Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Batam Island a Natural Paradise

Batam Island as a tourist resort promises maximum facilities, services and satisfaction for visitors. Beautiful sun, sea, and beach give their own comfort, which equal comparison is diffi-ct.lt to find. 'lite beaches with calm water surfaces, sheltered by coccnut trees and the small spouts of pinus trees, which smoothly blown by mild wind, give an impression of extra-ordinary satisfaction, calmness and comfortabi-lity to everyone. You can also enjoy wind surving and waterskiing which are available in almost every corner of Batam Island. There are also availanle various infrastructures and facilities for those who are interested in marine sports, such as sailing and power boating. For those ‘'ho are interested in fishing, will he satisfied by the abundance of fishes in the waters surrounding Batam Island. Fishing canoes with friendly owners are ready to bring you to the most ideal place to engle fish.

Underwater panoramas beneath sea level. with its blue and clear seawater and still free from pollution, offers fantastic views. Various kinds of fish and other sea animals with strange shapes and bright colors like a rainbow roaming acthely between coralrecfs give an extraordinary impres-sion, ant' can be enjoyed clearly- because the water is cristal clear which enable your vision capacity to reach 30 meters in depth. For those who like to enjoy sunshines, there are a lot of selections of gently sloping beaches in many locations. Glittering sands combined with warm seawater of the South China Sea, sheltered by shade trees, this is a comportable place for relaxation. The villages of inhabitants in traditio-nal architecture are unique panoramas to Ix. enjoyed. When sunset arrives, the traditional boats of the fishermen descend into the Sea facing the sun which is setting at the feet of the skies with the sky goldtn yellow in color which gradually changging into deep red, transhmning waves, boats and trees into silhauette. Silent.

The sphere of the surrounding nature becomes so dramatic. From far away to the West you can see sky-scraping buildings in Singapore become engulfed with the rays of Ihe brilliant lamps. Anastonishing view which can only be enjoyed from Batam Island. The visit to Baram as ill not be complete without enjoying the tame of various kinds of cuisine. from the most hot sambel and curry to sate, to outdoor panics serving delicious food. Chose the food you like in this island which is furious for its richnese of spices. The rending meat full of aroma and gado-gado. a mixture of vegetables, and hot muted fish and yellow rice, and many other dishes. Delicious Chinese and Malaysian food are also wadable. Yon can also enjoy other eastern food in special menus available in hotels and restaurants.

In Lubok Baja you can find special Padang euisine. and Ilernanwe Rice Stiltl situated in front of Baton Hotel and served by a lady who has studied the oillinary wiener for years in different countries. In addition to all these. Baum makes mailable of abundant seafood. For this purpose. you can go to Barn Brat. litre, there is a pier made from bamboo, where enchanting and tempting wafoods are served. while you are enjoying the erne of the sea wind. You can choose Dom kinds of fresh seafood in iced ways, such as lobster, sea cucumber, edible crabs. wilt and several kinds of sealish.

Batam island is AISO offering shrimp chips, dry food which quite well-known in South East Asia. that you can bring home as a sped,/ souvenir. Seafood anal others sewed in accordance with your appetite whether you like a harbeque„ warm food, hot, dry with or without solute. You just have to name what you want. Shortly, chokes arc available in abundance, and this is of comet a heaven for cullimaries.

The visitors to BitaIll can choose from the row of hotels which OHM Inst class facilities (sill of combinability and extravaganza. completed with a good quality restaurant. dasentique and bar with prominent% dancers and mueisiam. The rooms are fumithed with solid TV, refrigerator, trlephorw awl air conditioner. From the room's window you can see a beautiful sea view, comfortable for relaxation. The spaci-ous conference hall completed with various multi-purpose facilities is ready for the place to take care of seminars, meeting, convention, personal party and other important events. You do not have to trouble yourself in selecting places to stay because almost every hotel in Batam offers the same recreational facilities, from tennis court, swimming pool, squash, health center, gymnasium, archery, billiards, scuba diving, mahjong, backgammon, snorkeling, snooker, windsurfing, fish angling, riding on bike and sailing to river safari. Recreation facilities for children are also available as can be found at Hill Top Hotel. A man-made lake is available for children to play canoe rowing cheerfully. Batam Island has very beautiful panoramas when viewing from places on the hill. A place like Turi Beach Resort, which is situated in a hilly area, offers an enchanting sea view.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

How to Clean Teak Furniture

Teak Furniture Cleaning

If your Teak furniture needs cleaning this can be done with a normal household bristle brush and some warm mildly soapy water. Wash down afterwards with clean water. There are also proprietary cleaners on the market which can also be used to clean off various deposits and accumulated dirt and stains.

Applying Teak Oil is Not Recommended For Teak Furniture

Teak furniture is low maintenance product. Teak oil or other preservatives for treating your teak furniture is not necessary; it is purely aesthetic, and will not extend the life of your furniture. We do not recommend applying teak oil on your outdoor furniture, as it creates unnecessary maintenance and can enhance mildew growth and irregular coloring.

Teak Wood is The Best Material for Home Furniture

Teak wood is really a compacted, rough, close-grained hard wood. It has substantial quantities of resinous natural oils that ensure it is naturally resistant against dampness, resistant to bugs, and resistant towards the dehydrating effects of climate.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Ilah Performance Traditional Art

Origin : North Sumatra

"Ilah" is a traditional performing art of the Batak-Simalungun community. Ilah is a combination of several art elements such as dancing, singing, music and story tellinz

Tabot Performance Tradional Art

Origin : Bengkulu

Tabot is a traditional ceremony held annually by the people of Bengkulu. It is the most prominent and mostly-awaited traditional/ festival in this region. Tabot is believed to be brought to Bengkulu by a Benga1ese moslem religious leader and. the celebration of Tabot commences on the first of Muharam (New Year's day in the moslem calendar) and concludes on the tenth of Muharam. The celebration begins with the taking of a pinch of sosil in two places, namely Tapak Paderi and Tabek followed by various kinds of ceremonies and offerings.

Wayang Gung Traditional Art

Origin : South Kalimantan.

The word wayang gung is relevant to the meaning of each word because the ntory in wayang gung is taken from one of the stories of the wayang (shadow puppet play) namely the Ramayana epic and the word gung is derived from the name of one of gamelan instruments, that is the gong.

Teater Komedi Performing Art

Origin : Special Territory of Yogyakarta.

Teater komedi is traditional performing art, depicting the people's daily life in a comedy which is called Dagelan Mataram in the local dialect.

Taenango Traditional Performing Art

Origin : Southeast Sulawesi

"Taenango" originates from Kendari district and means "to tell a story". The story of "taenango" is made a folksonz which is sung to awaken valor of the Tolaki tribe warriors (Tamalaki) who are going to war. Taenango is one of the rare traditional performances and is one simple from of the narrative theater. At present taenango is no longer used as a means to brim: heroism to warriors (ramalaki) wh 7 wanted to go to war. It is now done as a means of entertainment, education an: information disseminations about goc: examples to be followed by the yours generation. Taenango is very seldom pe: formed in its original version due to tht lack of players who are able to perform in the traditional dialect. If there are such performers, they live 7 very remote villages.

Tauh Traditional Performing Art

Tauh is origin from Jambi. Tauh is a traditional performing art of Bung° Tebo district in general and sub-district of Tanah Tumbuh in particular. The word "tauh" is taken from the word "menaruh". which in the local dialect means to fish in the creek using a kind of fish net made of bamboo (rago). While performing this act at the same the players sing a song which is called karni-nok under a symbol called merual.

Seudati Traditional Performing Art


Before being called Seudati, this perfor-mance was named Ratoh which means to tell. Ratoh was used to tell about al: aspects of the people's life using happy. sad and courageous stories. Islam disseminators mostly come from the Arab land, so the Arabic language was used in carrying out their task. That is the reason why Ratoh gat influenced by the Arabic terminology such as syahadatain and syahadati and saman became meusa-man which means eight persons. Both terms are still in use up till now. There are also people who say that seudati is derived from the word seurai which means in harmony or unified.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Samrah Traditional Performing Art

Samrah is origin from Central Sulawesi. Samrah is a combination of the art dancing and music. The movement of feet and the changing of position of performers while they keep on singing and playing the musical instruments, makes Samrah a specific traditional performing art.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Rudat Traditional Performing Art

Rudat is origin from West Nusa Tenggara Indonesia. Up until today nobody can say what the word "Rudat" really means. Some people say that "Rudat" comes from the word "Raudah" which means marching and others say that it is derived from the Dutch word "Soldaat" meaning military.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Mak Yong Traditional Performing Art


Mak Yong is a traditional performing art ir the form of theatre. This performance has been very popular among the people of Riau islands since 50 years ago. Today it is still developing in areas such as Matang Arang in the Bintar Timur district. The word Mak Yong comes from the word Mak which means mother and Yorz which means the eldest. So Mak Yong means the eldest mother.

Lenong Performing Traditional Art

Origin : Jakarta

Lenong is the traditional theater of the indigenous people of Jakarta, who is po-pularly known as orang Betawi. When per-formed Lenong is always accompanied by the gambang kromong orchestra which is traditional to the Betawi people.

Kondo Buleng Performing Traditional Art

"KONDO BULENG" (White stork)
Origin : South Sulawesi

Kondo buleng is the name of a perfc:- mance that tells about the story of a prin-cess who was transformed into a whi:t stork. This traditional theater is known :- several districts like Maros, Selayar, Bodt and Kadingareng islands in South Sulawesi

Kakalumpang Performing Traditional Art

Origin : North Sulawesi

Kakalumpang is one of the traditional performances of the people of Sangihe Talaud Kakalumpang dance shows how the people in Sangihe Talaud are scraping the coconut meat which in the local lan-guage is called "makiking bungo". While scraping the coconut meat, they sing in turns. The word Kakalumpang is derived from the word kalumpang which is the name of a tree which usually grows along the shore line and the word "ka" which means for. So Kakalumpang means song to mekakalumpang. Nlekakalumpang it self means mutual assistance.

Komedi bangsawan Traditional Performing Art

Origin : South Sumatra

Kornedi Bangsawan as a traditional art started to develop at the beginning of the twentieth century in Palembang and was performed by the people in villages. "Komedi Bangsawan" is a traditional theater which tells about the way of life of nobilities and heroes of the early times. Nowadays, in its development "Komedi Bangsawan" has adapted to other elements of culture. KOMEDI BANGSAWAN, a traditional stage show from Palembang, South Sumatra.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Gamat Traditional Performing Arts

Origin : West Sumatra

Gamat is a kind of traditional show performed by highly ttained youngsters who uphold dicipline, politeness, customary and religious values. Tari Payung (Umbrella Dance) is a famous gamat art from west sumatera. This dance tells a story about a couple falling in love and the umbrella symbolizes a protection as an act of love

Drama Gong Traditional Performing Arts

Origin : Bali

"Drama Gong" is one of the local folk dramas, develop by among others Anak Agung Raka Payadnya from Abian Basa Village Gianyar districh. This Drama is a modification of the "3-anger" dance. The only kind of musical instrument to accompany the drama is a set of "Gongs" from which the name of the Drama is derived from.

Calung Traditional Art from West java

West java calung is different from calung banyumasan.
Calung is communicative traditional musical comedy practised by the people of Sum edang in West 3 ava. "Ilie instru-ment used in this performance is predominantly made of bamboo. The kind of "wulung" bamboo is the best to produce the "slendro", "pelog", and "madende" musical scales, such as those in the "Calung" of Banyumas.

Calung Banyumasan Traditional Performing Arts

Calung Banyumasan is a traditional performing art of the local people of Banyumas. The "Calung" has been passed on from generation to gene-ration and the inventor is anonymous. This performing art was known by the local people as "Lengger" in the 1970s. The accompanying music is played on instruments predominantly made of bamboo.

Bacang Traditional Performing Arts

BACANG Performing Arts

Bacang is tradional performing arts from west Kalimantan Indonesia

West Kalimantan A legend of the "jangkang" people which still performed until today.

The word "BACANG" means an woman's expression of grief over violence and misfortune.

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Challenges of Tourism Development

The richness of Indonesia in tourist objects, from natural beauty to unique traditions, is unquestionable. It is support-ed by the availability of sufficient tourist facilities. Furthermore, apart from the aforementioned potentials of the country, there are certain facts which will drive more and more foreign tourists to visit Indonesia, namely :