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Calendar Event / Indonesia Fashion Week 2013
« on: January 22, 2013, 02:58:59 PM »

No less than 500 national fashion brands steeped in local content but produced with international standard quality, will be displayed at the Indonesia Fashion Week 2013, representing the collective creative wealth of Indonesia, to take place from 14-17 February at the Jakarta Convention Center.
 
The Fashion trade exhibition will also hold fashion shows at a hall with a capacity for 2,000 viewers, changing themes daily ranging from evening gowns, muslim wear to men’s wear. 

A business to business event allows sellers to meet buyers, where 20 percent of participants are ready to export to the global market. However, the exhibition will also be open to retail sale for the thousands of visitors expected to attend the event.
 
International designers have also been invited. While the Indonesia Fashion Enterprenuer Competition for apparel and accessories allow young designers to compete to win the prize to be able to participate at International Trade Fairs.
 
This year the Indonesia Fashion Week will highlight the “sarong” as Indonesia’s fashion trend, where the sarong is a most practical wear which is now fast gaining in popularity.
 
For more detailed information, click : www.indonesiafashionweek.com
Photo courtesy by : www.indonesiafashionweek.com

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The world’s only Equator Regatta, the Neptune Regatta is back again this year from 10th -16th February 2013, offering expansive sailing challenges and experiences. Whether it be for pedigree racing yachts, family cruiser yachts, catamarans or motor yachts, the Neptune is designed to cater for all categories of experienced sailors who wish to join the elite few who have sprint-raced across the equator.

The Equator, -  that imaginary line that separates the earth’s northern from the southern hemisphere - divides and influences in many forms: romance, historical debate, sporting prowess, the navigational latitude of zero and even a country’s name. Crossing the line has long been held as a seafarer’s baptism to the Court of Neptune with ceremonies for the uninitiated going back hundreds of years. Even today whether on a cruise liner, naval vessel, yacht or ship, or even a plane, the attraction and excitement of crossing the equator and subsequent ceremony appeals to young and old.

Aside from the unexplainable desire to cross the equator and check whether the water changes direction when emptying from the galley sink, the regatta also takes participants on a voyage through virgin sailing waters of Indonesia’s indescribable beauty.
 
The Neptune Regatta will take place entirely in Indonesian waters with start and finish at Nongsa Point Marina in Batam (N 01° 11’.86” & E 104° 06’.00”). Nongsa Point Resort is the yachting entryway to Indonesia and is only 11 miles from Singapore.

The Race takes the clockwise course south to the magnificent sailing ground of the Riau islands, south of Batam. Here, volcanic peaks rising in the distance on the larger islands of Temiang, Singkep and Lingga, which rest behind a multitude of tropical islands smaller in size and shapes that lead to the jump off point for the equator at Pulau Buaya (N 0 10’.5” & E 104 13’.5”), which offers protected anchorage and stunning white coral beaches.

The Regatta also takes into account the importance of paying homage to Neptune and allows for a ‘time window’ of ceremony once each boat crosses the line. On completion of ceremonies or when the ‘time window’ closes, the race restarts with the Fleet competing for the Trident Cup.

Passage Races through tropical beauty, clear green waters, sailing past breath-taking vistas, combined with a sprint race over the equator, ZERO – THE RACE, altogether make the Neptune Regatta a yachting event unmatched in any sailing calendar.

More Information available at: www.neptune-regatta.com
Photo courtesy by : www.neptune-regatta.com

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Semarang, the charming capital city of the province of Central Java will welcome Chinese New Year 2564 - which this year falls on 10th February 2013 - with a sparkling fiesta : the Semawis Bazaar to be held from 6th to 8th February 2013. This unique event will take place at Semarang’s Chinatown complex centered around the Cap Kao Kang and Kapuran streets.

Entering its 10th edition, this annual event emerged from the Chinese tradition of ji kao meh. Ji kao meaning  29 which points to the date, and meh meaning night, thus it is a bazaar held on the 29th night of the last year where people usually shop for all kinds of food and decorations needed to celebrate the turn of the year.

The bazaar will be filled with stalls selling all necessities for Chinese New Year such as decorative ornaments, paper lanterns, flowers, and other items. Since the coming year is the ‘Year of the Snake’, one can expect a lot of snakes themed into various ornaments. The bazaar will also feature a variety of culinary delights, especially those associated closely with Chinese New Year celebrations.

There will also be highlights of both traditional and contemporary art performances such as : the Barongsai (or Lion Dance), Wayang Potehi (Chinese puppet show), Cengge, plays, live musical performances, and others. Visitors will also be presented with some of the most distinct features of

Chinese culture such as Chinese fortune telliing, Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Medical treatment, and many others.The bazaar will also be complemented with various games and competitions.

Forming part of the Visit Central Java 2013 program, the Semawis Bazaar is organized by the Komunitas Pecinan Semarang Untuk Wisata (KOPI SEMAWIS) or the Semarang Chinatown Community for Tourism with the full support of the Semarang Chinese Organization Association (PORINTI), the office of Tourism of Central Java, the city of Semarang, and the Suara Merdeka Network.

More Information available at: http://www.visitjawatengah.com/
 
Photo Courtesy by http://kampungturis.blogspot.com

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Calendar Event / Pasola Jousting Festival 2013 in Sumba
« on: January 22, 2013, 02:55:01 PM »

This year, the most thrilling annual traditional war game will yet again highlight Sumba Island, East Nusatenggara, where the breath-taking Pasola Jousting Festival gets underway from 5th to 8th February 2013 and on 7th March 2013.
 
After a meeting of Rato Pasola or tribe elders and government officials, the dates and the locations of this year’s Pasola festival were designated as follows:
 
Pasola Homba Kalayo in the village of Kodi Bangedo will be held on 5th February, the Pasola Bondo Kawango in Kodi to be held on 7th February, Pasola Rara Winyo in Kodi on 8th February, and Pasola Wainyapu in Kodi Balaghar on 7th March.
 
With the announcement of the Pasola 2013 schedule, visitors can arrange their trip to Sumba Island, so that they can take part in this rare and special mock battle festival. There will also be a cultural festival in several villages held in conjunction with the Pasola festival.
 
This is a most exciting Jousting Festival where opposing teams run into each other on horseback, saddle-less, throwing blunt spears - called hola - to each other to unseat or hurt their opponents or horses. Fallen men or horses may not be attacked, but any blood flowing is believed to fertilize the soil and benefit the next harvest.
 
The tournament forms part of the traditional Marapu belief on Sumba, where the Pasola forms an inseparable part of the annual ritual, held in conjunction with the Bau Nyale ritual or the arrival of seaworms on the shores of Sumba and Lombok,  which normally occurs in February and March.
 
Once better known as the Sandalwood Island, Sumba in the province of East Nusatenggara, - adjoining the islands of Komodo and Flores, - breeds some of Indonesia’s best horses. The Sumba horses are a cross between Arabian and local horses, and are therefore larger than the neighbouring Sumbawa horses.
 
There are daily flights from Bali to Waingapu in East Sumba and Tambolaka in West Sumba on alternate days. The island can also be reached from Maumere on Flores, on similarly alternating days between the two towns.
 
More information at: www.komodo-tours.travel , naked-sumbatravel.blogspot.com, www.floresexotictours.com

The Official Tourism Website of East Nusatenggara Province: www.goseentt.com
 
Photo Courtesy by : naked-sumbatravel.blogspot.com

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Calendar Event / Indonesia Hotel Investment Conference
« on: January 22, 2013, 02:53:35 PM »

Addressing the growing challenges and opportunities in the hotel industry in Indonesia and around the region, the first ever Indonesia Hotel Investment Conference will be held on 1st February 2013 at the brand-new Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort on the fabled island of Bali.

The full day conference will feature cutting edge reviews on the state of the Indonesian economy, an overview of hotel investments in Indonesia, trends and forecasts in the accommodation sector, insights on project funding and presentations by leaders in the hotel sector from across Indonesia and the region. Panel discussions with question and answer formats will be further complemented by networking opportunities, including a lavish post conference cocktail reception affording panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

The conference will feature speakers, moderators and panelists who are key figures and have extensive experiences in the hotel and tourism industries in Indonesia and the region. Among them are: Marie Elka Pangestu, Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia; Yanti Sukamdani, Chairperson of the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board; Jean Charles Le Coz, Chairman of Bali Hotels Association and General Manager of Nikko Bali Resort and Spa; Jonas Ogren, Area Director-Asia of STR Global; Michael Burchett, Managing Director of MJB Hoteliers; Rio Kondo, Director of Howarth Hotel Jakarta; Dario Kozul, Managing Director of Level 7 Consulting; Yvette Yong, Founder & Director of Craft house LLV; Eric J Levy, Managing Director of Tourism Solution International; Anton Yuwono, IAI, Principal of Antono Sally&Associates Architects; and Norbert Vas, VP Sales and Marketing of Aston International Hotels.

Bringing together some of the most experienced figures in the hotel and tourism industry, this special conference will be enormously beneficial to those who are involved in every aspect of the industry, including hotel owners, operators and managers, developers, investors, bankers, architects, suppliers, and accountants.

Overlooking the island's famed Kuta Beach and the Bali Strait, the newly-opened Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort is Just 15 minutes from the Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) offering a new lifestyle center, complete with shopping, restaurants, bars, nightlife, and an XXI Cineplex.

More Information available at: www.indonesiahotelinvestment.com
 
Photo Courtesy by www.indonesiahotelinvestment.com

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Bali / Bali’s five best beach bars By Elissa Richard
« on: January 22, 2013, 11:27:55 AM »
Most Bali-bound travelers come for the beautiful beaches, spectacular sunsets, and fun-loving party scene; take in this Indonesian isle’s tantalizing trifecta in one fell swoop, frothy cocktail in hand, at one of Bali’s best beach bars. These five picks boast beachfront settings primed for sun-and-surf seekers, dramatic perches for ogling Bali’s daily sunset spectacle, and an après-beach scene worth sticking around for once the moon replaces the sun.

1. Rock Bar
Cradled by a cliffside above the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean, this swanky alfresco watering hole ranks supreme for sunset views, inspired cocktail creations, and sophisticated crowds. Part of the isle’s superlative Ayana Resort and Spa, Rock Bar’s minimalist design spreads out over multi-tiered timber platforms crowned by an illuminated glass bar, all resting atop a rocky outcrop along Jimbaran Bay. Pair tasty light bites with creative cocktails (try a signature martini—on the rocks, naturally) and rock out to daily-spun DJ tunes. www.ayanaresort.com/rockbarbali

Rock Bar at the Ayana Resort and Spa in Bali(Photo: Ayana Resort and Spa)


2. Ku De Ta
Bali’s most iconic venue and pilgrimage point for sunset-seekers the island over, Ku De Ta comprises the quintessential Bali beach bar. A manicured lawn pocked by plush cushions, giant daybeds, and red parasols; a hopping garden deck; and several bar and restaurant nooks unfold just steps from Seminyak Beach. Cocktails are pricey, but showcase master mixology at its best—try the lip-smacking Vanilla Passion Foam (vodka infused with fresh vanilla beans, homemade vanilla syrup, passion fruit, and a dash of citrus), and stick around for top-notch gourmet global cuisine highlighting locally sourced ingredients. www.kudeta.net

Ku De Ta on Seminyak Beach, Bali (Photo: John Garay)



3. Potato Head Beach Club
This hip and happening, 2-year-old bar on Seminyak Beach combines a lawn-covered courtyard littered with daybeds, beachfront infinity pool, trio of restaurants, and funky main bar with vintage furnishings to create an amphitheater-inspired layout. The space lends itself well to musical entertainment, with regular DJ appearances and occasional big-name headliners (like M.I.A. and Empire of the Sun) scheduled, and keeps the crowds coming with heavenly handcrafted cocktails, like the Kookaburra (a concoction of lemongrass gin, mixed with mint and lime, topped by passion fruit and vanilla foam). Plans for Potato Head’s new boutique hotel outpost are currently in the works. ptthead.com

Potato Head Beach Club on Seminyak Beach, Bali (Photo: Potato Head Beach Club)


4. WooBar
It’s little surprise that the island’s first W Hotel would come equipped with one of Bali’s most sophisticated beachside hot spots. The glossy, three-floor affair, dubbed WooBar, is anchored on its sundeck area, where signature cocktails (like the I-Candy, with white rum, lime, and palm sugar, topped off with a ball of cotton candy), tasty tapas, and international DJ sets come paired with prime ocean views. The mod, minimalist decor is peppered with a coral reef-inspired main bar and a Hindu temple in the backdrop—a cinematic setting that warrants a “woo-hoo!” for WooBar. www.starwoodhotels.com

WooBar at the W Hotel, Bali (Photo: W Retreat and Spa)


5. La Plancha
Funky Seminyak beach shack La Plancha delivers a departure from the more scene-y and sophisticated beach bars on this list, with a laid-back, budget-friendly vibe that skips out on the froufrou cocktails and fancy bites, without skimping on the hip “it” spot vibe. Oversized beachfront bean bags come capped by colorful umbrellas, a DJ spins nightly beats, Mediterranean-inspired fare pleases palates, and free-flowing sangria helps fuel the fun, minus the pretense. www.laplanchabali.com

La Plancha on Seminyak Beach, Bali (Photo: John Garay)

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