Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dining Options

Jakarta is a topnotch culinary destination where you can appreciate traditional Indonesian and worldwide cuisine and moreover remarkable mixture foods with global inspirations. There is a richness of reasonably-priced halal fare being a pre-dominantly Muslim country. Jakarta has the finest variety of restaurants in Indonesia where you can eat everything from monkey meat in the streets of Glodok to fine dining in international restaurants. Many restaurants and eateries are costly by Indonesian standards nonetheless the comparatively low rate of the rupiah implies you can take pleasure in fine dining at a portion of the value it would charge in other parts of the world. Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours, Singapore lets you taste Indonesia’s dining option.

Street food is extremely usual in Jakarta and there is no shortage of food stalls or warungs as to locals and snacks vendors selling nosh, the typically Indonesian satay or bakso tok-tok (Chinese soup). Jakarta as well has its reasonable share of worldwide chains and franchises. You’ll simply find these in food courts and in shopping malls for example Plaza Senayan, Taman Anggrek Mall, and Plaza Indonesia. In some malls, you can in fact see the food being ready and you can as well try diverse specialisms in advance of deciding on what you desire to eat. But a warning though, you should also be very cautious of what you eat. 

Restaurants introducing Indonesian cuisine can be normally found in the city. Common dishes consist of spicy hot Padang food, tasty chicken from Kalasan in Central Java, grilled fish from Ujung Pandang, and sumptuous Chinese seafood dishes.

Jakarta presents various international culinary delicacies for all to experience. To name only a few, you can try out American, Asian, Brazilian, British, Chinese, Deli, Dutch, European, French, Greek, Indian, Irish, and Italian. There is likewise a respectable assortment of restaurants providing these menus reaching from low-priced to costly. Most fine dining restaurants can be found in the five star hotels focused in the Golden Triangle area as likewise in habitations for example Kemang, Menteng and Kebayoran Baru. Cafe Batavia, in the northwest of the city, offers an unforgettable dining experience done its Hong Kong and Pacific Rim menus. In Oasis, you will be greeted with live gamelan music. The restaurant has a stimulating cuisine and a fully clad wine list.

The cafes situated in Jalan Jaksa distribute normal travelers’ fare extending from quasi-European to Indonesian. The charges are inexpensive and the breakfasts served are of worthy price. The place is perfect for the backpackers and the budget travelers. Ya Udah is a well-liked and comparatively expensive hidey-hole serving Western dishes and a extensive diversity of pies. Pappa Kafe serves a wide-ranging menu counting Indian food. Memori has food alike to Pappa Kafe then in the evenings you can enjoy watching American movies.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Diving and Snorkeling Spot in Bali

Let’s escape the hassle and bustle city life in Jakarta, Indonesia and try the best diving and snorkeling spots in Bali. Bali has remarkable sites for diving and snorkeling. Aside from being the best for surfing, Bali beaches have mind-blowing underwater view as well. Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours, Singapore prepared this list of the best places for snorkeling and diving in Bali.

Menjangan Island Bali
Menjangan Island Bali is can be found at West Bali National Park (Taman Nasional bali barat). The island has stunning underwater view with coral reefs wall on all sides of the island. Snorkeling and diving alike are topmost preferences when traveling here. Many tourists claim that Menjangan Island is the best among all snorkeling and diving spot in Bali.

You can effortlessly witness butterfly fish, angel fish, clown fish, crocodile fish, lion fish, anthias, pipefish, and other kind of fish here under Menjangan Island Sea. There are also times, If lucky, to see baby sharks.

Amed and Tulamben
Amed is a finest spot for snorkeling and freediving, while Tulamben is a place best for diving. These two places are to be found in the eastern of Bali Island. Similar to a temple and Japanese shipwreck, Amed has underwater submarine mailbox, while Tulamben has US Liberty shipwreck. You can effortlessly observe schooling fish in both places. Not to mention, beautiful coral reefs are amazing underwater view of Amed and Tulamben as well.

Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida
Nusa Lembongan is also one of the best spot for snorkeling and sea walking. Whereas Nusa Penida is a best place for diving to look for Mola-mola fish/Sun Fish. Sea walking is managed by Bali Marine Walk. Here, you can walk under the sea with hundreds of fish swimming everywhere with you.

Padang Bai
Padang Bai also one of the best places in Bali for snorkeling despite being not as popular compared to the three places listed above.

Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours, Singapore guarantees you with no complaints vacation in Bali!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Must See Wildlife in Asia

Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours, Singapore had arranged many tours on various Wildlife destinations in Asia such as:

Gunung Leuser National Park, Indonesia is a national park that is home to over 500 species of animals, counting nearly 200 types of mammals. Sumatran tigers and flying lemurs, together with clouded leopards, flying frogs and sambar deer are just some examples of one of the greatest varied animal populations in Indonesia. Gunung Leuser also comprises a rehabilitation house for orangutans. Located in the near-pristine Bukit Barisan Mountains, the park’s altitude shoots from zero to 3,381 meters, with the Alas River cutting the park in half.

The Bonin Islands, Japan, also known as the Ogasawara Islands in Japan, have the merit of being the most remote destination on this list; there is no other way to get there but by a 25-hour ferry from Tokyo. It’s completely worth it, however, as visitors have an amazing 90% chance of seeing humpback whales from February-April. Visitors can as well see sperm whales in the summer and fall, and dolphins all year around. The islands are likewise rare in that they were not ever associated to the Japanese mainland or any other continent, and hence are home to crabs, insects and birds not found anywhere else in the world.

Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah, Malaysia is extended over closely 440 square kilometers in lowland rainforest, Danum Valley was uninhabited by humans when it opened. As soon as you’re in the valley, visitors can take guided walks and drives and nighttime safaris to try and spot the Borneo pygmy elephant, Sumatran rhino, Malay sun bear and more. Throughout durian season, the likelihoods of seeing orangutans upsurge. The real treat here, though, is the birdwatching, as it’s the sole place where the spectacled flowerpecker has only been seen.

Similan Islands, Thailand is known as one of the top diving destinations in the world. May it be diving or snorkeling, it’s likely to see spectacular coral reefs, schools of tropical fish, manta rays and sea turtles during the short November-April open season. Mu Ko Similan National Park lets visitors experience the pleasure of seeing air, land and sea-based wildlife, from birds and sixteen species of bats, to vipers, pythons and lizards, too much friendlier bottlenose dolphins.

Yala National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest and most famous national parks. It’s most well-known for its huge numbers of elephants and leopards, which can be appreciated when on safari. The park shelters numerous ecosystems, including moist and dry monsoon forests and wetlands. Historical and religious sites and ruins enhance the must-see list. The park is divided into five blocks, making it easier to plan a trip.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Most Classic Breakfasts of the World

Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours, Singapore: Most Classic Breakfasts of the World

Rice noodles (flatter and wider than those in pad thai) comes with mouth-tingling condiments like fresh or preserved chiles in vinegar. In Bangkok, jasmine rice is boiled as khao tom or fried askhao pat, with shrimp, pork, or chicken.

Indonesia and Malaysia
The morning meal in Bali, Jakarta, and Kuala Lumpur mirrors the hegemony of rice. Variants include nasi goreng (fried rice with prawns, chicken, and egg), nasi lemak (coconut-infused rice with crisp anchovies), and bubur ayam (rice porridge with chicken, egg, and shallots). While for the sweet tooth there’s pisang goreng (banana fritters with palm sugar).

Great Britain and Ireland
The British Isles may be the ticket when you’re feeling daring and adventurous. Made of curdled and boiled pig’s blood, mixed with chunks of pork fat and stuffed into a sausage casing, the Irish black pudding will excite you. The Scots have an alike difficult tradition: haggis—sheep’s liver, heart, and lungs mixed with oatmeal and suet, then simmered in the sheep’s intestines. Tamer palates might choose the classic English breakfast, with eggs, bangers (sausages) or streaky bacon, tomatoes, and mushrooms. It’s frequently called a fry-up for good reason: almost the whole thing on the plate is fried, as well as the toast. The Brits may add baked beans or bubble and sque

Southern Europe
Apart from the indispensable caffè, an Italian breakfast spread might also contain cured meats (Parma ham; mortadella from Bologna) and cheeses (pecorino in Rome; smoked scamorza in Puglia). In Spain, potatoes, onions, and eggs are cooked in olive oil and formed into a fat, round tortilla española, from which slices are cut all day long. The somewhat more debauched Spanish breakfast is deep-fried churros dunked in bittersweet hot chocolate. One look at the contented sheep and goats grazing on any mountain tells you there will be great feta in Greece. Breakfast pies are made with phyllo dough and cheese and spinach or wild greens.

Puerto Rico’s yeasty egg bread, pan de mallorca (from the Spanish island of the same name), go with café con leche. In Jamaica, ackee with saltfish appears like scrambled eggs, however ackee is a fruit; callaloo, served on the side, is a leafy green. The dish frequently comes with bami (cassava flatbread), johnnycakes (fried dumplings), breadfruit, and Jamaica’s well-known Blue Mountain coffee.

Costa Rica and Nicaragua
Gallo pinto (painted rooster) is the national breakfast dish of these two nations, an orientation to the speckled look of the mixed beans and rice, however it is also an effort to hide the fact that it’s frugally meatless. A more luxurious version would be served with stewed meat and chorreadas, Costa Rican corn pancakes.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Jakarta’s Charm City

Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia that is home to an extensive selection of places of interest. In fact, Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours, Singapore had arranged many yours in the city. Indisputably, it is one of the flourishing travel and business destinations of South East Asia. If we toss some light on its charm, the Indonesian capital may not be as awesome as other cities of Bangkok or Singapore but it is home to fascinating highlights that one can realize after visiting the city. A lot of travelers go for Jakarta during holidays in order to have a quality time with their loved ones.

The truth continue to be true that the anti-social factors constantly make a frantic effort to generate disorder in the tourism destinations such as Bali, Jakarta and many more however the government of the country proceeds on ways to protect the travelers from coming into contact with such unsolicited elements. Visit and grab flights to Jakarta and feel the charm spread in the air.

The Indonesian capital is so packed of appealing attractions that you would not choose to stay in your hotel room just to kill your time watching TV during the course of the day. Never forget to take a tour to the attraction that is waiting for your arrival. There certainly are more of tourist attractions to keep you busy all throughout your tour to the city. You can basically bump into remarkable buildings, parks, museums and many more.

The city is filled with all the modern amenities which are sufficient to make your vacation an enjoyable one. To tell the truth, Jakarta is the city that drizzles a overabundance of many thrilling facets on the tourists.

The fact cannot be deprived of that Jakarta is the major gateway to Indonesia. It has perceived a major incursion of the tourist and because of this reason; it has prolonged its conveniences with plush hotels, lively nightlife and modern shopping centers.

You can book cheap flights to Jakarta from Birmingham with travel agents of reputation that offer the best deals which is beyond compare this is best or shopping buffs. You would find some farfetched shopping arcades which are complete of countless merchandise. Taman Surapati is the place that is choked with paintings on display by peddlers. If you like antique furniture, you can make your way to Chinatown’s Glodok and Pancoran areas where you can get your hands on Old Dutch lamps, Chinese porcelains and apparently, the antique furniture.

Many tourist attractions await you. They are just irresistible to discover. Pay a visit to national Museum, Jakarta Fine Art Gallery, Immanuel Church, Sunds Kelapa, Indonesia Miniature Park, the Textile Museum and many more.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Jakarta Worries Over The Future Of The Tentative Agreement

INDONESIA is especially concerned that the Rudd government's hold-up on processing some refugee claims will scamper an uncertain agreement to stop the six-month argument with Sri Lankan asylum seekers in the Indonesian port city of Merak, a senior official said yesterday. This subject matter is supported by Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours, Singapore.

Almost 30 of the Sri Lankans run off from the protected area in recent days and are supposed to have hired a people smuggler to help their departure.

There were about 200 ethnic Tamils who escaped the conflict in their homeland stayed on the boat subsequent to what they provisionally settled to get off the vessel and into accommodation. The five-day time frame given for the end of the standoff has since passed and the Indonesian foreign affairs official in charge of negotiations, Sujatmiko, said he was growing more pessimistic about a resolution.

''I'm really very worried that they will change their minds or more will escape,'' DrSujatmiko said. ''We believe that there has been an impact from the Australian government's policy of suspending processing [of Sri Lankans and Afghans].''

The government said on Friday that it would freeze the processing of refugee applications for Sri Lankans and Afghans for three and six months respectively in an attempt to stem the flood of unauthorised boats entering Australian territory.

Two days after DrSujatmiko said the Sri Lankans had agreed to leave the boat, the announcement came.

''Nimal'', a spokesman for the asylum seekers at Merak, said people on the vessel were ''disappointed and scared'' by the Australian government's decision.

''No one knows where [the escapees] have gone,'' said Nimal. ''They don't know other people in Indonesia, so I think they would have had contact with an agent [people smuggler].''

However the Sri Lankans were also disturbed that the Indonesian government would not inform them where they would be accommodated or guarantee they would not be deported.

The Sri Lankans was cut off by the Indonesian Navy in October following a personal request from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

When one more boat was intercepted by the Australian vessel Oceanic Viking days later and its cargo of 78 Sri Lankans were rapidly resettled after refusing to come ashore in Indonesian waters, it grew some hopes of those in Merak that they would be given a alike deal.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

DO-IT-YOURSELF Travel to Jakarta, Indonesia

Every vegetarian fear while travelling is what to eat, where to eat and are the food there vegetarian friendly? Fear not vegetarians! Indonesia has dishes that vegans may be able to eat. Fried tofu with rice, gado-gado (Indonesian salad), tempe (soy beans), sayur (vegetable soup), and ketoprak (Indonesian salad with rice) are very common and easy to be found everyplace in the city. Jakarta has a lot to offer for non-vegetarians as well. From traditional cuisine, Italian, Japanese, to every big food chains that you know, Indonesia got it for you. To be able to complete your Indonesian experience, try the traditional foods: Soto (soup), Nasi goreng (Indonesian style fried rice), or rendang (beef). You will never be hungry in Indonesia since food is very affordable here. Food normal range is $1 – $3 (American Dollar).

If you are a wine lover, you have to try “ciu” and “anggur merah intisari” (local wines). While for local beers we have Anker, Bintang and Bali Hai. I do not recommend you to drink Bali Hai, unless you are that kind of people who drinks Budweiser.

Having band shows here will be most likely occur in Jalan Jaksa (Jaksa street, Sarinah area, central jakarta) since it has lots of affordable hostels for backpackers and most of them have websites. You will be offered a place to stay by people who arrange your show; otherwise, there are lots of options. Price range are from $10 – $100 per nights. You can also find home-stay via online. If you insist on staying at the Hotel, try Amaris, they offer $30-$50 per night.

Do not get surprised if you have never been to a third world country, be ready for traffic is everywhere and it’s really terrible. Moreover, air pollution and hot-humid weather is to some degree a very awful experience in the country that you need to keep in mind. Apart from that, it’s not that tough to get from place to place in the city. There is an inner city transit bus called Transjakarta, minibus, bus, bajaj (a three wheel vehicle), ojek (motorcycle taxi), and taxi. When you arrived at the airport, go find the security guard or airport staff to find the taxi places; otherwise you will get ripped off with by illegal taxi driver (there are tons of them waiting in front of the airport)

You can enjoy local gigs, from hardcore to traditional music since we have it all covered for you. Common venues for hardcore & punk gigs: “Rossi Music” in Fatmawati South Jakarta, “Kafe 79″ Kemang area South Jakarta, “Lumbung Padi” Kemang area South Jakarta. Metal gigs: mostly on Sunday evening at “Bulungan” Blok M South Jakarta. Alternative/post-rock/others: Jaya Pub central Jakarta, Rolling Stone Cafe South Jakarta, Marley’s bar South Jakarta. Go check out this band when you can: Antiseptic, Straight Answer, Ghaust, Duct-tape Surgery, and Grave Dancer

Drinking places: Try Melly’s in Sarinah Central Jakarta, or Najong at pondok pinang South Jakarta. Those two have an affordable below normal rates for beer: $1 – $3. If you are looking for normal prices, try Dehoi in Pondok Indah or Tokove in Kemang.

Record stores: Movement records, Taman puring (second floor), Aksara, and Anti-music are located in South Jakarta.

Here are the things you must not do, says Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours, Singapore. Talking to strangers at the airport is something you must not do. Most likely they are illegal taxi drivers trying to get you inside their car. Do not wear a jacket during daytime unless you’re riding motorcycle or feeling like having a weird sauna in public. Do not bring too much amount of cash in your wallet/pocket. Just in case you’re having bad luck.