area that can be handled by the hotel’s security team and management, including how to handle natural disasters, terrorism or other threats. This award achievement proved The 101 Legian’s commitment to provide the highest level of comfort and safety to its guests, visitors, and the surrounding area, as well as to its internal team. www.101legian.com

SWIM IN THE NEW LAGOON
The Padma Resort Bali at Legian announces that the swimming pool is ready to open for guests seeking real relaxation after an extensive renovation started in 2010. This 104-meter lagoon style swimming pool includes a sunken Barong Pool Bar & Cafe and is surrounded by a green garden and sundecks all along the pool lines. The pool also has some islands with carved stone statues, making it a true inspiration for those who want to get a real tropical experience. The General Manager of Padma Resort Bali at Legian, Mr. Tjipjanto Soerjanto, stated that this project marks the beginning of a new era for the property; it is continuing to evolve but at the same time preserving the different aspects of Bali’s cultural and artistic identity. www.padmaresortbali.com

COZY CONCEPT

Cozy and comfortable with a full listing of facilities will be offered to guests at a new Havener’s Club Lounge at the Haven Seminyak. This exclusive departure lounge is prepared as a waiting area completed with super comfortable couches, a warm ambience, comprehensive facilities including free Wi-Fi, entertainment, TV programs, and some recent publications for those who must wait for their flights at late check-out times or just want to tuck away enjoying all the facilities. Guests can also enjoy shower facilities or using an informal meeting area at the lounge. www.thehavenbali.com

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NEW DINE DESTINATION
Ametis Villa Bali will soon open its smart restaurant, Eternal, which setting represents a laidback vibe of tropical dining. The restaurant located at Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu, Kuta, is a new dine destination for everyone who love to enjoy fresh and delicious menu which was made from the freshest ingredients sourced from Bedugul and early morning seafood market of Jimbaran Bay. Every dish is a culinary revelation that ignites the senses – a visual feast that pleases the palate with an explosion of flavor. www.ametisvilla.com

PARTY PLAYGROUND
For those of you who love to hang out at the beach, now it’s time to try the new playground for partying, Karma Beach. Located at Batu Belig, Karma Beach brings you a new party inspiration with its tropical touches, lavish culinary delights and open outdoor area with beach couches for a perfect time while relaxing in paradise. (0361) 361-8888, www.karmabeachbatubelig.com

ITALIAN DELIGHT
Love Italian cuisine? Now there is a reason to please yourself with this Mediterranean temptation at a new Italian restaurant, Al Dente. Located on Kartika Plaza Street just a few meters away from the famous Kuta Square, this restaurant offers real homemade pasta using the freshest ingredients with a twist of Indo China reflected on the menu. The restaurant also brings natural inspiration and an environment based on its décor and details tp give a relaxing ambience to all the visitors. Al Dente Restaurant Jalan Kartika Plaza, Complex Kuta Sidewalk (0361) 488-838, www.rama-restaurants-bali.com

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FLY-OVER THE SEA
A new solution is being planned by a conglomeration of state-owned enterprises to overcome Bali’s traffic by building a highway that connects Nusa Dua to Benoa Port with a special access to the Ngurah Rai International Airport. The total length of the road will be 8.12 km, 1.58 km to airport, and 2.2 km to Benoa port, having 2 main lanes in each direction including one for motorcycles. The project is scheduled to be finished in 14 months, marked with another controversial project, which is to build an underpass at the Simpang Siur junction that is scheduled to be finished at almost at the same time. Bali Discovery News

A PEACEFUL ISLAND
A few days before the year changed, Bali gained a new name from the World Peace Committee, citing the island as The Island of Peace. Symbolizing the new name, a 5-meter wide ‘Peace Gong’ was placed right in front of the main entrance of the Bali Collection in Nusa Dua, along with the statues of the Nobel Peace Prize receivers surrounding the gong. The president of the committee said to Beritabali.com that Bali is a place to seek peace, and that the island’s cultural law concepts of peace among its people, God, and Nature were reflected in its daily activities, leading to the citing of this island. www.beritabali.com, www.antaranews.com

FACTS CORRECTED!
On our See & Seen featured in November 2011 edition page 68, we incorrectly wrote that Mr. Warwick Purser celebrated his 70th birthday, but his correct age was 62. We would like to apologize for Mr. Purser for this error. And to answer some questions we were asked about where to buy the items on our December 2011 cover, here are the shops providing these pretty and colorful items: Cross Over Dress & Purple Turban PRISONERS OF ST.PETERSBURG at SOMEWHERE Sequined Top K&I Belt ANIMALE Bangles WHY NOT Fringe Sandals MISTER ZIMI
GONG PHOTO BY INTAN TANJUNG TOLL PHOTO COURTESY OF YOUTUBE

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Famous globally as the ‘umbrella’, in this Island of the Gods these parasols have a more important purpose than protecting humans from falling raindrops. It symbolizes tribute and invitation for the gods and deified ancestors to ‘descend to earth’.

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he typical Balinese parasols do not only dominate temple scenes now days, but can also be found adorning hotels, restaurants, and even various locations abroad. Their appearance is also becoming more splendid, not only with vibrant colors but also through

Everything related to prosperity, fertility, and welfare is associated with him. His consort is the goddess Dewi Sri, who is also the goddess of rice and fertility. Vishnu is symbolized by water, so has the color designation of black, and his realm is in the north. Thus the black colored parasols are always placed in the northern locations. The yellow parasols are placed in the west, which is in the direction and in honor of the god Mahadewa. The last in the four main cardinal points is east, with the white colored parasols. East is the direction of god Shiva, who is believed to act as pemralina or the demolisher. Prelina is more exactly explained as a process of returning to the previous state; from non-existent to existing and back to non-existent. Frequently the word pralina is simplified as destruction and the god Shiva acting as the destroyer. The remaining color is the checkered pattern of black and white. The two combined are a symbol of the harmony and balance of two essences. The Balinese believe that the existence butha kala, which is the personification of negative forces, are never a target of elimination among the Balinese. They are in fact venerated and are constantly asked to not interfere with the human activities. This is done with the conscience of maintaining the balance of nature.
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their impressive motifs. Ceremonies in Bali are usually carried out vivaciously. Each is an occasion to express gratitude and to ‘offer back’ what the heavens have bestowed on humans. It is then no wonder that various offerings are presented, people donning their cleanest and coming in their tidiest, with shrines beautifully decorated and not to mention the ornate penjor bamboo poles and the

colorful pajeng parasols. Speaking of colors, there are at least five that the parasols are usually comprised of, namely red, white, black yellow and a combination of black and white. These five colors each bear their own meanings. Red usually takes post at the southern locations, personifying the god Brahma. Brahma is one of the most important gods in the Balinese Hindu pantheon, acting as the creator with Another important god is Vishnu, who acts as caretaker.
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of one thing will be equalized by another opposing factor. Thus

An important aspect lies with the presence of parasols in the ceremonies of the Balinese Hindus. It symbolizes tribute and adds vibrant colors to the observance at the same time.
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The development of tourism and the rapid growing industry has led it to diversified functions to produce these crafts in cottage industries and market them in various traditional markets, art markets, and even to the international market.

Black and white is usually placed in the northwest in honor of nature. In households, the parasols are usually placed outside the house or to shade gargoyles and guardian statues. An important aspect lies with the presence of parasols in the ceremonies of the Balinese Hindus. It symbolizes tribute and adds vibrant colors to the observance at the same time. ‘Umbrella’ comes from the word ‘umbra’ which means to protect. In Bali umbrellas or parasols are referred to as tedung, which is derived from the word tedun meaning ‘to descend’. That is why in the beginning parasols were used as ceremonial equipment, for greeting gods and deified ancestors and inviting them to ‘descend to earth’. Before the modern age parasols were luxury items, only used in ceremonies and in palaces. Commoners only used leaves to protect themselves from downpours or for shade, usually banana leaves or wide taro leaves. In this day and age parasols or umbrellas are not only everybody’s commodity, their price and usage are also more prevalent. Besides for ceremonies, shade and protection from bad
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weather, they have also become a decorative element for interiors. So it is no wonder that these items can now be seen in public spaces such as restaurants, hotels and villas. The development of tourism and the rapid growing industry has led it to diversified functions. This has brought good effect to the many parasol craftsmen in Bali such as those in the village of Mengwi in the Badung regency and the village of Kayubihi in the Bangli regency. They produce these crafts in cottage industries and market them in various traditional markets, art markets, and even to the international market. A local Bali media company once interviewed a craftsman in Badung, where it was revealed that he ships a thousand parasols to Europe each month. This craftsman pioneered his business in the 90s when the tourism industry was booming in Bali. The business has grown and absorbed a great deal of human resources. The craftsmen sell their parasols for Rp 40,000-200,000 per piece, depending on the size and materials used. The parasols are wrapped in fabric, with some made of satin and also velvet for the larger items. ■ Text by Ni Luh Dian Purniawati
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Collection of Pres Ban Cafe

Seminyak Street offers different kinds of clothing,accessories, hobbies, crafts and other lifestyle knick-knack choices. There are mixes of the ‘home brand’ with traditional products made by creative local
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FUNKY PINKY GIFTS
ali has its own uniqueness when it comes to retail therapy. The array of colorful and funky shops along production that result in an international taste with high quality, and of course, unique products. Here is the art of a real attraction…having a vacation, and the shopping! This month is all about love, as February is the time to paint everything pink. As cheesy as it may sound, Valentine’s Day is still taking a part in our multicultural society. Whether you celebrate it or not, there’s always reason

to check out what’s hot in stores for a Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one. Just for a good measure, here is what we suggest would be in the top five gift ideas for him and her, instead of just wrapping chocolates.

SIMPLE KONSEP STORE
SKS, as it is popularly called, is a sleek super stylish two-story shop selling everything to glam up your look. Their modern products and their quality are also top notch. Some home labels from Indonesian and international designers are on display on the ground floor, separated by two sections of women and men’s. The materials and styles are very comfy for Bali weather and the colorful bold and delicate patterns will give you a new edge Climb up to the second floor to find their funky homewares and fashion gadgets. You can see colorful dish sets,
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of sophistication.

Half King Store

ceramic arts, bottles, coffee makers and fancy cutlery from the world-renowned brand Alessi, as well as bar sets that will stylize him to the next level in making his favorite cocktails. You will also find a selection of super stylish eyewear and watches (also for him) from Nooka. Jl. Laksamana (Oberoi) No.40 (0361) 730-393, www.sksbali.com

sense of beach spirit. One of the most intriguing things you can find here is the collection of women’s jewelry from Pantheia. It’s the perfect combination of modern design meeting culture, as the shapes are beautiful, the sizes are in good proportion, and the details speak to the eye. You can find the right gift for her in the form of a ring, earrings, a necklace or a bracelet in gold, silver, or bronze. Jl. Oberoi 177X (behind Magali Pascal shop), Seminyak (0361) 738-885

HALF KING SURF COLLECTIVE
This is not an ordinary commercial space; it’s a hangout spot of and for the surfing community that brings all their original design concepts together. You’ll find a variety of one-off clothes, ranging from cool t-shirts to novelty-themed items, vintage eyewear, accessories, jewelry, selected musical instruments, and of course, surf and skate equipment, all under the roof of Soho industrial warehouse style setting with a strong

THE LIGHT BOX GALLERY
Noticeably ‘different’ than any other creative commercial product in the island definitely gives this gallery an extra highlight. I mean literally, Pres Ban Cafe cigarette cases
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Horn Emporium

especially if you spot it at night. In The Light Box you realize that you have been surrounded with inspiration and displays of a broad spectrum of contemporary pieces ranging from painting, detailed casting of aluminum, resin, and bronze, sculptures to limited edition photography and the uniqueness of light infused collage art. him a piece of art, as their painting is not just a painting but photography art by French artist Yaz, who merges photos with painting and assembles into a light box presentation. Jl. Laksamana No.1, Oberoi, 081-236842-573, www.thelightboxgallery.com Sure it’ll make a big impression to get

This month is all about love, as February is the time to paint everything pink. As cheesy as it may sound, whether you celebrate it or not, there are always reasons to check out what’s hot in stores.
of original European vintage outfits are displayed together with array of creative recycle designed accessories such as bags made of doormats and shoes made of carpets. Dig into their treasure shelves and you’ll probably find the resemblance of Twiggy’s frocks or James Dean’s jeans. It’s definitely a place of uniqueness and a magic wardrobe for those who would rather be different than ‘safe’. The Press Ban has many choices of antiquelooking jewelry for her, vintage toys and harmonicas for him, as well as cute stationary like agendas and bags that are suitable for your ‘edgy-at-heart’ other half. Jl.Laksamana 50XX, Oberoi (0361) 730-486
HORN EMPORIUM STORE PHOTO BY DIAZ, WOMEN JEWELRY PHOTOS COURTESY OF HALF KING STORE

HORN EMPORIUM
The Horn Emporium is quite a new addition to the shops strung along this area, but this quirky space is filled with all kinds of euphoric and eclectic goods. It’s located opposite the entrances of Potato Head

PRESS BAN CAFÉ
This striking yellow café is unlike any other cafe, simply because the main attraction of the Press Ban is their thrift shop. A mix
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and glamorous ‘hairspa’ that hails from the Netherlands, by the master of hairdressing himself Rob Peetoom. I can honestly say that there’s no beauty space quite like this in Bali. Not just because of its spacious area, but also because it’s a place to indulge the senses and feel the spiritualism in the exotic atmosphere of Bali. The perfect Valentine’s Day gift is a voucher for her, because this place is about every woman’s dream. Being pampered in the half open and half indoor space gives everyone the flexibility to enjoy the natural breeze or stay cool in an air conditioned and the W Retreat & Spa, just look up and see the two enormous owls carved on their front upper wall. Here you can find great presents for both him and her. They have a great collection of international designers such as MarjanPejosky and KTZ, and Bali based designer Magali Pascal, also their own brand Horn. The selection of female clothes varies from sexy and elegant to edgy, glamorous and vintage, as well as some choices of casual and playful tops and bottoms for men. The accessories here are quite a treasure too, ranging from jewelry, sunglasses, toys, perfumes, knick-knacks, Evo beauty products, and of course, souvenirs…all that you can easily buy for Valentine’s gifts. Jl. Petitenget 100X, Seminyak www.hornemporium.com room while your hair is washed with purified water and treated with number one international hair products. “Hair only looks good when it enhances the individual’s personality and lifestyle”, that’s their philosophy, so bring it on her! Jl. Petitenget 16, Seminyak (0361) 790-7547 www.robpeetoom.nl Text by Diaz
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ROB PEETOOM HAIR SPA
The last stop on our trip around the Oberoi-Petitenget area was this brand new

INVITE&INDULGE

SENSES SANCTUARY
While romance is in the air, the moments for special merriment in every activity should be inseparable. Why not try a tropical inspiration that could touch the senses of both parties?

With breath-taking scenery of the Indian Ocean, in a secluded area with the highest level hospitality and service, this resort is the perfect choice for celebrating glorious romance while holidaying on the island.

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estled up in the hills near Uluwatu, the Banyan Tree Ungasan is definitely the place to go for a romantic sanctuary.

While romance is in the air, the moments for special merriment in every activity should be inseparable. Why not try a tropical inspiration that could touch the senses of both parties and experience a senses sanctuary at the Banyan Tree Spa at Banyan Tree Ungasan? This is a perfect way to introduce the gentlemen to a total bliss of paradise. The Banyan Tree Spa is three flights down the lobby, with 9 treatment rooms located around the pool

area with a peaceful background view of the ocean from the hill. Warm up the sensual senses by taking a special treatment, Valentine’s Tropical Rainmist Treatment, at the Banyan Tree Spa, which provides total rejuvenation. During the month of February, this two and a half hour spa treatment tailored for ladies and gentlemen are available on the menu for Rp. 3,120,000++ per couple including a half hour refreshment time, giving you not

Tropical Rainmist Senses Sanctuary

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Banyan Tree Spa

only for the total bliss idea for two but also as a starter for the whole romantic night. Welcoming the two in love is a foot massage given to exfoliate and to release the tension, using sea salt that also acts as an antibacterial and feeds important

ions to the skin. Before the real sensation begins, a nourishment treatment is given using a Soya Bean Scrub and Avocado Conditioner that will enrich the ladies with protein while gents will be indulged by the exotic inspiration of Herb & Spice Scrub,

Warm Coconut Milk Splash, and Head & Shoulder Massage. Feel the sensation of the tickling Rain Shower where the Tropical Rainmist will uplift the sensory pleasure. The true rejuvenation is continued with slow and deep therapeutic movements of your selected massage that will instantly release tension, all while listening to the slow rhythm of soothing music. Awaken with totally fresh and complete feelings of togetherness, as the session is closed with teatime for two while enjoying the tranquillity of the serene surrounding before heading out for the real celebration at night. Bring home a Valentine appreciation gift from the Banyan Tree Spa as a souvenir to remember this special time. Banyan Tree Spa at Banyan Tree Ungasan, Jl. Melasti, BanjarKelod, Ungasan, (0361) 300-7000 www.banyantree.com/en/bali_ungasan
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new romantic fine dining destination called Tirtha Dining. The restaurant is located next to the uniquely designed chapel of Tirtha Uluwatu, perfectly nestled on the hillside with a stunning 180 degree view of the majestic Indian Ocean seascape. Formerly, the restaurant was exclusively for use at weddings, with occasional openings

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amous as exclusive wedding planners, Tirtha Bridal brings a new level of romance to one of its exquisite nuptial ceremony

settings, Tirtha Uluwatu, by opening a

ROMANCE REVIVAL
In February the Island speaks love, but at Tirtha love is all around in every moment spent no matter what the occasion.

details; a beautifully carved ceiling lamp, white orchids and silver tableware complete the elegant look, while the outdoor area is set on the patio making for a romantic night with a tropical breeze and stunning violet sunset sky as a background. The sound of Romantic situation at Tirtha Dining the ocean and slow rhythm of soft jazz adds to the mellow atmosphere, accompanying the night for two in matrimonial bliss. The fare on offer is the ultimate creation allowed for couples previously married at one of Tirtha’s chapels that wanted to re-memorize their special day. Now the restaurant is open for every couple who wants to celebrate their love and spend some intimate time together. Inspired by classical Japanese design, the restaurant exudes a calming ambiance. Entering the room through the sliding door you’ll be greeted with a beautiful dining arrangement, the luminosity of the candles giving each individual table an intimate feel, with cobalt hues from the open-air pool refracting through the glass doors. The restaurant is adorned with sophisticated of Chef Hashimoto that will add sparks to the night. Selections of three to fivecourse menu sets have been created with a healthy dose of French inspiration. The artistically presented dishes are brought to your table with exquisite service and each mouthful is an absolute delight from the beginning to the end of this gastronomic voyage. The epic taste of Roasted Duck Breast Cassis sauce with roasted seasonal vegetable match perfectly with a crisp glass of white wine, also a perfect accompaniment to the melt-in-the- mouth Confit of fresh Tasmanian Salmon with Cauliflower Mousse.

At Tirtha Dining, the night could become endless; a closing dessert of Moulten Cake may not be the ultimate ending to your evening. Perhaps someone close to you has a secret agenda that may surprise you! February is the perfect time to go down on bended knee and ask that important question: propose to your love and live the rest of your lives together in happiness. Recently, Tirtha Dining introduced a marriage proposal arrangement called the ‘Marry Me Plan’ and has witnessed several emotional explosions at its venue since. This special dining time will be set up with flower petals and candle decorations at the very private area of their gazebo, the best dining spot in the restaurant with a perfect view of Indian Ocean, for a memorable night that will never be forgotten. ■ Tirtha Dining at Tirtha Luhur Jl. Uluwatu, Br. Dinas Karang Boma, Desa Pecatu, (0361) 847-1151 082-836-111-11, www.tirthadinning.com
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PONDERINGPOINT

Everything in this island seems very beautiful: nature, bliss, lifestyle and freedom. But there is one thing about this freedom that scared me a little bit, too much freedom on the road.

ON THE ROAD
Bali were motorbikes.

that there is just too much road construction going on! It seems like the government are just letting people dig up

And the motorbike drivers in Bali don’t seem to care about their own life, the way they drive so carelessly. I noticed that they sometimes drive at high speed, changing direction suddenly, weaving in and out of other vehicles and turning around at wrong point, and even ignoring red lights. The motorbike drivers don’t usually wear proper protection; sometimes they don’t even wear a crash helmet.

the road as much as they like, cover it, and later on another project of ‘There is Digging A Hole’ will continue again! The roads are full with dust, construction signs, with construction workers moving around, leaving narrower space for the drivers. The situation is a lot worse when it’s raining, the road is flooded and the holes are covered. You can imagine what could possibly happen.

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actually love driving around, especially with a motorbike when you can enjoy the cooling breeze. But lately it’s just too scary to be on the road. Not to mention that the traffic is increasing time after time, I have also noticed

There is also a significant increase in the number of vehicles year after year. From last year, Antaranews.com reported that there were 1.5 million motorbikes on Bali’s roads, this is almost half of Bali’s population. In 2010, 76% of the total vehicles in

It would be unfair to accuse only local people, the tourists are no better on the road. I have sometimes heard my tourist friends complaining about the Police stopping them while driving on the main road. And every time I hear them complaining, I ask them if they have the appropriate international driving licenses and most of them said that they don’t have it. So who is the one who did the wrong thing here? Some tourists also think that they can do as they please when it comes to driving in Bali; they ignore all the rules and just drive like crazy. I have been frustrated by some tourists driving in the small lanes around Kuta, when they stop suddenly or drive too fast down the narrow crowded lanes. And the worst thing is, that many of them drive drunk, an offence they could be prosecuted for in their home countries. The worst accident also had happened in Jakarta last month, a car driven by a drunk woman under influence of a psychotropic drug killed 9 pedestrian who just finished having Sunday jog. This accident shocked the country especially after somebody uploaded the video on Youtube. This shouldn’t have happened if the Police routinely do breath test to all drivers, especially in the area where most clubs are located. On November 2011, Kompas.com reported that there were 6,820 victims of road accidents in Bali from JanuaryNovember 2011; an increase of more than 2,000 people from 2010, although, the total number of deaths on Bali’s roads was reduced in 2011. The Director of Traffic for Bali Police told Kompas.com that the causes of accidents varied from poor road conditions to lack of warning signage. I can tell that Bali has a real problem when it comes to safety for all road users. The roads are overloaded with traffic, the conditions of the road surfaces are poor, reckless behaviour of some drivers equals too many surprises on the road! Perhaps the government needs to give road safety education to all students in Indonesia, so that when they grow up, they can be better drivers. Driving on Bali’s roads can be very dangerous sometimes, I had seen three bad accidents with the drivers killed immediately because of their ignorance driving behaviours, and I hope that this article could remain us again to drive safely and act responsibly when it comes to driving. Work or pleasure, local or tourist, drive safe, and remember that even if you can get away with breaking the rules most of them were created with your safety in mind. ■ Want to share your critical ideas and opinions on current affairs surrounding culture, environment, hospitality, tourism and travel of Bali the Indonesian Archipelago? Email your thoughts to editor@baliandbeyond.co.id.
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FOTOFOLIO

WOMEN ON CANVAS
These women in paints inspired three of Bali’s expat artists to create the masterpieces which brought them fame throughout the world. Their strong devotion to the artist and to the art, posing for unique and beautiful masterpieces, had played a part in promoting Bali’s art and culture to the world. The artistically honed movements and exotic charms of these women were captured forever on the canvases of these artists. The pieces featured in our Foto Folio pages are displayed in two famous art museums in Bali, The Blanco Renaissance Museum, and Museum Pasifika.
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Ni Ronji met Don Antonio Maria Blanco in 1952 and became the main model for most of his paintings. She devoted her life to her husband and witnessed the life history of the maestro. Two of the paintings on this spread are the works of Antonio Blanco, displayed at The Blanco Renaissance Museum.

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Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres married his model, Ni Pollok after three years of her modelling for him. They shared life in the quiet shore side village of Sanur until he became ill and passed away in Belgium in 1958 after suffering from cancer. Their home is now a museum housing a collection around 80 of Le Mayeur’s masterpieces and his artefact collections.

The painting at left is the last artwork of Le Mayeur and both of the paintings in this spread are from the collection of Museum Pasifika.

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Made Pegi sitting under the mango tree

Theo Meier came to Bali in 1936 and was enchanted for the first time by the movement of the Balinese girls dancing at the temple under the moonlight. Unlike his neighbour Le Mayeur, Theo Meier wasn’t lucky when it came to women. For reasons unknown he divorced his first wife, Made Mulungan in 1941,then met and married his second wife Made Pegi. She left him after he was absent in Europe for some time. Since then, he dedicated himself to paint the life of the island before finally leaving Bali for Thailand where he was to meet his soulmate,45 Jettli. BALI&BEYOND FEBRUARY 2012

Theo Meier’s third wife, Jettli. All of Theo Meier’s paintings presented here are the collection of Museum Pasifika
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NUANCES OF NATURE
If you think you’ve been to all parts of Bali, take yourself a bit further afield to the northeast side and help yourself to a slice of nature at Menjangan Island. You will adore the untouched beauty and the soothing serenity of true paradise on Earth, and unite with the solitude of Mother Nature.

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enjangan Island, an isle within an isle, is actually part of the conservation area of West Bali National Park, and is inhabited by many protected animals including its famous deer species named menjangan, from which the

island gained its name. The island is only 10 km in length and is visited not only by tourists seeking sanctuary but also by local people from all around Bali. Although the location is far away from the heart of Bali, it’s not that hard to get directions to this island. The estimated travel time from Denpasar or Kuta is about three or four hours by car, as you drive through some small regencies such as Tabanan, Seririt and Pemuteran, or only two hours drive from Gilimanuk, the harbor town that connects Bali with Java. The journey is breathtakingly refreshing, as you pass through swathes of the bucolic countryside that is beyond your imagination, with the best views of the green hills and flowing rivers accompanied by cool breezes; something you don’t get much of in the southern part of Bali. To get to the island from the mainland you must cross from Labuhan Lalan using a motorboat, of which there are many parked at the pier. Tickets are bought before the trip, and then later presented to the guide that will lead the way to the island. Before leaving the main land, as you walk along the pier towards the boat you’ll see a great view of the mangrove forest that has grown down to the black sand beach as the calm clear water greets you from both sides. But this is just the beginning; soon to appear is the open sea with Java’s mountainous profile on your left. After a half-hour trip you’ll arrive at Menjangan Island, whic is surrounded with the radiant blue hues of the ocean and home to wide range of species and underwater life. Dusk in fisherman village

WANDERING AROUND
Among scuba divers, Menjangan Island is one of Bali’s most famous spots, with its spectacular marine life and beautiful coral. The island itself is often added to the diving safari agenda by those who are not divers. Snorkelling is the best option to view the sea creatures and the coral reef, but even if you don’t go under the beauty is visible from the surface. If you don’t bring
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The best views of the green hills and turqoise color of sea accompanied by cool breeze are something you don’t get much of in the southern part of Bali.

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To maximize the protection of the wild life, a group of people called Sahabat Menjangan (Friends of Menjangan) founded a community in early 2011, giving their care not only for the island’s ecosystem but also for the entire West Bali National Park. The community participated in cleaning the whole island as well as the nearby area of the national park to create awareness about the importance of protecting the island. Kartika Dewi, one of the initiators of Sahabat Menjangan, stated that the disposal of waste was still a major problem because there wasn’t appropriate transportation that could transfer the collected garbage to Labuhan Lalang. It’s such a shame that this beautiful island can be contaminated by trash that is brought by tourists visiting the island. Who should be blamed? ■
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Text by Steffi and Diaz

Another adventure not to be missed is to go in search of the native menjangan. The island is a great place for trekking, so wandering around the island is a great way to immerse oneself in the wildlife.
your own equipment, rentals are available at LabuhanLalang at affordable prices, so there is no excuse not to sample the island’s natural submarine environment. Another adventure not to be missed is to go in search of the native menjangan. The island is a great place for trekking, so wandering around the island is a great way to immerse oneself in the wildlife. If you’re lucky enough you can see the deer that sometimes come close to the beach, mostly seen during dry season. Although isolated, the animals seem very friendly and they’re not afraid to come close. The island is also a spiritual destination for the Balinese who come to Menjangan to pray at its temples, as there are three of them on the island. The oldest one is Gili Kencana, then Klenting Sari Temple, and finally the Segara Giri Temple. Our guide, Suparno explained that the pilgrims usually flock here during full moon, holidays and weekends, and mostly come from Denpasar, Gianyar and Klungkung, mostly came not from the nearby area.

SAHABATMENJANGAN
According to data recorded in 2007, the number of menjangan on the island was only 123. As the number is limited to protect the wildlife, there is an unwritten rule set to limit the length of time spent visiting the island to only three hours.
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Meet the island’s native, menjangan.

DIVING POINTS:
Temple Point: A sandy site on the eastern tip of the island, where you can see crocodile fish and nudibranchs. POS II: A rich reef-wall site with huge gorgonian fans, surgeonfish, jackfish, angelfish, shrimp, parrotfish, scorpionfish and sharks! Cave Point: Consists of several underwater caves. POS I: A sandy slope with plenty of soft coral as well as gorgonians. Garden Eel: A shallow sandy bottom area alive with garden eels, lionfish, cuttlefish, frogfish and schools of pelagics. Anker Wreck: It has lain underwater for over a century. Flat rectangular sheers lay in what was the hold of the vessel and contain an assortment of ceramics and glass bottles. The wreck is communalized by soft coral and is a good site to spot turtles as well as sharks. Coral Garden: A steep sloping wall with plenty of soft coral, large snapper, a few blue-spotted trevally, and schools of fusilier.

AROUND THE COAST OF PEMUTERAN
Most of the hotels are located along the coast of Pemuteran. Exploring the neighbourhood, our contributor gathered some ideas about where to stay and the prices: Menjangan Resort $$$$$ Matahari Beach Resort $$$$$ Mimpi Resort Menjangan $$$ Santi Sari $$$$$ Novus Gawana $$$$ Taman Sari Bali $$$
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A SUMPTUOUS ORIENTAL EXPERIENCE
You may have tried many Asian foods and love the richness of the spices and sauces. Thai, Malaysian, and Indonesian dishes, all checked. If you think you have tried everything, perhaps it’s time to enjoy some real acculturations!

Peninsula where Tao Bali is located. Nestled on the shores of Tanjung Benoa, where refreshing ocean breezes are allowed to flow through the doors of the restaurant and with a décor theme reminiscent of Thai opulence, the Tao Bali restaurant presents a dining destination where you can enjoy Oriental food in an authentic Oriental ambience. Proud of its Thai specialty and Southeast Asian culinary experts, Tao Bali now offers a new dining experience for those who crave for

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o take yourself on a culinary journey through South East Asia, you need go no further than the northern tip of the Bali’s Benoa

more. Themed as Authentic Southeast Asian Buffet, the dining buffet is presented with live cooking stations where you can choose your preferred ingredients to be cooked right away behind the bar and to tempt all the pedestrians who walk in front of the restaurant with its delicious aroma. The first bar of the station presents a selection of beef, chicken and seafood with choices of vegetables and four types of noodles cooked in a wok. Sweet Chili Paste could be your favorite this night, or you might prefer a true Oriental inspiration of Sweet and Sour, and how about the Thai signature of Basil Chilli and Garlic? There are also other choices such as Black Pepper, Phad Thai Sauce and

Oyster Sauce, and if you think it’s not enough you can move along to choose from a selection of tempuras, three soup types and four exotic salads, all to be added to your main menu. Before ending your perfect culinary journey, order your favorite from the menu where you can choose mixed seafood cooked with sweet chilli paste or prawn with garlic and pepper sauce, or chicken with cashewnuts. You might like Beef with Black Pepper Sauce or Panaeng Beef Curry, which can be paired with fried rice or steamed white or brown rice as your prefer. When it comes time for an epic ending, the choice of sweets at the dessert table starts with a wide range of fruit selections, freshly sliced to order, different kinds of cakes coming every week and some traditional sweets from many countries, so it’s definitely something you shouldn’t miss. This true inspiration of a Southeast Asian culinary journey is available every Thursday for dinner at the Tao Bali starting at 6.30 p.m., and until 9.30 p.m. Enjoy a true Oriental temptation for only Rp. 190,000++ (not include drinks) per person throughout the year of 2012. The Tao Bali Jl. Pratama No. 96, Tanjung Benoa, Bali info@taobali.com www.taobali.com

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BEYONDBALI

THE LITTLE GOLDEN TRIANGLE OF NORTH SUMATRA
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Sumatra, one of the biggest islands of the Indonesian archipelago, can be a daunting destination. But for nature lovers, being in a trip to the Kingdom of Batak culture could be a real adventure worth to undertaking.

outpost lies on the border of Leuser National Park, at the meeting point of the imposing Batang Serangan River and the smaller river Sungai Musam. Across the river there are four lodges offering

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he journey starts from the main airport town of Medan, reaching a little golden triangle trip that is relatively easy to explore. A twohour road trip crossing vast areas of palm plantations takes you to Tangkahan, the hidden paradise of Sumatra. This small

accommodations, built on a hill with an amazing view overlooking the river. The only way to get there is to cross the main river on a raft pulled by a clever system of ropes. On the border of the village, a 20-minute walk up river, there is an elephant camp where 7 adult elephants have been trained to patrol and protect the National Park from illegal logging and poaching. The camp offers elephant trekking, but it needs advance booking on order to prepare the elephants. Most visitors choose the one-hour trip, while the more adventurous visitors embark on
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a 4-day trek through the Gunung Leuser National Park to Bukit Lawang. You can also see the elephants bathing, usually at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. If elephant trekking or jungle trekking by foot is little bit slow for you, exploring the jungle with a motorbike or a four-wheel drive is the perfect thing to raise your adrenaline. The trip can take up to 5 hours depending on the weather conditions, but it offers rapidly changing scenery, mighty volcanoes in the distance through jungle, palm plantations and typical local villages. From here you can reach the picturesque little town of Bukit Lawang on the edge of the Gunung Leuser National Park, which is built on both sides of the Bahorok River. It is famous for its Orangutan sanctuary that was founded in 1973 to protect the endangered Orangutan population from deforestation, trading and hunting. One of the most awaited activities here is the feeding time, which is usually done at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. To see this, you will have to follow the experienced rangers all the way into the jungle to the feeding platform and wait patiently until you spot the branches moving. The Orangutans sometimes get very closer to the visitors and are very friendly, as well as other types of monkeys that come along to the feeding area, including the Thomas Leaf Monkey with its cute Mohawk hairstyle.
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One of the best spots to enjoy the jungle view is from the Jungle Inn. This well established inn offers rooms overlooking the river and a chance to spot Orangutans coming to the edge of the forest. And not only that, they also have friendly staff who are happy to take you on tours or just spend time playing guitar, chess or talking about the area, even amusing the children. A jungle trek with a guide is a must-do activity, with treks ranging from a couple of hours easy walking to multiple days of trekking while camping in the National Park. But if you want to take this second option, you must be aware that the activity could be really challenging and it requires you to be in the best physical condition. Another totally fun activity is to go tubing, where you can see the jungle from the river level. There is also a lively market on Fridays where you can find handicraft stalls all along the river. Reaching the final destination, we are now heading to the majestic Lake Toba. To get there you can easily go with public transportation, but if you wish for more comfort you can hire a private vehicle with a driver to travel from Bukit Lawang to the little town of Parapat on the banks of Lake Toba. You should really take a stopover at the hill station of Berastagi to enjoy the great panorama of mountains and hills that is also a base to climb two of Sumatra’s most attractive volcanoes, Gunung

Majestic view of Lake Toba

Sibayak and Gunung Sinabung. Also, a stop at the Sipiso-Piso waterfall and at Lingga, a traditional Karo village with its thatchedroof longhouses adorned with buffalo horns and a 250 years old King’s house, is very worthwhile. The impressive view of Lake Toba appears as you’re approaching Parapat. This lake is the remaining trace of a super volcano that erupted 70,000 years ago, leaving a large hole 100 kilometers in length, 30 kilometers wide and 450 meters deep, which was slowly filled by water. It is hard to imagine that such a violent eruption has created one of the most striking sceneries in Indonesia. The sky, the water and the hills all bring their particular shade of blue and add to the soothing sensation of tranquillity and peacefulness. Right in the center of the lake is Samosir Island, a part of the caldera that experienced an uplift due to partial refilling of the magma chamber that later appeared above the surface of the lake. The lake sediment on Samosir Island shows that it has been raised by at least 450 meters (1,476 ft) since the cataclysmic eruption formed the island, which is as large as Singapore in size. Many types of accommodations can be found on this island, and there are a lot of activities to be experienced including swimming in the fresh water of the lake, trekking along the crest
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INDONESIA

NORTH SUMATRA PROVINCE
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of the hills, and driving around and discovering Batak villages. One of the villages is Ambarita, which represents an ancient village. Here you can see historical stone chairs that were used by the local King and his men to make all decisions, and even to perform brutal executions. Another village to visit is Tomok, famous for its ancient royal tomb and its stone sarcophagus. On the island you will notice the unique synthesis of Christian and ancient animist rites, as most of people living around Lake Toba were converted to Christianity by Lutheran missionaries. The houses in Samosir also each have their own little house for its dead ancestors in the garden or nearby, while most of them are finely decorated with Batak sculptures and also display the Christian cross. For more experience, guides and locals will be happy to organized folk dances and offer you some ikat weaving and woodcarving souvenirs to bring home. And you might want to
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join them in singing or listening to their music, as they are well known as the best musicians in Indonesia. It will take you about 5 hours to get back to the busy city of Medan. The mesmerizing scene of the natural environment and the unique culture of the Batak that is still strong are just some of the wonders of Sumatra. There are still a lot of things to explore, as this is just the beginning... Text and Photos by Lesley Love

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CAPITALCORNER

ALL THAT JAZZ
In a 1988 interview, trombonist J.J. Johnson said, “Jazz is restless. It won’t stay put and it never will”. With its multirhythms, syncopation and the swing note, the music starts to take attention of many Indonesian music lovers.
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azz was born and bred by the amalgamation of musical elements from various nations, from the unique tribal music in Africa combined with the marching band music and liturgy music of Europe, Latin and Caribbean music. Its musical style was started at the beginning of the 20th

century in African American communities of the southern United States. From its early development until the present, jazz has incorporated popular American music in 19th and 20th century combining West African rhythm to be used in the blue notes, improvisation, multi-rhythms, syncopation and the swung note. As the music has developed and spread, it gave the influence to many different national, regional and local musical cultures

This decade witness the rising of briliant young Indonesian talents who have changed the stigma that jazz is not for old people. They perform on several jazz festivals and gigs in this country.

in America since the early 20th century, raising many distinctive styles including New Orleans jazz, famous from the early 1910s, Kansas City jazz and Gypsy jazz from the 1930s and 1940s, Bebop from the mid-1940s also to many music genres such as punk jazz, acid jazz, ethno jazz, etc. Jazz is becoming very popular in Indonesia. The similarity it shares with Indonesia is the presence of diverse tribes of art and culture also living in harmony as a nation. Jakarta plays host to people of various races, ethnic groups, countries, backgrounds, cultures, religions and political views, all who gather in the name of jazz. The language that unites them is jazz. Many jazz festivals and talented jazz artists in Indonesia are rising, but the pioneer would be Indra Lesmana, son of great

musician Jack Lesmana and wife Nien Lesmana, who has stunned jazz lovers with his magical performances on stage since he was just a 10 year old boy. Tons of awards, lots of albums, and more than 30 years of creativity, an amazing talent playing keyboard, piano and other instruments, all of which has made him a legend and Indonesian jazz icon. Nowadays, jazz is not only enjoyed by old people and expats but also by young people. Maliq and d’essentials, Andien, Barry Likumahuwa, Monita Tahalea, Dira Sugandi are just a few brilliant young talents who have changed the stigma that jazz is for old people. They perform something more pop and easy listening that have attracted many young people to participate in the jazz festivals. The popularity of jazz music in the youth community is shown in
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Since Indonesian musicians nowadays are more frequently performing at various local jazz festivals and jam sessions, an event as big as the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2012 will be the pinnacle opportunity for them to introduce their songs and albums.

Many famous name musicians have attended including James Brown, Earth, Wind & Fire, Eric Benet, Bubi Chen, Angie Stone, Sergio Mendes, Chaka Khan, Lisa Ono, and Lee Ritenour. Although it’s a festival of jazz, other music genres are also played including R&B, soul, and reggae, with Jamie Cullum, John Legend, and Santana performing live on stage. This year the JJF will swing Jakarta from March 2-4 at JIExpo, confirming Erykah Badu, Al Jarreau, David Sanborn, Depapepe, Manhattan Transfer, Dave Koz and Stevie Wonder lined up to greet the Indonesian jazz lovers. Not only trying to treat the public with a feast of international talents, the festival also aims to create opportunities for international artists to see the talent of Indonesia’s jazz musicians.

some gigs held like ‘Jazz Goes to Campus’, an annual event held by students of Faculty Economics University of Indonesia. The most popular jazz festival in Indonesia is the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival (JJF), held annually usually at the beginning of March. It is also one of the largest jazz festivals in the world and arguably the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere. The first performance in 2005 had approximately 125 groups and 1,405 artists performing in 146 shows with 57,800 people attending the festival, while last year there were 170 Indonesian and international groups joining. This year, it’s claimed that 150,000 tickets have been sold for this year’s festival, and Peter Gontha, Chairman and founder of Java Festival Production (JFP), promised that this year’s staging will be the biggest in 8 years. JJF’s motto, ‘Bringing the World to Indonesia’, is implemented by inviting numerous international artists to the festival.
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Through JJF also, last year many international musicians were interested to collaborate with Indonesian musicians after watching their performances on the stage, while some Indonesians musicians received big compliments for their performance. Every year, JJF prepares a special session with Indonesian and international musicians collaborating on one stage. Since Indonesian musicians nowadays are more frequently performing at various local jazz festivals and jam sessions, an event as big as the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2012 will be the pinnacle opportunity for them to introduce their songs and albums. Aside from being the largest jazz festival in Indonesia and one of the largest in the world, the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2012 is the venue for Indonesian groups to steal the attention of the world. It’s an event you don’t want to miss! ■ Text by Devishanty Photo courtesy of Jazzuality www.jazzuality.com is an Indonesian-based written in English website that provides up-to-date information and everything about jazz. The website also gives space for jazz artists in Asia to develop and introduce their music to the world. Java Jazz Festival is one of the most prestigious musical event in Indonesia which collaborates Indonesian musicians on the same stage with International musicians. This event is the venue for Indonesian groups to steal the attention of the world.

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Since the arrival of General Manager Mr. Praba Maniam at the four-and-a-half star Seminyak hotspot, working life has become its own reason to celebrate.

The Breezes Bali Resort & Spa’s 2nd Anniversary

force currently struggling to better the lives of Bali’s street kids – to make a substantive donation. Without need to boast, Mr. Praba’s evening speech to the resort’s large team let facts speak for themselves. In the past year and a half, service charge has been increasing by Rp. 2.4 million a month - one of a few successes employees can be proud of when they receive one month’s salary as a bonus – on top of their THR (Tunjangan Hari Raya) bonuses - in January announced Praba. Further fanning the celebratory flame, he reminded the team that tax-free wages rest above the local minimum, and that benefits for all include full medical coverage, and more.

WILD SUCCESS
“I’m very happy to be part of The Breezes Bali Resort & Spa team,” Employee of the Year Engineer I Nyoman Wirapa said, leaving the 2nd anniversary party on a prize Honda Scoopy motorcycle. “... Here I really feel that we as staff are taken care of.” Since the arrival of General Manager Mr. Praba Maniam at the four-and-a-half star Seminyak hotspot, working life has
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become its own reason to celebrate. The anniversary that began with water sports and potato sack races ended early – early the following morning – after some food, drinks, and dancing. The event also saw two motorcycles, a laptop, blackberries, flat screens, some cash, and many other prizes awarded to staff. Prior to a night of letting a little loose, staff lined up to give blood, also stopping by Yayasan Kasih Peduli Anak (YKPA) - the island’s dominant

Happiness is the cornerstone maintaining relations at all levels here – between management and staff, trickling down to guests. The success of the recent celebrations both reflects and will be reflected by continual success at The Breezes Bali Resort & Spa, tale end of Jalan Camplung Tanduk Street, until the times comes to celebrate, once again. The Breezes Bali Resort & Spa Jl. Camplung Tanduk 66, Seminyak, Kuta, Bali - Indonesia Tel: +62 361 730 573 Fax: +62 361 730 518 reservations@thebreezesbali.com www.thebreezesbali.com
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CATCHING THE SEA WORMS FESTIVAL
Fly to Lombok before Valentine’s Day and join in its unique Bau Nyale Festival (Catching the Sea Worms Festival) that is annually celebrated on every 20th day of the 10th month of the traditional Sasak calendar, which will fall on February 12-13 this year. All the local Sasak communities in Lombok, along with local government officials and tourists will be joining in various competitions such as bekayaq, cilokaq, peresean, begambus, berbalas pantun (traditional rhyme dueling competition), and boat rowing competition. Various art performances such as wayang kulit and theatrical play of the legendary Nyale Princess will also be held during the festival celebration. Awaiting confirmation are a total of 18 activities including surfing, sports, traditional art performances, and traditional horse riding, with participants from the neighboring province of Nusa Tenggara Timur (East Nusa Tenggara) having been invited. This festival will be centered at Seger Beach or Aan Beach, and is still waiting for a final confirmation from the Government. www.lomboktengahkab.go.id www.indonesia.travel

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THE ART OF LOVE
Erasmus Huis will witness the first exhibition of a unique collaboration of artwork from two talented artists, Su Tomesen and Teguh Hartanto, with the theme I & I. Su Tomesen is a Dutch visual artist and Teguh Hartanto is an Indonesian screen printer and painter. The I & I will showcase the digital photographs taken by Su, which are the basis for the mixed media work on canvas by Teguh, with screen prints of 25 mixed couples. This exhibition focuses on mixed race and multi ethnic couples living in Indonesia that has been part of the country’s concept. Not only enjoying the artwork, visitors can also see what’s behind the scene of the production through the documented video. Curator this time will be by the new director Ton van Zeeland. www.sutomesen.nl www.erasmushuis.nlmission.org

The Harris Resort Waterfront Batam was opened as the first Harris hotel in Indonesia nine years ago. Now the hotel’s management company Tauzia opens another Harris hotel in Batam Island, the Harris Hotel Batam Center. The array of facilities around the 171 rooms ensure maximum satisfaction in this ten storey hotel, including a restaurant, bar, and Internet. One of the hotel’s highlights is the location that is right next to International Ferry Terminal Batam Center, making it a strategic place for guests who want to journey to Singapore or access other important places in the city. Officially opened on November 5, the management team hosted a big parade from the Harris Hotel Waterfront to Harris Hotel Batam Center. The event was attended by close colleagues, government officials, other tourism organizations, and also the Vice Governor of Batam, DR. HM. Soerya Respationo. HARRIS Hotel Batam Center, Jl. Engku Putri, Batam Center (0778) 749-8888 www.center-batam.harrishotels.om

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VILLA GETAWAY
A new villa at Parangtritis in Yogyakarta was officially opened last January. Nestled in a quiet area with only a fiveminute walk to the famous Parangtritis beach of Yogyakarta, the two storey villa offers four bedrooms and a Jacuzzi for guests seeking a tranquil getaway wit luxury facilities. The grand opening took place in the first day of 2012, welcoming 100 guests to the party that was held at 8 p.m. with a white party theme. Villa Alcheringa – Jalan Tembus Puncak ParangTritis, Yogyakarta, (0274) 377-903 www. alcheringaholiday.com/villa

A LA HOLLYWOOD
The Grand Aston Yogyakarta Hotel & Convention Center opened its doors in December 2011 welcoming guests to its 141 rooms and complete facilities. The hotel recently celebrated its first New Year ’s Eve, with Hollywood as its theme. A glamorous dinner with a special menu created by William Wongso was served and attendees were delighted by the special live band performance, a cabaret shows and surprising prizes. While at the Vanilla Sky Lounge, a masquerade party was held with three of the city’s favorite DJs, action by the hotels bartending talents, and a big fireworks display as the year was changing. Grand Aston Yogyakarta, Jl Urip Sumoharjo 37, Yogyakarta (0361) 566-999, www.grandastonyogyakarta.com

INCREDIBLE CELEBRATION
A unique New Year’s eve celebration was held at the Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta with the performing of an array of Javanese Royal ceremonies in ‘The Incredible Royal New Year’s Eve’. The celebration started with Patehan, a tea ritual of the Yogyakarta Kings, and continued with a gala dinner serving 200 authentic Javanese dishes to the guests and treated them like royalty. After the dinner, the guests were entertained by a cultural parade of two elephants, a carriage bringing the Prince and Princess of Royal Ambarrukmo with a group of royal guardians and anoman (the monkey guardian) in costumes marching around the hotel. The management also performed some traditional dances and had a 30 minute firework show after counting down to New Year’s, marking the end of the Incredible Royal New Year’s Eve celebration. Royal Ambarrukmo, Jl. Laksda Adisucipto 81, Yogyakarta (0274) 488-488, www.royalambarrukmo.com
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BETWEEN THE GREY LINES
Gaya Art Space will exhibit the artwork of Noella Roos, a Dutch born painter and drawer, combining with the movement of dancing and video performances by Ida Ayu Indah Tejapratami from February 4 until March 4. Titled Grey Line, the exhibition is an art exchange experience of drawings from dance, emotion and life. Noella is inspired by the sublime connection between the dancer, the artist and the music, which she sees as beautiful. Coming as a modern dancer from Europe, she now manages to visualize traditional Asian dance in a modern way. She also lets dancers dance to music in her studio and then draws these dancers while in motion with compressed chalk on white paper. She says, ”Everyone has their own ‘language’ when they dance, influenced and shaped by cultural backgrounds, but primarily it is an expression of their emotional involvement with the music”. The gallery is open from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. Gaya Art Space, Jalan Raya Sayan, Ubud (0361) 979-252, 979-253, www.gayafusion.com

I SEE ART IN MY MUSIC
Kendra Gallery will showcase paintings and an installation from Soni Irawan in a solo exhibition from February 18 until March 18 starting at 7 p.m. Soni is a rock star turned painter who is also a well-established street artist from Indonesia’s most prominent city of art, Jogjakarta. His career was started from the graphic faculty of the Indonesian Institute of Art were he formed a rock group called Sick Seek Six, which pretty much influences his paintings. A live music performance from his band will kick off the opening night of Soni’s first exhibition in this island. Kendra Gallery, Jl. Drupadi 88B, Basangkasa, Seminyak (0361) 736-628, www.kendragallery.com
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Bali Tropic Resort & Spa

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

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

Danoya Villa Private Luxury Residences
After a complete makeover and full maintenance in early 2011, Danoya Villa is back offering the new atmosphere of relaxing tropical villas, mixing open-plan architecture with an Indonesian touch. They are stylishly furnished with all the benefits that are expected at a luxury resort which have been tailored for a clientele that demands the very best in construction, management, services and amenities. Danoya Villa is only 40 minutes away from Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport. Close to restaurants, shopping precinct of Seminyak and the entertainment district of Oberoi. Only a few minutes from the beach, the villas are accessible to all the leisure activities associated with a Balinese getaway - the countryside around the resort is surrounded by the rice fields of Batubelig.
private luxury residences

Jalan Batubelig 559, Kerobokan, Kuta – Bali Tel: (0361) 4735 305 Fax: (0361) 4733 372 E-mail: reservation@danoya.com Website: www.danoya.com

New private villas of two bedroom and three bedroom categories are now available at Danoya Villa. Designed with a minimalist and modern approach, and well appointed with modern amenities, these villas will be an ideal retreat in a perfect destination for your holiday in Bali.

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Maxi Hotel & Spa
The Maxi Hotel & Spa is situated in the heart of Bali’s shopping and nightlife district. Centrally located, the property offers an ideal base for visitors wishing to explore Bali while keeping all the island’s best shops, bars, restaurants and beaches within easy walking distance. Hotel facilities and services include restaurant, bar, meeting room, massage and spa, room service, swimming pool with Jacuzzi, children’s pool, laundry and dry cleaning service, airport pickup and transfer, snack bar, tour desk, doctor on call, free car park, baby sitter upon request, broadband internet connection, major credit cards accepted, individually controlled air-conditioning, local and IDD telephone, satellite TV, daily mineral water, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, mini bar, personal electronic safe deposit, tea & coffee maker. The balcony overlooking the swimming pool and landscaped tropical garden offers a private area for relaxing.
Jl. Legian 83A, Legian Tel: (0361) 754-082 Fax: (0361) 750-792 E-mail: info@maxi-hotel.com Website: www.maxi-hotel.com

The hotel is less than 15 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport; 20 minutes drive to Denpasar, 30 minutes from Sanur, Nusa Dua and within 45 minutes drive to the artistic centre of Ubud and about 350 meters from Bali’s famous Kuta Beach.

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CHARITY HIGHLIGHT
Karma Kandara featuring Luke Mangan, one of Australia’s leading chefs, will proudly host charity events three days in a row to support the Bali Life Foundation, an organization that helps 20 underprivileged children aged 5-15 years old to have a better life. Luke Mangan will present his talent of enhancing the natural taste of ingredients with a luxurious presentation of a 2-course dinner with Canapes and Cocktails at the Temple Lounge on February 24, a 5-course remarkable wine dinner on February 25 at di Mare, and a relaxing BBQ dinner on the beach on February 26. 100% of the profit will be directly transferred to Bali Life Foundation, which will be used to provide a solid foundation for their future projects such as farming, a new children’s home, and educational workshops. For reservations or donations please call (0361) 848-2222 or email eventmgr@karmakandara.com

A DAY WITH CHILDREN
Celebrating a ‘Solidarity Day’, a day in which Accor employees from all over the world participate in contributing to the social and sustainable development initiative, more than 90 Accor hotel employees from the various Bali hotels took part in a blood donation and in the process donated 75 blood bags to the Indonesian Red Cross. During the day, 50 children from YPAC SLB D Jimbaran and orphans from the Eben Heizer orphanages in Denpasar were invited to the event, joining the staff for a buffet lunch and participating in games. They also brought home door prizes and goodie bags provided by Accor Bali Hotels. www.accorhotels.com
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WINE DINING LAGUNA
The Laguna hosted a luxury degustation dinner at its Balai Raya Ballroom on January 20. During the evening, guests enjoyed a unique gastronomic journey with an exclusive six-course set menu creation by Executive Chef Made Putra that was paired with wines from Kim Crawford. The wines were carefully selected by their Sommelier Mr. Travis Brown, who is also a regional director of Kim Crawford. The exceptional dining experience was accompanied with classic tunes of a pianist creating an enchanting night for all who attended. www.jazzcafebali.com

MEET THE STAR
From December 18-23 2011, Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa welcomed 2003 Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian and his wife Jules Egan, who stayed in the boutique resort’s Penthouse. On their last night Guy delighted SOS Supper Club guests with a surprise sunset jamming performance lasting 45 minutes. He also invited his fans to have their picture taken with him, rounding off a fantastic surprise jamming session. www.bali.anantara.com

BEHIND THE SCENE
Marking the beginning of 2012, yours truly Bali & Beyond had two sensational photo sessions at scenic Karma Kandara on January 3-4. This year, we are preparing a big surprise for all of our readers by presenting some great collections from talented Indonesian designers including Ali Charisma, Oka Diputra and many more, on fashion spread with images captured through the lenses of Ires Pratama. This time we had the honor of collaborating with Indonesia’s famous fashion stylist Ari Tulang as the art director, and newcomer to Bali’s beauty industry the Rob Peetoom team. www.baliandbeyond.co.id

LIGHT THE TREE
Meliá Bali began the festive season with lighting a Christmas tree on Wednesday, December 7, 2011. More than 100 guests including management and staff of Meliá Bali joined this special occasion in the Front Lobby accompanied by Christian Choir, sang the Christmas carols. Pushing the tree button was Mr. Bernardo Cabot Estarellas the Senior Vice President Asia Pacific to mark the festive season. www.meliabali.com
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MINT TO BE A COINTREAUVERSAL
Cointreau, together with Mint, had created a blast at Be Cointreauversial held on January 13. Raising the heat of the crowd was the tunes of renowned DJ and remixer, Stephane K. The club was full, and everyone seemed enjoyed to be more Cointreauversial!

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JUNGLE IN PARADISE ROCKING SCISSORS
It seemed that the New Year’s Eve celebration wasn’t enough for the Hard Rock Cafe, as they kicked off the year by presenting the award winning high calibre band Scissor Sisters first Bali appearance. Jack Shears and Ana Matronic, multiinstrumentalist Baby Daddy, and lead guitarist Del Marquis brought great fun to the Café, with 12 of their infectious dance floor anthems in a 75-minute set on January 7. The band was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Dance Record, and brought home few Brit Awards for Best Album. www.hardrock.com/bali The Grand Kuta Hotel and Residence celebrated the end of year by bringing the Jungle in Paradise party theme to their pool with a floating stage decorated like a jungle. They brought out a variety of entertainment including Brazilian dance, ethnic dance, jambe percussion, a fire dance, DJ’s performing and door prizes with drinks and snacks during the unforgettable night. www.grandkuta.com

MUSIC FOR FUNDS GRAPE SENSATION
Cape Discovery, a new wine company, launched their first Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc, on January 18 at the Conrad Bali. The event was held at the Ballroom, presenting with wine tasting for all the visitors and a live instrumental show. The Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc is produced from ultra premium grapes in Margaret River, Australia, but crafted into wine in Singaraja. It has a very refreshing taste and a rich fruity flavor that suits the tropical climate of the island. www.capediscoverywines.com Celebrating Robin Lim as CNN’s new hero, the home grown Ubud band Soul Doctors went on a short tour to raise funds for the new clinic that will be built at Nyuh Kuning. The band, which was formed by Robin Lim’s husband Wil Hammer, had a gig at @America in the Pacific Place Mall in Jakarta on January 15 and then went home to play a gig at the Jazz Cafe in Ubud on January 16. The Soul Doctors music banged on and the crowd danced all night to the rich sounds and vocal harmony at the Jazz Cafe. www.jazzcafebali.com

PLUG AND PLAY
Party ‘til you drop! The W Retreat & Spa Seminyak Bali had a spectacular New Year’s Eve party that reached all corners of its retreat. The List of DJ’s that night included DJ Graham Lord, Angus Wong, and the unique mixing of electro and techno from a Londoner StopMakingMe aka Dan Avery. Blast crowd, epic spotlights and fireworks, and of course, great music, it was the most remarkable party of the night! www.whotels.com/baliseminyak
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SKAL INTERNATIONAL BALI
An International Association of Travel and Tourism Professionals Doing Business Among Friends
STUNNING MENU AND VIEW, GREAT PEOPLE AND AMBIANCE:
were the elements of the winning formula of Skal Bali’s inaugural lunch of 2012 in the Benkay restaurant at Nikko Bali Resort and Spa. Seventy Skalleagues and Friends enjoyed a Sushi and sashimi appetizer, Miso soup with seaweed and tofu, followed by Teppanyaki with Wagyu beef tenderloin and grilled salmon with mushrooms, eggplant, broccoli, bell peppers and seafood fried rice. Dessert was Matcha ice cream and red bean Fresh fruit. Host members, Nikko GM Jean-Charles Le Coz and DOSM Joy Cartwight Gartner and the Nikko team added to an already enviable record of successful Skal events. Can’t wait for the Nikko next triumph!

SKAL BALI’S 176 MEMBERS MEET MONTHLY AT THE BEST VENUES.
The calendar for the next six months is: February 3 - SOS at Anantara Seminyak Resort and Spa March 2 - Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort - Tanah Lot April 13 - Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa May 4 - Bali Hai Family and Friends Dinner Cruise June 1 - Taman Bhagawan in Tanjung Benoa July 6 - Villa Air Bali - Seminyak
Skal International, the World’s largest travel and tourism organization, founded in Paris in 1934, groups 20,000 industry managers and professionals in 450 clubs in 90 countries. Skal Bali is Southeast Asia’s largest club and the fifth largest Skal club worldwide Membership and Information - contact our Secretariat Manager Gede Juwena, Telephone: 7840212 email: gede@skalbali.com; www.skalbali.com

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ACTION & ATTRACTION
BALI ORCHID GARDEN – Enjoy the beauty of walking among hundreds of beautiful and rare orchids, Heliconia, Ginger and other interesting plants. A peaceful, natural and safe haven close to the city. Enjoy a drink and find unique souvenirs. Tel: 466-010, Fax: 466-011 www.baliorchidgardens.com E-mail: info@baliorchidgarden.biz BALI QUAD DISCOVERY TOURS - The Bali Quad and Bali Buggy tours both bring you to a part of Bali where you still can find old traditions alive. Drive yourself with a specially designed off-road vehicle that copes with all kinds of terrain, through an authentic part of the island, passing rice fields, crossing jungles and driving through a traditional Balinese village. The views during these tours are sometimes beyond description. BaliQuad (using ATV’s / quad bikes) and BaliBuggy (using off-road cars) are located in different locations which offer different tracks. A special “2-in-1 adventure” can be arranged, combining both off-road tours in one great adventurous day. BaliQuad, Jl. Wirasatya VI No.9X, Suwung Kangin, Denpasar Tel: 720-766; Fax: 727-956 www.baliquad.com; www.balibuggy.com

INTERNATIONAL NEWSPAPERS
NEWSPAPER DIRECT – Bali widest range of daily newspapers from anywhere of the world. Chose from 1012 titles of 79 countries, daily, weekly or as you like it. This service delivers you the complete edition of your preferred hometown newspaper on the same day of publication to your hotel or residence on Bali. Contact your hotel or villa reception or call or email them for the selection and pricelist 0361 769414 / info@newspaperdirect-bali.com

TOURS & TRAVEL
ADVENTURE INDONESIA Tour Operator – Tailored Made Itinerary, Special Interest Tours : Orangutan & Dayak, Komodo & Flores Adventure, Tana Toraja, Explore Irian Jaya Tribes, Fun Jungle Survival, Student Field Trips. BALI: Ruko Wana Segara 12A, Tel: (0361) 750 971, 750 964. JAKARTA: Wisma 31 kemang, 3rd floor tel: (021) 7182250/56, Email: info@adventureindonesia.com www.adventureindonesia.com ADVENTURE INDONESIA ready to be your professional outsource partner for your corporate outing and training event, ready to customize for the best result in indoor as well outdoor event activities. You decide how far the breakthrough you want to get in the event. And we will design the best program and most suitable facilities to make sure your goal achieved! Email : info@adventureindonesia.co.id, Tel +62 21 7196061, 7182250

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AIRLINES
■ AIRPORT OPERATOR: Tel: (0361) 751-011 ■ CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS: Wisthi Sabha Building, 2nd Floor Ngurah Rai International Aiprort Call Centre: 0804-1-888888 ■ CONTINENTAL MICRONESIA: Tel: (0361) 768-358, Fax: (0361) 768-369 ■ ROYAL BRUNEI: Tel: (0361) 757-292 ■ SINGAPORE AIRLINES: Jl. I Gusti Ngurah Rai, Airport Tel: (0361) 768-388, Fax: (0361) 768-383 ■ GARUDA: Jl. Jalan Sugianyar 5 Denpasar Tel. (0361) 227-824, Fax: (0361) 226-298 24-hour access: 08071-807-807 ■ MERPATI: Jl. Melati No. 51, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 235-358 Airport Tel: (0361) 751-011, ext. 5240/5242 Hotline: Tel: (0361) 722-740, 722-741 ■ MANDALA AIRLINES: Komp. Plaza Kertawijaya, Jl. Diponogoro No. 98, Denpasar Reservation Call center 08041234567 ■ NGURAH RAI AIRPORT: Tel/Fax: (0361) 759-761 ■ THAI INTERNATIONAL: Grand Bali Beach Sanur, Tel: (0361) 288-141 ■ QATAR AIRWAYS: Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel, South Kuta Beach Tel: (0361) 752-222; Fax: 753-788. Wisti Sabha Building, 2nd Floor, Ngurah Rai International Aiprort, Tel: (0361) 760-274 Fax: (0361) 760-275 ■ DEPARTURE Arrive at the airport two hours prior to departure. A Rp. 150,000 international departure tax is required. Domestic departure fee is Rp 40,000. Residents pay an additional Rp. 2.5 million Fiscal tax for international departures, whereas holders of official tax registration (NPWP) numbers are Fiscal tax-exempt. Ngurah Rai Intíl Airport, Tel: (0361) 751-011 ■ CHILE: Jl. Jl. Pengembak Gg 1 No. 3, Sanur, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 756-781, Fax: (0361) 756-783 E-mail: chilehonconsulate@bali-villa.com ■ CZECH REPUBLIC: Jl. Pengembak 17 Sanur. Tel: (0361) 286-465, Fax: (0361) 286-408 E-mail: bali@honorary.mzv.cz ■ FRANCE: Jl. Mertasari Gg. II No. 8, Sanur Tel: (0361) 285-485, Fax: (0361) 286-406 E-mail: consul@dps.centrin.net.id ■ GERMANY: Jl. Pantai Karang 17, Batujimbar, Sanur Tel: (0361) 288-535, Fax: (0361) 288-826 Email: germanconsul@bali-ntb.com ■ HUNGARY: Marintur, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai 219, Sanur. Tel: (0361) 287-701, Fax: (0361) 287-456 Email: huconbali@telkom.net ■ ITALY: Lotus Enterprises Building Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai, Jimbaran Tel: (0361) 701-005, Fax: (0361) 701-005 E-mail: italconsbali @italconsbali.org ■ JAPAN: Jl. Raya Puputan 170, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 227-628, Fax: (0361) 265-066 E-mail: konjpdps@indo.net.id ■ MALAYSIA: Alam Kulkul Boutique Resort Jl. Pantai Kuta Tel: (0361) 752-520, Fax: (0361) 766-373 E-mail: info@consulmalaysia-bali.com ■ MEXICO: PT Puri Astina Putra Building Jl. Prof. Moh. Yamin 1A, Renon, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 223-266, Fax: (0361) 244-568 E-mail: consulmex@astinatravel.com ■ NETHERLANDS: KCB Travel, Jl. Raya Kuta 127, Kuta Tel: (0361) 761-502, Fax: (0361) 752-777 E-mail: dutchconsulate@kcb-tours.com ■ ROYAL DANISH: Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai, no. 229, Sanur Tel: (0361) 8216-979, Fax: (0361) 287-931 E-mail: danishconsbali@gmail.com ■ POLAND: Jl. Raya Petitenget No. 11, Block I/C, Banjar Umasari, Kerobokan Tel: (0361) 732-165, Fax: (0361) 732-165 E-mail: consul@balipolandconsulate.com ■ SLOVAKIA: Jl.Gunung Agung 93, Denpasar 80118 Tel: (0361) 426-171, Fax: (0361) 426-477 E-mail: konsulslowakbali@yahoo.com ■ SPAIN: Istana Kuta Galeria, Blok Vallet 2, No. 11 Jl. Patih Jelantik, Kuta Tel: (0361) 769-296, Fax: (0361) 769-296 E-mail: espana_bali@blueline.net.id ■ SWEDEN & FINLAND: Segara Village Hotel, Jl. Segara Ayu Tel: (0361) 282-211, Fax: 282-211 E-mail: sweconsul@yahoo.com ■ SWITZERLAND & AUSTRIA: Istana Kuta Galeria Blok Valet 2 No 12, Kuta Tel: (0361) 751-735, Fax: (0361) 754-457 E-mail: bali@honorarvertretung.ch ■ THAILAND: Jl. Puputan Raya No. 81, Renon, Denpasar Fax: (0361) 263-310 E-mail: rtc_bali@thaimail.com ■ TIMOR LESTE: Jl. Prof. Yamin No. 4, Renon, Denpsar Tel: (0361) 235-093, Fax: (0361) 235-092 E-mail: cgtl@dpsbali.com ■ UNITED STATES: Jl. Hayam Wuruk 188, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 233-605, Fax: (0361) 222-426 E-mail: amcobali@indosat.net.id Ubud, Tel: (0361) 976-659, Fax: 974-229. Jl. Pengosekan, Ubud, open daily 8 am-6pm. ■ ABIAN KAPAS: Tel: (0361) 227-176 East Denpasar. ■ ANTONIO BLANCO: Tel: (0361) 975-502, 975-551, Ubud, open daily 8 am-5 pm. ■ ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM: Tel: (0361) 942-352, Pejeng. Open 8 am - 3 pm weekdays. ■ GEDONG KIRTYA HISTORICAL LIBRARY: Tel: (0362) 25141, Jl. Veteran, Singaraja. Open 7am - 3pm Monday - Thursday, until Fridaynoon, closed on weekends. ■ GALLERY SENIWATI: Jl. Ubud Raya, Gianyar. Tel: (0361) 975-485 ■ MUSEUM BALI: Tel: (0361) 235-059, 222-680, Jl. Let. Kol Wisnu, Denpasar. ■ MUSEUM LE MAYEUR: Tel: (0361) 286-164, Jl. Hang Tuah, Sanur. Open 8 am - 2 pm, Tuesday - Sunday. ■ MUSEUM MANUSA YADNYA: Mengwi, open daily, but often unattended. ■ MUSEUM NEKA: Tel: (0361) 975-074, 975-034, Jl. Raya Campuan, Ubud open daily 9 am - 5 pm. ■ MUSEUM PURI LUKISAN: Tel: (0361) 975-136, 971-159, Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud, www.mpl-ubud.com ■ MUSEUM RUDANA: Tel: (0361) 975-779, 976-479, Peliatan, Ubud. ■ MUSEUM SUBAK: Tel: (0361) 810-315, Jl. Raya Kediri, Desa Sanggulan, Tabanan.

HEALTH&MEDICAL
Call an ambulance by dialing 118, but it is a lot more practical and quicker to hire a taxi. Most hotels have on-call doctors on standby. For “Bali Belly”, Lomotil and Imodium eliminate symptoms, but not gastro-related infections. A fever along with symptoms requires doctor-prescribed antibiotics. Drink as much liquid as possible. Isotonic drinks under various brand names are widely available and are known to replenish body hydration and replace fluids. For discomfort, diarrhea and cramping, drink strong, hot tea; avoid fruits and spicy foods. Some day-biting mosquitoes carry dengue fever, but this is not a problem in tourist areas. Bali is non-malarial and prophylaxis is not required. Mosquito bites, cuts or abrasions easily become infected in the tropics. Treat them immediately. Drink only bottled or boiled water. Peel fruit before eating; avoid raw vegetables except at reputable restaurants. Ice in restaurants is safe. Protect yourself from the intense equatorial sun. Use high SPF sunblock and a hat. AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases are increasing in Indonesia. Local sex workers have multiple partners from around the world. They are not checked for sexually transmitted diseases. Act responsibly and use condoms, available over the counter at pharmacies.

TOURIST INFO.
■ INTEGRATED TOURISM INFORMATION CENTER (ITIC) A one-stop tourist information complex of ten provinces in Indonesia comprising Bali, Lampung, Jakarta, Banten, West Java, Central Java, East Java, Jogjakarta. Jl. Raya Kuta 2, Kuta, 80361; Tel: (0361) 766-188 ■ NGURAH RAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: Tel: (0361) 751-011 ■ BADUNG GOVERNMENT TOURISM OFFICE: Jl. Kuta Raya 2, Kuta Tel: (0361) 756-175/76 ■ BALI GOVERNMENT TOURISM OFFICE: Jl. Supratman, Niti Mandala, Renon, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 222-387 ■ SINGARAJA TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICE: Jl. Veteran 23, Singaraja Tel: (0362) 251-41 ■ UBUD TOURIST INFORMATION SERVICE: Jl. Raya Ubud, Gianyar Tel: (0361) 96-285, 973-285; 8 am - 9 pm.

CONSULATES
■ AUSTRALIA, CANADA, NEW ZEALAND: Jl. Tantular No. 32, Renon - Denpasar 80234 Tel: (0361) 241-118, Fax: (0361) 221-195 E-mail: bali.congen@dfat.gov.au www.bali.indonesia.embassy.gov.au ■ BRITAIN: Jl. Tirta Nadi 20, Sanur, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 270-601, Fax: (0361) 287-804 E-mail: bcbali@dps.centrin.net.id ■ BRAZIL: Jl. Raya Legian No. 186, Kuta Tel: (0361) 757-775, Fax: (0361) 751-005 E–mail: brazilconsul@bali.net

HOSPITAL
■ INTERNATIONAL SOS CLINIC: 24-hour emergency medical clinic services, medical evacuation, multilingual staff. Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai 505X, Kuta 80361. Tel: (0361) 710-505, Fax: (0361) 710-515. ■ RUMAH SAKIT UMUM PUSAT SANGLAH (General Hospital): Jl. Diponegoro, Sanglah, Denpasar. Tel: (0361) 227-911/15.

MUSEUMS
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