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Magnificent Madakaripura
If you don’t take a picture it never happened, or so it seems nowadays with the popularity of selfies and all and sundry owning a selfie stick. But with the popularity of most tourist sites it’s hard to get a composition that doesn’t include someone in the background. However, Madakaripura falls provides an all-natural backdrop without another soul for miles. Dubbed as the final meditation place of Gajah Mada, the elephant general of the Majapahit Empire, a visit to the misty, streaming falls is the ideal post-Mount Bromo excursion: It offers a much less strenuous experience than climbing up the 250 steps to the sulfur caldera. The falls are located roughly 35 kilometers from Bromo near a village called Sapih and can be reached via Jl. Raya Bromo to Lumbang on the way to Probolinggo. It is a pleasant ride — ideally on motorcycle — on which you will find yourself unconsciously pressing the brakes as the villages you pass on the snaking mountainous roads are enshrouded in lush and equally mesmerizing greenery. Five kilometers away from the waterfall’s parking lot a man will appear from what seems to be a bus stop and will charge the entrance fee of Rp 3,000 (3 US cent). A narrow dirt road flanked by banana and durian trees along with casuarina and some colorful apiaries will lead you to another “check point” which is unchecked and abandoned with a permanently raised barrier. From there, it is another kilometer to the stall-laden parking lot with a statue of the great Gajah Mada in the lotus position and an empty fountain sitting dryly right in the middle of it. Be assertive and be on your guard. No sooner than alighting and touts will hound you. The trail however is quite visible making the falls easily accessible. A guide is in fact not necessary but if you choose one — or passively allow one to latch on to you — the cost will range anywhere from Rp 100,000. There have been instances of groups being charged over Rp 400,000, an outrageous price especially for a local doing nothing more than hold your hand when crossing the river. Negotiating is as advisable as bringing common sense since the area is still wild and mildly challenging to get through. You may have to cross the river about five times in total so proper footwear is essential as some rocks are deceivingly slippery. En route you will also encounter a number of stalls selling fried bananas, kopi panas (hot coffee) and tempeh (fermented soya bean cake) as well as hawkers selling ponchos for the stretch of trail which is rained on by bigger streams of cold and refreshing water. Do bring your own raincoat, unless you don’t mind getting drenched and riding home using the wind as your natural blow dryer. After a kilometer trek you will find yourself wading anywhere from shin-deep ripples to a mid-chest pool before getting to the lagoon, the hidden reward for your hard work. This last step requires clambering over a crest of rocks. There, the 200 meter-high waterfalls reveals itself in full showing how the canyon is really like a special chamber of sorts of all things natural. Apart from the several waterfall cascades, when light pours in at the appropriate time of day it illuminates the basin making the cliff’s fauna even brighter and more vibrant in color. The rushing water makes it difficult to hear and the large boulders lining the river are reminiscent of dinosaur eggs. It isn’t recommended to visit during the wet season as the water gets pretty muddy and the risk of flooding and landslides are much greater. Though we didn’t see any macaque monkeys, I heard that in fact it’s a good thing—they sometimes toss rocks off the cliff’s edge. But don’t worry, helmets are not required and if they were, I’m sure there would be several hawkers renting them out for a nominal fee. Finding yourself away from the frenzy of shutter-pressing tourists will make you really appreciate the pristine waterfalls and the feeling of being like Indiana Jones trekking right into the heart of the jungle. Crossing barefoot a river and pushing through branches sticking out into the pathway, your only obstacle to good times and people-free selfies!
How To Manage Emirates Airlines Flight Ticket?
How do I manage my Emirates Airlines flight ticket? Numerous people book their Emirates Airlines ticket and manage it to increase their air journey experience. Emirates Airlines provides this facility to all its customers who book their ticket with them. If you have also booked your flight ticket, then you need to complete your Emirates Manage Booking that can be done either online or offline method. How to manage your Emirates Airlines ticket online? You can easily manage your Emirates Airlines booking by making use of the steps that are discussed below: In the first place, you are required to visit the online Emirates Airlines website by any web browser. After this, you will land on the homepage where you are required to click on the Manage Booking option. The resulting screen will ask you to enter the last name of the passenger and booking reference. Now, you should click on the manage booking option to enter the My Trips section where you will retrieve all the booking details. From the various options, you need to choose one of them and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the manage booking task. How to manage your Emirate Airlines ticket through customer service? You can also manage your Emirates booking by contacting the Emirates support team. First of all, you should visit the website of the Emirates Airlines by using any internet browser. Now, you need to choose the HELP option and move to the Emirates Airlines assistance option. Get the contact details (Helpline number) of the Emirates Airlines customer service and dial it. Now, speak to the live person and give your reservation details and request to manage your booking. After this, you should follow all the instructions provided by him and make payment to manage your booking. You can also contact the process of Manage Emirates Airlines Flight Ticket and get the additional details.
The story behind the most expensive gourmet coffee in the world: Kopi luwak
The life of a civet cat, strangely known as the coffee rat in Indonesia or tree dog on the Indian subcontinent, is not at all that bad. In the wild, they are free to roam anywhere they fancy, from the tropical forests of Sri Lanka all the way to the dense jungles of Sumatra. They are solitary creatures for most of their lives, but are persnickety eaters and thus discard rotten fruit and diseased mammals. The males get together with their female counterparts whenever they have to, receiving the better end of the deal by mating with no strings attached. They are nocturnal save for when a bright moon comes out. Then they sleep all night like they normally do during the day. And as long as their intestinal tracts remain fully functioning, they will continue pooing out a tradable commodity, one that also happens to produce the most expensive gourmet coffee in the world: the kopi luwak. There are over a hundred types of coffee in the world but only three -- Arabica, robusta and liberica -- are farmed exhaustively and made commercially available. The luwak coffee can be made from all three types but result in varying tastes. The Arabica bean in Indonesia is the most popular for the luwak blend, as well as for non-specialty coffee consumption. With a name like “cat-poo-ccino” and Jerry Seinfeld’s blunt “cat shit coffee” description from his hit TV show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, the luwak and its history in Indonesia is nevertheless by no means a laughing matter. Before the introduction of coffee plantations, civet cats and coffee production were an unlikely pair. The civet cat was in fact a creepy pest scurrying over rooftops and eating prize-winning tajen cocks. Their utility hadn’t been explored at all as coffee “fermenters” and their fecal matter was a mere inconvenience to the villager, as is dog crap to the jogger in New York City. The luwak’s prodigious poo-coffee discovery came when the Dutch launched their cultuurstelsel program of enforced coffee planting in Java in the 19th century. Due to exploitative practices, the local indigenous workers were forbidden to enjoy the fruits of their own labor. Of course, prohibition piques interest and so the workers gave their beans a go, but only after they were passed through the guts of the civets running amok on the plantation fields. Fast-forward one hundred and some years. In 2012, the value of coffee exports from Indonesia reached US $1.5 Billion. Seventy percent of Indonesia’s total coffee production was exported, yet how much the luwak contributed to that figure is largely unknown. Regardless, being a highly sought after specialty blend, cat poo coffee has proven to be a lucrative business attracting global consumers for its rich taste, as well as its novelty factor -- sometimes more of the latter than the former. Its labor-intensive production process, as well as scarcity on the global market, drives up its price to anywhere from $300 to $600 per kilogram, making it the most expensive coffee in the world. A cup in the US can go anywhere from $50 to $80. Though coffee estates are seeing a decline in Indonesia, large-scale “wild-sourced” luwak plantations are still in operation, mostly in Sumatra. There are also the small backyard ventures popping up here and there that are proving to be quite profitable enterprises. Harmoni Bali Organik is an example of a successful homegrown luwak plant run by Kadek Ardhi, 54, and Santhi, 51 -- a husband and wife team. They operate right from their traditional Balinese home in Bangli where civet cats roam naturally in the forests and are even brought in by farmers in exchange for a 25-kilogram bag of rice. Unlike the coffee’s history, Kadek and Santhi’s roots in the business are not as deep. “In 2006, I had a Japanese visitor who recommended I merge business with pleasure,” says Kadek, 54, while sliding a tray of Arabica cherries into a civet cat’s cage. “At that time I had only two civets and I kept them just for fun. But he recommended that I breed them and so my capacity quickly grew to 18. Every month I was visited by my Japanese friend who inspected the cages -- now I have 94 luwak and I export my special coffee to Canada and Japan.” The production of kopi luwak is by no means a complicated process. The civet cat sleeps all day with their eyes creepily open and wakes up around sundown. Santhi and her team then begin sliding trays of about a kilogram of Arabica cherries to each cat for dinner. They gorge until satiated, defecate, circle their cages for a bit and then go back to sleep. It was a surprise to see that they meticulously sift through the best cherries -- a selling point that inflates their price tags because of this ability to distinguish good beans from bad. Surprisingly, they spit out the fruit, which is then collected and used as organic fertilizer -- sometimes even dumped on the side of the road next to the plantations where the cherries originated. Their feces are collected in a sieve from right under them in the mornings. The cleaning process begins by laying out the feces on trays in the open sun. “We don’t use water in cleaning the feces,” says Santhi. “The sun does the cleaning through drying and it takes anywhere from one to two weeks, depending on the sun.” Much debate surrounds the luwak coffee’s taste, with many experts asserting that the quality is in fact quite poor and nothing to be excited about. Some connoisseurs swear over the coffee and will go out of their way to make a purchase. Some claim the taste to be less bitter and earthier, yet the overall quality and robustness of flavor varies widely region by region. For Santhi, luwak coffee from Java and Sumatra is spicy while from Kintamani it is a bit more acidic. Nowadays, the kopi luwak can be seen as a business model of micro-economy interconnectedness. Take Santhi and Kadek Ardhi’s plant, for example. Coffee cherries are purchased from a Kintamani farmer and arrive every day at the same time before sundown: two bags weighing anywhere from 95 to 100 kilograms. They hire local help to feed and tend the cats, maintain the cages and package the final product, which then goes to what many might consider a sampling showroom, or sales point, for tourists, in a forest near Ubud. However, one drawback to luwak production is that the Arabica bean is ripe from April to June in lower altitudes (700 to 900 meters) and from April until September in higher altitudes (900 to 1200 meters or even more), such as in Kintamani. Despite a season-dependent output, Santhi and Kadek still manage to produce 25 kilograms per month for the international market, as well as 50 kilograms for the domestic one. However, luwak or not, the irony is that coffee in Indonesia appears to be unpopular. According to investment statistics in 2012 the per capita consumption was relatively low at 0.95 kilograms, compared to Finland where it was 11.7 kilograms. Unscientifically and by observation only, it seems that the artificial variety is preferred by Indonesian consumers, a powdery kind, which in fact has less coffee and more sugar with creamer -- a blend that is atrociously sweet and lacks real flavor and effect. Coffee culture has yet to catch up, although domestic numbers are slowly growing. All in all, the luwak coffee, or any other Indonesian-grown coffee for that matter, is worth boasting about and for thumbing the nation’s nose at the ex-colonizers.
Top 10 Cloud Service Providers in 2021
No cloud implementation can be completed without cloud service providers. While cloud solutions are in high demand the companies often got confused about which cloud service provider to choose. And in many cases, they even do not know about the top cloud providers in the market. Cloud service providers play a vital role in enhancing the overall experience of your project. The wide range of services offered by them allows enterprises to manage their requirements related to the software, server, storage, and other infrastructure setups.  Stay tuned as we have come up with the top 10 cloud service providers that are going to rule the market in 2021. The list will also guide you in selecting the provider for your cloud-based requirements. Before we get into the list why not have a quick look into the Cloud Service Benefits: Cloud Service Benefits 1. Ease of Usability: Cloud computing allows a business to manage their operations consisting of hardware, databases, servers, software licenses with ease. There are no additional requirements for hardware, servers, or other utilities to be acquired at the enterprise end. 2. Full-time Accessibility: With cloud computing, you get a 24×7 uptime for your respected service. The services can be accessed at any given time and location as it is all managed at cloud service providers end. 3. Scalability and Reliability: It comes with no limit to scale your service with increasing the number of users or exceeding the resources requirements can be done at ease. There is no limit to the number of users or resources.  4. Maintenance & Mobility: The Cloud Services come with automatic maintenance and do not require any of your workforces to do the proceedings; it is all managed by the cloud service providers. Cloud service providers have various data centers across regions letting it faster and easier.  At this point, you should have an understanding of the categories of cloud services so that you can find it easy to pick the right service provider. For your convenience here is the brief: Software as a Service (SaaS): The service model allows the use of software on a subscription basis that is centrally hosted by the cloud service provider. Platform as a Service (PaaS): The service model operates as a platform that allows you the development and deployment of the services hosted via central storage on the cloud. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): The service model allows the use of an instant computing infrastructure that is managed by the Internet-based cloud service provider. Top 10 Cloud Service Providers: With the growing utilization of cloud computation services, here goes the leading companies who are providing optimal cloud services: 1. Amazon Web Service (AWS) Being a leading on-demand cloud service provider has made it a comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform that offers over 165 fully-featured services from its data centers that are placed globally. It has a user base of over a million customers worldwide. In terms of revenue aggregation, it generated a revenue of $35 Billion in the year 2019. Some of its popular services are EC2, Virtual Private Cloud, Amazon Connect, AWS Lambda. Some of the Key Features of AWS are: APIs Functionality Lower Costs Vast Global Network Latest Innovative Technologies 2. Microsoft AZURE Another prominent cloud computing platform is the Microsoft-developed Azure, which comes as an Iaas, Paas, and Saas. Azure is stated as the largest cloud-based service in terms of revenue. Microsoft has launched it to provide both Microsoft-based as well as third-part-based entities under azure. Microsoft Office 360 & 365 are also part of this cloud-based architecture. Services by Azure are Azure DevOps, Azure AI, Azure Blockchain Workbench are some of the leading cloud-based services by Azure. The Projected revenue growth for 2019-20 stands at $35 Billion for Azure-led services. Here are the Key Functionalities of Azure: Rapid Application Development Real-time Data Processing Hybrid Automation Service Serverless APIs  3. Google Cloud A leading cloud service architecture offered by Google, the services consist of management services and some modular cloud services like data storage, data analytics. The Google Cloud Platform provides IaaS, PaaS, and Serverless computing solutions allowing the services to be utilized by the businesses. The annual cloud services revenue for google cloud services is stated at $8 billion. Some Key Functionalities offered by Google Cloud are: AI and Machine Learning Service API Management Data Analytics  Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Tool 4. IBM Cloud IBM Cloud is the cloud networking service provided to the customers including, the architecture of IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS that are distributed via public, private, and hybrid cloud delivery setup. IBM has been working in providing enterprises with cloud-based services in the network, storage, data storage, and other services. IBM Cloud estimated its annual revenue at $19.16 billion A few of the leading services of IBM Cloud are: Cloud Migration Cloud Strategy Services Cloud Development and Management 5. Oracle Cloud Oracle Corporation brings out one of the leading cloud computing services via its oracle cloud. Allowing you to use the cloud resources such as servers, storage, applications, and other services through its vast range of global data centers. Oracle provides leading cloud services with the developing architecture of IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, DaaS helping build, deploy and access your applications via the cloud. Oracle had an estimated $ 18 billion in revenues for the year 2019-20. Oracle Cloud offers its service in: Compute Storage & Networking Data Management App Development 6. Alibaba Cloud Alibaba Cloud is the subsidiary of the Alibaba group having its headquarters based in Singapore. It is the largest cloud service provider in China. The services are offered on a pay-as-you basis and include Elastic Computing, Data Storage, Networking, and other services. It has its operations spanned across 19 regions and 56 Cloud availability zones across the globe. Alibaba Cloud had estimated revenue of $4.5 Million annually.  A few of the key service of Alibaba Cloud are: Integrated Cloud Suite Virtual Server (VPS) Cost-Effective Storage Service 7. Salesforce A leading cloud-based software company headquartered in San Francisco offers a range of cloud-based solutions for enterprises.  One of its highly used services is CRM, with it other services like marketing automation, application development, and data analytics. It had estimated revenue of $17 Billion for the year 2019-20 Salesforce leading services are: Customer Relationship Management Marketing Cloud Sales Cloud Commerce Cloud 8. SAP It is a global provider of cloud-based software services for enterprises to develop and manage customer relations and business operations. SAP is headquartered in Walldorf, Germany, and regional offices spanning across 180 countries. It is the largest Non-American software company in the world.  SAP developed ERP Software is its mostly used service across the globe. For the year 2019-20, SAP estimated €27 Billion in net revenue. A few other services offered by SAP are: Accounting and Financial Planning and Analysis Enterprise Treasury Management. Accounts Billing and Revenue Management 9. VMware VMware is a leading software company that provides its customers with services under cloud computing and visualization software. VMware desktop software has compatibility with Windows, macOS, Linux, and its enterprise-based hypervisor server has direct hardware connectivity allowing you to operate without any OS requirements. The company estimated around $8.7 Billion in revenues for the year 2018-19 Few services offered by VMware are: VMware vRealize Suite VMware GO VMWare Workstation VMWare Fusion VMware ESXi 10. Adobe Creative Cloud It comprises the cloud-based software services offered by Adobe Corporation. The cloud services allow the enterprises to avail of web development, graphic designing, photo, and video editing.  The services come on a subscription basis where one can download the service after purchase through the internet and avail it for the required period. For the year 2018-19, it estimated a $7.9 Billion revenue. Some leading service of Adobe Creative Cloud are: Adobe Creative Suite Adobe Dreamweaver Adobe Illustrator As cloud services are expected to grow more and more with the inclusion of emerging technologies like IoT, Artificial Intelligence makes it more scalable for enterprises to opt-in and utilize these services. The listed companies for the Cloud services are constantly improving their services and bringing the leading advancements to drive forward the enterprise businesses across varied domains.
How to Make Online Reservation on Spirit Airlines?
Want to Make Online Reservation on Spirit Airlines? Get the Procedure Here Making reservations two or three months before the departure always helps you to get flights at a cheaper fare on Spirit Airlines. And if you want to book tickets online but don't know the procedure, you shouldn't worry even a little bit as this post has brought you all details to do so. So, make Spirit Airlines reservations immediately online with the help of the given steps. Procedure to Make Reservations on Spirit Airlines Online 1. Before anything else, you need to open the website of Spirit Airlines. 2. Then you are required to choose the Trip and Destinations for your flight tickets. 3. Next, select the dates and number of passengers. 4. Add a promotional code if you have otherwise click the Search Flights option. 5. Consequently, you see the flights to your destination and you have to select the suitable one. Once you select the flight, click Continue. 6. After that, provide the required details and customize your bookings as per your choices. 7. Moving ahead, you find the payment section where you have to select a payment method and complete the Spirit Airlines flight ticket purchase. On completing the payment, you get the confirmation for your flight ticket along with the confirmation number. This confirmation number helps you to manage your flight ticket later. Book a Flight Ticket Online on Spirit Airlines Anytime from Anywhere There's no doubt that the above method will help you to book tickets online. In case it happens that you face any hassle while making Spirit Airlines reservations, the customer service got your back. The reservation support team members will provide you all the required assistance to book flight tickets without any delay.
Must-try Lousiana-style crabs in Bali
Bali is one of the best places to enjoy seafood in Indonesia. Jimbaran, for example, has long been one of the island's most popular spots to savor this particular dish while enjoying an amazing sunset. For those longing for Lousiana-style seafood, there are at least two crab restaurants available in Bali; allowing you to eat with your bare hands on the table, without any fancy plates and cutlery to bother you. The Holy Crab Following its popularity in Jakarta as the 'it' place to eat Alaskan crab, Bali's Holy Crab on Jl. Petitenger No. 50 offers a great combination of world-class seafood and traditional Louisiana cooking techniques in a chic yet cozy dining atmosphere. “There has been such a great response to The Holy Crab from food lovers in Jakarta that we are bringing the whole concept and experience to Bali. It has always been a dream of mine to be a part of the island's culinary scene, which has a broader international audience,” said The Holy Crab owner as well as executive chef Albert Wijaya. Choices available on the main menu include Dungeness crab, king crab legs, snow crab legs and lobster with prices ranging from Rp 88,000 (US$7) per 100 grams for the Dungeness crab to Rp 120,000 for the king crab legs -- all served in a delicious secret recipe sauce with mild, medium and hot levels of spiciness. Sausages and corn are also available as additional dishes. According to Albert, the restaurant's crustaceans are imported straight from Alaska and some are from Indonesia. Crab Bar Situated on Jl. Batu Belig 106 in Seminyak , the Crab Bar was founded by famous Indonesian chef Ragil Imam Wibowo in August 2014 with the aim of becoming the first destination for people seeking to savor Lousiana-style seafood on the island. “In Bali, if people want to eat pork, they will head straight to Ibu Oka. We want that to happen to us too; we want to become the first place people recommend when they talk about eating crab in Bali,” said the restaurant's general manager Don Domingo. For newcomers, the Crab Bar's most popular dish is CB's Hot Bag which consists of 500 grams of mud crab, 150 grams of prawn, 200 grams of yabbies (Australian freshwater crustaceans) or clams, sausages and corn. A portion costs Rp 495,000. The CB’s Cold Platter, priced at Rp 450,000, is also recommended with cold Mud Crab, 200 grams of prawn, 200 grams of clams and four pieces of oyster or yabbies. The Crab Bar offers six types of sauce for its hot-platter menus with three levels of spiciness (mild, medium and TNT). The choices include original Lousiana-style with smoked Cajun butter, oriental-style CB’s Bali Sauce, Bangka curry sauce, chili sauce, teriyaki black pepper and garlic butter. While for the cold platter menus, foodies can try garlic mayo, tomato tartar and tom yam mayo sauce. - See more at: http://www.jakpost.travel/news/must-try-lousiana-style-crabs-in-bali-otImxpP0OU7Hu4aJ.html#sthash.rQELFKmb.dpuf
3 luxury sustainable spas in Bali
Bali has a lot of spas; in some areas, every third shop is a spa. All varieties of spas can be found as well -- from local to international award winning spas. In recent years, a lot of people have become more conscious of what they put on their skin. The skin absorbs up to 60% of what you put on it, so with increasing amounts of chemicals in many products, it can lead to allergies or worse. One way to avoid this is to choose a spa that uses naturally made products and takes an approach that is kind to your skin. Local Indonesian jamu (traditional medicine) methods have always done this but a few luxury spas in Bali not only use natural products but also take the spa experience to a new level of comfort. The Spa at Alila Soori Villas The Spa is housed in a sustainably built house with a view of the Indian Ocean in front. Entering this warm and opulent hideaway, the central spa area is dominated by a beautiful pool that instantly adds a sensuously relaxed atmosphere. The traditional Balinese Beauty Ritual is two hours of pure bliss. Balinese lulur is an ancient village remedy with its origins from the rice farmers of Bali that is recognized as traditional medicine. The treatment is believed to help warm the body, relieve aching joints and help in the recovery of troubled or loose skin. Locally sourced sandalwood, fennel seed, star aniseed, eaglewood and fenugreek are blended together to use during this healing remedy. It is a 60 minutes Balinese Massage, body scrub, body mask and mini facial. The massage uses natural oils and you can choose a beautiful aromatic blend to suit your mood. After the massage, you are gently scrubbed using the herbal warming mixture and then wrapped in a cocoon while the gently heated massage table ensures every pore is cleansed and every muscle relaxed. The therapist performs a revitalizing mini facial as you relax on this wave of warmth. Not only do you feel like you are floating on a cloud after the treatment, but you are also assured that only the most natural ingredients have been used during this process. If you loved the products used, there are a wide range of Alila Spa products for sale to take with you. A particular favorite is the Black Volcanic Soap that is made from Balinese volcanic lava. Ojas Spa, COMO Shambhala Estate This famed wellness retreat outside Ubud is the ultimate luxury hideaway in the forest with an ethos based around holistic principles. If you are not staying here, you can come and get pampered at the beautifully serene Ojas Spa. Ranges of treatments are offered here, including hydrotherapy and Ayurveda treatments. This Zen space is very soothing and, set among vast sounding grounds; it is a quiet retreat to indulge in a treatment. Signature massages are done using specially blended oils made on the estate, sourced from local products and 100 percent natural. The Shambhala signature massage is an hour-long treatment and uses innovative long strokes and medium pressure to both relax and revive spirit and mind. Set in a light airy room looking onto a garden, complemented by clean lines to leave the mind uncluttered, this deeply therapeutic technique performed by a highly skilled therapist feels more like a four handed massage thanks to the expertise of the therapist. This is a deeply relaxing and aromatic experience that leaves the skin smooth and supple. Facials are also available using a range of their homemade products called PURIFIES. These products are based on the principles of aromatherapy, incorporating only premium grade oils free of parabens, petrochemicals, artificial fragrance and color. The PURIFY Holistic Facials are deeply calming and catered to your skin type using these products, along with steam and specialist massage techniques to cleanse and rejuvenate the skin. Not only are the products used at the Ojas Spa kind to your skin, but also to the surrounding environment. Fivelements Puri Ahmisa This healing hotel is located just outside Ubud in a scenic spot with the river flowing through. The spa is perched right along the riverbank so you hear the flow of water easing past as you are experiencing some incredibly therapeutic and natural treatments. This award-winning spa is unique in that not only does it have a wide variety of beauty treatments, but also healing rituals are on offer from Balinese healers and priests. This means that both body and soul can be nurtured naturally in this wonderful sustainably built bamboo spa. Acupressure with Pak Ketut is designed to trigger the body’s self-healing abilities and uses energy transfer to help heal. After starting with transference of energy, the ritual is designed to relieve both physical and mental strain. This can relieve deep-seated tension and trigger the healing process. The healing rituals harness the power of both natural herbal ingredients and energy. The beauty rituals use a wide variety of natural elements found throughout Bali. Probably one of the most healing plants is the coconut. Virgin coconut oil is one of the most healing oils, naturally antibacterial and nourishing. The Coconut Harmony treatment is a deep massage with this oil, followed by a moisturizing bath of coconut milk, the pure blended aromatic Shakti Oil and scattered with Frangipani flowers. A hewn rock bath gently sheltered by foliage looks over the flowing river below melding nature and the spa together. This wonderful bamboo structure is open meaning that it is a totally sensory experience within nature.
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How To Make Mee Goreng Mamak (印度炒面), Fried Noodles with Indo-Malayan Flair
I love Indonesian food. Based on their history and interactions with the rest of Asia, the cuisine has subtle nods to Chinese, Thai, and Indian dishes, but with their own special (and usually nice and spicy) twist. Mee goreng is perhaps my favorite of the Indo-Malayan dishes. From the picture, it looks like a standard chow mein-esque stir fry, but the flavor involved is absolutely incredible and definitely sets it apart from its 'noodle cousins'. (Especially when you top it with fried onion pieces and just the right amount of sesame oil.) Mee goreng is such a popular dish that you can buy instant packages of it all over Asia. In fact, I have some friends who lived in Western Africa that enjoyed instant mee goreng as a steady staple through the week. (You can buy instant mee goreng at a majority of Asian supermarkets in America, but try this recipe for the real deal and super authentic stuff!) ------------------------------------------------------ Mee Goreng Mamak (Fried Noodles) 500 grams of yellow noodles Handfuls of beansprouts depend on liking 2 small tomatoes, quartered 2 small onions, chopped Handful of chicken breast meat, thinly sliced, or minced beef 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 potato, boiled and cut into cubes 1 small size dry bean curd, cut into small pieces 3 tablespoons of cooking oil (I usually use soybean.) 1 tablespoons of minced green onion and garlic 2 fish cakes, sliced (optional) Handful of shrimp, de-shelled and de-veined, optional 1 green chili or Thai chili or red cut chili, optional 3 tablespoons of ketchup 3 tablespoons of chili sauce or chili paste 1 tablespoon of dark soy sauce 1 tablespoon of light soy sauce 1 teaspoon of garam masala/curry/turmeric powder, optional (but highly recommended!) For garnishing (optional): Some cucumber slices Some fresh coriander leaves or green onion Some lime or Calamansi lime (cut into half) Some deep fried shallots Some grounded peanut + sugar mixture Sesame oil 1. Assemble all the ingredients that need to chopped or sliced. In a big frying pan, sauté the onion and minced garlic until fragrant. Add in turmeric or Garam Masala (if preferred). Add the chicken breast/minced beef, stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Add the dry bean curd, fish cakes and potato cubes. 2. Add in the yellow noodles and stir fry until well mixed. If the yellow noodles is too dry, add about 1/4 cup of water. Add the tomatoes, prawns, tomato ketchup, chili sauce or paste, freshly cut green/red chili (if any). Stir fry until well combined (about 2-3 minutes). 3. Add in the beaten egg, sugar and salt to taste, followed by the beans sprout. Stir fry until the beaten eggs dries up. Off the heat and transfer to the serving plate. Top with sesame oil to taste.
How to Decor Home to give it on Rent to Traveler?
This week we teased you all on social media and we're excited to show you how to adorn yourself with our home decor and our fall tour. This will be a DIY - filled tour of our home decor and decoration, complete with photos, videos, and more. During the tour, you will see how we have decorated for the fall, from our kitchen to our dining room, bathroom, living room to our bedroom. We changed the scenery on our prepared wooden table with some autumnal decorative touches, including a throw pillow and fake eucalyptus twigs (which can be found here and here). Our autumn dress is similar to last year, with amber tones reminiscent of the throw cushions and the not quite so eucalyptus branches, as well as a bit of red. We love the way the wreath can be seen from the inside out and immediately carried it to the living room, which borders our entrance. It is the first color our guests see on our front door wreaths upon arrival, and we love it! Our entrance is the entrance where our guests arrive and we want to keep it as close to the front door as possible, even if it is just a few meters from the door. If you don't have enough ghost sightings from the towers, know for the Natchez Ghost Tour, organized by Karla Brown. The house exchange is open for guided tours all year round and includes a tour of all the preserved buildings as well as numerous other historic buildings that are shown on the city map during the tour of the city. It is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, and on Sunday and Monday from 1 pm to 5 pm. Karla Brown also offers several historic tours, such as the Natchez Historic District Tour and the National Historic Landmarks Tour. Most of the visitors Center offers you the opportunity to take a ride through the historic district and visit some of the city's historic buildings. After breakfast in the morning, head to New Orleans on a guided, authentic swamp boat tour that takes you through the mysterious bays and swamps infested with alligators and lined with moss-draped trees. After exploring nature, cross the road and head south on the Mississippi. Have breakfast, we follow the house decoration to the historic town. Then our last drive on a quiet country road out of the city leads you to some of the most beautiful houses in and around Natchez. The holiday exchange and rental industry is booming worldwide, and you do not want to miss it, especially during the vacation week. We are pleased to open the week of professionally managed apartments that provide guests the simplest of both worlds. If you would like to understand more about the week, we recommend you visit the official website of the week for more information and resources. 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10 best new hotels of 2014
Over the last 12 months, many incredible hotels have opened around the world and HotelsCombined recently shared its favorites based on factors such as location, uniqueness of amenities and quality of service. The end result is a phenomenal group of castles, beach retreats and architectural wonders; including one in Bali. The Castle Hotel, Dalian, China Perched atop Lianhua Mountain and overlooking the Yellow Sea, this imposing chateau conveniently provides 292 guest rooms, a spa, fitness center, indoor pool, several restaurants and a “royal cellar” with a micro-brewery. For those really looking to splash out, the 6,674 square foot Presidential Suite has a marble entrance, a dining room for 10, a full-service pantry and a waterfront balcony. Shangri-La at the Shard, London Opened in May, this first UK property of Shangri-La is housed within the 34th to 52nd floors of London’s iconic Shard skyscraper - the tallest building in Europe - and thus offers spectacular city views. Other highlights include a champagne bar, an infinity sky pool on the 52nd floor and an enviable location in the heart of the London Bridge Quarter. citizenM Times Square, New York City Trendy and colorful, this US debut of the citizenM hotel chain is perfectly situated within walking distance of many famous New York sites, including the Rockefeller Centre, the theater district and Central Park. Other perks include the rooftop bar and free in-room screening of the latest movies. With starting price at US$199 per night, it is also a real bargain for Midtown Manhattan. Pikaia Lodge, Galapagos Islands Located on Santa Cruz Island, in the center of the Galapagos archipelago, Pikaia Lodge is an eco-friendly retreat set on top of an extinct volcano crater. Close to a number of major wildlife sites and pristine beaches, the property offers a range of guided excursions and its own private Tortoise Reserve, with facilities including a spa and an infinity pool. Cromlix House, Scotland Owned by tennis superstar Andy Murray, this elegant Victorian mansion provides a peaceful countryside escape. Evoking the grand estates of yesteryear, the manor is furnished in Scottish antiques and onsite activities in the sprawling grounds include tennis (naturally), clay pigeon shooting, fishing, falconry and archery. Sofitel So Singapore Housed in a heritage building near Raffles Place, the Sofitel So’s décor - which includes elements designed by Karl Lagerfield himself – features a 19th century French style with a contemporary twist. Special touches here include in-room iPad minis, a gold-tiled rooftop infinity pool and complimentary mini bar drinks. Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman Nestled within the Al Hajar mountain range, this serene retreat is surrounded by a stunning natural landscape teeming with caves, valleys, flowers, fruit trees and heritage sites (including the UNESCO-protected Bahla Fort). Guests can take a dip in the heated outdoor infinity pool overlooking the breathtaking gorge below or, for those who prefer, the villas have private terraces with plunge pools. Ace Hotel, Los Angeles This funky new LA abode plays an important part in the city’s cultural legend – housed within the historic United Artists building, the tower was once a movie studio and theater hub for independent artists. Today, it’s a stylishly renovated getaway where an in-room extra perk might include an acoustic guitar. Yemaya Island Hideaway, Nicaragua A tropical getaway, Yemaya offers up to 16 eco-friendly cabanas. Visitors to this retreat on Little Corn Island are encouraged to laze about in a hammock, enjoy a relaxing yoga session, sip on a cocktail at the beachside bar, partake in a variety of water sports, tuck into an organic meal at the onsite restaurant, or simply enjoy indulgent spa treatment. The Sarasvati Luxury Collection Resort, Bali Located in the exotic Seminyak and vibrant Legian areas, this resort offers guests direct access to the beach and upscale retail shops. The sunsets are gorgeous and there are activities for everybody; try a round of golf, mountain biking, go skydiving or relax with some fishing. For first-time visitors, the sacred Sangeh Monkey Forest and the famous scenic drive to Lake Bratan are great options. - See more at: http://www.jakpost.travel/news/10-best-new-hotels-of-2014-Wcd9aZUTOg1VFnhp.html#sthash.l9pepRf9.dpuf