Sebagai bagian dari rangkaian acara untuk menyambut datangnya Idul Adha 2014, khususnya di kota Bandung, KAGUM Hotels pada hari Minggu, tanggal 5 Oktober 2014, bertepat di Gino Feruci Hotel Bandung, mengadakan acara Berbagi Kebahagiaan Idul Adha Bandung 2014.
Acara Idul Adha 2014 ini mengundang partisipasi 50 anak yang didatangkan dari Panti Asuhan MUTIARA BANI SOLIHIN, warga sekitar Gino Feruci Hotel Bandung (beserta tamu Hotel), tamu undangan, dan staf KAGUM Hotels dari berbagai properti di Bandung. Acara perayaan Idul Adha 2014 ini dimulai dari Sholat Idul Adha yang berlokasi di pelataran Gino Feruci Hotel Bandung, yang kemudian dilanjutkan dengan acara pemotongan hewan kurban persembahan KAGUM Hotels, berupa 2 ekor sapi. Hasil dari pemotongan kurban ini tidak hanya dibagikan kepada warga di sekitar Hotel, namun juga ke berbagai Hotel Bandung di bawah KAGUM Hotels yang lainnya.
Selain acara pemotongan sapi kurban, Gino Feruci Hotel Bandung juga mengadakan acara berbagi bersama dengan anak yatim di Palazzi Party Venue, dimana anak-anak panti asuhan yang ikut serta dalam acara Idul Adha 2014 ini mengikuti program-program fun yang telah dipersiapkan sebelumnya seperti tur keliling Hotel, lomba menghias donat yang dipandu oleh Chef Sandy dari Gino Feruci Hotel Bandung, dan hiburan dari band OGY dan Team. Tidak tertinggal pula acara puncak yaitu penampilan Richard Rain yang merupakan finalis dari The Master Indonesia.
Tidak lupa pula, pada penutupan acara Idul Adha 2014 Bandung ini KAGUM Hotels menyuguhkan bungkusan souvenir menarik untuk setiap anak panti yang turut serta. Bapak Asep Supardi selaku Director of Operational KAGUM Hotels menjelaskan, “Acara ini merupakan rangkaian kegiatan KAGUM Hotels untuk menyambut Hari Raya Idul Adha, yang dipusatkan di Gino Feruci Hotel Bandung di Braga. Kami berharap acara berbagi kebahagiaan ini dapat memberikan momen-momen penuh keceriaan kepada anak-anak panti asuhan di hari raya Idul Adha yang sangat spesial ini,”
Terima kasih kepada rekan-rekan sponsor yang telah mendukung acara ini: Hardrock FM, Urban Radio, Auto Radio, Hits Radio, Dahlia Radio, serta BCS Cookies Specialist!
2 October 2014 is celebrated as Indonesia’s National Batik Day, a form of appreciation towards another form of appreciation by the UNESCO towards the magnificence of Batik, as it has been acknowledged by the organization as one of the “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” on 2 October 2009, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
KAGUM Hotels, as a professional hospitality management company that is inspired by Indonesia, also celebrate the amazing cultural achievement that is Batik in our own way. Our employees—spread across 34 Hotels in 11 major cities such as Medan, Pekanbaru, Jakarta, Bekasi, Bogor, Bandung, Semarang, Klaten, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, and Bali—wear Batik today to show that we are proud of Batik, we are proud of Indonesia, and we are proud to become a part of the day that celebrates Batik!
Additionally, our employees also wear Batik as work attire on every Fridays. KAGUM Hotels highly appreciate Batik as one of Indonesia’s proudest cultural identity!
KAGUM Hotels is very proud to wear Batik, especially today on the National Batik Day 2014! We are proud to be Indonesians, and we are proud to wear Batik!
As part as our effort in honoring the fine art that is Batik in this day, allow us to tell you a bit about the unique story of Batik, in this part one post of Batik stories from KAGUM Hotels Blog!
Batik has now been widely recognized as one of Indonesia’s most prized cultural identities and exports, but it has a long history that can be traced back for more than 2000 years ago to the Far East, Middle East, Central Asia, and India. Batik was practiced in China during the Sui Dynasty (AD 581-618) and Japan during the Nara period (AD 710-794). Traces of Batik as an art can also be found in Egypt that dated back to 5th Century AD, as well in Central Africa in the Southern Nigeria and Senegal.
During 1677 era, there are evidences that imply a considerable export trade from China to Java, Sumatra, Persia, and Hindustan, and it is in Indonesia—Java in particular—that Batik has and will to continue to peak in terms of acknowledgements and development. In fact, Batik is now a term that is inseparable from Indonesia as a whole!
How to make Batik
Batik is one of the most intricate works of art ever conceived, and as such to produce a good quality level of Batik, a great deal of effort that require considerable amount of time (and expertise) must be made.
Preparing the cloth: typically, cotton or silk are used because they can absorb the wax applied during the dye resisting process. The material selected must be high quality because the process of applying and maintaining quality batik design is something that can put a lot of stress to the material.
Next is preparing the tools required to perform the job. The canting—a spout/container— is a must, since this tool hold significant role in drawing the considerably detailed patterns displayed in quality Batik products. In some occasions, a tool called Cap is used instead, especially since using canting requires considerable amount of time and effort.
Next is the wajan, the container for the wax typically made of iron or earthenware, and put on a small brick charcoal stove. And of course, the wax itself: the best waxes are usually coming from Sumbawa or Sumatra, and the wax must be mixed using careful, intricate methods to ensure quality produce—wax recipe is something that many prolific Batik artisans guard very closely.
The final element is the dye, which was made from natural ingredients and sported numerous colors such as beige, blue, brown, or black. Skilled Batik artisans usually compounded colors upon colors upon their creations, creating Batik that is very visually rich and pleasing to look at.
Batiks live or die depending on their designs; designs on Batik symbolize many things, from the rank or status the person wearing the batik, the type of occasions the person wearing the Batik is currently engaging in, the type of mood, etc. Typically, there are two groups of schools regarding designs in Batik: geometric motifs and free-forms; the first usually adhere to a strict style of patterns and motifs, while the latter is based of stylized patterns of various forms or imitations of a woven texture.
Batik designs are always influenced by their exposure towards and contacts towards various cultures and styles. Some of the most famous designs are: Batik Keraton, Batik Belanda, Batik Cina, Batik Indonesia, Batik Sudagaran, Batik Pesisir.
There are so many stories and facts related to Batik, we just simply cannot fit it into one single post. Look forward to another post from this blog detailing the intricate world of Batik!
The festive end-year holiday season is coming closer! And when it comes to holiday season, Bali is sure still become the main choice for many people to enjoy their fun times! With the beautiful beaches, fun adventures, incredible landscapes, and everything else, what’s not to love?
So to ensure you can enjoy a fantastic end-year Bali experience, KAGUM Hotels launches numerous Bali-specific promotions and programs in our Bali properties that you can choose! The first option is Zodiak @ Seminyak Bali, with a special rates of only Rp. 1.110.000,- nett for 3 days 2 nights in Superior Room, including breakfast for two, free shuttle to Seminyak and Kuta, and 10-20% discount in select outlets.
The second offer is Serela Kuta Hotel, located in Jalan Raya Kuta, with the great rate of Rp. 1.600.000,- nett for 3 days 2 nights in Superior Room, with breakfast for 2, free shuttle airport, free shuttle to Kuta or Legian, and complimentary lunch or dinner on 31 December 2014 for two.
Amaroossa Suite Bali is another choice for those wanting to enjoy a more luxurious end-year celebration. Starting from only Rp. 1.050.000,- per room per night, you can enjoy a stay that already include breakfast for 2 and swimming pool access. You can also enjoy a fantastic new year dinner buffet for only Rp. 250.000,- nett/pax, complete with the utterly enchanting Balinese dance shows.
For Villa lovers, Gino Feruci Ubud Bali is certain to become a fantastic choice. For USD 789,- nett, you can enjoy a 3 days 2 night stay in Villa Caldera (one room villa with personal swimming pool), breakfast for two, 1x Ubud Massage for 2, 1x romantic dinner, flower arrangement, afternoon tea time, shuttle to Ubud, and 1x shuttle from Airport to Villa.
All great offers that everyone should enjoy and know! Which is why, of course, KAGUM Hotels also participated in numerous media visits and activities to spread the news of our year-end promotions. In Jakarta, for example, we visited the LION MAG Group that includes LION Magazine, Batik Air In-Flight Magazine, Wings Air, plus Eat & Leisure Magazine. We also performed live video talk shows in Woman Radio Jakarta and Indika FM.
Still in Jakarta, we also held a relaxing Afternoon Tea event in Kaffein-FX Jakarta on 23 September 2014. We had the honor of welcoming 10 our online media partners: okezone.com, Panorama Magazine online, Get Lost Magazine online, MensObsession.com, Tourismvaganza.com, SinarHarapan.com, SuaraPengusaha.com, 108Jakarta.com, LoveIndonesia.com, and The Bella Donna Wedding Magazine Online.
Moving on to Bandung, we visited Bandung Ekspres Newspaper, @infobandung, and ICIHERS Magazine. And just like in Jakarta, we also performed live radio talk shows in Urban Radio, Cakra FM, and Hard Rock FM Bandung.
Also like in Jakarta, we held an Afternoon Tea event in Serela Cihampelas Bandung on Friday, 19 September 2014, which was then immediately followed with a fun Movie Watching event at Cihampelas Walk with our media partners from radio, online media, newspaper, and Twitter personalities, this time to enjoy Pierce Brosnan’s latest, November Man.
Look forward to other exciting promotions from KAGUM Hotels to celebrate the festive holiday season of New Year and Christmas!
Central Java is a hotbed of cultural richness, that dated back even during the 7th century when it became the home of many of Indonesia’s celebrated historical Kingdoms such as Kalingga Buddhist Kingdom, Hindu Kingdom, Mataram Buddhist Kingdom (responsible for the extremely iconic Borobudur Temple), Majapahit (the origin of the very famous character Gajah Mada, sculptured below on a statue in Monas, Jakarta), Demak, and more.
Nowadays, Central Java is the mainstay location of the Javanese culture, and mostly populated by Javanese people—a group of people famous for their patience, kindness, and willingness to co-exist with and help others. They are also known for their very close affinity to the world of art, and indeed, Yogyakarta—one of Central Java’s most prominent cities, is home to some of the many famous Indonesian artists, and it even has a moniker that describes such close relationship: The City of Artists (in fact, Yogyakarta has just recently hosted the annual Biennale Yogya 2014 event.)
Indonesia owes the Javanese culture some of its most iconic cultural representations: Wayang Kulit is one example, although none can serve as a better example than Batik, which is well known even internationally through-out the world.
The colorful nature of Javanese culture is also expressed within their language: Javanese language or “Bahasa Jawa” as it is known by the natives. This language employs certain rules void from most other local languages in Indonesia, and one of the most unique amongst those rules is the necessity of choosing from several different levels of politeness—a “speech level”, if you will, ranging from saiki—the lowest, used in friendly manner with friends, etc; saniki—the middle ground, and samenika—the most elegant, used in formal situations and/or with someone you need to pay respect to. So if you want to fully understand Javanese language/culture, the ability to quickly differentiate the formality of the social environment you are in is something that is very crucial to master.
Speaking of which, Central Java is the largest producer of rice—the ultimate staple of Indonesian cuisine everywhere—and as such it is also the home to some of Indonesia’s most favorite dishes in the menu. In fact, it can be said that Javanese-style dish is truly really the finest example of authentic Indonesian cuisine, because it bears little influence from Arabic, Indian, or Chinese food, the three main influence of Indonesian food. Examples of famous Javanese food are numerous—to name a few, we have Gudeg, Lumpia, Soto Lamongan, Rawon, Pecel and many more.
Okay, this is the end of our 1st part of series of posts focusing on the Wonders of Java theme, which discusses Javanese and all of its magically enchanting quirks and cultures. Look forward to the part two of this series in this blog!