On April 13th 2013, Thailand celebrated its New Year also called “Songkran” or “Water Festival.
During The Songkran water festival Thailand sees thousands of people taking it to the streets with one aim, to get each other as soaking wet as possible.
The throwing of water originated as a way to pay respect to people, by capturing the water after it had been poured over the divinity Buddha for cleansing and then using this “blessed” water to give good fortune to elders and family by gently pouring it on their shoulder.
Water is also meant as a symbol of washing all of the bad away and calling the rain for future harvests. It is sometimes filled with fragrant herbs when celebrated in the traditional way.
At first and among young people the holiday evolved into throwing water at strangers to relieve the heat, since April is the hottest month in Thailand. Today the ceremony evolved into gigantic water fights on the streets.
This celebration can go on for up to six days in the biggest cities of the country.
Stay with us at Kupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas and Spa to attend this fun and magical tradition.
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With the high season rapidly approaching, Balinese residents and visitors alike have many events to look forward too. The highlight of the year without any doubt will be at the closing of the season in October, when the world’s eyes will be focused on Bali who is hosting the 25th APEC summit. In order to prepare for this huge event Bali is currently working very hard on various projects, all of which are scheduled to be ready before the big day.
The Ngurah Rai airport is expanding, the Ngurah Rai By-Pass road will have a brand new underpass and a toll road connecting Tuban with Nusa Dua is scheduled to open very soon. All of these projects will have a positive impact on the busy roads of Bali and hopefully will ease the traffic flow.
With all this going on, there are still numerous events happening in the upcoming months, with one of the highlights being the Bali Arts Festival. This yearly event will be held for the 35th time in 2013 and gives a unique insight in the Balinese culture and traditions, representing the real village life that Bali is famous for. Starting on June the 15th 2013 with a Grand Parade in Denpasar, the event will last the entire month and will offer activities and performances for all ages.
Should you be interested in the amazing cultural variety that Bali has to offer, this would be the perfect time to visit with all 8 Regency’s of Bali presenting the best dance and musical performances they have to offer, not to mention the amazing handicrafts and food items for sale at great prices at one of the many stalls around the festival area.
At Kupu Kupu Jimbaran Rooftop Suites and Spa, guests can enjoy a real culinary experience thanks to its four restaurant and the different specialties that they propose.
Topeng Restaurant offers a Balinese Fine dining menu while Chocolate Café diversifies its dishes by proposing pastries, Asian and Western cuisine.
For a more relaxed atmosphere, Jimbaran Beach Club is the perfect setting. Its Mediterranean influenced dishes can be savored directly on the beach or during a romantic candle light dinner under the stars.
Last but not least, Oishi Tei offers the best of Japanese food made with the freshest ingredients.
Today our pastry chef Mr. Mustika shares the recipe of one of the most famous Balinese dessert:
Jaja Batun Bedil / Sticky Rice Cake in Brown Sugar Sauce
- Sticky Rice Flour 400 g
- Cake Flour 50 g
- Salt 1 g
- Vanilla essence 5 ml
- Warm Water 300 ml
Brown Sugar Sauce:
- Water 700 ml
- Palm Sugar 350 g
- Salt 2 g
- Coconut Milk 300 ml
- Mix all the dough ingredients together until you get the right sticky dough.
- Shape the dough into small balls (approximately2g/piece).
- Boil the balls into water for 10 minutes.
- Mix all the brown sugar ingredients together in pan. Stir until you get a consistent sauce
- It’s ready! Serve the sticky rice balls with brown sugar sauce on the top. A tip? Add some fresh grated coconut on top of it. Enjoy your dessert!
You can also taste this dessert by trying our traditional “Balinese Rijstaffel” menu (below picture) at Topeng Restaurant.
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On Saturday April 13th, Jimbaran Corner shopping center began its fine art agenda in collaboration with Amigo Art Management. “The Straight Contour” painting exhibition gathered the works of seven of today’s leading Indonesian artists:
Mr. I Wayan Sujana Suklu, Mr. I Nyoman Sujana Kenyem, Mr. I Made Supena, Mr. Ketut Sugantika, Mr. Stefan Buana, Mr. I wayan Sudiarta and Mr. I Putu Sudiana Bonuz.
The exhibition took place within the decor of ourJimbaran resort “Kupu Kupu Jimbaran Rooftop Suites and Spa”. Guests could admire the pieces of art around the property while enjoying great food from our Chocolate Café and Topeng Restaurant.
Interviews of the artists were played on big screen throughout the evening and all artists were here in person to share about their inspiration and technique with the guests.
If you couldn’t attend Saturday’s reception, “The Straight Contour” exhibition is still available during one month at Kupu Kupu Jimbaran Rooftop Suites and Spa, inside Jimbaran Corner shopping center.
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