Tuesday, February 14, 2023


Arunika Hotel & SPA Tuban Bali

Arunika Hotel & SPA Tuban Bali (Source: Arunika Hotel & SPA)



Tuban, Bali, February 2023 - Good news about hospitality in Bali. Arunika Hotel & Spa, Bali delighted to announce the opening on February 14th, 2023. Arunika Hotel & Spa Bali is a 4-Star Hotel with boutique hotel that celebrates taking contemporary elegance to the next level. It is a fresh and edgy design concept that puts a playful twist on the traditions of tropical architecture. The Hotel has been created for business and leisure with clearly defined facilities for both sectors of market.


The opening of Arunika Hotel & Spa has become a part of the revival of the tourism industry in Bali. Located strategically close to the international Airport I Gusti Ngurah Rai Bali, Arunika Hotel & Spa is ready to accommodate leisure and business travelers. Welcoming discerning travelers to a location blessed by fabulous view of the Airport.


“Arunika Hotel & Spa has become one of the solutions for all guest needs. Whether the accommodation, dining,  Meeting or celebrating social event. We are ready to welcome guests and guarantee the excellent service and unforgettable experience with A fresh, Natural of tradition and edgy design concept” Said Astari Utami, General Manager of Arunika Hotel & Spa.


The 198 elegant and spacious accommodations, including rooms and suites styled to suit the needs of modern travelers and business executives. Specialty furnishings and high-end amenities give each room category a look of refined sophistication. The decor is primarily natural but comes alive with elegant color tones and mood-enhancing lighting.






Instagrammble Spot in Roof Top
Instagrammble Spot in Roof Top (Source: Arunika Hotel & SPA)


In Stylish Surroundings Versatile facilities for business delegates include Ballroom & 6 meeting rooms with supporting audiovisual equipment conveniently located on the ground level close to the lobby. Each meeting room is fully air-conditioned for comfort and can be arranged in different configurations to accommodate presentations, training seminars and table top discussions. 


For detailed information about Arunika Hotel & Spa, could be reached on 0361-2090740 or Official WA +62 81 252866252 e-mail info@arunikahotel.com follow us @arunikahotelandspa on Social Media or visit hotel website www.arunikahotel.com for more information & interesting offers.


Sunday, January 29, 2023

Monez Brings his Illustrator Experiences to Suara Festival in Tabanan


Monez Festival inTabanan Bali

Monez a.k.a. Ida Bagus Ratu Antoni Putra Brings his Illustrator Experiences to Suara Festival in Tabanan Bali (Source: Monez)



In the era of the digital age, in which technology plays a major role in changes in every life’s aspect, a more dynamic culture evolves within modern society. People these days have so many choices on how to communicate, and business industries have developed in so many ways. Such changes inevitably have impacted the art industries, particularly the visual art industry along with all the types within this category, where the illustrator is a part of it.

As someone who draws or creates images to depict ideas, concepts, stories, and such, the presence of an illustrator has become more relevant.  Social media apps have also helped to boost the flourishing of both traditional and digital illustration.

Bali, one of the world’s prominent destinations for tourism where art is an inseparable element of their traditional cultures, is home to many painters and tattoo artists – the title ‘exotic’ truly lives here on this island. Bali has always drawn attention to the art community around the world. Numerous art exhibitions and cultural events have been held here – both on a national and international scale.

And then, there is Ida Bagus Ratu Antoni Putra who goes under the pseudonym ‘Monez’, a native Balinese illustrator with a global reputation. Coming from Balinese root have given him a solid foundation in art, and over time he built his own style and signatures in his works. Six years of working in the garment industry as a pattern designer has brought a major influence on his style. He mentioned that the dark themes of his previous works have transformed to be more fun with a lot of festive colours in his latter works. He’s also proud to say that his personal artworks are mostly influenced by fables and folk tales.

Monez has developed and gained a strong reputation as an illustrator with many projects and invitations as a speaker in art workshops, seminars, and other gatherings. His large-scale murals appear on the walls of restaurants around the island. He also designed children’s books published in the States. The biggest zoo in Bali, Bali Zoo, asked him to design their fun and playful map and tour bus. The big jump of his career was the presentation he did at the Apple Store in Singapore for ‘Today at Apple’. This event made a major impact not only on him personally but also on the illustration community in Bali.

Monez feels that the growth potential in the industry allows him to be more adaptive in the game. He mentioned that employing digital tools and organising a good team are just a few of the key points in the current industry. And, as the pandemic subdued and business bounces back – even more expanding, it may get busier for Monez to work on some projects.

Suara Festival will be his upcoming big project in 2023. This 2-day event is a celebration of creativity and a home for human expression with tons of artwork and installations. Monez will be taking lead as the head illustrator for this event. Suara Festival will be held on 13 - 14 May at Nuanu.

NUANU, ‘City of the future’ is a place with a strong sense of community in Nyanyi, Tabanan. Lush green rice fields surround the place, and the locals are committed to protecting and preserving them. Sprawled across 44 hectares of prime beachfront land, NUANU is a new place in Bali that inspires an original way of living in harmony with one another and nature, testing new ways of learning, rethinking, creating, and seeking to impact society as well as to regenerate our environment positively. More info about NUANU, please visit www.nuanu.com

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Merenda Masa Depan Cemerlang dengan Kurikulum Pendidikan Tinggi Internasional Ala Sampoerna University

Sampoerna University
Gedung Sampoerna University (Sumber: bisnis.com)



Percaya atau tidak, ada anggapan kesuksesan masyarakat Indonesia setelah lulus dari kuliah, yaitu menjadi pegawai negeri. Jangan kaget, jika setiap ada lowongan kerja pegawai negeri selalu dijejali oleh ribuan para pelamar lulusan sarjana.

Ketika, para sarjana gagal menjadi pegawai negeri akan menyebabkan tingkat pengangguran. Menurut Menteri Ketenagakerjaan RI Ida Fauziyah,  tingkat pengangguran terbuka Indonesias turun dari 6,49% tahun 2021 menjadi 5,86% bulan Agustus 2022. Meskipun menurun, tetapi sebuah ironi ketika banyak pengangguran Indonesia didominasi oleh lulusan perguruan tinggi.

Persaingan dunia kerja semakin ketat. Oleh karena itu, sarjana harus memiliki kompetensi bekerja. Beberapa keahlian yang dibutuhkan di masa mendatang, seperti: 1) Complex Problem Solving (Pemecahan masalah lengkap); 2) Creativity and Innovation (kreatifitas dan inovasi); 3) Collaboration (kerja sama); dan 4) Communication (komunikasi). 


Kelas Internasional

Kuliah di luar negeri menjadi impian banyak orang, karena memberikan prestige (wibawa) tersendiri. Bahkan, mempunyai nilai jual tinggi dalam dunia kerja global.  Contoh, sosok Maudy Ayunda adalah lulusan perguruan tinggi bergengsi luar negeri. Karir artis kelahiran 19 Desember 1994 tersebut sukses. Dia dipercaya sebagai juru bicara (jubir) Presidensi G20 Indonesia yang diadakan di Bali Nopember 2022 lalu.

Amerika Serikat menjadi dambaan tempat kuliah anak muda Indonesia, karena menjadi rumah dari 10 universitas top dunia. Mencapai gelar sarjana di Amerika Serikat tidak mudah. Ditambah, biaya hidup yang mahal. Tetapi, hambatan tersebut tidak menyurutkan niat masyarakat Indonesia untuk kuliah di Amerika Serikat, karena berkelas internasional.

Bagaimana dengan perguruan tinggi Indonesia? Perlu diketahui, penyelenggaraan pendidikan perguruan tinggi Indonesia diatur dalam berbagai peraturan, seperti:

1.     Undang-Undang Nomor 20 Tahun 2003 tentang Sistem Pendidikan Nasional (Lembaran Negara Republik Indonesia Tahun 2003 Nomor 78, Tambahan Lembaran Negara Republik Indonesia Nomor 4301);

2.     Peraturan Pemerintah Nomor 4 Tahun 2014 tentang Penyelenggaraan Pendidikan Tinggi dan Pengelolaan Perguruan Tinggi (Lembaran Negara Republik Indonesia Tahun 2014 Nomor 16, Tambahan Lembaran Negara Republik Indonesia Nomor 5500);

3.     Peraturan Menteri Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Nomor 3 Tahun 2020 tentang Standard Nasional Pendidikan Tinggi (Berita Negara Republik Indonesia Tahun 2020 Nomor 47).     

Kurikulum pendidikan tinggi merupakan nyawa dari suatu program pembelajaran. Sayang, setiap ganti pemerintahan, kurikulum pendidikan tinggi juga berganti. Kurikulum pendidikan tinggi terbaru adalah Kurikulum Merdeka, dengan proses pembelajaran dilakukan kapan dan di mana saja. Kurikulum sebelumnya, kurikulum 2013 mengutamakan kegiatan pembelajaran di kelas.

Tidak semua perguruan tinggi di Indonesia menghasilkan lulusan yang kompetensinya diakui dunia. Oleh sebab itu, perguruan tinggi harus melakukan terobosan, agar bersaing secara global. Salah satu hal yang dilakukan adalah menerapkan kurikulum internasional.

Selanjutnya, perguruan tinggi harus membuka kelas internasional yang merupakan program kuliah yang diselenggarakan oleh perguruan tinggi melalui kerja sama dengan perguruan tinggi mitra di luar negeri. Kerja sama tersebut diatur dalam Peraturan Menteri Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan (Permendikbud) Nomor 14 Tahun 2014 tentang Kerja Sama Perguruan Tinggi.

Tentu, ada perbedaan perkuliahan antara program reguler dengan kelas internasional, seperti:

1.     Bahasa pengantar kuliah program reguler adalah bahasa Indonesia. Sedangkan, kuliah kelas internasional adalah bahasa Inggris.

2.     Proses penerimaan mahasiswa program reguler, seperti Perguruan Tinggi Negeri (PTN) melalui jalur SNMPTN, SBMPTN, dan seleksi mandiri. Sedangkan, kelas internasional, seleksi mahasiswa langsung oleh pihak perguruan tinggi.

3.     Materi yang diujikan dalam seleksi program reguler adalah tes potensi akademik, tes kemampuan skolastik, dan tes lain tergantung dari jurusan yang dipilih. Sedangkan, di kelas internasional adalah kemampuan bahasa Inggris. Calon mahasiswa biasanya wajib memiliki sertifikat TOEFL ITP minimal 500, skor iBT minimal 61, serta IELTS minimal 5,5.

4.     Biaya kuliah program reguler ditentukan dengan sistem Uang Kuliah Tunggal (UKT) dengan besaran dalam beberapa kelompok. Sedangkan, biaya kuliah kelas internasional ditetapkan oleh PT.


Sampoerna University

Salah satu perguruan tinggi Indonesia yang menerapkan kelas internasional adalah Sampoerna University, yang berlokasi di Kampus L'Avenue, Jalan Raya Pasar Minggu, Kav. 16 Pancoran, Jakarta. Menurut Head of Student Recruitment Sampoerna University Lorensia Soegiarto, metode belajar di Amerika Serikat diadopsi oleh Sampoerna University (grid.id/5/6/2020).


"Contohnya, jumlah siswa-siswi yang dalam satu kelas tidak lebih dari 30 orang sehingga suasana belajar lebih kondusif dan juga pelajaran yang tidak hanya mengedepankan teori namun juga aplikasi langsung…”


Sampoerna University telah terakreditasi A (Baik Sekali) oleh Kementerian Pendidikan, Kebudayaan, Riset, dan Teknologi RI. Satu-satunya perguruan tinggi Indonesia yang menerapkan pendidikan internasional ala Amerika Serikat. Sampoerna University menawarkan Program Gelar Ganda. Mahasiswa belajar selama 4 tahun di Jakarta dengan kurikulum Amerika Serikat dan lulus dengan 2 gelar: gelar sarjana Amerika Serikat terakreditasi dari The University of Arizona dan gelar sarjana terakreditasi dari Sampoerna University. Banyak alumni Sampoerna University yang transfer kuliah ke The University of Arizona atau universitas bergengsi lainnya di Amerika Serikat.


Kerja sama Sampoerna University dengan universitas di luar negeri

Sampoerna University telah menjalin mitra dengan The University of Arizona (Sumber: Sampoerna University/diolah)


Keuntungan yang bisa diperoleh mahasiswa Sampoerna University dibandingkan dengan perguruan tinggi lainnya di Indonesia:

1.     Kerangka pendidikan interdisipliner

2.     Raih gelar The University of Arizona dengan kuliah di Indonesia.

3.     Harga terjangkau, menghemat biaya yang signifikan hingga 75% dibandingkan belajar di Amerika Serikat.

4.     94% (9 dari 10 lulusan) Sampoerna University berhasil mendapatkan pekerjaan yang sesuai bidangnya hanya dalam waktu kurang dari 3 bulan.

5.     Fasilitas perkuliahan yang canggih.


Proses perkuliahan di Sampoerna University

Proses perkuliahan di Sampoerna University (Sumber: Sampoerna University)



Presiden dari Sampoerna University Dr. Marshal Schoot menjelaskan tentang perbedaan dengan universitas lain.


Sampoerna University (Sumber: Sampoerna University Student Recruitment)


“Kelas internasional, pasti biayanya mahal”


Kalimat tersebut menjadi ungkapan khalayak umum. “Ada rupa ada harga”, berarti semakin produk berkualitas, maka harga akan berbanding lurus. Berhubung Sampoerna University menawarkan kelas internasional yang menghasilkan lulusannya mampu bersaing secara global, maka biaya kuliah yang ditawarkan sebanding dengan kualitas pendidikannya. 

Menurut info laman harga.web.id, biaya pendaftaran program pendidikan umum Strata Satu (S1) Sampoerna University tahun 2022/2023 sebesar Rp20 juta. Tahun pertama dan kedua, masing-masing semester dibebankan biaya sebesar Rp56.750.000,-. Selanjutnya, pada tahun ketiga dan keempat, biaya masing-masing semester berbeda-beda, tergantung fakultas yang diambil mahasiswa. Berikut, contoh biaya  Fakultas Teknik dan teknologi Sampoerna University:

Biaya kuliah di Sampoerna University
Biaya pendidikan Fakultas Teknik dan Teknologi Sampoerna University (Sumber: quipper.com)


Kurikulum pendidikan tinggi yang kita hadapi sekarang akan menjadi taruhan masa depan, saat persaingan global kian mengganas. Dana yang telah kita keluarkan dalam proses perkuliahan di Sampoerna University akan terbayar lunas, ketika mampu merenda masa depan cemerlang. Ibarat pepatah, siapa menabur, dialah yang memanen.    


Friday, January 20, 2023

Realizing Big Dreams


Big dreams
Same as big dreams, everyone can fly to realize their dreams (Source: private document)



Four years ago, I was crowned Champion I in the Start Up Fresh Ideas competition. I and 4 other members had to prepare a prototype for an application called PARKIR BERSAMA. And, in the next 3 months, my team and I will present the prototype in an incubation event. Where, my fresh ideas and the team have a big chance of getting funding. And, get an office for operations.

I am very excited to be an actor in digital technology. As the leader of a Start Up fresh idea project, I regularly consolidate my team. Unfortunately, during the incubation event, my team did not get accurate information. So, the next incubation process fell to another team.

Disappointed? Certain. Because, I have a big dream to have a company in digital technology. To get rid of disappointment, I came up with the idea of ​​returning to a Start Up idea with the BLOGGER PRO brand. I have registered the trademark at the Directorate General of Rights and Intellectual Property (IPR). However, the idea has stagnated due to funding problems.

Will my dream stop here? Certainly not. A big dream must be realized. There is a wise sentence that says, "dream as high as the sky, until other people laugh at your dream". And, my dream about the idea of ​​a Start Up is always getting laughter from other people. They all said that it would be difficult for me to realize the idea.

I have more than 10 years working experience in a managerial position. I often motivate the team about the importance of big dreams. Yes, everyone must have big dreams. Never be afraid to make your dreams come true. For me, that dream is like a goal that must be realized.

You remember the Wright Brothers success story, right? If the Wright Brothers does not have big dreams. So, until now, you will never see a helicopter flying high.

I understand that the development of digital technology is unstoppable. Any information can be obtained at the touch of a finger (touchscreen). I have been pursuing the digital world since 2013, more than 5 years. I started by creating a personal blog and writing for the online media Kompasiana. Since 2013, I understand that the digital world provides a lot of information.

I started making official accounts on various social networks, from Facebook to Youtube. A few weeks ago, I created an TikTok official account. I understand that branding in the digital world is very important. I began to be known by many influencers or bloggers in the archipelago, especially Jakarta.

I got a lot of jobs to do campaigns or product branding from various large companies. Both for offline and online campaigns. Several years ago, I became known as KOL (Key Opinion Leader), because I helped the campaign of a large provider.

Not only that, I became known as the Event Coordinator in the Bali region. If, there is a brand from outside Bali, a brand want to hold an event in Bali. And, It wanted to invite the KOLs, so I was trusted to be the coordinator. There is a saying in the blogger world, "if you want to hold an event in Bali, please call Mr. Casmudi. Then, you will not be disappointed ”.

My proud achievement in the digital world was when he became the event coordinator of the MPR RI event in Bali. I was challenged to bring in at least 50 bloggers. Alhamdulillah, this challenge can be done. In fact, I was able to invite more than 70 bloggers to attend this cool event.

What makes me trustworthy to tackle a project? I'm trying to be honest, what can I do. I say yes if it's true, and I say no if it's wrong. I always prioritize teamwork to make a big dream come true. For me, a big dream cannot be realized alone, but together.

During the Covid-19 Pandemic, the majority of my offline work was canceled. Become a offline speaker has been postponed, without further information. Really, I miss executing a big project.

I am 46 years old. However, more than 5 years, I have worked with the millennial generation. This makes my soul always look young and energetic. I have a principle that to achieve big dreams, there is no age. The most important thing is execution. Take real action to make a big dream come true.

So, with more than 5 years of working experience in digital technology, I must be make my big dreams come true. Feelings of disappointment and the process of failure make valuable lessons. Makes me even stronger to try again. Because, I have the opinion that I have to fulfill a big dream that other people laugh it.

I have big hopes, I believe, working with the team will make all challenges easy.


Writed by. Casmudi, S.AP


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