The Balinese musical tradition known as jegog was first developed around the year 1912 but had since faded, nearly out of existence. Thankfully a jegog maestro by the name Ketut Surung emerged to revitalize this beautiful musical art. Surung had a vision that one day Jegog would be favored by many people, so in 1967 when he was working as the Division Head of the Arts and Social Welfare Departement, he encouraged and fostered the love of this dance by providing coaching for villagers in Jembrana, which in fact revived and popularized the art of jegog . Ketut Surung is now suffering from complications related to his affliction of diabetes.
Geria Telabah Denpasar is grieving. Ida Ayu Alit Kerti is the mother of the Bali tourism figure, Ida Bagus Surakusuma, has passed away. This patient woman died of illness at the age of 93 years old. She was treated at the pavilion of Wangaya Hospital Denpasar and passed away on Sunday (Apr. 5) at four o’clock in the afternoon.
The late Ida Ayu Alit Kerti is known as the mother becoming a role model. She completed her education at the Hollandsch-Inlandsche School (HIS) and during her lifetime she very faithfully followed her late husband. Ida Bagus Jaya Kusuma once served as the Head of Public Works Agency in Jakarta, Tangerang and Irian Jaya. He then returned home to Bali with her husband after retirement.
Spa has become a trend for travelers who vacation to the Island of the Gods. Some of them are even deliberately planning a vacation to rejuvenate their body through spa treatments when spending holidays. Relaxing and refreshing are the result of a spa treatment, so that this treatment is not only known by women, but also by men.
General Manager of Maca Villas & Spa Seminyak, Yoga Iswara, said that spa in Bali has already owned a character and class of its own. It is what makes Balinese spa be able to compete against other countries in Asia and other parts of the globe. “As evidence, Bali was chosen as the best spa destination in the world in 2009,” he said.
Spa has been known as one of the ways to refresh and relax one’s self. Spa product is estimated to come from European cultures. Actually in this archipelago, including Bali, the tradition of sanitas per aquam (SPA) or health through water has been recognized among the kings and nobles long time ago. Bathing tradition is considered as part of the ‘self-purification’ ritual in order to achieve the balance of body and soul.
Bali as an international tourist destination makes spa a unique tourist attraction. Travelers visiting the island will feel incomplete without being able to enjoy spa treatment. Moreover, the spa products of Bali have been known to be superior as utilizing local ingredients and supported by therapists with character. So, it is natural that every hotel offers a spa treatment with the advantages of its own.
In order to express the concept of the Tri Hita Karana (three causes of happiness) the Swiss-Belhotel Seminyak has initiated a foster parent movement to help children of poor families. The elementary aged children to be given scholarships live in the area of Legian. The idea came from Muhsim Anwar the General Manager of the hotel.
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