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May 08, 2014

Wonderful Adventure Indonesia: Asia Pacific Hash 2014

 

A New Massage World Record! May 9th. 2014
at Sanur Bali the island of love,  Indonesia 



On May 9th. 2014 , we broke the record: 2,000 Golden hands of  Indonesian therapists coming from all over Indonesia provide basic Balinese massages to the participating ASPAC Hashers 2014  in Bali for 15 minutes on Sanur Beach on Friday. The event broke the previous world record held by Thailand, with 641 massage therapists for 12 minutes.

1000 Golden spa therapists came from all over Indonesia to join the record-breaking attempt at Sanur Beach, Bali  Indonesia
According to Ms. Herlina Pagarungan , a well noted spa consultant , the notion  of organizing this colossal event at the Tourism Ministry,which had been prepared 3 months in advance, was initially put forward indirectly by Ms. Judit Emma , the Business Development Manager of Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa within the Mustika Ratu Group, to the Vice Minister Sapta Nirwandar of the Tourism Ministry on the side line of one of APEC sessions 2013/ "when they were providing complimentary massage and treatment to foreign jounalists at APEC." Ms Judit Emma added. "Therefore we established a new comittee under the auspices of Tourism Ministry."Then the event,once and for all , could take place on Friday, 9 May  on Sanur Beach Bali, for 15 minutes  thanks to the special committee comprised of General Chairwoman Ms. Judit Emma  of  ASPI ,Ms.  Alexandra Sutopo of BSWA, 
Mr. Yoyoh Tambera of INDSPA completely under the auspices of Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy to beat the previous world record held by masseurs in Bangkok, Thailand, who carried out 641 simultaneous massages for 12 minutes in July last year .
The spa therapists  came from Bali, Central Java and East Java to take part in the record-breaking attempt. The event, which saw therapists travel from Bali, Central Java and East Java to take part, broke the previous world record which had been set in July last year in Bangkok, Thailand. During that world record attempt, 641 masseurs had carried out continuous treatments for 12 minutes.

Wayan Sudani, 38, one of the spa therapists, said taking part in such an event in Bali had been a once in a blue moon  opportunity. She said: 'Moreover, we got a certificate for taking part in the event. I feel really proud to be part of it.'


Ketut Kamiasih,  a mother-of-three,  another spa therapist  taking part, said: 'I am really happy that I could  participate in this event.



'A lot of  masseurs failed to participate because they only required 1,000 therapists.'


At the event, the therapists - who were dressed in matching purple and blue outfits - were later divided into groups giving nine types of treatments.

Those included Javanese lulur, which is a body scrub, a Balinese boreh, which is a body mask and Bugis tellu sulapa eppa, another body scrub.

There were also herbal steam baths, traditional saunas, exfoliation treatment susing egg protein, detoxifying rituals and steam treatments.

Russel Collins, an Australian who volunteered to take part in the record-breaking attempt, said: 'It’s wonderful. I like Balinese massage.

“In Australia, we have to pay $80 to $90, while in Bali we can have one for only $30.'



Indonesian Museum of Records (MURI) founder Jaya Suprana said the event - part of the 'Wonderful Adventure Indonesia: Asia Pacific Hash 2014 initiative' - had broken the world record, based on the last world record held in Thailand.

He presented a MURI certificate to the Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu. 

She said: 'We should be proud that we’ve broken the world record.




 From the left to the right  
Mr. Akhyarrudin, Director for the special Destination Development and MICE  , Mr. Jayaprana  the Founder and Chairman of MURI , the  Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Ms. Mari Elka Pangestu  ,the Chairwoman of Indonesian Spa Association  Hj. BRA. Mooryati Soedibyo, Ms. Judit Emma ,the  BDM of Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa


'We really appreciate  your willingness to be massaged by our therapists. For all participating therapists, we sincerely thank you and are very proud of you. You do excellent work. Thank you for your wonderful hands.'



Asia Pacific Hash 2014 is the first hashing event initiated by the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry, which hopes it will become a biennial event. Mari said that the event had been initiated due to the success of International Hash 2012 in the Borobudur area, Central Java.
   

They will join non-competitive runs along trails through Denpasar, Badung, Gianyar, Tabanan and

9.00am to 5.00pm - Registration opens at the ‘Sector Bar’ at Grand Bali Beach Hotel Sanur.

9.00am to 5.00pm – Hash Pubs & Hash Bazaar opens at the ‘Sector Bar’ at Grand Bali Beach Hotel Sanur.

1.00pm - Bali Red Dress Run Registration opens.

3.30pm – Red Dress Run Start from outside the Sector Bar at the Grand Bali Beach Hotel. 

6.00pm – Red Dress Run Party Buffet Dinner open at Sector bar.

Friday 9th May

9.00am to 5.00pm - Registration opens at the ‘Sector Bar’ at Grand Bali Beach Hotel Sanur.

9.00am to 5.00pm – Hash Pubs & Hash Bazaar opens at the ‘Sector Bar’ at Grand Bali Beach Hotel Sanur.

10.00am - Long, Medium & Short run busses depart from Grand Bali Beach Hotel Sanur.

5.00pm – ‘2000 Hands Massage’ World Record. Beachside at Grand Bali Beach.

6.00pm - Welcome party at the ‘Sector Bar’ at Grand Bali Beach Hotel Sanur. Opening by the Minister of Tourism of Indonesia.

Saturday 10th May

9.00am to 5.00pm – Hash Pubs & Hash Bazaar opens at the ‘Sector Bar’ at Grand Bali Beach Hotel Sanur.

10.00pm – Tampaksiring Run busses depart from Grand Bali Beach Hotel Sanur

11.00am – Goa Lawa Run busses depart from Grand Bali Beach Hotel Sanur.

6.00pm - Farewell party at the ‘Sector Bar’ at Grand Bali Beach Hotel Sanur.

Sunday 11th May

3.00pm - Optional ‘Sanur Beach Pub Crawl’. Meet on the beach of Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur. (Pay as you go).

Optional Tour of Bali. (pay as you go)

Depart to Labuan Baju, Flores (Komodo) Island.

4.00pm – Komodo Red Dress Run. Meet at La Prima Hotel, Labuan Bajo.

6.00pm – Welcome Party at La Prima Hotel, Labuan Bajo. 

Monday 12th May

7.00am – Depart for Komodo Island Hash Run.

6.00pm – After Hash run the Grand Party. Hosted at Mayor of Labuan Baju’s Residence.

Tuesday 13th May

End of journey or you can stay on your own.

Time to go Home Sweet Home. Have a safe journey home.

 Many reasons can be cited for venturing to the idyllic island of Bali...the most common is the seductive nature of a magical culture that permeates local life and the sensual beauty and grace of Balinese women…. But the camaraderie I find within the Bali Hashbrings me back…3 times a week a diverse and congenial group slogs through visually-stunning landscapes before collapsing into a collective laugh during the most unique Hash Circles in the Hashing world…. Long Live the Bali Hash…On On…!!!
 
Participants will run or walk in large groups, while enjoying nature and interacting with local communities along the designated routes. The organizers have designed hash routes in four locations: Sangeh in Badung, Puputan Margarana in Tabanan, Tampaksiring in Gianyar and Goa Lawah in Klungkung.

Along these routes, they will also be treated to cultural activities and Balinese cuisine. Each route will provide short (5 km), medium (7 km) and long (12 km) options.

“The event will mix sport and culture,” she said.

Asia Pacific Hash 2014 is the first hashing event initiated by the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry, which hopes it will become a biennial event. Mari said that the event had been initiated due to the success of International Hash 2012 in the Borobudur area, Central Java.

“From our experience as the host of International Hash 2012, we know that hashing events have a huge economic impact as the participants directly interact with local people and spend their money here in Indonesia,” Mari said.

She said that hash participants, popularly known as hashers, were usually middle-upper class. “So, the event will obviously increase the income of local people, as they will use local transport, buy souvenirs and other things,” she said.

From the Borobudur international hash, she said, it was noted that participants mostly spent around three weeks in Indonesia, even if only participating in the event for a few days.

Each participant is expected to spend an average of US$3,000 during their three weeks in Indonesia.

“To support the event, the ministry has allocated Rp 3 billion of the total Rp 6 billion funding needed,” Mari said, adding that the event was organized by the Borobudur Interhash Committee, which had successfully organized Borobudur International Hash 2012.

In addition to exploring Bali, the participants can also join an optional tour to Komodo Island in Nusa Tenggara. One of the organizers, Supriady, said that 500 participants had their intention of joining this additional tour.

Supriady added that there would also be a record-breaking attempt this year involving 1,000 masseurs, who would gather on May 9. “All participants will receive a massage during the record-breaking event,” he said.

There would be also the iconic Red Dress Run, where all the participants would be dressed in red. “They will run or walk around the Sanur area and donate funds to a charity,” he said.

 Bali Hash House Harriers One (10 May 2014 - 28 Jun 2014) at 4: 30 pm 

Sources : The Jakarta Post  , The Bali Daily  
http://asiapacifichash2014.com/schedule.html 
and http://www.dailymail.co.uk 
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