Passenger on Qatar Flight from Bali to Doha Detained for 24-hours After Bringing a Toy Bomb to the Airport
David Fogli, a British traveler flying from Bali on Qatar Airway on December 6, 2015, was taken off his flight together with his traveling companion and subjected a 24-hour intensive interview with safety and security officials.
During his holiday, Fogli purchased a toy made to realistically resemble a bomb comprised of several sticks of dynamite and a timer. As he told police interrogators, he intended to bring the toy back to the U.K. and somehow use it in a prank at a New Year’s Eve Party.
To Fogli’s credit, he knew that toy bombs are a form of humor lost on many and declared the toy bomb in luggage to security officials while checking in for his flight. After inspecting the toy, officials told Fogli that he would have to leave the make-pretend bomb behind in Bali.
Accepting the confiscation as a natural consequence of disclosing its presence to security officials, Fogli and his female friend thought little more or this incident and continued the boarding process for the Qatar flight bound for Doha.
As reported by Flyertalk.com, when the report of the confiscated “toy bomb” reached the desk of the Airport’s general manager, Tirkora Harjo, he immediately ordered the two passengers be detained for further questioning.
The Qatar flight was already on the taxiway preparing for takeoff when the tower ordered it back to the terminal where security officials removed Fogli and his friend who were sequestered for further questioning.
After 24 hours of questioning by airport officials and the Denpasar Police, the couple were released without charge on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.
Trikora, the general manager of the Airport authority Angkasa Pura, defended his decision to the press as action in accordance with instructions issued by the Director General of Transportation and reflective of the high degree of security alert in place at Bali’s airport following recent terrorist incidents in Europe and the Middle East.
One official added,“ This was a very realistic toy and in the current climate, we wanted to know more about his plans.”
A police official, Reinhard Habonaran Nainggolan, confirmed that the interrogation revealed no nefarious intent on the part of Fogli, but said the report filed by the Airport’s management made the follow up investigation a necessity.
No doubt Fogli has a new appreciation of telling jokes that "bomb."
RIP: Douchan Gersi 1947-2015
Bali Mourns the Loss of a Visionary Filmaker, Author, Actor and Explorer Now Embarked on the Ultimate Journey
A remarkable life that reads on some levels like a swashbuckling tale of derring-do was largely an accurate depiction of the life of Douchan Gersi who died on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at Denpasar’s Sanglah General Hospital from an apparent heart attack.
Born in Slovakia 68 years ago as Dušan Gersi, Douchan as he was later known, was raised in the Belgium Congo before moving back to Europe at aged 12 where he became a Belgium citizen.
Perhaps inspired by a childhood spent in the Congo, Douchan embarked on a wide-ranging artistic career in challenging locales that saw his personal biography grow to include stints as a bona-fide adventurer, explorer, documentary filmmaker, author and actor.
An insatiable desire to explore the unknown led him to embark on extended journeys in Asia, Africa and the Amazon where he undertook anthropologic studies of ethnic music, religious traditions and native spiritualism. Working in the new field of psycho-anthropology, he directly experienced sacred and mystical rites recording his experience in books on Voodoo, Shamanism and Psychic Healing.
An award-winning documentary filmmaker and director, Gersi won prizes for a supernatural thriller for children “Terror at Sunrise” (Special Jury Prize Bali International Film Festival), best documentary/exploration film for “Adventure in the Jungle of Borneo” (Trento, Italy International Film Festival – Gold Medal), lifetime achievement award as a documentary filmmaker (Belgium International Film Festival) and numerous awards for a 13-hour series “EXPLORE” co-hosted with actor James Coburn.
Larger than life, on screen or off, the dashing and flamboyant Douchan Gersi was often described by the press as a “real-life Indiana Jones,” a reputations cemented by his inclusion in the Steven Spielberg CBS special titled “The Real-Life Indiana Jones.”
Generous in spirit, Gersi also dedicated himself to teaching the art of documentary film work to a coming generation of filmmakers.
He was a member of The Explorers Club of New York, the Film Ethnographique et Sociologique du Musée de l’Homme, Société des Auteurs et Écrivains Français, the international board of advisors for the International Museum of the 21st Century (TIMOTCA) and a Founder of the Tribal life Foundation.
Douchan Gersi first “discovered” Indonesia in 1973 on an expedition sponsored by King Leopold III of Belgium traveling on foot across vast areas of Kalimantan before moving to Bali where he started a collaboration on a screenplay with Marlon Brando on the life of Gaugin.
He them left Bali for 3 decades only returning in 2003 after leaving India – his most recent stop on a life of chronic wanderlust. Over the years he wrote books, worked on films both in front and behind the camera, made films for Discovery and other channels in a life he once described to an interviewer as filled with passion, perseverance and patience.
In that same interview he offered the following prophetic words: “What can I say except to remind you that life is always too short. We must live our dreams and make them come true as fast as we can.
I want to live life in such a way that when I have to go and face the universe, asking, ‘I have given you life, what have you done with it?’ I could reply, ‘I have not wasted it.’
REST IN PEACE
March 4, 1947 – December 5, 2015
Skål or Salute: We’ll Drink to That!
Bali SKAL Chapters Enjoys Family-Style Italian Brunch at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali hosted the monthly meeting of SKAL on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Prego – the resort’s Italian dining venue for a delicious brunch.
This was the second time SKAL convened at Prego, first visiting the popular Italian eatery shortly after its opening in 2014.
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SKAL is an international organization composed of travel industry professionals with the Bali serving as home to one of the world’s largest SKAL Chapters. The luncheon at The West Resort Nusa Dua, Bali was attended by over 70 SKAL members and guests to enjoy a family-style Italian feast prepared by Chef Alessandro Molini and his Prego team. As a special treat for the Skalleagues, a special corner also offered Japanese specialties from the Resorts new Hambe Restaurant.
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Shown on Balidiscovery.com are photos from the December SKAL lunch at Prego – The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali.
Keeping Breast Cancer on the Run in Bali
Hard Rock Hotel Charity Fun Run Raises Rp. 180 million for Bali Pink Ribbon Cancer Charity
The 15th running of the Hard Rock Hotel Bali’s Rock ‘n Run Charity event took place on November 1, 2015 and saw a record-breaking attendance of 1,300 runners.
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Donations from runners and non-runners together with corporate donors raised an impressive grand total of Rp. 180 million for the Bali Pink Ribbon program that provide support and education about breast cancer in Bali and underlined the Hotel’s mantra of “Take Time to Be Kind.”
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Getting underway at 6:00 am the fun walk and run followed a course down Jalan Pantai – Jalan Melasti – Jalan Patih Jelantik - Jln. Legian – Bemo corner – Jln. Pantai and returning to finish in front of Hard Rock Hotel.
Winning the 5 km race was Samgar with a time of 17:42 minutes, followed by Bambang of the IndoRunners Bali Team at second turning in a time of 18:09, followed closely by Ridwan at 18:11.
Ni Kadek Ayu Sukarniti was the first female across the finish line with a time of 21:17, second was Colette at 21:30 and third was Nofi Antariani at 24:06.
Meanwhile the Bethels won the Family Category, with Elle from IndoRunners Bali winning recognition in the Best Costume category.
Hard Rock Hotel Bali general manager, Shane Coates, said: ”In the last fifteen years, Hard Rock Hotel Bali’s Rock ‘Run has raised over hundreds of millions Rupiah to help great local causes. Bali Pink Ribbon foundation behind the wonderful efforts of Gaye Warren and dedicated team of volunteers continue to help provide support to woman of Bali who suffer from breast cancer as well as provide awareness and equipment to help with early detection. All runners have contributed by participating in raising a record figure, which is fantastic.”
Shane added: “The Committee and sponsors who make this event happen every year also deserve a special mention for giving their time so willingly and joyfully. The Rock ‘n Run would simply not be possible without their hard work and commitment.”
Japanese Cuisine Revisited
Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali Unveils a New Look and New Approach to Japanese Cuisine at Revamped Hambe Restaurant
Part of a program of dining venue upgrades, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali has unveiled its new look Hamabe Restaurant showcasing a revitalized Japanese culinary concept.
Timed to coincide with the festive season, the re-launch has given the Hamabe an aesthetic facelift with a contemporary design inspired by the serenity of a traditional Japanese garden. A new entrance with an eye-catching feature wall creates a distinct sense of arrival where a costumed hostess personally greets guests. There are additional table settings and a signature robata grill joins the existing teppanyaki counter.
The menu at Hamabe has been refreshed to offer guests a more defined Japanese dining experience. There is a greater emphasis on authenticity through the use of high-quality ingredients and food preparation techniques. The implementation of a modern serving style encourages sharing ensuring everyone can sample a wide range of dishes.
Hamabe’s famous teppanyaki counter remains a highlight where guests are treated to a theatrical performance of dishes being cooked at their tableside.
The sushi and sashimi counter continues to draws attention to the artistic precision and knife skills of Hamabe’s well-trained culinary team.
Exclusive to the “new” Hamabe is a robata grill that introduces guests to a traditional cooking method from the Sendai region in northern Japan. It originated from local fishermen gathering around a communal source of heat on board their boats to cook food and stay warm whilst out at sea. Similar to a barbecue, robatayaki is where food is slow-cooked over hot coals and served on wooden paddles. This technique is highly suitable for various meats, seafood and vegetables as it enables natural flavor to be retained.
“Hamabe has long been a favorite dining outlet at the resort serving healthy Japanese cuisine that complements Westin’s wellness philosophy. However, it was simply time for a change and we decided to explore some of the other cooking alternatives that Japan has to offer. Robatayaki is not only delicious; it brings likeminded people together over good food and social conversation. It is a welcome addition that promises guests a well-rounded dining experience at Hamabe,” said Bipan Kapur, managing director of The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali.
Hamabe is open daily for dinner only from 5.30 pm onwards with stylish seating in full air-conditioned comfort for up to 64 guests.
Repairing a Damaged Island
Head of Provincial Environmental Agency Lays Out Five Principles of Development that Must be Applied to Save the Island of Bali
Beritabali.com reports that the environment, particularly as it applies to Bali, was a main topic at Speakers’ Corner (PB3AS) at the Puputan Margarana Niti Mandala Field in Denpasar on Sunday, December 6, 2015.
Assuming the podium at the weekly free speech forum, the Head of Bali’s Environmental Agency , I Gede Suarjana, told the audience that Bali is confronting a mounting environmental crisis linked to global warming, He said that the oceans surrounding the Island have already risen 142 centimeter where each centimeter results in the erosion and encroachment of the sea one meter inland.
“In addition the abrasion of the shoreline (in Bali) has been significant where 181.7 kilometers of shoreline from a total of 430 kilometers has suffered abrasion,” said Suarjana.
He also reported that the coral reefs surrounding Bali are in serious need of attention. From the total reef area in Bali measuring 774,000 hectares an estimated 15-20% has suffered damage.
A similar tale can be told regarding Bali’s mangrove forests considered to be vital to the life cycle of sea life and in protecting the Island from tidal damage. Suarjana calculates that 12.5% of Bali’s reserve of 2,421 hectares of mangrove has been destroyed. Also, adjoining shallow water lands that are home to tidal sea grass have seen 13% of a total 1,360 hectare damaged.
Suarjana said the heavy human population of these areas is making the escalating damage to Bali’s shoreline worse. His agency counts 175 shoreline villages that serve as home to 1.35 million Balinese contributing pollution, sewage and trash into the adjoining seas.
Among the efforts being undertaken by the Provincial government to confront the growing environmental threat is the construction of breakwaters, planting of trees in mangrove areas, and coral cultivation and transplantation projects.
The government is also building waste traps on a large number of Bali’s rivers to prevent trash from flowing into the ocean. Suarjana's agency estimates that a single river can send 4 cubic meters of refuse into the seas each day.
Suarjana challenged the people of Bali to adopt a new mentality as they step into the future by integrating attention to culture, the environment and technological advancement.
Continuing, Bali’s top environmental official said there were 5 principles that must be observed in the development of the Island. First, development must adhere to the 2009 Zoning and Development Plan (RTRWP 2009). Second, development must be based on the carrying capacity of the surrounding environment. Third, development must be undertaken in accordance with environmental impact studies. Fourth, development undertaken in Bali must have elements seeking to rehabilitate the existing environment. And, fifth, development models must always include participation by the general public.
Suarjana warns that new approaches are needed to deal with the erosion of Bali’s shorelines, including a more aggressive planting of trees in mangrove areas and the creation of islands that will reduce beach abrasion and offer future generations protection from tsunamis.
“Because of this a renewed commitment from both the people and the government is needed together with the courage to enforce the law; the courage to take the right decisions and the courage to modify our behavior,” concluded Suarjana.
From Bali to the World of Music
Joey Alexander -12 Year Old Boy Born in Bali is Setting the World Music Ablaze with His Prodigious Talent
Nominated in two categories - The Best Jazz Instrumental Album and The Best Improvised Jazz Solo at the 58th Grammy Awards is a12 year-old boy from Indonesia with roots on the Island of Bali.
Born in Bali in 2003 to Denny and Fara Sila, Josiah Alexander Sila (Joey Sila) was nurtured on the sounds of jazz by his musical parents.
At the age of six and after listening to a recording of Thelonious Monk’s “Round Midnight” the precociously gifted Joey sat down at the piano and began to play complicated harmonics from the jazz standard. His Father Denny, an amateur pianist, recognized his Son’s seminal talent and began teaching the boy basic music theory. Joey was soon joining jam sessions in Bali, prompting his father to decide it was time to dissolve his adventure tourism business and bring his young Son to Jakarta where his musical genius was soon recognized by jazz greats, both locally and internationally.
At the age of eight, Joey had already performed before Herbie Hancock during a visit by the jazz great to Jakarta. Joey later told Hancock that his early faith in him inspired him to “dedicate his childhood to jazz.” At age 9, Joey entered and won the grand prize an all-ages jazz competition in the Ukraine. Exposure on the YouTube and the Internet brought the boy to the attention of Wynton Marsalis, the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, leading, at the tender age of 10, to an appearance at the Center's 2014 Gala. After that performance of “Round Midnight” both the orchestra and audience were in standing ovation. (See embedded video.)
Overnight Joey had become “all the buzz” on the Internet and in New York Jazz circles. Performing in some of the world’s top jazz venues and before audiences that included former President Bill Clinton, Joey has just recorded his first album “My Favorite Things” that has tracked well on the Billboard Charts (174 out of the top 200) and two Grammy nominations – a first for any Indonesian musician.
An international jazz sensation by any measure, Joey has been invited to appear at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Rochester Jazz Festival, the Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center and the Arthur Ashe Learning Cente.
When the 58th Grammy Award is telecast on February 15, 2016, from Staples Center in Los Angeles – millions of Indonesians are certain to be tuned in and cheering for the 12-year-old wunderkind – Bali-born Joey Alexander destined by all accounts to become a legendary name among the all-time greats of jazz.
Unclogging Ubud’s Traffic Arteries
Ubud Provides Satellite Parking to Reduce Traffic Congestion
Speaking recently before the Gianyar Regency House of Representatives (DPRD-Gianyar, Regent Anak Agung Gde Agung Bharata told lawmakers that among the steps being undertaken to reduce traffic congestion in Ubud is the creation of satellite parking lots.
As reported by Bisnis Bali, the Regent of Gianyar said that a comprehensive study had been performed by West Java’s prestigious ITB University addressing the problem of traffic congestion in Ubud. That study identified three parking areas located a short distance from the City center. Working with local businesses and organizations three parking areas are being developed at:
The Sacred Monkey Forest
Pura Dalem Puri
Jaba Pura Sambahan
The ITB traffic study also recommended that Ubud needs a shuttle bus service that visits each bus stop every 10 minutes on a circuit of the City. The ITB study also recommended specific traffic regulations controlling traffic at peak traffic periods and that there be adherence to a Master Plan for the development of Ubud in order to decentralize the concentrated boom now underway in the popular central Bali location.
Paol E. Bitsch 1949 - 2015
Well Known Indonesian Hotelier Paol E. Bitsch Dead at 66
Paol E. Bitsch, the president director of the Discovery Hotel and Resorts, died in Jakarta after a protracted battle with cancer on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, aged 66.
Joining the Hotel Borobudur Jakarta as general manager and president director of Discovery Hotels & Resorts in 2000, Bitsch also had corporate responsibility over the Hotel Borobudur Jakarta, Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel Bali, Discovery Hotel & Convention Ancol and the Palace Hotel Cipanas.
Born in Denmark, Paol Bitsch had four decades of experience as a professional hotelier utilizing an education acquired at The Hotel School in Denmark, Berlin, and Cornell University (USA).
The Dane’s professional career began in 1971with Hilton International in Germany followed by promotions and other assignments with Hilton in the Sudan, Dubai, Cyprus and Addis Abada. This was followed by senior management positions staring in the mid-1980s working in New York, South Korean, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou before coming to Indonesia in 2000.
Bitsch was cremated on Saturday, December 12, 2015 in North Jakarta.
Let’s Get Ready to Rumble
North Bali Feels Four Moderate Earthquakes in the Period of Only Four Days
On Wednesday afternoon, December 9, 2015, at 1:19 pm the residents of North Bali at Buleleng felt the rumbling of a fourth earthquake in three days.
Becuase it was the fourth seismic event over three successive days – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – many residents in the area were left in a fearful state.
The first in a series of four moderate earthquakes occurred on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 10:56 pm measuring 3.0 Richter centered 15 kilometers northwest of Bangli. The second quake happened on Wednesday, December 9 at 1:36 am measuring 3.9 Richter had an epicenter 15 kilometer southwest of Bangli. The third earthquake also occurred on Wednesday at 1:12 pm hit at 14 kilometers southwest of Bangli with a force 3.4 Richter. The fourth earthquake measuring 3.6 Richter at 1:19 pm also occured on Wednesday and was located at 14 kilometers southwest of Bangli.
All four earthquakes took place between 10 and 14 kilometers below the earth’s surface.
Despite having a seismic centers in the regency of Bangli, the moderate earthquakes were most felt by the resident of Buleleng, with social media confirmations of the events recorded across all areas of Bali’s northernmost regency.
No damage or injuries were linked to the earthquakes.
Once Powerful Golkar Party Makes Lackluster Performance in Bali Regional Elections
The political party that once dominated Indonesia’s political landscape for decades managed to secure victory in only one out of six regencies that were scene to regional elections on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.
The Golkar party chaired by Aburizal Bakrie only secured victory in the regency of Badung and, in that instance, only for the position of vice-regent, despite Golkar’s long-standing hold on the regency’s top job.
In the election held in the regency of Badung, the Golkar Party formed a coalition with that won 60% of the popular vote the Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) by running a ticket comprised of I Nyoman Giri Prasta (PDIP) for regent and I Ketut Suiasa (Golkar) for vice-regent.
According to Beritabali.com, Bali’s Deputy-Governor and Golkar Chairman, I Ketut Sudikerta promised to undertake a thorough review of his party’s poor showing in the December 9th polls.
“The Golkar party managed to win in only one region from among six regencies/metropolitan areas participating in the snap elections. Going forward this must be evaluated,” said Sudikerta at a leadership meeting in Sanur on Thursday, December 10, 2015.
The Deputy-Governor said he hope the victory in the regency in Badung would provide an impetus for additional victories in other regions in the future. Sudikerta said that a preliminary review of Golkar’s poor showing in the Bali regional elections spotlighted a number of problems.
“First there is the problem of the figure (candidate), second money and third the party’s solidarity. We were not solid,” complained Sudikerta.
He cited well-publicized internal conflict within the Golkar party played a large role in their defeat at the polls in the remaining five-regencies/metropolitan area.
Adding, “I feel the internal conflicts were a big influence. This also happened in other parties suffering internal conflict.”
In the week leading up to the election, a leading lawyers in Bali publicly accused the Deputy Governor of participating in a criminal conspiracy to profit from falsifying land titles (see link).
Sudikerta said a low level of public participation in the campaign process a leading culprit in Golkar’s defeat at the polls and the fact that the party actually only put forth candidates in Badung, Karangasem and the City of Denpasar.
“Indeed, the number of people who did not vote was high. The people do not care about their obligation to choose their leaders. The indifference of the people about attending polling booths was very high,” said Sudikerta.
Controversial Floating LNG Depot to be Located at Benoa Harbor Under the Flight Path of Bali’s Airport
Metrobali.com reports that the Director General of Oil and Gas from the Ministry Of Energy and Mineral Resources, IGN Wiratmaja Puja, has confirmed that a controversial LNG depot will be built in Benoa Harbor in 2016.
Puja told the press that the LNG carrier that will supply the depot is currently being built in South Korea. Speaking at Udayana University in Bali on Thursday, December 10, 2015, said the ship would be launched in early 2016.
He told his audience that the LNG tanker would berth at Benoa Harbor’s Oil Port.
The ship that will make its home at Benoa will be able to discharge some 44 metric tons of LNG each day that will be rendered into liquid gas that will be pumped by a pipe line to an electrical plant in Pesanggaran and several other areas around Bali.
“We are optimistic that with the gas pipe passing by major hotels in Bali that these hotels will eventually convert to natural gas. The cost is less and there is less pollution are just some of the advantages,” said Puja.
Plans to build a LNG depot raised many objections when it was initially table due the close proximity of the port to major population centers, its location under the traffic pattern of Bali’s only airport and fears of the damage that would occur in the event of a catastrophic event. In the USA, LNG depots are now considered potential terrorist target and are therefore located in less populated regions and removed from area where the impact of an aircraft could cause a chain of events that would eliminate life over a wide radius.
Follow the links at the end of this article for Balidiscovery.com’s earlier report on the debate concerning the storage of LNG at Benoa Harbor.
Puja assure the public that the LNG ship will be very safe and built to an international safety standard. He did not, however, explain it the ship’s large storage tanks holding the super-cold LNG would be able to withstand the impact of a falling aircraft, terrorist bomb or the effect of a tidal wave.
The gas would be taken from Bontang in Kalimantan by land and then transferred to several ships that will carry the LNG to Bali.
Puja said the use of LNG would save Bali Rp. 4 trillion a year.
Plans to Lengthen Lombok International Airport Runway Put on Indefinite Hold
Complaining that the cost of even maintaining the 2,750 meter long runway at the Lombok International Airport is proving burdensome, PT Angkasa Pura I who manage the air gateway say plans are on hold indefinitely for a planned 750-meter long extension of the current runway and large expansion of the passenger terminal.
Quoted by Jawa Pos, the CEO of PT Angkasa Pura I, I Sulistyo, underling the financial burden of upkeep, half-jokingly commented on Thursday, December 10, 2015, “Actually, what we need at this moment is a shorter one (runway).”
Sulistyo insisted that the tabling of plans for a longer runway would not detract from the operations of Lombok’s new airport. Opened in October of 2011, the current runway is capable of handling aircraft up to the size of an Airbus 330. Adding: “We don’t need to lengthen the runway. If it were longer the cost of upkeep would also increase.”
The decision by the Airport Authority to delay plans for a longer runway is in conflict with the desires of the Provincial Government for Nusa Tenggara who have long lobbied for a longer runway part of their economic development plan. Previously, Indonesian President Joko Widodo had voiced his support for the Provincial Governor’s desire to lengthen the runway to permit the operation of wide-body aircraft fully–loaded and fully-fueled for long-distance flights to fly out of Lombok.
PT Angkasa Pura has announced that additional apron area would be constructed at the Lombok Airport in 2016 and 2017.
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort Providing Sponsorship Support for Staff Member’s Quest to Win Bodybuilder and Fitness Competition
When the Management of the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort learned that Braggy Malaihollo, the bartender working at their Bene Restaurant, was preparing to compete in an International Bodybuilding and Fitness Competition to be held on January 17, 2016 in Bali, it was obvious that “Braggy’s” dedication to personal health through fitness and diet were concept inculcated by the Sheraton lifestyle among its guests and team members.
It was a small leap for the Resort’s management to lend support to Braggy’s fitness quest in the period leading up to the January 17th fitness contest to take place at the Trans Resort Bali.
Explaining the motivation to lend assistance to their Bartender’s desire to win the bodybuilding and fitness competition organized by Bodiku, the Resort’s general manager Dario Orsini said: “It is a pleasure to support one of our associates to achieve his fitness goals. Braggy has helped modeling great lifestyle habits for all of our team – how to eat well, good fitness and, most of all, a great attitude. We are thrilled to support him.”
Continuing, Orsini said: “As a company, Sheraton supports a healthy lifestyle for our guests with programs like Sheraton Fitness and healthy menu option throughout all our dining menus. At Sheraton Fitness, we developed a proven system that focuses on four key areas which are mindset, nutrition, movement and revovery. These four focuses have to be incorporated into daily habits, as only then these fundamentals will help you succeeding now and for life.”
Braggy has been diligently working out since 2014, and has developed a healthier lifestyle as a result. He has changed his eating habits by incorporating more fruits, vegetables, and clean eating into his diet. Because it’s good for everyone’s health, he also likes to inspire others so that people around him also started to realize the importance of a health life style.
Seeking to inspire and spread the good word on healthful living, Braggy explains, “I would love to inspire others by having a healthy body. Everything starts from what we eat. It’s fun to challenge yourself to eat better and to be active. Love your body – and your body will protect you. I’d also like others to notice that eating clean is really fun. You can structure your diet to get proper nutrition, help manage and prevent diseases, lose weight, remove toxins, and just feel better”.
Supported by other team members at the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort, the management make sure that Braggy has time to pursue his intensive training program while the chefs are producing special menus to support a lean body and muscle development.
Win or lose on January 17, 2016, Braggy’s journey is an inspiration for all Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort’s employees and guests.
Anantara Seminyak Bali Appoints Terence T. Lee as General Manager
The Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort has named Terence T. Lee as general manager.
The Indonesian hotelier who is heading the 60-key resort has worked in the past with the Minor Hotel Group and as Executive Assistant Manager at the Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort.
Lee’s hospitality career began in food and beverage roles before rising to become the general manager of at the Sanghyang Indah Resort and Spa in 2003, Grand Angkasa International Hotel, Hotel Aryaduta Manado and Menara Peninsula Hotel in Jakarta.
Police Arrest Two Men in Bali Accused of Using Unique Means of Robbing ATMs
DenPost reports that police from the criminal division of the Denpasar police have arrested two men for stealing money from ATM machines.
In police custody are two men identified only by the initials MH (32) and Ha (37) who were arrested on Jalan Pulau Roti and Jalan Pulau Belitung in South Denpasar. The second man, from Banyuwangi, East Java, suffered a bullet wound to his thigh while being taken under arrest when he reportedly tried to resist and flee the scene.
The modus operandi employed by the two involved opening a number of ATM accounts at various banks with initial deposits of Rp. 500,000. Police say the men would then use the cards to make withdrawals from ATMs and insert a screw driver in the cash dispenser to prevent the cash door from closing. With the cash dispenser unable to clos,e Bank’s computer supposedly showed an uncompleted transaction and the cash balance undiminished, allowing further withdrawals to be made from the account.
The head of the Denpasar Criminal Division from the Denpasar Police, Reinhard Habonaran Nainggolan, said on Friday, December 11, 2015 that the men had managed to make fraudulent withdrawals 18 times at ATMs operated by BCA, Bank Danamon, Bank CIMB Niaga and BNI in various locations in Denpasar.
Bad-Tempered Tendencies Toward Temperance
Balinese Oppose Efforts in Jakarta to Ban Alcohol in Indonesia
NusaBali reports that many circles within Balinese society are voicing their opposition to a draft law being considered in Jakarta to outlaw alcoholic beverages.
A village leader from Kuta, Wayan Suarsa, said on Monday, December 7, 2015, that if national legislators try to push a national prohibition on alcohol he is concerned that public unrest in Bali would be the result.
Suarsa said: “I appreciate the House of Representatives’ (DPR) desire to control those negative aspects of public behavior linked to alcohol consumption, but at the same time it must be understood the diversity of beliefs that exist nationally.” The Bendesa Adat suggested that lawmakers must focus their efforts on the percentage of alcoholic content permissible.
“If alcohol is completely banned, this will have an extraordinary effect on Bali as a tourism destination,” he warned. Pointing to Bali as a positive example, Suarsa said it is now possible to travel the entire length of Kuta beach without encountering drunken behavior due to the control introduced by local law enforcement and community watch participants.
“The main point is not to only see the negative aspects, but to acknowledge that alcohol can also ignite artistic inspiration,” said Suarsa.
Separately, the chairman of the Association of Alcoholic Beverage Distributors (ADMA), Frendy Karmana, said he hoped the legislators considering the proposed legislation will send a team to Bali to consider local cultural and community aspects of the proposed ban. “Don’t rush to create a law that will outlaw (alcoholic drink) everywhere. There are civil rights and the diversity of the natural culture that must be considered in any discussion of a new law that will make the law clear and certain for all concerned,” he said.
Meanwhile the leader of a working group from the DPR to examine the impact of any prohibition on alcoholic beverage, I Gusti Agung Rai Wirajaya, said that the discussion and consideration of any change in the law is still ongoing with a decision on the new law scheduled for June 2016.
“There are many parts of the legislation that must be repaired. We are not at an impasse. On the road ahead we have to bridge any difference to achieve a result that is good for all parties,” said Wirajaya.
The legislative committee plans to visit six different regions of Indonesia to hold public hearings that include Aceh, North Sumatra and Bali. He said a national law on alcohol was needed to replace the current Presidential decree and variety of differing local regulations governing the manufacture, sales and distribution of alcoholic beverages.
Meanwhile, the Provincial government of Bali has invited a cross-section of Balinese society to hear their opinion on the proposal to outlaw the sale of alcohol on a national basis.
The deputy governor of Bali, Ketut Sudikerta, is worried that the new law will be unenforceable and cause hardships for the people. For this reason the province is seeking the input of the public in Bali to seek an exchange of ideas and socialize the goals of the proposed prohibition.
The Last Lap
American Resident Dies in Villa Swimming Pool
A 60-year-old American was found dead in the swimming pool of his villa at Banjar Sala in the village of Pejeng, Tampaksiring on the morning of Friday, December 11, 2015.
Brian William O’Reilly had reportedly rented the villa for the past year.
A member of his household staff last saw the American alive at 3:00 pm on Thursday when the staff member left to participate in religious ceremonies in a nearby village. When the houseboy returned the following morning, he found his employer lying at the bottom of the pool. The servant raised the alarm with the landlord and local police who removed O’Reilly’s body to a Denpasar hospital.
Doctors saw no signs of foul play on the man’s body who may have expired while taking a swim the previous afternoon or evening.
Police continue to investigate the case.
Fruit of an Ancient Loom
Bali Aga Village of Tenganan Home to Vanishing Art of Double Ikat or Gringsing Weaving
The Gringsing cloth found in the village of Tenganan, East Bali ranks among the most-rare and most sought-after form of traditional textile found anywhere in the world. Made from hand-spun threads that are tie-dyed with the final design embedded in both the warp and weft (woof) at the time of dying. Almost unimaginably complex in its execution, a fine quality gringsing can take 2-5 years to produce.
The word “gringsing” is derived from “gring” meaning “sick” and “sing” meaning “no.” As reported by Beritabali.com, the meaning has evolved to mean a way to ward off armies or enemies in a wide variety of forms. Accordingly, gringsing is an important omen of good and plays a central role in religious rights of passage such as weddings and tooth-filings performed in Tenganan.
Ancient myth contends that gringsing descends from Dewa (Lord) Indra who is seen as a protector and teacher of life lessons for the people of Tenganan. Dewa Indra is entranced on the beauty of night sky, a radiance he has reflected in the motifs handed down to the people of Tenganan. Indra has taught the woman of this Bali Aga village to display the stars, moon, sun and the planets against the sky-like dark background of these woven cloths.
The people of Tenganan believe the gringsing possesses magic powers, necessary for religious practice and capable of warding off sickness and bad influences. Textile experts say that the complex “double ikat” cloths can be found in only three locations: Tenganan in East Bali, Japan and India.
Urs Ramseyer wrote in Clothing, Ritual and Society in Tenganan Pegeringsingan Bali (1984) suggests that the people of this East Bali village may be descended from ancient India. Possibly traveling from Orrisa or Andhra Pradesh, early migrants brought with them the techniques for making patola cloths to what has become modern day Indonesia.
While the varieties of gringsing once numbered around 20, there are only around 14 types of “double ikat” extant in Tenganan today.
An listing of some of the remaining forms of gringsing still being made by the village's traditional weavers are:
Lubeng – is characterized by a scorpion motif and used as traditional dress and worn at religious rites. There are several variations of Lubeng including the Lubeng Luhur that is the longest piece comprised of three flowers resembling scorpions; Lubeng Petang Desa comprised of a one complete floral scorpion surrounded by half-flowers on its border; Lubeng Pat Likur - the smallest piece of the Lubeng sub-class.
Sanan Empeg – characterized by poleng or a checkerboard design of red and white. This cloth is used for religious rites. For Balinese people not originating from Tenganan, the Sanan Empeg is used a cushion cover to receive the head of someone undergoing a ritual tooth filing.
Cecempakaan characterized by cempaka flower (chrysolite) designs and worn at religious rites. There are three sizes of Cecempakaan: the largest Cecempakaan Petang Dasa and the smaller Cecempakaan Putri and Geringsing Cecempakaan Pat Likur.
Cemplong – characterized by large flowers separated by small flower set against a blank background. This type of gringsing is also used for ceremonies and religious ritual. The smaller size is used as a waste band while the larger size of Cemplong are now rarely seen.
Gringsing Isi – a motif that completely covers and dominates the cloth used in ceremonies and available in only one size.
Wayang – one of the most challenging forms of gringsing requiring up to five years to make characterized by the image of wayang puppetry. Made in black and white with the design rendered in white against a black background there are two variants – wayang kebo (male figures) and wayang putri (female figures).
Batun Tuung – characterized by eggplant seeds, these small cloths are used by waistbands by both men and women. This form of gringsing is becoming increasingly rare.
In 1972 a delegation from the Basel Folk Museum (Museum Fur Volkerkunde, Basel) cataloged the entire range of gringsing “double ikat” existent at the time in Tenganan now on permanent display in Switzerland. A large number of gringsing recorded and preserved by that delegation IN 1972 are now no longer found in Tenganan.
Benedict O. Anderson 1936-2015
Indonesian Expert Benedict Anderson, 79, Dies in East Java During Lecture Tour
Benedict O. Anderson, a world-renowned scholar on Indonesian culture and politics, died suddenly in Batu, near Malang, East Java on Sunday, December 1, 2015.
Anderson was 79 years old and was visiting Indonesia as part a lecture tour and book launch that included an appearance at the University of Indonesia where he lectured on anarchy and nationalism just four days before his sudden death.
Born in Kuming, China in 1936 and moving to California in 1941 at the outbreak of World War II,. Anderson was the Aaron L. Binenkorb Professor Emeritus of International Studies, Government & Asian Studies at Cornell University and the author of many scholarly books on Indonesia and political science. Among his best-known books was Imagined Communities published in 1983 that analyzed the historical emergence of nationalism over the past three centuries using a Marxist dialectical approach.
Earlier in his academic career, Anderson was an acknowledged expert on Indonesia political affairs, studying for his Ph.D. under George Kahin at Cornell’s Department of Government. His early analysis of the September 30, 1965 abortive coup in Indonesia called into question the official line of a failed coup driven by the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) earned the wrath of the Soeharto regime and blacklisting from visiting Indonesia starting in 1973.
Despite this blacklisting that lasted until 1999, Anderson headed Cornell’s Indonesian studies program influencing an entire generation of future Indonesian scholars.
Anderson's remains were scheduled for cremation in Surbaya, East Java.
Made in Indonesia
PT Dirgantara Indonesia Rolls Out it New Indonesian Produced Aircraft – N219
Indonesia launched its first locally made aircraft after a lapse of many years on Thursday, December 10, 2015 produced by PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI).
The prototype N219 aircraft is boasted as custom built to meet the specific needs of Indonesian aviation. In written remarks delivered on his behalf at the rolling out of the new airplane in Bandung, West Java,Indonesian President Joko Widodo said: "I welcome the development of the N219 aircraft by the domestic aviation industry. The N219 has been developed in Indonesia for Indonesia.”
Inspired to some extent by its Indonesian predecessor CASA C-212 Aviocar, the N219 will be larger with a higher capacity for both passengers and cargo.
Designed to operate in remote regions and on short runways, the N219 will seek international certification in 2016 with commercial delivery slated for 2017.
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