Text 23 May 10th anniversary of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

Held in the cultural and artistic hub of Bali, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is one of the most important events on the Island.

This year 2013 marks an important year for the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, as Southeast Asia’s most renowned literary event gets set to celebrate its 10 year anniversary, 11 - 15 October in Ubud, Bali. In 2013, the Festival comes full circle returning to its original theme ”Through Darkness to Light” in Indonesian ”Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang”, honouring RA Kartini, Indonesia’s beloved women’s rights pioneer. Beyond paying homage to Kartini, the 2013 program will focus on women’s stories, women’s rights and education, heroes and visionaries. Writers from around the world and across all genres will be embraced, including travel writers, songwriters, playwrights, poets, comedians and graphic novelists.

Some great names from literature already have been announced to attend the festivities. Among them Irvine Welsh, Scottish novelist, screenwriter and author of the literary cult classic Trainspotting and the US prolific journalist and Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk about Kevin, Lionel Shriver

Stay at Kupu Kupu Barong Villas and Tree Spa Ubud , located only 5 mins away from Ubud Center and do not miss a bit of South East Asia’s most acclaimed and culturally diverse literary event

For Bookings and inquiries please visit  http://www.kupubarong.com/ e-mail reservation@kupubarong.com or call +62 361 975 478

Text 4 May Indonesian Food Recipe

Today our Kupu Kupu Jimbaran chef Mr. Pastika, shares with us a traditional recipe from the nearby Balinese Island, Lombok.

 AYAM TALIWANG (spicy grilled chicken)

 

Ingredients:

300 gram of boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 lime, squeeze it to get around 1-2 teaspoons juice
150 ml of coconut milk
1 teaspoon of shaved palm sugar
vegetable oil
A pinch of salt

Finely pestle the following ingredients into a spice-paste
6 red chilies, roasted
6 shallots, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 candle nuts, fried without oil
1 teaspoon of roasted shrimp paste

 Preparation:

Rub the chicken breast with lime juice and salt, grill until it is half-cook.
Heat oil in a pan and sauté the spice paste until fragrant.
Pour in the coconut milk, salt and palm sugar, cook and stir until boiled.
Add the chicken breast.
Cook on low heat until the liquid is thickened and becomes a gravy sauce.
Remove the chicken from the pan, and baste it with the gravy sauce.
Grill slowly and turn around several times.
Serve it with steamed rice.

You can enjoy many Indonesian and Balinese dishes at our Topeng Restaurant. Your one stop for Balinese fine dining in Jimbaran.

For more information visit: http://www.kupuresorts.com/jimbaran/

Text 4 May Half Moon Party in Koh-Phangan Thailand

Twice a month on the Thai island of Koh Phangan, takes place the Half Moon Party. This huge outdoor dance event is a replica of the well known full moon party.

Organized one week before and one week after the Full Moon, party people can enjoy live Dj sets on the beach until the sun rises.

The party is located on the Ban Tai beach and merges with the nearby jungle.

Entrance fee for the party is : 300 Bahts/person

Next parties on the calendar: 18th and 31st of May 2013

If you want to join these parties of a lifetime, our Koh-Phangan resort is the place to be. Located only 6 kilometers from the Ban Tai beach it is the perfect spot to attend the festivities.

For more details about our Koh-Phangan resort, visit: http://www.kupuresorts.com/kohphangan/

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Text 4 May Kiting Season in Bali

During the dry season, from July to August when there is a strong continuous wind blowing from East to West Bali becomes the world’s hotspot for surfing. A little lesser known but just as exciting are the Kiting activities during this season, with its peak during the International Kite Festival held in July.

The kites come in all shapes and sizes, however the most common are “Bebean”, which is a fish shaped kite, “Janggan” which is Fish shaped and Pecukan for the leaf shaped ones. The biggest ones are the “Bebeans”, they can reach up to 4 meters in width and even up to 10 meters in length, shaped like a split-tailed fish with a huge mouth! Due to their size these kites require up to 10 adults to keep them into control!

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Although the main action will take place in Sanur, the kites can be seen all over Bali and especially on the beaches. A perfect moment to watch the beautiful sunset from the relaxing confines of our Jimbaran Beach Club!

Make sure you are early, during the high season our Jimbaran Beach Club can fill up pretty quickly and you don’t want to miss that perfect seat for the lauded sunset over Jimbaran Bay.

For more information about our Jimbaran resort visit: http://www.kupuresorts.com/jimbaran/

Text 25 Apr New Year celebration in Thailand

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.

For more information visit: http://www.kupuresorts.com/kohphangan/ or call +66 77 377 384

Don’t forget! Book directly through us at reservation@kupuphangan.com to get the best deals and rates!

Text 18 Apr Bali Arts Festival 2013

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.

Text 16 Apr Balinese Dessert Recipe: Jaja Batun Bedil/Sticky Rice Cake in Brown Sugar Sauce

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

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Ingredients:

Dough:          

  • 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

Instructions:

  1. Mix all the dough ingredients together until you get the right sticky dough.
  2. Shape the dough into small balls (approximately2g/piece).
  3. Boil the balls into water for 10 minutes.
  4. Mix all the brown sugar ingredients together in pan. Stir until you get a consistent sauce
  5. 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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For more information or booking please call +62 361 703 342 or visit

http://jimbarancorner.net/ or http://www.kupuresorts.com/jimbaran/ 

Text 16 Apr The Straight Contour Exhibition at Jimbaran Corner

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.

For more information please call +62 361 703 342 visit

http://jimbarancorner.net/

or

http://www.kupuresorts.com/jimbaran/ 

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