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BALI UPDATE #942 - 22 September 2014

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The Bali Wedding of the Season
Former Miss Universe, Australian Beauty Queen Jennifer Hawkins Marries Jake Wall in Bali

Australian beauty queen Jennifer Hawkins spent her recent Bali holiday getting married to long-time beau Jake Wall at a most lavish cliff-side wedding held at the Semara Resort in South Bali on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

The former Miss Universe (2004), model, television presenter and spokesperson for the Myer Chain of department stores - was rumored to have spent “six figures” on the sunset wedding that saw Hawkins wearing a strapless dress by Melbourne designer Toni Maticeviski and her hair done by a Sydney celebrity hairdresser and a make-up artist - both flown in for the occasion

According to reports, an estimated 20,000 roses were used to decorate the all-white reception.

The exclusive rights to cover the wedding were reportedly sold to Women’s Weekly for a princely sum of $350,000 – a figure dinied by the magazine. Keeping the lid on the wedding and unwanted paparazzi at bay was a detachment of bodyguards.

A guest list of 50 close friends were on hand in Bali to join Jennifer and Jake in celebrating their nuptials

Press reports say the couple stayed at the Oberoi Hotel in the period leading up to the wedding.


Cripes, They’re at it Again.
Western Australian Tourism Minister Dr. Kim Hames Bashes Bali

Yet another Western Australian Tourism official has well and truly put his "foot in it" by deciding the best way to promote local tourism is by arguing a comparative advantage case that leaves  Bali on the short end of the stick.

In the latest installment of “How Not to Do Travel Marketing 101” the Western Australian Tourism Minister Dr Kim Desmond Hames warned, as quoted in The Western Australian, that holiday makers from his constituency "run the risk of coming back less well than when they left.” 

Dr. Hames made his comments while launching a new tourism campaign that features 1001 photos submitted by visitors to Western Australia. He incorrectly pointed to the "high" death rate of Australians in Bali, arguing somehow that people spending more on a Western Australian holiday would be less at risk of death and disease than traveling to Bali.

Hames, a physician, said: “We do know that there are risks in that area, and as you would have seen recently, I think one Australian dies every single week in Bali, (and there has been) a significant increase in the numbers of people with Barmah Forest Virus and other medical conditions coming back,” he said.

Australia Conceded Barmah Forest to the Republic of Indonesia?

While legitimate health risks undoubtedly do exist, a quick check of the Western Australian Public Health Website shows that territory has its own long list of highly communicable and infectious diseases, with little prooof to substantiate that death and disease are a greater risk to Australians holidaying in Bali than, say, in Fremantle.

Most peculiar is Dr. Hames' specific mention of Barmah Forest Virus – a disease that is currently found ONLY in Australia gives a whole new meaing to exotic diseases. It seems the good Doctor is suggesting that Australians now travel to Bali to acquire diseases that are only found closer to home.

In a trifecta of feeble-minded miscalculatiion, Dr. Hames demonstrates bad marketing, abysmal geography and quesitonable medicine.

Unintentionally and most ironically, Dr, Hames' statementts suggest the biggest threats to public health in Western Australia may be badly-trained and ill-informed physicians like himself.

Turnabout is Fair Play

Other interesting statistic we discovered in searching for risks of living and holidaying in Western Australia were found on the Western Australian Police Websites and includes:
  • 41.1% of Western Australian residents are “somewhat concerned” or “very concerned” about becoming a victim of physical assault in a public place.
  • 65.7% of Western Australian residents are “somewhat concerned” or “very concerned” about becoming the victim of a house breaking.
  • 48.8% of Western Australian residents are “somewhat concerned” or “very concerned” about being the victim of a vehicle theft.
  • 46.9% of Western Australian residents are “somewhat concerned” or “very concerned” about drug use in their neighborhood.
The same website from the Western Australian Police reporta that in 2012 there were 91 homicides, 1,544 sexual assaults, 27,375 burglaries, 77,355 thefts and 2,444 arrests for drug trafficking in Oz's wild west.

And while Bali has a concerning level of crime at the moment, it is by no means clear that in a race with Western Australia the island of Bali wins the crime stakes.

Moreover, when considering health threats in Bali versus Perth, please consider that Western Australia offers Ross River virus, Murray River encephalitis, Japanese encephalitis and that local home-grown specialty of Barmah Forest Virus - a locale Dr. Hames somehow mistakenly thinks is in Bali.

Possibly further fueling the paranoia of travelers to Australia is the fact that the region is also home to deadly funnel web spiders, sharks, poisonous tiger snakes and man-eating crocodiles. 


We apologize for listing such items that could instill disproportional fear in those considering a Western Australian holiday. That was not our intention and we only wish to point out the extremely poor judgment exercised by the West Australian Tourism Minister is a double-edged sword best left sheathed.

But, in fairness, some legitimate concerns about public health in Western Australia do exist. Empircal evidence exists that there may be some unknown insidious element lurking in the Western Australian water table capable of impairing mental judgment.  The first clinical case predates Dr. Hames’ faux pas  when, in 2011, the Western Australian Margaret River Tourism Authority unleashed spokesman Simon Ambrose (see the link below) who stupidly tried to argue against Bali, saying, "major issues such as terrorism and health are not as relevant, if at all, when holidaying at home."

[Editorial: How Not to Promote Tourism]

Mr. Ambrose and Dr. Hames would do well to recognize that resorting to negative counter-sells runs greater risk of dissuading people from traveling altogether than it has any chance of persuading people to come to beautiful Western Australia.

Most fundamentally, both Ambrose and Hames broke the cardinal rule of tourism marketing: promote your own destination but never at the expense of a competing destination."

We will leave it to the voters Western Australia to decide how best to dispose of the ponderously inept Dr. Hames. They must  consider if any doctor so ill-informed on both travel marketing and public health has any meaningful role to play in either political or medical practice.

We'd welcome comment from Dr. Hames who is rumored to be missing on a family holiday in the Barmah Forest - wherever that is.

Truth be told, we have very fond memories of past visits to beautiful Western Australian. Lovely landscapes, wonderful wildlife, great culture and thoughful political leadership. Well, 3 out of 4 is not bad.


Kid’s Play So Kids Can Play
Indonesian Idol Kamasean Matthews to Perform for Children at Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali on Friday, July 12, 2013

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali has announced its next UNICEF Check Out For Children charity event - a concert by talented Indonesian Idol finalist, Kamasean Matthews.


This special performance will take place in the Mangupura Hall on Friday 12th July 2013.

At just 17 years of age, Kamasean was the youngest contestant in Indonesian Idol history when she participated in this national competition in 2012. A star of the social network, Kamasean is a YouTube sensation, and has thousands of followers on Twitter as well as Facebook.

Blessed with a magical voice that transcends almost all musical genres her voice bridges generations in a single song. She is also an accomplished composer and plays several instruments, including the piano and guitar.

During her appearance at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali, Kamasean Matthews will meet and greet fans with an exclusive one-hour sharing session. The main show will see Kamasean perform an uplifting selection of popular hits including her recently released track entitled 'How Could You' . There will also be a musical collaboration with children from a local choir and some of the best performers from leading musical school around Bali.

Tickets for the Gala Show - 'An Inspiring Evening with Kamasean Matthews' starts at 7:00 pm are priced at just IDR 75,000 per person (US$7.50) and IDR 50,000 per child (US$5).

Limited places for the meet and greet session from 5:30 – 6:30 pm will be available for IDR 150,000 inclusive of one-hour exclusive session with Kamasean that includes a photo memento and certificate. This will be a unique opportunity for aspiring singers to meet the Kamasean in person.

All proceeds will be donated directly to a UNICEF to a project that provides educational opportunities and vaccinates children across the Asia Pacific region.

For the past 18 years Starwood Hotels and Resorts has partnered with UNICEF to raise funds for a number of worthy causes that benefit impoverished children around the world. In the Asia Pacific region alone, the UNICEF Check Out For Children Program has supported the immunization of thousands of young women and children against a number of preventable diseases.

For information and reservations telephone +62-(0)81 138 02 975 or +62-(0)361-771 906 ext. 6235

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Great Food, Immaculately Prepared
Bali Hai Cruises Earns Food Safe® Certification from Environmental Health Australia

Bali’s leading day cruise operator – Bali Hai Cruises have won Food Safe® certification from Environmental Health Australia (EHA).

The certification was awarded after conclusively demonstrating via an audit process that best practice food handling; food hygiene and staff training procedures are in place.

In winning the certification, Bali Hai Cruises worked with ProMicro Bali who guided the cruise company through the audit and program implementation process.

Prior to final certification an external auditor from Australia visited Bali Hai Cruises at Benoa after which a recommendation was issued to EHA for the granting of official Food Safe®“Certification.

By having a food safety program in place based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Principles (HACCP), Bali Hai Cruises has demonstrated their professionalism and commitment to food safety.

HACCP requires Bali Hai Cruises to:
• Identify each stage of its food processing;
• Identify what can go wrong at each stage; and
• Put in place actions that prevent problems from happening


Nature’s Secrets
Bali Forestry Department Refusing to Comply with Freedom of Information Orders on Development of South Bali Mangrove Forest

According to Bali Post, although Bali Friends of the Earth (WALHI-Bali) won their freedom of information suit against the provincial government of Bali declaring their right to view documents from Bali’s Department of Forestry in connection with the long-term lease of mangrove forests to PT Tirta Rahmat Bahari, the requested information has yet to be handed over as ordered by the courts.

The Department of Forestry has reportedly failed to hand over the documents sought by WALHI and ordered to be disclosed by the Information Commission. In finding in favor of WALHI, the government exempted bank records of PT Tirta Rahmat Bahari that were deemed protected under the bank secrecy laws, the master budget for the project and design maps.

Adi Sumiarta, a WALHI activist told the press on Wednesday, June 5, 2013: “After the information hearing, the Forestry Service remains unchanged. Moreover, they tend to be closed up for the disclosure of information.”

Adi said the documents yet to be handed over to WALHI include the map showing the limits of the area in the mangrove forest to be controlled by PT Tirta Rahmat Bahari; and “Book III” detailing the design plans for the tourism infrastructure of the park

WALHI Bali continues to end letter requesting the court-mandated copies to the head of the Forestry Service. After waiting 10 working days there has yet to be a response from the Forestry Department.

An activist from Frontier Bali, Pande Nyoman Taman, reacted, saying:”This cannot be allowed. The Provincial Government of Bali has no good faith as the many documents ordered to be disclosed are still being guarded as secrets.”

Meanwhile, efforts to contact the head of the Bali Provincial Forestry Office and senior staff have been absent from their office since Thursday, claiming they are all attending a training course in Jakarta.



Kimonos Included
Luxury Traditional Japanese-Style Resort to Open Near Ubud in 2014

Hoshino Resort Company has announced that they will open a luxury Japanese-style luxury resort in a community north of Ubud in 2014.

The Hoshinoya Bali will offer 30 villas at Banjar Pangembungan at Desa Pejeng Kangin in Tampaksiring.

Hoshino Resort’s president Yoshiharu Hoshino promises that the new Bali hotel will promote “Omotenashi” – the trademark Japanese style of hospitality.

This will be the first overseas property for the traditional Japanese hotel operator.

Daily rates are expected to cost around US$$700 per night.


Grand Hotel
Nikko Bali Resort and Spa to be Rebranded as Grand Nikko Bali

Travel Daily Media reports that the Nikko Bali Resort and Spa has been rebranded as the Grand Nikko Bali following an upgrade in facilities.

The Grand Nikko Bali is operated by Japan’s JAL Hotels.

The formal brand-change will take place on July 15, 2013 when new facilities that include 19 new luxury villas, a multi-purpose event space and a wedding gazebo will be introduced to the public.

New villas coming on line as part of the rebranding include: Seventeen one-bedroom villas with each occupying a generous 300 square meters, one two-bedroom villa of 500 square meters and one palatial three-bedroom villas covering 700 square meters. All villas have private swimming pools, al fresco relaxation options and butler service.

To service Bali’s growing meeting and conference sector the Grand Nikko Bali also has a 1,100 square meter event facility and a new wedding gazebo.


At Last, Bali Tourism Promotion Board Established
Governor Names Nine to Head Bali Tourism Promotion Board

The Jakarta Post reports that Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika will “immediately inaugurate" the Bali Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD) comprised of local tourism leaders and academics charged with promoting Bali tourism overseas.

Said Pastika on Wednesday, June 5, 2013: “I am eager to inaugurate the board as soon as possible, so that the board could work soon. I strongly support the board to identify and answer the many challenges in Bali’s tourism.”

An official decree issued in December 2012 called for the creation of the BPPD led by nine members drawn from tourism, academia and government circles.

Appointed to head the BPPD are:
  • Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati (Cok Ace) the former regent of Gianyar and chairman of the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI).
  • Bagus Sudibya, a hotel and travel company owner in Bali and also a member of the Association of Tour and Travel Agents (ASITA).
  • Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya, a hotel owner and a member of the Indonesian Tourism Association (GIPI).
  • Yos WK Amerta, a marine tourism operator and a member of the Indonesian Marine Tourism Association (Gahawisri).
  • Sang Putu Subaya from the Association of Tour Guides Association (HPI).
  • Putu Juarez Robin Putra, owner of a professional conference organizer and a member of the Society of Indonesian Professional Convention Organizers (SIPCO).
  • Professor Dr. Komang Bendesa, an Assistant Rector at Bali’s Udayana University.
  • Putu Saroyoni Piartini, a lecturer in management studies at Udayana University.
  • Taufik Hidayat, general manager for Garuda Indonesia in Bali.
Explaining the delays in the launch of the BPPD, Pastika blamed his preoccupation with poverty eradication, saying: “Previously, I was more focused on poverty eradication. However, through the board, I hope we could re-organize our tourism that has been developed without an adequate plan.”


Bali Targeting 400,000 Chinese Tourists in 2013
Direct Flights from Chinese Cities to Bali Needed to Gain Greater Market Share of PRC Visitors

The State News Agency Antara reports that the province of Bali is seeking some 400,000 Mainland Chinese tourist visitors for calendar 2013, an increase of approximately 10% from the 2012 total of 310,904.

The head of the Bali Tourism Authority, Ida Bagus Kade Subhisku, said, “In 2013 we are targeting to capture 40% of all Chinese visitors to Indonesia or around 400,000 people to come to Bali.”

Subhisku describe the target of 400,000 Chinese tourists for Bali as relatively small in comparison to the estimated 75 million Chinese tourists who take a foreign trip each year.

To increase the number of Chinese tourist visitors, meetings have been held between Indonesian officials and government officials in Kunming Province in the PRC.

The Bali Tourism chief identified the lack of direct flights from Chinese cities to Bali as the key factor holding back a rapid increase in Chinese visitor totals.

According to the Bali Statistic Center, a total of 128,134 Mainland Chinese tourists visited Bali in the first four month of 2013, an increase of 3.03% from the same period in 2012.

PRC visitors now represent the second largest source of foreign visitors to Bali after Australians.


Ma, He’s Making Eyes at Me!
Hard Line Islamic Groups Call for Cancellation of Miss World 2013 Contest in Bali and West Java

As reported previously on Balidiscovery,com [Bali: The No-Bikini Atoll?] , some religiously conservative circles in Indonesia are upset with the prospect that the Miss World Beauty Contest to be held in Bali and West Java in September 2013 will include a swimsuit competition.

In an effort to accommodate these sensitivities, the organizer is modifying the contest by ditching bikinis for more modest one-piece swimming suits, possibly worn with an accompanying sarong.

The Jakarta Globe reports that Island hard-liners are now calling for nothing less than the outright cancellation of the event that they see as immoral.

Accusing the contest of “selling women’s bodies” the Hizb ut-Tahrir Group is vowing to hold demonstrations against the contest.

Hard liners holding such protests in Bogor, West Java, where part of the contest will be held, might find local community support for their protest, similar protests in Bali might get a less sympathetic e reaction from the Balinese who could see the protests as religious bigotry aimed at disrupting Balinese culture and its world-famous tourism industry.

Hard-line Islamist groups seemingly find any public celebration of female beauty as offensive and immoral and are saying they will settle for nothing less than the cancellation of the event. The Islamic Reformist Movement (Garis), which is affiliated with the notorious Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) who have been involved in a number of violent street protests in the past, says a ban on bikinis is insufficient.

Chep Hernawan, the head of Garis in West Java, said, “They will still wear outfits that will encourage sex and immoral acts.”

Protests and resulting fears of attacks and public unrest saw a planned concert by  Lady Gaga cancelled in 2012.


Currying Favor in South Bali
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali Welcomes Indian Chef Rajender Kumar Maitola

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali has welcomed Rajender Kumar Maitola to the property as its new Indian Chef.

Chef Rajender arrived in Bali direct from a 3 year stint as Junior Sous Chef with Sujan Luxury Hotel, Delhi.

Rajender studied at the Delhi Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology. Upon graduation, he embarked on a culinary career with the prestigious Aman chain of hotels and resorts. Quickly rising through the kitchen ranks, he experienced a succession of appointments including stints as Chef de Partie at Aman-I-Khas, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan and then Aman Lodi, New Delhi. Serving in pre-opening capacities, Chef Rajender was instrumental in menu setting and standard operational procedures.

Passionate about food in general, Chef Rajender sees himself as a culinary innovator. He is proud of his Indian heritage and keen to share the distinctive flavors of his homeland with Westin guests in Bali. Since his arrival, Rajender has been busy familiarizing himself with the availability of fresh and seasonal produce on the island.

He has also been discovering many parallels between Indian and Balinese cuisine, including the use of indigenous herbs and spices.

As a devote Hindu, Chef Rajender is looking forward to sampling local delicacies that form part of the Balinese religious calendar.

Once settled into his new role, Chef Rajender will be revitalizing the menu of Indian cuisine currently available at the resort. He will also introduce a few of his own specialty dishes from the different regions of Indian sub-continent.

[Westin Resort Nusa Dua]
 


Just Cook Away Rene
Chef Rene Michelena of Lily & Bloom as Guest Chef at Dava Restaurant – AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali June 13-16, 2013

Rene Michelena, executive chef of the iconic Hong Kong dining Lily & Bloom, will be serving as guest chef at Dava Restaurant at the AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali for four nights from June 13-16, 2013.

Originally from the Philippines but raised in Chicago, Rene’s award-winning cuisine is described as “modern American with Asian sensibility." During his Bali appearance he will feature signature dishes from the Lily & Bloom menu via an 8-course menu that will also be available in a less satiating 6-course and 4-course versions - both with optional wine pairing.

The gifted Michelena was trained at The Culinary School of Kendall College in Evanston, Illinois and in 1998 was named Food & Wine Magazine “Best New Chef."

After a culinary exploration of Italy, Rene returned to USA and gained experience at many top-rated Italian restaurants. In 2010, he moved to Hong Kong to open Lily & Bloom where he has created a world-class menu together with anequally widespread reputation for innovation.

The Bali visit will be the second time Rene will have partnered with AYANA Resort in a guest chef role. His debut in Indonesia was a popularly acclaimed VIP Launch of Opus One also at the AYANA.

Back again, Rene Michelena will rejoin the kitchen brigade of the Dava- voted to the 2013 Miele Guide in recognition of its world-class service, cuisine and design. Dava’s chef de cuisine Jusman So’s regular a la carte menu will also be offered alongside Rene’s degustation menu.

Chef de Cuisine, Jusman So

Dava’s chef de cuisine Jusman So is also known for being the founder-chef of Singapore's much-lauded Sage Restaurant (2010/2011 Miele List).

Jusman, whose personal awards include Singapore's Best Rising Chef (World Gourmet Summit 2008), signature style is blending classic European technique, the highest quality imported and local ingredients and modern presentation, the result is simply a delight for every sense. Visually stunning, each dish is a masterpiece of color, texture and form, while delivering the perfect balance of flavors inspired by the imagination and precision.

Jusman's reign at Dava follows six years at Sage, a 40-seat fine dining restaurant that he founded in 2005 to critical acclaim. Sage was nominated “Best New Restaurant” at the World Gourmet Summit 2008, the same year Jusman won Best Rising Chef. Two years later, Sage was awarded one of Singapore’s Best Restaurants by Singapore Tatler magazine in 2010, before being named on the prestigious Miele List.

Jusman So is very much looking forward to the culinary collaboration with Rene Michelena.


The Menu
DAVA Restaurant
AYANA Resort and Spa Bali
Gust Chef: Rene Michelana of Lily & Bloom
June 13-16, 2013


Crawfish cocktail
Guava coulis, diced star fruit, avocado, grilled frisee

Pumpkin and caviar
Gingered beetroot, akamiso, cashews, mache greens

Corned scallop and custard
Curry oil, candied popcorn

Fried quail
Apple bacon corn bread, pickled watermelon rind, coffee bbq sauce

Seared triple tail fillet
Seared foie gras, caramelized fennel and endive, banyuls reduction

Garganelli and lamb brisket ragu
Dried and fresh cherries, San Marzano tomatoes, salsa verdi

Grilled American beef rib eye
Bay leaf marinade, fava bean succotash

Carrot-pineapple cake
Young coconut tart, curry-carrot-caramel sauce, pineapple sorbet

Cost and Reservations
  • 4 Courses Rp 560,000 ++ (US$68)
  • 6 Courses Rp 680,000 ++ (US$82)
  • 8 Courses Rp 830,000 ++ US$100)
Reservations are eseential.

Booking and information enquiries by telephoning +62 –(0)361 702222 or [Emailing Dava]  


Putting a Cap on Pollution in Legian
Badung, Bali Authorities Plug Pipes Pumping Sewage Onto Bali’s Beaches

The regency of Badung in Bali has capped 14 raw sewage pipes from local businesses suspected of discharging into the drainage ditch on Jalan Padma in Legian.

DenPost reports that the stern measure of blocking the sewage pipes was taken by the Badung Environmental Agency (BLH-Badung) in conjunction with the Public Works Department after complaints were received by residents in Legian who blamed the pipes for discharging wastewater that eventually drains onto the Legian Public Beach.

The chief of the supervisory and control division of the Badung Regency, Nengah Sukarta, said that immediately after receiving complaints from the public and obtaining the permission of the chief of BLH-Badung, he visited the location with public works officials. On their first visit on Monday, June 3, 2013, they were unable to discover any sewerage pipes that could be linked to the pollution of Legian Beach and focussed, instead, on taking water samples to determine water quality from the drainage.

A return visit the following day, Tuesday, allowed the officials to survey the entire drainage ditch along Jalan Padma where they found 14 separate pipes feeding into the drainage ditch. While they could not directly confirm if the pipes, many of which were dry, were used to pump sewage, a decision was nonethless taken concluding the pipes had no place feeding into the ditches and steps made to seal them.

The 14 pipes sealed were located in front of the Hotel Padma (1 pipe), Bali Bagus Restaurant (3 pipes), Bali Bagus Tattoo (2 pipes) and Toko Ari Guna (8 pipes).

The pipes that were not dry had effluent samples taken to determine if sewage was being dumped into the ditches. 


Bumpy Road Ahead
Shoddy Roadwork Work Cited at Bali’s New Dewa Ruci Simpang Siur Underpass

Complaints are raining in regarding the poor quality of cement paving done by PT Adhi Karya and others in the construction of the new underpass project at the Dewa Ruci Monument at Simpang Siur.

As reported by Beritabali.com, the cement finish on the roadway through the underpass is uneven and wavy, providing a less-than-smooth ride for passing motorists.

The chairman of the Bali Chapter of the National Association of Contractors, Wayan Adnyana, says, “In my opinion the uneven quality of the cement in underpass is due to one of two possible causes. It was either not built in accordance the original design plans (bestek) or the workmanship is of inferior quality."

Saying he had read complaints about the quality of work on the new road in the local press, Adnyana who also serves as a member of the Bali Provincial House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali), added: “The people have every right to voice their opinion on a project that consumed billions of rupiah from both national and regional budgets. The people will also the ones to use the new road together with the millions of tourists who holiday in Bali.”

Adnyana said he would soon visit the project site to review the overall quality of work performed by the contractor. Such a review, he insisted, must be done before the formal handover of the project from the contractors - PT Adhi Karya to the government.

Adnyana told the press that the land occupied by the new underpass is labile, due to its close location to the mangrove forests. Nonetheless, if the road is “rolling” he insisted there remains little choice but to tear up the road and redo the cement paving.

“The purpose of the underpass is to reduce traffic congestion in South Bali. Because of this the work must be of a high quality, because tens of thousand of vehicles will use the road every day,” sad Adnyana.

The project manager for the new underpass, Hendro Satrio, confirmed to reporters on May 28, 2013, that the roadway was indeed “wavy” and that the road is currently undergoing trial operations. “We are testing the road. In connection with complaints received from the public, we will review the project. We are now correcting deficiencies,” he said.

According to Satrio, a formal review of the project by the contractors would be delivered in June.

The Dewa Ruci Underpass Project was built by PT Adhi Karya and associates at a total cost of Rp. 136.19 billion (US$13.6 million) covering an area of 0.744 hectares.

The project is part of several major infrastructure projects funded by the government in anticipation of the APEC International Summit to take placein October 2013.

Asphalt is not the Answer

There is concern in some circles that the contractors, under pressure by deadlines to complete and handover the project, will offer to reseal the road with asphalt - a step that would quickly improve the “ride” and remove the current unevenness of the underpass’ road bed.

Critics, however, cite the environmental concerns of using a petroleum-based seal on the road and the fear that resurfacing with asphalt  will only incur  additional cost for Bali in the future necesitated by  having to reseal the highway every 4 to 5 years.

Although certain to cause a delay in the handover, critics argue that PT Adhi Karya must be compelled by the government to rebuild the road bed by replacing the cement so inexpertly installed initially.


Ivan the Transferable
Ivan Cassadevall Takes on Another Bali Hotel with Appointment as General Manager of Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort

Ivan Cassadevall has been appointed General Manager of Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort at Tanah Lot. West Bali.

A experienced hotelier and a veteran in Bali tourism, Cassadeval has worked for seven years in Bali, most recently with the Anantara Seminyak Resort and previously with the Melia Group of hotels.

With a total of 13 years hospitality industry experience, Ivan has held senior management positions at luxury hotels and resorts across Europe, South America and Asia, with an established performance track record in operations, hotel development and project management.

As general manager at Pan Pacific Nirwana Resort at Tanah Lot, Ivan is responsible for the 278-room resort and its award-winning 18-hole Greg Norman Golf Course. The resort completed an US$10 million refurbishment last year, unveiling refreshed guest rooms, restaurants and facilities.

“Bali remains close to my heart and I am very proud and excited to be returning to the island to lead the Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort in the next important phase of its development. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to continue learning about Bali’s cultures and its people, which are the real assets of this magnificent destination, and look forward to incorporating these elements into the resort’s guest experience and drive value for all our stakeholders,” said Casadevall.


Run for the Hills
Bali and Beyond: Join the Marathon on Moon at Mt Bromo, East Java, September 1, 2013.

The Bromo Marathon will be run through the villages surrounding East Java’s Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park and along the Tengger caldera.

The event will feature three categories of competition:
  •  Full-marathon distance (42.195 km)
  • Half marathon distance (21.0975 km)
  • 10-kilometer run
253 runners have already registered to take on the challenge of the Bromo Marathon to be held on the slopes of Mt. Bromo on September 1, 2013.

A challenging course with both attitude and altitude, 50 runners have signed on for the full marathon, 140 for the half marathon and 63 for the 10-kilometer event.

Some 60% of those registered hail from Indonesia with the remaining runners coming from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, United Kingdom, Untied States, and Vietnam.

The wide diversity of runners will ensure that the organizer's goals to encourage cross-cultural exchange and celebrating cultural diversity as a means of promoting peace through understanding will be met.

A revised race day schedule is has been announced:
  • 5:40 – 6:50 am     Bag Drop & Runner’s Warm-Up
  • 7:00 am Bromo    Marathon Start
  • 7:30 am Bromo    Half Marathon Start
  • 8:00 am Bromo    10K Start
  • 10:30 am Bromo  10K Cut Off
  • 3:00 pm                  Bromo Marathon & Half Marathon Cut Off
Reporting on the progress leading up to the inaugural running of the event, event manager Dedik Kurniawan said, “When we first introduced the idea, we knew it would be a lot of work, but we’ve had so much support from the community that everything has been running quite smoothly. This event is more than just a race to the people here, it’s a way to open their community and share their way of life, while raising money for a good cause.”

A charity event, proceeds from this year’s marathon will be used to support area schools by building libraries and qualified staff to support literacy programs.

Related Links

[A Marathon on the Moon]

[Bromo Marathon Website]


Sustainably Great Service Expands on Jimbaran’s Cliffs

Rimba Jimbaran Bali To Open September 2013 as Sister Hotel to AYANA Resort and Spa Bali

Rimba Jimbaran Bali, the Sister Hotel of AYANA Resort and Spa Bali, will open its doors on September 2013, sharing the same spacious cliff top perch over the Indian Ocean.

Under the shared management of Capella Hotel Group, RIMBA Jimbaran Bali will have 297 rooms and suites to augment AYANA’s existing 368 rooms and villas.

The 8-hectares occupied by Rimba Jimbaran Bali are part of AYANA’s 77-hectare plot overlooking Jimbaran Bay, just 12 kilometers from Bali’s airport.

Capella Hotel Group chairman Horst Schulze said the opening of RIMBA underscores the owner’s continued investment in the property and commitment to the highest standards of quality and service.


Rimba’s name, which is Indonesian for ‘forest,’ reflects its setting and sustainable design. A central feature of the innovative design is the one-hectare of multi-tiered swimming pools and expansive tree plantations, tropical flowers and organic fruit and vegetable gardens. The landscaping by St Legere is contoured to create different levels and slopes striving to duplicate the experience of entering a national park with undulating tree-lined entrance and scenic trails.

The resort’s elevated hillside location affords both sunrise and sunset views, looking out over the Uluwatu Hills to the southeast, and to the Indian Ocean fronting AYANA’s 1.3-kilometer coastline to the southwest.
The Rimba’s commitment to sustainability is pronounced and evident throughout the hotel in elements such as:
  • Rainwater harvesting and water recycling plant.
  • Resort Lobby made of recycled wood from three old fishing boats personally sourced by RIMBA’s engineers in Sulawesi, and driftwood, which they gathered by hand along a one-mile stretch of beach.
  • Natural light maximized in rooms and public spaces via features such as a sky-light running from the Lobby to To’ge restaurant and bakery on the ground floor.
  • Walls made from handmade bricks.
  • Furniture made from recycled packing crates and other materials.
  • UNIQUE rooftop bar featuring recycled glass bottles.
  • On-site greenhouse and organic fruit garden.
  • Eco amenities in all guest rooms, such as bathroom amenities made of recycled glass, and beach bags made of recycled materials.
Linked to AYANA by scenic jogging trails and shuttle bus service, Rimba’s strategic location also enables the new property to support accommodation needs and additional function and meeting space for large corporate and wedding events held at AYANA.


Little Green Men and Women
Three Students Win ‘Greenest Student on Earth ‘ Scholarships at Bali’s Green School

Three students from three different countries have won a full year’s scholarship of the Bali Green School - awarded as the “2012 Greenest School on Earth” by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools.

Located in the heart of Bali, Green School’s stated mission is to be the leading example of sustainability in education and to inspire students and communities to be creative, innovative green leaders.

Unique architecturally with bamboo architecture and a solar-powered, self-sustaining campus that covers 20 acres, the school educates 300 students from more than 55 countries

The winners of the “Greenest Student on Earth” contest were selected form among 50 video entries submitted from around the worlds.

One winner each was selected form the Primary School, Middle School and High School level entries.

The winners of the right to call themselves the “Greenest Students on Earth” and recipients of a full year’s scholarship at The Green School were:

Primary School – Kashius Ford, entering Grade 5 from New Mexico, USA, who is an avid conservationist who lives in an eco-village with renewable energy and organic farming. He is also credited with discovering a new species of mushroom that named in his honor.


Middle School – Liva Adelstorp, entering Grade 6 from Bali, Indonesia, invented a garbage collection bag for scuba divers to help clean up Indonesia’s coral reefs.

High School – Achyuth Jaigopal, entering Grade 12 from Kerala, India, is a promising young musician whose music raises awareness about environmental issues. Achyuth’s scholarship will include boarding on campus in the Three Springs Village, Green School’s student boarding village.

[View the all the Entries and Learn More About the Panel of Judges Selection the Winner]

Related Link

[It Ain’t Easy Being Green]
 


Herbalife Joins Sponsors of BIZNET Bali Triathlon 2013
Gold Sponsorship of BIZNET Bali International Triathlon Includes Support for Helbalife Individual Participants and Teams

Herbalife - a global nutrition company based in the USA, - has joined a gold sponsor of the BIZNET Bali International Triathlon to be held on Jimbaran, Bali, Sunday, June 23, 2013.

A long-time supporter of the Bali International Triathlon, 2013 will be the 6th year that Herbalife will have a presence at the world-famous challenge to swimmers, cyclists and runners held on Jimbaran Bay and along the southern peninsula of Bali.

“Herbalife, as nutrition manufacturer, is very supportive supporting sports in Indonesia. We’re actively engage in healthy lifestyle to create new culture in Indonesia through sport and good nutrition,” said Andam Dewi, director and general manager PT Herbalife Indonesia.

Andam said that for the 7th BIZNET Bali International Triathlon, Herbalife would be providing nutrition to 7 athletes and 1 team from Indonesia. Those athletes are Andy Wibowo, Oky Rohmat and Kadri for Olympic category; Dwi Ratsasongko for sprint category. As a relay team Herbalife support will be given to Herry Yudhianto, Fikhy Azhari and Adam Jordan.

BIZNET Bali International Triathlon combines 3 branches of athletics: swimming, running and cycling.

This year’s event will be joined by Chris Lieto, three times Ironman champion. Alongside Lieto, legendary Indonesian swimmer Richard Sam Bera will return to participate, marking the fifth year he’s traveled to Bali to compete.

BIZNET Bali International Triathlon 2013 is broken into categories – the Olympic distance and Sprint Distance events. The Olympic distance event consists of 1,5 kilometer swimming, 42 kilometers cycling and 10 kilometers running. The Sprint distance category covers the same activities but at roughly half the distance. The road race by runners this year will be modified to encompass a new, more challenging route through Bukit Jimbaran.

Support for the BIZNET Bali International Triathlon by Herbalife mirrors support of other triathlons in locations around the world, including Poland and Los Angeles.

“We are proud to be part of Indonesia athletes and moreover for good nutrition and sports as a healthy lifestyle in Indonesia,” said Andam.

Herbalife is a nutrition company that sell products related to weight, nutrition and personal care in support of a healthy lifestyle. Herbalife operates in 80 countries working through independent distributors.

Herbalife also supports Herbalife Family Foundation through Casa Herbalife Programs in providing nutrition for kids.

[BIZNET Bali International Triatlon]


Waste Deep in the Big Muddy
Bali Environmentalists Warn that Benoa Bay Water Basin Under Severe Environmental Threat

The Jakarta Post (Bali Daily) reports that environmentalists are calling on the provincial government of Bali to pay closer attention to the state the Bay of Benoa and home to the busy port of Benoa.

Rapid development is feared to be adversely affecting water conditions and the delicate ecosystem of the bay that is surrounded by a natural mangrove forest.

A researcher and lecturer in marine science and fisheries from Bali’s Udayana University, Gede Hendrawan, told Bali Daily that human development was adding to the deteriorating condition of the Benoa Bay. Mangrove forested areas have been sacrificed to development and the two rivers that drain into the bay are affecting water quality. 

“Mati and Badung rivers flow to Teluk Benoa, at the same time, the rivers are heavily polluted. People living near the river often litter and throw trash in the river,” Hendrawan added.

Meanwhile the reclamation of Serangan Island has served to increase the accumulation of pollutants and sediments in the bay. Nearby, Denpasar's huge rubbish tip is blamed for introducing toxic substances and heavy metals into the shoreline’s ecology.

Hendrawan also warned that the construction of the Benoa-Nusa Dua Toll road is going to change how currents flow through Benoa Bay, explaining: “The installation of concrete columns along mangrove forests as the foundation of the toll road will certainly impact the water current. We have to conduct a comprehensive study on possible damages.”

Once the road is in operation, the Bay and surrounding mangrove forest will also have to cope with the noxious emissions of the thousands of vehicles that will travel across the bay each day.

He noted how pledges and promises to carefully preserve mangrove areas by using construction barges to install pilings were suddenly abandoned by PT Jasa Marga who laid limestone access roadbeds under the the toll road. Sadly, warnings by local environmentalists that the new road would destroy the mangrove may prove true as the limestone roads have now isolated entire areas of the water basin.

It remains to be seen if PT Jasa Marga will honor pledges (see linked articles) to excavate the access roads, returning the free flow of water under the new toll road.

Plans are now being discussed to increase the reclamation at Serangan Island in a step environmentalists claim will only worsen the already badly damaged ecosystem surrounding Benoa Bay.

Related Article

[Editorial: Keeping Promises Made to Bali]

[Nature’s Call]

[Bali’s Bitter Medicine]

[Temporary Digs]


 
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