Posted in Bali, English, Reviews, Spa/Beauty Treatments, Travel

Cosmo Salon & Spa, Bali

I came to this place with special purpose to get shiatsu massage. I was not feeling well, pain on my lower back, shoulder and neck got stiff after sitting for quite long time and I guess not in the right position when driving around in Bali. I thought that regular massage would not fix my problem, and been thinking about shiatsu. I like getting shiatsu massage, especially when I feel like catching flu or have back pain. That normally works well on me.

So, I did google about shiatsu in Bali and came up with several places, one of them was Cosmo Salon & Spa. This place is still in Sanur area. They provide massage and spa treatments, nail and waxing treatments, hair treatments and make up. There are several types of massages in this Cosmo Salon: Cosmo Fusion massage, Cosmo Signature, Deep Tissue massage, Shiatsu, Bali massage & Thai massage (you can read the detail technique of each massage on their website, includes the price). I read on Tripadvisor about this place and many people were recommending Cosmo Fusion massage. It is combination between deep tissue massage and shiatsu, but I wanted shiatsu.  Unlike shiatsu that I used to get in Jakarta, which use feet pressure technique, the therapists here are using finger pressure technique. This therapy also involved kneading, pressing, soothing, tapping, and stretching techniques, performed without oils through light, comfortable clothing that they provided. I think the shiatsu technique at this Cosmo Salon is better than the one I get in Jakarta. One hour of this massage was relieved my back pain, not entirely right away but I felt much much better. Maybe I need more than one hour to heal the pain completely :). I was thinking about that on my way back home.

 

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Note about this place:

  • Most guests are foreigners.
  • Friendly staffs especially the receptionist.
  • The place is clean.
  • The price is a little bit higher than Leha-Leha Spa, but it is still within market range and based on my own experience it is more than worth to get the shiatsu massage here.
  • Over all: good services with reasonable price.

Detail Info:

Cosmo Salon & Spa

Danau Tamblingan Street No.176, Sanur, Bali

Telp: (62-361) 286330

Website: http://www.cosmobali.com

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Posted in Bali, English, Restaurant/Cafe, Reviews, Shop, Travel, Website/Online Shopping

Bungalow Living Bali

Shopping is one of the activities that is loved by most women. As I live in Jakarta, the city which has unlimited options to shop, I could find almost anything. I could say that because Jakarta has the biggest number of malls in Indonesia with total number around 83 in 2017, perhaps in the world. That excludes the option to shop via online which of course has bigger coverage of market. So, shopping in Jakarta has never been lack of options. Still, when you are traveling, women especially are still doing a shop, looking for something unique or stuffs that we think we can not find it in the place where we live.

Bali, at the other hand, although I love the island as one of the most favorite destinations for holiday, has very less malls. However, there are quite many things, unique things, arts or traditional stuffs that could only be found in Bali. And I love getting around in every corner in Bali to find something different or sometimes just to window-shop. And in my last trip to Bali, I found this shop, Bungalow Living Bali. Well, actually I have seen it on their Instagram account before going to Bali and listed the shop as “must visit” on my travel list.

This Bungalow Living Bali is located in Berawa, not far from the famous surfing spots and beaches in Canggu. The shop is not like other interior or home living shops. This cute, lovely shop will make anyone who loves home-decoring enthusiastic and get inspired. They design the shop as a shopping place and coffee shop as well, so you can have coffee or healthy drinks and some cakes while enjoying their collections that been displayed beautifully and in artistic way. Even the bed display with the pretty bed cover/throw looks like inviting you to snuggle on it. Through their account in Instagram, or you may find it on the Facebook as well, we can see the update of their collections of home-living, such as cushions, bed covers, throws, paintings, bags, accessories and other homewares.

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Honestly, I did not plan to buy anything, but once I stepped in the shop, I was too excited and spent almost 2 hours just to admire their collections. I left the shop without buying anything, but having some items in my head to sleep on it. Two days later, I was back to the shop for this lovely bag and other things.

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Well, maybe you do not really need it, but if you still think about it after sleeping on it, means that you have to buy it. That is my new motto, or more like a guilty feeling justification for being weak over their lovely collections :).

 

Detail Info:

Bungalow Living Bali

Jalan Pantai Berawa 35A, Canggu 80361, Bali

Tel: +62 361 844 6567

Website: http://www.bungalowlivingbali.com

Posted in Bali, English, Reviews, Spa/Beauty Treatments, Tips, Travel

Leha-Leha Spa, Bali

 

When you are in Bali, you can find many places that offer spa or massage, from private/individual spa/massage that owned by personal or spa/massage that is part of hotel facilities. And there are vary in range of cost. Sometimes it is not easy to find a good spa with a good technique massage because each of us has different preference in how the massage being performed. It also depends on the therapist’s condition when they do the job at that time. Getting a reference from friend or website (for example from Tripadvisor) will help in finding the best one, that suits our preference.

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So, when I was in a need to get massage after long trip while in Bali, I read Tripadvisor and got some places to check. I made some calls, got informations about their services, prices and availability, then I went to try this Leha-Leha Spa.

This spa is owned by local, named Gusde. Located near Taksu Sanur Hotel in Sudamala street, Sanur. The place is clean and modern with touch of traditional balinese interior and decoration. Leha Leha spa has several room, including an inter-connecting couples therapy room, where guest can arrange a couple’s massage. They offer not only spa/massage, but beauty treatments as well, includes manicure and pedicure. And if you need pick up/drop off service, they can provide too. With nice and friendly staff, make the visit to this place is more enjoyable. Furthermore, the price is not that expensive. For one hour ‘Traditional Balinese Full Body Massage” is about IDR 150,000.- (plus 5% service and 10% tax). Overall, great service with fair prices. Highly recommended!

 

Detail information:

Leha-Leha Spa

Jalan Sudamala No 5, Sanur, Bali

Tel: 62-8113995510

Email:  info@balilehaleha.com

Web: http://www.balilehaleha.com

Posted in English, Indonesian, Miscl, Reviews, Tips, Travel, Website/Online Shopping

Earning Miles via TripAdvisor (Mengumpulkan Miles Penerbangan via TripAdvisor)

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I have previously posted about “Collecting Miles without Flying”, and one of the ways is to share your vacation experiences on TripAdvisor and you will earn additional miles to be credited into your favorite Frequent Flyer that has been registered into TripAdvisor. You may write a review of your visit to restaurants, hotels, tourist spots/attractions and even your experience with airlines.

Before writing any review on TripAdvisor, please ensure to follow its terms and conditions:

  • Garuda Miles members must register on TripAdvisor to participate.
  • Mileage will only be awarded for each published review and complies with TripAdvisor content guidelines.
  • Stickers on each page of accommodation / tourist attractions / restaurants on TripAdvisor will show you how many miles to get by reviewing the property.
  • Only reviews written in Indonesian can earn miles.
  • The maximum number of Garuda Miles that can be earned is 1500 miles per month per Garuda Miles account.

For detail information, please visit https://www.tripadvisor.co.id/GarudaMiles.

I have started writing reviews on TripAdvisor from some time ago, and the photo above is a screenshot of transaction history on my Garuda Miles that have been credited by TripAdvisor.

As an illustration, if you like to redeem an award ticket with route Jakarta – Yogyakarta, you will require approximately 8,000 miles/one way/economy class (please see “Miles Redemption Calculator” to check other routes). So, if you can get the maximum number of Garuda Miles from writing reviews on TripAdvisor, you will be able to get free award ticket for Jakarta – Yogyakarta’s route in 6 months. Not bad right?

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Untuk Bahasa Indonesia:

Sebelumnya saya pernah memposting tentang “Mengumpulkan Miles Penerbangan tanpa Terbang“, dan salah satu caranya adalah dengan memberikan review mengenai kunjungan kalian ke restauran, hotel atau tempat wisata dalam Bahasa Indonesia di TripAdvisor dan kalian akan memperoleh miles tambahan yang akan dikreditkan ke Garuda Miles kalian yang sudah didaftarkan ke TripAdvisor sebelumnya.

Namun, sebelum menulis review di TripAdvisor, agar diperhatikan persyaratan dan ketentuannya agar review kalian dinilai layak oleh TripAdvisor untuk mendapatkan miles.

Persyaratan dan ketentuannya adalah sebagai berikut:

  • Anggota Garuda Miles harus mendaftar di TripAdvisor untuk berpartisipasi,
  • Mileage hanya akan diberikan untuk setiap ulasan yang dipublikasi dan mematuhi pedoman konten TripAdvisor.
  • Stiker di setiap laman akomodasi/objek wisata/restoran di TripAdvisor akan menunjukkan berapa miles yang bisa didapat dengan mengulas properti tersebut.
  • Hanya ulasan yang ditulis dalam Bahasa Indonesia yang bisa mendapatkan miles.
  • Jumlah maksimum Garuda Miles yang bisa didapatkan adalah 1500 miles per bulan per akun Garuda Miles.

Untuk informasi detail, dapat dilihat di https://www.tripadvisor.co.id/GarudaMiles.

Saya sendiri sudah mulai memberikan review di TripAdvisor dari beberapa waktu yang lalu, dan foto diatas adalah screenshot perolehan miles yang sudah dikreditkan oleh TripAdvisor ke Garuda Miles saya, atas review yang sudah saya tuliskan di bulan Juni 2017.

Sebagai gambaran untuk contoh, redemption award tiket ekonomi Jakarta – Yogyakarta memerlukan miles sebesar kurang lebih 8.000/sekali jalan (perhitungan miles yang dibutuhkan untuk redemption award tiket rute yang berbeda dapat dilihat disini). Jadi, jika kalian bisa mendapatkan jumlah maksimum Garuda Miles dari memberikan review di TripAdvisor, kalian akan bisa mendapatkan tiket gratis untuk rute Jakarta – Yogyakarta dalam 6 bulan. Not bad kan?

Posted in Indonesian, Reviews, Website/Online Shopping

Booking hotel pakai nawar? Coba Travelio!

Bagi penggemar travel, pasti sudah terbiasa untuk mencari penerbangan atau akomodasi dengan harga murah. Dengan semakin banyaknya promosi dari agen travel, maskapai penerbangan dan hotel, semakin memudahkan kita untuk mendapatkan penerbangan dan akomodasi dengan harga yang sesuai dengan kebutuhan kita. Tapi pernahkah kadang-kadang kita merasa promosi yang ditawarkan sepertinya tidak efektif atau sudah harga promo tapi tetap mahal, sehingga tidak sesuai dengan bujet yang sudah kita tetapkan sebelumnya? Jadinya kita berandai-andai, coba harganya bisa ditawar ya, pastinya lebih ok.
Nah … di Travelio kita bisa mendapatkan akomodasi dengan cara menawar, sehingga kita bisa mendapatkan harga sesuai dengan bujet kita. Travelio tidak saja menyediakan hotel, namun juga apartemen,  vila, rumah dan hostel. Properti Travelio tersedia di seluruh wilayah Asia Pacifik dan Oceania.

Selain itu, booking akomodasi melalui Travelio juga ada diskon tambahan, antara lain:

Diskon hingga Rp 500.000 khusus untuk pemegang kartu kredit dari Bank OCBC NISP.
Syarat dan Ketentuan:
  • Promo berlaku untuk pemesanan sampai dengan tanggal 28 Februari 2018 dengan minimum pembayaran Rp500.000,00 (tidak termasuk cleaning fee).
  • Promo berupa diskon 10% dengan nilai maksimum diskon sebesar Rp500.000,00.
  • Hanya berlaku untuk pemilik kartu kredit yang diterbitkan oleh Bank OCBC NISP yang berlogo Visa dan Mastercard.
  • 1 (satu) pemegang kartu hanya berhak mendapatkan diskon sebanyak 1x selama periode promosi.
  • Promo hanya berlaku bagi member Travelio.com yang telah melakukan registrasi dan login saat pemesanan.
  • Promo ini tidak dapat digabungkan dengan promo lainnya ataupun dengan penggunaan Travelio Reward Point.
  • Setiap pemesanan yang menggunakan promo tidak berhak atas Travelio Reward Point.
  • Travelio.com berhak untuk menolak ataupun membatalkan pemesanan jika terjadi penyalahgunaan dalam bentuk apapun.

Diskon 8% khusus untuk pemilik Kartu UOB Indonesia / Singapura / Malaysia.

Syarat dan Ketentuan:

  • Periode promo: 15 Mei – 31 Desember 2017.
  • Promo berupa diskon 8% dan hanya berlaku untuk pemesanan tipe properti Apartment/House/Villa dengan minimum pemesanan sebesar 500.000 IDR/50 SGD/150 MYR (tidak termasuk cleaning fee).
  • Promo hanya berlaku untuk pemilik kartu kredit UOB Indonesia / Singapura / Malaysia.
  • Setiap pelanggan hanya bisa menikmati diskon maksimal 1 (satu) kali per kartu kredit, selama periode promosi.
  • Maksimal diskon sebesar 500.000 IDR (Indonesia) / 50 SGD (Singapura) / 150 MYR (Malaysia).
  • Promo hanya berlaku untuk pelanggan yang telah registrasi dan login saat melakukan pemesanan.
  • Promo tidak dapat digabungkan dengan promo lainnya atau penggunaan Travelio Reward Point.
  • Pemesanan yang menggunakan promo ini tidak berhak mendapatkan Travelio Reward Point.
  • Travelio berhak membatalkan pemesanan apabila terjadi penyimpangan atau pelanggaran pada Syarat dan Ketentuan promo ini maupun Syarat dan Ketentuan layanan Travelio.com.
Diskon hingga Rp 300.000,- khusus pemegang Kartu Kredit dari Bank BNI.
Syarat dan Ketentuan:
  • Promo ini berupa diskon 10% dengan nilai maksimum diskon sebesar Rp300.000,-
  • Promo hanya berlaku untuk pemesanan tipe properti Apartment/House/Villa dengan minimum transaksi sebesar Rp500.000 (tidak termasuk cleaning fee).
  • Promo berlaku sampai dengan tanggal 31 Desember 2017.
  • Promo berlaku untuk semua jenis Kartu Kredit BNI (Visa dan Mastercard) kecuali Corporate Card dan iB Hasanah Card.
  • Setiap pelanggan hanya bisa menikmati diskon maksimal 1 (satu) kali per hari selama periode promosi.
  • Promo hanya berlaku untuk pelanggan yang telah registrasi dan login saat melakukan pemesanan.
  • Promo tidak dapat digabungkan dengan promo lainnya atau penggunaan Travelio Reward Point.
  • Pemesanan yang menggunakan promo ini tidak berhak mendapatkan Travelio Reward Point.
  • Travelio berhak membatalkan pemesanan apabila terjadi penyimpangan atau pelanggaran pada Syarat dan Ketentuan promo ini maupun Syarat dan Ketentuan layanan Travelio.com.
Cara mendapatkan promo:
  • Masuk ke http://www.travelio.com
  • Pilih lokasi & akomodasi yang diinginkan.
  • Masukkan detail kartu kredit OCBC NISP atau UOB atau BNI pada halaman pembayaran.
  • Lakukan pembayaran dengan harga baru setelah potongan diskon.

Posted in English, Reviews, Website/Online Shopping

Flower Advisor

Have you ever experienced having the busiest days that made you forgot about special day of your loved ones, or your wedding anniversary celebration, or your children’s birthdate, etc, and you totally forgot to buy/prepare any present? Clock ticking and you have no idea what to buy for the present/gift. Well….there is a way out here. Flower Advisor is Indonesian online florist that offers “same day & next day flower delivery to Indonesia and any countries across the globe”. Flower Advisor does not only offer flowers delivery, but also gift delivery (gift for baby, special gift for woman/man), cake, teddy bear and exotic chocolate for any special occasions, such as birthday, anniversary, Woman Day, Eidil Fitr, Christmas, Get Well Soon, Secretary Week, New Borns, Fathers Day, etc. And again, they deliver to any countries across the world.

International Delivery
When your loved ones are away for a business, study, or tourism, you are still able to make them feel special with a beautiful bouquet and gift. Flower Advisor has loyal customers from all around the world, which the main covered areas are United States (US), United Kingdom (UK), Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Korea, Japan, Canada, Italy, Spain, Mexico, France, and Australia.

If you need to book any flower/gift delivery, please click on this banner.

 

Posted in English, Movies, Reviews

Inglourious Basterds

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In general I am not fond of any movie about war, but I am intrigued by this movie. When I see this movie for the first time on HBO (I have neither read its review nor seen the trailer yet), the first thing that interests me is the title, the misspelled of “basterds”.  Then, when the movie starts, I really enjoy the music and I continue to watch it as I see one of the casts is Daniel Bruhl, I like him :).

But, my joy is distracted by the appearance of Brad Pitt. He might be a famous and great actor, but the way he talks and his accent in this movie is incredibly unattractive. Every time he talks, he sounds as like a man got toothache. Maybe, just maybe Michael Fassbender should play as Aldo Raine. He probably could present Aldo Raine’s character better. It is shame that he only gets very short role in this movie.

The best part about this movie is Col. Hans Landa, played by Christoph Waltz. I have never seen any of his movies before, but he is obviously the star on this movie. Christoph Waltz has succeed picturing a malicious, unspeakable and monstrous character of Col. Hans Landa. Even since the first chapter, in the early conversations I can sense his evil character behind his sweet and courteous manner when he speaks to Perrier LaPadite. Bravo Waltz!