Balinese-style spas popular in Russia
Moscow: Spa body care and massage in the Balinese style is currently very popular in Russia, with fans in the country willing to pay from US$100 to $400 to enjoy these therapy services, as reported by Antara news agency.
“Balinese spa therapies are very trendy, winning against other popular massages such as ‘shiatsu’,” said Indonesian ambassador to Russia, Djauhari Oratmangun, while hosting an Indonesian delegation at the “World Media Summit” in Mania Café, Moscow on Thursday, where delegates could also enjoy Indonesian-themed food and drink.
The ambassador stated that Russians visiting the café, which is located close to the Kremlin, had generally visited Bali, or at least knew of Indonesian traditions, cooking, art and culture and spa therapies.
Currently, according to Djauhari, there are over 400 spa therapists specializing in the Balinese style spread across Russia in the larger cities, such as Moscow, St Petersburg and Vladivostok.
The Balinese spa industry in Russia has been developing over the last five years and now employs many Indonesian female therapists in the tourism sector.
The migrant workers and therapists in Bali-style spas are brought to Russia officially by the company Sim Krasok, which is licensed by the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry and the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry.
Balinese spa therapies are widely promoted by companies in a variety of media, including magazines, newspapers and television.
Flower sellers give thanks for Ramadhan
Denpasar:The ritual of ziarah, in which Muslims clean the graves of their ancestors just before the fasting month begins, has brought good fortune to the seasonal flower sellers in Denpasar.
“I sell flowers specifically for ziarah just in the run up to fasting month and for three days before Idul Fitri,” said Agus Mujiono on Friday, according to Antara news agency.
In one day, with initial capital of Rp 200,000 (US$ 21.20), Agus can make between Rp 450,000 to Rp 500,000. The flowers being sold range from roses, pacar air (balsam flowers), kenanga (ylang), sedap malam (tuberose) and others, sold by the stem and in packages.
One stem of roses, for example, is sold for Rp 3,000, while a package of pacar air sells for around Rp 1,000 and one stem of sedap malam costs Rp 2,000.
Other flower sellers, including Ika Saputri, reported similar profits of over Rp 500,000, saying that it was not uncommon for those performing ziarah to buy large amounts of flowers causing stocks to quickly run out.
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