Fizz & Feather – Splendid Food and Sparkling Wines at The Laguna Resort & Spa Saturday, April 30, 2016
The romantic setting of the Arwana Restaurant at The Laguna Resort & Spa will play host to an exclusive wine and dine event on Saturday, April 30, 2016, featuring a five-course degustation menu with exquisitely paired vintages from Domaine Chandon – Australia’s only sparkling wine specialists produced under the exacting eye of Moët & Chandon.
The meal is a kitchen collaboration between two well-respected culinary leaders in Bali: Made Putra, executive chef of The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa and Agung Ardiawan, director of culinary of The St. Regis Bali Resort.
Located in the state of Victoria in southeast Australia, Chandon Australia came into being at the end of the 1980s. Born of Moët & Chandon’s desire to explore the world looking for wine-growing terroirs capable of producing exceptional sparkling wines, the estate was set up in the heart of the Yarra Valley, in “Green Point.” Fine and elegant, Chandon Australia’s sparkling wines were then made using the “traditional champagne method”.
Since the end of the 1990s, the House has also produced still wines – whites, reds and rosés – from the best vineyards in the Victoria region.
The rare evening will be curated by the chief sommelier of The St. Regis Bali Resort, Harald Wiesmann, and co-hosted by senior business development manager of Möet Hennessy Indonesia, Alistair Toyne.
Fizz & Feather, a wine dinner event at Arwana, is priced at Rp. 1,300,000 net per person. Price is inclusive of five-course degustation menu dinner and wine pairing, as well as complimentary cocktails and canapés before dinner.
Cocktails and canapés will be served from 7:00 PM at the Arwana Bar before dinner begins at 7.30 PM.
For reservation and information, please call the Arwana Restaurant at +62-(0)361-3005635 or Email
Under Pressure, to Drink
St. Regis Exceptional Champagne Journey Saturday, May 14, 2016
After the successful hosting in June 2015 of the Cristal Champagne and Caviar Dinner, The St. Regis Bali Resort presents another extraordinary champagne dinner, this time in collaboration with the renowned company of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE.
Set for Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the Kayuputi Restaurant – the “St. Regis Exceptional Champagne Journey” will be held on Saturday, 14 May 2016 starting from 7:00 pm.
As the name suggests, The St. Regis Exceptional Champagne Journey will take guests on a journey of exploration sampling some of the world’s most prestigious champagnes. Stops along this culinary way include: La Grande Dame, Krug, Ruinart; Dom Pérignon and Dom Pérignon Rosé. Each Champagne will be paired with courses from a six-course degustation menu, lovingly crafted by executive chef Agung Gede.
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, better known as LVMH, is a French multinational luxury goods conglomerate, headquartered in Paris, France. A family-run group, LVMH strives to ensure the long-term development of each of its Houses in keeping with their identity, their heritage and their expertise. The Company was formed by the 1987 merger of fashion house Louis Vuitton with Moët Hennessy.
This bespoke event will begin with Champagne and aperitifs from 7:00 pm at the Kayuputi Bar. Limited seats are available for this exclusive event. The six-course degustation menu with Champagne pairing is priced at Rp. 3,900,000 net per person.
Reservations can be made by calling Kayuputi Restaurant at +62-(0)361 300 6786 or by Email.
Getting a Grip on Grab
Police and Transportation Officials in Bali Conducting Roadside Checks to Snare Illegal Grab Taxi and UBER Operators
Beritabali.com reports that tens of illegal public transports operated by Grab Taxi and UBER were netted in roadside inspections by provincial transportation officers and Denpasar police on Wednesday, April 6, 2014.
The road check took place on the Ida Bagus Mantra Bypass in East Denpasar, Bali. In the search to identify vehicles using the illegal online transportation applications of Grab Taxi or UBER cars, cars and minibuses carrying tourists had their documentation checked by authorities.
A Bali Transportation Official, Ketut Suhartana, told the press that the roadside checks were the continuance of a written order from the Governor of Bali and instructions issued by the head of the Provincial Transportation Office outlawing Grab Taxi and UBER operations in Bali. The snap inspection was also used to capture gypsy car operators offering their ulicensed services to tourists.
The one-day operation netted 40 vehicles believed to be operating with the UBER and Grab Taxi application and 30 more illegal transport operators.
Officials promise that more surprise snap roadside inspections will be conducted at random locations across the southern part of the Island.
Klungkung Regency Seeking to Reduce Shoreline Building Set Back Rule from 100 Meters to 25 Meters
The large number of accommodation providers on Bali’s near neighboring island of Nusa Penida who have ignored building codes has prompted the regency of Klungkung to call for a revision of the current set back building code of 100 meters from the high water mark to beome just 25 meters.
As reported by Balipost.com, the Regent of Klungkung, I Nyoman Suwitra, noted that many of the small hotels and inns on the shores of Nusa Penida are unlicensed and, by building too close to the shore line, have illegally expropriated the public’s right-of-way along the beachfront.
In response to this problem, the Regency of Klungkung is seeking that the current building code setting back any constructions at 100 meters from the high water mark be reduced to 25 meters. “With a clear regulation, the building that exist at Nusa Penida can become well-regulated, allowing tourism to be supported without causing hardships for the local population,” said Suwitra,
Should the Regent’s change be accepted, the public will, however, be denied free use and access to what was once public beachfront now covered in hotel structures.
Sacrilege Most Heinous
Thieves Steal Religious Paraphernalia from Hindu Temples in Kintamani
Incidents of the theft of sacred religious regalia from Balinese temples are on the increase, evidenced by reports of thefts that have occurred at Pura Puseh and Pura Anggar Kasih in the traditional village of Belancan in Kintamani in the Regency of Bangli.
As reported by Beritabali.com, counted among the missing items are a gold ring, statuary made from ancient Chinese coinage (kepeng) and a statue of the Lord Wisnu.
The theft was discovered on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at around 8:00 am by a local villager performing repairs on the temples who alerted village leaders who, in turn, contacted the Kintamani Police Precinct.
Police found the compartment used for the storage compartment for sacred religious regalia had been ransacked and its contents removed by thieves.
The theft of religious items from a temple was once an unthinkable crime in Bali, but has become more commonplace as these steal the antique religious items for sale to collectors.
Police investigating the case believe the thieves knew the temple’s layout and the exact location for the stored religious items.
Police continue to investigate the case.
A Bulgarian Vulgarian
Bulgarian National Captured In ATM Card Fraud Scheme Near Nusa Dua, Bali
DenPost reports that a 39-year-old Bulgarian has been apprehended by South Kuta Police believed to be involved in trans-national fraud involving data stolen from visiting tourists’ ATM and charge cards,
The Bulgarian, Yanko Ivanov, was capture police after he installed a skimmer on the ATM machine owned by Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) in Nusa Dua on Sunday, March 27, 2016.
Bank and police officials reportedly when they discovered a skimmer machines installed on the BNI ATM machine located at Hardy’Supermarket in Nusa Dua. The skimmer is an attachments illegally installed on the ATM that is capable of recording the cardholder’s data.
Bank officials laced the machine under surveillance for a complete day, police were able to apprehend Ivanov inside the ATM with a keypad and a skimmer in his possession while he was in the process of collecting data and installing a new skimmer.
When Ivanov tried to evade capture, the BNI officials sought the help of passing shoppers to hold the Bulgarian in order that he could be brought a nearby police station.
Police said that Ivanov was using new technology in defrauding ATM card users. Instead of using the more traditional skimmer, he had installed an eavesdropping device connected to a router of his own design. Once the Bulgarian had captured all the data and password of a credit card, he would then create a new card permitting him to use them in fraudulent transactions.
Bullish About Bali
Optimism for Better than Expected Economic Growth from Bali’s Economy in 2016
The State News Agency Antara reports that Bank Indonesia is in the process of revising its economic forecast for Bali for 2016.
Bank Indonesia feels the need to revise economic outlooks due to declining fuel prices that experts think will boost the Island’s economy.
Dewi Setyowati, the head of the Bank Indonesia Bali office said: “Later, I will revise (the projections) in June due to the impact (declining fuel costs).”
Earlier, Bank Indonesia had projected a rate of economic growth of 6.09% to 6.49% for the Balinese economy in 2016. Due to a decline in the cost of fuel at the pumps, experts now think a higher growth figure will be the result.
Still calculating the impact of cheaper fuel, Bank officials say lowest prices will be felt across the economy, affecting the cost of transport of goods and people.
It is also helped that lower fuel costs will stimulate higher levels of production.
Optimism on the 2016 forecast for the Bali economy is also being boosted by recent increases in the minimum wage and the resulting higher spending level of consumers.
Sammy – Another Proud Bali Export
Former Bali-based and Indonesian Hotelier Sammy Carolus Named General Manager of Grand Hyatt Taipei
Sammy Carolus, an Indonesian native and former decade-long members of Bali’s tourism industry has been appointed general managers of the 853-room Grand Hyatt Taipei with its staff of more than 1,000 hospitality workers.
Prior to moving to Taiwan, Carolus has had a long and distinguished hotel career that included 11-years in Bali from 1993-2003 where he served as the director of marketing at the Bali Hyatt and Grand Hyatt. He moved to the Hua Hin, Thailand Hyatt Regency where he spent most of the next decade working in sales and marketing before being appointed as general manager of the Hyatt Regency in Hua Hin, Thailand in 2010.
The veteran Hyatt hotelier with more than 20 years experience with the brand has a degree in Economics, working briefing in Investment Banking before moving to hotels.
Sammy’s new place of employment, Grand Hyatt Taipei recently celebrated its 25th year following a total property renovation.
Congratulations, Sammy. Bali is so very proud of your achievements!
Things that Go Bump in the Night
Batik Air and Trans Nusa Plane Collide at Jakarta’s Halim Airport
Tragedy was narrowly averted on Monday evening, April 4, 2016, when a Batik Air Boeing 737-800 aircraft on its take-off roll from Jakarta’s Halim Airport collided with a TransNusa aircraft being towed across the active runway.
The collision that occurred at 8:45 pm caused no injuries to the 49 passengers and 7 crew on board Batik Air ID 7703 bound for Makassar, Sulawesi.
The Batik Air plane lost a large section of its left wing and the tail section of the Trans Nusa flight that was demolished by the collision.
Officials from the Ministry of Transportation are now investigating the case.
PDAM Wants to Tap Into Water Surplus at Tirtagangga Royal Baths in East Bali
Bali’s famous Royal Baths at Tirtagangga in the Regency of Karangasem, East Bali may soon be integrated into the local water supply grid.
First built in 1948 by the Raja of Karangasem, the Tirtagangga Water Gardens are a popular stop for tourists visiting East Bali. Comprised of a large network of cool, clear-water pools fed by underwater springs. The royal baths, destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mount Agung in 1963, have been rebuilt and largely returned to their former glory.
The CEO of the Karangasem Water Board (PDAM Karangasem), I Gede T. Bakriyasa, says that the large amount of overflow water from some of the pools at Tirtagangga could be captured and used to meet the growing water needs of the surrounding area.
As reported by Balipost.com, PDAM Karangasem estimates that there is a water surplus of 50 liters per second that could join the local water grid after undergoing water treatment.
Baktiyasa said that tapping into the water surplus from Tirtagangga would not disturb the water requirements of the Royal Baths or surrounding rice terraces (subak).
Placing Children First
Children’s Right Conference to be held in Ubud in November 2016
Bali has been chosen to host an Asian-wide conference in November 2016 on the Rights of Children.
The State News Agency Antara reports that Yohana Susana Yembise, Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, met with the Deputy-Governor of Bali, Ketut Sudikerta, on Saturday, April 9, 2016 to review plans for the coming conference. Yohana explained that Bali was selected to host the Convention on the Rights of Children (CRC) because of its commitment to achieve child friendly status.
The November conference will be based in Bali’s Regency of Gianyar, a regency that has been internationally recognized as committed to protecting the rights of children.
Sudikerta commented that he appreciated Bali’s selection as the venue for the prestigious conference, but underlined that much still remains to be done in Indonesia and the rest of the world to reduce violence against children and women and human trafficking.
Sudikerta said that the Province of Bali was in the process of forming a Commission for Regional Child Protection and selecting representatives to serve as members of that body.
The Children’s Rights Conference in November is expected to bring 800-1,000 people to Bali.
Catch Me if You Can
Australian Arrested in Bali for Living Under a False Identity and Violating Immigration Regulations
Australian Shuan Edward Davidson (31) was arrested by Immigration authorities in Bali on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, and placed in Bali’s notorious Kerobokan Prison.
Immigration officials claim that Davidson was staying in Bali using falsified documents issued to another individual, Michael John Bayman.
Radar Bali reports that Davidson is refusing to answer questions from immigration investigators.
Davidson has reportedly lived in Bali for more than one year where he was known as a participant in ultimate fighting championships.
During his stay in Bali, Davidson stayed at the Hotel Babasta in Kuta.
He is accused of entering Bali on January 28, 2015, the same day he was scheduled to appear on drug charges in a Perth, Western Australian Court, using the passport of another person. The visa issued in that passport should have been extended before February 28, 2015.
He is being sought on an open warrant in Australia since January 28, 2015 on charges of possessing for sale and distribution methamphetamines and marijuana.
Davidson told immigration officials that he has not worked during his Bali stay and managed to support himself with money sent by his parents in Australia.
Davidson could be imprisoned for up to 7 years in Indonesia for various immigration violations.
A Case of Mistaken Identity
Retired Regent of Badung, Bali Claims Name Mentioned in Panama Papers is Not His
The leaking of 11.5 million confidential documents with details on 214,000 offshore companies in Panama registered by Mossack Fonesca has identified shareholders and director of off shore companies that includes leading business and political figures from around the world.
Within days of its release, The Panama Papers have caused a backlash that included mass demonstrations and the resignation the leader of Iceland’s government and calls for the resignation of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron.
The worldwide waves generated by The Panama Papers have also been felt in Bali were a number of “Balinese” names have been found on the list, generating suspicions that off shore companies with Balinese involvement have been set up to launder funds and avoid taxes.
Radar Bali spotlighted the name of A.A. Gde Agung, a name not dissimilar to the name of the former Regent of Badung. Other Balinese-sounding names included: A.A. Alit Widadarma, I Made Djendra, Nengah Bagiada, Nyoman Djintji, Wayan Arya, Ida Bagus Putra Jandhana, Made Oka Masagung, Ni Made Jati and I Goesti Ben Kel Bagoes Oka.
When Radar Bali and the Jawa Pos contacted A.A. Gde Agung, the former “Bupati” of Badung who served in that capacity for two terms, he emphatically denied ever depositing money in overseas accounts in order to avoid taxes.
“I can confirm that the name AA Gde Agung that was published in the Panama Papers is not me. In Bali there are many who have the name AA Gde Agung besides myself,” said the former Regent on April 6, 2016. Agung told the press that there was at least one AA Gde Agung in Bali who was “greater” and “richer” than him.
But, when pressed to clarify whom “the other” AA Gde Agung was, the member of the Mengwi Palace Household refused to comment further, claiming he did not want to implicated another person without definite proof. Adding: “What’s clear there is the name AA Gde Agung other than myself. That person is greater and more ‘top’ than me. Maybe the person referred to in the Panama Papers is him. His level is higher than me. He’s a Balinese. He lives in Bali.”
Quizzed further by the press about his income during the period he served as the Regent of Badung, AA Gde Agung declined to provide details. The paper said that anyone who serves in the capacity of Bupati receives an official salary, a legal share from all taxes collected and operational funds for use in the execution of his office.
“I don't have any savings. What’s more, I don't have any savings overseas. I have family savings at my home,” said AA Gde Agung who worked as a Notary in Tabanan prior to his appointment as Badung’s Regent.
AA Gde Agung asked the press to check the information from The Panama Papers and obtain an address to clarify it he is the person referred to in the incorporation papers.
The now-retired regent insists that he is a simple man living a simple life. He underlined that he has no desire for further public office and has accepted no opportunities to serve as a company director or commissioner now that he is retired.
AA Gde Agung told the press that he spends his day in his home village performing public service and community projects.
Banned Floating Waterpark Reappears off Lovina Beach in North Bali
After being dismantled and sent back to shore in 2015, a floating waterpark anchored a short distance offshore Kalibukbuk community at Lovina, North Bali is reportedly back at sea and open for business after receiving a “location permit” (izin lokasi) from the Provincial Government.
The resumption of operations by the Waterpark has once again raised concerns among North Bali tourism operators who complain that the operation is not fully licensed and is causing severe damage to the coral reef.
Bali Post reports that during a visit to the area on Saturday, April 9, 2016, they confirmed that the Waterpark'a brightly colored floating elements were now anchored a short distance from shore, secured by heavy anchors installed by its owner, PT Kreasi Bali Utara (KBU,) who are claiming to be only performing “test operations.”
A director of the Buleleng chapter of Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association, Ketut Budiastra, accompanied by a number of hotel owners told Bali Post that the “location permit,” claimed to have been issued by the Provincial Government, was never socialized to area tourism operators.
Moreover, KBU has never approached the local business community with details for their proposed business venture operating a floating waterpark in North Bali.
Adding to the concerns of the local community is the fact that the area used to anchor the waterpark is in the middle of a five-kilometer stretch of coral growth area under the supervision of the Buleleng Fisheries and Conservation Department (Diskanla).
Local observers point that the area being used by the waterpark is densely populated by eci-sensitive coral reef and generally considered unsafe for swimming.
Another concern expressed by many local residents and businesses is that the new Waterpark is an eyesore that will interfere with the development of Lovina as a tourist destination promoting diving and boat trip to view local pods of free dolphins.
The Waterpark was first installed in the area by an Australian investor in 2015, but later removed for failing to have the required licenses and permits.
Sabotage Not Ruled out in February 29th Blaze that Destroyed Badung Traditional Market
Investigations carried out by the forensic laboratory of the Denpasar police point to sabotage as a possible cause of the fire that destroyed the Badung Traditional Market on Monday, February 29, 2016.
As reported by NusaBali, forensic investigators have traced the source of the fire that destroyed the four-story structure to a single location on the first floor. An examination of the fire’s starting point has ruled out electrical faults, mechanical failure or chemical accelerants in the blaze.
Speaking at a press conference at Bali police headquarters held on April 5, 2016, Koesnadi, chief of the Denpasar Police Forensic Unit said the fire started in a sales unit on the north side of the market and spread to the other three floors of the structure, fueled by the merchandise stored in the kiosks.
Preliminary indications suggest an arsonist or human error (e.g. smoker) may have started the fire.
The fire remains under investigation by police in Bali.
Manpower Department Outlines Requirements for ASEAN Workers Wishing to Seek Employment in Indonesia
Workers from selected economic sectors and professions hailing for neighboring ASEAN nations can now work in Indonesia under the multi-lateral terms of the ASEAN Free Trade Zone Agreement.
As reported in The Bali Post, the chief of the Badung Regency Labor and Social Services Department, I.B. Oka Dirga, explained that under the terms of a mutual recognition agreement (MRE), ASEAN citizens with home country certification as engineers, architects, tourism, accountancy, dentistry, surveying, medicine and nursing are allowed to work in Indonesia.
ASEAN worker from the selected fields desiring to work in Indonesia must also pay a monthly training fee of US$100 per month, paid one year in advance.
Currently, Badung regency has registered 1,365 foreign workers hailing from 50 countries. The five largest sources of foreign workers in Badung are Japanese (182), Australian (164), USA (159), French (142) and English (107).
ASEAN citizens working in Badung total 73 composed of Philippines citizens (37) Singapore (14) Malaysia (10), Thailand (9), Myanmar (2) and Timor Leste (1).
Badung’s Manpower office counts 310,000 Indonesian workers employed in the regency in 2016, of which 35,624 have professional certification. Plans by the Manpower Department are to increase the number of certified workers by 2,000 each year over the coming 5 years.
Ending an Epidemic
Bali Intensifies Vaccination Campaign Against Rabies
The Livestock and Animal Service of Bali is preparing 560,000 rabies vaccines for the Island’s dogs to be administered across all regencies in 2016.
From January to April 2016 a total of 260,000 vaccines were distributed targeted at 411,153 dogs.
A mass vaccination covering all areas of the Island is planned for April 18, 2016.
The head of Animal Health for the Bali Livestock Department, Dr. Nata Kesuma, said officials would visit some 280 villages. Chief on the list of villages to receive vaccination are those with a high number of free-roaming dogs.
Nata Kesume placed some of the blame for the current rabies epidemic on the loose relationship many Balinese maintain with their dogs, using them as “living alarms” against intruders, but with little attention given to the care and feeding of their pets.
He asked villagers to assist members of vaccination teams in rounding up all dogs so they can be vaccinated against rabies and the current epidemic brought to an end.
All that Jazz
Ubud Village Jazz Festival Returns August 12-13, 2016
A highlight of Bali’s event calendar since 2013, the Ubud Village Jazz Festival (UVJJF) returns August 12-13, 2016 headquartered at Arma Ubud.
In keeping with its home in the cultural and artistic hear of Bali, UVJF keeps it small and wonderful presenting music on 3 stages over 2 days, featuring jazz in its many forms with performers hailing from Indonesia and other countries. As in the past, UVJF will encourage performance from up and coming students and newcomers destined for eventual greatness in the jazz pantheon.
Providing music for the soul and more, a concurrent food festival will celebrate the wonderful dishes found only in the Indonesian archipelago.
UVJF will also host musical workshops and master classes, facilitating the exchange of knowledge and ideas within the jazz community.
By the community and for the community, UVJF is fueled by sponsor support and the dedicated effort of nearly 1,000 volunteers who will create a welcoming program expected to attract more than 5,000 jazz aficionados to Central Bali.
High Priests of Bali Hindu Council Declare Benoa Bay Off Limits to Reclamation and Developers
The Jakarta Post reports the religious leaders and high priests of The Indonesian Hindu Religious Council (PHDI) has formally issued an edict declaring Bali's Benoa Bay a sacred area.
Issued after a meeting of the Hindu religious hierarchy on Saturday, April 9, 2016, the declaration represents yet another obstacle for PT Tirta Wahana Bali Internasional (PT TWBI), a company owned by business tycoon Tommy Winata, in its plans to reclaim large portions of what was protected mangrove and turn it into a tourism, entertainment and luxury housing project.
The religious decree from the PDHI comes after some 30 traditional villages in Bali have stated their rejection of plans to reclaim Benoa Bay.
Despite mass demonstrations and formal opposition from village units and any local organizations, political leaders in Bali have been reluctant to take a public stand for or against the controversial project.
While the high priests were quick to point out that their declaration was not a response to the reclamation plan, its implication as a possibly insurmountable obstacle to the PT TWBI project is clear.
Speaking on behalf of 22 high priests who joined the meeting, Ida Pedanda Gede Bang Buruan Manuaba said: "We declare today that Benoa Bay is a sacred area that must be maintained and preserved."
In the view of the Hindu religious leaders, Benoa Bay is home to a large number of sacred places and temples used for various religious ceremonies.
Putu Wirata Dwikora, chairman of PHDI’s Sabha Walaka (intellectual group), said the declaration meant the government must disallow the plans of PT TWBI that would violate areas sacred to Bali’s majority Hindus.
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