Benefits of Drinking Turmeric Milk

It has been an ancient tradition to drink turmeric milk (haldi doodh) as a cure for all aches and pains. Now Starbucks serves it as Golden latte – an unlikely combination of nut milk and juiced turmeric root – is  the current drink of choice.

Turmeric has many benefits for health and beauty. So just add this ingredient to milk to get many health benefits! Its really easy to make – All you have to do is to boil milk with half a teaspoon of turmeric powder or a 1-inch piece of fresh turmeric for 10 to 15 minutes. And voila! Your superdrink is ready.

Here is yet another version of turmeric milk with another superfood – ginger. Both ginger and turmeric have incredible anti-inflammatory properties, which means this soothing and delicious ginger turmeric almond latte is also really good for you.

Haldi doodh or Golden milk recipe:

  • A cup of dairy milk/coconut or almond milk
  • 1 tsp of turmeric powder or fresh grated turmeric root
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • a pinch of cinnamon, clove and cardamom
  • 2 tsp honey

How to make:

  • Mix everything in a pot and bring to a boil.
  • Let it boil for a few minutes
  • Drink the golden milk while warm before going to bed
Turmeric Milk Recipe
Turmeric Milk Recipe

Here are several health benefits that you can gain from drinking turmeric milk regularly:

It detoxifies and purifies your body

This spice has been known to be used as a blood purifier in ancient Ayurveda medicines. It improves blood circulation and stimulates the lymphatic system, which is the body’s natural drainage mechanism. It also helps your liver detoxify the rest of your body.

It soothes arthritis and joint pain

Turmeric’s anti inflammatory properties have other benefits as well. One of them is its ability to soothe the pain, swelling and inflammation associated with arthritis. This drink strengthens your bones and joints and improves flexibility as well.

It treats colds and coughs

Turmeric is loaded with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help battle infection as well as the symptoms of a cough or cold.

It boosts immunity and fights diseases

The antiviral properties of this spice boost your natural immunity and prevent the multiplication of viruses, thereby protecting you against infections like hepatitis. Research also suggests that turmeric slows down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and even reduces the risk of cancer.

It relieves headaches and congestion

Turmeric is rich in antioxidants as well as several nutrients, so it works like a natural painkiller against headaches, especially those that are caused by congestion.

It helps you to sleep

Drinking a warm glass of turmeric milk an hour before bed can help you get much better sleep. Serotonin and melatonin in milk, combined with turmeric’s ability to reduce stress will relax your body and help you to fall asleep easier.

It reduces menstrual cramps

Ladies, drinking a glass of milk with turmeric every day can reduce your cramps, as turmeric has antispasmodic properties as well as several vital nutrients.

It speeds up your digestive system

Due to antiseptic and antibacterial properties, turmeric milk is effective in curing indigestion and preventing ulcer and diarrhea.

It speeds up weight loss

Turmeric helps to breakdown of dietary fat, so it helps to control weight.

It makes your skin glow

The antioxidants in turmeric fight the free radicals that cause not only disease but ageing as well, keeping your skin young and healthy.

City Tour Jakarta: Explore Jakarta with Double-decker Buses

We can see that Jakarta government is continuously developing their services for tourists. Not only are the attractions are well-kept to make tourists more comfortable when visiting, so is the public transportation – like the City Tour Jakarta buses.

These double-decker buses are provided by Jakarta government for everyone who wants to explore a few of main attractions in the city. It’s quite rare to see double-decker buses in Indonesia, isn’t it?

These buses are more known as “Mpok Siti” (Eng: Miss Siti). You can wait the bus at certain bus stops which are located in Central Jakarta. These buses will stop at tourist attractions like Kota Tua, Monas (Monumen Nasional), and Museum Nasional.

City Tour Jakarta bus or Mpok Siti

There are currently 28 buses operating from Monday to Sunday. The service is free. On the weekends, the buses operate with special themes like historical tour, culinary tour, and shopping tour. The waiting time between buses is approximately 20 mins.

Buses are equipped with video screens and tour guides will provide the information you need along the route.

Passengers may board or step out of the bus at any of the designated stops.

The History of Jakarta tour buses operate every Sunday from 12 pm to 8 pm. These buses are equipped with GPS, so when they pass through a museum or historical building, a narration about the place will be played through speakers in the bus.

The Culinary and Art buses operate every Saturday from 5 pm to 11 pm, and they will pass through popular culinary spots in Jakarta like Pecenongan and Pasar Baru area. This is one of the most favorite tours provided by Mpok Siti, as the tourists also can see a slice of Jakarta’s nightlife.

Meanwhile, the shopping tour buses operate every Monday to Saturday  at 9 am to 5 pm, and every Sunday at 12 pm to 8 pm. The tour will explore Jakarta’s main shopping centers like Sarinah, Plaza Indonesia, and skyscrapers around Jalan MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta.

Another recently launched route is Balai Kota – Kalijodo. For information, Kalijodo is one of the Ruang Publik Terpadu Ramah Anak (RPTRA) that are scattered around Jakarta. Now, this area is always crowded with people doing various activities, from just jogging and cycling to skateboarding.

The City Tour Jakarta buses depart to Kalijodo every Monday to Friday from 11 am to 9 pm, every Saturday at 9am to 11pm, and Sunday from 12 pm to 7 pm.

The routes are:

  • BW1 – Route Jakarta Modern (Jakarta Baru) : Istiqlal – Monas 1 – Monas 2 – Balai Kota – Sarinah – Plaza Indonesia – Museum Nasional – Pecenongan – Pasar Baru (Gedung Kesenian Jakarta) – Istiqlal
  • BW2 – Route History of Jakarta (Sejarah Jakarta: Istiqlal – Monas 2 – Balai Kota – Museum Nasional – Gedung Arsip – Museum Bank Indonesia – BNI 46 – Pasar Baru (Gedung Kesenian Jakarta) – Istiqlal
  • BW3 – Route Art and Cullinary (Kesenian dan Kuliner) : Istiqlal – Monas 2 – Balai Kota – Harmoni – Gedung Arsip – Museum Bank Indonesia – BNI 46 – Sawah Besar – Pecenongan – Istiqlal
  • BW4 – Route Jakarta Skyscrapers (Pencakar Langit Jakarta ) : Istiqlal – Monas 1 – Monas 2 – Balai Kota – Sarinah – Tosari – Sudirman – Karet – Bundaran Senayan – Gelora Bung Karno – Dukuh Atas – Plaza Indonesia – Museum Nasional – Pecenongan – Pasar Baru (Gedung Kesenian Jakarta) – Istiqlal
  • BW5 – Route Jakarta Open Space (Ruang Terbuka ) : 
  • BW6 –  Route Jakarta-Heritage (Cagar Budaya Jakarta) :

See the complete route  and timings as below:

Jakarta City Tour Bus Service Route Map
Jakarta City Tour Bus Service Route Map

60 comfortable seats and Air Conditioners are available in each bus. Unlike Transjakarta Buses, you won’t see the passengers standing in the aisle or sitting on the floor. It is recommended to depart from Juanda Shelter, so you will get an empty bus and you can choose your preferred seat.

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badam ki bafri
Badam Barfi

Here is a really simple microwave Badam barfi recipe. It takes all the hard work out of this traditional Indian sweet making process. Try it out today.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup – Almonds (finely powdered, with skin)
  • 1 cup – besan (gram flour)
  • 1 cup – Milk
  • 3 cups – Sugar
  • 3 tbsp – Ghee (clarified butter)
  • 2 tsp – finely chopped Pistachios and Almonds

Directions:

  1. Take a big microwavable bowl, add sugar and milk to it.
  2. Mix well and microwave for 2 mins or till sugar melts.
  3. Add besan, badam powder, ghee and mix well.
  4. Microwave for 15 mins, stirring every 5 mins.
  5. Add a drop of mix in to a bowl of water to check if it forms a soft ball.
  6. Once the soft ball consistency is achieved, pour the liquid into a greased plate, sprinkle finely chopped pista and badam, press gently on the mix.
  7. Cut into diamond shapes when still slightly warm.
  8. Remove and serve when cooled.

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5 Makeup Guides for This Year’s Holiday Season Party

Plan out your Christmas and New Year party look starting now!

Combing this year’s trend to create an admirable party look for the holiday season party. From glitter lips to metallic nails, here is our party beauty guide:

Glitter lip

Source: Instagram @lippielust
Source: Instagram @lippielust

Glitter lips are in right now. Add the sparkling pigments or lip gloss on top of your lips for more glam look. You can wear a liquid matte lipstick, and then apply glittery lip gloss on it. If you’re not too comfortable wearing too much glitter, you can opt for liquid lipstick with shimmer in it. To achieve this look, you can wear Kylie Lip Kit Birthday Edition in Leo, topped with Kylie Lip Gloss Birthday Edition in Poppin.

Smoky eyes

Source: DramaticMac YouTube channel
Source: DramaticMac YouTube channel

Smoky eyes really a never-die look for any occasion and for literally everyone. However, for this holiday season, steer clear from boring black or navy blue eye shadow. Instead, try sultry deep red or burgundy that goes well with Christmas and New Year vibe. You can use the Modern Renaissance eye palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills

Or… Glittery Eyes

Source: Carli Bybel YouTube channel
Source: Carli Bybel YouTube channel

If you think that smoky eyes are so-last-year, why don’t try glittery eyes? Just remember that if you wear glittery eyes, don’t go with glittery lips as well. Glittery eyes are perfect combined with dead-matte lipstick in any color you want. MAC’s Dazzleshadow series is a good choice to have this look.

Glowing face

Source: Linda Hallberg YouTube channel
Source: Linda Hallberg YouTube channel

Highlighting-or should be say Strobing-are 2018 makeup trends, and you should bring this game to your party look. Don’t be afraid to sculpt your face for a fiercer angular look, and contrast the contouring with healthy yet glamorous highlight on your cheekbones, eyebrow bones and tip of your nose. You can use the award-winning contour cream palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills, along with its Moon Child highlighter.

Metallic Nails

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Choose an eye-catching nail color for this season’s parties, and let people admire it every time you lift up your cocktail glass. Try Revlon Nail Polish in Gold Coin—this golden shimmery nail polish is perfect for extra luxury nail look.

Metallic lips

Other than metallic nails, the latest trend will be to put foil on the lips, creating a metallic finish. Dazzle the party with your bold and unexpected look by putting variety shades of Lip Rock on your lips. Putting it on is very easy, too! Just apply the adhesive given with the pack, wait until it turns clear and apply the foil sunny side up. Wait for a short moment then lift the foil. If there are gaps, all you have to do is repeat the process.

For places to buy makeup in Indonesia, you can head over to these places.

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Beauty Tips For Men

Don’t worry, it’s not un-manly to actually use something other than soap to cleanse and nourish your skin and hair. If you still cringe at the thought of proper grooming, baby you need help. Just try the following, and if you still aren’t doing well with women, perhaps the answer lies in our fashion pages.

1. Morning Call – If you don’t already do this, honey, you are in big, big trouble. Washing your face in the morning is integral. Make sure you use a facial cleanser (no, not soap). An exfoliating scrub two to three mornings a week helps remove dead skin cells (the flaky stuff on your face the morning of a hangover) and prevents breaks-outs and blocked pores. Massage the scrub gently in a circular motion, and not in the manner you would remove grease from a frying pan.

Sensatia Botanicals Unscented Sensitive Cream Cleanser
Source: sephora.co.id

2. The Shower – Lukewarm water is best, as hot water will strip your skin of its natural oils. Use a loofah (a rough sponge made from the fruit of a tropical plant) to remove dead skin. Shampooing doesn’t just encompass hair, but your scalp as well. Massage shampoo into your scalp with your fingertips and rinse. Use a conditioner to tame wild locks. Rinsing your hair thoroughly will prevent the build-up of shampoo residue that results in dry and “flat” hair.

3. Close Shave – Best to shave while you are still in the shower as the steam softens the hair shafts. Shave with the grain as much as possible, and use a razor with two parallel blades to prevent less irritation. Once you are out of the shower, slap on alcohol-free toner followed by moisturizer to keep your cheeks and chin soft, and your five o’clock shadow at bay.

4. Take care of your beard – The key to taking care of your beard is to clean, moisturize and maintain its shape. Clean your beard using special beard shampoo, moisturize it using special beard oil and try to brush it once in a while. If it is already growing out of shape, we would recommend to keep scissors and tweezers nearby.

5. Gel It Up – Try not to blow-dry your hair too often as it will become brittle. To keep your glorious mane in place, use gentle styling products like gel, spray or a light mousse.

6. Smelling Suave – No matter how much you think you don’t stink, it would be advisable to wear a scent-free antiperspirant-deodorant, followed by your fave cologne or perfume. Remember, two clashing scents can result in stench.

7. Pearly Whites – The best time to brush your teeth is right after breakfast. Brush for at least three minutes, including the small slab of muscle beneath your palette. Flossing regularly will get rid of food particles that can cause nasty tooth decays and toothaches.

8. Sun Screen – Guys are more vulnerable to the wind and sun because shaving strips away the uppermost layer of skin. Use water-based, oil free sunscreen and a UV-resistant lip balm.

9. Working It Right – There is no substitute for exercise. It keeps your blood circulating and therefore, your skin tight and supple. Never, ever touch your face with hands that have been on shared gym equipment. For obvious reasons, it promotes zits, blackheads and everything you don’t want on your face.

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Namaste,

Helen Keller once said ‘Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.’ Our health and happiness is nurtured through functional relationships and personal growth. Our newsletter this week also features learning and fun activities in Jakarta to support your well being goals.

Congratulations and best wishes to Ananya Balaji on her upcoming Arangetram on 23rd Sept. Upcoming India Club events are ‘Amar Bansi’ musical eve on 29th Sept and Talent nite ‘Indradhanush’ on 30th Sept. All Indoindians Painting competition winners are invited to the Talent Nite to receive their certificates and prizes.

New on Indoindians Gigtshop handcrafted, delicious and preservative-free eggless & vegetarian cakes by master baker Kavita Kapoor. Order today for Jakarta.

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Warm regards,
Indoindians Team

 

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Vegetarian Resto in Bali

Vegetarian Resto in Bali

 

In term of culinary tourism, Bali is a paradise for vegetarians and vegans. This place never seems to run out of its abundant options of healthy café and restaurants. There are many eating spots that offer meat-free yet delicious selection of dishes. Some of them specialize in raw, vegan, organic food whose menu are ranging from salad bowls until wraps.

Usually, you can discover these lot of vegetarian and vegan dishes in Ubud. The area is known as the heart and the spiritual hub of the island. Ubud will present you with yoga, art, cultural centers and stunning panoramic views. You can also stroll around to Canggu for other veggie-friendly spots as alternative. Most of the restaurants will serve you with local ingredients, superfood, and gluten-free foods.

The notion of nourishing your body with these healthy choices is very essential. Particularly for your impending wellness. Find below our list of growing vegetarian and vegan resto in Bali:

Alchemy 
Jl. Penestanan Klod No.75, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar, Bali
Phone: +62-361971981
Vegan, Raw Vegan, Western

Aroma Grand Veggie
Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai, Pertokoan Surya Indah B1, Denpasar (at aiport area)
Tlp. +62-361704794
Indonesian, Buffet

Derasa
Jl. Bybass Ngurah Rai 88C (at Depan Pom Bensin, Tuban Kuta Bali) ,
Tlp. +62-361768042
Indonesian

Divine Earth 
Jalan Raya Basangkasa No.1200A, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Phone: +62-361731964, +62-361736645
Vegetarian, Vegan

Eat for Health
Jl. Jembawan 5, Ubud
Tlp. +62-3617426189
Vegan-friendly, Organic, Macrobiotic

Earth Cafe
Jl. Kayu Aya 99, Seminyak
Phone: +62-361736645
Cafe, Vegetarian

Earth Cafe
Jl. Laksmana Oberoi 99 (80361)
Tlp. +62-361736645
Vegan-friendly, International, Take-out

Green Ginger
Jl. Pantai Berawa 46, Canggu
Tlp. +62-3618446640
Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Lacto, Chinese, Thai, Juice bar, Salad bar, Take-out, Delivery, Asian, Vietnamese

Happy Buddha Vegetarian Restaurant
Jl. Raya Kuta No 143, Kuta
Tlp. +62-361761600
Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Indonesian

Kedai Mie
Jl. Pulau Kawe 55B, Denpasar
Tlp. +63-617871188
Indonesian

Living Food Lab in Ubud
Green School Jalan Raya Sibang Kaja, Banjar Saren, Abiansemal
Phone: +62-82146689916
Vegan, Western

Loving Hut
Pertokoan Sudirman Agung B-12A, Jl. PB Sudirman, Denpasar
Tlp. +62-361241035
Vegan, Chinese, Organic, Indonesian, Asian, Western, Juice bar

Vegetarian Resto
Loving Hut

Moksa 
Puskesmas Ubud II, Gang Damai, Sayan, Bali 80571
Phone: +62-3614792479
Vegan, Western, Multi-dishes

Nine Heaven 
Jalan Sukma Kesuma No.23, Peliatan, Ubud, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Phone: +62-82237745785
Vegan, Korean, Indonesian

Nitai Pizz
Jl. Tukad Pancoran, Gang II D 5, Panjer, Denpasar
Tlp. +62-85792190108
Lacto, Organic, Italian, Pizza, Take-out, Delivery

Paradiso Ubud
Jl. Gautama Selatan, Ubud, Bali
Phone: +62-3617835545
Vegetarian, Raw Vegan

Peloton Supershop
Jl. Raya Pantai Berawa No. 46, Kerobokan, Bali
Phone: +62-85954131451
Cafe, Vegan

Rumah Makan Rahayu
Jl. Wahidin 29, Denpasar
Tlp. +62-361422075

Samadi 
Jl. Padang Linjong No. 39, Kuta Utara, Canggu, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Phone: +62-87860742539
Vegetarian, Vegan, Multi-dishes

Sakti Dining Room – Fivelements 
Fivelements Bali Retreat, Puri Ahimsa Banjar Baturning, Jalan Raya Mambal, Mambal
Phone: +62-361469260
Fivelements Bali Retreat, Jalan Raya Mambal, Mambal
Vegan, Raw Vegan

Sari Organik 
Jl. Subak Sok Wayah, Tjampuhan, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar, Bali
Phone: +62-3617801839
Vegetarian, Vegan, Indonesia, Multi-dishes

Seeds of Life
Jalan Gootama No. 2, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar, Bali 80571
Phone: +62-361970650
Cafe, Vegan, Mexican, Italian, Western, Multi-dishes

Sehat Alami
Jl. Raya Blahbatuh 75 Gianyar
Tlp. +63-619958752
Lacto, Balinese, Chinese,Take-out, Delivery

Soma
Jl. Dewa Sita , Ubud
Tlp. +62-361971120
Vegan-friendly, Organic, Macrobiotic, Raw, Juice bar, Western

Sticky’s Sandbar
Bingin Beach, Desa Pecatu
Tlp. +62-81558532015
Vegan-friendly, Organic, Asian, International, Beer/Wine

Suka Espresso  
Jl. Labuansait No. 10, Uluwatu, Bali
Phone: +62-81246631756
Cafe, Vegetarian, Australian

The Elephant
Taman Indrakila, Hotel Taman Indrakila, Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali
Phone: +62-5100161907
Vegetarian, Vegan, Multi-dishes

The Spicy Coconut 
Jl. Batu Belig No. 81, Seminyak
Phone: +62-8123805033
Vegan, Western

Ubud Sari Health Resort
Jl. Kajeng, Ubud 35
Tlp. +62-361974393
Vegan-friendly, International, Indonesian

Warung Sharaswaty 
Jl. Raya Penestanan No. 8, Ubud, Bali
Phone: +62-81999463838
Vegan, Indonesia, Indian

Warung Sopa
Jl Sugriwa, Ubud (at Jl. Hannoman)
Tlp. +62-3612765897
Vegan-friendly, International, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Juice bar, Salad bar, Take-out, Delivery

Wulan Vegetarian Warung 
Jl. Sukma Kesuma No.14, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Phone: +62-81936166685
Vegan, Indonesia

Zula Vegetarian Paradise 
Jl. Danau Tamblingan No.168, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar, Bali
Phone: +62-3618497244
Vegetarian, Vegan, Multi-dishes

Zula Vegetarian Paradise
Jl. Dhyana Pura 5, Seminyak
Tlp. +62-361732723
Vegan-friendly, Juice bar

 

Vegetarian Resto in Bali
Vegetarian Buffet meal

Ananya Balaji - young bharatnatyam dancer Jakarta

Ananya Balaji is a long term Indonesia resident and currently a 11th grader. She is also a dance disciple of Smt Janaki Raj Shrikanth, Prarthna Fine Arts in Jakarta. Her Bharatanatyam Arangetram (Classical Indian Dance Debut) is on Sunday, September 23rd , 2018 at Goethe Institut, Jakarta.

Ananya Balaji Arangetram invite

Indoindians had the opportunity to meet with this lovely young dancer and she shared these thoughts with us.

  1. Tell us about yourself and your interest in dance

A passionate art enthusiast, currently a 11th grader, with various hobbies such as reading , baking and watching movies. I am exceedingly passionate about Bharatanatyam and the interest stemmed when I was very small. At first, I wanted to be a ballerina and even proceeded to learn it for a couple of years. However, when I was first exposed to Bharatnatyam, my interest in ballet fizzled out  and that was when I knew what I wanted to pursue. In addition to dance, I am also learning the veena(a type of sitar) and Carnatic vocals. Despite having ventured into different aspects of fine arts, I do know that Bharatnatyam is something that I never want to stop.

  1. How did you manage to keep learning Indian traditional dance while away from India

India has an abundantly rich , diverse and beautiful culture, one of its treasures being its art forms. We have 8 classical dance forms, and to be learning one of them whilst residing away from India, is something that makes me feel immensely grateful. It really wouldn’t be possible without my guru and my parents. My parents constantly encourage me to stay linked to our Indian cultural heritage be it by dancing Bharatnatyam, reading Epics like Ramayana, listening to Indian classical music and learning to play the Veena.

  1. Who is your Guru and can you share you experience with them?

My illustrious guru is Smt. Janaki Raj Shrikanth, and it was mainly because of her I wished to pursue a journey in dance. When I was six, I went for my first Bharatnatyam concert, which was directed by none other than my guru. Mesmerized, I realized that this is what I wanted to learn and whom I wanted to learn it from. My guru is a wonderful, selfless and enthusiastic person, brimming with love and affection and wants only the best for her disciples. I am grateful and feel blessed.

  1. Was there a regime to prepare for the Arangetram?

Yes, there was. A year before the arangetram is when the practice got serious. In addition to dancing, I had to do other things such as stamina training as well as some yoga. We had a planned schedule which I had to adhere to.

  1. How do you feel about this?

For me it’s a long awaited moment, I feel excited about my first solo dance concert and I am praying that it goes well with God’s grace and my Guru’s blessings.

  1. What are your plans with dance? Do you plan to continue studying this, take it as a career?

I love to dance Bharatanatyam  and I certainly do plan to continue studying this beautiful art form. I hope to venture into other dance forms such as kathak and kuchipudi someday.  I really don’t know what life holds in store for me, but taking dance as a career sounds marvelous.

Ananya Balaji - young bharatnatyam dancer
Ananya Balaji -Bharatnatyam dancer
  1. What advice would you have for other youngsters interested in traditional dance forms?

Traditional art forms are intrinsically technical and aren’t things to be considered as a mere hobby. It requires a certain measure of sincerity and passion. The journey could be painful in the initial stages as the muscles would have to strengthen, but being patient enough to get through that helps one unravel the true beauty of dance. Bharatanatyam is a test of physical and mental strength, and it’s definitely worth it!

  1. Who is your favourite exponent of Bharatnatyam and why?

Honestly, there are so many but some of my favorites include Leela Samson and Priyadarshini Govind. I adore all their recitals and their perfect technique, astounding expressions and remarkable poise which entrances and inspires me.

Ananya Balaji - young bharatnatyam dancer Jakarta
Ananya Balaji – young bharatnatyam dancer Jakarta

 

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How-To-7-Ways-to-Naturally-Lose-Weight

Getting rid of unwanted weight seems to be a difficult task for most. There are a lot of factors to be counted on from food intake, water intake, calories to amount of exercise. Other factors that compound is difficulty with self-control, prompting breaking rules and therefore failing to achieve diet targets. This repeated pattern of failure leads to people risking their health by taking pills or even having surgery.

Here are 7 natural and painless ways to lose weight:

Sleep 8 Hours a Day

Sleeping is very important for health, especially if you want to achieve your target weight. Neurologist and sleeper, Matthew Walker, said that many people feel fine and continue with their normal routines even without getting enough sleep. Although not a sudden symptom, lack of sleep increases your chances of contracting various diseases such as heart attack and high blood pressure.

Not only that, lack of sleep makes people eat more. This has been proven through research published in 2013 in the ‘Nature Communications’ journal. The research mentions that lack of sleep increases appetite for fatty foods. As a result, people gain weight easier.

Consume More Fruit


Fruits are rich in fiber, making the stomach feel full longer. In case of a sweet craving, people on diets can switch eating fruits as it will satiate your sweet tooth but also make you feel full. Rather than eating diet pills, fruits give ample amount of vitamins and water for a healthy body. Eating yogurt plus berries or strawberries can be an option to start the day.

Eat Regularly and On-Time

Food is one of the biggest factors for gaining weight, which is why many people would skip breakfast or lunch. That is opposite of the truth, as a research by Mayo Clinic has also proven that people who skip breakfast will gain weight of up to 3.6 kilograms per year.

The breakfast does not have to be large but should be enough for people to avoid eating impulsively or spontaneously. Even more so when the food eaten are fatty foods or food high in sugar. This is because when experiencing hunger, most people will eat food that is closest and most easily eaten.

Drink Tea

Another effective way to lose weight naturally is to drink certain types of tea. Among the variety of tea, you can choose one that can reduce appetite while decreasing the amount of fat in the body. The benefit of drinking tea to lose weight is not just that it tastes delicious but the tea carries many health benefits. Some of the benefits includes antioxidants, reduced risk of heart disease as well as stroke.

Snack Healthily

In the time between breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can eat snacks to stay active without starving. However the snacks you eat should be carefully chosen so as not to ruin your diet plan. If possible, try to eat light snacks that do not contain too many carbohydrates and sugar. That way, the stomach can remain full.

Some of the ideal snacks include cheese sticks, bananas, or other fruits. Nuts are also a good choice because they contain protein.

Drink a Lot of Water

In 2016, a study involving 18,000 people in the United States found that those who drank a lot consistently felt more satisfied. In addition, they also consume fewer calories, sugar, salt and cholesterol than participants who do not drink enough.

Similar to eating and snacking, you also need to pay attention to what you drink. Avoid water that contains lots of sugar. If you get bored of drinking plain water, add pieces of fruit like lemon, apples or cucumber to make infused water.

Treat Yourself

Diet often requires someone to reduce, even avoid certain types of food because they are considered ‘bad’. But one thing to keep in mind, experts and diet experts agree that ‘forbidding’ certain foods usually makes the diet fail. It is alright to cheat once in awhile and risk your diet. Consuming comfort foods like chocolate, wine or cake can be eaten as rewards to yourself, as you have tried to live a healthy life.

Losing weight does not have to be a tiring or painful process. Simply by implementing healthy habits such as drinking enough water and sleeping well, you will naturally lose weight. This is because these healthy habits can improve metabolism, making your body lose its excess fat. Other than that, you will also be allowing the body to rest, allowing it to carry on with its biological process without disturbance.

What do you think of these diet tips? Which one seems the most effective? Share with us your opinion in the comments down below!

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It is only fair to call Bali heaven on earth.

A beautiful place with endless attractions, Bali, island of the Gods, has been the favorite place for any types of events. If you’re planning to have a wedding, corporate bashes, or birthday party with your friends and family, Bali has many party villas to accommodate your needs. Some of these villas also have their own party organizer—throwing a party in Bali would never be easier!

Here is our recommendation of the best party villas in Bali for your next event:

Oshan Villas

This luxurious collection of villas is ideal if you’re inviting too many guests. The spacious villa has a total of six four-bedroom villas for you to choose from. If it’s not enough to accommodate your guests during the party, you can even choose to book the whole place!

Each villa at Oshan Villas has its own private pool and sun loungers set within a landscaped garden. The villas themselves are furnished with luxurious amenities, beautifully decorated and fitted with ample living space. Your guests can enjoy the sweeping views of the rice paddy fields and tropical greenery from each villa, which also features a well-equipped kitchen.

Oshan Villas also has their own team of event planners for parties and weddings, so you can ensure yourself to have one of the best parties in your life here.

Location: Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Badung, Bali
Phone 0361-8826200

Villa Sabana

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If you prefer rice terraces view to beach view, Villa Sabana should be on your list. This villa provides you with the best views of traditional Bali. Although it may not be furnished with modern luxuries like other villas, here you can really enjoy your time at all open lounges and scenic pavilions.

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This villa is also perfect for parties. Villa Sabana is fully equipped with all the necessities to make your party comfortable and memorable, including barbeque equipment and air-conditioned rooms. A large infinity pool nestled right among the trees is also a perfect venue to have a laid-back evening cocktail with your guests.

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If you want to have a party that allows you to get in touch with nature, this is the place you have to book.

Location: Jalan Raya Canggu, Badung, Bali 80361
Phone: 0361-737498
See the availability at their website here http://www.villasabana.com/availability-calendar.html

Villa Atas Ombak

Villa Atas Ombak is directly located on the beach only a few kilometers north of Legian. This villa is much in demand as a wedding venue due. The beautiful view is not the only thing about this villa—it is also fully staffed, has spacious bedroom suites and generous living and entertainment areas to accommodate your parties.

You can ensure that every moment spent in this Bali beach retreat is full of wonder: dipping in the shallows of the 14×7-metre pool or lounge in the shade of the deeply cushioned poolside bale; retreat to the sea-breeze-cooled living pavilion, or sip a cool drink on the beachside deck in the glow of sunsets.

One of the delights you can get in this villa is having such easy access to the beach—which also provides amazing view for any party you hold in this venue.

Location: Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak, Badung, Bali 80361
Phone: 0361-737498

The Banyan Estate

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The Banyan Estate is one of Bali’s most luxurious private villas. Surrounded by the lush green rice fields of one of Bali’s most serene districts, it has 6 bedrooms and is fully staffed with chefs, maids, driver, and vehicles to accommodate your stay.

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The villa is made up of six individual structures: the double storey main house, two adjoining garden rooms, two bales (gazebos) and private indoor garage. The main house is equipped with kitchen, dining room, mini library, and queen-size bedroom which opens up to its own patio with retreat lounges.

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The estate itself can cater up to 200 people (standing), and for more formal affairs, tables can be scattered around the pool for up to 50 people.

Location: Jalan Umalas Klecung No 21, North Kuta, Bali 80361
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Villa Casabianca

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This villa really suits artsy party concepts. Villa Casabianca is decorated with eclectically stylish interiors that will suit your sophisticated party concept. Its unique style includes natural materials such as teak wood and java stone.

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The building consists of 4 bedroom suites with en-suite bathrooms, walk-in wardrobes, TV/DVD and air conditioner. The open living and dining areas are a great place to hold a party at. Surrounded completely by floor-length glass windows that overlook the swimming pool, style and ambiance combine together perfectly for your parties.

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Other facilities available in this villa are car and driver rental, private yoga session, chef, catering service, BBQ facilities, and many more.

Location: Jalan Petitenget, Gg Cendrawasih, Kuta, Bali
Contact: [email protected]

Hu’u Villas Seminyak Bali

Hu’u Seminyak Bali is said to have the interior with the combination of modern, luxury and tropical vibes. Although still having the tropical vibe, the decoration is tweaked with chic and contemporary vibe, making it look much more modern. Moreover, the location is even closer to the beach, in which visitors have the freedom to visit the beach and enjoy themselves.

The booking is opened for one-bedroom villa loft, in which some of the amenities include a sleek loft with a private swimming pool on a private deck. This room is particularly special as the ceilings are spacious with 20-foot ceilings with a king-sized bed to accommodate your stay. A two-bedroom villa has the similar ambience with pools, a private deck and king sized bed, however it is also included with a living room that connects both of the rooms together. Visitors can also book the three-bedroom penthouse which facilitates 32 square-meter pool surrounded by a lush landscape. However if you are bringing a big party with you, you can choose the interconnected villas, connecting several villas at a time and can reach up to 13 bedroom villas a night!

Having an event or party in Bali couldn’t be easier with these full service villas. You don’t have to worry about your guests’ accommodation as these villas are designed for large group of guests. All you have to do only choose the one that best suits your style and your needs, and you’ll be all set to have the best party of your life!