The Continuing Saga of Pak Purna and his Horse in Downtown Denpasar
A sad and tragic sequel to past coverage in Bali Update that appeared in early 2016 played out on the streets of Denpasar on Tuesday afternoon, November 29, 2016, when a dokar driven by an 80-year-old man and pulled by an aging horse caused injuries and panic when the horse ran amok.
In early 2016, Bali Update carried the story of Pak Purna and his horse, telling of the difficult life the two eked out with their carriage navigating the busy streets of downtown Denpasar. In a follow-up article, we shared the happy story of how a teenage girl from Australia mounted a fund-raising campaign for Pak Purna and his horse.
The most recent news from NusaBali of Pak Purna and his horse, however, is less cheerful. On Tuesday afternoon at about 4:00 pm Pak Purna was driving two female "satay" traders down Jalan Kartini when the horse suddenly panicked and ran amok, crashing into a car and motorbike before the carriage broke down and the horse collapsed into a heap.
Two people were hurt in the incident and sent to the Wangaya Hospital in West Denpasar.
Pak Purna had just picked up two ladies from Pasar Badung and was delivering them to their homes in Kampung Java when the accident took place. Suddenly, the horse panicked and could no longer be controlled by the aged driver. The two female passengers also panicked and jumped to safety from the moving carriage while Pak Purna held on, trying to bring the horse under control. Purna eventually fell from the moving carriage and was dragged down the road for 5-meters.
The driverless carriage continued down the road continued down the road for a further 200-meters, crashing into a pickup parked on the side of the road and a motorcycle traveling down the Jalan Kartini. The wheel fell off the carriage and the horse collapse in the middle of the road.
The driver of the motorcycle, Ketut Panjul, required four stitches for a leg wound while and Pak Purna suffered a head wound treated at the nearby hospital.
Before being escorted to the hospital, the old driver managed to coax his horse laying in the middle of the road into a standing position.
Governor Calls for More RoRo Vessels Connecting Bali to Nusa Penida
In order to accelerate the development of Nusa Penida, Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika wants to see more RoRo vessels deployed sailing between the mainland of Bali and its near neighbor island.
Quoted by NusaBali, Pastika said: “Now Java-Madura has the Suramadu Bridge leaving many ships that once sailed there idle. Can we bring them (the ships) here? Let’s use them at Padangbai to sail to Nusa Penida. What’s more, if the Dermaga (Pier) Kusamba is ready to go! This will expedite travel to Nusa Penida.”
Pastika’s comments were made at a coordinating meeting on how to accelerate development at Nusa Penida held on board Bounty Cruise while the ship sailed from Benoa to Nusa Penida on Saturday, November 26, 2016.
Representatives of various government ministries attended the coordinating meeting.
Pastika said that two or three additional RoRo vessels are needed to serve the route between Padangbai and Nusa Penida.
Pastika is certain that better sea connections between Bali and Nusa Penida will help Nusa Penida realize its tourism development potential.
At the meeting, the representative of the Transportation Ministry, Imran Rasyid, said the Governor’s request to add more RoRo vessels would soon be coordinated and actioned. Rasyid said improved access is vital to any areas infrastructure support, food supply and other needs.
After the meeting onboard Bounty Cruises was held, Governor Pastika invited the group to the location of the October 16, 2016, Yellow Bridge tragedy to view the rebuilding of the bridge connecting Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan
The group also paid its respects to the families of those that died or were injured in the bridge failure.
New Car Ferry Service Provides Direct Connection Surabaya and Lombok
Effective December 1, 2016, the State-owned ferry company, PT ASDP Ferry Indonesia will begin ferry service connecting Surabaya in East Java and the Port of Lembar in Lombok
The long distance ferry service is aimed at reducing traffic congestion on roads between between the two points.
As reported by NusaBali, ADSP announced that the ferry service operates twice each week on Mondays and Thursdays from Surabaya and on Wednesdays and Saturday from Lombok.
KMP Legundi, an Indonesian-built ferry sailed on its inaugural voyage on December 1, 2016.
The ship’s facilities include air conditioning, a health center, a nursery, entertainment lounge, mattresses for relaxation and a meal for those sailing the route. The ship can carry 1,000 passengers and 150 trucks.
The entire trip from Surabaya to Lombok will take 21 hours.
The tariff for the ferry between Surabaya and Lombok:
Adult passenger Rp. 72,000
Child passenger Rp. 47,000
Bicycles Rp. 117,000
Motorcycle Rp. 197,000
Large Motorcycles Rp. 392,000
Private Sedan Rp. 1,385,000
Pick Up Vehicle Rp. 1,252,000
Small Bus Rp. 2,657,000
Large Bus Rp. 4,574,000
A Balinese Path to Honor and Balance
Bali Safari & Marine Park Wins Highest Honors at 2016 Tri Hita Karana Awards
Bali Safari & Marine Park has demonstrated its singularity and leadership in Bali’s tourism industry once again by winning “Platinum” honors in the prestigious Tri Hita Karana Tourism Awards for 2016.
Awarded annually to deserving members of Balinese society since the year 2000 by the Tri Hita Karana Foundation, the awards - depending on the selection committee’s evaluation, are given Bronze, Silver and Gold trophies. Recipients who win an award for three consecutive years are presented Emerald Awards. And, in turn, Emerald Award winners who win honor for three years in a row are presented with the highest accolade - a Platinum Award.
The namesake and underlying inspiration for the award program is the Bali-Hindu philosophy of Tri Hita Karana that mandates harmony and balance be maintained through careful attention to the connections shared between man and God, man and nature, and man and society.
Winning it’s first Silver Award in 2011, Bali Safari and Marine Park has continually striven to improve by enriching the environment shared by the hundreds of animals representing more than 60 species found at the Park and, in the process, securing higher recognition year-after-year from the Tri Hita Karana Foundation.
Accepting the 2016 award citation, William Santoso, General Manager of the Bali Safari & Marine Park, said: “That Bali Safari and Marine Park has again won a coveted Platinum Ward underlines the Park’s desire to be both an integral and integrated part of Balinese society and its large tourism industry. Sustainability and structuring a successful balance between the impact of man’s presence on the planet and the nature as a whole is at the very core of Bali Safari & Marine Park’s educational message, a message we share with visitors, especially the thousands of school-age children, who come to our park each year. That the Park has once again been honored with the highest possible Tri Hita Karana award category serves as a reminder of our shared mission to help make Bali an environmentally sustainable Island, while, at the same time, serving as an incentive to remain motivated in our mission to make Bali a green destination.”
21 and Not Legal
New Cinema XXI in Denpasar Bali Gets Operating License Despite Violating City Zoning Decrees
Beritabali.com reports that the new Cinema XXI opened at Level Twenty-One Mall on Jalan Teuku Umar in downtown Denpasar, Bali is operating in violation of a Mayorial Decree No. 31 of 2016,forbidding cinema operations within 5 kilometers of a City-owned Movies theater.
The City owns and operates Bioskop 21 - an established theater on Jalan Thamrin only 2.1 kilometers away from the newly opened Cinema XXI.
The permit allowing the operation of the new cinema was issued to a local businessman, I Gede Suwitra, on November 4, 2016, by the Licensing Board (BPPTSPPM) in direct opposition the Mayorial decree already in effect.
The Bioskop 21 theater owned by the Municipality and operated by PD Pasar on Jalan Thamrin claims they are suffering losses due to the Cinema XXI opening and operating 2 kilometers down the road. The CEO of PD Pasar in Denpasar, Made Westra, said the number of ticket holders at Bioskop 21 has declined significantly with the opening of the new and illegally located theater, causing Westra to ask why the Mayorial decree was ignored in granting an operating license to the new theater.
Westra said the new theater is also causing traffic jams, asking why zoning laws requiring traffic impact studies for new businesses were also ignored.
Westra also questioned if zoning laws on parking, requiring parking area equivalent to 20% of the of the building’s covered area had been applied before granting the new theater an operating license.
12th Indonesian Palm Oil Conference Event Held at Bali Nusa Dua Theatre
The 12th Indonesian Palm Oil Conference and Price Outlook was held November 23-25, 2016 in Bali, Indonesia.
Organized on an annual basis by the Indonesian Association of Palm Oil Entrepreneurs (GAPKI), the “Networking Night” on Thursday, November 24, 2016, was held at the Bali Nusa Dua Theatre, typically the scene for the nightly Devdan theatrical extravaganza.
I night got underway at 5:00 pm and included gala performances and a dinner served at the theater.
ants were treated to highlight from the Devdan Show – musical and theatrical performance showcasing the dance and cultural traditions of Bali, Kalimantan, Papua of Sumatra Sumatera, dazzling the guests with both ancient culture and modern stagecraft.
An Eyesore and So Much More
Australian Press Spotlights Massive Garbage Disposal Problem Plaguing Bali’s South
The Australian newspaper Courier Mail has exposed a growing threat to Bali’s reputation as a world-class tourism destination with its coverage of the colossal rubbish dump – TPA Suwung.
A devastating aerial shot (shown) of the massive garbage tip that covers 30-40 hectares adjacent to the main traffic intersection of Benoa and the entrance to Bali new Toll Road forms part of the Australian coverage. The unsightly pile of debris can now be seen from a long distance and often putrefies the atmosphere over large areas of South Denpasar as it continues to grow at an alarming 1,500 cubic tons each day as it accepts the refuses of Bali residents and tourist visitors.
In an article by Cindy Wockner and Koman Erviani for News Corp Australia Network reports that the terrace pile of garbage now stands 20 meters high on an Island where zoning laws forbid hotels and other man-made structures to be taller than 15 meters.
The report also reveals concerns that the decomposing waste of every description may be seeping toxic substances into the surrounding ocean and water table.
The provincial government is painfully aware of the dump and the threat it poses to both the environment and the Island’s tourism reputation, but remains without a comprehensive plan to eliminate or even curtail looming environmental catastrophe. A past effort to grant a license to turn the trash into useable energy failed with the contractor eventually being fired. Suggestion to increase charges applied to those disposing trash at TPA Suwung raises concerns that, faced with having to pay more to throw away their garbage, many will simply toss their garbage into local rivers and on the side of roadways.
An estimated 650 scavengers eke a living sorting through the garbage for recycling garbage and food, many living in simple shanties at the dump’s parameter. Large herds of cattle also graze the dump before making the less-than-2-kilomter journey to the Provincial abattoir and, eventually, dinner tables in Bali.
Bali’s Deputy Governor admits that Bali finds itself in a vicious circle in trying to come to term with its trash problem, saying: “At the moment we need the tourists, most of our income comes from tourists but as a tourist destination we have to take care of the culture and the environment. We have to find a solution to handle the rubbish problem.”
The need for remedial steps has become urgent with experts predicting that TPA Suwung will be overwhelmed and unable to take more rubbish in only 4 years time.
The Provincial Government is also seeking local investors who will step forward to process a problem into a profit-making business.
DenPost reports that a tragedy was narrowly averted then a diving boat capsized at Nusa Penida island
Denpost says that on Monday, November 28, 2016, a Nautilus vessel operated by Two Fish Dive from the village of Jungutbatu on Nusa Penida was carrying four tourist on a dive outing when large wave repeatedly struck the boat, causing it to capsize sending the passengers and crew into the water.
The accident, that occured near Manta Point, caused no injuries or loss of life as a passing boat was able to assist the crew and passengers.
The four tourists traveling on the boar were identified as Angeline Douant (35) from Francis, Ben Kit Chalans (40) from Australia, Michel Beck (32) from Switzerland, and Hannah Kate Webster (21) from the UK. Also on board the boat were dive guide Rock Sarangati (19) and dive instructor Paula Ana Danti (40). The boats crew was comprised of Captain Wayan Dediasa (35) from Jungutbatu and crewmember I Kadek Suarjana (21).
The boat left Jungutbatu at 8:00 am headed for Manta Point. When it arrived at the dive spot it was struck by a series of large waves that caused it to overturn.
The passengers and crew were brought to shore and examined at a local health center.
The boat, still in a capsized position, was towed to shore at Crystal Bay.
New Flights to Western Australia
Batik Air Gets AOC Approval from Australian Government to Fly Bali to Perth
Jakarta Globe reports that the Lion Air Group has obtained an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) allowing its subsidiary Batik Air to commence service between Bali and Perth, Western Australia.
The AOC was issued on Friday, November 25, 2016.
With the new route, Batik Air will join another Lion Air subsidiary, Malaysian-based Malindo Air, in flying to Perth. Malindo has been operating between Perth and Kuala Lumpur since 2015.
The president director of Lion Air, Edward Sirait, confirmed that Batik Air will operate Airbus A320-200, Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737-900 on its new Perth flights.
Rusdi Kirana, Lion Group Chairman, has told the press that the long-term goal of his group is to eventually establish an Australian-based airline that will be able to operate both domestic and international flights.
Sunday Night Music in Sanur
Griya Santrian in Sanur Continues Series of “Mostly Jazz” Events.
The Griya Santrian Hotel on Sanur Beach in Bali will continue its line-up of exciting “Mostly Jazz” evenings in December 2016 and January 2017.
Performances are held once every two weeks on Sunday evenings.
The music start at 7:00 pm on the beach in front of the Wantilan Restaurant.
Admission is Rp. 250,000 per person and includes the show, dinner, and one drink.
Advance bookings can be made by Email or by telephoning +62-(0)361-288181.
Indra Lesmana – an Indonesian Jazz legend in his own right who now resides in Bali, coordinates the performances.
Here’s the exciting array of coming musical events at “Mostly Jazz” at The Griya Santrian:
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - Calvin Jeremy Sihombing
eremy Sihombing, born in Jakarta in 1991, is a well-known Indonesian singer and songwriter. Commencing his musical career in 2010 with the launch of a number of successful singles including "Dua Cinta Satu Hati", "Ada Untukmu", and "Nostalgia".
His first album “Selamanya” was released in 2010 by Universal Music Indonesia with arrangements by senior jazz musician, Dian Pramana Poetra.
Calvin’s distinctive husky and falsetto vocals are inspired, to some degree, by his musical idol John Mayer. In July 2011, Calvin Jeremy collaborated with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, creating the video clip “Wanita Tak Biasa”, shot in Bali and Komodo that was used to promote national tourism.
Sunday, January 8, 2017 - Endah and Rhesa
Endah N Rhesa is a musical project featuring acoustic guitar, bass and vocal. Performing in the genre of folk, jazz, blues, rock and roll, and ballads - Endah Widiastuti (vocal, guitar) and Rhesa Aditya (bass) began their collaboration in 2003.
Endah and Rhesa first began performing at campus events in September 2015,
h N Rhesa released their first album "Seluas Harapan" - a collection of songs written in 2008-2015.
Sunday, January 22, 2017 - Angga Maliq
Graha Puradiredja - also known as Angga Puradiredja or Angga Maliq & D'Essentials - was born in Jakarta in February 1980.
Angga Maliq has appeared as a lead vocalist for Maliq & D'Essentials.
In 2002, he set up Maliq & D'Essentials. Angga, together with his brother Widi, conceptualize, produce, compose, arrange and compose musical hits.
And the Sea Rushes In
The Lovina Bali in North Bali Defends Installation of Temporary Breakwater as Needed to Stop Beach Erosion
Metrobali.com reports that The Lovina Bali in Buleleng has come under official scrutiny for installing an unauthorized mesh-wire breakwater on its beachfront in the village of Kalibukbuk.
The luxury resort has defended its action saying urgent steps were need to prevent beachfront erosion that is washing its sandy beach into the middle of the ocean.
The mesh-wire and stone breakwater runs for 40 meters extending from the beach into the sea.
While some local residents are characterizing the breakwater as an effort to illegally reclaim beachfront and a clear violation of Law Number 27 of 2007 and its revision Law Number 1 of 2014 regarding the management of small islands and shorelines.
The general manager of The Lovina Bali, Dwi Dharmawijaya in the company of the Resort’s owner, Robert Karl Stahl, spoke to the news media on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, to explain that the breakwater was comprised of stones encased in wire meshing and was, therefore, only temporary in nature.
Dharmawijaya told the press that The Lovina had yet to obtain formal permission for the breakwater, saying, “if we are asked to organize a permit, then we will do so. The point is we were preventing erosion in order to protect the environment and not in order to control the beachfront.”
The Lovina insists that before the breakwater was installed they coordinated the project the Kalibukbuk village and a consultant who had worked on reclamation projects in Dubai was brought in. Dharmawijaya said both the village elders and the consultant believed no environmental damage would result from the installation of the breakwater.
Village officials confirmed Dharmawijaya’s comments, saying they prioritized preventing further erosion of the beachfront. The village chief said the beach in front of the hotel was once large enough to permit games of soccer played by local youths, but now the beach has become so narrow due to abrasion that soccer games are no longer possible.
The village official said the breakwater was essential to stop erosion and did not violate any law.
Bill Bailey - Please Come Home to Bali?
Famous UK Comedian Bill Bailey to Perform at Trans Resort Bali on Saturday, December 17, 2016.
One of the UK’s best-loved comedian is scheduled to make a one night performance in Bali, bringing his trademark formula of music and comedy to Bali in his one-man show "Larks in Transit."
Bailey is listed as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy in 2003, 2007 and 2010, he was also voted the 7th greatest stand-up comedian in Channel 4’s survey of the genre.
Bailey, originally from Bath in the UK, will share his compendium of travelers tales accumulated over decades of working as a traveling comedian. He brings a high level of musical talent on a number of instruments and biting intelligence to each performance that saw the Daily Telegraph label Bailey as “the brainiest comic of his generation.”
Raised in the West Country, Bill was once in a group called The Famous Five – an unsuccessful band with only four members. Although a talented musician, Bill always felt an urge to slip jokes into the music. This didn’t work out so, harboring theatrical ambitions, he spent the early 80s touring with a Welsh Experimental theater troupe, and appearing on stage with the Workers’ Revolutionary Party. He supplemented these with stints as a lounge pianist, and a keyboard player in a jazz trio.
In 2011, Bill traveled to South Africa to record Baboons With Bill Bailey for ITV. This eight-part seriesprovided a unique insight into the lives of these intelligent, complicated primates, with incredible, candid footage of their daily lives, following their stories as they struggle to survive in such a busy and exotic urban landscape.
In 2012, Bailey traveled to Indonesia and Malaysia with BBC Natural History to film a two-part documentary about naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace – a contemporary of Charles Darwin who defined the geographical zone of Wallacea – the area that defines where Asia ends and Oceania begins of which Bali forms a part.
Bill Bailey is currently working on more ideas for film and television with his own production company, Glassbox Productions, who are responsible for bringing to the screen Tinselworm, Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra, Dandelion Mind and Qualmpeddler.
Bill Bailey – Larks in Transit Live at Trans Resort Bali Ballroom
Saturday, December 17, 2016 – 8:00 PM
VIP Seating Rp. 800,000
General Seating Rp. 600,000
VIP Pre-Dinner Show and Dinner Rp. 1 million
Tickets available at Trans Resort Reception or OnLine
Jenggala at 40
Jenggala Keramic Month-Long Celebration of Four Decades of Magnificent Design
Since its founding in 1976 as a simple cottage industry in a corner of the village of Sanur, Jenggala Keramik has matured into a sophisticated production facility producing lovingly crafted table wares and objets d'art that are recognized and cherished around the world.
At the core of Jenggala’s success is its commitment to innovation in design and quality.
In the early days of Jenggala Ceramic three creative forces combined their talents and visions. The late Brent Hesselyn from New Zealand with a background in pottery and ceramic design. Brent’s passion for Bali’s rich culture informed his artistic practice, while his innovative vision yielded a design sensibility that proved both refreshing and functional. Enter the late Wija Waworuntu, a local hotel magnate, who brought a business perspective to Hesselyn's creativity. Finally, Ade Waworuntu, Wija's daughter, contributed a contemporary point of view that is the Company's hallmark.
Over the intervening past four decades, the character of Jenggala Keramik's three founding members has endured while being enriched by individuals equally passionate about the quality and creativity of handcrafted and well thought out designs. Over the years, various international and local artists have contributed to Jenggala’s development and helped foster a globally diverse business perspective.
To celebrate its four-decade journey and express its gratitude a number of special events have been organized:
Month-long Discount (up to 70% Off) at Jenggala Factory Outlet and Jenggala Sanur Store- December 1st – 31st
Artists Exhibition at Jenggala Jimbaran.
Food Styling and Photography Workshop in collaboration with Sazha Hadian – Saturday, December 17th
GRAND SALE at Jenggala Jimbaran with discounts up to 70% December 24-30, 2016 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm each day.
Jegog Gamelan Performance & Food Market operated by Cafe Batujimbar–10:00 am to 10:00 pm Friday, December 30, 2016.
Chef Hugo Coudurier Experience at 3-Star Michelin Award Restaurants and his Surfboard to Bali to Open Two New Eateries in Canggu and Echo Beach.
Whenever Juan Pierre Anthony, an Indonesian who has spent a lifetime traveling the world, returns home to Bali he heads to his favorite roadside traditional diner or warung to fuel up on some genuine Indonesian home cooking. Juan knows nothing beats the experience of dining in a humble Indonesian warung that unfailingly offers a homey atmosphere in which freshly prepared food at affordable prices is always on tap.
Juan, who currently live and works in Dubai, has long harbored a dream wondering how to incorporate all the culinary charms of a humble warung, with world-class culinary standards that meets the demands of sophisticated world travelers like himself. An unexpected meeting with a famous chef while surfing during a home visit in Bali, led to a plan to bring a world class chef to Bali to help materialize a shared dream punctuated, of course, by extended periods of surfing.
anadian chef Hugo Coudurier has worked in some of the most celebrated kitchens in Europe and the United States. After completing his culinary training in Dijon, Chef Hugo joined maître cuisine de France Jean -Jacque Noguler at the Michelin Star awarded restaurant La Ferme in Bossey. Expanding his experience of working with the best restaurants, Courdurier moved to Hotel des Trois Valees in Coucheval, followed by Guy Savoy's flagship 3-Michelin star restaurant “Guy Savoy Paris” before transfering to the USA to become executive chef at Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesar’s Palace Hotel in Las Vegas.
“I had decided that my next move would not be fine dining,” Coudurier said, admitting Indonesia wasn’t on his radar until he met Juan the owner of MyWarung. “I needed a break. I wanted something more casual, and I fell in love with Bali. So, when this opportunity came up, it was a natural fit.” Coudurier is excited to share his gastronomic perspective in developing MyWarung via two outlets opening in Canggu and Echo Beach in December 2016.
IdeAnonim, an Indonesian architecture & design firm heavily influenced by a Wabi-Sabi - a Japanese design concept that uncovers beauty in imperfection and earthiness, designed the first two MyWarung. As a result, look for a captivating jumble of curated pre-loved furniture from across Indonesia as a backdrop for Coudurier’s culinary vision of simple and uncomplicated food prepared with the only the finest ingredients.
The classically trained Coudurier has prepared a short and sharp menu encompassing western and Asian flavors, with an emphasis on locally grown produce and the highest-quality meats. Courdurier explorative nature will be accommodated by regular menu changes.
Chef Hugo Coudurier and Juan Anthony’s first foray into fast-casual fare, MyWarung in Canggu and Echo Brach will open on December 19, 2016.
taurants will serve some 16 dishes, affordably priced starting from Rp. 20,000 to Rp. 75,000.
Jalan Subak Sari 80 (Near Canggu Club)
Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kab. Badung 80361 - Bali
Tel: +62-(0) 82 339 120 880
MyWarung Echo Beach
Jalan Batu Mejan 78 (Echo Beach)
Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kab. Badung 80361 - Bali
Tel: +62 (0) 82 266 029 978
Grand Nikko Brand Exits Bali with Rebranding as Hilton Bali Resort
Effective December 1, 2016, the Grand Nikko Resort Bali at Nusa Dua ceased to exist as it was rebranded with new management under the Hilton Brand.
The Hilton Bali Resort occupies a site of 11-hectares overlooking the Indian Ocean. The 389-room resort brings the upscale Hilton Hotels & Resortsbrand to Bali. Hilton currently operates Conrad and Hilton Garden Inn properties on the Island.
“Hilton Bali Resort is a significant addition to our flagship brand portfolio, bringing Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ renowned hospitality to one of the world’s premier island destinations,” said Sean Wooden, Hilton’s vice president of brand management for Asia Pacific.
Hilton Bandung in West Java was the first Hilton-branded hotel in Indonesia, now joined by the Hilton Bali Resort.
With the end of the management contract for the Grand Nikko Resort Bali the Nikko brand is no longer represented in Indonesia.
“Hilton Bali Resort is testament to the confidence we have in this stunning resort destination and our deep commitment to serving the burgeoning market of Indonesia. This opening marks our fifth property in Indonesia and third in Bali,” explained William Costley, Hilton’s vice president of operations for Southeast Asia & India. “The location makes the hotel a great base for travelers visiting Bali, and positions us well to capture opportunities from Bali’s rising inbound and domestic tourism.”
Putting an End to a Boondoggle
Denpasar, Bali Official on Trial for Corrupting Rp. 2 billion in Official Travel Funds
RadarBali.com reports that a corruption trial has commenced regarding the misuse of official travel fund by members of the Denpasar House of Representatives (DPRD-Denpasar) in 2013.
State Prosecutor told the Court that from a total of Rp. 12.2 billion allocated fro travel in 2013, only Rp. 9.8 billion was used for its declared purpose, leaving Rp. 2.2 billion unaccounted for.
Prosecutor Dewa Lanang explained how the former chief in charge of travel expenditures forthe House repaid RP. 160,123,726 of the subject misallocated Rp. 2.2 billion to the DPRD-Denpasar.
DPRD-Denpasar members when traveling on official business are given funds in a lump sum for food and pocket money, transportation expenses, accommodation expenses, representational funds, vehicle rental including a driver and fuel.
Gusti Made Patra (58), as the office in charge at the DPRD-Denpasar, has been charged with corruption of public funds by State Prosecutors.
Prosecutors on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, described Patra’s actions as having been committed over an extended period of time, in violation of the law, and done for personal enrichment. Prosecutors said Patra’s actions also enriched two Denpasar travel agencies – Sunda Duta Tour and Travel and Bali Daksina Wisata - resulting in losses to the State of Rp 2.292.268.170.
The prosecutor said the amount of the corruption was based on an audit conducted by the State Audit Board in Bali (BPKP).
Patra’s attorney has asked the Court to call witnesses in the case including all the members of the DPRD-Denpasar who, according to attorney Rizal Akbar, enjoyed the use of the corrupted funds.
The corruption trial continues in a Denpasar Court.
World’s State Bankers to Meet in Bali
Bali to Host Annual IMF and World Bank Meeting in October 2018 - More than 13,000 Expected to Attend
The Jakarta Post reports that Bali has been chosen to host the Annual Meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and The World Bank in 2018.
More than 13,000 participants from 189 countries are expected to fly to Bali for the October 2018 meeting comprised of country representatives, international observers, journalists, academics and NGO delegates.
While in Bali central bankers and finance ministers will discuss international finance and global economic policy.
An IMF spokesperson, Jeremy Edward Mark said on Thursday, December 1, 2016, “You literally have all the senior people of the IMF there, and their officers are formally transferred from Washington to the site of this overseas meeting [in Bali]. The decision making will take place abroad, not in Washington.”
The meeting’s agenda will address global economic recovery, slow rates of global economic growth, China’s increasing pre-eminence in the global economy, and globalization
A Bank Indonesia spokesman said the Government is considering declaring the dates of the conference a public holiday in order to facilitate smooth operations. In the past, groups protesting world economic policies have targeted World Bank and IMF meetings.
Spinning Wheels of Protest
Disabled Group in Wheelchairs Travel 17 km to Demand Access for the Disabled
Tens of disabled persons traveling in wheelchairs trekked the distance of 17 kilometers from Tampaksiring to the office of the Regent of Gianyar on Saturday, December 3, 2016, as a form of peaceful protest demanding laws and building codes be enforced that promise the disabled access to buildings and places of employment.
The Cahaya Mutiara Foundation organized the wheelchair march.
As reported by NusaBali, the wheelchair convoy received a police escort on a path that was generally downhill. Volunteers on the journey, that stared at 6:00 am and arrived in Gianyar at 11:00 am, assisted the disabled participants.
During the course of the journey, some of the disabled participants became exhausted and were moved to waiting vehicles.
Upon arrival at the Regent’s office in Gianyar, the group was received by the Chief of Social Services for the Regency, I Made Watha, accompanied by other Regency officials.
I Ketut Budiarsa, the chairman of the Cahaya Mutiara Foundation in Tampaksiring was in the group, also arriving in a wheelchair. He explained that the convoy was meant to mark World Disability Day and to register the desire for open access to public places, places of education and places of employment.
Budiarsa, speaking on behalf of the Regency of Gianyar, assured the group assembled on the lawn of the Regent’s office that the local government who shares their desire for open access for the disabled to all public buildings.
The Hillsides Are Alive
Petang Area of Bali Under Threat of Isolation Due to Landslide
After landslide washed out the road at Banjar Angantiga connecting Denpasar and Petang, traffic has been detoured around Petang as an alternative route.
As reported by RadarBali.com, that route is now also under threat from landslides occasioned by continuing heavy rains. Moreover, the new alternative route is narrow and not suitable for the passage of trucks and heavy vehicles.
The landslide at Banjar Angantiga also cut water pipes owned by the Tirta Mangutama Water Board (PDAM) interrupting water supplies to around 150 families in the region.
Traffic jams are now commonplace on the alterative route now clogged with traffic. Local village officials have called on the police and traffic agencies to past traffic signs showing the way to the alternative roadway and urging trucks coming from Kintamani to use other roads.
Officials warn that if the alterative road now in use suffers landslides, a number of local residents will find themselves completely isolated.
Overly Ambitious Tourism Targets
A University of Indonesia Economist Faisal Basri Questions if 20 Million Tourist Target by 2019 is Realistic
A respected observer of the Indonesian economy, Faisal Basri, has declared that plans by the Government of Indonesia to attract 20 million tourist visitors by 2019 as unrealistic given limitations of water, electricity and infrastructure and the lack of fund to address those problems.
Faisal Basri is a political economist from the University of Indonesia and works as a member of KPPU, the Indonesian competition regulator.
As reported by Bali Post, Basri points out that ambitious tax targets set by the government remain unmet. Hopes to increase tax revenues by 30% in 2015 saw tax collections increase by only 8%. Meanwhile, the tax amnesty program introduced in 2016, tax targets will in the end fall far short and an anticipated increase of 24%.
Basri said that the multiplier effect brought by the tourism industry underlines the potential of that sector, but added the Nation’s targets for tourism are overly ambitious. Basri said: “It’s really not realistic because the world’s (tourism) industry grew 4.1%, ASEAN (tourism) grew 5.1%, and we are targeting 20%. So, in terms of natural organic growth, it can’t be done. It’s not logical.”
Faisal Basri said that the target of 20% growth in tourism could only be achieved if Indonesia was prepared to make a quantum leap and create strategies that were representative of “thinking out of the box.” Referring to the ambitious growth target of 20%, Basri said: “That figure is an extraordinary target that can only be achieved via extraordinary means. I am optimistic that (it can be achieved) if we are supported by qualified people and suitable policies.”
Retreating to a more optimistic stance, he compared Indonesia’s plan for 20 million tourists in 2019 with Thailand’s current tourist totals of 29 million and Malaysia’s 24 million. Asking: “Why can’t we achieve 20 million?”
Basri said Indonesia’s ability to attract 20 million tourists is linked to promotion and the digital promotion of its tourism products.
At the same time, Basri said occupancy in Indonesian hotels must be increased to ensure profitability in the hotel sector and the tourism sector as a whole.
Taro – Where Elephants are Loved in Bali
Nigel Mason of Bali’s Elephant Safari Park Defends Affection and Positive Reinforcement as the Only Way to Train an Elephant
Nigel Mason, the proprietor of the award-winning Bali Elephant Safari Park at Taro, Central Bali has posted a short video on YouTube explaining the careful and affectionate form of care and training enjoyed by the large herd of Sumatran elephants that live at his Park.
Mason is an outspoken critic of those who punish and hobble elephants in the course of preparing them to work in elephant parks.
Watch this informative video and allow Nigel to explain why elephants are happier at the Bali Elephant Safari Park.
Elephant Training at Taro
An Island of Winners
Winners of the 2016 Yak Awards
Held each year by the The YAK Magazine – the YAK Awards recognizes innovation and dynamism by business and individuals in Bali.
The gala party cum award ceremony was held on Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Vue Beach Club at the LV 8 Resort in Canggu was themed as “The British Invasion” celebrating the golden era of British music and fashion
Winner of the 2016 YAK Awards
The Yak Awards 2016 – Categories & Winners
Best Newcomer - Shanghai Baby
Best Photographer - Ev Jenya Nunyakpe
Best Designer (Fashion / Accessories) - Arturro Eggo
Best Social Media Lee Stone - Secret Bali Life
Best Restaurant - Sardine
Best Bar Red Carpet - Champagne Bar
Best Chef - Ben Cross Ku De Ta / Mejekawi
Best Sunset - Finns Beach Club Canggu
Best Retail Space - Bungalow
Best Resort/Hotel - Alila Seminyak
Best Villa – Villa Tamarama Ungasan Cliff Villas
Best Ad Campaign - Deus Ex Machina
Best Brand Award (Bali-based only) - Motel Mexicola
Best Event - Bali DIVAS Lunch with Polly Petrie
Yak Man of the Year Award - Helmut Roessler
Yak Woman of the Year Award - Morgana Reid
Best Community Services Award - Solemen
Outstanding Achievement - Ni Nengah Widiangsih – Bronze medals (various) winner Paraolympics 2016 Rio for Indonesia.
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