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Bali Discovery Tours
Sanur Raya No. 27
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai,
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
Tel: +62 (0)361 286 283
Bali Fax: +62 (0)361 286 284
24h: +62 (0)812 3819724
BALI UPDATE # 068 - 18 AUGUST 1998
REFLECTIONS AT 53
Indonesia marked its 53 anniversary on August 17th
with the traditional raising of the nation's red and white flag at the
National Palace in Jakarta and similar, smaller celebrations in villages
and towns across the Republic's 27 provinces.
The past months have been particularly momentous
in the history of this wonderful nation travelling full speed into the
next millennium. The celebration of the nation's founding passed peacefully
and without incident with people choosing to focus more on what unites
them than that about which they differ.
The Indonesian national motto, imprinted on the
Country's Seal-of-State proclaims - "Bhinneka Tunggal Ika." Translated
this means "unity in diversity, " a slogan that in this Nation's finest
moments epitomizes the genuine pride Indonesians take in their individual
cultural roots and a no lesser patriotic pride of being something even
greater - an Indonesian.
DON'T FORGET ! LUNCH
WITH JOOP AVE 22 AUGUST 1998
Tickets are selling fast at only Rp. 15,000 each for
the "nasi bungkus" lunch with Presidential Tourism Advisor, Mr. Joop Ave,
to be held at the Raddin Hotel (formerly Park Royal Hotel) in Sanur
on Saturday, 22 August.
There will be an open cash bar from 1200-1230 followed
by a "nasi bungkus" lunch catered by the famous Warung Wardhani in Denpasar.
Most importantly, after lunch local members of the tourism industry will
have the chance to listen to and exchange views with the always interesting
Mr. Ave. Mr. Ave is the former Minister of Tourism and largely credited
with the rapid development of national tourism. Last month he was brought
out of retirement to become a special advisor to President Habibie on
Please note the corrected starting time of 12 noon
which is a change from an aearlier announcment sent from the Regional
Tickets are limited and should be purchased in advance
directly from Mr. Komang at SPICE ISLAND CRUISES at Jalan Padang Galak
134 - Sanur (next to Radio Station CDBS) or telephone 0361 - 286283.
HARD ROCK - ON THE CUTTING
EDGE OF INNOVATION
The world's first Hard Rock Beach Club Resort is in
Bali and the managers, eh, excuse me . . . Executive Producers - continue
to amaze and delight with their innovative approach to operating a "Rock
and Roll" hotel.
First, they gave us a"Rock and Roll" Karaoke room
- the "Boom Box." Not only can guests step in for Elton John or their
favourite singing star but they can also record their own video clip.
The decor is - let's say - a little interesting : "stars" enter through
a door shaped like a mouth (tongue on the floor and teeth for seats).
Once I got over the concern that I had made a wrong turn in a "Godzilla"
movie - I had a great time. Look for my clip on MTV???
Then, the hotel started it's own in-house radio station
with guests able to call in and request their favourite songs.
Now, the HRBC in-house Guestlink system is now activated
and operating. Guests, I mean "stars," can access the Internet via their
television. One hour blocks of Internet or Nintendo time can be purchased
from the Resort.
What will the HRBC think of next? Stay tuned and
we'll keep you informed.
GRAND HYATT IN NUSA
DUA WINS WORLD-WIDE RECOGNITION
In a survey conducted by the ASIAN WALL STREET JOURNAL,
the Grand Hyatt Bali has been named as one of Asia's favourite resorts,
together with the Le Meridien in Phuket and the Shangri-La in Cebu.
BALI - ONLY THE BEST!
FOUR SEASONS BALI ALSO PRAISED
The simple fact that Bali is home to some of the word's
finest resort properties is no surprise to people familiar with our paradise
island. In another survey of readers conducted by ASIA MONEY MAGAZINE,
the Four Seasons Resort Bali and Aman resorts were also named top Asian
Resorts, together with with the Grand Hyatt Bali.
BALI TOURISM SAYS "HAPPY
BIRTHDAY" TO MR OBEROI
Bali tourism says happy birthday to Mr. Rai Bahadur
Mohan Singh Oberoi, the pioneering Asian hotelier and industrialist, who
celebrated his 100th birthday on August 15, 1998.
Truly a self-made man, Mr. Oberoi started as a simple
clerk in 1922 and has amassed an empire comprised of some of the world's
finest hotels, flight catering, corporate air charters services, airport
restaurant and project management. In Indonesia, the Oberoi group operates
two world-class resorts, one in Bali and the other on the neighbouring
island of Lombok.
Mr. Oberoi . . .happy birthday from everyone in Bali.
May you live forever ! So far, so good.
GRAND HYATT SPONSORS
AT "TEMPO DOELOE" LOOK AT BALI
"Tempoe Doeloe" or a "yesteryear" look at life in
Bali is the theme of an unusual art exhibition to be held at Bali's Grand
Hyatt Hotel from August 20 - 30, 1998. The unique artistic renderings
of I Wayan Gunasta, depict Balinese life in the 1930's in and around
the village of Ubud. Vanishing images of small unpaved lanes, women attending
the daily market in their sarongs, and little children herding groups
of ducks in noisy parade through the rice fields - these are just some
of the views that form themes in the work of this talented artist.
The title of this art exhibition is "BACK TO BALI
IN THE 1930's /REDISCOVER THE MISSING CULTURE." Wayan Gunasta grew up
in Nyuh Kuning in Ubud beginning his artistic career as a wood carver
before becoming an illustrator and cartoonist. He has received numerous
awards for his work and exhibited his work throughout Indonesian and abroad.
For details contact the Public Relations Manager
of the Grand Hyatt Bali, Andi Suari
Editor/ Vice Chairman PATA BALI CHAPTER
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