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Amazing day trip to Tanjung Lesung

Sick and tired of the hustle and bustle of the big metropolis which is Jakarta? In need of a beach break but have neither the time nor money to travel far? The answer lies in Tanjung Lesung and its surroundings; the perfect day trip to nearby pristine beaches. Easily accessible, affordable, and largely doable in a day, these beaches will provide you with the best setting to relax and forget about work. Located in Banten province, 170 kilometers from the capital city, 1,500-hectare Tanjung Lesung with a 13-kilometer beachfront is a developing integrated beach resort owned by PT Jababeka. Though most of the property and its beaches cater only to guests of the resort, non-staying visitors can also enjoy some of its attractions. If you leave Jakarta early enough not to get caught in the traffic, you can get to Tanjung Lesung by early morning. The best option is to leave on a Saturday or Sunday morning at around 3 a.m. to get there by 7 a.m. at the latest. Once you get to Tanjung Lesung, you are most likely to have the beach for yourself as most people usually only make it as far as Carita Beach, and those who make it to Tanjung Lesung do not arrive as early. Go snorkeling Tanjung Lesung is the ideal spot for snorkeling. There is no need to be experienced or to be a good swimmer as you do not have to go too deep. Right by the shore, you will find amazing sea life, including beautiful fish and corals. If you have your own snorkeling equipment, just bring it with you as it will allow you to save time and explore the sea before everyone else. If not, just wait until around 9 a.m. for one of the activity stands to open at the beach clubs and rent what you need. But bear in mind that it is also when more people start arriving. Whatever option you choose, the views that you get to see underwater will be beautiful and worthwhile. Explore secluded beaches Think you have already seen enough? Think again. For the more adventurous, looking for beautiful and unspoiled beaches and nature, the journey does not end here. Leave Tanjung Lesung for some of the more secluded beaches half an hour away. When you came from Jakarta, you had to take a turn to get to Tanjung Lesung. Go back to that place, and instead of taking the turn, continue straight. You will have to drive on bumpy dirt roads that seem to be unending, and get lost in villages, but eventually you will find the beach that is right for you. Whether you like rocks or sand, there are plenty of options to cater for different tastes. The best part about these beaches is that they have not been developed for tourism, which means that you will most likely have the area for yourself. Actually, you might spot a fisherman from time to time, and dogs running around, but besides them there will not be a single soul but you and your friends. Remember that as these beaches are quite isolated, you will not find your typical vendors, so you might want to stock up on food before heading there. Or simply enjoy some grilled fish in one of the many good restaurants at Tanjung Lesung first. Your hectic life might resume once you head back to Jakarta in the evening. But at least you will feel rejuvenated and relaxed, ready to start a new busy week at work.
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5 Things to Know Before Visiting Slovenia
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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 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. We'll show you why you're considering this page, do your research, and that we also will highlight professional holiday rental managers who can process your inquiries, draw up contracts, advertise your property, collect your deposit balance, and process all inquiries so you'll sit back and easily enjoy the experience. If you'd wish to take part and participate within the holiday week, please visit their homepage to download the toolkit and help spread the word about professionally managed apartments. Remember to follow the above steps to guard you against unscrupulous landlords and take the time to seek out the simplest places to remain. This list is meant to be wont to support The Vacation Exchange competitors and book your preferred The Vacation Exchange deals on exchange homes. Finding a knowledgeable manager to represent your property is quick and straightforward, but it's crucial to seek out a trusted insurance broker and remember all the principles and regulations concerning owning a vacation home. You furthermore may have an immediate booking website, where guests can reserve their property for themselves. The Vacation Exchange only offers this sort of accommodation and there are typically weekly vacation rentals. Websites like house swapping and home swap offer a good range of rental options, from short to long-term, also as a number of other options. In this agreement, the apartment manager buys a rent for the week that the homeowner wants to rent for one transaction. If the rent is booked with some away before February 1, 2021, taxes are going to be collected and returned to the town. For rents booked in January 2020 and beyond, taxes must be paid by the apartment owner from the NY City Office of Taxation and Economic Development. If you book your rent with them after Groundhog Day, 2019, they're going to not be ready to collect taxes from you, nor will they will be ready to transfer taxes from your home to your city. Choose a lover for sharing your collection of house swapping apartments with and add them to your property. Leave a comment to your friends, vote for your favorite, and choose the comments section below. Your house also will be made available as a vacation house swapping if the owner decides to incorporate his own week (s) within the holiday and rental program. We would wish to take this chance to introduce professionally managed vacation rentals to guests and property owners, to encourage them to book a stay or choose an apartment rented by the knowledgeable manager. Supported our long experience within the holiday rental industry, we've compiled an inventory of the simplest companies that are trying to find apartments for several guests, supported their experience and expertise. 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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.
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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Top Travel Greece: The Best Holiday Destinations for Summer 2021 - Mykonos and Santorini
Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic influenced tourism most of all, and Greece is one of the countries that suffered from the global lockdown. However, the whole thing is done and recently, Greece announced that they want to reopen the country to travelers by June 1, 2021. And that’s really good news! Nevertheless, passengers still have many questions seeking clarification. Is Corfu on the quarantine list? Do you need to pass PCR tests? Do you have to quarantine after flying to Greece? If you want to visit Greece this summer, you need to have a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours before your flight. And that’s great news! This means that you can plan your trip to the Greek islands right away! Book your air tickets, airport transfer, and a hotel. Think about the top travel destinations that you wish to visit and plan your budget. In this post, we’ll demonstrate how to plan your Mykonos and Santorini trip and review the places to see in Greece. Both islands have international airports. However, using the services of public transport is not a good idea, especially when you are traveling in summer. If you value comfort, book your private Santorini airport taxi beforehand. As a result, you’ll have a taxi driver that will meet you at the airport’s arrival zone and take you to your hotel with comfort. Let’s take a closer look at the best places to visit in Greece. This information will surely come in handy for future travelers! Mykonos It is considered the most glamorous island in Greece because of its sizzling weather, family-friendly atmosphere, and vibrant nightlife. On top of that, Mykonos has the unique energy that makes it difficult not to fall in love with this location. Mykonos is mostly famous for its incredible beaches, a myriad of romantic resorts, delicious seafood, and a crazy party scene. This island has a variety of beaches ranging from remote locations to well-organized ones. Mykonos is relatively small but it has many natural beaches untouched by people. Overall, it has more than 30 beaches to any taste and budget. Even the most sophisticated travelers will undoubtedly appreciate the Mykonian architectural monuments, from famous Windmills to Little Venice and endless churches. Don’t miss the opportunity to wander through Mykonos town and make fantastic photos near white-washed houses and the bougainvillea trees. All in all, photo opportunities are everywhere in Mykonos. How far is Mykonos from Santorini? The distance between both islands is 149 km. The ferry ride usually lasts 2-3 hours depending on the schedule and the type of vessel. Santorini Picturesque sunsets, amazing buildings, and delicious wine - these things prove that Santorini is the best location for lovers. This island is also a good place for weddings! Much of the island is built on the rim of an extinct volcano. Therefore, the town looks like it is tumbling down the hill. Therefore, if you are going to explore Santorini, sensitive shoes are a must. If you adore archeology, then you should visit the excavations at Akrotiri. Its history goes back to 3600 BC. This small but beautiful settlement was destroyed by volcanic ash. You can also visit the town of Mesa Gonia - a small ghost town that suffered from the earthquake in 1965. If necessary, you can also catch a ferry to Rafina, Crete, Paros, or Ios. Santorini is also a perfect location for an active trip. Here, you can go for water sports such as banana-boating, diving, waterskiing, wind-kiting, etc. Seafood lovers will undoubtedly be delighted by the food on Santorini. The island is full of tavern-like eateries and award-winning restaurants. If you want to taste the best wine on the island, you need to pop into Santo Winery, located on the top of the cliff. Tourists usually tend to visit this place to taste the wine and enjoy its stunning views. We hope that this travel guide to Mykonos and Santorini will help you plan your trip! When in Greece, you can visit a wide array of archaeological sites, explore the history of this island, have fun in the sun, and go in for sports! Overall, Greece is surely worth seeing! But if you want to avoid all possible issues related to transportation, book your air tickets and your airport transfer before your trip!
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.
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.
TOWING SERVICE APP DEVELOPMENT TO PROVIDE CUSTOMERS WITH ON-DEMAND ROAD SIDE ASSISTANCE RIGHT AT TIMES OF BREAKDOWNS!
It’s the right time to enhance your business growth via the towing service app development services of Uberforxapp… We all might have come across a strange situation that our vehicles get stranded along a highway. Most of the time, it happens in an unexpected way where we can’t fix the issues right at that moment unless and until we have some possibilities for instant recovery. This stand out to be one of the worst experience for the driver to cope with as it brings a lot of troubles in the path of completing his daily responsibilities. Also there comes a delay in reaching the destination that we plan for and as a result, we will end up failing to deliver the products or services on time. The on-demand roadside assistance apps like uber for tow trucks have come up to bridge this undesirable gap that exists as a result of vehicle breakdown. towing service app Development Why on-demand road side assistance apps? In the earlier days just before the invention of smartphone apps, people had the one and only chance of utilizing the vehicle servicing shops for getting done with their vehicle repairs. That was really the hard times going out for the nearby shops for recovery. The process also took a lot of time and effort to go with. But now the case is not like that…Just making some simple taps in the mobile apps itself is sufficient to go with the repairs instantly with free of hassles. Here is where the uber like towing apps sounds strong and find their importance in the towing industry. So, how a towing app like uber works right away? Uber for tow trucks is a smartphone application that helps connect the nearby towing service providers with the customers who are in need of vehicle recovery. The apps provide mutual benefits to both the towing service providers and the customers in the following ways: · Better business ROI: From a service providers’ perspective, the apps find themselves beneficial in bringing a lot of customers right for their businesses thus making them explore greater opportunities resulting in huge profit returns. · On-demand assistance at the right time: From a customers’ perspective, the apps work by making them acquire quick assistance ever that they won’t get anywhere and that too can be made happen with low cost. Let us assume that your car breaks in a remote area where there are no possibilities for you to get any instant help with your recovery. But, you have a towing app like uber in your smart phone. Let’s think about how you will feel in that situation. Yes! Obviously all your tension will get vanished off with a confidence. This is how the apps help out in making even such impossible things possible on the go and at the end; you would be very much satisfied with getting cost-effective cum instant help. This is what actually the major motto of the on-demand tow truck apps.
Is United Airlines Customer Service 24 Hours?
How 24/7 service of the airline is helpful? For all those who have already purchased a flight ticket and are planning to book a flight ticket, you can simply connect to an online agent by calling their help number, mail, or using the chatbot option which remains active 24/7 to assist all the queries and concern of the passengers. These are some of the basic services that you can take from the support team of the airlines. Here find about each service or talk to a live person at United Airlines. 1. In case the passenger got stuck in some problem, then it’s easy to share the problem with the online agent of the airlines. 2. You are not required to wait for 2-3 days for the reply. 3. Check all the latest offers or deals. 4. Ask the representative to help you in solving problems like the reservation or manage Booking. 5. Sometimes you can share the detail which is out of your space. 6. You can request to make changes in the existing flight booking or can request them for some benefits during the journey. 7. This mode is beneficial for all those seeking an immediate answer or reply from the team of the airlines. 8. You can ask them to share the flight ticket on the registered email address so that you can check-in at the counter of the airlines. 9. This mode is quite helpful to get all the information in the available format like the PDF or in any other format. Does United Airlines have a Chat Feature? United Airlines offers a ChatBot option to discuss any type of query related to the reservation, or in various other things. This type of mode is available all the time so that one can easily share their concern with the online agent of the airlines. You will get an automatic reply from the virtual agent or else a call United Airlines representative. Some Basic Features of ChatBot Option of the United Airlines: 1. First, move to the website of United Airlines. 2. See the option of chatbot at the bottom left of the page. 3. Tap on it. 4. You will redirect to the online agent. 5. The representative will answer your every query. 6. Ask all the questions till you get a satisfactory response. 7. You will get the response in seconds.
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.