Monthly Archives: February 2018

Jakarta City Travel Guide

Jakarta is the beautiful capital of the Southeast Asian country, Indonesia. Being an archipelago of more than 18,000 islands, the nation is filled and overflowing with the most wonderful sights and experiences. Its capital alone holds enough things to do to last an entire month of walking around the city without pause, and still not being able to explore every nook and cranny. It is so full of different types of attractions to visit, and is very rich in historical and cultural heritage. To help you wander through this wonderful place, here’s a mini Jakarta travel guide.

Seeing Jakarta’s History: The Old Town
The best place to go to for a look at what Jakarta was in the old days is definitely Jakarta Old Town, or Old Town Batavia, an area formally stated as heritage in 1969. Even European travelers and voyagers as early as the 16th century saw the beauty of the place and called it “Jewel of Asia” and “Queen of the East”.

In Old Town Batavia, history is brought back to life with the magnificent and picturesque scenery of old colonial Dutch architecture and surroundings. The streets are lined with museums and other interesting tourist attractions. Some of these are Gedung Arsip Nasional, Cafe Batavia, Postal Office, Museum Bank Indonesia, and the Museum Fatahillah.

Other than the many buildings you can freely walk into, you can also see many street vendors and open markets in the area. Visit the old drawbridge, Sunda Kelapa old harbor, and delight yourself in the old Javanese leather puppets at the Puppet Museum.

Every Monday, most of the museums in Jakarta are closed. The best day to visit is on Sunday, because usually there would be a puppet show at the Puppet Museum. At the same museum, you can also see the funeral of Jan Pieterszoon Coen. He was an officer of the Dutch East India Company in Indonesia (VOC) in the early 17th century who renamed the city into Batavia from its older name, Jayakarta.

Immersing Yourself in Indonesia’s Culture: Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) is literally translated to English as Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park. This large 250 acre park, located in the area of East Jakarta, is indeed one of the most beautiful and perfect places to feel like you’re actively participating in the culture of the beautiful Indonesia.

An hour is not enough to witness everything you need to experience in this colossal park, as it is a conglomeration of everything Indonesian. The entire archipelago is crammed into the place, and the best thing to do is to let yourself be swept away by the sheer magnificence of experiencing all you can of the country in the shortest time possible. If you take a cable car inside the park, you will see the beautiful of Indonesian archipelago miniature in the middle of a lake.

Encyclopedia Britannica dubs TMII as a living museum, because of all the culture you can get from the entire experience. Each of the 34 provinces of Indonesia are represented in the park as pavilions. Each of them have their own unique surroundings, furniture, and ornaments to give the true feel of the territory. There are also more informative and fascinating museums that you can visit while inside the park, such as the Reptile Museum where you can see a dragon Komodo, Military Museum, Indonesian Museum, etc. You can also walk around and enjoy the calm beauty of the different sub-parks and have fun at the recreational facilities.

The best day to visit TMII is on Sunday, because the pavilions in the park usually perform their traditional dances and shows only on Sunday or public holiday.

Visiting the National Landmark of Jakarta: Monas
And of course, your stay in Jakarta would not be complete without seeing the monument built to remember the day Indonesia became a free country: the Monas, stand for Monumen Nasional. It was built by the first President, Mr. Soekarno, in 1961 and opened to the public ten years later. In Soekarno era, it was the highest building, the 132-meter monument powerfully tower high over Jakarta, a visible testament to the fight for freedom from colonial rule.

When you go there, you can reach the top of the Monas via elevator and see all of Jakarta. Afterwards, you can visit the Independence Room, which holds the national flag as well as other important artifacts. At the base of the Monas is the National History Museum, and the surrounding area is a beautiful park named Merdeka square. In the museum, you will find 51 dioramas telling the story about Indonesia’s struggle for independence.

Sunday and holiday are not best days to visit Monas if you want to reach the top, because there are many students and people want to reach the top causing a long queue. There is only one lift with maximum 11 persons maximum capacity while hundreds of people want to enter the lift every holiday.

Beauty Pageant Guide

This article is a dedicated beauty pageant guide to anyone who is looking for information on how to win their next pageant. These days, beauty pageants are conducted to find the absolute definition of beauty both on the inside and out. In this article, I’m going to show you how you can excel your appearance on the outside, and also shine through on the inside too.

In this beauty pageant guide article, I shall reveal to you the types of rounds in each contest. Each pageant is designed to test each contestant’s personality and character in the interview round, whilst also assessing candidates’ appearance in the swim suit and evening gown sections. The contestant who stands out above all others usually has the best chance of winning the contest.

Therefore, the pageant interview round is the crucial part of the competition. This is the section where candidates get their one and only chance to make a connection with the judges, which is why this round has so much anxiety and fear built into it. This is the time to test candidates’ intelligence in answering questions on the spot.

The judges can ask you a wide variety of questions. The types of questions they can ask you can vary from ones about yourself and your free time, to deep, philosophical questions that require you to think outside the box. This is why it is very important to practise lots of sample pageant interview questions before your pageant contest.

Ask any previous pageant winner, and they will tell you that they studied very hard in making the interview round their strongest. You need to develop confidence in answering questions before you begin your pageant, and the only way to do this is to practise, lots! This beauty pageant guide article recommends spending the majority of your free time revising this section of the pageant.

You need to also make sure your answers sound completely original and unrehearsed. The last thing you want to do is sound like an automated robot when answering questions, as this won’t grab the attention of the judges. Instead, don’t be afraid to pause for a few seconds whilst you think of an answer. This shows you care about the question and are formulating an intelligent answer.

In this beauty pageant guide article I will now address what you need to do to your appearance in the rest of the competition. I recommend going for the natural look. Nothing looks worse than completely overdoing it, and looking over prepared. Keep your appearance simple and smart, but with an edge that will catch the judges eye.

How to Choose the Best Study Guide

A Beauty Diploma provides the necessary skills and confidence needed by a student to begin their career in this exciting industry.

A lot of work is needed in order to gain your Beauty Diploma and having a good study guide is an essential tool to have.

The student’s ultimate goal is to do well in their exams at the end of each year. A good beauty resource will help them achieve this.

To classify a study guide as good it should contain the following;

1. Relevant, up to date information
The Beauty industry is advancing all the time and colleges are always updating their syllabus to reflect this. You must make sure that your study guide contains information based on the current syllabus of the examining body you are studying with, for example, ITEC, CIBTAC, VTCT, CIDESCO, BABTAC, NVQ etc.

2. Questions for revision purposes
Having a bank of questions based on the Beauty Diploma is a vital aspect of any student’s studies. Most awarding bodies exam papers are in the format of multiple choice questions and as a result these are the best type of questions to use when revising.

3. Quizzes & Puzzles
Completing quizzes and puzzles is an excellent way for students to learn. Not only are they fun to do but they are designed to get the student’s brain working and motivate them to study. They should be repeated continuously until the student can finish them without having to refer to their notes.

Having a good study guide when completing your Beauty Diploma, can be the difference between a pass and a fail. It is vital that your guide contains all of the above.

Money Saving Beauty Tips

We all know that times are tough at the moment and it’s important to save money where we can. Celebrity Make Up Artist, Sara Hill, gives her top 5 tips below for saving some money on beauty products and making them last that little but longer.

1. Keep your nail polish in the fridge to stop it going cloggy. If it is already cloggy, put a little nail polish remover into your nail polish jar and shake well to thin out the texture.

2. Have a Makeup Swapping Party with your friends! Its a way to get rid of those unwanted lipsticks you’ve only worn once, simply scrape off the end of the lipstick with a knife or dip it in alcohol to sterilise and if you have any eye shadows or powders you want to swap just wipe over the surface with tissue to clean. You then get some new make up to try out for free!

3. If you drop your pressed powder or bronzer powder by accident, don’t throw it away. Place the loose powder onto a tissue and then gently with the back of a spoon ground down to a fine powder and put in a small empty jar and use as a loose powder instead.

4. Mascara is a breeding ground for germs. Be sure to replace it every three months, however don’t throw away the brush. Wash it with shampoo and now use it as a brow/ lash grooming brush.

5. Save Money as you don’t have to buy a separate cream blush. I sometimes use my lipstick instead and blend a little on my cheeks with my finger tips and set with translucent powder, it also means the tones match beautifully.

Best Beauty Tips

Beauty is all about wearing the right dresses, accessories, makeup and having healthy hair and glowing skin. However having all of these is difficult but not impossible. Taking proper care of your skin, hair and wardrobe can make you look stunning and stand out in crowd. Here are some general beauty tips that can help you in maintaining the perfect look.

  • When wearing makeup, apply some foundation on your eyelids and then use eyeshade over it. This will keep the eyeshade stay longer and will make you look fresh after hours of makeup.
  • Purchase cold cream or petroleum jelly to remove your eye makeup. It’s important to remove all the makeup before going to bed otherwise it can damage your skin.
  • If you have acne prone skin then use quality soaps like Dove because these are PH balanced and protect your skin from acne. These are also ideal to use because these make your skin less oily.
  • Taking care of your hair is important because these greatly influence your overall look. One best way of doing this is to apply olive oil on your damp hair to make them shiny, healthy and strong.
  • Purchase clay masks and apply them on your face. These will improve the health of your skin and make it glow.
  • If you want lipstick or gloss to stay longer then use carmex on your lips before applying anything else. Using this will also keep your lips moisturized.
  • In order to reduce redness from your skin, spray some cold water on your face. This will reduce redness and make you look fresh.

Looking beautiful is not easy but requires you to take care of your skin, hair as well as wardrobe. People who take less stress and stay happy often have better and healthy hair and skin.