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                    [post_content] => Ascott Waterplace Surabaya since 2015 has been serving long staying expats and Surabaya locals who simply want to spend a weekend staycation with their family. As a serviced residence, Ascott Waterplace Surabaya entices guests with competitive room rates that come with relatively bigger space compared to hotels- its smallest size bedroom is 46 meters square, while hotels on average are 28 square meters. Visitors can choose amongst the one, two, or three bedroom apartments, all furnished with a kitchen, living room, and home entertainment system. The 33 storey residence is home to 100 one bedroom units ranging between 46 to 53 square meters, 66 two bedroom units ranging between 90 to 100 square meters, 15 three bedroom units sized 113 square meters, and one bedroom Penthouse. The rooms exude a modern and homey feel, plus points are the spacious bathroom and the additional audio system that comes with the TV. The kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, cooker hob and hood, microwave oven, electric kettler, rice cooker, glassware, cutlery and utensils. Giving a more spacious effect is the floor-to-ceiling mirrors placed in the units. Another perk of the property is that it commands a strong sense of privacy. Unlike 5 star hotels that offer rows and rows of food options for breakfast, serviced apartments keep their options to only what is conventionally on high demand. And in the case of Ascott Waterplace Surabaya, select quality options for breakfast keeps the guests happy. Completing the residence complex are two swimming pools, a gym, barbecue area, and children play area.

If cooking a meal in the apartment is not a priority, the property is situated right next to Pakuwon Mall, the biggest shopping mall in Surabaya that serves various food options. Three golf courses are in the vicinity of the property; Ciputra Golf and Country Club, Bukit Darmo Golf, and within walking distance is the Pakuwon Golf and Family Club. Situated in the Western part of Surabaya, Ascott Waterplace Surabaya attracts those seeking quick access to toll roads with destinations such as the industrial quarters surrounding Surabaya. This part of town is about 35 minutes away from downtown, and has gained a reputation as the next big thing for Surabaya with new developments serving both residential and business needs. With the west outer ring road (Jalur Lingkar Luar Barat) development set to be complete this year also adds appeal to the area, with 11 big developers already signing up for development licenses.

Ascott Waterplace Surabaya is one of the properties under management of The Ascott Limited, based in Singapore focused in managing serviced residences across the globe. Other brands within the group are Somerset and Citadines, all of which are present in seven cities in Indonesia with a total of 17 properties by 2020. The Ascott Limited has been operating in Indonesia for over two decades. Globally, The Ascott Limited is present in 130 cities in 30 countries. Owner of Ascott Waterplace Surabaya is the Pakuwon Group, which also owns Somerset Berlian Jakarta serviced apartments also managed by The Ascott Limited. Furthering its investments in Indonesia, in late 2018 The Ascott Limited invested US$26 million- equivalent to 70% stake- in Green Oak Hotel Management, the holding company for Tauzia Hotel Management. This move puts The Ascott Limited to go beyond its serviced residences business model. Tauzia brands include Harris Hotels, Yello Hotels and Pop! Hotels with a portfolio of over 120 hotels. The partnership with Tauzia will see 60 new hotels being introduced in Indonesia in the near future. Also in late 2018 The Ascott Limited signed an agreement with Ciputra Development Group to manage the service residences properties set to be developed by Ciputra in Indonesia and China for the coming five years. The first property come up from this alliance will be the Citadines Sudirman Jakarta which is set to be open in 2021. The Ascott Limited first partnered with Ciputra in 1996 for the management of Somerset Grand Citra Jakarta.
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                    [post_excerpt] => GlobeAsia takes a peek into one of West Surabaya’s finest accommodations, the Ascott Waterplace Surabaya serviced residences.  
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                    [post_content] => First, I have two small gripes to share. The E300 AMG Line comes with a keyless starting system. I only needed to pocket the key, be in the car and press the start button to start the engine. It would be more convenient however, Mercedes, if I did not have to touch the key at all to unlock the car. As it is, I needed to press the unlock button no the transmitter key before I can open the door. Same with opening the trunk. I had to unlock the car first before I could open it. Secondly, while the saloon comes with steel suspension with Agility Control selective damping as standard, I did feel some nervousness at very high speeds. It felt like the springing or shocks are too soft and the steering too nervous, even in Sport or Sport+ Dynamic Select drive programs. Keep in mind that this is only felt at very high speeds (that the E300 AMG Line is very capable of), but not when driven at low to medium speeds.

There is nothing to complain when it comes to the exterior design. I love the fact that Mercedes decided to give the new E-class a more sporting proportion with the longer bonnet and coupe like silhouette from the side. Coupled with 19 inches wheels filling the wheel wells just right, there is no doubt the E300 AMG Line looks muscular. The broad rear shoulders above the rear wheel arches also emphasize this look as well the more aggressive opening at the front bumper. Thankfully the longer bonnet does not come at the expense of cabin and boot space, because the wheel base is also increased by 65mm. I just wished the twin tail pipes under the saloon’s rear bumper were quad exhaust instead, as it should on anything carrying the AMG badge.

Sit behind the wheel and the first thing that caught my eyes were the two 12.3 inch wide-screen displays replacing the traditional instrument panel. At the start, I did not think I would like to have any digital screen telling me the status of my engine or travel speed. But after a while, I can honestly say that this is the way of the future. With digital there is just so much flexibility. I can imagine that Mercedes would sell optional themes that can be programmed in later. Star Wars themed instrument panel anyone? As it came from Mercedes, this wide screen instrument cluster offers three themes: Sport, Classic and Progressive. Another thing of interest when you are behind the wheel is the steering wheel itself. The steering wheel controls are touch sensitive that one could simply swipe up down left or right, then press to make selection. Very similar to the navigation button on Blackberry phones of the past. Super intuitive to use and makes me wonder why other car manufacturers never thought of this before. To match the taste preference, or in-the-moment mood of the driver, the ambient lighting could be selected from 64 choices.

The front seats in the AMG Line has excellent lateral support from the thick side bolsters and wide shoulder section while being very comfortable to sit in. Leather surfaces on the sides and alcantara in the middle keeps the front seat occupants securely in place during spirited driving. The rear seat is very important in any E-Class. This new saloon is equipped with a comfortable rear seat with 40% - 20% - 40% split back rest, making it exceptionally versatile. Integral features of the centre armrest include a stowage box and two pop-out drinks holders. Should the rear occupants need more privacy from the outside, there are screens that could be rolled up manually on each rear side windows and an electrically controlled rear window screen. I love the panoramic roof that is available starting this year in the E300 AMG Line is the panoramic roof. Makes the cabin airy but never too hot even when it was sunny and hot outside.

This new E-Class does not disappoint when it comes to entertaining its occupants. An all-new infotainment generation is making its debut in the E-Class equipped with Comand Online. Its highlights, alongside the double display, include the touch-sensitive Touch Controls on the steering wheel and the new, intelligent graphic design of the Multifunction Telephony. It allows mobile phones to be charged and, at the same time, connected to the vehicle‘s exterior aerial – with absolutely no need for cables or a telephone holder. The wireless, inductive charging system works with all mobile devices that either support the Qi standard or can be upgraded to this standard. It is also possible to use Apple‘s smartphone-based infotainment system CarPlay® as well as Google’s Android Auto™. In addition, the Burmester® surround sound system truly provides superior listening pleasure. It drives 14 speakers with a 9channel DSP amplifier and a total system power of 590 watts. Clear and crisp treble and deep bass coming from the front are due to the speakers being optimised for performance with the premium sound system. 

The highlight of my drive with the E300 AMG Line is the Parktronic Parking Assist that lets the saloon park itself and wowed my daughter at the same time. All I needed to do was press the Parktronicc button to activate and drive slowly at a parking lot. The car will look for a suitable parking spot, whether a normal parking spot, parallel, or even at an angle. When found, the center display then prompts the driver to decide parking with the in reverse or not. Once selected, say in reverse, the driver needs to put the transmission in R, release the brake and watch the magic happen. The vehicle drove itself automatically into the selected parking space, steering and braking completely on its own. I found the car was only able to find a parking spot when it was tight enough. I guess one would only need this assistance in tight parking areas. The assistance also works for pulling out of parking spots. At first, I thought this is a gimmicky assist, but after a while I realized that it would be a useful feature for people who are intimated by parking in tight spaces. 

The E300 AMG Line is powered by a 1991cc 4-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 245 horsepower and 370 Nm of torque. 0 to 100 kilometre per hour is done in a very respectable 6.1 seconds. No doubt the nine speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission has a major role in aiding swift acceleration – in low to medium speed, around 160 kilometre per hour. However, the 245 horsepower is proven to be just enough to power this executive saloon – albeit 70 kilograms lighter now, since acceleration rate above those speeds did not feel that impressive. At these speeds it is all about weight plus wind resistance versus power. As usual, Mercedes equipped this new E-Class with 5 modes of Dynamic Select drive programs: Comfort, ECO, Sport, Sport Plus, Individual. This controls the engine response, transmission response, firmness of the shock absorbers. 

Not that the E-Class has poor aerodynamic. On the contrary, the E300 AMG Line raises the benchmark with a record-breaking drag coefficient (Cd value) of 0.23. While it helped little in high speed acceleration, it helps a lot in efficiency during normal driving. Over the course of 4 days and about 300 kilometres driven, at 22 kilometres per hour average speed this premium sedan only consumed 14.1 litre of premium gasoline per 100 kilometres travelled. This translates to an excellent 7.0 kilometres per litre.

When it comes to the quintessential executive car, I would bet people’s minds would not stray far from the Mercedes’ offering, the E-class. The E-class is synonymous with dependability, comfort and prestige. Choose the AMG models, then add brutal power, aggressive styling and expensive to above statement. All good if you were in the mood. But the Rp 1.329.000.000 (off-the-road) E300 AMG Line offers a good compromise for an everyday drive. As for me, this new E-Class checked many of the right boxes, but to make me feel special, it needs fifty more horses. 
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Featuring delightful creations such as the super Fluffy Vanilla Pancakes, Toast Francese, Eggs Benedict E Tartufo, Alto Wagyu Burger complementing the authentic Italian dishes and a gourmet selection of cold cuts and cheeses.

Executive Chef Marco Riva said that he is thrilled to start the Sunday Brunch again after two months of research and carefully developing the new menu. His team is ready to serve the guests with the promise of an exciting new dining experience that also manages to retain the essence of what has made Alto so popular.

The liquid selection also gets a revamp featuring an exciting new Campari Corner where guest can pick and mix Campari based cocktails and all new Wine Trolley with favourites - from bold reds of the Old World to classics from across the New World, Four Seasons has curated an indulgent selection of wines by the glass, to pair with the gastronomical feast.

Sunday brunch is available every Sunday from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm. Guest can choose between indoor seating and dining al fresco at Alto’s terrace.

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Nearly a year after the launch of the Toyota CHR in Jakarta, the car that is valued at almost half a billion rupiah has not been seen gliding on the streets of Jakarta. Toyota does not burden the C-HR, which stands for Compact High Rider, with high sales figures considering the price of this car equals to Toyota Fortuner or Toyota All New Voxy, which offer larger dimensions and capacity. GlobeAsia has the opportunity to test drive this car for several days to explore the streets of the capital.

Exterior

C-HR’s overall exterior appearance surely looks muscular, modern and more sporty than the ordinary crossover. The impression of Sports car comes from the coupe gene thanks to the rear door handle camouflaged near the C-pillar, so as if there is no second-row door.

The design of its face is a resemblance of Stormtroopers, which is fierce and intimidating but elegant at the same time thanks to the lack of complicated lines like other cars in its class. The dual-tone alloy design is also very dashing, unfortunately, the one introduced at the launch only has single tone wheels with a less attractive design. The headlights narrow like a cynical look, combined with sharp body sculptures like diamonds give the appearance of a traditional sports car. Combined with a honeycomb patterned lower grille impressive tough accents as a crossover should be.

The rear is no less interesting, the design of the taillights and the curvature of the trunk door are sporty as if the jet plane’s tail can emit great power. The thing we really like is the appearance of the side and the muscle on the fenders on the wheels, it looks like a very powerful sports car.

Interior

Entering the cabin, the dominance of Licorice Brown’s color gives a luxurious accent but still sportsmanship. The dashboard design is very modern complete with the presence of the AVX 7 " Head Unit (DVD, Bluetooth, USB, AUX, Weblink Application with Multi-Tasking Window), then there is also Dual Zone Auto A / C that appears with Digital Display.

Specifically for the driver’s seat, the All-New C-HR is equipped with Lumbar Support in the driver’s seat that can be operated electrically to support comfort. The cabin can accommodate five adult passengers. Surprisingly, the rest of the cabin deserves a thumbs up because from outside we thought this car was only comfortable with four adults. With the driver’s front settings as high as 175 cm, rear passengers can sit comfortably. The headroom still leaves a distance of about 8-10 cm. Although the roof design sloping towards the stern, this relief is possible due to the lower sitting position.

Toyota provides the luxury of aura in this compact SUV with diamond shapes on various interior sides, namely the rectangular diamond shape that is spread across the carport, dashboard, head unit, center cluster, steering wheel, seat and so on. This shows that Toyota wants to give its own prestige to the owner of this car. Safety features are also complete with airbags that protect from all sides, except in the rear. Plus the completeness of the three-point seat belt on all seats. Control and braking system? Just look at this list. Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Braking Assist (BA), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill Assist Control (HAC), Traction Control, Auto Brake Hold, Impact Absorbing Structure, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert. With all the features that are embedded, it’s no wonder the price equals the Toyota Fortuner, the All-New Voxy or even the Honda CRV. Its figure is sloping for a crossover with a height of 1.55m and a ground clearance of only 15.4 cm. Therefore according to us, the Toyota C-HR is indeed closer to the hatchback than the SUV.

Toyota C-HR Indonesia only has one engine variant, the DOHC-VVTi engine with a 2ZR-FBE code with a 1.8-liter capacity or more precisely 1,798cc, 4-cylinder. The maximum power that can be produced is 141 PS (139 HP) and peak torque of 170.6 Nm. The power is channeled to the drive wheels through a sequential Shiftmatic 7-Speed ​​CVT transmission (Continuously Variable Transmission) so that the increase in power will feel smooth.

In the trial run across Jakarta’s toll road, the Toyota C-HR was able to perform the sensation of driving unlike other crossovers in its class. The grip of the steering wheels felt balanced and stable, while at the same time provide accurate feedback on road conditions and the surrounding environment from the all-around car sensors. Lastly, the presence of a double-wishbone suspension at the rear adds the element of comfort while driving over 120km/hr.

[post_title] => Toyota’s Elite Crossover Troop [post_excerpt] => Ever compare the mask of a Stormtroopers soldier in Star Wars movie to a white Toyota C-HR? At first glance, the car that claimed to be a crossover by Toyota Indonesia is indeed similar to the character mask in the legendary film. But can its popularity in Indonesia match that character? By Iwan Putuhena and Elsid Arendra [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.globeasia.com/?p=472627 [post_type] => post [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-26 04:16:10 [post_date] => 2019-03-26 11:16:10 [post_name] => toyotas-elite-crossover-troop [author] => Yanto Soegiarto [author_permalink] => /author/yanto [category] => Array ( [0] => stdClass Object ( [term_id] => 23632 [name] => L.I.F.E [slug] => life [parent] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 23729 [permalink] => life ) [1] => stdClass Object ( [term_id] => 23639 [name] => Entertainment [slug] => entertainment [parent] => 23632 [term_taxonomy_id] => 23736 [permalink] => life/entertainment ) ) [permalink] => /life/toyotas-elite-crossover-troop/ [meta] => stdClass Object ( [_edit_lock] => 1553589164:270 [_edit_last] => 270 [post_type_override] => FA [post_writter_override] => -1 [post_source_override] => 270 [news_type] => National [news_source] => JG [jg_post_template] => 2col [featured] => false [_yoast_wpseo_content_score] => 30 [_yoast_wpseo_primary_category] => 23632 [kdmfi_featured-image-2] => 472833 [kdmfi_featured-image-3] => 472834 [_thumbnail_id] => 472832 ) [user_author] => Yanto Soegiarto [attachment] => stdClass Object ( [width] => 990 [height] => 500 [file] => http://img.thejakartaglobe.com/2019/03/Main-Photo-5.jpg [sizes] => stdClass Object ( [thumbnail] => stdClass Object ( [file] => Main-Photo-5-150x150.jpg [width] => 150 [height] => 150 [mime-type] => image/jpeg ) [medium] => stdClass Object ( [file] => Main-Photo-5-300x152.jpg [width] => 300 [height] => 152 [mime-type] => image/jpeg ) [medium_large] => stdClass Object ( [file] => Main-Photo-5-768x388.jpg [width] => 768 [height] => 388 [mime-type] => image/jpeg ) ) [image_meta] => stdClass Object ( [aperture] => 0 [credit] => [camera] => [caption] => [created_timestamp] => 0 [copyright] => [focal_length] => 0 [iso] => 0 [shutter_speed] => 0 [title] => [orientation] => 1 [keywords] => Array ( ) ) [post_id] => 472832 ) [feature_img] => stdClass Object ( [_665x450] => stdClass Object ( [meta_value] => 472833 [post_title] => Second Image 655x450 [post_excerpt] => [guid] => https://cms.globeasia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Second-Image-655x450-6.jpg [post_type] => attachment [post_mime_type] => image/jpeg ) ) ) [4] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 472630 [post_author] => 270 [post_content] =>

It was really not a good idea to embark on a trip from Jakarta to Central Java on a motorcycle in the middle of February. The rain was unrelenting. But this new adventure bike from Royal Enfield made a striking impression and boosted our mood to ride – even in heavy rain. Accompanied by a cousin who rode a Yamaha MT-25, we took to the road on our way to Dieng in Central Java. On the Karawang Outer Ring Road, heavy rain and strong winds hit us, but the white-colored bike remained stable on the open road. The rear monoshock suspension – the first in the entire Royal Enfield series, makes the Himalayan more stable when cornering and on bumpy roads. The torque meanwhile, is more than enough on Indonesian streets, but do not expect excessive power like with a Japanese sports motorcycle.

This bike will take you to 120 kilometers per hour and it will hold you there comfortably, but it does not like to go much faster than that. The Himalayan is certainly capable of touring, but do not plan on doing a lot of passing on the highways. It is indeed designed to provide the convenience of long-distance touring, while still capable of negotiating some mild off-road terrain, but not to do so at speed.

The bike attracted lots of attention, with its clean-sheet design that tries to retain the classic look, and in appearance it is a real, honest-to-goodness adventure bike with less plastic and, in my opinion, more character than its bigger, more expensive competitors. It has the low-end torque to get up and go at traffic lights and despite only having one cylinder, it never feels too slow in the city or even on the Pantura – Java’s famous north coast highway. It is also light enough to whip around in traffic with ease and quick lane changes are a breeze. So we never had a problem riding this bike among trucks and the other vehicles and bikes on the Pantura Highway.

Its ride height is friendly enough for the average Indonesian man to do a little hop when saddling up. The riding position is very neutral, making it comfortable, both on and off the asphalt. The dual front fenders, small windshield, upswept exhaust pipe, skid plates and cool “Himalayan” badging all over make for a unique, decidedly adventurous look. Moreover, the dual-purpose design is confirmed by the size of the 21-inch ring on the front and 18-inch at the rear, wrapped in Pirelli’s dual-purpose MT-60 tires.

Touring, Culinary Adventure and Tourism

Arriving in Cirebon in the morning, we stopped for breakfast at Mang Dul’s Nasi Jamblang on Jalan Cipto Mangunkusumo. The main characteristic of nasi jamblang is rice wrapped in teak leaves, along with jamblang, a typical Cirebonese sauce, and a large variety of side dishes. Gorged, the desire to twist the throttle and head for Central Java seemed unstoppable. The road was relatively smooth and the weather much friendlier.

About 50 kilometers from the Pekalongan, the coastal district has an area that is ​​more than 1,160 meters above sea level. The sun was about to set when the Himalayan’s wheels touched the soil of Petungkriyono, an amazing subdistrict of Pekalongan. The leaves were still wet in the forest managed by Perum Perhutani, while monkeys jumping between the tree branches welcomed us.

In just one location, there are many tourist attractions, such as the Bajing and Lawe waterfalls, a camping ground, river tubing and canoeing along the river, edged by fantastic cliffs, in Black Canyon, one of the natural attractions near the village. Even more unique is the coffee, which should be the No. 1 commodity of Petungkriyono. Kopi Petung is made from natural or wild coffee plants that grow among protected forest trees, so it is very different from the beans harvested from commercial coffee plantations. There are various types of arabica and robusta, so you are spoilt for choice. Prices are also quite low compared with the city – only Rp 10,000 to Rp 15,000 (about a dollar or less) per glass.

Durian is also available when in season, and prices again, more affordable than in the city. The most expensive fruit, one about the size of an adult’s head, will set you back Rp 80,000. The meat is thick and very sweet. So, do not hesitate to bring your motorbike to Petungkriyono. Pitch a tent or stay at a homestay, it’s all up to you. The next day trip with the Himalayan continued to the land of the gods – the Dieng Plateau.

To the Plateau

Towards Dieng, we enjoyed the winding ups and downs through natural reserves south of Pekalongan, riding towards fog and drizzling rain. The Himalayan’s handling felt easy, even for a beginner. The 411 cubic centimeter four-stroke, air-cooled, fuel injection engine produces 18 kilowatts at 6,500 rpm and 36 Nm of torque at 4,250 rpm. Yes, those numbers are low, but not bad for a sub-500 cc one-lunger.

The clutch is light and acceleration is smooth. And supported by a cradle frame, the bike is quite reliable to climb and to go down steep and rocky roads.

On the suspension, the Himalayan has a front fork with 220 millimeters of travel, which is more than enough to cross light off-road tracks. Its single-shock at the rear can absorb impact well. One small drawback is that the rear suspension is set to be very soft, so it does not provide maximum support when going over the whoops – small bumps on an off-road track – or when cornering quickly. And with a weight of 191 kilograms, do not treat this machine like other dirt bikes. I mean it!

Starving when we arrived in Dieng, we went straight to Selera Raja Restaurant, an eatery that looked warm with its yellow-lit interior. The thermostat showed 16˚ Celsius in the afternoon, so even though it was cold, it did not bother us – at least not yet. We ordered two bowls of mie ongklok and a plate of tempe kemul, accompanied by hot purwaceng. These three menu items, typical culinary delights of Dieng, made up dinner. Bon appetite!

We then decided to set up our tents near the Arjuna Temple. Towards midnight, when temperatures dropped dramatically to 11˚ Celsius, we started to fret, suffering from the cold. It was a struggle to get through the night, but the next day, the sun shone brightly. Breakfast was a little different: typical Dieng nasi megono, which is slightly different from Pekalongan’s nasi megono. The rice is cooked with extra spices and served mixed with additional vegetables, salted anchovies and grated coconut. The side dish is again tempe kemul and sunny-side up eggs.

As it was a long weekend, many visitors came to the temple located at an altitude of 2,093 meters above sea level. Visitors were mainly students, and luckily there was a guide to tell us about the history of the temple, which was discovered submerged in a lake by an English soldier in 1814. It is estimated to have been built around the seventh century, during the Mataram Kingdom. After walking around inside the vast temple complex, we packed up to return to Jakarta, and to enjoy another trip on the Himalayan. Vroooomm!

[post_title] => Ride the Mountain [post_excerpt] => Royal Enfield’s launch of its first adventure bike, the Himalayan, in Jakarta early last year drew lots of attention and piqued the interest of many two-wheel enthusiast. Elsid Arendra rode this iron horse to Central Java. 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Our expedition and exploration are ongoing; we’ll never stop working to improve the lives and journeys of our customers,” says Victor Sanz, TUMI Creative Director. Travel and exploration lies at the core of TUMI’s philosophy, but some travels should not be without its luxuries. The Spring 2019 collection sees a relaunch of TUMI’s core collection, the Alpha, by modifying its most celebrated features and incorporating tech to create the ultimate flexibility for the brand’s global followers. With a cleaner, more refined aesthetic, Alpha 3 updates include an integrated USB Power Port added to each of the carry-on sizes, dual-access entry, modernized front face with protective rails, full access front pocket for increased functionality, a leather rain flap on bags and dual-coil security zippers. New bags include the Slim Backpack, a compact backpack designed for those with a lighter load, the Slim 3-Way Brief, a sleek business offering that can be carried as a backpack or a bag, and the Expandable Tote, a highly functional easy-to-carry men’s tote bag. The collection will be available in Black Ballistic, Black Leather and Anthracite with brown leather trim. Seasonal pattern Graphic Congo will also be available, adding a pop of color to select styles. TUMI’s sight is also focused on expanding its women’s category and delving further into the premium world, as well as exploring new techniques from a material standpoint, such as burnishing leather and working with carbon fiber. Created with today’s modern, multitasking business woman in mind, the new Maren collection is geared toward those with an appreciation for design and craftsmanship. This new premium collection takes the brand’s women’s assortment a step forward, with all styles featuring supple, rich leather, new hinge hardware closure and a leather top handle. Chic yet functional new styles include the Morgan Backpack, Delphine Expandable Brief and Brooke Crossbody. All feature a removable, adjustable crossbody strap, and work-ready details like a dedicated space for your laptop and plenty of organization. The new Morgan Backpack is an elevated take on a classic silhouette with a convenient double-zip entry, adjustable padded leather backpack straps, and business functionality. The Brooke Crossbody is a sophisticated everyday bag that has removable, adjustable crossbody straps, and thoughtful organizational features. The collection will be available in Black and Elephant Grey, both with gunmetal hardware. [post_title] => Expedition and Exploration [post_excerpt] => TUMI’s Spring 2019 collection celebrates expedition and exploration. This spring, the brand embarked on a journey that helped find the color and print design of their new collection, meanwhile redefining the bag maker’s journey as a brand. 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A cozy, yet elegant sense of style is embedded within the decor of its hallways and its rooms. The finest attention to detail is synonymous with Gran Mahakam’s reputation. The distinctly European architecture, spacious and luxurious rooms are but a few of the hotel’s hallmarks.

A warm welcome is to be expected upon walking into the lobby, with its elegant yet subtle interior design, tailored to make guests feel at home. Indonesian hospitality is second to none, and the Gran Mahakam sets an exemplary standard when it comes to service. The 158 rooms and Duplex Suites are furnished in a classic and luxurious style, with a service ready to accommodate a personalized experience for the delight of the most demanding business or leisure travelers.

Not to be missed is the iconic Le Gran Cafe, ready to please the most demanding of palates with an extensive menu of superb international and traditional Indonesian cuisines. The live piano music provides a cozy ambiance to accompany business luncheons and intimate dinners. 

Aoki Japanese Cuisine, Le Gran’s counterpart, is proud of its unique and modern interior design and renowned traditional Japanese selection, certainly a welcome change or retreat from the daily bustle of the city.

The Bar and Lounge, while unassuming in its name, offers a wide variety of the finest cocktails in the city, or perhaps a cup of tea or coffee, while enjoying live music from resident jazz musicians.

Gran Mahakam is also a fine choice for any exclusive event arrangements, from conferences to wedding receptions, the hotel is equipped with rooms and highly trained professionals.

For those seeking to relax, the hotel’s spa, sauna, fitness center and pool, will invigorate and prepare guests for those daunting days.

Whether it’s a romantic evening, an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, or to spend a relaxing weekend with your family, Gran Mahakam Hotel is a one-of-a-kind experience, because it is tailored for you.

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Different from any other AIGNER collections, the DADA collection has clean designs which are up against creative mixing and matching patterns. On the other hand, the unexpected details such as Trompe-l’oeil prints are reflected in clear shapes. In order to give an interesting tension to the collection, AIGNER plays with various kind of colours such as bright and bold colours that combines with muted summer shades.

One of DADA's signature bags is Cybill Specials that contains Cybill Scacchi with a black or white chequerboard pattern and makes a statement with a golden handle; Cybill Cavallo that inspired by the history in equestrian sports and has a modern striking golden horse's head as a handle; and Cybill Lettra with an innovative 3D print in an embroidered look with bright seasonal colours. DADA collection also includes several types of bags with different styles. For vintage and retro style, there are Alessia which is a luxurious clip frame bag with the high-quality and finely pearl-grained leather from Italy, and Fiorentina which made from elegant top grain leather with optional icon all-over print and picks up on a classic detail with the ring element. For those who love to be the centre of attention, there is Ruby type with three different colours which are Cyan Blue, Black & White, and Signal Red. Greta suits for a timeless and minimalist style with compact square shape and narrow straps that are closed diagonally at the front, whilst Gala suits for elegant style soft-top grain leather and perfected with a golden lock that makes the series an opulent eye-catcher. Last but not least, Kaia which gives an urban look and street style. [post_title] => Spirit of Rebellion [post_excerpt] => Inspired by the artistic and literary movement of Dadaism from the 20th century that revolts against the existing conventions, AIGNER brings a new collection called DADA. 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Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali has arrived in Pecatu, which is also home to Pura Uluwatu, or the sacred Uluwatu Temple, considered one of the core spiritual pillars of the island. Al facilities at the resort will be operational by the beginning of August to welcome travelers. Uluwatu is the place where centuries-old tradition and reverence meet with sandy beaches, surf breaks and a rich dining scene. With spirituality being deeply rooted in the Balinese culture, the surrounding nature blends perfectly with the wellness ethos of the brand and gives a sense of calm and serenity where time stands still. The resort is built with indigenous materials and harmoniously incorporates Balinese architecture and craftsmanship, based on sustainable design principles. True to Six Senses' inimitable style, Six Senses Uluwatu features 103 villas and suites, which include 28 sky suites, 62 one-bedroom villas, seven two-bedroom villas, four three-bedroom villas, The Retreat and the Presidential Villa, that draw upon the local culture, embrace nature and offer sweeping views of the Indian Ocean. The resort will offer three restaurants and two bars, all perched on the cliffside, all with uninterrupted ocean views. They will serve a selection of modern and fusion dishes, based on the seasonal local Balinese traditional cuisine with added influences from the region. Chef Ricardo and his culinary team believe in honoring each product by bringing out its elements while cooked with simplicity. All dishes are designed on the Eat With Six Senses principle of sourcing natural, local and sustainable ingredients, ensuring that they are not only nutritious and healthy, but also delicious. Six Senses Uluwatu will offer extraordinary cultural and destination immersions for all its guests to enjoy, inside and outside the resort. For those seeking an adventure to explore Bali from land, sea and sky, a series of experiences will also be available. Grow With Six Senses will incorporate out-of-the-ordinary activities for younger guests, so they can approach wellness, the local culture and sustainability in a fun and educational way. Six Senses Spa Uluwatu will embrace a farm to massage concept, where locally-sourced ingredients are used for both signature and locally inspired treatments. The spa will feature 10 treatments rooms, an outdoor massage area, a relaxation area, a fully equipped gym and a yoga pavilion. Multiple-day integrated wellness programs will be available along with wellness screenings that aim to help guests improve their lifestyles, daily routines and reach their full potential. For those wishing to tie the knot or renew their vows with the magical Balinese sunset as a backdrop, an open-air venue is located on the cliff's edge, with a breathtaking view of the ocean. Function space will also be available, where fully tailormade events can be held – from meetings to teambuilding events and dining. The holistic approach to sustainability and conservation of the brand, would not be complete without the presence of the Earth Lab and an organic garden. A vast majority of fresh herbs, micro-herbs, sprouts and vegetables will be sourced from the garden in addition to creating a small heirloom vegetable farm and a mushroom hut. Guests are invited to visit the gardens, farms and the Earth Lab, where creativity meets sustainability, while raising awareness of the need to be environmentally responsible. Six Senses Spa Uluwatu meanwhile features Balinese inspired treatments together with an extensive range of signature therapies and multi-day wellness programs together with a fully equipped fitness center, vast central pool and an activities center. [post_title] => Six Senses Uluwatu Arrives in Bali [post_excerpt] => True to Six Senses' inimitable style, Six Senses Uluwatu features 103 villas and suites, which include 28 sky suites, 62 one-bedroom villas, seven two-bedroom villas, four three-bedroom villas, The Retreat and the Presidential Villa, that draw upon the local culture, embrace nature and offer sweeping views of the Indian Ocean. 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By Sari Kusumaningrum Croatia in Central and Southeastern Europe is a land of many riches. From urban centres filled with squares, parks, churches and more; to forested highlands and low mountains, the country’s physical location allows natural beauty to thrive. Emerging from a particularly tumultuous political period in the early 1990s, Croatia has become a favoured country for tourists and businesses alike. Its vast natural resources and physical beauty have made it an ideal destination for those visiting Europe and those looking to trade. The International Festival of Wine and Culinary Art was held at the stunning Hotel Esplanade in Zagreb in late November. The festival presented 145 wine producers and more than 70 small manufacturers including the country’s best wine and food for visitors to sample and enjoy. I was invited to attend the event by 11˚ Zagreb VINOcom and the Croatian Indonesian Business Council. The organisation has been working on developing trade relations between the two countries. In April this year, there will be a presentation of some of the major Croatian food and wine products at the Food and Hotel Indonesia fair. The event is being held with the support of the Croatian Embassy in Indonesia. Among these products are wine, truffles, olive oil and seafood. WINE A sparkling wine from a Croatian winery was recently named  as one of the best sparkling wines in the world. The Tomac Amfora Sparkling Wine produced by the Tomac winery was recently named as Decanter magazine’s best sparkling wine among 75 contenders. The magazine described it as a bit rustic, with strong and almost burnt caramel and orange aromas and nuances of autumn fruits with vivid acidity. The Tomac family was the first in the world to make a sparkling from amphorae wine. It is a mix of Chardonnay and ten white sorts which were usually planted together on Plešivica before the Second World War, among them Graševina, Green Silvanac, Yellow Plavec, Red and Green Veltliner, Neuburger. The vineyard is a family heirloom and is nearly 80 years old. Badel 1862 is the largest and oldest wines and alcoholic beverages producer in Croatia, continuing and cultivating the rich tradition inherited from the renowned companies Pokorny, Patria, Arko and Badel Vinoprodukt  by the quality of its products. The company  has an exclusive wine line named Collection in addition to its regular wine offer. These are wines from Daruvar, Zelina, Benkovac and Havar and are available in limited quantities and reflect the entire nobility. These wines are distinguished by abundant and deep fragrant taste of fruits, raisins with a touch of noble rot. Badel 1862 stores and cultivates its archive wines, upon their bottling, in cellars where they are tended  in Sv. Kriz Zacretje. In special, ideal conditions in terms of temperature, humidity, they await until they are mature to drink, a gift for true wine connoisseurs. Croatian wines are selected varietal quality wines from Coastal Croatia. The west coast of Istria, the southernmost part of Coastal Croatia is an area suitable for growing numerous Mediterranean varieties. The Bolfan Winery is also well-known in the country and produces some award-winning wines. Bolfan is commited to reach the peak in wine production - completely natural wine.  This is a fresh wine, different mineral and fruity natural aromas, flowery varietal fragrances. Bolfan’s philosophy is that wine is made for personal pleasure, relaxation, dancing, socialising and special moments. TRUFFLES One of Croatia’s other delights is truffles. In particular Natura Tartufi. A family owned business, spouses Anita and Kvinto Zigante are guards of the Soviscina inspiration and have been providing the world with the inspirational gifts of truffles. The truffles have become a business, love and a way of life in their family as well as the Puh Family. Each product is filled with finely selected raw materials and the love that goes into the production is obvious. Nearly half a century of experience in the truffle business validates the respect for this underground mushroom. OLIVE OIL In the picturesque Istrian olive groves of the regions of Fažana, Galižana and Peroj, the Belić family initiates the same magic life cycle every year - the cycle from the olive fruit to the olive oil, taking its course with full respect for centuries-old traditions while utilising the latest agricultural techniques and technologies. Carefully selected olive varietals, hand picking of the fruits at the medium stage of ripening, cold-worked pressing within 24 hours, keeping and storing of the oil in air-proof inox barrels, as well as bottling by the strictest technical standards - all synergistically combine to meet the requirements for creating the supreme quality of a signature product Oleum viride. The range of olive oils available are perfect for meats and seafood, cheese, fruit and even ice cream. While Ascolana tenera, Buza, and Casaliva, for example, are best with vegetables, seafood and meats, based on their piqancy, fruity scent and varying degrees of bitterness, Leccino and Istarska Bejelica are perfect to pour over fruit, cake and ice cream which heightens the taste of these dishes. Istarska Bjelica has almond flavours along with wild asparagus and radicchio and is ideal with bittersweet chocolate and hazelnut cake. Leccino has aromatic herbs and the fresh taste goes well with creamy dishes like ice cream, pana cotta and dishes with vanilla undertones. CHEESE Cheese from sheep’s milk is popular throughout Croatia. Paška sirana is the oldest cheese factory on the island of Pag. It was founded In 1946 as an agriculutural community, a little cheese factory that owned its own heard of sheep. Throughout its history, Paška sirana has withstood various events such as the war and privitasation until 1992 when it became a joint-stock company. From a little agricultural community, today Paška sirana is a modern company that exports to EU countries and the United States. Paška sirana is situated in the town of Pag, on the island of Pag. In 2008. Paška sirana opened new factory with brand new, modern equipment for milk and cheese production. This was the first island plant built partially from PreAccession funds of EU and SAPARD agency per EU standards and produces 800 tonnes of cheese annually. Paška sir cheese won the Supergold medal and was awarded as the Best Central & Eastern European Cheese. SEAFOOD Croatia’s coastal location yields some of the country’s best seafood such as oyesters, mussels and various kinds of fish. 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A half-hour drive south from the airport will take you to this beachfront property. Upon entering its encircled lobby, guests are welcomed by a Banyan-tree shaped structure right at the center of the lobby, accentuated by paintings hung on the walls that tell a story of the circle of life. Once settled in, guests walk from lobby to the beach in just minutes, with pathways flanked by lush vegetation. Sofitel Bali offers a variety of room categories: villas, suites and luxury rooms - GlobeAsia suggests guests opt for the 48-sq-m Luxury Room with pool access on the ground floor, as its back door opens to a sprawling lagoon pool connected all the way to the main pool. Next to the main pool is the large kids’ pool with slide and if the kids prefer to stay dry, behind the kids’ pool is the kids’ club with loads of indoor as well as outdoor activities. A visit to Bali would not be complete without some downtime at the beach, and the Sofitel Nusa Dua Beach Resort is lucky to have a beach filled with soft sand and gentle waves. To fill up empty tummies, right on the beach is the Toya Beach Bar and Grill that deliver light snacks, mouth-watering burgers and refreshing cocktails. Come dinner time guests are recommended to pay a visit to the Cucina fine dining restaurant that offers the finest Italian and Mediterranean cuisine: from the essential pastas and pizzas to fresh-grilled lobster and steaks. To keep hotel guests fit during their holiday, on site is the SoFit gym. Not only does it provide the latest options of state-of-the-art fitness equipment, it also offers daily training programs, each with specialized professional trainers. Meanwhile, to relax the muscles there is the signature massage treatments at SoSpa by Sofitel. Sofitel is part of the AccorHotels hospitality group, and guests receive benefits through the Le Club Accorhotels loyalty program. Membership starts with the Classic membership level, then progresses to Silver, Gold and Platinum level membership. For Platinum members, check-in to Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort is at Club Millesime, an executive lounge and bar with indoor and outdoor seating. Guests who book certain premium rooms also have access to Club Millesime facilities, including breakfast and afternoon canapes and cocktails. Another exciting feature of Le Club Accorhotels is the “My Resort” program with various offerings. This includes the “My Resort – My Glass,” a value-for-money beverage experience that grants access to a whole day of free-flow cocktails and drinks in all of the hotels’ F&B outlets. Then there is “My Resort Extra Time,” a complimentary early check-in and late check-out for Le Club Accorhotels Silver, Gold and Platinum members - subject to availability. One of the best features of My Resort is “My Host,” where a professional hotel team member is dedicated to provide assistance and ensure a guest is well taken care of and leaves with the best memories. Bali offers an array of activities, and not far from the hotel are the majestic Uluwatu temple, Jimbaran beach with its rows of seafood restaurants, Bali Collection shopping, dining and entertainment complex, and Tanjung Benoa with its variety of fun-packed water sports activities. Not just perfect for family holidays, Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort also provides a venue for world-class business functions - it was the official host venue for the 2013 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting. With Magnifique Meetings, Sofitel’s meetings concept, the operator aims to provide tailor-made meetings and gatherings solutions with the help of its experienced meeting planner, concierge services and dedicated chef. Last but not least, the property’s wedding venue “Jewel Box” is a beautiful beachfront structure with all four walls comprising floor-to-ceiling glass windows that provide stunning views to the gardens and seascape. [post_title] => Bali Magnifique [post_excerpt] => Located within the Nusa Dua Bali tourism complex, an all-inclusive area favored by both leisure and business travelers, the Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort revels in the harmony of French finesse and Balinese charisma. 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Suminarto Fashion brand Levico displayed its latest collection during Indonesia fashion week on 10 March. Levico combine woven fabric with linen, silk rose, orgaza, satin silk and embroidery applications used namely, sequins, as part of its lates 'Touch of NTT' collection inspired by Ikat. people apr10 [post_title] => Levico Fashion Show [post_excerpt] => Levico combine woven fabric with linen, silk rose, orgaza, satin silk and embroidery applications used namely, sequins, as part of its lates 'Touch of NTT' collection inspired by Ikat. 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Succeded since its first time in 2007, this is the eleventh Bali International Triathlon, which will be held on 21 October 2018 at Mertasari Beach, Sanur, Bali. The event is expected to be attended by over 2,000 participants from various countries, competing various numbers including Olympic Distance, Sprint Distance and 5K Fun Run. [post_title] => Herbalife Bali International Triathlon Kick Off [post_excerpt] => Succeded since its first time in 2007, this is the eleventh Bali International Triathlon, which will be held on 21 October 2018 at Mertasari Beach, Sanur, Bali. 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Mansoer (second right), Director Edwin Darmasetiawan (left) and Nusantara Suyono (right), exchanged manuscript of cooperation with Managing Director of Vinci Construction Grands Projets ( VCGP) Michel Oliveres (second left)–a Vinci subsidiary of a global construction company from France after the signing of the Land Use and Development Agreement (LUDA) for the 131 ha entertainment & sports joint district development in The Mandalika, Nusa Tenggara Barat which took place in Jakarta on Tuesday August 7, 2018.   ITDC managed to attract a direct investment of USD 1 billion or equivalent to IDR 14.5 trillion in stages over 15 years, to develop entertainment & sports districts including highway circuit, seven stars hotel , convention center, mall and water park, which will start at the end of 2018. The development is expected to attracts investments, opens employment and increases tourists arrivals in Lombok, NTB, after the earthquake. It is such a good news for the NTB province. Located in the southern part of Lombok Island with more than 16 km of sparkling white sandy beaches, the Mandalika has been designed as an ecotourism destination from the offset, incorporating Clean Solar Cell Energy, Water Desalination Plants and keeping over 51% of the resort as open ‘Green Space’, which will not only maintain and protect the natural beauty of the Mandalika scenery but also enhance the life and culture of the local people. 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This is the first appearance of Lexus UX in Asia’s automotive market. 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