Saturday, March 28, 2009

Megawati still unable to meet Yudhoyono

Original news by Antara 19/3/2003
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Chairperson Megawati Soekarnoputry is still unable to meet Democratic Party`s Advisory Board chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) because of her tight election campaign schedule, a spokesman said.

PDI-P Secretary General Pramono Anung told the press here on Wednesday that after April 5, 2009, Megawati would probably meet with Yudhoyono but it would depend on the right momentum related to their common political interest.

According to Pramono Anung, the PDI-P chairperson has asserted that she was ready to meet with anybody because never did she break the bond of friendship with all parties.

"Ibu Mega has yet to make an agenda of her meeting with SBY because in addition to her tight schedule, there is also the difference in her political view and principle," Pramono Anung said.

He added that the difference in her political view with Yudhoyono was especially in relation with the time when the then President Abrurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid dismissed SBY as coordinating minister for political, social and security affairs in July 2001, and then when Megawati became president in August the same year, she promoted SBY as coordinating minister for political and security affairs.

"The people certainly remember that incident, but Megawati asks that the case not be dramatized as 2009 general election is approaching," Pranomo Anung said, adding that Megawati`s inability to meet with SBY should not be politicized.

He reiterated that the meeting between Megawati and SBY depended on a right momentum which dealt with their common political interest.

"In my view, even without the meeting of the two leader, they will meet after all when they want to talk about national interest for the betterment of the common lot of people," the party secretary general said.

He added that Megawati was scheduled to meet with United Development Party (PPP) chairman Suryadharma Ali here on March 20, 2009 at 14 p.m. to sign a joint agreement with PPP.

Pramono said after the meeting with PPP chairman, Megawati would leave for election campaigns at a number of provinces and districts and to return to Jakarta on April 5, 2009.


Comment:
I bet she dont wanna met SBY, since she 's so arrogant just do herselfish. I dont believe she thinks for people, she just thinks for her prosperity and her heritage. she has not realise that she has already failed in past. Why she did not let it other-young-people to show of force...
Poor her, chasing by her own obsesion

PKS, Yudhoyono make political contract on Palestinian independence

The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has made a political contract with Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) to free Palestine from colonialism, according to a PKS leader.

"PKS has opened up for coalition with other political parties as well as with any presidential and vice presidential candidates, with a common vision priority to develop this nation," PKS Secretary General Anis Matta said here on Monday.

The political contract with SBY did not only cover international affairs but also domestic issues such as anti corruption, he said.

PKS was confident in the corruption eradication efforts as mandated by the reform, because so far no PKS cadre had been involved in a corruption case since the birth of the party, he said.

"PKS cannot guarantee that in the future none of its cadres would be free from corruption. But, until today we can prove that there is no PKS cadre being charged with corruption," he said.

The Islam-based party would intensify its political communication on presidential hopeful after the legislative elections on April 9, 2009, he said.

If PKS could get 20 percent of votes in the upcoming legislative polls, the party would have its own presidential candidate, but would still open for coalition, he said.

"PKS has nominated its best eight cadres for presidential candidates, including Hidayat Nur Wahid (the current chairman of the People`s Consultative Assembly/MPR) and Tifatul Sembiring (the current PKS President)," Anis Matta said.

Indonesia will hold legislative elections on April 9, 2009, and the campaigning period is from March 16 to April 5, 2009. The country`s second direct presidential election will be held on July 8, 2009.

The world`s most populous Muslim country is a staunch supporter of Palestine and refuses to establish diplomatic relations with Israel as long as the Jewish country still occupies Palestine.

(source:Antara news 23/3/2009)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

PEMIRA-PEMILU RAYA-COMING SOON

Pemilu –WHATSOEVER. Kenapa ya gw ga antusias???
Tidak seperti dulu jaman kuliah-even hanya pemira yang milih ketua jurusan atau ketua BEM-heboh, seru. Tapi sekarang...maleeezzz. Kelihatan ga penting aja (-haloooww in pesta demokrasi-so WHAT?)
Well, secara partainya banyak banget, berapa?38?kertas nya segede taplak meja-boros bukan?
Lagian bikin banyak partai tidak jelas gitu, sekedar setor nama. Atau barisan sakit hati karena didepak partai lama. Atau adegan pembuktian diri karena kemaren kalah? Maka sesumbarlah mereka dengan beragam janji yang mostly boong pake banget!!!
Alih-alih mengabdi pada negara....yang ada hanya menghamburkan uang demi ego pribadi.
Haloow ...tidak perlu bikin partai –tidak perlu nunggu jadi anggota dewan-tidak perlu nunggu jadi presiden untuk mengabdi pada negara, berpihak pada rakyat dan membuat perubahan.
JUST DO IT NOW !
Mulai saja dari diri sendiri, dari lingkungan sekitar. Dari tingkat kampung even RT. Bagaimana memberdayakan pemuda untuk membangun daerah masing-masing. Memupuk sifat wirausaha sehingga tidak menggantungkan diri pada pengusaha kaya. Membantu pembiayaan pada usaha kecil. FACE THE REALITY !!! Rakyat tidak butuh janji , bahkan tidak peduli siapa.Mau artis, politikus, menteri-whoever-kalau mereka mau berbuat baik pada rakyat dan menjadi contoh yang benar dan santun, pasti rakyat akan respect ke mereka.
Bukan masalah menang atau kalah, bahwa setiap amanah yang diemban akan dimintai pertanggung jawabannya-kelak.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Wanna go to Jogja?

JOGJAKARTA
Jogyakarta (also known as "Jogja") is a special city in Indonesia. It has also a special region status (Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta - DIY). For tourists, Yogya is probably the second choice of city to visit after Bali.
Jogja has one of the old and big University in Indonesia that is Gadjah Mada University (my lovely campus). Some of major got under 100 rank in world class university. (next i’l show detail).
Something I really miss is do “sunmor” meaning do Sunday Morning. Yup , going to bunderan –a centre place of the college-do jogging or just walking slowly.Sight seeing and eating ,of course. It just like morning market. You can find food, snack,clothes, bags and many things other.
Hangout with our friend, your couple or your family, an dlistening to live music..;-)

Traditional food (such as "gudeg") is good and cheap. Many people eat on the street, sitting on the floor. This is called "lesehan". Becareful before you eat, ask first for the price. There are some bad food stalls who charge you an arm and a leg. Another popular snack is "Bakpia Pathok".

Another best location for doing "lesehan" and enjoying cheapest food is in "Lesehan Kali Code". It's located just beside Code River (code-spell in bahasa -c o d e). I hope it's still exist-best place for gathering with your friend :-D

There's a lot of hotels, houses to stay. For backbackers you can find Rp.25.000 ($2-average rate $1=Rp.12.000) for small hotel called "wisma".Some others offer until Rp.300.000 ($25).They are located around malioboro street. But be careful to find a safe one. Wait -even you can find some hotel without star :-) around my campus-cheaper of course. Such as TALENTA WISMA
If you like comfortable place , there are many good international star hotel: Melia Purosani (Malioboro), Grand Hyatt(Road of Jogja-Solo),Saphir hotel(Road of Jogja-Solo),Novotel (Kotabaru)

Things to buy
• Batik. You can find various type of Batik shirts, shorts, table cloth, and more.
• Silver. Close to Yogya there is a city called Kota Gede, which is famous for its silvery.

What to visit
Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in existence in the world. [Still in search for a legal picture of Borobudur.] Other than the Borobudur, you can visit other famous temples such as Prambanan.
Jogjakarta Palace. This is a house of a King in Jogjakarta called Sultan. If you are lucky you can see traditional dance over there. Some part of bulding are forbiden to visited.
Beaches. There are so many beaches located in Jogjakarta. Beside Parangtritis-the famous one-You can come to Gunung Kidul Beachea like Baron,Sundak, Kukup,and Krakal Beach. You can enjoy white sand with beautiful view of rock round in.
Malioboro street. The street where you can find things to buy. Down town area. If you've never been to Malioboro street, then you've never been in Yogya. You can ride "becak" (a pedalled 3-wheel thing) to go to this street. In fact, there's also becak that can take your around Malioboro for Rp 1,000 (US 15cents). Cheap! On this street you'll find people selling souvenirs, batiks, and stuff. They are cheaper than things you'll find in store. So buy them there. You may have to haggle to get the right price, though. Walk around and you'll find the right price.
Dagadu. It's a popular T-shirt maker with funny text (unfortunately in Indonesian language). The real Dagadu T-shirts are sold in the Mall. You'll find lots of Dagadu clones.

Modern batik

Batik is s drawing art above cloth for made clothes technically resist use wax material.The word batik is come from Javanese. It means to write or point. Batik's techniques has been recognised since thousand years ago. It couldn't self explanatory history about batik genesis.Batik has high art value and being part of Indonesian culture even being national dress.
Design and colour batik are influenced by many ethnic such as Tionghoa, Europe etc. Tionghoa gives light colour, Europe give picture like tulip flower.
Nowdays,There are many kind of batik; not only drawn batik but printing batik, cap batik, painting batik and sablon batik.
Every place where produce batik has uniquely design and colour. Cirebon, Pekalongan, Jogjakarta and Solo are cities which have special character of batik. Pekalongan is well known as batik pesisir which light colour such as red and blue. You can see in farizcraft.com to know more about modern batik.
Most of batik which are produce in Solo and Jogjakarta have brown or grey colour. In this area design of batik can show a prestise of man.

sU9ar & $aLt

The role of sugar and salt in a healthy diet
Sugary Drinks and Sweets
It is natural to like sweets. And it is okay to enjoy them as an occasional treat, but it is vital to keep consumption to a minimum. Refined sugar is one of the bad carbs mentioned above. Not only does it cause problems with our blood sugar level, but it also uses up stored resources within our body (such as minerals and enzymes) in order to process the sugar. In addition there are many negative health effects that sugar contributes to including: hypoglycemia, suppression of the immune system, arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, headaches, and depression.

Choose sweet treats that are home made or have naturally occurring sugar, such as fruits. Try making your favorite dessert with half or one-third less sugar than usual. Make dessert a special event once a week. Many foods have naturally occurring sugars, such as fruits, vegetables, grains and beans. Incorporate naturally sweet foods into your diet to help crowd out unhealthy sweets. Strawberries, apples, sweet potatoes or winter squash are all great options.

Avoid or severely limit sugary drinks – they are an easy way to pack calories and chemicals into your diet without even noticing it. One 12-oz soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar in it! And just because a soda is sugar-free doesn’t make it healthy. Recent studies have shown that the artificial sugar substitutes used in soft drinks may interfere with your body's natural regulation system and result in your overindulging in other sweet foods and beverages. Try water with a squeeze of lemon or water with a splash of 100% fruit juice.

Salt
Once again the problem with salt comes with the over-use and over consumption of processed salt most commonly used. It is best to limit sodium to 2,300 mg per day – the equivalent to one teaspoon of salt. Most of the salt in our diets comes from processed, packaged, restaurant, and fast food. Processed foods like canned soups or frozen meals can contain hidden sodium that can quickly surpass this recommended amount. Many of us are unaware of how much sodium we are consuming in one day.

Salt itself is not bad. A high quality sea salt can have up to 90 minerals, which are healthy for our body. Look for sea salt that has a reddish or brownish tint, has no coloring, additives, chemicals and has not been bleached.

(source:helpguide.org)

Smart Eating

Healthy eating begins with learning how to “eat smart”. It's not just what you eat, but how you eat. Paying attention to what you eat and choosing foods that are both nourishing and enjoyable helps support an overall healthy diet.

Take time to chew your food: Chew your food slowly, savoring every bite. We tend to rush though our meals, forgetting to actually taste the flavors and feel the textures of what is in our mouths. Reconnect with the joy of eating.
Avoid stress while eating: When we are stressed, our digestion can be compromised, causing problems like colitis and heartburn. Avoid eating while working, driving, arguing, or watching TV (especially disturbing programs or the news). Try taking some deep breaths prior to beginning your meal, or light candles and play soothing music to create a relaxing atmosphere.
Listen to your body: Ask yourself if you are really hungry. You may really be thirsty, so try drinking a glass of water first. During a meal, stop eating before you feel full. It actually takes a few minutes for your brain to tell your body that it has had enough food, so eat slowly. Eating just enough to satisfy your hunger will help you remain alert, relaxed and feeling your best, rather than stuffing yourself into a “food coma”!
Eat early, eat often: Starting your day with a healthy breakfast can jumpstart your metabolism, and eating the majority of your daily caloric allotment early in the day gives your body time to work those calories off. Also, eating small, healthy meals throughout the day, rather than the standard three large meals, can help keep your metabolism going and ward off snack attacks.

(source : helpguide.org)

Strategies for healthy eating

Eat enough calories but not too many. Maintain a balance between your calorie intake and calorie expenditure—that is, don't eat more food than your body uses. The average recommended daily allowance is 2,000 calories, but this depends on your age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity.

Eat a wide variety of foods. Healthy eating is an opportunity to expand your range of choices by trying foods—especially vegetables, whole grains, or fruits—that you don't normally eat.

Keep portions moderate, especially high-calorie foods. In recent years serving sizes have ballooned, particularly in restaurants. Choose a starter instead of an entrée, split a dish with a friend, and don’t order supersized anything.

Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes—foods high in complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, low in fat, and free of cholesterol. Try to get fresh, local produce

Drink more water. Our bodies are about 75% water. It is a vital part of a healthy diet. Water helps flush our systems, especially the kidneys and bladder, of waste products and toxins. A majority of Americans go through life dehydrated.

Limit sugary foods, salt, and refined-grain products. Sugar is added to a vast array of foods. In a year, just one daily 12-ounce can of soda (160 calories) can increase your weight by 16 pounds. See suggestions below for limiting salt and substituting whole grains for refined grains.

Don’t be the food police. You can enjoy your favorite sweets and fried foods in moderation, as long as they are an occasional part of your overall healthy diet. Food is a great source of pleasure, and pleasure is good for the heart – even if those French fries aren’t!

Get moving. A healthy diet improves your energy and feelings of well-being while reducing your risk of many diseases. Adding regular physical activity and exercise will make any healthy eating plan work even better.

(source:helpguide.org)

Move On

In 1989, Stephen R.Covey published time management consept with 7 HABITS. One of them is the difference among ‘important and urgent’ and ‘important and not urgent’. We have to aware about them. Covey remind us that we often concentrate in urgent things because of delay of time. We ignore those things before. We didnot do the best and make the right decision on that time
Do something important is positive behaviour and it will direct us to do hurry in working but keep in best result

“Sense of urgency” is different with “do urgency”
In working area we often do ‘slow but sure’. We can say It’s already October or It’s still October. We pretend to live in a grey area as comfort zone and dont wanna confront in black and white area.

‘4-A’ Sense of urgency
A salesman have surprised when asked a question what is next target selling , just a moment after he closed great selling. It’ s about sense of urgency which is cycles ‘success motivate sucess’. Siklus 4-A it’s stand for Achieve-Assess-Active-Accelarate which is start from target dealing (achieving), do evaluated (Assess), do revise soon and activate more to do something new, dont be slow down to push and encourage energy (Accelerate) to gain optimize result.


Being person in motion
All of us will be agree that it’s easy to control a motion things than freeze once. Based on this, we could adapt to do dynamic than static. One step to do ‘sense of urgency is “ walk in speed of run”. It believes to suggest ourself to do faster and faster. Behave responsively, such as respon the email quickly, answer the telephone before third rings and action orientation. In communication we have say something to the point.
So,- let’s do it now ..

Monday, March 9, 2009

healthy diet

Developing healthy eating habits isn't as confusing or as restrictive as many people imagine. The first principle of a healthy diet is simply to eat a wide variety of foods. This is important because different foods make different nutritional contributions.

Secondly, fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes—foods high in complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, low in fat, and free of cholesterol—should make up the bulk of the calories you consume. The rest should come from low-fat dairy products, lean meat and poultry, and fish.

You should also try to maintain a balance between calorie intake and calorie expenditure—that is, don't eat more food than your body can utilize. Otherwise, you will gain weight. The more active you are, therefore, the more you can eat and still maintain this balance.

Following these three basic steps doesn't mean that you have to give up your favorite foods. As long as your overall diet is balanced and rich in nutrients and fiber, there is nothing wrong with an occasional cheeseburger. Just be sure to limit how frequently you eat such foods, and try to eat small portions of them.

You can also view healthy eating as an opportunity to expand your range of choices by trying foods—especially vegetables, whole grains, or fruits—that you don't normally eat. A healthy diet doesn't have to mean eating foods that are bland or unappealing.

The following basic guidelines are what you need to know to construct a healthy diet.

1 Eat plenty of high-fiber foods—that is, fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains. These are the "good" carbohydrates—nutritious, filling, and relatively low in calories. They should supply the 20 to 30 grams of dietary fiber you need each day, which slows the absorption of carbohydrates, so there’s less effect on insulin and blood sugar, and provides other health benefits as well. Such foods also provide important vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals (plant chemicals essential to good health).

2 Make sure to include green, orange, and yellow fruits and vegetables—such as broccoli, carrots, cantaloupe, and citrus fruits. The antioxidants and other nutrients in these foods may help protect against developing certain types of cancer and other diseases. Eat five or more servings a day.

3 Limit your intake of sugary foods, refined-grain products such as white bread, and salty snack foods. Sugar, our No.1 additive, is added to a vast array of foods. Just one daily 12-ounce can of soda (160 calories) can add up to 16 pounds over the course of a year. Many sugary foods are also high in fat, so they’re calorie-dense.

4 Cut down on animal fat. It’s rich in saturated fat, which boosts blood cholesterol levels and has other adverse health effects. Choose lean meats, skinless poultry, and nonfat or low-fat or nonfat dairy products.

5 Cut way down on trans fats, supplied by hydrogenated vegetable oils used in most processed foods in the supermarket and in many fast foods.

6 Eat more fish and nuts, which contain healthy unsaturated fats. Substitute olive or canola oil for butter or stick margarine.

7 Keep portions moderate, especially of high-calorie foods. In recent years serving sizes have ballooned, particularly in restaurants. Choose a starter instead of an entrée, split a dish with a friend, and don’t order supersized anything.

8 Keep your cholesterol intake below 300 milligrams per day. Cholesterol is found only in animal products, such as meats, poultry, dairy products, and egg yolks.

9 Eat a variety of foods. Don't try to fill your nutrient requirements by eating the same foods day in, day out. It is possible that not every essential nutrient has been identified, and so eating a wide assortment of foods helps to ensure that you will get all the necessary nutrients. In addition, this will limit your exposure to any pesticides or toxic substances that may be present in one particular food.

10 Maintain an adequate calcium intake. Calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth. Get your calcium from low-fat sources, such as skim milk and low-fat yogurt. If you can't get the optimal amount from foods, take supplements.

11 Try to get your vitamins and minerals from foods, not from supplements. Supplements cannot substitute for a healthy diet, which supplies nutrients and other compounds besides vitamins and minerals. Foods also provide the "synergy" that many nutrients require to be efficiently used in the body.

12 Maintain a desirable weight. Balance energy (calorie) intake with energy output. Exercise and other physical activity are essential.

13 If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. That is one drink a day for women, two a day for men. A drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 4 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits. Excess alcohol consumption leads to a variety of health problems. And alcoholic beverages can add many calories to your diet without supplying nutrients.

(source:wellness letter.com)

HP netbooks for consumers

We did not have the chance to test-drive the HP Mini Note 2133, but by now you must have heard about it.
It was launched around a year ago. If we follow Intel's arbitrary rule on what can or cannot be called a netbook, then the 2133 might not fit the netbook category. It did not run on an Intel Atom processor. Instead, it ran on the CM-7 processor from Via Technology.
Although the processor was not as fast as Intel Atom, the 2133 received fairly positive reviews from the editors and users alike. One of the models that spearheaded the Internet-focused mini notebooks revolution, it had a metal chassis and, most importantly, a great keyboard. It was also a business-oriented mini notebook, and I will talk more about it later.
HP filled the consumer segment with a new line of netbooks, called HP Mini.
Early last January, HP Indonesia started the new year by inviting the press for the launching the new line in Jakarta. The HP Mini is a netbook because now it runs on an Intel Atom processor. It is also intended to be a consumer product, and therefore it has a more stylish look with the currently in-vogue imprinted patterns on the top cover.
Specifically, the model announced at the press event earlier this year was the HP Mini 1000. My demo unit has 1 GB of RAM and a 60 GB Toshiba hard disk. There is not much to say about the performance, especially if we are to compare it with the netbooks offered by Asus, Dell, Lenovo and others.
All the components are more or less the same. In fact, the 4200 RPM hard disk inside the Mini Note 1000 is its weakest link. That is no surprise, as every netbook maker strives to achieve the best affordability and therefore has to cut some corners. The good news is, I think, that the overall performance is more than enough for the types of task it is intended to help us to perform.
And this late-arriving consumer notebook has some strong points that may put it on top of the long list of netbooks currently on the market. HP has replicated the 2133's great keyboard in the Mini Note. It has almost full-sized keys, making error-free touch-typing almost a norm. The keyboard is really a star.
Next are the speakers that are placed inside the hinge. They simply sound too good to be true, considering the size. Keep in mind that many other netbooks sound just a little louder than your PDAs. The size is right for a lady's handbag, and it will not be too heavy for her shoulder, either.
The 10.2-inch screen is very bright when you plug in the AC adapter or set the brightness to the max. Unfortunately, the otherwise attractive glass plate that covers the entire screen and its frame makes the display too glossy. For some people, the glare can be a nuisance, especially when working outside under the sunlight.
One decision that I wish HP designers had not made is the use of proprietary connection for the VGA Out and the external optical drive. The HP Mini Drive is optional, and anything optional means more limited-use investment may be required. Fortunately, we can still use a generic, USB-based DVD-RAM drive. In my test, my external LG Super DVD Multi Rewriter works flawlessly with the Mini Note 1000.
Some people have also complained about the touchpad with the buttons flanking the pad instead of being placed below it. The repositioning of the buttons is necessary to keep the keyboard in its ideal size. This is also the approach taken by Acer in the Acer One netbook. Personally, I rarely use these buttons, so I have no problem with the placement of the buttons. Besides, don't we usually use a mouse whenever we can?
The HP Mini Note 1000 is just the starter in the new consumer netbook lineup from HP. In other countries, the company has also launched the premium-class HP Mini Note 2140, which has the aluminum body of the 2133 instead of the plastic casing of the Mini Note 1000.
The battery life is reportedly slightly above average, which can be a strong reason for choosing the Mini Note 1000 over the others. Another unique feature, which is neither good nor bad but certainly saves some space on the housing side, is the combination of the microphone and line-out in a single audio port.
One thing that people are sometimes unaware of is, as I touched on earlier, that the 2133 is designed for business users. That is why the 2133 and its successors are designed differently and have different sets of features. The HP Mini Notes, on the other hand, are targeted for consumers who really want a netbook that they can carry around to check their email and maintain their Facebook.
Before you choose which one to buy, you really need to consider your requirements, because, according to HP, both of these netbook lines will continue to exist.


(source : thejakartapost.com, 3/10/2009)

Spiritual tourism potential in Bali not fully tapped

Bali has been billed as one of the world’s top spiritual tourism destinations, but its potential has yet to be fully tapped, a seminar heard Saturday.
Wayan Wijayasa, an industry observer from the Denpasar Tourism Academy, said the fact was, spiritual tourism was already blooming in Bali.
“A simple example is the fact there are more and more hotels offering yoga classes. More and more tourists are coming to Bali to deepen their spirituality, although we do not have the detailed figures yet,” he said.
Wijayasa, who has a master’s degree in tourism focusing on yoga, was speaking at the seminar being held at the Ashram Gandhi Puri Sevagram in Klungkung. The seminar was part of the ongoing International Bali-India Yoga Festival, which runs until Tuesday.
He said the untapped potential to develop such tourism came mainly from Western countries, whose citizens were keen to learn Eastern philosophy, especially yoga. Citing from a study conducted by US researcher Hodge, he said there were 16.5 million adults in the United States alone who practiced yoga.
“If only 1 percent of that figure visited Bali for spiritual tourism, then there would be at least 160,000 yoga tourists to Bali in a year,” Wijayasa said.
The study also found Americans spent a total of US$2.95 billion on buying yoga equipment, including mattresses, and classes.
“If Bali was more creative, we could become the main supplier for such equipment,” Wijayasa said.
Based on his own study in 2007, Wijayasa found there were 14 hotels in Ubud, Bangli regency, that offered yoga classes.
Wijayasa was upbeat that Bali could benefit greatly from spiritual tourism, especially considering the island also boasted beautiful natural scenery such as beaches and mountains, thus adding to the strong spiritual vibrations.
Also speaking at the seminar was Ketut Narya, head of research and development at the Bali Tourism Agency, and Indra Udayana, head of the Ashram Gandhi Puri Sevagram.
Despite the huge potential, Narya admitted the provincial administration had yet to draw up a clear concept on how to develop spiritual tourism in the island province.
“The development of spiritual tourism has been done by practitioners, while the provincial administration has yet to devise a development concept,” he said.
“Nevertheless, the administration strongly supports efforts to develop spiritual tourism in Bali.”“We will soon devise a concept to develop spiritual tourism as a way to enhance, enrich and broaden the tourism products we already have.”
Narya added spiritual tourism was in line with the cultural tourism concept, regulated under Bylaw No. 3/1991 on Cultural Tourism.
“We are also expecting spiritual tourism to help extend visitors’ length of stay, which in turn will bring higher spending,” he said.
The agency recorded that in 2008, the average length of stay in Bali was 10.6 days.
Indra added there was such a high potential for spiritual tourism here, and cited his own facility. Ashram Gandhi Puri Sevagram has five bedrooms, with visitors staying an average of two weeks.Bali has been billed as one of the world’s top spiritual tourism destinations, but its potential has yet to be fully tapped, a seminar heard Saturday.
Wayan Wijayasa, an industry observer from the Denpasar Tourism Academy, said the fact was, spiritual tourism was already blooming in Bali.
“A simple example is the fact there are more and more hotels offering yoga classes. More and more tourists are coming to Bali to deepen their spirituality, although we do not have the detailed figures yet,” he said.
Wijayasa, who has a master’s degree in tourism focusing on yoga, was speaking at the seminar being held at the Ashram Gandhi Puri Sevagram in Klungkung. The seminar was part of the ongoing International Bali-India Yoga Festival, which runs until Tuesday.
He said the untapped potential to develop such tourism came mainly from Western countries, whose citizens were keen to learn Eastern philosophy, especially yoga. Citing from a study conducted by US researcher Hodge, he said there were 16.5 million adults in the United States alone who practiced yoga.
“If only 1 percent of that figure visited Bali for spiritual tourism, then there would be at least 160,000 yoga tourists to Bali in a year,” Wijayasa said.
The study also found Americans spent a total of US$2.95 billion on buying yoga equipment, including mattresses, and classes.
“If Bali was more creative, we could become the main supplier for such equipment,” Wijayasa said.
Based on his own study in 2007, Wijayasa found there were 14 hotels in Ubud, Bangli regency, that offered yoga classes.
Wijayasa was upbeat that Bali could benefit greatly from spiritual tourism, especially considering the island also boasted beautiful natural scenery such as beaches and mountains, thus adding to the strong spiritual vibrations.
Also speaking at the seminar was Ketut Narya, head of research and development at the Bali Tourism Agency, and Indra Udayana, head of the Ashram Gandhi Puri Sevagram.
Despite the huge potential, Narya admitted the provincial administration had yet to draw up a clear concept on how to develop spiritual tourism in the island province.
“The development of spiritual tourism has been done by practitioners, while the provincial administration has yet to devise a development concept,” he said.
“Nevertheless, the administration strongly supports efforts to develop spiritual tourism in Bali.”“We will soon devise a concept to develop spiritual tourism as a way to enhance, enrich and broaden the tourism products we already have.”
Narya added spiritual tourism was in line with the cultural tourism concept, regulated under Bylaw No. 3/1991 on Cultural Tourism.
“We are also expecting spiritual tourism to help extend visitors’ length of stay, which in turn will bring higher spending,” he said.
The agency recorded that in 2008, the average length of stay in Bali was 10.6 days.
Indra added there was such a high potential for spiritual tourism here, and cited his own facility. Ashram Gandhi Puri Sevagram has five bedrooms, with visitors staying an average of two weeks.


(source:thejakartapost, 3/8/2009)