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BALI UPDATE #941 - 15 September 2014

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Battening Down Baliís Hatches
Security Measures Increased In Bali Following Shooting Of Six Suspected Terrorists In Java

The State News Agency Antara reports that security measures have been intensified at a number of gateways to the Island of Bali following the shooting of six suspected terrorist in West and Central Java on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Gede Alit Widana of the Bali Police Operations Division, speaking at a discussion in Denpasar on Thursday, December 2, 2014, said, "We have taken a number of anticipative steps, including mapping, in cooperation with National Police Headquarters, the known movements of the terrorists."

Widana explained the Bali police will increase their supervision of the movements of people and goods at main ports such as Gilimanuk (West Bali) and Padangbai (East Bali).

He said members of neighborhood watches and community protection groupings, and village heads are now working with police to prevent any terrorist activities in Bali.

Over the New Year's period a massive police actions saw a shoot out between police and suspected terrorists at a private resident in Ciputat, West Java,

In that gun battle, six men, believed to be terrorists, were shot dead by police while another man was taken into custody.

Police also arrested another man believed to be a terrorist in Banyumas, Central Java on Monday, December 30, 2013.

Police have also searched know addresses of the men taken under arrest.


Turkmenistan Student Arrested for Theft
Turkmenistan Girl Arrested for Walking Out of Bintang Supermarket with US$86 in Goods

Anjelika Rizaeva (21) from Turkmenistan spent New Year's Eve behind bars at the Kuta Police Precinct after being arrested for thievery at the Bintang Supermarket in Seminyak on Saturday, December 28, 2013.

Anjelika, also known as Anzhelika, list her profession as a "student."

She came to the Bintang Supermarket with her older sister Sura (30) on the Saturday before New Year's Eve.

The two women list their place of residence in Bali as the Perum Puri Gading No. 29, Jimbaran.

Police say the women were stopped as they left the supermarket and tried to evade questioning and inspection by security guards. When police were called to the store the women were found trying to hide in a nearby location.

Brought to the Kuta Precinct, police found in Anjelika's possession items from the Supermarket with a value of Rp.1,034,545 (US$86). The items included spices and various food products.

Quoted in DenPost, Wahyu Setyo of the Criminal Division of the Kuta Police said the facts of the case continue to be investigated.

The criminal code (363 KUHP) provides for up to five years imprisonment for theft.


Enchanting Culture of Minahasa
North Sulawesi Textiles, Music, Fashion and Dance to Feature in Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua Fund Raiser on Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua, in cooperation with the North Sulawesi Institute of Art and Culture is heralding in the New Year with a charity event -“The Enchanting Culture of Minahasa.

For the first time in Bali, the lavish and unique culture of Minahasa will be showcased with traditional dance and music, and a fashion show featuring the contemporary use of indigenous Minahasa fabrics by well-known Indonesian Fashion Designer Thomas Sigar.

“We are so excited to host this event – ‘The Enchanting Culture of Minahasa” - pioneered by the Intitute Seni Budaya Sulawesi Utara. There will be a fashion show introducing the heritage of Minahasa’s fabrics designed by Thomas Sigar. He is known, not only as a fashion designer and as a fashion consultant, but also as a consultant and observer of Indigenous culture. Additionally, we will also be displaying the unique Kolintang Kawanua Music and Dances accompanied by 'Oeblet Etnik Orchestra,' choreographed by Denny Malik and performed by Denny Malik Company,” said Gary Phair, president of Rotary Club Nusa Dua 2013-2014.

The event will take place at The Conrad Bali Resort and Spa on Sunday, January 12, 2014, with the reception beginning at 6:30 pm. The evening will also include an auction of sponsored hotel rooms, restaurant vouchers and spa packages.

Ticket price is Rp 300.00, - (US$24) per person including entry, pre-function reception and a chance to win door prizes.

During the pre-function cocktail reception fashions and fabrics from Minahasa will be displayed.

Proceeds from the evening will support BaliLife Foundation - a charitable foundation that runs a children’s home near Ungasan that currently houses 20 children, aged 5 to 15 years. Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua has committed itself to providing educational and vocational support to BaliLife.

Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua was established Chain 1992 as Bali's first English-speaking Rotary Club. Since 1994 the Club has provided over 1,360 cleft palate and cranial facial operations to underprivileged children and young adults in Bali and surrounding islands.

Tickets and More Information

For more information on the “The Enchanting Culture of Minahasa” night and tickets visit www.rotarybali.org or contact Joyce Nelwan at telephone +62 821 4618 1454 or Grace Jeanie at telephone +62 817 351 312.


Power to the People of Bali
Bali at Peak Electrical Capacity by 2019 with Inauguration of World Tallest Overhead Crossing Transmission Line

The Jakarta Globe reports that $US410 million electrical power project for a 220-kilometer long overhead-crossing transmission line spanning the straits between Java and Bali is scheduled for completion in 2019.

The segment crossing the ocean straits between Java and Bali will, according to developers, be the tallest power transmission lines in the world.  Financed in part via a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Robert Pakpahan from the Indonesian Finance Ministry described “towers as high as the Eiffel.”

The high flung lines will have the capacity to transmit 1,500 megawatts of electricity.

The loan from ADB is for a 20-year period with a holiday from repayments for the first 6 years of the loan period.

Only 69% of Bali total power needs are currently met by two undersea cables and island-based generation facilities.

Plans are to double the submarine cables bringing power to Bali in 2014.

With the introduction of the overhead crossing towers in 2019, Bali is expected to have enough to sustain tourism and meet the growing demand for electricity in the immediate future.

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Oh Say Can You See?
Fireworks, Drunken Driving and a Stabbing Sent People to Hospital During Baliís Celebration of New Years Eve

The transition from 2013 to 2014 saw a flurry of firework and stabbing injuries, repeating a yearly pattern at the casualty ward of Bali’s Sanglah General Hospital.

Bali Post quotes the head of the emergency room at the hospital, Dr. Krishna Wibawa, who counted 15 firework-related injuries, 4 traffic accidents due to drunken driving and 1 stabbing during the night of New Year’s revelry.

“Five patients were warded for firework injuries with most suffering wounds to the eyes and hands,” said Dr. Krishna.

Pande Agus Indrawan (13) was admitted with a broken thumb on his left hand due to explosives. The boy’s father said the injury happened near midnight when a series of 12 fireworks were picked up in the process of exploding.

Doctors performed emergency surgery on the boy who is expected to make a complete recovery in three months.

Wira Pratama of Kampial, Nusa Dua also suffered significant injuries to his left hand due to contact with explosives.

Also hospitalized with explosive wounds were Nadia (3) from Jalan Drupadi, Leci fro Jalan Tukad Badung and Sudiatmika (27) of Jalan Wibisana Barat.

Pipim and Ina who were riding in tandem on a motorcycle fell while driving in a drunken condition on Jalan Tukad Badung. Both suffered significant head injuries.

Ipan Fausi (22) of Canggu and Komang Sumetana (27) of Gianyar were also hospitalized after they tried to conduct a road race on motorcycles while intoxicated.


The Road Less Taken
Bali Toll Road Seeking to Improve Service and User Numbers in 2014

The operators of the new Bali Mandara Toll Road – PT Jasa Marga Bali Tol – had originally set a target of 39,000 vehicles using the road each day, comprised of both four-wheel and two-wheel vehicles.

The chairman of the Bali Mandara Development organization, Hidayatulloh, told Metrobali.com: “Our vision is to reduce the congestion on conventional roads in Bali. For that reason, we must have a target.”

Since its formal opening on September 23, 2012, the 12.7-kilometer toll road suspended over the waters of Benoa Bay has averaged a reported 36,000 vehicles each day.

Hidayatulloh is optimistic that in 2014 a daily average of 39,000 vehicles will be achieved.

The toll road charges Rp. 4,000 (US$0.30) for motorcycles and Rp. 10,000 (US$ 0.80) for four-wheeled cars and vans. 

“We will continue to monitor what was lacking last year. We are obliged to give the best service in the future,” said Hidayatulloh.

The toll road operators say that in addition to proving an effective means shortening the traveling time between Sanur, Kuta and Nusa Dua, there are also many who merely travel the road to enjoy the experience of traveling over the water at a high rate of speed and enjoying the ocean vistas afforded from the roadway. Guests traveling the 12.7-kilomter highway can view the pristine mangrove forest, the passing trade in fishing and commercial boats, and planes landing and taking off from Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport.

At the same time, Hidayatulloh implored the public to be careful in using the toll road and avoid such "narcissistic behavior" as stopping on the toll way to pose for pictures.
 


Bringing Baliís North and South Closer
New ĎShortcutí Road Planned to Lessen Travel Time between Denpasar and Singarja in Bali

The State News Agency Antara reports that the province of Bali will soon buid a “shortcut” road connecting the capital Denpasar, in the south, with the former capital of Singaraja, in the north.

Speaking of the proposed road project, Bali’s deputy-governor Ketut Sudikerta said, “Hopefully, next year we can start to build.”

In addition to shortening travel time between Denpasar and Singaraja, the “shortcut” via Bedugul is also intended to more evenly share economic development to all areas of Bali.

Most economic and tourist development at this time remains heavily focused on the southern part of the island.

Sudikerta added: “If the project’s duration is three years, then in 2017 the new road should be operational.”

Plans are to construct a straight road from Denpasar to Bedugul, Pancasari and Gitgit to Singaraja.

It can now take 3 to 4 hours to travel the distance from Denpasar to Singaraja via roads that are sometimes washed out by landslides during the rainy season.


Molto Bene! Portabella Bistro
Interview: Executive Chef Vittorio Negri of the Portabella Bistro Ė Fontana Hotel Bali.

Balidiscovery.com recently caught up with Vittorio Negri the talented executive chef at Fontana Hotel Bali's Portabella Bistro. A native of Naples (Italy), the youthful Vittorio started his culinary education working as a teenager in a small hotel, before pursuing formal training in catering, hotel management and baking.

Work stints followed at La Taverna in Tuscany and as chef de partie at the renowned Aurora Restaurant on the Island of Capri. The young chef’s culinary sojourn continued working for a well-known chain of Italian restaurants in London, an assignment as chef de cuisine at La Riviera Restaurant in Abu Dhabi and just prior to coming to Indonesia - the role of executive sous chef at the Regency Hotel in Tunisia.

On the day of our interview, Vittorio was putting a kitchen crew of around 25 through their paces, conducting menu familiarization training on the intricacies of handmade pasta, white lamb Ragu, Tuna volcano, wood-fired pizza – some of the selections forming a part of Vittorio's signature menu.

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The Interview: Chef Vittorio Negri
Portabella Bistro at Fontana Hotel Bali


Balidiscovery.com: Talk to me about Portabella. What familiar culinary friends will I encounter and what dishes will take me to new territory?

Chef Vittorio Negri: Portabella – the name literally means ‘beautiful door.’ My target since the first day we opened was to recreate an authentic Italian experience; the impression that once you step in our door you are actually in Italy.

Italian food - its traditions and its memories come from Grandma’s ragu and those amazing focaccia of my Grandfather. These emotions are part of the experience that we want to share with our clients and culinary friends. My role is that of a host full of passion and love for his job; always available for a suggestion or to create a dish based on a guest’s requirements.

We have in Portabella Signature Dishes like crab cakes, handmade black linguine or ravioli lobster and the white lamb ragu – all food to remind you of your old Italian home – be it real or imagined.

Balidiscovery.com: Let’s make a brief departure into fantasy. Former Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi and President SBY have just made a booking for dinner tonight at Portabella. The menu is your call. What would you prepare for them?

Chef Vittorio Negri: No doubt, an aphrodisiac light meal because, for sure, Mr. Berlusconi will arrange an after-dinner party. I’d prepare for him a three-course menu. As a starter - Lobster Carpaccio with Beluga caviar and lemon foam; for the main course a Risotto Casanova - it’s a risotto prepared with champagne and oyster; followed by a dessert of Valrona dark chocolate and green chilly parfait.

Let’s see . . . for President SBY, I would propose a menu made entirely from local Indonesian products. As a starter – Portabella’s signature crab cakes with our spicy dip – always a big hit with our Indonesian guests. For the main course I’d serve Linguine Negra – handmade pasta prepared with squid ink and one of our best sellers.. For dessert, I’d serve the President a tropical Italianized cake ‘Passion Delice’ - a mix of cheese and white chocolate mousse with a crunchy cookie base and crowned with passion fruit jelly on top.

Balidiscovery.com: I notice you have a genuine wood-fired oven in your kitchen. Do you use it for more than just pizza?

Chef Vittorio Negri: Yes we have a wood oven used for many items we cook such as our welcome breads – a different kind of bread served every day. We also use the oven to gratin our lasagna, Parmigianino and fettuccine ala boscaiola. But a ‘must try’ for wood-fired oven cooking aficionados is the Calzone ripieno and the panuozzo – one of our signature pizzas.

Balidiscovery.com: For me, Italian food must be accompanied by wine. What about your wine list at Portabella and what wine with dinner will cost?

Chef Vittorio Negri: Definitely wine is an important part of a meal, and it’s certainly part of a perfect Italian culinary experience. Chanti, Valpolicella, Prosecco or Gavi are ‘musts’ in an Italian restaurant. Our wine list follows the philosophy of our food: good quality with reasonable prices. Expect a three-course degustation menu with a glass of red or white Italian wine for Rp. 250,000 net (US$ 20).

Balidiscovery.com: You have a young team in your kitchen. Generally what’s your take on Indonesia’s up and coming generation of chefs?

Chef Vittorio Negri: In my kitchen we operate 3 outlets and I have 32 staff at the moment, mostly they are young, led by more experienced seniors in each department.

I think their basic professional preparation at school is good. However, the enthusiasm and potential these people bring to their jobs needs to be molded and inspired in order to shape their personalities and achieve their true potential in the future.

This is one of the most challenging and rewarding roles of an executive chef in Bali - to educate and train properly the next generation of professional chefs.

Balidiscovery.com:
What’s your favorite local dish you've discovered during your Indonesian assignment?

Chef Vittorio Negri: I`m usually a fan of seafood, but in Indonesia my first choice is a meat dish - ‘Beef Rendang.’ It’s my favorite. I’ve even decided to add it to the in-room dining menu here at Fontana Hotel Bali managed by Topotels.

Portabella Bistro
Fontana Hotel Bali

Jalan Dewi Sri No. 68
Kuta - Bali, Indonesia 80361
Telephone ++62-(0)361 8947100
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The Fortune Cookie Shall Crumble
Criminal Assault Trial of Feyloon Chinese Restaurant Owner and Manager Continues in Bali

In the continuing trial of two foreign workers from the Feyloon Chinese Restaurant in Kuta charged with criminal assault on a Bali Tour Guide, the court heard on Thursday, January 2, 2013, how Hendra Haryanto, the victim of the attack, has been traumatized  and is no longer able to conduct his chosen profession.

The State News Agency Antara quoted Haryanto who told the Court, “After the incident, I was traumatized and frightened to work again as a guide.”

In his testimony before the judges he detailed how two men - the owner and manager of the Feyloon Restaurant, beat him in a parking lot opposite the restaurant on August 4, 2013.

Charged with criminal assault before the court are Malaysian Wong Wei who works as the manager of the restaurant and Way Yiu Fai from Hong Kong, listed as the establishment's owner.

“I was hit by the two suspects on my left cheek and lips, knocking medown to the ground. I tried to explain to the suspects, but they would not listen and kept pushing and hitting me,” said Hendra.

The trial presided over by Chief Justice Sugeng Riyono also examined medical reports detailing injuries to Hendra’s lips, cheek and arm.

Confronted with the forensic evidence, Feyloon’s owner, Way Yiu Fai, told the Judge, “Yes, It was me that did that.”

The attack has been linked to a disagreement with the guide who increased the cost of menu items from Rp. 150,000 to Rp 160,000 each – a price change that precipitated complaints from the diners and left the two men from the restaurant infuriated.

The men are charged with violating paragraph 170 of the Indonesian Criminal Code (KUHP)

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Airline Price Turbulence Ahead
Indonesia Prepares to Apply Surcharge on Domestic Carriers to Stem Growing Losses from Declining Rupiah

Bisnis.com is reporting that Indonesian airlines will soon be able to impose a cost recovery surcharge to recoup losses they are suffering due to the weakening exchange value of the Indonesian Rupiah against the U.S. dollar.

Djoko Murjatmodjo of director of civil aviation at the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation said a regulation empowering the airlines to levy a cost recovery surcharge has been prepared and is only awaiting the Minister’s signature.

“Hopefully the regulation will soon be approved because we have evaluated the matter for the past month,” said Djoko on Thursday, January 2, 2014.

The imposition of the surcharge will not be permanent, and only remain in effect for approximately three months. According to Djoko, if the strength of the Rupiah improves and the cost of fuel decreases, the new regulation can be withdrawn.

On the other hand, he points out, if the cost of fuel does not decrease, his office is prepared to consider parameters for new fare levels.

Considerations on acceptable fare levels for domestic flights can also be tied to the official rate of exchange adopted in the State Budget (APBN).

The suggestion to allow airlines to introduce a cost recovery surcharge was first put forth by the Indonesia National Air Carrier Association (INACA) in an effort to stave off mounting losses being incurred by domestic carriers due to the falling value of the rupiah.

The actual amount of any surcharge to be imposed by Indonesian airlines remains unclear and unannounced.
 


Island Hopping East of Bali
Garuda Explore Launches Daily Service Bali to Tambaloka, Sumba

Garuda Indonesia has opened a new route from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport to Tambaloka Airport in West Suma, Nusa Tenggara Timor.

The subsidiary Garuda Explore fleet using ATR 72-600 aircraft will fly the new routes.

The new service was inaugurated on Friday, January 3, 2013.

Erik Meijer, the head of sales and marketing for Garuda, told Metrobali.com, that Garuda’s new routes support the government’s Master Plan for the Acceleration and Expansion of the Development of the Indonesian Economy (MP3EI) by enhancing connectivity between islands.

He said he hopes Garuda’s expanding network of services to remote regions will enhance business and tourism traffic across Indonesia.

The “Explore” sub-brand of Garuda Indonesia was launched on November 25, 2013. Explore is using ATR 72-600 and Bombardier CRJ 1000 NG aircraft deemed suitable for traffic conditions and limited airport facilities in some regions of Indonesia.

Meijer said future routes from Garuda Explore bases in Denpasar, Makassar and Ambon are planned to:
  • Labuan Bajo (Flores), Tambaloka (Sumba) and Ende (Flores) in East Nusa Tenggara
  • Bima (Sumbawa) in West Nusa Tenggara
  • Banyuwangi and Jember in East Jaw
  • Bau-bau and Wangi-wangi (Southeast Sulawesi)
  • Luwuk and Poso (Central Sulawesi)
  • Mamuju (West Sulawesi Barat)
  • Kaimana (Papua)
  • Tual/Langgur (Maluku).
Meijer also confirmed that Garuda Indonesia would bring 35 ATR 72-600 aircraft, with 25 aircraft on “firm order” and the remaining 10 on purchase options. Two of the new aircraft arrived in November 2013, with the remaining aircraft arriving in phases through 2017.

Denpasar-Tambaloka

The new Garuda Explore service from Denpasar (Bali) to Tambaloka (West Sumba) will operate on a daily basis.

GA-4020 will depart Denpasar at 6:15 am landing in Labuan Bajo (Flores) at 7:50 am. The flight leaves Labuan Bajo at 8:20 am before landing in Tambaloka at 9:00 am.

The return service GA 4021 leaves Tambaloka at 9:20 am landing in Labuan Bajo at 9:50 am. The flight leaves Komodo Airport at Labuan Bajo at 10:20 am and lands back in Denpasar at 11:45 am.


Cry Me a River
Bali Starts the New Year with Rains and Flooding

Bali welcomed 2014 with two days of continuous rain that resulted in flooding in some parts of the island.

The rains that started on New Years Eve and continued through Thursday, January 2, 2014, brought flooding to the Badung regency, including parts of the popular tourist area of Sanur and Kuta where emergency assistance crews evacuated tourists using rubber boats.

The areas of Sanur affected by flooding on Thursday, January 2, 2014, were surrounding Jalan Bumi Ayu. Other areas of Denpasar hit by flood were Jalan Antasure (North Denpasar), Perumahan Widuri Permai ( West Denpasar) and the sub-district of Pemogan (South Denpasar).

Jalan Bumi Ayu in Sanur saw tens of homes inundated by knee-deep floodwaters. Flooding in Sanur also affected Sindu Kelod and Batu Jimbar. Public Works officials deployed water pumps to these areas to reduce the effect of flooding and channel excess water into the drainage system.

Meanwhile officers from the Disaster Mitigation Service (BPBD) sent crews with three rubber boats to evacuate local residents, many foreigners staying at tourist accommodation, outside the flood zone.

The head of the Sindu Kelod Community, Kadek Mudayasa, told Nusa Bali that the flooding in this area of Sanur was a yearly phenomenon caused by the disappearance of farming lands and the resulting inability of catchment areas to reabsorb rain.

Flooding also occurred in the Pemogoan area of South Denpasar where thigh-level water caused people to seek higher ground on Thursday, January 2, 2014. Local officials blamed the flooding on the lack of catchment areas, the low-lying characteristic of the land and drainage canals clogged with refuse.

The tourist area of Kuta was not spared from floodwaters. Jalan Nakula Legian and Jalan Sunset Road measured floodwaters that were 70 centimeters high when the Tukad Mati overflowed its banks. Flooding was also reported in portions of Seminyak, such as Jalan Dewi Kunti Seminyak.

Armed Forces and BPBD officials lent assistance in the evacuation of local residents from the flooded areas.

The moist grounds in Denpasar also resulted in an old tree on Jalan Hayum Wuruk in Denpasar falling, leaving the road blocked while tens of emergency crew cleared the tree and re-established fallen electrical lines.

Tabanan in West Bali experienced landslides that caused damage to a home at Banjar Tundak in Baturiti.

In Giayar landslides and trees fell at a number of locations. The foundations of the Tegenungan Bridge in Sukawati were reportedly undermined by floodwaters, according to DenPost. In the village of Lebih on Bali’s east coast two villagers were almost swept into a raging river when a section of their land collapsed. Trees fell in the villages of Medahan, Kerams, Klusa and Payangan.

Officials of the Denpasar Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) forecast the peak of South Bali’s rainy season will be in January and February.


Discovering A Cleaner Bali
Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel Employees and Guests Mount Clean Up Drive on Kuta Beach

The Discovery Green Team and Artha Peduli Foundation joined forces to clean the beach on Kuta adjoining the Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel on Saturday, January 4, 2013.

Employees of the hotel and helpful guests lent a hand at cleaning the beach. Flotsam brought to Kuta beach by westerly winds and the jetsam from year-end ceremonies were collected and hauled away by volunteers.

More than 50 employees and guests staying at the Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel worked to clean the beach.

Patrick Beck, general manager of the Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel, said he hoped the combined clean up campaign would encourage others to care more about the environment.

Beck counted more than 60 large plastic bags were filled with collected trash during the morning clean up activity launched in response to Bali Governor’s call for more community concern for the cleanliness of Kuta Beach. Plans are for volunteers to gather on the beach twice each month to repeat the clean up activities.

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Shown on Balidiscovery.com are photos from the Beach Clean ups organized by the Hotel.


Youíve Been Warned, Mate
Australia Calls for High Degree of Caution for its Citizens Visiting Bali and Indonesia

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) upgraded their travel warnings on Indonesia on Monday, December 30, 2013, in response to indications of possible attacks by terrorists cells.

The DFAT warning came just one day before Indonesian police launched an attack in West Java that left six men dead. The men were believed to have been involved in deadly attacks on Indonesian police and had documents in their possession outlining future attacks on embassies and hotels in Indonesia

Urging Australians to exercise a “high degree of caution” DFAT’s new travel advice for Indonesia in which specific mention of Bali is made states:
  • We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia, including Bali, at this time due to the high threat of terrorist attack. You should also be aware of the severe penalties for narcotics offences, including the death penalty; some specific health risks; and risks associated with natural disasters.
  • Terrorists have previously attacked or planned to attack places where Westerners gather, including nightclubs, bars, restaurants, international hotels, airports and places of worship in Bali, Jakarta and elsewhere in Indonesia. These types of venues could be targeted again.
  • Visitors to Indonesia, particularly to tourist locations such as Bali and Lombok, should be aware of the specific risks from crime, and from drink-spiking and consumption of alcohol adulterated with harmful substances such as methanol. Tourists may also be exposed to scams and credit card/ATM fraud. 
  • Visitors should be aware that there is a risk of rabies throughout Indonesia, in particular Bali and Nias.
DFAT said that, "We continue to receive information that indicates terrorists may be planning attacks in Indonesia, which could take place at any time."

DFAT Smart Traveller Website


Your Part as a Beachcomber
Governor Wants Hotels & Restaurants to Participate in Clean Up Effort of Kuta Beach

Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika is calling on hotels and restaurants located along Bali’s Kuta Beach to demonstrate greater concern in dealing with with the trash and debris currently washing ashore in great quantities that has made the iconic beachfront an eyesore and negatively impacted the visitor experience of tourists traveling to Bali.

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the Governor said on Sunday, December 29, 2013, while joining a clean up of Kuta beach, said: “Please help the cleaning crews, don’t just sit back and take profits, pick up some trash.”

The governor does not see trash along Kuta beach as the fault of any specific individual or party, but as a natural cycle of nature that happens in Bali every December until February.

“Because of this, all parties must participate (in the clean up), especially hotels and restaurants along Kuta Beach,” the Governor added.

Meanwhile, the head of Hygiene and Parks Department (DKP-Badung) for the Badung regency, I Putu Eka Mathawan, says his office has deployed “Fast Reaction Units" to deal with the removal of the trash washing up on Bali’s shores.

The Units assigned to clean Kuta Beach comprises 36 personnel, 11 rubbish trucks, 5 loaders and 2 barber surf rake.

The clean up units will stay on the beach until the season ends and the condition of the beach returns to normal.

Joining the paid civil servants in the beach clean up are local environmental activists, local village members and visiting tourists.

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Sun Island Hotel Legian Opens
Sun Island Hotel Legian is Fourth Property of Sun Island Group to Open in Bali

Sun Island Bali – a privately held Bali-based hospitality management – has soft opened its fourth property in Bali on December 20, 2013.

Sun Island Hotel Legian is located on Legian street within walking distance to many popular nightspots, shopping venues and nearby fabled Kuta beach. Sun Island Hotel Legian has 99 Superior Rooms, 8 Suites, 3 restaurants and bars, spa, main swimming pool and a rooftop whirl pool.

The 4-star Bali resort feature rooms and suites designed in a simple and elegant style featuring top quality amenities, 24-hour room service and complimentary WiFi connection.

Sun Island Legian has created dining options that meet and exceed the high standard of restaurants that populate this corner of Bali.
  • Topix Asia highlights Asian cuisine with Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Indian, Malay, Singaporean and Philippine selections presented in a contemporary up-beat setting.
  • Poolside Restaurant & Sunken Bar offers a uniquely refreshing dining experience at poolside "water level" presenting a fresh concept of healthy and mouthwatering fare.
  • Skylight Rooftop Bar serves a selection of delicious hot and cold snacks accompanied by a full range of liquid refreshments. A rooftop whirlpool and sun deck lounge area creates a perfect place for a sundowner while plotting the night ahead in Legian.
In keeping with Bali’s reputation as the world’s leading spa destination, the Sun Island Hotel Legian has created The Island Spa – staffed by well-trained therapists providing a whole range of pampering treatments.

The Sun Island Hotel Legian becomes the fourth property managed by the Sun Island Group in Bali that include: 
  • Sun Island Boutique Villas - Seminyak
  • White Rose Hotel & Villas
  • Sun Island Hotel Kuta
  • Sun Island Hotel Legian
Sun Island Hotel Legian
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Law and Order Bali
Bali Police Claim Crime in General Declined on the Island in 2013

NusaBali reports that, on the whole, criminality in Bali declined in 2013 when compared to 2012. During all of 2013, the Bali police processed a total of 7,785 criminal cases.

In a year-end press conference, Bali chief of police Inspector General Benny Mokalu said crime had reduced 3.89% in 2013 from the 8,100 cases handled in 2012.

The police chief for Bali said that cases involving the theft of motorcycles had become a major concern of his office, with such cases increasing to 541 stolen motorbikes in 2013, up 54.57% from 350 similar cases in the previous year.

At the same time, General Mokalu also told the press that conventional crime declined 5.04% and transnational crime declined 5.92% in 2013 as compared to 2012.

Traffic accidents also declined both in terms of quantity and quality in 2013. At 1,994 reported cases, there were 21.53% fewer traffic accidents in 2013 than in 2012, when a total 2.535 accidents occurred. The quality of accidents in 2013 was less dramatically tragic than in 2012. Fatalities attributed to road accident were down 10.55% in 2013 at 500 deaths. Similarly, the number of severe injuries linked to traffic accidents declined 50.68% to just 617.

In 2013 the calculation of property damaged caused by traffic accidents declined from Rp. 3.752 billion in 2012 to Rp. 3.53 billion.

Crimes committed in Bali in which foreigners were the victims increased to 170 in 2013 from 147 cases in 2012. Criminal cases in which foreigners were the perpetrators totaled 68 in 2013, up from 65 cases the previous year.

In 2013, police counted 54 foreigners as having died in Bali.

Bali top policeman used the press conference to call on the men and women under his command to spare no effort in enforcing the law and solving the cases occurring on Bali, especially cases involving the theft of motorcycles.


Sirens Calling from the Shore
Bali Receiving More Tsunami Early Warning Sirens

The province of Bali will receive three more tsunami sirens in 2014 installed in key locations by the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BKMG) and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPNB).

The chief of BPNB for Bali, I Gede Made Jaya Seratberana told Republika.co.id on Tuesday, December 24, 2013: “There were actually 10 locations that we surveyed, five in Bali’s west and five in the east. All 10 locations should, ideally, be equipped with tsunami sirens, but only three have received approval from Jakarta.”

The three new sirens granted by BMKG and BPNB will be installed near Serangan Island (Denpasar), Tanah Lot (Tabanan regency) and Seririt (Buleleng regency).

These will supplement six existing tsunami sirens installed in Bali on Pantai Matahari Terbit (Sanur), Tanjung Benoa at the BTDC, Kedonganan, Kuta and Seminyak.

At the three new locations, as with the existing alarms, maps and signs showing evacuation routes will also be installed.

The care and maintenance of the new sirens will be paid by Jakarta for one year after which that costs moves to the provincial budget of Bali.

Other areas identified in the survey at considerable risk of tsunami and needing an early warning system are Pantai Lebih (Gianyar), Nusa Penida (Klungkung regency), Pantai Jasi (Karangasem), Yeh Gangga (Tabanan) and the southern shoreline at Jembrana.

At 10 am on the 26th day of each month the sirens in place across Bali are sounded and tested.

According to Jaya, funds have been budget to establish a temporary evacuation zone near Serangan for use in the event of a tsunami.


Police Investigate Death of Australian Women
Food Allergy or Food Poisoning Suspected in Death of Australian Woman and Teenage Daughter Die in East Bali

The deaths of a 54-year-old Australian woman and her 14-year-old daughter on holiday in Bali are being tentatively blamed on food poisoning or allergies, pending results of an official autopsy.

Dead are Noelene Gay Bischoff and her daughter Yvana Jeana Yuri Bischoff who had just checked in to an East Bali beachside resort at Padang Bai when they both fell sick.

Assisted by resort staff the two were taken by ambulance to a local medical clinic where the mother died at 1:45 am. The daughter was then rushed to the BIMC Hospital in Denpasar but could not be saved.

The two were from the Sunshine Coast in Australia where Bischoff worked in public health.

Police found a large amount of pharmaceuticals in the woman’s rooms.

Authorities continue to investigate the case while awaiting forensic results of the autopsy.

The Australian Consulate-general in Bali is assisting police and the deceased’s family in the case.


A Bad Case of Gas
LPG Cooking Gas Increase of 68% Sparks Inflation Surge Across Indonesia

A sudden increase in the cost of LPG cooking gas by the State-owned Petroleum Company (Pertamina) has seen liquified gas prices increase by more than 60% and has shock wave across the Nation sparking a rapid round of inflationary price increases.

The LPG increase - a decision apparently made unilaterally by Pertamina without consulting the President –  shocked President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) who took to Facebook to publicly question the increase.

The President, noting the growing public protest over the sudden price increase for 12 kilogram tanks of LPG, claimed that the decision made by by Pertamina now requires Presidential intervention because of its wide-ranging effects on society.

Yudhoyono said that while he knew that the State Audit Board recorded losses of Rp. 7 billion (U$560 million), the solution to that situation was not to increase LPG prices by 68%. SBY said that such a large and sudden increase would result in rapid increases of goods and services, creating burdens on the economically disadvantaged.

Reacting to the price increase, SBY instructed the Vice-president to rapidly convene the cabinet and seek a solution that avoids inflation and burdens the public.

The cost of a 12-kilogram canister of LPG prior to the increase was Rp. 70,200 (US$5.60), but is now selling for Rp. 117,708 (US$9.40). Prices in the marketplace vary, averaging Rp. 130,000-Rp. 150,000 (US$10.40 – US$12). Following the increase, prices in Jayapura (Papua) rose to Rp. 310,000 (US$24.80) for the 12-kilogram LPG canister.

In Bali, the 68% increase in price has had an immediate impact on pricing of goods and services in Bali. In the Klungkung Market in east Bali, the cost of basic commodities such as rice, cooking oil end eggs have increased significantly since January 1, 2013. Rice has increased 6%-11% rising as high as Rp. 9,000 a kilogram. Cooking oil has increased 20% to Rp. 12,000 per kilogram. Meanwhile, eggs have gone up 37.5% from Rp. 800 to Rp. 1,100 each.

Vendors are complaining that consumers have reduced the quantity of good purchased, buying smaller amounts of key items to ensure they are still able to place food on their families’ tables.

Traders and consumer remain hopeful that the emergency cabinet meeting will result in a reconsideration of the economically precipitate increase in LPG cost.


2013 Breaking Arrival Records
Bali by the Numbers: Penultimate Report for 2013 Confirms Bali will End Year with More than 3.2 Million Foreign Visitors

The foreign arrival numbers for Bali through the end of November 2013 are in totaling 2.97 million, surpassing, even before figures for December are in, the highest total for any year in the history of Bali arrival.

November arrivals totaled 307,208 - increasing month-on-month 26.95% over November 2012 when Bali had 241,985 foreign visitors.

On a cumulative basis, Bali ended the first eleven months of 2013 with totals that were 13.55% ahead of the same period in 2012. It now seems certain that Bali will conclude 2013 with 3.28 million foreign visitors.

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Bali Arrivals by Major Markets

Arrivals across the top 15 major markets for Bali, all source countries are demonstrating fairly strong growth with the notable exception of Australia that, although still the predominate source of visitors, has gone stagnant with arrival figures virtually flat.

Having said that, Australia still holds a 25.31% market share of all foreign arrivals, far ahead of the second largest source market of Mainland China with only a 12.31% market share.

Among the top 15 foreign sources of visitors strongest growth was recorded by:
  • India is now ranked 14th as a source of Bali tourists with numbers year-to-date that are 43.34% ahead of last year's performance.
  • Taiwan has recovered lost ground over the past five years and turned in results that were 35.56% ahead of 2012 through the end of November 2012. Taiwan is now the six most important source of visitors, up from 9th place in 2012.
  • Mainland China is the 2nd largest source of foreign visitors to Bali, a position it has held since 2011 when it nudged Japan out of the #2 position. Chinese visitors year-year-on year at the end of November are 25.10% ahead of 2012
  • France - the 7th largest source market - grew 18.35% January-November 2013. France has moved up from the 8th ranking it held last year.
  • German arrivals are also at al all time high to Bali. The 94,244 German tourists who came to Bali in the first eleven months of 2013 represented an increase of 17.31% year-on-year. German is now ranked 11th as a source market for Bali, unchanged in ranking since 2012.
  • Other markets demonstrating double-digit growth through the end of November were: the Netherlands (15.97%) and Singapore (15.10%).
  • Japan - now ranked at 3rd place among source markets for Bali visitors, grew 10.62% through the end of November 2013. With a total of 192,391 visitors year-to-date, Japan's recovery in terms of arrival to Bali continues, reversing a trend of declining numbers over recent years, but still far short of more than 300,000 Japanese visitors recorded through the end of November in 2008 and 2009.


Death Stalks the New Year
Bali Starts the New Year 2014 with a Rabies Death in Singaraja

A 37-year-old builder in Singaraja, North Bali, died on Friday, January 3, 2014, from rabies lnked to a bite he suffered on December 17, 2013.

The deceased is Nengah Suastika who works as a farmer and builder who died at the Buleleng General Hospital.

The man's brother-in-law, Wayan Sumba, told Nusa Bali that the dog bite came from a three-month-old dog that that Suastika engaged in play at a construction site that resulted in a bite to the man’s thumb.

The man thought nothing of the wound, continued his work and never sought anti-rabies vaccine.

The dog soon disappeared from the project site, giving no clue that the animal was suffering from the deadly virus.

Initial symptoms of joint pain and fever sent Suastika to a local masseur who, alarmed at the man’s declining health, recommended he see a doctor.

Suastika sought medical helped at 3:00 am on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, when he was immediately hospitalized for two days prior to his death at 2:00 pm on the following Friday.

His wife survives the man together with two children aged 6 and 1.5 years.

Had Suastika sought medical treatment for the bite, including VAR anti-rabies shots, he would have most probablu survived the illness.

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Look for Chinese Tourist Numbers to Rise
Hainan Airline and China Eastern Airlines Commence Flights to Bali

Two additional Chinese Airlines are now flying between China and Bali over the Lunar New Year period.

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Hainan Airline – the fourth largest air carrier in the People’s Republic of China – will stat flying three times a week between Denpasar (Bali) and Beijing.

The new flights will be operated in conjunction with the CaIssa Touristic Group - a German-Chinese travel business, operating China Holidays.

The new flight service between China and Bali will start on January 15, 2013 using Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft configured for 233 passengers fling from the Mainland Chinese capital to Bali in 7.5 hours.

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Chinese Eastern Airlines is flying a limited season between December 31, 2013 and February 27, 2014 between Beijing and Bali three times a week.

The flights are intended to meet increased demand over the Chinese New Year period.

Chinese Eastern Airline will fly Airbus A330-300 aircraft on the Bali route.

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Counting Conservatively
Baliís Governor Wonders if Increased Tourist Totals for 2104 are Realistic

Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika is expressing pessimism regarding Bali’s ability to sustain growth in tourism numbers in 2014 and beyond.

As reported by The Jakarta Post, the Governor has called into doubt projections of 3.5 million foreign tourists to Bali in 2014, an increase of approximately 10% from the 3.2 million tourists expected to be the end tally for 2013.

Pastika, speaking to journalists, said he thought it would be hard to attract 3 million foreign tourists to Bali in 2014. Pastika said: “In 2014, we can’t hope for more than 3 million foreign tourists as 2014 is a political year. We will be very busy with politics. But I remain optimistic that we could reach at least 3 million.”

Pastika was quick to underline that Bali would remain safe for tourists, even though it was a political year. He said that Balinese culture and a shared understanding or “local wisdom” of the importance of tourism to the economy would prevent rioting on the Island.
 


Too Many Rooms, Not Enough Guests
Unregulated Increase in Accommodation in Bali Fueling Price War and Causing Local Hotel Closures

Bisnis Bali reports that the unprecedented increase in accommodation is outpacing demand created by an increasing number of island visitors.

As a result, price competition has become intense with simpler, traditional accommodation providers being overwhelmed by their professionally managed competitors. Locally owned hotels, unable to meet costs with declining revenues, are beginning to close their businesses.

Bali arrivals for 2013 will end the year at more than 3.2 million – a record number of foreign visitors to the Island. 



And, despite a 13.55% increase in foreign arrivals through the end of November 2013, occupancy rates at starred hotels decreased from a number of more than 60% in 2012 to only 55.82% in 2013.

The drop in occupancy is fueled by largely uncontrolled growth in accommodation for rent in Bali. Accommodation data published by the Provincial Tourism Office (Diparda) claims a mere 1.3% increase in starred, non-starred and home stay rooms between 2010 and 2012.
The Diparda figures count only 26,025 rooms in 2012.

The “official” figures, however, are generally seen as an unreliable reflection of the number of rooms being offered on the market, with a 20% increase over the same two-year period viewed as a truer reflection of the accommodation situation.

There are other tourism observers who put the number of rooms available on the market in Bali at 85,000.

The vice-chairman of the Indonesia Tourism Association for Bali (GIPI-Bali), Bagus Sudibya, said the number of new rooms on the accommodation market in Bali is a source of concern. Reflecting o the unregulated growth in rooms, Sudibya said, “I am worried there will be a tariff war that will result in the destruction of local tourism elements.”

He went on to say that there are many local hotels that have been forced to close.

Meanwhile, the vice chairman of the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI-Bali), IGN Rai Suryawijaya, also complained that new rooms coming on line was outpacing growth in tourism arrivals. This has resulted in a price war that will in the end hurt Bali tourism and the government.


Taking Leave of Tanah Ampoís Shores
French Cruise Ship Refuses to Disembark Passengers at Tanah Ampo Cruise Terminal

A French-flag cruise ship MV Le Soleal refused to disembark its passengers at the Tanah Ampo Cruise Port prepared by the regency of Karangasem on Friday, January 3, 2013.

Dissatisfied with the conditions at Tanah Ampo, the Captain of the ship carrying 156 tourists shifted the vessel to drop anchor at the Port of Amuk in order to ferry passengers to the passenger pier at Padang Bai.

Despite the less-than-ideal condition of the passenger pier at Padang Bai, cruise ships still find the water conditions and the disembarkation process far superior to those available at nearby Tanah Ampo.

A floating pontoon at Tanah Ampo meant to receive tenders from the cruise ship could not be used due to a damaged gangway connection the pontoon to the main pier. The gangway and pontoon, plagued by poor engineeing, has been built and destroyed by waves several times.

The Tanah Ampo facility that as received substantial government funding has yet to attract a following of cruise ship client due to unfavorable sea conditions and a number of shortcoming in the pier’s construction that make it unsuitable and unsafe for cruise passengers’ use.

The head of the Transportation Service Department in Karangasem, Komang Daging, confirmed to Bali Post that there are no scheduled visits by cruise ships to Tanah Ampo in 2014 due to no firm plans to repair the passenger pontoon gangway.

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Flying in the Dark Ages
Bali Airport Suffers Another Extended Power Outage on Sunday, January 5, 2014

Beritadewata.com and detik.com reports that between 10-20 flights operating from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport suffered delays on Sunday, January 5, 2014, when the Island’s gateway suffered the latest in a series of prolonged power blackouts.

Varying reports give differing versions of the length and severity of the power outage, which began at 7:55 am. Detik.com claims the power failure persisted, at least in part, for five hours when full power was returned to the airport at 12:55 pm. Meanwhile, Beritadewata.com quotes the general manager of PT Angkasa Pura I, the airport’s managers, as saying full power was returned by 10:00 am.

The power outage is another in a long series of outages, the previous outage occurring on December 10, 2013 when Bali’s sole air gateway went dark for 30 minutes. After that outage, a spokesman for PT Angkasa Pura I claimed any future blackouts would be immediately corrected by a back-up power supply.

A member of Commission V of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) has weighed in on the latest outage, saying the situation at the airport has become an embarrassment.

DPR member Muhidin Mohamad told detik.com: “I deeply regret this. This is terribly embarrassing, an international airport experiencing such situations. The airport must be ready at all times and power resumed a couple of seconds after any power failure.”

Muhidin called on the Ministry of Transportation to investigate the incident to ensure such a situation is never repeated in the future.

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