BALI UPDATE #919 - 14 April 2014
IN THIS UPDATE
Judge Not, Less Ye Be Judged
Baliís Tough Death Sentence Judge Dies Suddenly From Suspected Heart Attack
Amser Simanjuntak, the Bali-based jurist renowned for his readiness to hand down death sentences in major narcotics cases, was found dead on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at his official residence in Denpasar.
The 55-year-old judge was discovered clutching his chest, lying on the floor of his official residence, after his family and co-workers raised an alarm when they were unable to reach Simanjuntak on the phone.
While police continue to investigate the death, preliminary reports suggest the Judge died of cardiac arrest on Thursday evening. His family, who reside in Java, refused a full autopsy on the dead man’s body.
The death came just one day after Simanjuntak held a press conference at which he defended his decision to uphold the death sentence of 57-year-old grandmother, Lindsay June Sandiford, for her central role in the smuggling 4.7 kilograms of cocaine, [See: Speaking with an Imperative Sentence
Court officials became suspicious when the usually meticulous Simanjuntak failed to appear at court proceedings scheduled for Friday morning. Quoted by The Jakarta Post
, a Denpasar court official said: “That was very strange. Pak Amser was a dedicated and self-disciplined person. He would never done this without prior warning or at least a call.”
Simanjuntak had worked for three years at the Denpasar District Court,
leaving his wife and three children at his home in Yogyakarta, Central Java.
Simanjuntak had little time or mercy for those convicted of narcotics offenses. During his long career on the bench, he handed down numerous death penalties, oftentimes ignoring prosecutors calls for long prison sentence preferring, instead, to met out the punishment of death before a firing squad.
Simanjuntak had also recently sentenced to death a husband and wife in Bali for killing their husband-wife employers and their small daughter during a robbery.
Keeping it in the Family
People of Ubud, Bali Urged to Retain Ownership of Ancestral Lands; Avoid Surrendering Control to Non-Balinese
Dr. Wayan Sayoga, a Balinese observer of the island’s tourism industry, is urging Balinese living in and around the popular island destination of Ubud not to transfer ownership of their property to investors coming from outside Bali.
In comments made on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 and quoted in Bisnis Bali, Sayoga urged the people of Ubud to be proud of their community and its worldwide reputation as a tourism destination. This sense of pride, in his view, should motivate them to introduce measures to prevent local lands from being acquired by outsiders.
If Ubud natives are unable to manage their own land holdings, as a final alternative they should only rent their properties to others for limited periods of five years with options to extend thereafter.
Looking at the development of tourism in the current situation in Bali, Sayoga wants Ubud lands to remain in the ownership of local people. In cases where land is considered under-productive, he suggests home stays could be established to provide income and employment for the people of Ubud. In turn, Ubud tourism operators can promote local cultural activities to people using the home stays for their holiday visits.
Continuing, Sayoga says that by focusing on locally owned and operated home stays Ubud will be able to retain the unique character of the region's tourism and culture. Sayoga, who was born in Ubud at Sukawati, says the government should facilitate the licensing of home stay operations owned by people from Ubud as a measure to enhance the economic welfare of the community.
Sayoga pointed to tourism areas outside of Gianyar, citing Nusa Dua as a location where investors from outside of Bali are in control.
By ensuring their direct involvement of the people of Ubud in the development and management of home stays, Sayoga says the local residents will become stakeholders in the Island’s tourism and this will help in the preservation of Balinese culture.
Slaps on the Wrist
Two Bali Policemen Caught on Youtube Extorting a Dutch Journalist Receive Disciplinary Sanctions
The two Balinese traffic policemen disgraced before the world via Youtube
extorting a Dutch journalist have been given disciplinary sanctions.
The Jakarta Globe
quoted National Police spokesman, Agus Rianto, who said, “Second Inspector Komang Sarjana will get a longer detention [period] of 21 days in a special cell and Sergeant Major Putu Indra Jaya will be detained for 14 days.”
In addition to being caged at police headquarters in Bali, both men will be exempted from participating in educational programs for one year, which, together with their now blemished service records, will retard their future advancement through the ranks.
Both policemen also potentially face criminal charges for their involvement in corruption that carry maximum penalties of Rp. 1 billion (US$100,00) in fines and 20 years imprisonment. Continuing, Rianto explained: “For the time being, this is a disciplinary violation. But we’re still going to look into it. If we slap criminal charges, it’s going to take a while because we will have to look for van der Spek, who could already be in another country by now. That’s why we’re giving disciplinary [sanctions]. We will definitely impose criminal charges if criminal elements are met,”
The police contend that Kees van der Spek, who works for Dutch TV channel SBS6
and produced the now viral video clip would need to bear witness against the two policemen in order for the criminal charges to move forward.
This is however, legally problematic, as the video which also documents van der Spek offering and paying the bribes, which opens the possibility, endorsed in many quarters, of charging the Dutchman with corruption.
A series of three videos, viewable via the link below, show van der Spek paying bribes to the two policemen for failing to have a license and wearing a helmet; "glad handing" a customs officer for turning a blind eye to the importation of broadcast equipment; and being swindled by a number of Bali moneychangers.
Related Article and Video Link
Beware of Dutchman Bearing Cameras
Someone, Please Change the Channel
A Democratic Exchange of Opinions
Candidates for Baliís Governor and Vice-Governor Post to Face-Off in 3 Debates Prior to May 15 Election
The two sets of candidates vying for the job of Bali’s Governor and Deputy Governor are scheduled to participate in televised debates in the period leading up to island-wide elections on May 15, 2013.
The State News Agency Antara quotes the chairman of the working committee on campaign from Bali’s Election Commission (KPU-Bali), Dewa Kade Wiarsa Raka Sandi, who said, “According to the rules of KPU, up to five separate televised debates between are permitted, but it has been decided to limit the number of debates to just three.”
The KPU-Bali representative told the press that the televised debates will involve both local and national television channels with debates scheduled to be broadcast on May 4, 7 and 10, 2013.
“The first debate will take place on May 4th in cooperation with TV One. Then, on May 7th the debate will involve local television stations of TVRI, Bali TV and Dewata TV. The last opportunity (for a debate) will be on May 10th facilitated by Metro TV,” explained Raka Sandi.
Each debate is planned to last 1.5 hours, outside additional time for any sponsoring advertisements. The debates will include national and regional panelists who will pose questions to the candidates.
Raising Funds for Cancer Care and Treatment in Bali
Join the Fight on Cancer with Four Seasonís ĎHope for Lifeí Fun Bike and Walk in Bali on Sunday, May 5, 2013.
Giving a global event local significance, the Four Seasons' “Hope for Life” walk and cycle
to battle cancer will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2013.
The modern evolution of a long standing annual event first launched as the Terry Fox Run
, the “Hope for Life
” event is open to all to participate in a 15 kilometer fun bike ride and 5 kilometer fun walk starting at 7:00 am.
The route begins and finishes at the Lapangan Puputan Niti Mandala Renon in central Denpasar, the capital of Bali. A celebratory party will follow the challenge with light snacks and live music.
This event will raise funds for cancer awareness and treatment in Bali. Past “Hope For Life
” events in Bali have provided funds for cancer care and treatment, working in cooperation with Yayasan Mitra Peduli Kanker
. Because of these contributions, many Bali residents have benefited from free health seminars and cancer screenings, as well as counseling for families.
Four Seasons “Hope for Life”
is inspired by the courageous story of Terry Fox, a Canadian teenager who was diagnosed with bone cancer and underwent the amputation of his right leg. In 1980, with only one leg and a prosthetic device, he set out to run all the way across Canada – a distance of some 8000 kilometers – as a fundraiser for cancer research. Sadly, his battle with cancer cut his run short, but his determination proved to be a great inspiration.
One of the people motivated by Terry was Isadore Sharp, founder of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
When Terry could not complete his journey, Sharp telegrammed Terry to promise that a run would be held in his name every year, writing: “You started it. We will not rest until your dream to find a cure for cancer is realized.” Terry pinned this telegram to his hospital bed and expressed how much the message meant to him. Terry Fox lost his batter with cancer when the disease took his life in 1981.
The Four Seasons Resorts in Bali
have taken Isadore Sharp’s global promise made to Terry Fox and joined Four Season’s
staff members around the world and local community members in an annual commitment to walk and cycle to raise funds in every city in which a Four Seasons Hotel
or resort operates.
Sharp, whose commitment to the campaign was sharpened through the loss of a son to cancer, believes that one day a brilliant researcher – perhaps one funded by a Terry Fox grant – will find a cure for the disease.
“Terry did not lose the fight,” Sharp says. “Terry’s dream was to raise awareness of cancer, and he lived to see it fulfilled. His achievement is a stunning reminder of what can be accomplished when just one person sets out to make a difference. Four Seasons is proud to have played a role in helping Terry’s dream come true – and in ensuring that it lives on through worldwide participation in the extraordinary fundraising event that he inspired.”
Tickets for Four Seasons “Hope for Life”
are available at Rp 75,000 per person (US$7.50) at:
- Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
- Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
- Bali Discovery Tours in Sanur
For more information telephone Dewi Fadmawati at Four Seasons Resort
Bali at Jimbaran Bay at +62-(0)361-701010 or [Email Hope for Life
Danish, Delighted to be in Bali
InterContinental Bali Resort Appoints Christian Madsen as Resort Manager
InterContinental Bali Resort have appointed Christian Madsen as Resort Manager.
Madsen comes to Bali after a two-year assignment as Hotel Manager at the iconic InterContinental Phoenicia in Beirut, Lebanon.
The Danish national has 14 years of professional hospitality industry experience. Prior to completing his studies at the Danish Hotel Academy, he graduated from business school and also served 2 years as lieutenant in the Danish Military.
Christian has an established track record in hotel operations. His first overseas position was as Front Office Manager at a resort in Oman where he was quickly promoted to the role of Operations Manager. Subsequent appointments took the Dane to Dubai and Thailand, followed by a pre-opening assignment in Malaysia.
He will be responsible for the overall daily operations of the Resort, reporting directly to area general manager, Michel Chertouh.
Time to Buy a Motorbike
Government Preparing to Increase Gasoline Prices for Private Vehicles by 44%
The Indonesian government is planning to increase the cost of premium gasoline, possibly set to take place sometime in the month of May 2013.
Motorcycles and yellow-plated public transportation are slated to continue to pay the current price of Rp. 4,500 per liter (US$0.45), while private vehicles will pay a higher price of Rp. 6,500 per liter (US$0.65).
While plans are being finalized on final implementation of the price hike, consideration is being given to separating gas stations eligible to sell gasoline to motorcycles and public transport and those designated to serve private vehicles.
Government officials are taking pains to point out that consumers paying the higher Rp. 6,500 per liter rate are still enjoying government subsidies as the market price of non-subsidized fuel is Rp. 9,500 per liter.
The final decision on the amount and date of the proposed price increase rests with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyon.
The increase in fuel prices will undoubtedly fuel inflation. For this reason, the government is allowing the larger subsidy for motorcyclists and public transport in order to ease inflationary pressures on the lower socio-economic class. The government is also considering additional assistance in the form of subsidized rice and scholarship assistance for the poor.
The President is calling on all parties to help socialize the coming increase in fuel costs, educating the public on the details of the price hike and the absolute need to reduce the onerous size of government subsidies now being borne for fuel.
Fear of Flying
Frightened Passengers Flee Lion Air Flight Bound form Bali to Jakarta
reports that Lion Air flight number JT013
from Denpasar (Bali) to Jakarta scheduled to depart at 9:50 am on Friday, April 19, 2013, was lined up for take off when a technical issue saw the plane’s pilot taxi the aircraft back to the boarding gate.
The Ngurah Rai Airport Duty Manager, Agus Adi Pratomo, told the press: “It (the plane – a Boeing 737-900NG) was poised for take off but suddenly stopped and a decision was made to return to the parking area at the apron.”
According to information received by Agus, once the airplane came to a stop and the plane’s door was opened many of the passengers ran from the aircraft. Said Agus: “There were many passengers who ran away, many who refused to re-board.”
No explanation was offered for the failure to take off per schedule. According to Kompas
efforts to contact the airline for an explanation were unsuccessful.
The incident happened 6 days after a Lion Air
flight from Bandung to Bali ditched into the Indian Ocean just meters short of the runway in Bali with 101 passengers and 7 crew on board. While no fatalities were recorded in that incident, a number of passengers required hospitalization to treat their injuries.
Benoa to Nusa Dua or Bust!
Bali Toll Way Work Reaches 85% - Scheduled to Operate by Late June 2013
DenPost reports that work on the Toll Way connecting Benoa – Ngurah Rai Airport – Nusa Dua has reached 85% completion.
This was announced by the President Director of PT Jasa Marga Bali Tol, Akhmad Tito Karim, during a recent visit to Bali.
Tito told the press that the toll way is now in its final finishing stages with the installing of surface areas to be traversed by an estimated 39,000 vehicles every day once the road comes into operation.
He said this stage of construction would progress rapidly as the foundations are in place for the suspended highway over Bali’s southern mangrove. The pavement slabs are constructed off-site and laid in place upon delivery to the project site.
Of the estimated 39,000 vehicles that will travel the new toll road, PT Jasa Marga Bali Tol estimated that 40% will be comprised of motorcycle traffic and 60% of four-wheel vehicles and other transport.
Reports from government sources suggest that Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is expected to formally open the highway during a mid-June 2013 visit to Bali.
The highway together with massive renovation of Bali’s airport and a new underpass at the Simpang Siur intersection in Ubud are all part of major infrastructure projects undertaken by the government in preparation for the APEC Summit to be held in Bali in late 2013.
Bali Hotels Association Conducts Training for Managers on Incident Management and the Detection of Suspicious Objects and Behavior
When it comes to guest safety, the 112 member hotels of the Bali Hotels Association (BHA) leave little to chance.
On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at the regular BHA council participated in a workshop on incident management and the detection of suspicious objects and behavior conduced by Alexander Kesper, the organization’s security and safety executive,
The workshop, held at the AYANA Resort & Spa Bali focused on incident management and the leadership role of general managers as ‘Commander in Chief’ in severe crisis situations like bombings, fires or earthquakes.
“Usually we conduct workshops for the hotels security and training managers but security and safety is also very much a management issue that needs to be fully understood and enforced by the GMs,“ said Kesper. “Leadership is a key issue during the direct aftermath of any crisis before professional help arrives. If the first 30 to 60 minutes are managed well, a lot of pain and suffering can be avoided.”
The workshop ended with a presentation on suspicious items handling and suspicious behavior detection and reporting.
Kesper said, ‘The terrible attack in Boston was another reminder to never let your guard down and stay ahead of the curve.”
The workshop was part of an ongoing effort of BHA to enhance the security and safety situation on the island. BHA is also a regular contributor to the ASEAN Tourism Security and Safety Resource Center.
Death by Chocolate
5-Course Chocolate Dinner at Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique in Ubud, Bali Saturday, April 27, 2013
;bastien Bouillet was born in Lyon, France into the culinary dynasty of La Maison Bouillet
. Henri Bouillet, the family’s patriarch, opened La Maison Bouillet
in 1977 in Lyon. After leaving his home and learning his craft while working in some of the most prestigious French patisseries,
Sébastien eventually returned to Lyon and the family business.
On Sébastien Bouillet’s return to Lyon he quickly introduced a unique avant-garde style
incorporating the finest savory products. Bouillet’s fame grew in his hometown for his stylish pastries, a great choice of macaroons and exquisite chocolates at the family-owned La Maison Bouillet.
Today Sébastien Bouillet enjoys a reputation as one of the top pastry chefs in France. Five awards-winning shops reflect the exclusive Bouillet style in Lyon, among them a once-of-a-kind chocolate factory ChoKola
- a unique retail outlet design known for its chocolate wall.
Adding to the prestige of the Bouillet name, the cooking school “Gateau école”
now shares Sébastien Bouillet knowledge, passion and skill to the coming generation of party chefs.
In 2007 the Bouillet chocolate empire expanded with the opening of three shops in Tokyo, Japan,
Sébastien Bouillet is a member of the prestigious associations Relais Desserts International, Toques Blanches Lyonnaises
and Toques Blanches du Monde
. He is regularly a judge in national and international pastry competitions and also regularly consults on projects in New York, Bangkok, Salvadore de Bahia, Seoul and Kuwait.
Tasting Menu of
Chef Sebastien Bouillet and Chef Chris Salans
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Seared Fresh Water Yabbies in a Broth of Cocoa Nibs and Exotic Herbs
Chef Sebastien Bouillet and Chef Chris Salans
Coral Trout Confied in Citrus, Organic Baby Vegetables and White Chocolate Emulsion
Chef Sebastien Bouillet and Chef Chris Salans
Terrine of Chilled Foie Gras and Crispy Chocolate
Chef Sebastien Bouillet and Chef Chris Salans
80% Dark Chocolate
Venison Loin in a Crumble of Dark Chocolate
Chef Sebastien Bouillet
Surprisingly Sparkling 70% Dark Chocolate
Chef Sebastien Bouillet
State of Chok
Hazelnut Chocolate, Berries and Black Currant Tea
Chef Sebastien Bouillet
Prix Fixe Menu
Rp. 1,000,000 plus tax and service (US$121).
Optional Wine Pairings Available
Reservations are required and can be made by telephone at ++62-(0)361-975768 or [Email
Mozaic Restaurant Gastrononique
Jalan Raya Sanggingan
Nearer Our God to Thee
Bali Governor Calls for Religious Rituals at Lion Air Crash Site to Cleanse Area and Restore Cosmic Balance
A traditional Bali-Hindu religious ceremony will soon be conducted close to the location where Lion Air Flight JT 904
crashed into the ocean in Bali on Saturday, April 13, 2013.
According to the State News Agency Antara,
the ceremonies are dictated by local beliefs that religious rituals must be undertaken at locations wherever tragedies or calamities occur.
Bali’s governor, Made Mangku Pastika, while attending religious ceremonies in North Bali, declared his desire to undertake Hindu-Bali rituals in connection with the Lion Air
Explained Pastika, “(Bali’s) Religious Leaders have certainly thought about this (the ceremonies) because the belief of the people are especially strong in addressing the physical and metaphysical worlds, mandating that whenever a tragedy occurs rituals must be held .”
Local beliefs demand that balance be maintained between the physical and metaphysical in order to ensure peace and harmony be maintained between Bhuana Agung
(macrocosm) and Bhuana Alit
Although no loss of life occurred in the mid-afternoon crash of the Lion Air
aircraft, the Balinese believe that even when a near-tragedy occurs, the community is obligated to undertake ceremonies that will restore balance to the cosmos.
Because of this, Pastika has issued instructions to Hindu religious leaders in Bali for ceremonies to be held that will cleanse the crash scene of Lion Air JT903
on Segera Beach in Kuta.
[Fear of Flying
Maintaining a Healthy Balance in Bali
Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali Launches New Balance Gear Lending Program
On Friday, April 19, 2013 The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali
launched its New Balance Gear Lending Program
by inviting members of the community on an energizing run around the gardens of Nusa Dua.
Joining some 70 Westin
properties worldwide, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali
is making fitness more accessible for travelers. The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali
now offers the loan of athletic kit and gear to guests, enabling travelers to stay healthy and fit while on the road.
On the Friday morning at 8.30 am, more than 50 associates from The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali
participated in an energizing run around the Nusa Dua peninsula, making a scenic tour of the beach following the property’s designated RunWESTIN™ running map.
“We are delighted to have two very special guests on board to help us celebrate this wellness event. Legendary Indonesian athlete, Richard Sam Bera, joinedus on the run along with Melanie Putria, crowned as Putri Indonesia 2002, social activist and avid runner. Given Bali’s near perfect weather conditions, we are anticipating an energizing run followed by health-enhancing SuperFoodsRX
refreshments served in the restful ambience of our Kite Terrace,” said Bipan Kapur, managing director of The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali.
New Balance Gear Lending Program
Under the just launched program, for only US$5 guests of The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali
can borrow running shoes with disposable insoles, as well as a variety of men’s and women’s New Balance apparel including shorts, shirts and socks for men and shorts, capri pants, shirts, sports bras and socks for women.
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali
also provides helpful and healthful tips from New Balance Fitness Ambassador
and exercise TV celebrity trainer, Holly Perkins, developed exclusively for in-room fitness that includes stretching and strengthening workouts, cardio and yoga. The program includes “Wellness in Travel
” tips from Perkins on nutrition and creative ways to combat jet lag and healthy living.
is also working with the property to enhance the three and five-mile local area running maps available to Resort guests.
As part of the partnership The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali
will provide guests traveling for a major athletic event, such as the BIZNET Bali International Triathlon
, with wellness amenities, including turndown gifts with “performance/fuel” goodies for the race and “good luck” wake-up calls.
Book a Stay at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua
Employ Indonesian Workers First
Chairman of Bali Tourism Academy Says Foreign Workers are Robbing Career Opportunities from Qualified Indonesian Workers
The chairman of the Bali Tourism Academy (Sekolah Tinggi Pariwisata STP) in Nusa Dua, Dewa Gde Ngurah Byomantara, has called on tourism investors in Bali to stop recruiting foreign workers. Byomantara says the over supply of foreign workers in Bali is limiting work opportunities available to local workers.
Quoted in Beritabali.com, Byomantara said the quality of local tourism workers in Bali is internationally acknowledged. He said the rules intended to limit the use of expatriate workers were sufficiently strong, with only the implementation of those rules open to question.
Speaking at a job fair held at STP on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, Byomantara said: “I would like to take this opportunity to invite business to give opportunities to our children and other local workers who, if given the chance, can succeed. There is no need to keep importing foreign workers.”
Byomantara admitted that the employment of foreign workers was a two-edge sword. While the employment of foreigners reduces opportunities for Indonesian workers, at the same time the presence of foreign experts allows the transfer of their knowledge to local workers. Unfortunately, according to the tourism educator, not all foreign workers posses the skills required to train their Indonesian counterparts.
“Many of them are employed only a symbol and only contribute positively when it comes to marketing (Bali tourism) products in their own countries. Their ability to compete on other levels (with local workers) is less clear,” said Byomantara.
This Train, She's Bound for Glory, Well, this Train
Governor Claims Bali Rail System Has Endorsement of Hindu Religious Leaders
Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika has said any reluctance to move ahead with a monorail transportation system for Bali has dissipated with official blessing now bestowed on the project by Hindu leaders in Bali.
Quoted by the National News Agency Antara
, the governor said: “Thanks you to the sulinggih (Hindu religious leaders) who have laid the philosophical foundation for the monorail plan. There will certainly be many who do not agree and will be upset with this endorsement, but now that we have a philosophical foundation (for the monorail system), I have no fear to move ahead with this plan.”
The governor’s comments were made at a meeting held with religious leaders held in Denpasar on Monday, April 15, 2013.
At the gathering, Ida Pandita Empu Jaya Dangka Ramana Putra, a leading religious figure on the Island, said he agreed with plans by the provincial government to build a monorail as a means to provide more equitable access to the Island’s economy for all Balinese.
Pastika explained that plans to build a monorail system have been in the planning stage for more than two years, but have been prevented from moving forward due to cost issues.
“From an economic perspective based on the study conducted by PT Kereta Api Indonesia (State Railway), the project was labeled as ‘non-feasible’ because of its estimated cost. Earlier this year the Chinese Rail Company declared its interest in developing a monorail system, but there’s been no follow up from that meeting,” explained the Governor.
The Governor’s vision is that the proposed rail system will open up all areas of Bali for economic development, spread the economic benefits of the Island’s tourism development and reduce traffic congestion.
Ida Pandita Mpu Jaya Dangka Ramana Putra - speaking as a ’sulinggih
’ or leading representative of the Hindu faith in Bali, told the press that island rail concept is in keeping with religious teachings. Said Pandita: “Hinduism knows the philosophy of ‘Bedawang Nala’ that champions balance in the world. ‘Bedawang Nala’ is symbolized by a turtle and a dragon representations that can be found on every 'padmasana' shrine. In connection with Bali, this concept can become the basis for creating balance between the various regions of Bali.”
Pandita said the monorail can play the role of the dragon that will bind Bali into a solid unit and provide stability to the Island. That stability will be the outcome of creating balance in every aspect of that word.
Chinese to Keep Bali on Track?
Windfall or Wind Shear?
Lion Air to Pay Rp. 55 million to 101 Passengers on Plane that Crashed Near Baliís Airport
has confirmed that they will pay Rp. 55 million (US$5,500) to each of the 101 passengers on board its ill-fated Boeing 737-800
that did a water landing just short of the runway at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport
on Saturday, April 13, 2013.
As reported by The Jakarta Post,
the Lion Air
service manager Captain Daniel Putut said: “The company has allocated Rp 5.5 billion for all 101 passengers, meaning that each passenger will receive Rp 55 million.”
This amount also includes and compensation for lost or damaged luggage.
Passengers wishing to claim their compensation must present a valid identification document with actual payment to take several days thereafter.
It is not clear if the Rp. 55 million compensation is exclusive of medical costs, with some 52 passengers requiring hospitalization following the mishap.
Nearer Our God to Thee
Fear of Flying
Making 'Ends' Meet at Small Inns & Hotels
Local Inns in Bali Unable to Compete with City Hotels are Often Resorting to ĎShort Timeí Guests to Fill Their Rooms
Small Inns or “Hotel Melati” are an important sector of the economy for many indigenous Balinese. Bali’s accommodation building boom and the advent of low-priced city hotels have made it increasingly difficult for Hotel Melati to achieve viable occupancy, forcing some to resort to seek customers from the nefarious “short-stay” market.
According to Bisnisbali.com, 2011 data provided by the Bali Tourism Service (Dinas Pariwisata) counts the number of Hotel Melati operating in Bali at 1,026 comprising 20,199 rooms.
Meanwhile, Hotel Melati operating in Bali’s capital city of Denpasar in 2011 is put at 191 hotels with 4,287 rooms.
This large inventory of rooms is cited as the cause of intense competition between the Island’s small hotel operators. Desperate for business, these small hotels have few other resources than to compete on price.
The operational manager of Hotel Taman Wisata, Wayan Rajin, whose hotel is in downtown Denpasar, says his occupancy levels patterns follow seasonal trends. A mainstay of his business are local student groups undertaking study tours to Bali or families coming to the island to celebrate the New Year and Idul Fitri holidays. During these periods, the Hotel Taman Wisata can achieve occupancies of between 50-80%. Outside these peak periods, occupancy plummets to as low as 10%.
The hotels tariff at Hotel Taman Wisata ranges from between Rp. 50,000 to Rp. 75,000 (US$5 – US$7.50) per night per room.
In addition to accommodating traders on short business visits to Bali, some Hotel Melati are popular for 1 night stays or even shorter visits of 2-3 hours.
Those visiting Hotel Melati for only a few hours include both young unmarried couple, husbands and wives, and couples engaged in extra-marital relations.
Wayan Rajin told Bisnisbali.com that the unfavorable image of Hotel Melati is not absolutely correct. He defended the small hotel sector, saying that the facilities offered to all guests remain the same and the hotel operators are unable to monitor or control what goes on behind closed doors.
The vice-chairman of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI-Bali), Nyoman Suwidjana, complains that Hotel Melati are finding it difficult to compete against the new City Hotels that are propagating urban centers in Bali. Suwidjana said the Hotel Melati room dimensions are small and difficult to renovate to become long-stay hotels or luxury boarding houses. He said that in the face of strong competition the Hotel Melati could be converted to backpacker hotels and inns for small-scale traders with limited travel budgets.
The PHRI official expressed concerns that when Melati Hotels are forced to resort to the “short time” market sector they will cause damage to their own branding and image that will prove difficult to repair later and is badly out of step with Bali’s goal to promote itself as a cultural destination.
Much More than Sports
Ironman Chris Lieto to Use BIZNET Bali International Triathlon to Support Bali Community Projects
Ironman champion Chris Lieto has confirmed that he will be racing on the Island of the Gods, in the Seventh Annual Biznet Bali International Triathlon
on June 23, 2013. In addition to racing with athletes from around the globe, Lieto will use his Bali visit to raise money through the efforts of More Than Sport
to provide much needed support and assistance to The Bali Sports Foundation.
than Sport was established by Lieto to assist local communities throughout the world by encouraging athletes and their friends to donate and support those in need. Charitable partners have included the YMCA, the Kona Community Hospital
and the Ray and Joan Kroc Center
in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. Past projects have included the purchase of a mobile classroom in Phuket, Thailand.
Funds raised at this year’s BIZNET Bali International Triathlon
will be used to purchase of sports wheelchairs for wheelchair basketball and other wheelchairs sports.
“I have been wanting to participate in this race for years and to partner with them to do more than sport by giving kids resources to participate in sport is amazing. My passion is to see athletes and races around the world doing more and it starts with races like this,” said Lieto.
ectors Brennan Lindner agrees. “We have consistently tried to support the local community, in the past giving to local orphanages, said Strom. Chris Lieto and More Than Sport present wonderful charitable partners for us in 2013,” said Lindner.
Lieto has agreed to participate in special events with those athletes and others willing to contribute significantly to More Than Sport.
These events include a post race-day breakfast with a limited number of contributing athletes the morning after the triathlon race to be hosted by Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay
. This event will feature one-on-one time with Lieto for those athletes who raise significant contributions as part of their Bali Triathlon race. Details to participate in this special breakfast and in other events will be announced soon.
More Than Sport
More Than Sport,
founded by three-time Ironman champion Chris Lieto, is a nonprofit, dedicated to empower athletes to give back and serve in the communities where they compete. Overwhelmed by the needs he faced in the cities where he has raced, Lieto began More Than Sport
as a way for athletes and supporters to take their passion and drive and unleash transformation through compassion and practical needs.
For more information, visit More Than Sport
About the Bali Sports Foundation
Bali Sports Foundation
was founded to improve the lives of underprivileged children and children with disabilities in Bali & East Indonesia by using the power of sport and play for development, health and peace. Bali Sports Foundation provides a safe and supportive sports environment, which can provide youth with a place in which they are treated with dignity and through which they can develop new and valued skills and receive mentoring support from trusted adults.
For more information, visit Bali Sports
About The Bali International Triathlon
More than 7 years ago, Generic Events, Strom & Associates
and Bali Discovery Tours
combined their resources to create this special event, the first of its kind on the island of Bali.
Bali Discovery Tours
is Bali’s leading tour and destination management company. Generic Events
is a prominent international sporting event production company producing such events as the award winning XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series, Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival, Santa Monica 5000
and the Pasadena Triathlon.
[BIZNET Bali International Triathlon]
[Bali Discovery Tours]
Illicit Channel for Illicit Drugs
Chilean Woman and Iranian Man Arrested at Baliís Airport for Smuggling Drugs
Customs officials at Bali’s airport have arrested two foreign nationals, one from Chile and the other from Iran, trying to smuggle narcotics into Indonesia.
The head of the Director General of Customs and Excise for Bali and East and West Nusa Tenggara, Rohmat Subagio, told the State News Agency Antara that Chilean Maria Veronica Lama Fernandez was arrested concealing 22.27 grams of hashish in vagina.
Said Subagio on Friday, April 19, 2013: “We inspected her baggage and we searched her body, but found nothing. But because we were suspicious we sent her to a hospital for an x-ray and discovered the drugs hidden in her reproductive organs.”
Fernandez’s passport shows her place and date of birth as Recoleta, Santiago on October 27, 1960.
Fernandez was seen to be acting suspiciously when she disembarked Malaysian Airline MH-715 from Kuala Lumpur on April 17, 2013. The woman said her profession was in clothing sales.
Earlier, on April 7, 2013, Customs officials at Bali’s airport also arrested an Iranian, Anthony Simonian Kordolia Alexander, discovered to be carrying 6.8 grams of marijuana in his baggage.
The case files for both are now in the hands of Indonesian police and prosecutors.
An Offer You Canít Refuse
Amanusa Celebrates Italian Food and Wine
One of Bali’s most iconic resorts will play host to the world’s favorite food destination this May in what is sure to be an event to excite lovers of stylish dining.
e is Amanusa’s Italian Restaurant
that will resemble an operatic stage for the virtuoso performances of the Resort’s Chef Chau Doan, celebrated visiting Italian chef Diego Martinelli and the wines of the revered Umberto Cesari Wine House
– in a series of culinary events taking place at the end of May 2013.
Born in Modena in northern-central Italy, Chef Diego Martinelli graduated from the I.A.L Institute of Culinary Arts in Serramazzoni
, Modena. Having acquired considerable experience in Eu¬rope and the Middle East, he traveled to Asia to explore new challenges. After assignments as the Chef de Cuisine of the Bulgari
in Bali and the Fullerton
in Singapore, Chef Martinelli is now travelling the world creating regional Italian menus that will be available in Amanusa during the special promotion in May.
He is currently the international ambassador for Emilia Romagna’s
regional food and wine.
Umberto Cesari Wine House
The wines of Cesari are internationally recognized for their excellence. Established in 1965 in the hills of Castel San Pietro, Umberto Cesari took over the vineyard from his father and the family tradition of turning the locally famous Sangiovese grape into an outstanding wine. Finely structured wines are the signature of the house, using classic techniques and modern technology, the house is now world famous for its production.
The heart of its production is finely structured wines obtained from local grape varieties that undergo an extended ageing process using modern technologies while respecting traditional techniques.
The five-day long event culminates with an invitation-only gala dinner event on June, preceded by four days of exquisite dining open to the public.
May 28-29, 2013
degustation dinner menu paired with Umberto Cesari’s wines
served at Amanusa’s Italian Restaurant.
The menu will feature regional produce from this area paired with wines from the same region. Price per person Rp 950,000++ (US$115).
May 30, 2013
An Afternoon featuring an unique wine and food tasting introduced by chef Diego Martinelli, who will join forces with winemaker Ricardo Cesari for an afternoon of food and wine.
Chef Martinelli will take ingredients from the region and transform them into simple, rustic dishes. Guests will sample the ingredients, the final dishes and the wines chosen to compliment each dish.
This is an “invitation only”
May 31, 2013
: Bali Wine Club Luncheon
, members and invited guests only.
An evening featuring a degustation menu created by Chef Martinelli and Amanusa’s
chef Doan, will feature a menu of dishes created from the regional produce of Emilia Romagna paired with wines from Umberto Cesari’s
award-winning wine house.
Price per person Rp 950,000++ (US$115).
June 1, 2013
A gala dinner to celebrate classic regional dishes paired with wines from the award-winning wine house of Umberto Cesari will feature five-courses carefully matched with the very best of the wine house’s selections.
Ricardo Cesari, the winemaker, will take guests on personal tour of the history of each vintage in this stunning culmination of a week of fine food and remarkable wines.
Bookings or invitations are essential for all events,
For information and bookings, contact [Email
] or telephone ++62-(0)361-772333.
Neglect: The Worst Form of Child Abuse
2 Junior High Students Die and Death Toll Mounts as Bali Police Fail to Enforce Minimum Driving Age
A tragic road accident that has killed two teenagers and seriously injured three others has once again underlined the dire consequences for children and their devastated parents left behind when unlicensed children are allowed to drive on Bali’s roads.
As variously reported by Nusa Bali, Bali Post
and Radar Bali -
the tragedy unfolded when two trucks used for carrying soil and sand crashed into each other in Buanagiri Village, Karangasem on Friday, April 19, 2013.
The two trucks were climbing a hill when the brakes on the heavily loaded lead truck failed, sending it backwards and striking the second empty truck. Hurled backwards by the collission, the back of the second truck struck five motorcycles carrying six junior high school (SMP
) students from SMPN3 Bebandem
who were returning form a school briefing prior to the national testing scheduled for the following Monday.
Two students were crushed to death by the truck while four others were sent to hospital with head injuries, abrasions and broken bones.
News reports are unclear on whether the students were wearing helmets at the time of the accident.
Dead on the scene was a 14-year-old girl Ni Nengah Sudiani (one report listed her age as 16), while a second male student I Wayan Sulatra (15) died while being transported to the Denpasar’s General Hospital.
The boy was briefly treated at the Karangasem Hospital
for head injuries and a broken leg before doctors decided he needed to be sent to Denpasar for more expert care.
Another two students, Wayan Putu Durita (15) and Wayan Putu Juta (15), also suffered broken bones and severe head injuries and have been warded at Denpasar’s Sanglah General Hospital.
Meanwhile, another two casualties from the accident, Ni Luh Yuniasih (15) and I Wayan Oka (15) suffered less serous fractures and abrasions and are under the care of the Karangasem General Hospital.
Interviewed by DenPost,
Luh Yuniasih said the accident occurred at 11:30 am when she was traveling with five fellow junior high students, returning on motorcycles from a pre-test briefing at her school. She was riding tandem on a motorbike with Nengah Sudiani who died in the mishap. She has little recollection of the accident other than the noise of the collision and being struck by the truck.
According to police, the first truck, laden with sand, was driven by Fitalis Wendi Minanonin (43), originally from Kupang. Wendi’s brakes failed and his truck rolled backwards down the hill striking a second empty truck driven by Wayan Bakti (33) of Manggis that was sent backwards by the collission into the path of the group of six students traveling on five motorcycles.
The driver of the first truck, Wendi, suffered head injuries and broken bones in the accident that left him pinned inside the crushed cab of his truck for an extended period. He is being warded at Sanglah General Hospital
The second driver, Wayan Bekti, suffered minor injuries and emotional shock in the accident.
Police have identified the driver of the first truck Fitalis Wendi Minanonin as a criminal suspect in the crash and he is expected to be eventually charged in the accident and the deaths.
It is not clear if the surviving students will be cited for driving without a license or their parental guardians for allowing children to operate vehicles on public highways.
The minimum age for the issuance of a driving license in Indonesia is 17 year.
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Venal Bali Customís Official May be Axed
The custom’s official caught on video and published on YouTube
accepting a bribe from Dutch journalist Kees van der Spek is being threatened with dismissal from his government position.
According to Kompas.com
, the official, currently only identified with the letter “F”, has been relieved of his day-to-day duties at the airport.
Rachmad Subagio, the head of the Ngurah Rai Airport Customs Office,
said at a press conference on Friday, April 19. 2013: “As soon as this case surfaced, our first step was to remove the suspect from the workplace. Secondly, as soon as he was suspended we began an internal review.”
The results of a preliminary examination show that “F” may be guilty of a serious violation of Regulation Number 55 of 2010 on Civil Servant Discipline
“The punishment in accordance with Rule Number 55 can be light, medium or severe. The suspect may be guilty of a severe violation that can result in a non-honorable termination,” said Subagio.
Before taking a final decision. Rachmad is waiting for a report on the incident from an internal audit team who has interviewed the suspect.
“F” was one subject in one of a series of sub rosa
video reports uploaded by van der Spek to YouTube
catching dishonest Bali traffic policemen, crooked money changers and a bribe-compliant customs officer.
[Slaps on the Wrist
[Someone, Please Change the Channel]
[Beware of Dutchman Bearing Cameras (Including Videos-Links
A Pain in the Pass
Official Delegations Wishing to Inspect Baliís Simpang Siur Underpass Project May be Delaying Timely Completion of Major Road Project
The Bali Post reports that official visits to Bali’s new Simpang Siur Underpass Project by various government departments and agencies has become something of a “pain in the pass.”
Supervisors and workers at the project, working against a strict June deadline to be ready for operations, complain that visits by government councils
It appears that the mega-project of the underpass at the Simpang Siur intersection in Kuta, Bali is drawing keen interest from a number of visiting legislative councils and other government agencies; so much so, that these frequent visits are now threatening a timely completion of the project.
“This has become an obstacle – the wide range of guests wanting to see the project; there’s even been a delegation from Papua which, in fact, has no point. Maybe they’re on tour and decided just to drop in. But we are obliged to honor and serve these guests. There are ministerial visits roo with Minister visiting the project site on several occasions,” said Achmad Syaiful Bahri, Project Manager, PT Adhi Karya, the company building the underpass.
Although seen in some instances as an obstacle to a timely completion of the project, Syaiful says he understands the underpasses linkage to a successful APEC Conference later this year. He also said he is thankful that the underpass is progressing is slightly ahead of schedule when compared to the new toll way.
Both projects are slated for full operation in June 2013, well in advance of the APEC Summit.
Recently, Commission III of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) paid a visit to the underpass project on Friday, April12, 2013. As a result of that visit, the members of the commission "directed" that the project be augmented with Balinese architectural finishes, add emergency escape ladders and even ordered that coconut trees be incorporated into the final design concept.
The project’s supervisor has promised to fully consider the recommendations of the legislators and accommodate their wishes providing thet did compromise the project's completion deadline.
The initial construction of the project was impeded to some degree by problems connected with land acquisition, maintaining traffic flows and the relocation of utilities.
Your Chance to Vote for Sandhy!
Make Your Vote Count for Indonesian Singing Sensation Sandhy Sondoro in Hard Rock Cafťís Global Battle of the Bands. Vote Before May 1, 2013!
In response to Hard Rock International’s
call for musicians around the world to seek global stardom via this year’s edition of Hard Rock Rising –
over 12,000 bands entered the competition that saw 390,000 fans vote.
From the final competition among 941 competing bands, Indonesian singing star Sandhy Sondoro is now in final contention for the opportunity of a lifetime to join a worldwide tour of six cities, including a spot on the bill at the Hard Rock Calling Festival
to be held in London. Also at stake is a contract to produce a music video and CD with Hard Rock Record
s and a set of new musical equipment and gear worth US$10,000.
-line competition that runs from April 22, 2013 (10:00 am ET) until May 1, 2013 (4:00 pm ET), fans can go on line and via the [Hard Rock Rising Star Face Book Page
Visitors to the Face Book Site
will be able to listen to an original song sung by Sandhy Sondoro or other songs performed by the other 94 global finalists before casting their vote for the winner.
Those selected as the "top 25" will then move on to a final judging session on May 2 - 5, 2013 where a panel of music industry professionals including Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band, Live Nation
Senior Vice President of Music Toby Leighton-Pope, Hard Rock International’s
Head of Music & Artist Relations, John Kirkpatrick, and Hard Rock Records
Co-Heads of A&R
, James Buell and Blake Smith - who will jointly evaluate the bands and select the Grand Prize Winner and two-runner up bands.
The winners and runners up will be announced on May 6, 2013.
Indonesians are justifiably proud of the hugely talented Sandhy Sandoro, who once worked as a European street busker in order to finance his education in Germany.
He has an international following having performed on European and American TV.
And, for those who can’t get enough of the talented Sandhy Sondoro, we’ve embedded a link from a the U.S.A. PBS
special (2010) where he shared the stage with the likes of Celine Dion, Cher, Jane Fonda, Toni Braxton, Leann Rimes, Eric Benet, Due Voci, Gloria Estefan and Patti Austin. Note the standing ovation this superstar got after his televised U.S. performance.
[Please Vote for Sandhy!
BIZNET Bali International Triathlon: Blessed by a Bupati
Regent of Badung Voices His Continuing Support for BIZNET Bali International Triathlon
The BIZNET Bali International Triathlon
will return for its 7th edition on June 23, 2013 – representing an international sporting event and, at the same time, an opportunity to showcase the Bali as a sporting destination to the world.
In a race briefing meeting and courtesy call with the regent of Badung on Friday, April 19, 2013 A.A. Gde Agung, the head of the regency that hosts the event, said, “BIZNET Bali International Triathlon is a promotional activity that can directly touch the European market segment.”
Joining the hour-long meeting with the Regent were John Daniels, President Director of Bali Discovery Tours;
M. Fathur Rozi, Chief Operating Officer of Bali Discovery Tours
, Onggo Wicaksono, Sports Division Manager at Bali Discovery Tours
; Niken Rahayu, Media Coordinator, BIZNET Bali International Triathlon; the head of the revenue section for the regency I Wayan Adi Arnawa; head of the Badung Tourism Service
Cokorda Raka Darmawan; head of the Badung Communications and Information Service
I Made Sutama; head of Badung’s Education and Sports Service
represented by A.A. Rahmadi and the chief of protocol for Badung A.A. Raka Yudha.
The Regent issued his thanks and support to the BIZNET Bali International Triathlon
for the sporting event’s proven record of combining sports with Balinese cultural elements. “As a main tourism destination, promotion represents part an overall investment will pay off over time. Because of this, we must continually introduce the potential of our destination to the world,” said Agung.
The Regent ask the organizers to expand the Balinese elements at this years event by undertaking offerings in the days leading up to the race at Pura Khayangan Tiga, Segara
and Pura Ulawatu
to ensure the event runs smoothly and successfully.
John Daniels from the organizing committee of the BIZNET Bali International Triathlon
reported to the Regent that the 7th chapter of the award-winning race is expected to draw a record number of athletes, with registrations running 28% ahead of last year in the final two months leading up to the event.
The BIZNET Bali International Triathlon
includes an Olympic Distance Event, Sprint Event and a 5 kilometer fun run.
[BIZNET Bali International Triathlon
Help Wanted: Best Job in Bali
Bali Hai Cruises Seeking Executive Chef for their Re-launched Bar, Restaurant and Boutique Resort on Nusa Lembongan Island
While Australia runs a very successful “Best Job in the World”
campaign enticing the lucky winner with offers of life on an idyllic tropical island, an Indonesian Cruise and Resort Company - Bali Hai Cruises
may have just done them one better.
Bali Hai Cruises
– the well known and long-established Bali cruise and resort company has announced they're employment search for an Executive Chef to take on a lead role in the re-launch of Beach Club Restaurant and Bar
on Nusa Lembongan Island, the nearest island neighbor to Bali.
The company is seeking a talented, motivated, energetic and creative chef to assist in the setup and daily running of the brand new Beach Club Restaurant and Bar.
Couples are open to apply as a secondary position as resort manager may also be available.
The job covers a small beach resort with 17 rooms and two food and beverage outlets. Responsibilities will include a soon-to-be-established a la carte restaurant
and a Beach Club
outlet. The company structure is not hotel based and the position will demand someone who can deal with both a challenging operation and location; able to use knowledge and experience to streamline and improve the day-to-day operation.
The person selected to this role with Bali Hai Cruises will:
- Have a thorough hands-on approach, able to maintain and improve standards of product.
- Maintain and improve standard of service and operations, ensuring maximum guest satisfaction.
- Control departmental expenses including food costs and wages, in line with business levels.
- Implement and monitor all health, safety and hygiene practices and procedures .
- Implement and monitor departmental training and development plans via an appraisal process.
- Be able to motivate, coach and build a team.
- Will have a minimum of 5 years solid experience in various areas of hotel/resort kitchens.
- Good understanding of all applicable health and safety legislation and experience working with strict health & hygiene regimes.
- Full understanding of food control, experience in ordering and menu pricing.
- Be self-motivated and able to motivate others to achieve.
- Possess proven man-management, coaching and team building skills.
- Have a desire and ability to deliver quality a la carte and buffet food.
- Have experience in large volume functions and weddings
- Have experience in interviewing, appraisal and training
The salary for this tropical island based position is negotiable.
The subject position commences July 1, 2013.
The deadline for sending job applications and resumes is June 15, 2013
Applications can be sent to and further information obtained from [Email – Bali Hai Cruises Executive Chef Position