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Thousands of Yogyakartans greet royal newlyweds

Thousands of onlookers filled Jl. Malioboro in Yogyakarta on Wednesday hoping to catch a glimpse of the newlywed royal couple Gusti Kanjeng Ratu (GKR) Hayu and Kanjeng Pangeran Haryo (KPH) Notonegoro as they were paraded along the city’s historic street. Using 12 royal carriages, the parade started at 9:15 a.m. from the Yogyakarta Palace and headed toward Kepatihan where the royal wedding reception was held. Along the way, people enthusiastically greeted and waved to them. “This is a rare moment that does not happen frequently. It’s alright for me to skip work for the sake of the parade,” Yanto, a local, said as he was carrying his 4-year-old kid in his arms to witness the parade. For Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, who is also Yogyakarta governor, the wedding of GKR Hayu, his fourth daughter, is expected to be the last as his four other daughters are all already married. The four other daughters of Sultan Hamengkubuwono X are GKR Pembayun (eldest), GKR Condrokirono (second-eldest), GKR Maduretno (third-eldest) and GKR Bendara (youngest). The newlywed royal couple, who wore green wedding costumes, were on board the Kanjeng Kyai Jongwiyat cart, which was made in the Hague, the Netherlands, during the rule of Sultan Hamengkubuwono VII in 1880. Following the newlyweds were the carriages of the dancers of the Bedaya Manten and the Bedaya Sang Askara royal dances performed in front of Sultan Hamengkubuwono X and the honorary guests to mark the start of the wedding reception. A number of bregodo or royal infantry troop companies escorted the first batch of the parade’s entourage. The second group of the entourage was the Kangjeng Kyai Wimono Putro carriage, which carried Sultan Hamengkubuwono X and his wife GKR Hemas, followed by the carriages of their daughters and their respective husbands. The third batch was the Kanjeng Kyai Landower cart carrying Yogyakarta Vice Governor KGPAA Paku Alam IX. The entire entourage took some 45 minutes to reach Kepatihan. A number of schools located along and near the route of the parade allowed their students to leave early on Wednesday to give them a chance to witness the parade. Over 50 units of angkringan (traditional wooden carriages used to display foods for sale) prepared various traditional snacks and drinks for onlookers free of charge during the parade. The snacks and the beverages quickly disapeared as people enthusiastically enjoyed them. Chairman of the royal wedding’s organizing committee, KRT Yudho Hadiningrat, said the whole parade procession was also meant as a way to introduce the newlyweds to the public as well as to symbolize the palace’s closeness with the people. The wedding reception on Wednesday was opened with prayers led by the palace’s royal servant, KRP Ngabdul Ridwan, followed by the Bedaya Manten royal dance, which was created by the late Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX, the father of Sultan Hamengkubuwono X.
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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.
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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
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Here's how you can book your EVA air ticket online Go to the customerhelplinenow website. Fill in the flight details in the search box Choose and book your flight Fill in contact information and passenger details Complete your payment through the selected method Receive your EVA Air e-ticket in My reservation or in your email. What are the standard rules of Eva Air's Flight Change Policy? If the change is made on the reservation date, passengers can make the change free of charge. To make changes after 24 hours after the reservation, the airline will charge a change fee according to the passenger's routes and the type of fare. Eva Air's flight change policy allows passengers to modify mistakes or reschedule the trip according to new plans. When passengers notify the airline in advance, Eva Air can waive change fees on the passenger's account. In accordance with Eva Air's 24-hour Flight Change Policy, the passenger has a full day to rectify the error free of charge. The airline may charge an administrative fee if the change is made at the airport or at the Eva Air ticketing office. According to the change policy, when the passenger improves the seat or the class. Learn to process of Eva airlines check flight status Those passengers who want to check the flight status on EVA Air can follow the steps detailed below: First of all, you need to log into the EVA Air official website Then navigate to the Booking & Planning tab on the EVA Air home page After that, find the flight information tab and go to the flight status section from there Then, from the flight status tab, you can check the live status of your flight. How much will Eva Air charge to change the date of the tickets? The airline charges a fee as the Eva Air Change Date fare if the passenger wishes to make the necessary changes to the scheduled tickets. The passenger must pay from USD 50 to USD 400 depending on the type of fare and the reason for the change. In pandemic conditions, the airline will not charge a change fee for making changes to the flight departure date.
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 Cancel Ethiopian Airlines Flight Online?
What Can You Do to Cancel Your Flight Ticket in Ethiopian Airlines? Ethiopian Airlines is one of the pre-eminent airlines that render online services to its passengers. You can cancel your flight ticket at this airline by following the steps mentioned below. You need to go through the steps below to cancel your flight trip. These pointers will provide you with the best reference and knowledge about everything. However, if you still face the concern, then the team will be there to assist you. The Process of Cancelling the Flight Ticket in Ethiopian Airlines: 1. Open your web browser and visit the official website of Ethiopian Airlines. 2. You will see the box on the home page wherein you will have to click on the option of "Manage Booking". 3. Then it will take you to the new web page where you will have to enter the information like booking reference number and your last name. 4. Then, you will have to tap on the "Retrieve booking" option. It will open a new web page where you will display the itineraries that you have booked in Ethiopian Airlines. 5. Now you can choose the itinerary you want to cancel. You need to cancel the flight by clicking on the "Cancel flight" option. 6. You will be asked to fill in the reason for the cancellation of the flight ticket. 7. Finally, you will receive the confirmation email at the registered email address. You will get the details of the changes you have made to your booked reservation. These are the steps that you need to take to cancel your flight ticket at Ethiopian Airlines. We hope that you have understood the process we have mentioned above. You can seek the help of the customer care executives to know more about the issues that you are facing in this airline. We hope that you have got the answer to the question, How do I cancel my flight with Ethiopian Airlines?