Buddha Wear Unveils New Items

Black and print never dies, and that’s what the latest arrivals of Buddha Wear is all about! Part of their Autumn/Winter collection, these new items features earth colors, abstract dots, comfy fabrics and loose cutting, perfect for the ladies who want to keep it simple and fresh. Made for women of all styles, the items include jumpsuits, midi dresses, shirts, long-sleeve tops, cardigans, long pants, patty pants, maxi skirts and midi skirts. Shop the pieces at www.buddhawear.com.

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At Alila Seminyak, you’re meant to discover pure inspiration for living well. One of their many ways is through the resort’s Alila Living boutique which retails a home-grown brand of natural, organic therapeutic skin care products, as well as a curated collection of other locally-sourced products such as fashion wear and items. A signature feature of Alila hotels and resorts, the boutique offers a selection of Alila Living products, available for you to recreate a unique Spa Alila experience at home. All items have been carefully-selected to bring you designs with clean lines and purity; free of synthetic substances, artificial colors and fragrances. In additions to these wellness products, the boutique also displays an eye-catching collection of colorful kaftans, beachwear and beach bags, as well as a men’s collection. Ensuring its exclusivity for you, these items are refreshed with new limited pieces every month. To see more, visit www.alilamoments.com.

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They will treat you just like a rock star.

LOOK
Amidst the vibrant atmosphere of Hard Rock Hotel Bali, lies an oasis called Rock Spa. A cocoon for those who wish to be spoiled like a rock star, this spa embraces an earthy ambience, featuring a combination of rattan furnishings and wooden adornments, with the dim lighting making it feel much homier. The spacious main area is then skirted with huge glass windows, allowing guests to enjoy the green view of the hotel’s tropical garden while lounging.

FEEL
The spa offers a wide range of body therapy and treatments to restore and balance the mind, body and soul for the challenges of the long evenings ahead. As bamboo massage is not so common, so we decided to give their 60-minute “Rhythm Sticks” (550k) a shot. Using bamboo canes throughout the ritual, it combines the traditional benefits of massage and comforting effects of warmed oil, making it a perfect treat after a big night. Our treatment began from the back part of our body, with the bamboo canes replacing the therapist’s hands, providing a deep massage. The massage was done with organically-treated bamboo canes of different lengths, diameters and shapes, held by our therapist and rolled over the muscles, with the help of essential oil that lets it slide on our skin comfortably. The longer sticks were used for the gliding strokes on our back and leg, whereas the smaller ones were used for more detailed works, especially on the foot and toes. As our muscles were kneaded, it then helped release the tension and ease the pain. The same procedure was then done on the front part of our body, followed with a nice head and scalp massage. After 60 minutes, this unique bamboo treatment helped our body and mind be more balanced, calmed and energized.

INGREDIENTS
For the massage, Rock Spa offers three essential oils which also represent the three qualities in Ayurveda philosophy. The oils are Balance which is made from orange, rosemary and basil, Energize from ginger, eucalyptus and grapefruit, and Chill from lavender, geranium and sandalwood.

MAGIC
We would say that this spa’s offers are unique, crafted with care and handled with an attention to detail. Moreover, it is going to be a nice pampering journey here as what you will get upon arrival until the departure is truly an attentive service by their whole staff. Upon arrival, you will be served with a cold towel and a glass of cool ginger tea, while your therapist will warmly greet you, providing you with a consultation sheet to let her know what you need. What you will love the most is the ‘warmth’ on your departure, featuring a cup of warm ginger tea, as well as Rock Spa’s signature warm wheat bag to be laid on our shoulders, perfecting your whole pampering experience here.

Rock Spa
Hard Rock Hotel Bali,
Jl. Pantai Kuta, Kuta
T. 761 869 ext. 7325

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Great news for all the literature lovers on the island, as the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival has announced this year’s theme, “Jagadhita”. Drawn from a Hindu philosophy, the theme for the 15th year: ‘Jagadhita’, interpreted in English as ‘The World We Create’. For the Balinese, ‘Jagadhita’ is the individual pursuit of universal harmony and prosperity as one of life’s primary goals. From 24–28 October, more than 150 writers, artists, thinkers and activists from across Indonesia and the world will contributing to the harmony and prosperity. Also part of the 2018 program, unveiling the artwork of contemporary Balinese artist Kabul Agung Kuswara. Titled Anonymous Ancestors, in his words ‘Jagadhita’ is “not just the accumulation of numbers, but a flow of knowledge from generation to generation, like water, which can be consumed by anyone”. Lots of enriching and enlightening pieces of art in many forms, The 15th Ubud Writers and Readers Festival is bound to make your week!

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If you are an automobile enthusiast and haven’t got your dose of engine thrills, Solsets Auto is hosting a brand new car show starting March 29. The contest will include car shows focused on Honda, Suzuki, Toyota, Daihatsu and Nisan, lady auto contests, BBQs, modification contests, DJ performances, sexy wet dancers, games and more! March 29 will mark the date of the Meet & Discuss Communities starting at 5pm, whereas the finals will be held on the 12th, 19th and 26th of April held at Sol House Legians three areas: Solset, Basement and Playbar. Throughout the entirety of the event there will be plenty of music by the likes of local FDJs Yasmin, P.Joana, The Candy and much more. If you’re looking for a special something to eat, Sol House has you covered with a heap of inventive food labeled “When Science Meets Food”, which will showcase interesting items like transparent ravioli, saffron tagliatelle and ice sphere cocktails. So many interesting things going on here, don’t miss this event!

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Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua (RCBND) will be celebrating its 25th year of service to the Bali community with a Charity Gala Evening at The Hilton Bali Resort in Nusa Dua on April 21. Free cocktails will start at 6 pm, followed by evening program and dinner at 7 pm. Besides the entertainment, live music and dancing, the celebration will also be combined with a fundraising program, including raffles, door prizes and auctions, with a wide range of valuable prizes donated by more than 50 generous sponsors. There are also special prizes for best-dressed couple and best-dressed ladies. Furthermore, the money raised will be used in full to support RCBND’s extensive charitable programs. The ticket price is IDR 750,000. Early bird tickets are also available during the whole of March for 650,000. For further enquiries, email rcbnd25years@gmail.com.

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It’s finally the time when OMNIA Bali officially opens! The Grand Opening Weekend will be rolling soon from April 27 to 29, with the top-notch lineup ensuring it to be a weekend to remember. On the first day, the EDM’s masked hero, Marshmello, will be the first to bring the house down with one of his electric sounds, whereas Saturday will see the industry’s young wunderkind, Martin Garrix, take to the stage. Rounding off the Grand Opening Weekend in style is the special edition of their already bumping Sunday day party, Phoenix, with special guests from the world of house and techno to be announced soon. Tickets are already on sale. For further information, go to www.omniaclubs.com.

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Finns Recreation has got plenty to offer and their sports bar is one of a kind! Are you mad about football but haven’t got the games at home? Not to worry because Finns Recreation Club is all about live sports. With no less than thirty TVs on the venue, it’s safe to say that you will be able to catch whichever game you would like to! Entry to Finns is free which means that anybody is welcome to sit down and enjoy the air-conditioned comfort with the accompaniment of icy cold beers, cocktails or bar snacks. Thursday nights the BBQ is fired up and it’s all about AFL, with Bali’s local team, the Bali Gecko’s training on the sports field from 6pm. Anyone is welcome to join them on the grass, or simply enjoy a delicious range of meats from the BBQ. If you’re watching your favorite team on a Sunday, you could pair Finns Sunday Roast, available from 11am. Sports like basketball, baseball and tennis are not forgotten, with Finns committing to screen all the live excitement of your preference. Check out hhtp://finnsrecclub.com/whatson/tv-sport-program to check if your game is playing!

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The 11th series of the annual global celebration of yoga, dance and music, BaliSpirit Festival, will be soon landing on the island. As one of South East Asia’s biggest annual yoga, dance and music festivals, the festival will take place in Ubud from April 2 to 8, featuring yoga, dance, meditation and breath-work workshops and seven nights of music concerts. Over the last 10 years, the festival has continued to grow and now attracts approximately 7,000 people from over 50 different countries each year to Ubud. The feeling of community and practice of karma yoga and giving back is also felt strongly here as money is also raised to go to its annual outreach programs and partner charities. Unlike the past events, there is a new format for 2018 as all programs will now take place at the same place which is at The Bali Purnati Center for the Arts. Meanwhile, the music nights will still feature established conscious-festival headliners, authentic world music masters, and up-and-coming underground artists; some of them including Raio, Matiu Te Huki, Amaru Pumac Kuntur, Haji Basim, Lulu & Mischka, Minük and more. To learn more and book tickets, visit www.balispiritfestival.com.

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9/10 

The creation of musician Damon McMahon, Amen Dunes began as a collection of improvised songs recorded in the winter of 2006 in a trailer in upstate New York. After sharing them with a few friends, the tapes were shelved, and the following summer McMahon moved to China and all but quit making music.

Luckily after a hiatus of almost four years, he began working on new material, inspired by a multitude of disparate things. Who’da thunk it? Obscure 60s surfer rebel meets lo-fi NYC-based producer. The result? This year’s most satisfying earworm of a song: the brilliant, quavering “Miki Dora”. The first single from Freedom, and tone-setter for his fifth long-player takes its cue from the life story of surfing’s most famously destructive counter-culture icon with magnificent results.

It’s a wonderful slow-building strum that feels sincere from the get-go; something that’s echoed on other tracks like “Believe”, which deals with McMahon’s mother’s terminal illness. It’s no downer though – the simmering, groovy bass lines and subtly layered songwriting give both tracks – and indeed the album, a glowing sheen.

Taking his influences from such touchstones as Syd Barret, Tim Buckley and early Verve cuts, McMahon weaves a rich sound that is eventful yet uncluttered, earnest yet unpretentious. Listen out for beautiful flourishes that are almost buried within the rest.

Ensuring a flurry of pre-release hype, Freedom will be released on the achingly cool Brooklyn-based Sacred Bones label – home to other luminaries as artists including Zola Jesus, David Lynch, John Carpenter, Crystal Stilts, the Men, and The Soft Moon. Based on this effort, Amen Dunes has more than earned his place amongst them.

Dan Ashcroft

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