Fun Things to do on Staycation

Weekend in the city will be a bunch of fun when you stay at the best hotel. This time I want to share our last staycation at Grand Hyatt Jakarta. It's more than just stay in, it's also a great way to escape J-city stresses. Especially in new year holiday season that already on the corner...

Based on my experience, just check in before minutes or reserved first by phone to saving more times, so you don't need to wait any longer to enjoy the facilities because you only have 22 hours to go! It should be effective, ya know.

Looking something to do while enjoying your staycation? Here's some bucket list:

1. Watching the Sunset
Enjoy the view as much as the hotel can offer. Go to the hotel's rooftop or somewhere outside and explore the best spot to see the sunset in town.

2. Doing Some Sports
Try all the sport facilities you can have, such as gym, tennis court, and not to mention swimming pool! You can also jogging around the park and have some laps. The fresh air can give you the new energy as the body movements to recharge.

3. Menu Tasting
When is the best time to try the fancy menu if it isn't right now? Try extraordinary cuisine. A staycation is the perfect excuse to spend more money on great culinary, especially after you consider to fit into budget by staying in town. Now, give the reward to your tummy :p

4. Massage/Spa
Relaxing by treat yourself a body care. Usual hotel have some offers for beauty package. There's always a choice to go, whether a massage or scrubs or creambath, or even all in once! Traditional one or modern, you decide.

5. City Tour
Luckily for us because Grand Hyatt is located in the heart central of the city. It's nearly to many tourist attractions to go. From shopping mall to the art galleries. Let's say Plaza Indonesia (you can even just enter to this mall from the same hotel lift!), Grand Indonesia, Djakarta Theatre, National Monument, National Museum, Museum Taman Prasasti, etc.'

6. Catch up on Reading
It is not everyday we can find the quite spot to read a book without any distractions. The hotel room is truly a cozy one to just being lazy, put the pajamas on, laying on the bed, and enjoy the reading then. For another option, you can read outdoor too. Just a book, pool, and YOU!



The Beauty of West Kutai

Nothing beats Indonesian richness when it comes to multi-cultural with its traditional fabrics and textiles. Now is the time for "Tenun Ulap Doyo" and " Sulam Tumpar" from West Kutai, East Borneo.

The Beauty of West Kutai
October 3rd, 2018
at Pelataran Ramayana - Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta

This event is a collaboration event among Kutai governor and also creative industries, also Ms. Lia Candrasari as event initiator to present the natural process of Tenun itself and how they transform it into ready-to-wear fashion nowadays. Who would have thought that the idea of making this big event is originated from the small talk of group travelers who were fascinated by the natural beauty of West Kutai... and they are breaking a leg!

Serenade of Tenun Doyo
by Billy Tjong
Exclusive Collection by MADEIND X Billy Tjong 




The current mission is introduce this "Tenun Doyo" to be as popular as another Indonesian traditional fabrics like North Sumatera's Ulos, South Sumatera's Songket, and even as Javanese Batik pattern.

From the opening dance before the show, also shown the making of materials which is made by Doyo leaves, where can only found in East Borneo. So, they aren't made by regular cotton like many fabric use. This creative process really makes this ethnic fabric more special, because they are different even from the very beginning.

As we know, fashion is universal language. No matter where it is made, the most important thing is how to style them properly. Fashion today should not only focus on selling, but also the ways we can make a difference with social issues directly. Cultural and heritage, remembering these young peoples do not want to know some kinds of traditional clothes. Maybe this issue isn't a huge reality in our country, but when we realize some peoples are turning a blind eye doesn’t erase the issues.
That's why...since it is the new form of our local heritage, then if I could say these collections are going trending topic, surely it doesn't too much.




There's also fashion film preview, directed by Reza Bustami. Book launching about "Tenun Doyo and Sulam Tumpar" Seni Wastra Kutai Barat by Syahmedi Dean. The event will continue with photography exhibition "Potret Indah Dayak Benuaq" at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, by Honda Tranggono.

Yayyy, congratulation for the peoples behind who make this show extravagant! Support our local brand... And thank you for inviting me :)




#CeritaDariHutan: Hutan Trembesi De Djawatan

Banyuwangi sebagai kota dengan berbagai kawasan eko-wisata terpendam, banyaknya pantai dan gunung di sekitarnya menjadi tujuan para wisatawan saat ini. Namun, yang membuatnya berbeda adalah adanya objek wisata hutan yang dikelola oleh Perhutani. De Djawatan merupakan objek wisata hutan yang terletak di Banyuwangi, Jawa Timur. Lokasi yang tidak jauh dari perkotaan serta suasana teduh dan nyaman, membuat saya terkagum bahwa kita memiliki hutan se-indah ini di Indonesia.




Rindangnya pohon trembesi tua, dengan tumbuh-tumbuhan pakis yang menjalar hidup di antara batang pohonnya membawa kita ke dalam fantasi tentang berada di kawasan magis, dimana para raksasa akan mengejar buruannya dan peri terbang bebas di sekelilingnya. Maafkan imajinasi saya... Bahkan sebelum Tim Burton mengubah persepsi kita dengan memvisualkan kisah fiksi 'Alice in Wonderland', kita sudah memiliki imajinasi sendiri tentang kelinci yang tiba-tiba keluar dari salah satu lubang pohon di hutan.

Insipirasi yang sama saya dapatkan disini, entahlah mungkin memang saya selalu suka berada di tengah hutan. Kita bahkan bisa bersembunyi di balik warna hijau yang menyejukkan, sinar matahari hanya berani mengintip dari celah rimbunnya dahan pohon. Warna-warni yang kontras pun ditambahkan sebagai wajah baru dari hutan wisata ini.

Ketika berkeliling menyusuri hutan, kita akan menemukan rumah pohon disana! Yang saya suka dari rumah-rumahan yang terbuat dari kayu ini adalah betapa sejuk dan damainya. Berapa banyak dari kita yang sewaktu kecil dulu selalu bermimpi untuk bisa memilikinya? Hmmm, rasanya tidak apa-apa kan orang dewasa seperti kita memanjat rumah pohon sesekali, menyembunyikan diri dari paparan sinar matahari yang sudah saya dapatkan selama beberapa hari berwisata pantai di Banyuwangi.





Faktanya, keragaman hutan di Indonesia dapat menjadi manfaat kreatif yang lain, ekowisata misalnya. Bukan tidak mungkin bahwa suatu hari nanti, kedepannya kita akan menemukan hutan-hutan lain yang ternyata menyimpan potensi tersembunyi, disamping sumber daya alam yang tiada habisnya dalam suatu ekosistem hutan.

Dengan mengunjungi hutan, pengetahuan kita tentang tumbuh-tumbuhan akan semakin bertambah, bahkan semakin tergelitik untuk memunculkan pertanyaan-pertanyaan baru tentangnya. Rasa ingin tahu yang besar justru membuat kami semakin penasaran.
Saya sendiri masih bertanya-tanya tentang bagaimana mereka memelihara hutan yang kini sudah menjadi kawasan wisata terbuka seperti De'Djawatan ini, tanpa menghilangkan fungsi hutan itu sendiri, yaitu sebagai kawasan lindung yang menyimpan banyak unsur hara dalam tanahnya. Adakah hewan-hewan buas dan liar di dalamnya? Masih adakah hutan yang belum terjamah?

Saya sudah beberapa kali mengunjungi hutan wisata di Indonesia, antara lain Taman Nasional Gunung Leuser di Sumatera, Taman Nasional Gunung Bromo di Jawa Timur, serta Taman Nasional Gunung Rinjani di Nusa Tenggara Barat. Semuanya memiliki potensi yang berbeda, dan dari perjalanan masing-masing hutan tersebut saya membawa pulang pengalaman yang tidak sama pula. Keadaan geografis wilayah dan kesuburan tanah tentu menjadi penentu jenis-jenis tumbuhan di dalamnya.

Semakin dipikirkan, saya pun menyadari bahwa pada kenyataannya hutan akan kembali ke fungsi utamanya, sebagai habitat para satwa, juga sebagai jantung bagi negara kita, Zamrud Khatulistiwa, karena jika dilihat dari atas maka hijaunya pepohonan diantara lautan Archipelago terlihat seperti batu Zamrud yang mengapung diatas birunya lautan. Kita seharusnya bangga dengan julukan ini, tidak banyak negara yang terkenal karena keindahan alamnya. Kehijauan hutan-hutan tersebut wajib dipelihara kelestariannya, bukan malah melakukan illegal logging dan hal-hal yang dapat merusak hutan. Marilah kita menjaga hutan Indonesia dan segala ekosistem di dalamnya.