Thursday, March 28, 2019

Digital Technology Allows for Cashless Trip

ONLINE booking is becoming increasingly popular among internet savvy Indonesian travelers, and the growing lifestyle is also expected to include cashless payements.
Rudianto, an executive working in Jakarta, for example, has a habit of traveling abroad either for business or leisure and always books airline tickets and hotel room online because “you can do it at anytime and anywhere. This means it is more efficient in terms of time and cost,” said the 40-yea-old.
But when it come to making financial transactions, he acknowledges that initially he was in doubt about using his credit card, but the benefits that the card p;rovides has prompted him ot use it with confidence, especially when traveling to Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and other places where cas-based transactions are bedoming less common.
“I always pay with my credit card, even when I pay for a taxi or bus fare in Korea. By holding a credit card, I don not have to convert my money into local currency,” he said.
He added that if he paid a taxi fare in local currency and had small change, then “the small change cannot be converted into rupiah when I am back home”.
Rudianto is one of the many Indonesians fro mthe middle class with travel becoming part of their lifestyle. Being internet, savvy, many are accustomed to booking airline tickets and hotel rooms digitally, with some also becoming familiar with digital payment.
Indonesia is one of the 27 countries and territories that Visa, the world.s leader digital payments, has recently surveyed throught its Global Travel Intentions (GTI) study.
Visa’s GTI study, which was conducted between June and July 2017, has revelaed some very interesti ntravel insights, including how travelers have become increasingly familiar with technology to plan their trips and navigate to their destinations.
For example, indoensian travelers rely heavily on online information sources at every stage of travel, 91 percent while planning, 82 percent while booking, and 82 percent gained online access while travelling overseas, the study reavealed.
The study further said in the past two years, inonesians traveld internationally for leisure an average of five trips, while in the next two years, the average will be higher at 5.4 trips. “The most common trigger for Indonesian travelers to take a rip is family vacation during holidays,” as mentioned in the study.
The study also revealed that when it comes to travel destinations, in the next two years, 20 percent of Indonesian will go to Japan, followed by Singapore, which accounts for 12 percent.
Another recent study by Visa on consumer payment attitudes disclosed that the influx of new technology and innovation “has inspired Indonesian consumers to use electronic payments I ntheir daily live as opposed to using cas because they are using electronic payments more of the n(57%), the feel using cards is safer than cash (61%), and they would like to eliminate the physical process of paying (60%)”.
PT Visa Worldwide Indonesia president director said,” as technology and electronic payments become integral in our daily lives, we can expect more Indonesian travelers to rely on digital or mobile payments when planning, booking or travelling.”
“As our mobile and contactless payments have become increasingly popular all over tahe world, we hope Indonesian travelers will use their Visa Cards to enjoy hassle-free payments anywhere they go,” he said.
“To further accelerate electronic payments acceptance in Indonesia, Visa has recently teamed up with Cashlez to distribute 5,000 mobile point of sale (mPOS) contactless-enabled devices in popular tourist cities, including Bali, Lombok, Yogyakarta, Solo, Surabaya, Malang, Medan and Bandung,” Rko pointed out.
More Indonesians are familiar with technology when it comes to traveling, but many, perhaps, are still in doubt about the safety of cashless payments when taking a trip.
Following are some tips on have a safe, cashless trip, no matter where you go, which will hopefully be useful:
1.       Electronic payments are safer and more convenient than carrying cash. Start relying on your payment cards, which are extremely convenient when booking a hotel room or purchasing an airline ticket for your trips.
2.       Bring only a small amount of cash. Do not, carry too much cash, though you might need some small change, escpecially if you are travelling to rural location where electronic dat capture (edc) machines or ATMs are less common.
3.       Take care of your cards and do not prorvide your card details to anyone. Take advantage of the hotel-provided safe for valuables. Keep all payment carad information to yourself. This includes you PINs, passwords and other secret information. Contact your bank immediately if your card is lost or stolen.
4.       Save all of your receipts and review your statements. Once you are back home, check your receipts carefully against your motnly statements. Go through your statements carefully and contact your issuing bank immediately if you see any suspicious or incorrect charges. This is also a great way to keep record of how much you‘re spending on holidays in general, so that you can better plan for futher trips.
5.       Keep a list importanct contacts in case your phone is lost or stolen. You must write down important numbers in a pocket book, including the call center of your issuing bank, general emergency (112), medical emergency (119), polie (110), fierefighter (113), and emergency ambulance (118).
6.       Check out fun local events such as festivals and concerts in the city you are visiting. According to the latest Visa GTI study, Indonesian travelers prefer to engage with the local culture by going on tours & visiting attractions (72%) while traveling overseas. Visiting theme parks (49%), famous cultural locations (46%), and attending local cultural activities (22%), are other popular activities.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Hanamaki Matsuri

Give thanks to the god ,Original text by Hesti Setiarini, executive summary by darmansjah

The festival has become a prominent agenda throughout the prefecture has an area half the total area of ​​Central Java. Residents Hanamaki matsuri held since 1593 to the present as their gratitude to the Shinto gods for the success of the rice harvest.
Hanamaki has a unique landscape. The city is fenced Mountains Ou and Kitakami plateau (which culminates in Mount Hayachine) in the northeast. From the belly of the mountain looming, the source of hot water flowing into the city surface and a half times the size of Singapore. Of course, the hot water contains a lot of health benefits and become the popular sights.

Hanamaki is not a crowded city residents. But once the festival, the city became the hustle. Human-residents and pedestrian-cornucopia main sections meet in the center. I never miss this chance. Because, for three consecutive days in the second week of September, I am satisfied by the opening presentation in the form of dance that captivated the typical Iwate like shishi odori or dance deer popularized by the late Kenji Miyazawa, the famous poet born in Hanamaki.

Next, dozens of groups of men and women carrying omikoshi or Shinto shrine mini weighing 100 kg more to cheer enthusiastically. Then with a lantern parade memorabilia carrying the famous legend, real or fictional. Sparkling lantern parade that blends with children and young boy kimono colors with unique facial decoration. Their procession increasingly crowded with singing and shamisen passage (such as harp music instrument) and wasp taiko (drum / drum). This dish is a grand closing party.

Not only the culture dish, I also enjoy the typical snacks during the event which took place from 15:00 to 20:00 o'clock. Its really crowded event has been felt since the day when the vendors have snacks and drinks welcome sustenance existing alert. Confectionary and snacks always make me addicted to eating. Well, you would agree with me that where I live has indeed made at home.

Logistic Transportation: Iwate be reached by road to rail Shinkasen Akita and Tohoku. Trains depart from Tokuo station or Ueno towards Morioka, then a series of separate trains. Akita Shinkansen proceed to akita station. Of Tokyo, point the car through a toll Tohoku, Sendai City (Miyagi Prefecture), Kitakami and Morioka. Flights local through Hanamaki Airport, while the sea route, the route local ship reached the Port of Ofunato and kamaishi. Accommodation: Hotel Appi Grand Tower, the range of US$ 190-US440. Hotel Inn Kitakami Ekimae, ranging from US$ 660. Appi Grand Villa 3, starting at US $ 155.

Dispelling the Evil Spirit 'Oni kembai "

original text by Hesti Setiarini, executive summary by darmansjah

The faces of the dancers wore masks shaped demon. They danced in groups. Each group of eight people. Each dancer doing the acrobat in pairs. Sword wielding prepared in conjunction with the flick of a dynamic fan. The audience was amazed before them. Graceful and character.

The sword and the fan is a symbol to ward off evil spirits. I was watching oni kembai, which literally means dance sword dance exorcist. This dance has been around since 701 AD from Kitakami city, Iwate Prefecture. Initially, oni kembai a Buddhist sacred dances to ward off evil spirits or demons who disturb the peace of mankind. However, with changing times become part of the folk dances Iwate.

There are many variations oni Kembai dance moves . Myself, two, three to five. The dancers dressed in costumes dominated the red, black and white with a decorative mat coated image and a symbol of the little kimono in the buttocks. Weapon system drum accompaniment music, flutes and bells produce a distinctive rhythm that makes this dance is rather monotonous as if to hypnotize the viewer to dissolve in each movement.

Oni Kembai dance can be enjoyed in Iwate mass at various festivals over the past four seasons each year. Bhakan Futago group, a small village in Kitakami since the 1970's has been known as Europe and America.