Tumpek Kandang Day, the blessed wild!

Tumpek Kandang Day is one of my favorite day in Bali island, when you have a job at a zoo the massive amount of cuteness burst contains in Tumpek Kandang Day is inevitable. The furry family members will be sprinkled holy water by Pemangku, a Balinese priest and every reactions are priceless I have no words to say. Just LOOK!

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Septi my homegurl does nunas tirta better than you
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Soft kitty, warm kitty.. little ball of fur…

There is no denying the appeal of baby animals, these are the cutest beasts on the face of the planet earth, too bad they grow up.

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The gentle giants
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I need some more baby animals. stat.
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Sari the adorable cub

It’s indeed a vibrant and a heartwarming day where you can easily capture numerous adorable inter-species encounters. I strongly suggest you to come to a zoo in Bali every Tumpek Kandang Day which occurs every six months on Saturday for a delightful opportunity to see a heartfelt Balinese ceremony in the garden just like some of journalist trying to freeze the moments.

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This cute bli zookeeper is actually my lifelong crush btw #kasihtaksampai
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Sunday Brunch Delight at Prego Westin Bali

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It’s all about Italian dining with a fun twist! I had the pleasure to visit one of this remarkable family restaurant with my sister a while ago in Nusa Dua area and everything was effortlessly impressive. I felt like welcomed in for a treat at Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Italian style and I honestly couldn’t fault a single thing! From the impeccable service given by the staff, the fun activities, the quality of the cuisine.. from the savory to all you can eat sweet course it’s all top notch experience!

Chocolate fountain delight #yumyum #mynaturalhabitat do your kids a favor and bring them here! KIDS EAT FREE!🍫🍫🍫🍫

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You’re the apple to my pie.. 🍰

What makes everything taste so good? The high quality ingredients, skillful five stars chef and the merry ambiance will make your brunch experience with your loved ones a memorable one!

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Chef Alex is one cook wizard extraordinaire!
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Classic spaghetti bolognese, don’t mind if I do🍝
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Leaving this place with happy belly and smiley face.
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A rabbi, a priest, and a Lutheran minister walk into a bar. The bartender looks up and says, “Is this some kind of joke?”

Brunch at Prego Bali Westin feels like a pop up birthday party, you have magician to keep you entertained, all you can eat delicacies, fun games, free pool access, cooking class session and giveaway quiz, it’s all beautiful surprises twist and more! The grana cheese live cooking is also one of my highlight.🧀 🔥


More about Prego Bali:

Website: www.westinnusaduabali.com/prego
Instagram: @pregobali
Price: IDR 360,000++ per person, Kids Eat Free 20% OFF exclusive for SPG members
Address: The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali, Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua, BTDC Lot N-3, 80363, Indonesia
Phone: (62) (361) 771906, 08071 088888

5 Pesona Wisata Religi Ramadhan di Pulau Lombok & Sumbawa, NTB!

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“Oh how beautiful is Allah. At a time when our hearts are ill and our imaan is weak. He grants us Ramadan to bring us closer back to Him..”

Marhaban Ya Ramadhan..

The holiest and long awaited month for moslem is finally here! Jangan lewatkan pelopor bucket list religi andalan satu ini dari itinerary anda yang telah menjadi salah satu destinasi wisata halal dunia terbaik setelah sukses menyabet 3 penghargaan internasional bergengsi yaitu World’s Best Halal Tourism Destination dan World’s Best Halal Honeymoon Destination serta situs pariwisata halal terbaik dunia (World’s Best Halal Travel Website) www.wonderfullomboksumbawa.com saat ajang World Halal Tourism Awards (WHTA) 2016 di Dubai beberapa waktu silam.

Berikut saya ringkas berbagai aktivitas Pesona Khazanah Ramadhan di Bumi Seribu Masjid yang wajib dicoba saat liburan di provinsi Nusa Tenggara Barat untuk referensi pelesiran para sahabat traveler yang akan memeriahkan bulan puasa Ramadhan ini. Buat yang lagi di Pulau Bali juga jangan lupa melipir kesana juga ya gees.. ,cuma 5 jam saja melalui kapal ferry lho! Cekidot..

1. Yuk berwisata sambil beribadah di Bumi seribu surau ini. Jangan lewatkan aktivitas seperti Tarawih & Qiyamul Lail Akbar bersama 4 imam besar dan qari’ internasional diantaranya Prof. Dr. Syeikh Khalid Barakat (Lebanon), Syeikh Ezzat eL-Sayyed (Mesir), Syeikh Mouad Douaik (Maroko), dan Syeikh Ahmad Jalal Abdullah Yahya (Yordania).

Tidak perlu jauh-jauh hingga kena jetlag berkelana ke Timur Tengah, para sahabat traveler kini bisa memperkaya momen berharga ibadah di bulan suci di tanah air sendiri dengan berbagai kesempatan i’tikaf dan tilawah bersama para sheikh terkenal tersebut dengan alunan merdu resitalnya saat festival Ramadhan tahun ini di Islamic Center Masjid Hubbul Wathan, Mataram yang super iconic. (Click here how to get there)

Vibrant details  of Islamic Center Masjid Hubbul Wathan (Photo: Mdl Photography)

Singgahi berbagai mesjid di Lombok & Sumbawa yang mengesankan lainnya seperti Masjid Kuno Bayan yang kaya sejarah dan Masjid Agung Darussalam sambil menikmati perjalanan seperti sufi dan musafir. Di Islamic Center Lombok juga terdapat berbagai aktivitas seru seperti pameran seni budaya Islam, bazaar, lomba fotografi, bedah buku, suvenir kerajinan tangan, fashion show, hiburan alunan nasyid musik religi seperti group band  “Debu” dan “Wali” serta talkshow & hijab tutorial dan diakhiri dengan takbir 1000 cahaya menjelang hari raya nanti. Warbiyasakk 👌

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Islamic Center Masjid Hubbul Wathan (Photo: Dan O’Cker)
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Masjid Agung Darussalam, Taliwang, Sumbawa NTB (Photo: Antonio Photograph)

2. Jelajah wisata kuliner lokal

Sebagai penggerak wisata kuliner halal di Indonesia. Nusa Tenggara Barat diberkahi dengan berbagai olahan laut segar yang berlimpah, manjakan indera perasa anda saat momen Sahur hingga ngabuburit iftar berbuka puasa dengan berbagai hidangan signature lokal seperti Singang, Gecok Sumbawa, Sepat, Pelu (Sejenis urap) Aru, Pelu Lenga dan dessert istimewa seperti Bolu Berai.

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Singang, a fresh savory fish soup kaya rempah! (Photo: AyoJalanJalan)

3. Honeymoon tranquil escape

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Tahukah anda? Desa Sembalun terpilih sebagai destinasi bulan madu halal terbaik dunia (World’s Best Halal Honeymoon Destination) 2016. Bagi para pengantin baru, love birds yang masih mabuk kepayang dapat menikmati dataran landscape tertinggi terbentang indah dan mengabadikan momen scenic romantis bersama pasangan anda. Dapatkan special rate paket bulan madu di travel agent terdekat dengan berbagai macam pilihan akomodasi mewah terjangkau atau Bed & Breakfast on budget yang juga lebih ramah kantong. Ssstt.. bagi yang masih jomblo, lihat fotonya jangan baper kelamaan yes! (Ngomong sama kaca.. 😭)

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Pergasingan hill, Lombok (Photo: Dedy Sumarga)
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Trekking Kenawa Island, Sumbawa (Photo: Ahmad Syukaery)

Panorama savannah Sumbawa dan satwa endemik Kuda Sumbawa, pulau yang 3x lebih luas dari Lombok ini juga tidak kalah menakjubkan yang akan membuat sahabat traveler merasa lebih dekat bersama alam,  seraya mengagumi ciptaan Yang Maha Kuasa.

4.  Selain menikmati keindahan alam Lombok & Sumbawa beserta objek wisata religi yang ada, jangan lewatkan culture attraction yang ditawarkan pulau kaya budaya ini seperti Presean, Gendang Beleq, Bau Nyale dan lainnya.

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Tari Lombok Presean, adu ketangkasan
Upacara Nyorong (Photo: Antara Foto)

5. Into the blue hues. Channel in your inner mermaid spirit diving into this secluded undersea paradise…

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Lombok beach, (Photo: Fazlysuper)
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Mangku Kodek waterfall (Photo: Lombok_Piknik)

Yuk main air syantiek di berbagai pantai Lombok & Sumbawa! Udara yang bersih, pesona bawah laut yang indah dan keramaian yang minim akan membuat liburanmu semakin istimewa. Silahkan splish splash air sepuasnya, tapi eits jangan sampai batal puasa ya! Saksikan golden hour moment sunset dan rayakan buka puasa dengan berpiknik ria diatas pasir putih pantai Lombok family style.

Demikian berbagai aktivitas unik dan memorable yang dapat travelers lakukan saat menginjak ranah bumi seribu masjid ini di bulan suci. Silahkan buktikan sendiri, rasakan pesona ketenangan batin dan rohani yang kamu butuhkan di bulan penuh rahmat ini. Mari book tiket perjalanan anda sekarang. Your holy dream journey is only a click away!

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Orangutans Galore

I got so lucky working at a wonderful zoo and having behind the scene encounter with these iconic apes on daily basis. Some of these king of the jungle are clingy like a super glue that will get you effortlessly emotionally attached. They are insanely adorable ball of furs I wish to cuddle and receiving free massage from. Unlike Siamang, my other favorite primate.. orangutans are so heavy! just like me..

Check out some snaps of my furry and friendly sidekick from Bali Zoo named Septi and Dara at Kampung Sumatra, Bali Zoo.

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Massage plus plus..

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I told you these are like some super clingy ex-boyfriends (if I had one!)

Another bonus photos for you is this eye candy man Mr. Richo Kyle, a delightful man I’d like to bring home and introduce to my parents to whom I had a pleasure to welcome at Bali Zoo.