Thursday, May 28, 2015

Conrad Bali Showcases Wayang Shadow Puppet Masters

Second installment of Living Lobby Art Exhibition Series pays tribute to Indonesia's ancient artistry

Award-winning luxury beachfront resort, Conrad Bali, has launched the second edition of its Living Lobby Art Exhibition Masters Series 2015 that showcases the ancient shadow puppet art of wayang with an exhibition and workshop by two master puppeteers.

Lighting the way: Conrad Bali launches the second in its Masters Series of exhibitions and workshops, introducing the ancient art of Wayang to guests.

The wayang series marks the second of four quarterly exhibitions and workshops this year at Conrad Bali highlighting masterful works that represent the cornerstones of Indonesia art and culture.

Conrad Bali general manager Jean-Sébastien Kling said: "It is a privilege to provide an outlet for this deeply traditional art form to be seen by a wider audience. Wayang originated in Indonesia and we are delighted to connect our guests to an important part of the history, heritage and everyday life of the country. With this series we are able to provide visitors with greater understanding of unique customs and beliefs through the eyes of true masters of their craft."
Wayang Exhibition
From now until June 30, I Ketut Sudiana, also known as Sudiana, one of Indonesia's most respected shadow puppet masters and performers, will display his artworks in the resort's East Lobby Lounge. The exhibition which is open to the public, features some of Sudiana’s best puppet masterpieces.

Born into a family of puppet makers, Sudiana studied puppet art under the guidance of his legendary father, I Wayan Nartha, since he was 13 and is credited for creating a new wayang art form called the 'Golek Gede', a three-dimensional puppet.

Wayang Workshop
On Friday May 22, I Wayan Wija, a Balinese master puppeteer and puppet maker, will conduct a workshop at his home near Ubud, Bali. Combining different materials from calfskin to glass, Wija will provide guests with behind-the-scenes insights into the ancient art.

Wija, studied wayang under his father at a young age of 11, performing and making shadow puppets for 50 years.

The workshop costs for US$50++ per person including refreshment and a day trip to Ubud.

About Conrad Bali
Conrad Bali is a luxury beachfront resort located on the southern coast of Bali, an island in the Indonesian archipelago with an alluring blend of natural beauty and timeless traditions. Contemporary in design, the resort boasts panoramic views to the ocean, pools and gardens and features 353 guest rooms and suites, inspired dining options, extensive meeting, event, and leisure facilities including the Jiwa Spa. The resort is also home to a beachfront wedding venue, Infinity. The exclusive Conrad Suites is located on a private wing and offers enhanced privacy with personalized service.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Coffee Break

COFFEE isn’t just warm and energizing, it may also be extremely good for you. In recent years and decades, scientists have studied the effects of coffee on various aspects of health and their results have been nothing short of amazing.

Kopi di Indonesia sudah menjadi minuman sehari-hari, bahkan di kota-kota besar di seluruh dunia menjadi bagian dari gaya hidup kaum urban. Beruntunglah jika Anda termasuk coffee addict. Penelitian terbaru menunjukkan bahwa pria yang mengkonsumsi kafein setiap hari, 42 persen lebih kecil berkemungkinan menderita impotensi. 

Khasiat kafein bahkan disinyalir dapat menjadi Viagra alami. Kafein juga ditengarai dapat membantu orang yang mengalami kelebihan berat badan atau memiliki tekanan darah tinggi. Selain itu, kafein membantu mengendurkan pembuluh darah di penis sehingga meningkatkan aliran darah. Pria yang meminum satu atau dua cangkir kopi per hari memiliki kemungkinan lebih kecil menderita disfungsi ereksi. 

Berdasarkan data National Health Service di London, Inggris, secangkir kopi instan mengandung sekitar 100 mg kafein, sedangkan secangkir kopi tubruk mengandung sekitar 140 mg kafein. Adapun secangkir teh mengandung 75 mg dan sekaleng kola mengandung 40 mg kafein. 

Para peneliti menemukan pria yang sehari-hari meminum 85-170 mg kafein, 42 persen lebih kecil berkemungkinan menderita impotensi dibanding yang tidak meminumnya. Yang meminum 171-303 mg kafein memiliki kemungkinan 39 persen lebih kecil. 

Dulu kafein banyak disalahkan karena dipercaya sebagai penyebab obesitas, kelebihan berat badan, dan peningkatan tekanan darah. Ketiga kondisi ini diketahui merupakan faktor pemicu terjadinya disfungsi ereksi. 

Kini para ilmuwan dari University of Texas menemukan kafein dapat memicu serangkaian efek yang membantu mengendurkan pembuluh darah di penis sehingga meningkatkan aliran darah. Mereka mempelajari data dari hampir 4.000 orang, dan menggunakan catatan diet 24 jam serta menilai jumlah kopi, teh, minuman bersoda, dan minuman pembangkit tenaga yang rata-rata dikonsumsi per hari.

Dr David Lopez, penulis utama dalam studi tersebut, mengatakan, "Meskipun kami melihat penurunan prevalensi disfungsi ereksi pada orang yang mengalami obesitas, kelebihan berat badan, dan hipertensi, tidak demikian yang terjadi pada penderita diabetes.” Hal itu dianggap tidak mengejutkan karena diabetes merupakan faktor terkuat penyebab terjadinya disfungsi ereksi.

Kopi telah lama dikaitkan dengan penurunan risiko serangan jantung dan terbukti dapat melindungi seseorang dari ancaman terkena demensia, diabetes tipe 2, dan kanker kulit. Namun efek tersebut didapat dari kopi yang diproses secara alami, bukan kopi dalam kemasan. Kopi juga mengandung sejumlah antioksidan dan bahan kimia alami yang bersifat menyehatkan tubuh. 

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Fantastic MINI Moments @ Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta

Committed to its promise of delivering unforgettable moments, Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta is proud to offer unique MINI experiences to its weekend guests. Guests staying at Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta now has the opportunity to experience Jakarta in a MINI Countryman.

Guests are invited to explore some of Jakarta’s best loved destinations with three unique and exclusive package choices:
  • #MINIshopping: This programme will have the most discerning shopping enthusiasts satisfied. Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta will chauffeur its VIP’s to Grand Indonesia in a MINI Countryman to experience a special VIP treatment from Central Department Store. A personal shopper will be assisting in securing the latest fashion for the summer season.
  • #MINIpicnic: Beat the traffic and experience Jakarta from a unique angle. Enjoy a family picnic in the lush greeneries of Taman Suropati. Feast on artisanal cheeses, imported cold cults, and mouth-watering gourmet sandwiches whilst your family is enjoying nature. Leave the hotel to the park in your MINI Countryman and find your family picnic set up by your personal butler.
  • #MINIculture: Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta will take its guests on a cultural journey at the famed Jakarta History Museum. Alighting from the chauffeured MINI Countryman, a private guide will await guests and offer an exclusive VIP tour of the famed museum, where objects from the prehistory period of Jakarta are on display. After the educational part, indulge in a fun signature afternoon tea, inspired by the experience, at the hotels Azure Pool side lounge. 

Each exclusive MINI offering includes two nights’ accommodation in a luxurious Oriental Suite, a dedicated driver, breakfast, high speed internet and a complimentary late check-out at 6 pm, a private usage of the MINI Countryman throughout the stay as well as a limited edition MINI Lifestyle gift to take home. Packages are priced at IDR 7,888,888++ for #MINIshopping, IDR 8,888,888++ for #MINIculture, and IDR 9,999,999++ for #MINIpicnic catering a family of four.

For further information or reservations, please contact +62 (21) 2993 8888 or email

About Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta
With the warmth of Indonesian hospitality and the levels of service for which Mandarin Oriental is renowned, Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta offers exemplary personalized service in luxurious surroundings. Located in the heart of the city, the hotel is an oasis of 21st-century luxury with 272 spacious guestrooms, including 24 suites and a variety of award-winning restaurants and bar concepts, which become the meeting place of choice for hotel guests and the local community. The state-of-the-art meeting and banqueting facilities also provide the best venues for both business and social events.

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Mexican Food Fiesta

Bekerjasama dengan Kedutaan Meksiko, pada Rabu, 20 Mei 2015 Gran Melia Jakarta menyelenggarakan acara pembukaan “Mexican Food Fiesta” yang bertempat di Lobby Lounge. Acara tersebut sekaligus menjadi sarana pertunjukan kebudayaan Meksiko dengan penampilan mahasiswa S2 Institut Seni Surakarta, di mana mereka menampilkan tarian dan teatrikal seni tentang budaya Meksiko dan budaya Jawa.

Victorhugo Hidalgo mahasiswa asal Meksiko bersama dengan penampilan mahasiswa asing dari Meksiko lainnya, yang saat ini mereka semua tengah menempuh pendidikan S2 tentang Seni di Surakarta tersebut, berhasil memukau para tamu yang terdiri dari Ambasador dari berbagai negara terutama negara-negara Amerika Latin.

Dibuka oleh General Manager Gran Melia Jakarta, Gilberto Mayen dan Ambasador Meksiko untuk Indonesia, H.E. Federico Salas, beserta pemilik hotel Gran Melia Jakarta, Johannes Suriadjaja, diperkenalkan pula Chef asal Meksiko yaitu Julio Ortega didampingi Executive Chef Hotel Gran Melia Jakarta, Gerald Prinz.

Acara pembukaan Mexican Food Fiesta ini diawali dengan tarian medley: Jarabe Tapatio, El Son De La Negra, El Huizache yang dilanjutkan dengan tarian dengan musik hidup yang menggambarkan perpaduan budaya Meksiko dan Jawa berjudul Yaqui Meet Java. Team Chef Hotel menyiapkan makan malam spesial berupa set menu untuk seluruh tamu kehormatan yang hadir pada malam itu, sekitar 150 orang dengan konsep fine dining a la Meksiko.

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Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Unveils Ambitious Expansion Plans in Thailand and Southeast Asia

Swiss hospitality firm to add seven hotels to its Asia portfolio over the next three years for a total of 15 hotels and resorts in the region

Movenpick, Thailand
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts today announced an extensive growth programme in Thailand and across Asia at the Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference 2015 held in Bangkok.

Making their move: Movenpick's South East Asian A-Team: (from left) Jens Reichert, Vice President Development; Holger Jakobs, Vice President Sales & Marketing Asia; and Simon P. Rindlisbacher, Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok General Manager.

The Swiss group will open seven hotels and resorts in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, China and Vietnam over the next three years, with an additional 10 projects under negotiation.

"We are delighted today to unveil our expansion plans in Thailand and throughout the region," said Andreas Mattmüller, Chief Operating Officer of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Middle East and Asia.

"They are true to our vision and our purpose which is to grow the brand and maintain our distinct positioning of delivering high quality and authentic hospitality experiences to guests with genuine care and warm service," she added.

The focus of the development will be primarily on Southeast Asia and add to a current portfolio of eight hotels in operation in Asia, four of which are in Thailand, the hospitality management company's biggest market in the region.

The Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok opened most recently in a prime downtown location and will be followed in the first quarter of next year by the 264-room Mövenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya positioned for family and meetings business on Jomtien Beach.

The Team
The new hotels in key tourism and business destinations in Thailand add to three Mövenpick hotels in Phuket and Koh Samui for a total of five hotels in Thailand by 2017. Further hotels to open across the region are:
  • Mövenpick Hotel & State Guest House Chifeng, China
  • Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bay, Indonesia
  • Mövenpick Hotel & Convention Centre Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Mövenpick Resort & Spa Kuala Terrengganu, Malaysia
  • Mövenpick Resort & Spa Quy Nhon, Vietnam 

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts' expansion this year will also include opening the Mövenpick Hotel Kochi in Kerala India, two hotels in the Saudi Arabia, the Mövenpick Hotel Star City Jeddah and the Mövenpick Hotel Riyadh as well as a property in Morocco.

Mövenpick's hospitality brand, capturing a combination of high quality experiences and affordable luxury delivered by highly trained staff has seen Southeast Asia investors take note. "We have seen very strong demand. Our brand philosophy and values has caught the intention of investors and developers as we are excited about the potential for further growth in the region," added Mr Mattmüller.

Existing hotels in Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts' Asia portfolio are as follows:
  • Mövenpick Resort Bangtao Beach Phuket, Thailand
  • Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket, Thailand
  • Mövenpick Resort Laem Yai Beach Samui, Thailand
  • Mövenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok, Thailand
  • Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa, Singapore
  •  Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi, Vietnam
  •  Mövenpick Hotel Enshi, China
  •  Mövenpick Resort Mactan Island Cebu, Philippines

Movenpick, Chifeng, China
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 16,000 staff members, is represented in 25 countries with 83 hotels, resorts and Nile cruisers currently in operation. Around 30 properties are planned or under construction, including Chiang Mai (Thailand), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) and Tunis (Tunisia). Focusing on expansion in its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts specialises in business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts, all reflecting a sense of place and respect for their local communities. Of Swiss heritage and headquartered in central Switzerland (Baar), Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is passionate about delivering premium service and culinary enjoyment – all with a personal touch. Committed to sustainable environments, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has become the most Green Globe certified hotel company in the world. The hotel company is owned by the Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%).

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Monday, May 25, 2015

X dan ACE dari Adidas: Chaos atau Control

Hanya dua tipe pemain mendefinisikan permainan modern

Saat ini, hanya ada dua tipe pemain – mereka yang menyebabkan 'kekacauan' dan mereka yang ‘mengendalikan’ segalanya. Sang pembuat perbedaan dan pengendali permainan. Para manajer, pemain dan pemikir terbaik telah berbicara – sepakbola telah berubah.

Mengutip Pep Guardiola: “Mereka adalah chaos atau control. Ada beberapa pemain yang memikirkan tentang apa yang diperlukan oleh tim dan solusi terbaik untuk tim. Tipe pemain seperti ini adalah pemain cerdas yang mempunyai visi tentang apa yang diperlukan oleh tim. Ia mengendalikan. Lalu ada pemain yang menyebabkan 'kekacauan'. Mereka yang bermain dengan naluri dan bakat. Mereka bergerak dan berpikir di luar lapangan. Mereka dapat menciptakan semuanya dan Anda tidak dapat mengontrolnya. Anda tidak dapat membatasinya.”

Untuk pertama kalinya, kedua tipe pemain yang berbeda ini mempunyai sepatu tersendiri. Kategori sepatu Adidas yang lama tidak lagi dilanjutkan. Tidak ada lagi F50, tidak ada lagi Predator, tidak ada lagi 11pro dan tidak ada lagi Nitrocharge. Hanya ada chaos dan control. Hanya ada X dan ACE.

X15 & ACE15
Adidas ACE15
Beberapa pemain diahirkan untuk mengendalikan. Merekalah yang mengatur dan menentukan irama permainan. Setiap tim hebat membutuhkan pemain yang menjaga alur pertandingan. Yang membuat rencana pelatih menjadi kenyataan. Mereka yang membawa keteraturan di tengah pertandingan yang kacau. Pemain seperti Mesut Özil, James Rodríguez, Oscar, Manuel Neuer dan Ivan Rakitić adalah pemersatu dari beberapa tim terhebat dunia. Untuk pemain-pemain ini, Adidas telah mendesain ACE15.

ACE15 dibuat untuk mengendalikan. Control Web yang revolusioner memberikan kendali bola tertinggi, berkat rekayasa materi 3D. Tiga lapisan bahan digabungan dengan cengkraman EVA untuk sentuhan tak terkalahkan. Sebuah terobosan pada konfigurasi pul yang baru menambahkan lebih banyak pul pada bola saat gerakan foot-over yang memberikan kendali penuh pada bola. Kulit NSG (non-stop grip) yang unik menggunakan titik 3D untuk kendali sempurna dalam semua kondisi. Pemain yang menendalikan permainan sekarang mempuyai sepatu untuk mendominasi.

Adidas X15
Beberapa pemain tidak akan dapat diatur. Mereka adalah percikan yang memacu pertandingan. Mereka menentang aturan dan struktur. Momen kejeniusan yang membuat penonton melonjak berdiri – itu adalah keahlian mereka. Tidak ada pertahanan dan taktik yang dapat mengendalikan mereka. Mereka adalah ahli kekacauan. Thomas Müller, Gareth Bale,Luis Suárez,Karim Benzema dan Álvaro Morata, para pemain ini menyerang tanpa peringatan. Untuk mereka, Adidas telah menciptaan X15.

X15 adalah senjata pamungkas untuk pemain bola paling berbahaya. Techfit Collar menawarkan kompresi pas di sekitar pergelangan kaki untuk tunjangan dan pemakaian yang unggul. Dasar X-Claw dibangun untuk memberikan traksi lengkap dengan nuansa ringan. X-CAGE inovatif dibangun untuk pemain paling dinamis dan lincah di dunia. Sebuah desain terfragmentasi dan ringan memberikan dukungan utama selama gerakan yang paling lincah. X-Skin terdiri dari tiga sistem rumit berlapis yang memberikan kenyamanan, perlindungan dan kinerja dalam kondisi apapun. Sebuah produk yang merubah permainan untuk pemain yang mengubah permainan.

Beberapa pemain terbaik dunia akan enggunakan ACE15 dan X15 untuk pertama kalinya pada final UEFA Champions League di Berlin Sabtu 6 Juni 2015, dengan sepatu tersedia untuk dibeli mulai 1 Juli di toko-toko resmi adidas dan toko ritel terpilih di seluruh dunia.

Tentang Adidas Football
Adidas adalah pemimpin global dalam sepak bola. Adidas adalah mitra resmi dan sponsor resmi turnamen sepakbola paling penting di dunia, seperti Piala Dunia FIFATM, Piala Konfederasi FIFA, Liga Champions, Liga Europa UEFA dan Kejuaraan Eropa UEFA. adidas juga mensponsori beberapa klub top dunia termasuk Real Madrid, FC Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Flamengo dan Chelsea. Beberapa pemain terbaik dunia yang ada pada jajaran bintang adidas adalah Leo Messi, Gareth Bale, Thomas Müller, Luis Suárez, James Rodríguez, Diego Costa dan Mesut Özil.

Father’s Day @ Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

Just-for-Dad Indulgences Include Feast Market Brunch & Complimentary Shave, Shine Spa Treatments, A Motorbike Test Drive and 2015 White Magic Sunsets

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort is pleased to invite families to celebrate Father’s Day when the luxurious Kuta Beach property creates special guest experiences for dads including some of their favorite indulgences.  Dads are sure to feel the love as they enjoy a sumptuous meal at Feast restaurant, a complimentary shave, massages at Shine Spa, a motorbike test drive and 2015 White Magic Sunset as they celebrate on Sunday, June 21, 2015.

“Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort has created a day full of special treatment to show dads love on Father’s Day,” said Dario Orsini, General Manager.  “Each dad can enjoy these unique luxuries as they relax and spend time with family members in the wonderful surroundings of Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort while overlooking the Indian Ocean.”

Father’s Day will begin with Kuta’s Only Market Brunch at Feast Restaurant, featuring an array of international cuisines. Dads can enjoy the delicious fare and open-air market offering handmade crafts and services from local farmers, artisans and vendors.  They can also stop for a complimentary shave to spruce up their look, and sip on a special cocktail prepared by one of their family members.  In addition, each dad will receive a ticket for Kawasaki motorbike test drive and a ticket to Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort’s popular 2015 White Magic Sunsets, a nu-disco party featuring the most talented DJ’s from across the globe, spinning an exploration of nu-disco and funk influences from the 70’s and 80’s that welcomes the gorgeous Bali sunsets every Sunday afternoon through October.  Feast’s Father’s Day Market Brunch is offered at IDR 333.000++ per person.

Feast’s Father’s Day Market Brunch food selections include an Ice Seafood display (Chilled Poached Prawns, Marinated Mussels, Oysters, etc.); Color Your Plate salads; Japanese station with assorted sushi and sashimi; charcuterie, antipasti, cheese, marinated vegetables, and bread stations.  Several  live stations will have international offerings such as Lamien Noodle and Japanese BBQ (Teriyaki Roast Duck,  Roast Pork/Yakibuta, Sake Steamed Chicken); Indonesian cuisine; Wok dishes (Kung Pao Chicken, Beef Mechado, Nasi Goreng Mawut); Shawarma; grilled meats; Tepanyaki (beef, chicken, prawn); pasta (Fettuccine alla Papalina, Linguine alla Putanesca, etc.); carved meats (Italian style roast pork, roasted beef ribs, etc.); Bamboo Stall dishes (Rujak Buah, Bakso Malang); Giant Crab; and BBQ Balinese Style (prawns, fish, squid, clams).  Guests will also delight in a sweet finish to the mouth-watering brunch with selections from the Pastry Island including cakes, tarts, mousses, as well as stations offering ice cream, popcorn, chocolate fountain drinks, and chocolates and pralines.

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort’s luxurious Shine Spa is offering special treatments for dads throughout the month of June that will enable them to fully relax and feel pampered.  The first is the Father’s Day Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage, a 60-minute treatment for IDR 350.000, plus a complimentary 30-minute foot massage, the ultimate way for Dad to get the break he deserves. The second Shine Spa option for dad is a two-hour Oriental Massage, a 120-minute treatment for IDR 500.000, offered with a complimentary glass of beer.

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort offers an exclusive retreat, with a spacious open-air terrace, outdoor rooftop pool, and unrivalled panoramic ocean views. The resort has 203 guest rooms and suites ranging from 46 to 265 square meters, each with a signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® Bed and featuring a spacious private balcony with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean or the resort’s signature social courtyard. Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort also features a two-story ocean view Presidential Suite with a contemporary design highlighting Balinese-inspired furnishings and finishes, and a private sundeck lounge.

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