VIDEO: Saman Dance
Saman, a traditional dance originating from Aceh, as performed in The Real WOW concert held at Ritz-Carlton Pacific Place, Jakarta. This traditional dance is officially recognized by UNESCO as an intangible element of world cultural heritage.
SIDE TRIP: Nusa Dua
A great way to relax from the hustle and bustle of the city is to take a side trip. A place that immediately comes to mind is Nusa Dua.
A short cab ride away from Denpasar, Bali Island’s capital and major gateway, Nusa Dua is home to pristine beaches and large international five-star resorts.
The Courtyard by Marriott is situated in a secluded hotels-only area. Set amid verdant tropical foliage, the hotel is perfect for a family retreat or for a romantic getaway. The pool is picture-perfect although gets really chilly by mid-afternoon. The rooms are very spacious and comfortable. The ones overlooking the pool might have a great view but gets a bit noisy especially during mealtime. The breakfast offers a wide range of western and local food and can get really crowded.
A shopping and dining street is five minutes away from the Courtyard entrance. If you get tired of hotel food, feast on some of the local cuisines there. A wide array of souvenir stalls, spas and motorcyle rental shops also abound.
The beach itself is actually quite far from the hotel, which can be considered as the Courtyard’s major flaw. A free shuttle service provided by the hotel takes around 10 minutes to get to the beach. Tell the hotel staff in the hotel’s private beach area your hotel room number and they will give you a towel and lead you to a lounge chair you can use while enjoying the tranquil and pristine white sand beaches of Nusa Dua.
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FEATURE: How To Be A Good Jakartan Part 9
#25 Death To The Litterbugs!
Have you seen the actual state of this city? Litter can be found almost anywhere: on streets, on pavements, in parks, clogging rivers, you name it. Many Jakartans nonchalantly fling their rubbish anywhere they see fit, everywhere except actual rubbish bins, it would seem. Keep Jakarta clean, people, and dispose of your waste properly.
#26 Excuse Me, Could You Possibly Be A Little More Polite Please? Thank You.
Genuine politeness is a commodity that is seemingly becoming increasingly rare here in Jakarta. Whatever happened to kindness and courtesy? Language-wise, modern Jakartans also seem to be taking an increasingly casual approach to swearing and expletives and can often be heard turning the air blue in shopping malls and even houses of worship. We think citizens should try and moderate their language a little when they’re in public.
#27 Don’t Let Outdated And Outmoded Traditions Get In Your Way.
As a culturally rich society possessed of a seemingly endless list of antediluvian traditions and superstitions, twenty-first century progress can be somewhat hampered here. Tradition can be good, yet Jakartans tend to allow old-fashioned customs and social rules govern their lives. A master’s degree in engineering can go to waste, as a graduate is forced into taking over his father’s business; a young lad with bags of footballing talent may have no choice but to pursue medical studies at the behest of his family of doctors; a young couple struggling to make ends meet nevertheless end up planning for a fifth child as they believe that more children will lead them to better fortune. These are just a few examples of how we are misled by archaic concepts and ideas that should be challenged at the very least. We are but bubbles of life waiting to pop and it would be a shame if we just float through life aimlessly.
Written by Imam, Gibran and Jessica as printed in JJK.
*NOTE: This article is Part Nine of a series. Part Ten is set to come out in the following week.