DISCOVER THE BEST OF CHINESE-MAKASSAR’S CULINARY IN JALAN BALI

DISCOVER THE BEST OF CHINESE-MAKASSAR’S CULINARY IN JALAN BALI

February 13, 2017

If you are currently in Makassar, you may not want to miss the chance of tasting lots of Makassar’s street food in Jalan Bali. Officially opened on March 2016, the Jalan Bali in Makassar has now become even larger and bigger, packed with visitors and street food sellers. The area is completed with toilets and other public facilities to make it safe and convenient for tourists and visitors. During its first months, Jalan Bali is famous for its Chinese culinary adventure, but now you can found almost any kinds of food including Makassar’s traditional food.   Valentine in Makassar?   The culinary street of Jalan Bali opens every Saturday from 17:00 – 02:00 WITA and the area is only available for pedestrian. Visitors coming by car or motorcycle could park their vehicles a few blocks from the street. With this condition, the local government of Makassar expects all tourist and visitor to enjoy the uniqueness of Jalan Bali in the more convenient way, just like in the old days. This area is popular amongst youth in Makassar, because it only opens on Saturday night so they could have the chance of meeting with new friends and express their hobby through singing at the open stages.   Jalan Bali is located about 12 minutes by car from Singgasana Hotel Makassar, you may contact our concierge if you need our staff to take and guide you to Jalan Bali. Book your room through our website and enjoy special benefits such as; Late check out until 2 PM, extra 10% Discount with promo code BOOKNOW and easy changes and cancelation.

CHASING THE SUN, AT THE TANJUNG RINGGIT HARBOR

CHASING THE SUN, AT THE TANJUNG RINGGIT HARBOR

November 28, 2016

Once in your life time when you have the chance to be in Makassar, do not miss to visit Pallopo. Pallopo is a small town located around 8 hours driving from Makassar which offers a serene view of a harbor life. The Tanjung Ringgit Harbor is one of the oldest harbors in Makassar built in 1920 during the Dutch era, which connects the trading routes between harbors in Makassar and Kalimantan (Borneo).    The harbor remains active but now it is only focused for cargos, though sometimes you can find international cruise ships docked in, to drop tourists off to Tana Toraja.    The Tanjung Ringgit Harbor presents peculiar scenes of a harbor life. As boats land after a night at the ocean for fishing, porters run towards them in hurly-burly to collect catches fresh off the sea and bring them to the auction. Auctioneer vends all best catches to those who dare to pay in best prices. In the afternoon, you can just sit down, eating some local snacks while enjoying the gusts of wind coast.    Did you know, Pallopo is the town of where the Sulawesi’s most epic literature I La Galigo was born. I La Galigo, the longest epic literature in the world was created in Aksara Lontara (ancient writing technique) around 13 & 15 BC, that tells about how human was created. And not just that, it is also contains of life almanacs. I La Galigo is Sulawesi’s proud, some of the manuscripts is kept in Leiden University at the Netherlands.   Let’s go to Pallopo, chasing the sun at the Tanjung Ringgit Harbor and know deeper about Sulawesi’s authentic journey of history. Stay with us and rent a car to go to Pallopo, or take a plane via the Lagaligo airport.   For more inquiry about Singgasana Hotel Makassar, call us at 0411 362 7051 or drop an email to info@makassar.singgasanahotels.com. Book now until December 2016 and enjoy up to 15% discount to stay, include breakfast and access to swimming pool and fitness center.

OCTOBER SPECIALS AT SINGGASANA HOTEL MAKASSAR

OCTOBER SPECIALS AT SINGGASANA HOTEL MAKASSAR

October 11, 2016

Welcome October, welcome rainy season! Are you coming to Makassar this month? Then don’t forget to put us on your traveling list and enjoy special monthly promo at Singgasana Hotel Makassar. To those staying at Singgasana Hotel Makassar, you can enjoy a few special menus with less than IDR 100K, such as;   1. Mie Ayam Singgasana Mie Ayam or Chicken Noodle is one of Indonesian’s favorite foods and it’s good either for lunch or dinner. It’s savory atste goes very well with Mie meatballs, makes it a perfect meal for any day especially when it rains. Mie Ayam Singgasana costs IDR 50K/portion.    2. Nasi Campur Another Indonesian’s favorite food is Nasi Campur or Mixed Rice which is usually served with herbs fried chicken, egg and sautéed vegies, and not to forget, the sambal (red hot chili paste).  This dish is perfect for an after gym session or lunch. You can enjoy Nasi Campur at Singgasana Hotel Makassar for only IDR 50K/Portion.   3. Banana Smoothie I have an apple, I have a milk – UGH – Banana Smoothie!  This healthy yet delicious drink will boost your mood and energy after a long tiring day at the convention or work. A glass of Banana Smoothie is only IDR 25K. Beside these special food and beverage you could also enjoy some other delicious menus at Singgasana Hotel Makassar with the loved ones at a low cost. Enjoy your staycation at our hotel include breakfast and free transfer to Trans Studio Makassar with our special package. Enter the promo code BOOKNOW and get 10% extra discount for your next holiday, only valid on website.

5 Simple Stretches That Can Be Done in Your Office

5 Simple Stretches That Can Be Done in Your Office

June 02, 2016

Sitting for a long period of time could bring a bad effect either for your body and mind. In fact, our body needs a good energy to produce creativity and, we can get that only if our blood  flows well. Too bad, many of us especially office workers don’t have the opportunity to move around often. So if you are one of those, you can do these simple stretches while you are sitting at the office.   Seated Twist Sitting in your chair for all day might get your back achy. Take a break and you can do this simple stretch while still sitting. Keep a long, tall spine and twist your body to the left, stop a while and take a deep breath for a few seconds. Repeat on the other side and each side for 3 or four times.   Chin Tuck Try to do chin tuck to loosen your shoulder muscle and stiff neck, simply by face straight ahead. Slowly lower your chin to your chest and hold for about 30 seconds and you will feel the tension in the back of your neck. Slowly return to the starting position, relax and repeat.   Thigh Balance Use a desk for your support, stand up, raise your leg behind and try to grab your ankle. Hold for a few seconds and repeat on the other leg. This would bring back your balance and mobility after you spend all day sitting down.   Stress Ball Squeeze This is too simple to do! Squeezing a stress ball is a good way to release stress and improve productivity. It is also good for your hands and forearms.   Standing Leg Raises Now get up from your chair and hold onto the back of it. Lean forward and raise your legs towards the ceiling and lowering back down. Do this for a couple times and repeat on the other leg.    It is not necessary to do all these 5 stretches at once, but you can take this stretch break every 60 minutes and choose a couple of stretches. These are all simple but your brain and body will thank for it. Come on! Take your stretch break now.

Going To Makassar

Going To Makassar

May 12, 2016

Now it is your turn to go to Makassar with 10% extra discount for stay in Singgasana Hotel Makassar. Get it now, simply by entering this promotion code BOOKNOW when making a reservation on our website. This promotion is valid on certain period. While you are in Makassar, you can enjoy the beauty of its beaches while having a superb seafood dish covered in Bugis’ traditional spices, or go to the mountains to witness a spectacular view from up above. Makassar has so many potential tourism attractions that are still uncovered. One of them is the Kodingareng Keke Island. It is a remote small island located 45 minutes away from the mainland by speedboat. This is such a perfect island for a private getaway, quiet and beautiful with a long stretch of white sandy beach. Do not forget to bring your own supplies and foods since this island is uninhabited, and please, keep your own rubbish, don’t throw it away to the island or ocean. If you’re fond of photography, you might want to go to the Paotere Harbor in the morning. There, you can snap some exotic views of morning activities at the harbor such as fishermen and their boats coming home after a night of fishing, loads of fresh seafoods off the boats, etc. Some people suggest to get there by becak, so you can experience the more traditional feel. If you want to, bring some local friends as a guide to prevent undesirable things. If you need a help for your trip, please call our staff. We are more than ready to help and make it a memorable trip for you.

5 MUST-TRY FOODS IN MAKASSAR

5 MUST-TRY FOODS IN MAKASSAR

March 30, 2016

Have you ever been to Makassar? Or maybe you are currently staying at a hotel in Makassar? This city has so much to offer, especially their traditional dishes which are mostly savory and spicy with lots of herbs and spices. What are the 5 must-try foods in Makassar?   1.       Mie Titi This dish is a mixture of the local tradition and Chinese descendants in Makassar. Mie Titi has been known in Makassar since about 40 years ago. It is reputedly told that Mie Titi is a legendary dish that the recipe is inherited hereditary by the family of Kho Sek Chao. For thos who doesn’t know or never heard of it before, Mie Titi is deep fried noodle served with thick hot savory gravy with meat, seafood and vegetables poured over the noodle. It has a smooth yet crunchy texture. Mie Titi is sold in several corners of the city such as Jl. Datumuseng, Jl. Irian, Jl. Bumi Tamalanrea, Jl. Datumuseng and Jl. Boulevard.   2.       Pallubasa Pallubasa is another famous dish from Makassar. It’s a bowl of hot beef soup with raw egg yolk on top. Two of well-known restaurants that serve Pallubasa is on Jl. Onta and Jl. Serigala, both of them are located nearby. You can choose the meat you’d like to add on your bowl, or try to be extreme with adding some beef tongue or beef cheek. Do you dare?   3.       Sop Konro dan Bakar Karebosi Sop Konro is beef ribs soup meanwhile Konro Bakar is grilled beef ribs served with a bowl of beef soup (they are basically the same, only how it served is different). In Makassar, Konro Bakar Karebosi which is located near the Karebosi field is the famous one.   4.       Coto Makassar How many Coto Makassar restaurants in Makassar? Well, according to many sources, there are more than 100 restaurants. One of them that is recommended by Makassar culinary lovers is Coto Nusantara. This restaurant (or more like a “warong”) is located in Jl. Nusantara. They are still preserving the traditional way of cooking coto Makassar, which is by using firewood. This makes the coto Makassar more aromatic and tasty.   5.       Sop Saudara   Sop Saudara is another variation of Makassar style beef soup. A bowl of Sop Saudara contains beef or inners, slices of fried potato and glass noodles, poured over with savory beef broth. One restaurant that serves Sop Saudara is in Jl. Irian and its open for 24 hours. Problem solved for those who are craving for hot beef soup in the midnights.

Ride Smart

Ride Smart

March 08, 2016

Biking opens up a whole new world, letting you explore places less traveled. But riding adventure bicycles safely off the beaten track is voodoo science that requires not only specific skills but also a thoughtful approach and planning for trouble while you are far from help. Here are some techniques to improve your off-road biking experience.   Carry your bicycle Learn to pick up the heavy bicycle by yourself. Position your back against the seat, grasp the lower handgrip seat, and lift with your legs.   Master disaster Cell phones often doesn’t work in the outback, and the old practices of screaming for help, lighting a signal fire, flashing a mirror at aircraft, or simply waiting for another vehicle to arrive are actually rather risky schemes if you or your bike get seriously disabled. A much smarter alternative is to install a SPOT satellite transceiver ($120-$550 from www.findmespot.com) that transmits your location and connects you with family, friends or emergency services anywhere you go).   3.       Lower the weight If the nearly 50-kg curb weight were not enough, stuff another 10-kg into the side cases and/ or trunk and you will be perched atop a high-centered ‘hippo’. Carry only what you need, and pack the heavy stuff down low.   4.       Read the terrain Single tracks, sand, mud, and rocks present real challenges for sport/adventure bicycles. Bodywork interrupts your line of sight, your mass is ponderous, and tires don’t grip very well. Continually scan the terrain ahead and choose the smoothest lines.   5.       Practice braking   Safely test for dirt grip by applying the rear brake until the wheel locks briefly. Regular maintenance is very important. Ensure this before you’re off on a biking adventure.       Source: Journey Magazine, February 2016

TANA TORAJA FESTIVAL

TANA TORAJA FESTIVAL

February 09, 2016

I have just arrived at Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in Makassar, South Sulwesi for a business trip. The welcoming billboard of Tana Toraja with its picture of three women dancing colorful hairpieces reminded me of a festive celebration eight years ago.     The memory came to me so clearly, an unforgettable moment. It had been my very first time in Sulawesi, a fine morning at the end of August 2007, when my cousin, Ka Ina from Makassar invited me to attend the Tana Toraja Festival.   Ka Ina said that Tana Toraja Regency was celebrating its 50th birthday. Also, the day remarked 760th anniversary of Tana Toraja itself, so the people from the surrounding villages and districts did not want to miss the excitement. The full event was held for the entire month of August that year, and the last day was dedicated to a colossal feast, hosted in a Komando Daerah Militer (Kodim) field in Rantepao.     CUSTOMS PARADE     The Torajans were excited for this annual celebration. The streets were teeming with throngs of people from all over Toraja; not one of the 40 regencies was absent from the festivities, and each one had its own unique performance to offer to the audience. Sinjai Regency, for instance, gave a performance called Mambola Sipatan, where a boy climbed a bamboo structure supported by several men laying on the ground. It was a bewildering show!     It was also at this festival that I learned that the popular Asmat Tribe that is found in Papua are actually Torajans! They returned to their homeland for the event with its theme, “Love Your Country Preserve Your Culture” I also particularly enjoyed the Tira dance attraction, where a group of boys from the regency of North Makale danced to the music of bamboo instruments.     MEROK ATTRACTION     Merok was one of the myriad special attractions at this festival. Merok is a traditional ceremony of Toraja Sa’dan, North Toraja, held as a form of gratitude. The performance included the sacrifice of a water buffalo using an extremely sharp blade so that with only a single quick slash the deed was done. What an eerie moment for outsiders like me.     In Tana Toraja, the buffalo sacrifice is often done as a part of their elaborate multi-day funerals. They believe that the deceased’s soul travels to the afterlife on a buffalo. For the noble, more than 25 buffaloes might be slaughtered, but at least one of them must be particular breed of white-mottled buffalo, which comes at a high price. Afterwards, the horns are cut off and kept as trophies to be hung in the family home. The number of horns hanging in a home demonstrates the wealth and importance of the family.     Ka Ina told me that for Torajans, life very much revolves around death. This unique custom has lived in their society for centuries. For them, a funeral is a great celebration of life, much like a going-away party, and is an occasion in which the entire family of the deceased and members of the village take part. This ancient tradition is known to be one of the most complex funeral traditions in the world.     SO MANY TRADITIONAL DANCES     The Pagellu Dance is a welcome dance for patriots returning glorious from the battlefield. Pagellu means an expression of happiness. That year, in 2007, the largest ever Pagellu dance was staged. At least five thousand students from the Tana Toraja regency danced Pagellu on that very day.     Nowadays, Pagellu is often performed at weddings, at harvest time or to welcome VIP guests. Adorned in gold and silver, the dancers tell the story of the women of Toraja, the cycle from birth to death and the daily activities of the Toraja girls.   There were also the Nondo and Ma’Badong Dances. The difference between the two lies only in their context. Ma’Badong is performed in funerals, while Nondo is performed at moments of joy and celebration. The dancers wiggle their pinkie fingers as they move in a big circle.     The festival of Tana Toraja in 2007 was really a huge event. I have never witnessed a greater festival in Indonesia. Last year, Toraja International Fetival 2015n was held in Kete’ Kesu Village on August 14-16 and successfully amazed both local and international tourists. The festival included a music group who blended traditional music with contemporary tunes. International musicians attended the feast. Traditional dances were again performed. It also showcased Toraja traditional arts such as tenun (handwven fabric) as well as local food and coffee. The event was considered a success.     As the government strives for Toraja tourism, the event will be back again in 2016. It will possibly be held in August. As the event become more popular and international, there will be more peculiar ceremonies, bigger dances and music collaborations performed. More local talents, artists and international musicians are expected to come. The venue and theme have not been published, but wherever it is, I plan to be there!       Toraja International Festival 2016 schedule     Want to go to the local traditional market? Learn the Tips & Tricks     What is the 3 Historical Markets in Jakarta?       Source: Journey Indonesia, January 2016