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A Brief History of Bali Tropical Boutique Resort

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After a long delay, the renovation construction of the Bali Hyatt (Now Hyatt Regency Bali) finally gets its green light. The news came from the offical Facebook page and highlighted with a comment mentioning that the management will keep the original lobby, guest room buildings and the lush green garden; all designed by renowned designers who helped shaped the future of tropical boutique resorts.
It was all started in Sanur when Wija Waworuntu landed in Bali and built his private house in Sanur. Read the summarized history below:
1962 - Tandjung Sari was founded by Wija Waworuntu (Sanur): The boutique hotel was actually built by Wija as a private leisure house for his family but eventually evolved to a boutique hotel. The hotel is considered one of the first hotels in Bali Tandjung Sari 1962 – Bali Beach Intercontinental Hotel started its construction (Sanur): It was initiated by the Government of Indonesia and funded by war reparations from the Kingdom of Japan. The construction project …

The History of Kastengel and Nastar

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During Idul Fitri or Lebaran, Indonesian moslems encounter an endless supply of foods (YES!); in Java, popular Lebaran dishes are of course ketupat and the opor ayam. But the strange thing is there are European snacks namely kastengel and nastar circulated heavily through online and traditional shop during Lebaran. Well, this is this the history:
Kastengel comes from the Dutch "kaas / cheese" and "stengel / stick" hence the whole words mean "cheese stick". In Netherlands, the original kaastengels is indeed stick-like; it is thin with 15cm length. The primary ingredients of kaastengels include gouda cheese (cheese that red skin), cheddar and edam, and also puff pastry. Kaastengels are usually served with soup and salad during Christmas or local holidays.
Being colonised by the Dutch for hundreds of years, the kaastengels were popular among the priyayi (noblemen) of Indonesia. For some reasons the original kaastengels dough was changed from its original thin …

Seasalt

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Seasalt is finally open at Alila Seminyak. A unique seafood restaurant, Seasalt is my second restaurant project after Cuca in Jimbaran. Check Seasalt website for more information: seasaltseminyak.com

Rest in Peace, Chris Cornell

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I read the news today oh boy, Chris Cornell just passed away at 52. Chris is, for me, the greatest rock singer of the in the last 20 years. His voice is raw yet very virtuosic - he is also an outstanding interpreter of various popular songs. His music writings is melodic, rebellious, and complex at the same time (unusual time signature, tight and dramatic chord sequences) - perhaps the most advance grunge songwriter among his peers. To remember his talent, here are some of Chris Cornell best live performances

OK Computer Turns 20

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While musical taste/preferences is always a subjective matter and varies from one ear to another, OK Computer's influence amongst artists is widely acknowledged; from Muse, Coldplay, brothers Jonathan (a self-proclaimed fan) & Christopher Nolan, to Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise.
TV shows Westworld and Black Mirror have also brought OK Computer back to the spotlight just less than a year from its 20th anniversary - what unites these shows isn't just anxiety about the future and technology but that they both have brought back the unofficial soundtrack to that feeling: OK Computer.
OK Computer is a retrospective view of the 21st century life made three years before it even started. And its lyrics "when I am king you will be first against the wall", "electioneering", "scrolling up and down I am born again", "bring down the government, they don't speak for us", "an empowered and informed member of society, pragmatism not idealism",…

The Architects and Designers of World's Finest Luxury Hotels

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Björk had Michel Gondry, Inez & Vinoodh, and Andrew Thomas Huang. Radiohead had Dilly Gent, and Pink Floyd had Hipgnosis - there are great artists behind great musicians' arts and visuals. Hotels have the same formula too. Here are some of the most celebrated and respected hotel architects and designers who helped bringing hotels' brand ideals into reality (feel free to add more in the comment box).

AB Concept W Algarve W Bali W Beijing Chang'an W Shuzou W Xian MGM Cotai
Adam Tihany The Beverly Hills Hotel Four Seasons Dubai International Financial Centre Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas One&Only Cape Town
AvroKO 1 Hotel Central Park Carnevino (restaurant) Faith & Flower (restaurant) Swift & Sons (restaurant) The Temple House (restaurant)

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort Bill Bensley Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort Park Hyatt Siem Reap Shinta Mani Resort Th…

OK OC Computer

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Radiohead will release OK OC Computer in vinyl for free (exclusive for rakyat kecil and UKM) #OKComputer20pic.twitter.com/tc2dXbzadK — radit mahindro (@raditmahindro) 2 May 2017

Rest in Peace, Toby Smith

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Smith is the co-founder of Jamiroquai and was the keyboard player for the band for more than 10 years. I dare to say that he is the one-third of Jamiroquai's music with the other two are the frontman Jason Kay and bass player Stuart Zender. Smith co-wrote almost all songs on Jamiroquai's first five albums before resigning in 2002. As my favourite keyboard player from the 90s, his notable co-writings and performances including the songs Mr. Moon, Space Cowboy, Alright, Deeper Underground, Little L, and fans favourite Virtual Insanity.
His performance is featured on my Spotify playlist, Songs Featuring Rhodes Piano.

Rest in peace, Toby Smith. 

Syria

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Songs Featuring Rhodes Piano

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Songs featuring rhodes piano to accompany your night drive or rainy night or whatever. Enjoy.

Cooking And Television: Origins

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Books are knowledge repository of the past, not least in the world of cooking and culinary. Books are also another alternative for passing knowledge for verbal sharing and private courses. Though it retains its loyal readers, the stellar importance of books are slowly eroded by television (TV) in latter years and the rate of knowledge and information sharing had increased dramatically with the invention of TV by Englishman, John Baird, in 1928.
Experiment 9 years later (1937), the British TV station BBC aired the first ever cooking show. The show was hosted by Marcel Boulestin, a French-born Chef and restaurateur who lives in England. The show was far from successful since watching people cook on TV is still considered strange at that time. But on the other hand the show was notable for increasing the reputation of French food among British audience.
This so called cooking show had its counterpart in the US with I Love To Eat, first aired in 1946 hosted by Chef James Beard through NBC. T…