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Nikko Bali News - December 2009


La Terraza

As an addition to the culinary experience offered by Nikko Bali Resort and Spa, the resort recently launched a laid back, authentic Italian cuisine outlet, La Terraza.

Located on the lower lobby level of the resort, the restaurant offers an extensive selection of pastas, pizzas, salads and soups, prepared with the freshest ingredients and served in a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere, overlooking the magnificent view of the Indian Ocean. Open daily for dinner, La Terraza will be the perfect little Italian getaway in the heart of Nikko Bali Resort and Spa.


The Wok

Another STEP UP made by Nikko Bali Resort and Spa will be by bringing the best of Asia to its guests in a traditional hawker style, with “The Wok”, opening this December.

Located on the lower lobby level of the resort, The Wok offers a variety of soul satisfying Asian food such as noodle dishes, Laksa, fried rice and more. The Wok will surely offer a different culinary experience where guests can taste different Asia’s best cuisine and find something new every day. This little Asian corner will be an addition to the resort’s existing culinary experiences such as the latest authentic Japanese restaurant, Benkay and a beachfront restaurant, The Shore.


bali safari and marine park

As part of the 13th anniversary celebration of Nikko Bali Resort and Spa on December 14th, the associates of Nikko Bali Resort and Spa were treated to a fun day out with their families at Bali Safari and Marine Park, Gianyar on November 22 and 29. This event was a token of gratitude from Nikko Bali to its family that has been supporting the resort for the past 13 years.

Arriving with a big smile on their faces, all Nikko associates had the chance of enjoy the scenery and amusement park that Bali Safari has to offer. Starting with a guided tour onboard the bus around the park to see the wildlife collection and ending with selection of fun rides at the amusement park after a lunch gathering.

Recently Nikko Bali Resort and Spa has also invited their partners and their families to a fun day out on November 15th with “Nikko and I” featuring a well-known comedian magician Uya Kuya and his daughter Cinta Kuya.


World AIDS Day was first conceived in August 1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public information officers for the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Bunn and Netter took their idea to Dr. Jonathan Mann, Director of the Global Programme on AIDS (now known as UNAIDS). Dr. Mann liked the concept, approved it, and agreed with the recommendation that the first observance of World AIDS Day should be 1 December, 1988.

Bunn suggested the date of December 1st to ensure coverage by western news media, something he believed was vital to the success of World AIDS Day. He felt that because 1988 was an election year in the U.S. media outlets would be weary of their post-election coverage and eager to find a fresh story to cover. Bunn and Netter felt that December 1 was long enough after the election and soon enough before the Christmas holidays that it was, in effect, a dead spot in the news calendar and thus perfect timing for World AIDS Day.

Bunn, originally a reporter covering the epidemic for KPIX-TV in San Francisco, along with producer Nancy Saslow, also conceived and initiated “AIDS Lifeline” – a public awareness and health education campaign that was syndicated to television stations in the U.S. "AIDS Lifeline" was honored with a Peabody Award, a local Emmy, and the first National Emmy ever awarded to a local station in the U.S.

On 18 June, 1986 the “AIDS Lifeline” project was honored with a Presidential Citation for Private Sector Initiatives, presented by President Ronald Reagan. Bunn was then asked by Dr. Mann, on behalf of the U.S. government, to take a two-year leave-of-absence from his reporting duties to join Dr. Mann (an epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control) and assist in the creation of the Global Programme on AIDS. Mr. Bunn accepted and was named the first Public Information Officer for the Global Programme on AIDS. Along with Mr. Netter he created, designed, and implemented the inaugural World AIDS Day observance – now the longest-running disease awareness and prevention initiative of its kind in the history of public health.)

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) became operational in 1996, and it took over the planning and promotion of World AIDS Day. Rather than focus on a single day, UNAIDS created the World AIDS Campaign in 1997 to focus on year-round communications, prevention and education.

In its first two years, the theme of World AIDS Day focused on children and young people. These themes were strongly criticized at the time for ignoring the fact that people of all ages may become infected with HIV and suffer from AIDS. But the themes drew attention to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, helped alleviate some of the stigma surrounding the disease, and helped boost recognition of the problem as a family disease.

In 2004, the World AIDS Campaign became an independent organization.

Each year, Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI have released a greeting message for patients and doctors on World AIDS Day.


The Islamic New Year is a cultural event which Muslims observe on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar. Many Muslims use the day to remember the significance of this month, and the Hijra, or migration, Islamic prophet Muhammad made to the city now known as Medina. Recently, in many areas of Muslim population, people have begun exchanging cards and gifts on this day, though this is not commonly done. For Shia Muslims, Muharram is the month grief and sorrow because they mourn the death of Imam Hussain and his companions on the day of Ashura.

Ras as-Sana is the Islamic celebration of the new Hijri year. The term is similarly used in the Arabic language to mark the start of the new Gregorian year. The word literally means "Head of the year," and is cognate to the Hebrew term Rosh Hashanah.


Christmas Day is celebrated as a major festival and public holiday in most countries of the world, even in many which are not majority Christian. In some non-Christian countries periods of former colonial rule introduced the celebration, in others, Christian minorities or foreign cultural influences have led populations to take it up. Major exceptions, where Christmas is not a formal public holiday, include China, (excepting Hong Kong and Macao), Japan, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Thailand, Nepal, Iran, Turkey and North Korea.

While most countries celebrate Christmas on December 25 each year, some national churches including those of Russia, Georgia, Egypt, Armenia, the Ukraine and Serbia celebrate on January 7. This is because of their use of the traditional Julian Calendar, under which December 25 falls on January 7 as measured by the standard Gregorian Calendar.

Around the world, Christmas celebrations can vary markedly in form, reflecting differing cultural and national traditions. Countries like Japan and Korea where Christmas is popular despite there being only a small number of Christians, adopt many of the secular trappings of Christmas such as gift-giving, decorations and Christmas trees.

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