Sunday, January 31, 2016

Tokoh Reggae Indonesia yang Perlu Diketahui

Reggae merupakan salah satu jenis musik yang memiliki perbedaan yang cukup mendasar dengan musik lainnya. Musik yang satu ini telah ada sejak puluhan tahun yang silam, yang pada awalnya lahir dan berkembang di Jamaika. Namun kini dapat anda lihat sendiri, bahwa jenis musik yang satu ini cukup terjual dan terkenal di pasar dunia bahkan di negeri kita yang tercinta.

Bahkan hinga memunculkan klub khusus pecinta musik dari Jamaika ini, yakni dengan sebutan rasta. Yang kemudian dapat anda lihat, ciri khas dari pemain musik ataupun penggemarnya, memiliki penampilan dengan warna baju merah kuning hijau, dengan gaya rambut panjang dan gimbal. Hal tersebut memang karena pada awalanya lahir dari kalangan orang yang miskin dan dari jalanan.

Namun, tidak sedikit pula yang memiliki anggapan yang negatif akan musik reggae, karena mungkin mereka yang memiliki anggapan seperti itu melihatnya hanya dari penampilan atau pun dari isi lagu yang mereka dendangkan. Yang memandang para rastaman atau rastafari menggunakan barang haram seperti ganja, alkohol dan lain sebagainya.

Padahal sesungguhnya tidak seperti itu, di mana mereka hanya membawakan sebuah lagu yang mewakilkan perasaannya akan harapan mendapatkan kedamaian, kemudian sebuah kebebasan, cinta dan hal-hal lain yang bersifat kehidupan sosial. Dengan penampilannya yang terkesan kumuh, ataupun kotor hanyalah sebuah bentuk pembawaannya saja.

Inilah beberapa tokoh yang juga ikut mencintai dan mengembangkan musik Jamaika tersebut di Indonesia, diantaranya sebagai berikut:

Tony Q Rastafara (Dok. Indonesia on Stage)
1. Tony Q Rastafara
Ia merupakan anak Indonesia yang lahir di kota Semarang pada tahun sekitar 1961. Di mana ia menjadi salah satu pelopor yang memperkenalkan serta mengembangkan jenis musik dengan gaya Jamaika ditambah dengan gayanya sendiri yang sehingga memiliki banyak penggemar.

2. Souljah
Yang kedua merupakan sebuah band dengan musik Jamaikanya, yang lahir dan kemudian terbentuk dari kumpulan beberapa teman sekampus di Universitas Indonesia sekedar iseng dan hanya mengisi waktu yang kosong. Yang pada akhirnya sekitar tahun 2005 mereka mampu mengeluarkan album. nah bagi anda yang menggemarinya, maka anda dapat mendengarkan semua aliran musik reggae terlengkap di aplikasi JOOX dari handphone Anda. 

Open The Grand Indonesia Outlet, Tim Ho Wan Launches Its First BBQ Chicken Bun in The World

  • Located in West Mall, Grand Indonesia, This is the Tim Ho Wan’s 2nd Outlet in Indonesia.
  • A No Pork Menu for Every Dish and a Variant of Other New Menus.

A Michelin star Dim Sum restaurant, Tim Ho Wan, opened its second outlet in West Mall Grand Indonesia and for the first time ever introduced its newest creation; Barbeque Chicken Bun. This most affordable Hong Kong Dim Sum Restaurant in the world is also introducing their newest menu which is the No Pork Menu, as a delighting improvement to its famous existing dishes.

Tim Ho Wan Indonesia’s Operational Director, Michael Goh expressed, “Tim Ho Wan proudly present the 2nd restaurant in Grand Indonesia and also by introducing the menu which has been awaited by our loyal customers which is Barbeque Chicken Bun. This main course is created and introduced firstly in Indonesia. This menu is not yet available in any other Tim Ho Wan Restaurant in the world. Michael further explained that the other specialty which distinguished this restaurant from other Tim Ho Wan restaurant is that they have a no pork menu which is exclusively made for our loyal customers. So they can try various menus. We also introduce our distinct new rice & noodle dishes including Yang Chow Fried Rice, Beef Brisket and Tendon Noodle and Wonton Noodle Soup. Not only prepared and made from fresh ingredients and with quality, but also offers a special taste. Come visit our restaurant and enjoy this new dish!" He said. 

Tim Ho Wan Indonesia’s Marketing Head, Sambadha also explained, ‘The newest Tim Ho Wan Restaurant in Grand Indonesia has an area of ​​approximately 315 m2 and a capacity of up to 105 seats offering 24 No-Pork dishes with some new creations like such as Chicken Wing with Prawn Sauce, Vegetable Filled Fried Wanton, Chicken Wanton with Garlic Spinach, Chicken Mushroom Rice, etc. He also added besides the new material, the shape is also newly created like round hakaw, vegetable dim sum, etc. Tim Ho Wan has also made it their mission to create various menus to satisfy their customers.

The first Tim Ho Wan outlet in Hong Kong is a small restaurant where the chef and cooks work using simple utensils. Despite the simplicity, the restaurant is able to serve the best dishes making the place vehemently popular and forcing people to wait in a long line just to be seated. Despite its lack of sumptuous facilities and ornaments, the restaurant earns a Michelin star, thanks to its dishes which can easily compete with some of the world’s most luxuriant dishes served in five-star hotels. And with the restaurant’s price list affordable to most, Tim Ho Wan has been dubbed “the world’s most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant”.

Tim Ho Wan Grand Indonesia, West Mall, Lower Ground. No. 24-25. Jalan MH Thamrin no. 1 Menteng, Jakarta Pusat. Telepon (021) 23580290. Opens  10:00 – 22:00.

Dragons, Demons, Cupids and Worms: Sudamala Resorts Packages Showcase The Stupefying Splendour of Indonesian Culture

Sudamala Resorts offers a fascinating mix of accommodation and tour packages in 2016 to showcase the colourful cultures of Indonesia...from the rousing spectacle of Chinese New Year dragon dances, to the Bau Nyale worm harvest festival of Lombok and the Ogoh-ogoh demon parade during Bali’s Nyepi New Year.

Romantic Dinner
Only in Indonesia with its kaleidoscopic array of cultures could you see such a mystifying, mesmerising display of rituals, festivals, ceremonies and cuisine. These accommodation and tour packages from Sudamala Resorts make it easy and convenient to witness some of Indonesia’s most memorable cultural events, while enjoying the luxury of a Sudamala suite or villa. Spa treatments and special dinner menus are included in selected packages.

Wild-eyed, fluorescent, animated dragons dance to the clamourous din of cymbals and drums...this is the Chinese New Year dragon dance and an unforgettable, cultural experience.  From around the beginning of February, Chinese New Year celebrations will be seen and felt throughout the country. It is a perfect time to experience the culture of Indonesia, and Sudamala Resorts makes it easy with the  Chinese New Year package, valid from 4-10 February 2016 at both the Sanur, Bali and Senggigi, Lombok properties. This package includes a 3 days-2 nights stay at either resort, special Chinese New Year dinner, and airport transfer for two.

February is also the month for romance with Valentine’s Day falling on the 14th. This is the time to show your special someone how much you love them. Candlelit dinners, renewing your vows, a proposal perhaps... Bali and Lombok provide the perfect setting for all of them. Picture a romantic dinner for two on the golden sands of Lombok’s beautiful west coast at Sudamala Senggigi –- fairy lights set the scene, as the sun sets in a blaze of glory over the silhouette of mystical Bali on the horizon. It doesn’t get any better than that, and Sudamala Resorts offer special Valentine’s Day packages in Bali and Lombok, valid from 11-15 February including 3 days-2nights accommodation, pampering 60-minute couples spa treatment, romantic Valentine’s Dinner, and airport transfer.

Lombok’s Bau Nyale festival is one of the country’s more unusual cultural events and must be seen to be believed. Once a year, the seas off Lombok’s south coast come alive with the spawning nyale worms. It is an occasion of great spiritual and cultural significance, as local dukuns or shamans will predict the coming harvest based on the abundance of worms in the sea. Locals also stage cultural events, and prepare the worms for eating in a variety of ways including the Pepes Nyale, where they are ground, mixed with coconut and spices and roasted in a banana leaf...a ‘must-try’ taste of true Lombok. Sudamala Lombok’s Bau Nyale package available from 19-21 February includes 3 days-2 nights accommodation, Bau Nyale Tour, hot sand spa treatment, and airport transfer for two.

Ogoh-ogoh Festival
The Balinese New Year is a special and spiritual time to visit. Occurring over two days, it includes the Ogoh-ogoh parade and the Nyepi day of silence. Ogoh-Ogoh are giant, papier mache demon effigies. In the weeks leading up to Nyepi they appear on the side of the road in all their menacing glory. On the eve of Nyepi they are paraded through the streets, accompanied by music and dancing, and then ceremonially burned. It is one of Bali’s most unforgettable ceremonies and Sudamala Sanur offers a package from 8-10 March including 3 days-2 nights accommodation, the remarkable Ogoh-ogoh parade experience, set menu lunch and dinner, and airport transfer for two. In Lombok, the Nyepi package includes 3 days-2 nights accommodation, BBQ dinner, hot sand spa treatment, and airport transfer.

Indonesia is also home to a significant Christian community and Easter celebrations will take place in March complete with Easter eggs, Easter Bunny and some local touches. From March 21-29 Sudamala offers an Easter Package including 3 days-2 nights accommodation, special Easter dinner, Easter activities like egg painting, egg hunt and traditional games, and airport transfer. 

There is no better time to visit Indonesia and experience its cultural wonders with these convenient, affordable, all-in-one packages from Sudamala Resorts.

All packages described above are priced between Rp3.500.000 -- Rp4.990.000 plus tax and service charges. 

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Hocky Dinner & Love Celebration @ Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran

Reunion & Romantic February! Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran presents festive Lunar New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day celebrations in North Jakarta.

Chinese New Year is getting closer! It’s a time to gather with friends, family and relatives and to remind yourself to be thankful. It’s also a day of fortune and happiness.

In welcoming the year of Fire Monkey, Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran offers Lunar New Year's Eve package, Gong Xi Fa Cai "Hocky" Dinner on 7 February 2016 at Angsana Grand Ballroom. The Hocky Dinner comes with Chinese 9 course set menu featuring Yee Sang, Suckling Pig, Sea Cucumber and many more.

You can enjoy the “Hocky” Dinner with your family at a price of Rp. 6.650.000 nett for a table of 10. We also provide Kids Corner for your beloved children.

The night’s celebration comes with special performances by Kong Ha Hong Barongsai, 2015 Beijing World Champion, Bian Lian performance, special appearance of Cai Sen Ye (God of Fortune) and Sun Go Kong as well as live band and Chinese traditional instrumental music - Gu Zheng & Er Hu. Stand a chance to win a lot of prizes during the event with fabulous Grand Prize Rp. 8.880.000 Angpao, 10 grm gold bar, Hotel vouchers and more.

On 14 February 2016, celebrate Valentine’s Day at Botany Restaurant with your beloved partner. Priced at Rp. 600,000 ++ per per couple, enjoy Valentine set dinner featuring Pan-fried lamb cutlets or Fillet of Dory fish or Beef Tenderloin plus sumptuous buffet spread with acoustic music and stand a chance to win a weekend Hotel stay.

Get 15% discount for Gong Xi Fa Cai "Hocky" Dinner if you book before 25 January 2016 and Valentine's Dinner if you book before 7 February 2016. Let’s welcome February with love and luck at Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran. For reservations please contact +6221 2956 8800

About Holiday Inn®: With over 1,100 hotels worldwide, the Holiday Inn® brand is the most widely recognised lodging brand in the world. In fact, the Holiday Inn brand was one of the first international hotel brands to establish a presence in China in 1984. The Holiday Inn brand provides the services that business travellers need, while also offering a comfortable atmosphere where all people can relax and enjoy amenities such as restaurants and room service, swimming pools, fitness centres and comfortable lounges. The casual atmosphere and amenities such as meeting and on-site business facilities, Kids Eat and Stay Free programme, and KidSuites rooms at every Holiday Inn Resort hotel demonstrates the long-standing commitment of the Holiday Inn brand to serving. The Holiday Inn brand has been ranked “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Mid-scale Full Service Hotel Chains”, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011, 2012 and 2013 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM.

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About IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of nine hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts.

IHG manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty program with over 77 million members worldwide. The program was re-launched in July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members including free internet access across all hotels, globally.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns 4,700 hotels and 688,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than 1,100 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects to recruit around 90,000 people into additional roles across its estate over the next few years.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.

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February Gastronomic Galore @ The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place

Chinese New Year: Enter the 2016 Red Fire Monkey Year

The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place invites the guests to celebrate and experience gastronomic delights served with an elegant flair to welcome the year of the Fire Monkey. These Chinese festival cuisines will be prepared in Pacific Restaurant & Lounge from January 7 to 8 February 2016.

Chinese spices and cooking are based upon harmonizing five fundamental taste sensations – sweet, sour, pungent, salty and bitter. To honor the monkey year, our culinary team will balance these elements into lavish culinary that can be experienced in Pacific Restaurant. Chinese Chef Ken Lee will prepare a “Lou Sang” Ee Sang Platter with Salmon and Jelly Fish for each table to toss for good fortune. Sea Moss Broccoli, Fish Maw Dried Oyster, Crab Meat Soup will be some of the Auspicious items along with Smoked Cola Barbecued Wagyu Beef Brisket, Sea Scallop Sea Urchin Champagne Sauce and much more. Chinese New Year’s Eve dinner can be enjoyed on 7 January with price starts at Rp. 588,000++ per persons inclusive of Chinese tea and Rp. 298,000++ per child aged 5 to 12 years old. Chinese traditional music and Barongsai attraction will start from 7.00pm.

Guests can treat themselves with a leisurely brunch after New Year’s dinner on the Chinese New Year brunch on 8 February 2016 featuring offerings that include Ee Sang Platters, Sea Moss Broccoli, Fish Maw Dried Oyster, Crab Meat Soup Wayim Lamb Rack, Eight Treasure Pudding and much more. The price starts from Rp. 398,000++ per person including free flow of juices and iced tea and Rp. 758,000++ per person inclusive free flow of wine, beer and sparkling wine. Chinese traditional music performance will start from 12.00pm.

Valentine’s Day: Love Is A Work of Heart
Set on the sparkling Jakarta skyscrapers in the heart of the commercial district, The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place provides the quintessential location for luxurious Valentine’s escape. The hotel invites couples to cherish each other’s company and experience the unique candlelight dinner at Pacific Restaurant & Lounge. Executive Chef Sean Macdougall has prepared a delightful romantic menu such as: Appetizer Buffet.

Choice of main courses:
Angus Beef Tenderloin, Pastrami Spice, Bone Marrow Sauce, Gratin Potato Seared Barramundi Fillet, Prawn Caper Butter, Mushroom Risotto
Truffle Mushroom Agnolotti Pasta, Blue Cheese Cream Sauce
Truffle Roasted Duck, Red Cabbage Puree, Duck Jus

Dessert Buffet
Pink & Dark Chocolate Fountains, Gin & Tonic Jelly, Ice Cream Cocktails, Inverted Passionfruit- Pavlova

The dinner is on Sunday, 14 February 2016 at Rp. 688,000++ per person inclusive of welcome drinks.

The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place is a place for those who prefer to have the comfort of home while indulging in the legendary personal service and warm hospitality from The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen. Conveniently located next to The Jakarta Stock Exchange, easily accessible from anywhere in the city, the hotel is perched on top of Pacific Mall & Entertainment complex. The hotel features 62 guest rooms which include 20 Superior Grand Club Rooms, 23 Deluxe Grand Club Rooms, 8 Executive Grand Club Rooms, 7 Mayfair Suites, 2 Mayfair Spa Suites, 1 Ritz-Carlton Suite and 1 Presidential Suite. A total of 139 residences are available in 1 bedroom, 2 bedrooms and 3 bedrooms units. The Club Lounge features ample seating and working space, 2 meeting rooms, business center services and complimentary Wireless Internet access. Pacific Restaurant & Lounge offers a buffet selection and ala carte menu with International and Asian cuisines. Four private dining rooms are available for exclusive functions. 8 Lounge an ideal open air lounge to enjoy romantic escape. A 3,800sqm ballroom and 3,800sqm pre function area can cater up to 10,000 people for standing reception or 2,400 people of sit down banquets.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 89 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service.

For more information, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company website at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR)

Special February Promo at Aston at Kuningan Suites

To celebrate Valentine 2016 and Chinese New Year, The most important Chinese festival Aston at Kuningan Suites has specially design a special room package and dinner menu package for couple which available on 8 February 2016.

Guest booking for Chinese New Year package will be entitled to stay at 2 bedrooms apartment inclusive with breakfast for 4 people and free usage of swimming pool and fitness centre  with price Rp 888.000/ night. Sekar Tunjung Sari, Public Relations Aston at Kuningan Suites says “we have prepared a special breakfast menu such as lontong cap go meh, and moon cake. The guests that stay with us will have a chance to pick lucky angpao with a wide variety of exciting prizes.

Aston at Kuningan Suites also offer set menu dinner package at Pastis Kitchen & Bar with price Rp 558.000++/ couple with 3 kind of courses such as spinach con pollo, braise beef, farfale lamb rougut, or salmon with dessert caramel banana or afogato and the guests entitle to enjoy free cocktail.

Pastis Kitchen and Bar is an upscale dine and drink place that designed with a stylish and elegant restaurant. Strategically located in the center of Jakarta, Pastis Kitchen & Bar by Aston at Kuningan Suites commits to bring you the tantalizing flavor of the meals combining with the warmth service and ambiance.

About Aston at Kuningan Suites
The Aston at Kuningan Suites is a graceful all-suites hotel with a charming personality committed to deliver hospitality with a personal touch while offering a wide range of facilities to suit the needs of transient business travelers and long staying residential guests.

The hotel is situated in one of Jakarta's most desirable locations in the very heart of the so called Golden Triangle and also featuring the accolade winning Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar Pastis Kitchen & Bar. Many of Jakarta’s multinational corporate offices, embassies, and up market shopping malls are within easy reach while the hotel immediate neighborhood is quaint and free of Jakarta’s notorious traffic congestion.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

New Premier Villas @ Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay Enrich Authentic Balinese Experience

Experience a new era of authenticity as Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay unveils its fully-renovated Premier Villas and Deluxe Villas, enriching the sense of place and sanctuary that has guests feeling ‘at home in Bali’.

The iconic resort set global firsts when it opened as an all-villa beach retreat that pioneered ‘Modern Bali Style’, blending innovation in design with thoughtful, genuine service. And just as Bali has evolved into a sophisticated, chic destination while continuing the daily rituals and spiritual connections of village life, the resort embraces its evolution while holding true to the original authenticity that is uniquely Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay.

“When the resort opened in 1993, it was the world’s first large-scale luxury villa resort and the first to feature plunge pools in every guest villa,” said General Manager Uday Rao. “These physical features have since been imitated, but you can’t copy a feeling. Our guests never wake up and wonder, ‘Where am I?’ They know they’re in Bali and that’s the essence and soul of the resort and this special island.”

Top Indonesian design firm, Jaya International, was commissioned to enliven the villas’ graceful Balinese aesthetic while creating flexible living spaces that maximize the ocean and sunset views. The dramatic renovation has created completely new products – the Deluxe Villas, Premier Ocean Villas and Family Premier Villas – with completely new interiors and landscaping. Highlights of all three new villa categories include:
  • Structural expansion to create more spacious interiors – a 50% bigger Bedroom is now combined with a new indoor Living Room featuring double sliding doors to the garden and pool, offering guests both air-conditioned and outdoor living spaces;
  • Larger plunge pools, increased by 32% (except for Deluxe Villas where the pool size remains the same as previously);
  • Redesigned exteriors to maximize the lofty ocean and sunset views, including a new thatch-roof poolside bale with direct ‘roll-in’ access to the infinity-edged pool, and ironwood sundeck;
  • The coveted Four Seasons Bed by Simmons to complete the new Bedroom, providing a true sleeping sanctuary with a customizable mattress topper featuring heat-absorption and motion-separation design, and the ultimate in luxury linens, pillows and cloud-like duvets;
  • All new interiors throughout Bedroom, Living Area and Bathroom, including roofing, furniture, flooring, fittings and soft furnishings;
  • An extra Children’s Room in the Family Premier Villas, with daybed, trundle bed, 40-inch TV and writing desk to comfortably accommodate 2 children;
  • All new electronics including 55-inch TV, Bluetooth Soundbar and bedside Media Hub;
  • New d├ęcor and artwork to evoke a warmer, softer aesthetic using natural materials and traditional building forms that reflect the timeless beauty of Balinese architecture.

To mark the evolution of its villa experience, Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay has created the Premier Launch Offer: Guests who book by 30 June 2016 will save 30% off the prevailing Best Available Rate on the newly-renovated Premier Ocean Villas, Family Premier Villas and Deluxe Villas, inclusive of daily breakfast and a range of complimentary cultural and recreational activities. The promotion is valid for direct bookings of minimum two nights, for travel until 20 December 2016, and subject to availability at the time of booking.

As the world’s leading operator of luxury hotels, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts currently manages 96 properties in 41 countries. Open since 1993, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay offers a vacation experience of unlimited variety, and the highly personalised, anticipatory service that Four Seasons guests expect and value around the world. Recent honours include Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2015, Best Resorts in Asia; and Travel + Leisure Readers’ Awards 2014, Top Resorts in Asia.

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