Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Celebrations of life in the island of God

“Celebration of Life” by Royal Family

UBUD—Celebration of Life was the theme selected for the cremation ceremony organized as an appreciation of the passage of life of the three members of Bali Kingdom held at Ubud Royal Palace. To provide correct information about the activity, Ministry of Culture and Tourism inaugurates an Information Center on Cremation at Royal Palace. This information center provides facilities of professional communication along with accurate and actual fact. It is located at Lotus Café Ubud since last Saturday .

Kites Festival

DENPASAR—It was really merry and very beautiful when, during four days, 10-13 July, hundreds of kites simultaneously flew high in the sky. Large colorful kites filled the sky over Sanur in a joyous explosion of color and created a festive atmosphere. Padanggalak square as the arena of Bali Kites Festival (BKF) was not only overwhelmed by kites from several countries, but also thronged by thousands of supporters and spectators. It was noted there were 739 local kites in various styles put into competition, while participants from outside Bali and overseas also took part to demonstrate their kites. Eleven countries participated in this Thirtieth BKF namely Australia, Russia, Taiwan, New Zealand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Germany, India, Japan, China and the United States. .


Customer Service Competition

Denpasar – July 2008, Kompas Gramedia Group held a Customer Service Competition among their group, the last round of which took place in Denpasar on July 4 for Bali and NTT region. “Win The Heart”, the famous name of this competition, is a part of Corporate Kompas Gramedia’s efforts to ensure that staff standards of Customer Satisfaction has been implemented in their daily activities. The competition itself is divided into 3 categories: Back Office, Front Office and The Best Song Performance. The participating members are from all Kompas Gramedia units such as Hotels (Santika Premiere Beach Resort, The Samaya and The Kayana) and Gramedia Book Stores (3 stores in Bali and 1 in Kupang), with total 13 groups. The winner of Front Office Team is Gramedia Book Store Kupang; Back Office Team is Hotel Santika Premiere Beach Resort Bali and the winner of The Best Song Performance was taken out by Front Office Team of Hotel Santika Premiere Beach Resort Bali. The winners of Front Office and Back Office will go to Jakarta for the Semi Finals Competition at the end of August. .

Musical Charm of Taiwan

DENPASAR—Musicians from Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA) made a fascinating presentation at Bali Arts Festival (BAF) XXX. These overseas participating artists consisting of lecturers and students of Traditional Music Department of TNUA conferred valuable lesson to Balinese community on the meaning of pure love for the ancestral heritage art such as Nanguan and Beiguan music. “Trick” of the charm generated by these foreign musicians was commenced by musical composition entitled Iu-pai-chi (butterfly), Iu-khek (flower of pomegranate) and Hi-khek (black clay basin). Such presentation filled with enchantment was ended with an ensemble entitled Bungan Sandat (ylang-ylang). This evergreen composition of Balinese pop song made by Balinese renowned composer, A.A. Made Cakra was re-arranged by the students of TNUA so that it could “aspirate” its newness. They played the musical composition by combining the instruments like Nanguan, Beiguan and Pipe that produced Bungan Sandat with a Taiwanese “flavor”. .

Ecotourism Conference

SANUR – 33 countries attended the 1st FEALAC Conference on Ecotourism (Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation) held at Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur, 16-17 July. The conference aims to improve cooperation between countries in East Asia and Latin America. With the theme “Towards Sustainable Ecotourism Development in East Asia and Latin America”, the conference was attended by 200 delegates, with speakers coming in from Brazil, Argentina, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines and Indonesia. Seen in the picture (R-L) Winarno Sudjas (moderator), Ir. Firmansyah Rahim and Dian Wirejurit. .


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