"I would like to thank all at Bali Discovery Tours for providing such great service to Aurora and her passengers. The day was a real success - thanks to the detailed pre-planning from Jack and the team."
Bali by the Numbers:
July Arrivals Show Month-by-Month Improvements
But Suggest the Path to Full Recovery will be
Overall Monthly Arrivals to Bali
Direct foreign arrivals to Bali for July 2006
totaled 121,988 - an +11.25% percent increase
over the previous month although lagging a dramatic
-23.01% behind July 2005's record setting arrivals
As graphically presented on balidiscovery.com,
July's 2006 arrivals are following seasonality
patterns in foreign arrivals by tracking an
upward trend May through July. Also interesting
are indications that Bali's recovery following
the October 2005 bombing may be flatter and
less pronounced than the Islands comeback following
the October 2002 terrorist attack.
Japan continues to be Bali's number one source
of foreign visitors with 23,882 Japanese landing
in Bali in July 2006, continuing an upward trend
supported by Japan Airline's return to full
Japanese arrivals at 23,832 in July were down
-33.46% from the same month one year before
(35,817). Encouraging is the fact that the Japanese
recovery following the 2005 bombing appears
much more robust than the Japanese return to
Bali after the 2002 bombing.
Traditionally the second largest source of
Bali foreign arrivals, the Australian slipped
into third place for July producing only 12,521
visitors – a figure down a massive -57.19%
from the record level of Australians who visited
in July 2005 (29,249). No less concerning, Australian
arrival actually declined from June to July,
underlining the doldrums of Australian visitors
during what is traditionally a peak season from
Local observers are predicting a more rapid
recovery from Australia with the launch of cheap
fares to Bali by JetStar, set to start flying
in late 2006, and increases in flight frequencies
from Western Australia by Garuda to meet growing
The next installment of Bali by the Numbers
will take a closer look at Bali arrivals for
July 2006, including some encouraging signs
of recovery from the European and American markets.
Warning Signs Posted on Bali's Beaches
Signs in Indonesian Posted on Major Swimming Beaches
As part of a tsunami awareness program now
underway, the government is providing public
information pamphlets and erecting large signs
on major beaches in Bali, as shown on balidiscovery.com.
Somewhat surprisingly presented only in Indonesian,
the signs warn:
• If you feel a strong movement of the
earth, please leave the seaside area.
• If the ocean levels suddenly and unusually
recede, immediately get far away from the shoreline.
• If you see an unusually strong wave
this may foretell of a larger tsunami wave to
follow. Seek refuge far from the shoreline.
• If you here a very loud rumbling, bang
or explosive sound coming from the direction
of the seaside - seek safety far inland away
from the beach.
• If a cold and salt-laden breeze suddenly
comes from the direction of the ocean, immediately
distance yourself from the beach.
The same warning sign also contains the following
handy practical tips:
• Tsunami waves move very quickly. Therefore
do not attempt to watch a tsunami in progress.
• Tsunamis are dangerous ocean waves
that will often come ashore in a succession
of attacks. One tsunami may be followed by another.
• The first tsunami wave is not necessarily
the largest or the last wave – beware!
• Successive tsunami waves may be as
little as a few minutes or as much as one hour
The warning signs also post a contact telephone/facsimile
number for the tsunami command post in Bali
which is ++62-(0)361-221533.
for Information of a Personal Tsunami Alarm
Laguna Resort Seeks God's Blessing
Laguna Resort &
Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali Celebrates Completion of
Major Refurbishment Program with a Day of Prayer
and Spiritual Adjustment.
The people of Bali seldom embark or end any
major enterprise without seeking the blessing
of the Almighty while at the same time seeking
to ensure that the delicate balances between
mankind, nature and the gods are kept on an
This was also the case at a special Balinese
Hindu ceremony held at The Laguna Resort &
Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali – a Starwood Luxury
Collection property held on August 1, 2006,
to celebrate the completion of an US$ 7.5 million
renovation and refurbishment program. Conducted
by a Hindu priest at a temple located within
the hotel's ground, the Pecaruan and Pemelaspas
rituals were attended by management, staff and
guests staying at the hotel.
Ceremonies traditionally presented upon the
completion of any building or renovation work
in Bali. the Pecaruan and Pemelaspas ensure
the restoration and continued maintenance of
spiritual harmony in the area and its surroundings.
The August 1st ceremonies garnered added importance
as it marked not only the completion of a major
refurbishment program touching almost every
area of the Hotel, but also a change in name
for the property bestowed upon its induction
into the Starwood Luxury Collection.
Refurbished Guest Rooms and Suites
Guestrooms at the Resort now feature contemporary
Balinese decor with polished teakwood flooring,
locally carved Palimanan stone walls, burl wood
cabinetry and hand-woven carpets. A deluxe bed,
made exclusively for the Laguna Resort Nusa
Dua, offers what the property's management claim
is "the ultimate in luxurious sleeping
While staying in one of the luxurious rooms
guests can keep globally connected via a 42-inch
plasma satellite televisions, in-room DVD players,
and Broadband and Wi-Fi internet access available
in rooms, meeting facilities and even on the
beach. All rooms feature a private balcony with
views over the landscaped tropical gardens and
extensive lagoons. Non-smoking and wheelchair
access rooms are also available. While new bathrooms
feature wall to floor marble, an oversized corner
bathtub and shower, and luxuriant "waffle-knit"
The resort also offers 24-hour butler service
to all rooms, providing delivery of complimentary
tea and coffee as well as complimentary clothes
pressing upon arrival. Daily afternoon tea is
served for all guests in the Mayang Sari Lounge
The 270 luxuriously appointed guestrooms include
48 lagoon access rooms and 20 suites.
The Grand Ballroom
The new Grand Ballroom at the Resort has doubled
in overall size but is capable of syndication
into smaller soundproof spaces suitable for
intimate meetings and events.
The Grand Ballroom, measuring 722 square meters,
can be divided into 3 separate meeting spaces,
and can accommodate groups of between 12 and
All function rooms feature an independent or
coordinated kinetic intelligent lighting system
to suit various color themes for events. Swarovski
crystal droplets highlight the ceilings with
state-of-the-art technical presentation systems
and stage configurations available.
Shown on balidiscovery.com are pictures from
the Pecaruan and Pemelaspas ceremonies together
with pictures of the newly refurbished guest
room and ballroom.
Hong Kong Carrier
Now Flies 11 Times a Week from Bali to Hong Kong.
Determined that foreign tourist arrivals to
Bali are certain to increase over time, Cathay
Pacific Airways added four flight frequencies
per week to its previous daily Bali service,
effective July 1, 2006.
The additional flights bring to a total of
11 weekly flights operated to the Island by
the Hong Kong based carrier.
Operating Airbus A300-300 aircraft on the route
the 4 additional flights operate on Mondays,
Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays in addition
to its existing daily service between the two
The high frequency of flight flown by Cathay
Pacific represent an important link to the 92
destinations served by the airline worldwide
and flown by its fleet of 99 aircraft.
In Indonesia, Cathay flies to Jakarta and Surabaya,
in addition to its Bali services.
on Tanjung Benoa Peninsula
TAO Beachside Restaurant
& Bar Opens on Tanjung Benoa Opposite Ranada
The TAO Beachside Restaurant & Bar - Bali’s
latest chic dining venue featuring authentic Asia
cuisine has opened its doors on the beach at Tanjung
Featuring modern Thai and Asian authentic cuisine
prepared by celebrity female chef Vaewta Chookasem
and an extensive cocktail menu, the new eatery
will bring a much-needed boost to dining and
entertainment options available tp Bali visitors
on the peninsula just to the East of Nusa Dua.
Chef Chookasem is a well known figure in the
Thai culinary world, having over 22 years of
experience in top restaurants and hotels in
Asia and Europe. She opened Indonesia's first
Thai restaurant in 1984 before joining the Hyatt
Aryaduta Jakarta and opening the Grand Hyatt
Nusa Dua Bali. She also assisted in the opening
of The Shangri-La Jakarta before moving five
years later to open the Lan Na Thai in Jakarta,
The Face in London, and another Lan Na Thai
The 80-seat TAO overlooks the crystalline waters
of Benoa with a lagoon pool feature and a sunken
bar. Warm maroon umbrellas are available to
shade guests who prefer to enjoy their food
on the golden sands. The architecture at TAO
is by Hadiprana & Associates inspired by
reflective autumn colored oriental schemes,
fused with modern motif elements.
TAO, which literally means The Way, is positioning
itself as a dining, lounging and lifestyle beach
experience for discerning travelers, resident
and visitors to the island of Bali.
TAO - Authentic Asian Cuisine
Jalan Pratama No. 96, Tanjung Benoa, Bali
Ubud Readers &
Writers Festival Releases More Details on Exciting
List of Speakers and Events - September 30 –
October 3, 2006.
The Ubud Readers & Writers Festival returns
September 30 – October 3, 2006 promising
once again to fill Ubud hillside arts community
with the creative vibrations of talented writers
and their appreciative audiences.
Birds Do It, Bees Do It, Even Educated Fleas
Do it – Who Does it Better?
Join the debate in Ubud on the subject of "Love."
International writers and poets will match
words and wits as they attempt to discover "love
- who does it better" - poets or novelists?
The Dragonfly Restaurant will turn into a boxing-ring
of knock-down verbal action between the festival's
most serious lust and romance writers and poets,
including Tarun Tejpal, Shalini Akhil, Kunal
Basu, Albertina Soepboer and others.
Prepare to be seduced.
From European shores, and sponsored by the
Goethe-Institut Indonesia, acclaimed poet, novelist,
translator and essayist Raoul Shrott will be
attending this year's festival. Born on a boat,
raised in Tunisia and Germany and now living
in Ireland Raoul Schrott is considered unique
among contemporary writers as his work brings
together verse, history, narration and investigation.
Through the generous support of the Dutch Embassy
Albertina Soepboer will also be on hand in Ubud.
A bilingual writer who in both Frisian and Dutch,
Albertina's short stories, plays and lyrics
delve into issues of female identity, history
and language itself, and the influences of music
The Alchemy of Love
Also appearing on the festival's "love
panel" is Tarun Tejpal, well-known Indian
journalist and the author of acclaimed debut
novel, The Alchemy of Desire. Tarun will share
his thoughts on love and intimacy - guaranteed
to make you blush. The Alchemy of Desire has
been described as a complex chemistry between
sex, ambition and love. Tarun will be joined
by Kunal Basu who delivered luscious, unforgettable
messages of love and lust in his best-seller
The Miniaturists with delicious touches of erotica
between the lines.
Even Balinese on Monkey Forest Road
Among the line-up of Balinese writers appearing
at the festival is Ketut Yuliarsa, who recently
appeared on the Australian ABC television drama,
Answered by Fire. Ketut is a poet, actor and
musician who now lives in Sydney. His latest
book of poetry, Jatuh Bisu, Falling in Silence,
was launched at Indus Restaurant in July of
Ketut will be discussing his part in the production
of the internationally acclaimed, Theft of Sita,
with shadow-puppet master, Made Sidia.
Other highlights from this year’s Ubud
Readers & Writers Festival include:
• A Tribute to Pramoedya
- In a special event to honor Pramoedya Ananta
Toer, the festival will celebrate the life of
the most influential Indonesian writer.
Pramoedya's life has all the deeply principled
drama of a romance by Hugo or Stendhal. A firebrand
propagandist during the revolutionary period,
Pramoedya was imprisoned and tortured by both
the Dutch colonial administration and the Sukarno
government (which he stoutly supported), for
criticizing their policies in print.
With the rise of the New Order and at the height
of his powers, Pramoedya was sent into internal
exile on the hellish prison island of Buru,
where he was denied the use of even pen and
paper. Undeterred and with the help of his fellow
prisoners, he managed to compose some of his
best works, including the tetralogy that begins
with the novel This Earth of Mankind.
In the post-Suharto era, Pramoedya became internationally
known as an icon of bravery and perseverance
in the face of tyranny.
This event, the first major assessment of Pramoedya
since his death last April, will present the
story of his life, accompanied by images from
some of Indonesia's leading photographers; a
multi-media presentation of key passages from
his work, to be read by major contemporary Indonesian
writers, and concluding remarks by Joesoef Isak,
Pramoedya's editor and publisher and winner
of the PEN-Keneally Award for courageous publishing.
A Tribute to Pramoedya promises to be a highlight
of this year's Ubud Writers & Readers Festival.
This special Tribute will take place on Friday,
September 29, 2006, 8:30-10:30pm on the Lotus
Stage at Puri Saraswati, Jalan Raya, Ubud. This
event is free and open to the public.
A highlight of this year's program will be
series of Literary Lunches providing the opportunity
to savor the best that the Ubud Writers &
Readers Festival has to offer: fabulous international
writers and delicious food in a dynamic setting.
Tickets are now on sale for our four Literary
Lunches featuring Anita Desai, Madhur Jaffrey,
William Dalrymple, Eric Campbell & Christopher
• Saturday, September
30, 2006 - 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. "Climbing
the Mango Tree" Featuring Madhur Jaffrey.
Meet Madhur Jaffrey, a leading authority on
Indian food, as she takes you on an unforgettable
journey through the pages of her new memoir,
Climbing the Mango Tree at the stylish Uma Ubud
Resort. Cost: Rp. 500,000 (approximately US$55.00).
• Sunday, October 1,
2006 - 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. "White
Mughals: Love & Betrayal in 18th Century
India" featuring William Dalrymple. Award-winning
author, William Dalrymple, will discuss eighteenth
century India and tales of love and romance
from the pages of his latest book, the White
Mughals over a leisurely three-course meal at
the elegant Maya Resort. Cost: Rp. 500,000 (approximately
US$55.00). Sponsored by American Express.
• Monday, October 2,
2006 - 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. "A
Foreign Affair" featuring Christopher Kremmer
and Eric Campbel.Join intrepid foreign correspondents
Christopher Kremmer and Eric Campbell, as they
take you on a three-course magic-carpet ride
through Afghanistan, Iraq and other war-torn
lands and forbidden cities at the Alila Resort.
Cost: Rp. 500,000 (approximately US$55).
• Tuesday, October 3,2006
- 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. "Peacocks
and Diamond Dust" featuring Anita Desai.Join
the delightful, award-winning writer, Anita
Desai, as she shares her seductive stories of
India, Mexico and the days of her childhood.
Be charmed by Anita against a backdrop of endless
rice fields at the beautiful Chedi Club Resort.
Cost: Rp. 500,000 (approximately US$55).
• Tuesday, October 3,
20-06 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. "What
the Body Remembers" featuring Shaurna Singh
Baldwin. Shauna's fascinating first novel What
the Body Remembers, the story of two women in
a polygamous marriage in Occupied India, received
the Commonwealth Prize for Best Book (Canada-Caribbean).
Her second novel, The Tiger Claw, is inspired
by the life of Noor Inayat Khan (codename: Madeleine).
The story of a Sufi Muslim secret agent who
searches for her beloved through Occupied France,
it was a finalist for the Giller Prize.
of Indonesia's Founding and 11th Anniversary of
the Museum Rudana - Celebrated in An Exhibition
of 17 Immortal Artists 18 August - 01 October
One of Bali's outstanding private museums in
Ubud - Museum Rudana will be celebrating its
11th anniversary and the 61st anniversary of
Indonesian Independence via an exhibition of
17 of the nation's most important painters,
• Antonio Blanco
• Bagong Kussudiardjo
• Basuki Abdullah
• Ida Bagus Made
• Ida Bagus Widja
• I Gusti Nyoman Lempad
• I Gusti Ketut Kobot
• Made Taweng
• O.H. Spepono
• Pn. Wardhana
• S. Toyo
Exhibition Open daily from 9:00 a.m. until
Jl. Cok Rai Pudak no.44 Peliatan Ubud - Bali
80571 – Indonesia
Goyang" (G-3), otherwise know as the Swinging
Banana Sisters, in Free Concert Wednesday, August
16, 2006 at Ubud's Soccer Field.
The Grup Gedebong Goyang (the Swaying Banana Sisters)
was formed in 2003 as a response to the mood of
the Balinese post-Bali bombing by four Western
women living in Ubud who, arguably, had too much
time on their hands.
Bali's Answer to an USO Show?
Armed with unequal amounts of enthusiasm and
talent, "the girls" decided to "entertain
the locals" by performing a repertoire
of songs and comedy in Balinese and Indonesian.
Forming an alliance with the Satya Hati - the
Bali Hati Band with a very strong anti-drug
message, the Swinging Banana Sisters specialize
in outlandish renderings of Dangdut, Bali Pop
and Bali Rock Alternative music.
Parental Discretion Advised?
The four "stars" of the Swinging
Banana Sisters are Rucunia Ballinger, Kerry
Pendergrast, Suzan Kohlik and Antonella Disantis.
All women of a "certain age," the
group's wild gyrations and contortions on stage
are regularly monitored on the Island's seismic
disturbance systems; giving corset makers both
pause and concern.
After a two-year hiatus, organizers promise
the Wednesday, August 16th concert will include
the Balinese Reggae song "Melalung"
(Naked), a musical commentary on the recently
proposed Anti-Pornography Law and "Megegenjekan,"
a Balinese Pop song about silliness.
As a special bonus, a special edition of the
TV Biyu Tasak News (Overripe Banana News) together
with a gala premiere of the latest new "life-style"
foods available at the Ubud market will be presented.
In the words of the group's Diva, Rucina Ballinger,
"Be there or be a banana, lassi!"
The Swinging Banana Sisters appearance forms
part of the closing ceremonies of the Ubud Arts
Place: Ubud Soccer Field
Date: Wednesday, August 16,
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Renato Domini and
the Joys of Sax
Asian Trail's Managing
Director in Bali Reveals Musical Skills During
Bali Concert by 'Spinning Wheel' at Bali's Contiki
Visitor to the poolside area of the Contiki Resort
Bali on Friday, August 11, 2006 enjoyed the rare
musical treat of a one-night-only concert by one
of Europe's leading stage bands Spinning Wheel.
A nine-man band hailing from Lucerne, Switzerland,
Spinning Wheel displayed tight compositions
with a sound driven by its brass and saxophone
section that was musicality reminiscent of Earth,
Wind & Fire and Maynard Ferguson.
Staying for a week and playing for one night
at Bali Contiki Resort in a visit coordinated
by Asian Trails Managing Director in Bali, Renato
Domini, the enthusiastic crowd got an unexpected
treat when Renato, a former member of the band,
was called on stage to perform one number with
his former musical colleagues.
As shown on balidiscovery.com, Renato (seen
second from left, playing the saxophone) has
not lost his flair for stage performance in
his latest incarnation as a travel professional.
Bill Clinton, eat your heart out!
Karen Kingston Space
Clearing in Jimbaran
Author and Leading
Expert on 'Feng Shui' to Lead 'Space Clearing'
Training Session at Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran
Bay November 1 – 5, 2006.
The enduring quality of its unique culture makes
Bali an ideal destination for the spiritually
oriented traveler. Karen Kingston, an internationally
famous author and teacher, will lead a special
four-day course at Four Seasons Resort Bali at
Jimbaran Bay in early November 2006.
A resident of Bali, when not globe trotting
on her latest speaking tour, and a leading world
authority on the science of "Space Clearing"
or "Feng Shui," Karen Kingston is
the author of a number of books on her favorite
subject. Karen's Creating Sacred Space (1996)
and Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui (1998)
are international best sellers that have been
translated into 21 languages. Born in England,
Karen has appeared on TV and radio around the
world and her workshops in the U.K., U.S.A.,
Australia, Singapore and Bali draw packed audiences.
Karen uses Space Clearing as a vital tool for
creating a spiritual way of life, one that has
meaning and purpose. During her November 1-5,
2006 workshops at the Four Seasons she will
show you how to conduct the highly effective
ceremony she pioneered and has developed over
the last 25 years. You will learn how to clear
stagnant energies from your home or workplace
and consecrate the space to higher frequencies,
opening up wonderful new possibilities in your
Included in the four-night package are:
• Luxurious villa accommodations
• A four-day course with Karen Kingston
• Daily meditations
• A trip to one of the island's most
• One deeply relaxing Balinese massage
• Daily group breakfast and lunch
• A welcome group dinner
Based on single occupancy, prices subject to
21% tax and service, are:
• Ocean Front one-bedroom villa US$1,065
• Deluxe Ocean View One Bedroom Villa
• One Bedroom Villa US$915
A second occupant of the villa may participate
in the course for an additional US$470 per night.
Chief of Police Soenarko
Mobilizes Special Police Assigned to Village Level
Among the 11,467 officers active duty police officers
assigned to serve and protect the people of Bali
number 695 members of the special community liaison
officers in the Community Safety and Public Order
Development Force (Babinkamtibmas).
Assigned to posts across Bali stretching to
include even the smallest village Banjars, the
Babinkamtibmas officers were recently tasked
by Bali's Chief of Police, Inspector General
Drs. Soenarko Danu Ardanto, to "be shoulder
to shoulder with the people and not to caught
sleeping in their offices."
The Chief's comments, reported in the Indonesian
language Bali Post, were made at a ceremony
to hand over 60 new Yamaha motorcycles to be
used by the Babinkamtibmas officers who were
similarly cautioned not to use the motorbikes
for non-official travel and do all within their
powers to earn the respect of the local communities
The motor bikes to be used by the community
liaison officers will be allocated to Buleleng
(20), Tabanan (15), Badung (5), Poltabes (5)
and Bangli (5).
General Soenarko said that 687 of the total
695 Babinkamtibmas officers have now been issued
Comings and Goings
at Bali Hotels
3 Major Changes Recently
Announced at Bali Intercontinental, Four Seasons
Resort at Jimbaran Bay and Le Meridien Nirwana
Golf & Spa Resort.
Three major changes in senior management were
recently announced at the Bali Intercontinental,
Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay and Le Meridien
Nirwana Golf & Spa Resort.
Amadeo Zarzosa Leaves InterContinental
Veteran Spanish Hotelier, Amadeo Zarzosa, has
resigned his post as General Manager of the
InterContinental Resort Bali and as Regional
General Manager InterContinental Resorts Southern
Asia, effective August 1, 2006, in order to
assume a new role at the helm of the Atlantis,
The Palm, Dubai.
Zarzosa's twin-portfolio in Indonesia will
be assumed by Kamal Chaoui, a French national
and seasoned hotelier with more than 20 years
of experience in Asia Pacific, French Polynesia,
United States, South America and North Africa.
Reluctant to leave his adopted home in Bali,
Zarzosa cited the exciting career opportunity
in Dubai and the opportunities for higher education
available for his daughter there as motivating
his decision to depart at this time.
Four Season's Christina Purba to Koh
Christina Miram Purba, the popular Director
of Sales at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at
Jimbaran Bay, has been promoted to head the
Sales & Marketing Department at the Four
Seasons Koh Samui in Thailand.
Christina has relocated to Thailand together
with her husband, Gideon, and son, Sebastion,
to assume her new post effective August 19,
Christina's replacement in Bali has yet to
be announced by Four Seasons Resorts.
Audra Arul Heads Sales & Marketing
at Le Meridien Nirwana
Malaysian native, Audra Rohini Arul has joined
Le Méridien Nirwana Golf & Spa Resort
Bali as its Director of Sales and Marketing,
replacing Narelle McDougall who recently resigned
from the Resort to pursue other career interests
Arul joins Le Meridien Nirwana Golf & Spa
Resort Bali from Nexus Resort, Malaysia, where
she was Director of Sales and Marketing. Her
hospitality management career in Malaysia spans
more than a decade in resort sales, beginning
with Hyatt and continuing to the start-up team
at Sutra Harbour Resort & Spa as Sales Manager.
There, she rose to Senior Sales Manager before
joining the Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel pre-opening
team as Director of Sales for two years before
returning to Sutera Harbour as Director of Sales.
Arul is a hospitality administration graduate
of Centre International de Glion, Switzerland.
She is also a graduate of the Oxford Business
School and attended the University of Buckingham,
England, after completing her A Levels in Canterbury,
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