Bali News Update Week 15.

Dreamliners to Paradise

Qatar to Start Non-Stop Daily Flights Doha to Bali on July 21, 2013


Qatar Airways will commence a new ten-hour non-stop flight service between Doha and Bali starting on July 21, 2014.


In October 2014 the non-stop service between Bali and Doha will begin use a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.


Qatar has been operating a successful Doha to Bali service with an intermediate stop in Singapore. Strong demand and new aircraft joining the Airline’s fleet has enabled the airline to offer the new non-stop direct daily service.


In October 2014 the route will be operated with Qatar Airways’ state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Initially, the Bali route will be operated with an Airbus A330.


Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker, said: “The start of non-stop services from Doha to Bali offers travelers from around the world access to the popular leisure destination in a reduced time, from across our expanding global network. We are delighted to confirm that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will operate on this route from later this year, offering the very latest in design and comfort to passengers who wish to travel on this non-stop route from the Middle East.”


In October, flying direct to and from Bali, the Dreamliner will have a two-cabin configuration, comprising of 22 seats in Business Class and 232 Economy Class seats.


The new aircraft offers individual 10.5-inch television screens on all Economy Cass seats and a full complimentary food and beverage service.


Qatar Airways currently flies a modern fleet of 131 aircraft to 137 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas.


Schedule of New Qatar Service


Daily non-stop DOHA to/from BALI: (all times local)

QR 962 departs Doha (DOH) at 02:35 arriving in Bali (DPS) at 17:35

?QR 963 departs Bali (DPS) at 19:35 arriving in Doha (DOH) at 23:59


Ollie Ollie Umphrey

Ownership Battle Underway at LV8 Hotel in North Kuta, Bali reports that efforts by “certain parties” to forcibly take possession of the LV8 Hotel in North Kuta are being described by the hotel’s owner as an unlawful act.


The most recent takeover attempt began when four Indonesian guests, bearing identity cards from East Nusa Tenggara, checked into two rooms at the hotel on December 13, 2013. The four men’s names are Jongki Fridik Asadoma, Jayakusuma Wagang, Vincensius E, and Abdul Kadir Duka.


The men refused to pay for their accommodation, with Yongki Dale eventually forcibly taking control of the management of the hotel. More men then surrounded the hotel, creating a menacing atmosphere for both the hotel’s guests and employees.


On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, tens of more men, claiming that represented one of Bali’s “mass gangs,” arrived at the hotel’s premises. 


One staff member from the security section of the hotel, frightened to provide his name to the press, said on April 17, 2014, “They are still guarding Hotel LV8.”


The resulting tense situation at the hotel has created an atmosphere that is not conducive to for both the old management and guests staying at the hotel. 


Lena Chandra is the owner of Hotel LV8 and heads the owning company PT Bali Unicorn operating under the auspices of Singapore-based DC-1 Holding PTE Limited.


Lena told the press that she began to suspect something was at hand when the mysterious guests checked into the hotel, refused to pay and adopted an unsympathetic stance to those working at the hotel.


Lena Chandra appointed the chairman of the Indonesian Association of Advocates (AAI), Humphrey R, Djemat, as her lawyer.


Shortly thereafter Humphrey Jemat began publishing public notices in the mass media declaring PT Bali Unicorn the legal owner of the hotel.


When a group wearing traditional Balinese dress accompanied Humphrey Djemat on a visit to the hotel, Yonngki Dale, who had forcibly assumed the role of managing the hotel, ordered Jemat and his supporters to leave the property. 


Meanwhile a company of specially trained peacekeepers from the Badung Police precinct is on stand-by should the situation suddenly escalate.


Humphrey, accompanied by his team of supporters, also paid a coordinating visit with the village chef (perbekel) of Tibubeng who has jurisdiction over the area. Joining that meeting was the head of the North Kuta police precinct Reinhard Habonaran Nainggolan, the Perbekel of Tibubeng I Made Kamajaya and a member of the Badung House of Representatives I Wayan Puspa Negara.


Humphrey said wanted to ask for mediation to compel the group illegally occupying the hotel to pay for their accommodation.


A meeting held between Yongki, who has forcibly assumed management of the hotel, and Humphrey Djemat, allowed Humphrey to present documents demonstrating that Lena Chandra is the rightful owner of the LV8.


In response, Yongki is showing a statement issued by Lena Chandra on February 22, 2014 proclaiming her company would no longer be responsible for services and goods supplied to the Hotel. Yongki contends the statement signifies a capitulation by Lena Chandra to the new management of the Hotel.


Both sides remain at an impasse in the dispute.


Lady Justice Paks a Gun

Bali’s Only Female Regional Police Chief Calls for More Women to Join the Police Force


The State News Agency Antara reports that the female head of the Klungkung Police Precinct, Ni Wayan Sri Yudatni Wirawati, is targeting for every police sector of the police to employ at least two female police officers.


Wirawati is the sole femal head of a regional police force in Bali.


“This target is to increase the quota of women serving in the police,” Wirawati said during an awards ceremony for 191 new graduate police cadets held in Bali.


By targeting more female police serving at each police precinct, Yudatni wants to see more career opportunities created for female officers.


Of the 191 candidates for the Singaraja Police Academy hailing from Klungkung, 80 are females. 


Yudatni that the Indonesian police need to recruit 10,000 male officers and 7,000 females for the current year. “This large quota of new officers is a great opportunity for young people who want to join the police,” she said.


Willkommen in Indonesia!

Easier Access to Indonesia for German Visitors with Resumption of Lufthansa Service to Indonesia


Lufthansa German Airlines have resumed flights five times a week to Jakarta, effective March 30, 2104.


The flights originate in Frankfurt and include a short stopover in Kuala Lumpur.


“We are delighted to be offering our passengers direct flights to Jakarta again and even more flights to Kuala Lumpur. Indonesia and Malaysia are important countries for business and leisure travel and we are confident that our customers will appreciate the new travel opportunities to south-east Asia and enjoy using them,” said Kay Kratky, member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board for Operations & Hub Frankfurt. 


Lufthansa will operate each day Thursday through Mondays (5 days a week), and will land in Jakarta at 6:20 in time for evening through connections to Bali - a 1.5 hour flight from Indonesia’s capital.


Similarly, the return flight leaves Jakarta 7:35 pm making for easy connection with any of a large number of domestic services flying each day from Denpasar (Bali).


The service is operated by Airbus 340-600 aircraft with 326 seats comprised of 8 First Class, 48 Business Class and 270 Economy Class.


Flights operate on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

LH782 leaves Frankfurt at 10:05 pm landing in Kuala Lumpur at 4:05 pm the following day. The flight resumes its journey leaving Kuala Lumpur at 5:25 pm landing in Jakarta at 6:20pm.


The return trip on LH783 leaves Jakarta at 7:35 pm landing in Kuala Lumpur at 10:35 pm. The flight takes off from Kuala Lumpur at 11:55 pm before landing in Frankfurt the following morning at 6:25 pm.


Nuts to You

U.S. Ambassador Pays Tribute toPoverty Eradication Role of Cashew Production Factory in East Java


The U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, Robert O. Blake, Jr. has just concluded a visit to Bali where he was interviewed by Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) and took special pains to pay tribute to an East Bali Cashew Nut Factory located in the impoverished village of Ban in Karangasem.


Visiting the remote cashew plantation during his visit to Bali, the Ambassador’s entourage attended the opening ceremony for the factory.

Said Ambasador Blake: “What is so special about the project is it empowers local people. It is a community-based entrepreneurship that is inspiring.”


The factory was established by American Aaron Fishman, his wife and a mall group of supporters. Raw cashews are purchased from surrounding famers, processed by the plants and shipped to overseas buyers, 


Targeted to raise local incomes that are currently as low as US$2 a day, the cashew production facility hopes to empower women who will farm and harvest the cashews.


Agricultural extension programs, meanwhile, seek to educate people on how to improve cultivation methods and maximize crops.


Ambassador Blake added: ?“I am very proud that a young innovative American has had a brilliant idea to look for this opportunity to help the locals?. ?I am here in Bali for two purposes — to visit East Bali Cashews and to make my first courtesy calls to the provincial and regional governments.”


The Ambassador also used his visit to call on Bali Deputy Governor Ketut Sudikerta, Badung Regent Anak Agung Gde Agung and Denpasar Mayor Ida Bagus Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra.


Will You Gather at the River?

Last Reminder: Bali Remembers – Pan Am 812 Commemorations


On April 22, 2014 a memorable ceremony will be conducted at the Pan Am Monument at in Padang Galak, Sanur starting at 3:45 pm.


The Pan Am Monument is located in Padang Galak behind the Taman Festival Complex on the banks of the Ayung River.


A community-based effort to remember the 107 people from 10 nations who died 40 years ago when a Pan American Boeing 707 crashed near Tinga-Tinga in North Bali.


The program planned will run slightly more than one-hour and include poems, prayers, music and song.


Admission is free but seating is prioritized to those who RSVP in advance to [Email] 



Bali Remembers – Pan Am 812 Memorial Cremony is made possible through the kind support of:

Conrad Bali Resort

BIMC Hospitals

Siloam Hospitals


Mr. Fix It

Anton Mirzaputra of “Jamaica Café”

Bali Community Choir directed by Brendan O’Donnell

Narwatsu Arts Gamelan Group coordinated by John and Tina Bailey

Robert McDonough 


We Get Our Kicks from Champagne

Bollinger Champagne Dinner at Sundara Restaurant on Monday, June 2, 2014


On Monday, June 2, 2014, the Sundara Restaurant at The Four Seasons Resort Bali on Jimaran Bay will host a special Bollinger Champagne Dinner featuring a multi-course degustation menu prepared by executive chef Greg Bunt.


“Sundara’s special dinner menu was specifically chosen to pair with unquestionably one of the finest of all French Champagne houses. Bollinger style is distinctive for its full-bodied toasty character derived from a high proportion of Pinot Noir that has been matured in oak”, says Sundara’s Sommelier Suryaveer Singh. “Bollinger is Champagne of great longevity and complexity and a delight for both the Champagne connoisseurs as well as novice.”


The evening commences with Champagne and canapés at the Sundara Mezzanine Bar overlooking Jimbaran Bay at 7:00 pm.


Champagne Dinner Menu

Sundara Restaurant

Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay

Monday, June 2, 2014



Smokey Oysters with spice tomato and horseradish

Bollinger, Special Cuvee Brut, N.V.


Confit Salmon with crab salad, salmon perals, chive oils

Bollinger, Special Cuvee, Brut Rose, N.V.


Slow-roasted duck with pistachio crusted scallop, gem pureem Asian pear

Bollinger, Le Grande Annee Brut, 2002


Over-baked pear clafoutis, honeycomb crunch and maple ice cream

Bollinger, La Grande Annee Brut Rose 2004


Price: Rp. 1,300,000 per person plus 21% tax and service (US$137).


Where to Eat in Ubud?

Australian Financial Review: Five Restaurants of Note in Ubud, Bali


The April 16, 2014 edition of the Australian Financial Review published a Gourmet Travel article by Lloyd Neubauer that focused on five noteworthy dining options in the Bali hillside community of Ubud.


Follow the link to learn about the Australian Financial Review’s take on five of Ubud’s best eateries:

Schnitzel Warung – a restaurant preparing beef fillet, pork tenderloin and chicken breast breaded and fried originating from the German speaking areas of Europe.

Murni’s Warung – Now celebrating its 40th year in operation,

Mozaic Restaurant Gastonomique – Ubud’s early pioneer in fine dining that prides itself on the creative use of exotic local ingredients.

Ayung Terrace – Under the command of Ricky Putra, a talented team of Balinese chefs serve what is arguable the Island’s best Rijsttafel.

Casa Luna – One of Janet Deneefe’s Balinese restaurants in Ubud, a cozy centrally-located restaurant that remains intimate despite its ability to seat 150 people.

Read Lloyd Neubauer advice on Ubud, Bali dining from the Australian Financial Review


Nigel at 70

Bali Adventure Tours’ Nigel Mason Celebrates his 70th Birthday in Considerable Style


On Sunday, April 13, 2014, Bali tourism legend Nigel Mason celebrated his 70th birthday surrounded by family, friends, co-workers and admirers at his Bali Adventure House Headquarters on the Bypass in Sanur.


The area was transformed for the occasion to accommodate a lavish food display, a full set-up free-flowing bar, ice carvings, a birthday cake that resembled a Harley Davidson motorcycle, dancing girls, snake charmers and a livery stable of large motorcycles and exotic cars. 


During the course of the evening a magnificent display of fireworks also graced the sky.


ounting himself a lucky man, Nigel spoke to the crowd thanking them for their love and support over the decades in Bali, paying special tribute to his wife Yanie and his two sons, Jian and Shan.


To those who couldn’t attend the party – we share some pictures here with you.


The Wines of Medoc in Bali in May

Château Montrose Wine Dinner at Mulia Soleil Restaurant on Tuesday, May 6, 2014


Mulia Bali’s Mediterranean and Pan-Asian Restaurant – Soleil will be home to a special one-night Château Montrose wine dinner accompanied by an exquisite six-course menu on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.


The 95-hectare vineyard that produces the wines of Château Montrose is in s single block – a rarity in itself in the Medoc region of France. Situated on a well-exposed gravelly land, overlooking the Gironde estuary. The flowing waters have a climatic impact on the vineyard and its climate. The river and its tide mitigate and moderate the climate’s rigor by mollifying the frost and refreshing blazing summer heat.


These gravel layers favors an excellent water cycle due to steep slopes: superficial running, infiltration and drain in low areas. The geological substration takes on the exact shape of the superficial slopes in view of an ideal draining system. Being close to the river, allows Château Montrose to benefit from a natural “ air conditioner.” The vineyard is orientated in the direction of dominant winds that dry the leaves and hence, lessen the impact of diseases.


On hand in Bali at the Tuesday, May 6th  wine dinner will be Mr. Hervé Berland of Château Montrose will be presenting each wine from Château Montrose to La Dame de Montrose.


The evening begins with a Champagne reception at 6:00 pm at the Sky Bar followed by a memorable six-course dinner at 7:00 pm with paired wines from Château Montrose.


Château Montrose Wine Dinner 

Soleil Restaurant

Mulia Bali


Champagne Reception at 6:00 pm 

Hors D’oeuvres




rabbit loin wrapped in smoked pancetta




foie gras creme brulee

Henri Giraud Fût de Chêne Grand Cru Brut 2000 - Awarded 92 Points by Wine Advocate. Lightly toasted almond, hazelnut, and wheat mingle with cidery apple and fresh lemon on the nose and expansive, infectiously juicy palate/ Intimations of ocean breeze waft from the glass as well, anticipating a strikingly saline and alkaline streak on the palate that follows mouthwateringly in a long, gripping finish.



seared swordfish “toro”, foie gras, caramelized onion, jus volaille

Château Montrose 2005 - Awarded 94-96 points by Robert Parker in the Wine Advocate. Fashioned from a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2005 Montrose exhibits huge tannin, powerful floral, blueberry, and cassis flavors, and more weight as well as richness. While surprisingly high in alcohol (13.2%) for a Montrose, that component is nicely balanced by the high tannin and decent acidity.




tagliatelle, Bedugul rabbit, dijon mustard

Château Montrose 2000 - . Gigantically sized, its saturated inky purple color is followed by a huge nose of crushed blackberries, creme de cassis, vanilla, hickory smoke, and minerals. Extremely full-bodied, powerful, dense, and chewy, this unreal Montrose should last for 30+ years.




marrow crusted rack of lamb, cepe, porto

Château Montrose 1995 - Main characteristics of the vintage?1995 was an early year. A red from St-Estèphe in the Bordeaux region of France. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. A mild winter and a hot-dry spring caused an early and homogeneous bud burst and blossoming. June July and August were hot and very dry. The mid-veraison occurred on August 4th. The series of rainfall between April and August reached only 150 mm! All these factors are in favor to the sugar’s increment and the maturity of tannins. 




salted caramel semifreddo, toasted hazelnut

crisp brownbutter hazelnut sponge

Domaine de Monteils Sauternes 2010 - Mineral nose mouth is smooth, well balanced with a nice finish on the candied fruit and spices. Beautiful expression of noble rot very representative of the vintage.PRICE


Price is Rp. 1,800,000 per person plus 21% (US$190).


Hastie Rise to the Top

Hard Rock Hotel Bali Andrew Hastie – Executive Assistant Manager Food & Beverage


Hard Rock Hotel Bali have appointed Andrew Astie as executive assistant Manager in charge of food and beverage.


Responsible primarily for food and beverage activities at the Hotel and other assigned area of responsibilities, Andrew Hastie reports to the hotel’s general manager.


Andrew Hastie, a native of Malaysia, has extensive regional experience in the hospitality industry, most recently serving as director of food & beverage of Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya in Thailand and previously at Berjaya Langkawi Resort in Malaysia. 


In addition, Hastie has logged management experience in international hotels and resorts in Maldives, Bali, Turks and Caicos Islands, and The Kingdom of Bhutan. 


Dogged till the End

Bali Quarantine Officials Euthanize 31 Dogs Seized from Animal Smugglers


The Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) reports that provincial officers from the Agricultural Quarantine Department at Bali’s westernmost port of Gilimanuk euthanized dozens of dogs on Friday, April 18, 2014, seized from passengers attempting to smuggle the animals into Bali.


It is illegal to smuggle live animals and poultry into Bali. Animals are subject to confiscation and those involved in the smuggling to fines and jail sentences.


Some 31 dogs, inlcuding a Siberian Husky, Pomeranian and Lacy were euthanized by lethal injection when efforts were unsuccesful to contact their owners, who might have been permitted to send them back to Java had they come forward to accept responsibility for their crime.


Quarantine authorities put a live value of US$4,372 on the animals they destroyed.


Two Persian cats and dozens of birds seized by custom’s officers were returned to their owners outside Bali.


Ida Bagu Eka Ludra, head of the law enforcement division at the Quarantine Department explained: “But no one legally owns the dogs. If, when we confiscate animals, the owners can show us their legal documents within 24 hours, we return the animals.?? We don’t want to take any risks because rabies has been an epidemic on the island.”


The import and export of animals capable to spreading rabies and other diseases has been banned by law and provincial regulation since 2008.


Bali and Beyond Travel Fair 2014

350 Buyers Expected at Bali & Beyond Travel Fair to be held in Bali June 10-14. 2014


The Bali and Beyond Travel Fair 2014 (BBTF-2014) will be held at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center and at a separate location in Kuta June 10-14, 2014.


The organizers told that they wish to increase the number of foreign tourists coming to Bali and, at the same time, urge those visitors to Indonesian destinations beyond Bali in eastern Indonesia.


The director general of tourism marketing Esthy Reko Astuty told a press conference for BBTF-2014 on April 17, 2014 that the program of the Travel Fair is aimed at persuading tourists to stay in Bali for extended periods and visit regions in eastern Indonesia. “For this reason direct accessibility from Bali to eastern Indonesian is continually being enhanced,” said Astuty,


The BBTF-2014 is being conducted by the Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy together with the Indonesian Association of Travel Agents (ASITA) as an event intended to become a yearly international event .


The chairman of ASITA-Bali and the chairman of the organizing committee for BBTF-2014, Ketut Ardana, says the travel fair in Bali will inspire and motivate operators in the tourism sector to increase visitors to Bali and beyond.


The theme of BBTF-2014 will be "gateway to Indonesia’s creative tourism” and provide opportunities for Indonesian sellers of tourism products to visit with both domestic and international buyers from ASEAN, Chine, Australia, the Middle East and Europe.


Some 350 buyers from 55 countries and 450 local sellers will participate in pre-scheduled appointment.


Evil Disposition

Foreigners Working Illegally in Bali’s Tourism Sector as Guides, Drivers, Dive Guides and Surfing Instructors

The State News Agency Antara quotes a leading tourism observer, Drs. Wayan Sukamada, as calling on the government to take the sternest action against foreigners working illegally in Bali, particularly those working without permits in the tourism sector.


“There are foreigners who arrive and are recorded as tourists, but in reality are working in tourism, small industries and handicrafts,” complained Sukamada.


Sukamada, who once owned a travel agency in Bali, said he meets many foreign nationals in Bali who claim they are tourists but are actually working as guides for visitors from their home nation.


Many Russian tourists, he claims, are actually working in Bali as guides, drivers, diving instructors and surfing instructors providing such services to other Russian visitors. 


Similar situations, he adds, are found in which Australians, Japanese, Chinese and Koreans are working illegally in Bali’s tourism trade.


Separately, Ketut Sudarma, a tourism driver based in Kuta, said this situation has existed for a long time.


Providing Gifted Students a Free Education

Bali Allocates US$1.74 Million for a Trade School for Underprivileged Students


The provincial government of Bali allocates Rp. 20 billion (US$1.74 million) each year to build Bali Mandara Trade Schools (SMKN) to provide a free education for gifted economically disadvantaged students.


Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika told a group of school building planners: “We do not need to make luxurious schools using public funds. The essence of the Bali Mandara Trade School (SMK) concept is to provide an opportunity for disadvantaged children who have demonstrated academic excellence to continue their education. In this way we can support their aptitudes, preparing them for employment upon graduation.”


The Governor said the allocation of Rp. 20 billion each year for four years is for the construction of a SMKN located next to the Bali Mandara High School in Kubutambahan, Buleleng, North Bali.


Pastika said the construction of the school, to be commenced this year, must match the original idea of the project to provide gifted students of limited means with an education.


“The concept of simple construction supporting complete educational facilities will strengthen the students and prepare them for competition; not spoiling them and leaving them in a weakened state when they leave SMK Bali Mandara,” said Pastika.


Pastika said the proposed trade school would uncover skills and potentials for students studying technical skills and workshop experience.


“The goals is that once they complete school they will immediately gain employment and provide incomes for their families,” said Pastika.


Meanwhile. I Ketut Budiarsa, a representative of the planning consultant PT Dana Sularsa Cipta confirmed the school would be built using local materials at a cost of more than Rp. 80 billion and include classrooms, a dormitory, toilets and an office.


Paying for the Right to Work

Bali's Capital of Denpasar Gets a Windfall from $100 Per Month Foreign Worker Tax


The recent decentralization to regencies and municipalities to levy the US$100 per month “training” fee (IMTA) levied on foreign workers has netted the Denpasar metropolitan government a windfall of Rp. 2.5 billion (US$217,000) during the first three months of 2014.


This far exceeds the modest target of Rp. 1 billion for the entire year initially set by the Social and Manpower Department, according to Made Erwin Suryadarma Sena who heads that department of the Denpasar Government.


Suryadarma said the surge in funds was due, in part, to payments made by foreign workers outstanding from 2013.


At the same time, the government of Denpasar - in cooperation with police, immigration and local law enforcement agencies, is stepping up enforcement on Denpasar business to ensure that all foreigners working in the city are registered, holding working permits and paying the IMTA fee to the municipality. 


Suryadarma suspects many companies are underreporting the number of expatriates in their employment and, in many cases, failing to obtain any permit at all.


Denpasar currently estimates 300 expatriates are working in the capital and covered by the proper working permits.


Bali Property Market in Decline?

Downturn in Bali Property Business May be Short Term and Cyclical


The Bali Post reports that the property business in Indonesia as a whole, including Bali, is predicted to decline during 2014. 


An observer of the local property market in Bali, I Wayan Sukarja, said on April 15, 2014, the decline will act as a natural filter, determining if new developers will be able to endure and survive.


Sukarja said property transactions are weakening at the current time as part of a natural cycle in the property market now on a downward swing. This is happening after a buying surge over the past few years.


“The decline is as much as 49%, Implementation of Loan to Value parameters are forcing developers not to sell homes on mortgage, leaving them in a difficult situation,” said Sukarja.


At the present time, an application for a homeowner’s loan (KPR) can only be processed by a bank if the construction of the subject home is 70% complete. Moreover, there are some banks now demanding that homes to be purchased on creditmust be 100% finished before a loan can be approved.


Sukarja said this situation means that strong and well-funded developers will survive while financially weak developers are in danger of bankruptcy.


Regarding skyrocketing property values in Bali, Sukarja sees high property prices as having a minimal effect. This is because Bali's land is seen as both unique and of limited supply. At the same time, Bali property remains cheaper than land parcels in other property markets in Asia, such as Singapore. In Sukarja’s view, any downturn in the number of property transactions in Bali is most likely connected to economic policies and domestic politics. 


“Property prices in Bali are still affordable in the marketplace. Policies of Loan to Value ratios are presently clogging the process,” he explained.


Sukarja said any weakness in the Bali property market was temporary in nature, He predicts that by the end of 2014 prices will again begin to climb and demand will increase for at least the three coming years. “I am convinced that following the Presidential election the market will grow and become active again. What’s more, consumer demand in Bali is very high and the government must take a role in meeting public housing demand,” he added.


The Fast Check Out Line is Not Working

Tiara Grocer Ignores Supreme Court Order and Continues to Operate Jalan Cokroaminoto Outlet


The Tiara Grosir outlet on Jalan Cokroaminoto in Denpasar is making every effort to delay and avoid their eviction from their current location, despite a Supreme Court ruling returning the building to the municipal government and ordering the grocery store to vacate the premises.


The Tiara Grosir posted a notice in March announcing that it would cease serving the public from its Jalan Cokroaminoto location on April 1st. Despite the announcement, the store remained open on April 15, 2014.


There are reports that Tiara Grosir is asking for a judicial review of the Supreme Court’s decision that ordered them to quite the premises.


Meanwhile, the municipal government of Denpasar is said to be preparing to seal the building and forcibly eject Tiara Grosir after the delivery of a series of formal written warnings and reminders.


Saving Bali’s Starlings

Four More Bali Starlings Released to the Wilds at Sibang Breeding and Release Site


Following the initial successful release of Bali Starlings (leocopsar rothschildi) on November 12, 2012, Begawan Foundation has released four more of the highly endangered birds as part of Earth Week Celebrations 2014.


The release took place on April 18, 2014 – a date selected as propitious in accordance with the Bali Hindu calendar.


Attending the release were local community leaders, including I Gusti Ngurah Agung Watusila, the Raja of Sibang, accompanied by local Banjar leaders.


Begawan Foundation has commenced an educational program on the environment and conservation in local schools, inviting students to the breeding center to observe the Bali Starlings and to assist in preparing their food and feeding them. Further programs are planned at local schools with students encouraged to be directly involved in future releases.


Monitoring of free birds has show that this is sufficient food, water and natural nesting for them to adapt readily to the local habitat. As the birds are flying within the grounds of the Green School, observation is undertaken daily, and has shown that Bali Starlings have no fear of being near buildings and gardens, and, in fact, take advantage of the situation, finding readily available sources of food and shelter.


It is clear that the Bali Starling can survive in any environment that has sufficient food and nesting opportunities as long as they remain unthreatened by humans or other local predators.


Tasya Karissa, Begawan Foundation’s Administrator commented: “Having strong and solid support from local communities is the biggest factor in the success of previous releases. We have been working closely with the local community in Sibang for some time now.”


Based on the success of the 2012 release at Sibang the decision was made to undertake the latest release.


Prior to their release each bird was tagged with colored rings in order to record their movements on a daily basis. Nest boxes placed in large trees provide homes for the released Bali Starlings to lay their eggs and begin a small self-generating flock.


Previously, 65 Bali Starlings bred by Begawan Foundation were released in 2006 and 2007 on Nusa Penida. In 2010, Begawan Foundation brought its remaining captive stock along with their enclosures to set up the Foundation’s new breeding facility at Sibang, next to the Green School campus.


Begawan Foundation’s mission to increase the Bali Starling population in its habitat and to improve genetic diversity was strengthened in 2011 by the return of 20 Bali Starlings from Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and the UK – a project coordinated by the European Zoo Association – together with three birds from the Wildlife Reserves of Singapore. These birds have had their bloodlines mixed with local Bali Starlings to breed birds for future release programs.


We Get Mail!

Following Bali Update’s Editorial on Channel Seven Australia's Unfair Treatment of Bali, We Get a Record Number of Readers Emails


Our Editorial in Edition #919 of the Bali Update Giving Channel Seven Australia an Aussie Salute challenged both the fairness and objectivity of Channel Seven Australia’s coverage of Bali. Particular focus was give to a new observational-documentary series “What Really Happens in Bali.”


Sensationalist and unbalanced in its coverage, “What Really Happens in Bali” promises to appeal greatly to those who seek puerile titillation by following the life styles of the dregs of Australian society “on holiday” in Bali.


Our editorial called upon Channel Seven to give equal time to tell the stories of the many Australians who are outstanding members of the Bali community making meaningful contributions to the lives of the Balinese. 


Our editorial brought a record number to supporting comments. Here’s a sampling:

Peter McIntosh wrote:

“If only more people or media would speak up as you have done and show the commercial TV stations up for what they really are - sensationalists of the worst order! Well done and keep chipping away, you have our vote!”

Ibu Jenny in Australia wrote in:

“I totally agree with you. We love Bali and travel to Ubud every year. I will not watch this show.”

Sue Robson contributed:

“I travel to Bali often & have not seen the show yet but whatever they show it will never change my love for Bali! Many people ask me & I tell them the same thing over & over, be cautious & you will have the best trip of your life. True Bali travelers will ALWAYS come back & bring their friends. Never fear Bali will ALWAYS be my home away from home.”

Susan Philips said:

“Well said!!!! Loved this piece.”

Lynette of the Bali Benih Harapan Foundation added:

“Shame on you Channel 7. I, like you, believe that there are so many good stories of Australian helping people in Bali including myself and our charity, maybe they should go outside the square and visit these beautiful people who are the true Bali, what they are reporting on is a very small part of Bali. Thank you for this story. I like you love Bali and the people especially my dear friend John Fawcett "

Kerry Bevis commented:

“I absolutely agree with everything you have said in your article. My husband and I have traveled to beautiful Bali over 20 times and love it. I get frustrated by all the bad publicity Bali receives from the media, which unfortunately is bought on by the drunken loud-mouthed Aussies. That is only the superficial rubbish. Dig deeper to see the beautiful people, the wonderful sights and the amazing people that quietly go about their business in helping Bali grow and prosper. Don’t bag Bali because a minority group of morons go there to cause trouble and disrespect the people and their culture. Shame on them and the media."

Jude wrote:

“Congratulations! A great article/editorial. Your words are so true. Obviously this so called 'doco' is about 'partyland'! Every tourist destination in the world has one, not just Bali. I doubt that they have done any filming outside the Kuta area that will definitely make it a very biased program. And why have they not tried to source the positive side of Kuta, I'm sure that there is one. As you have said there is so much more positive work achieved, not only Australian expats.”


“I am an Australian living in Bali (northern part) in a Balinese village with not a tourist or expat in sight. I love it. I hope that your article has an IMPACT on the powers that be at Channel 7”

Rosalind Robinson an American and the Past President of the Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset wrote:

“Thanks very much for this Jack! Quite true that many Australians have done outstanding work to improve the lives of Balinese - Ubud is full of Ozzies who can make their country proud.”

Terry Roberts from Australia took time to say:

“Completely agree with all of your comments regarding Channel 7. They're not interested in telling people the real truth about Bali. They can't tell the real truth from sensational rubbish anyway.”

Janine from Australia chimed in:

“That's right - we see so many negative stories about Bali in Australia. It's rubbish and I refuse to watch. Lot's of Australians know it's rubbish and love Bali and the Balinese.”

A reader named Henry said:

“I applaud this editorial 100% I contacted these people when they were looking for stories as I am involved with 2 other people from Australia in the care of a little boy in Singaraja who has a life-threatening skin condition but our intervention saved his life. Obviously not raunchy enough for these cretins as they didn't even acknowledge my e-mail, but it really didn't surprise me. Channel 7 is the scum of the media and don't be surprised if the program is pulled due to the overwhelming complaints they are going to get, this is the lowest of the low in gaining the advertising dollar but I am sure the whole thing is going to backfire on them because the regular visitors to Bali, including the ones who work in ensuring the welfare of underprivileged children. These people are going to overheat the channel 7 switchboards. Thank you very much for the article...let's just wait and see the **** hit the fan! "

Kevin Bell in Bali said:

“Unfortunately the Fairfax print media are even worse in their constant Indonesia bashing! Their 'selective reporting' of the 'poor little Schapelle' trial was a perfect example.”

Ron Hope said:

“Your comments are well made. Channel Seven has now gone past the point of even being considered as ridiculous.”

Margaret Daws added:

“Well said and well written, I can assure you that myself and all of my family and friends are sick of media Bali Bashing, we love Bali, it’s culture and most importantly it's people, and after 60 plus visits we will continue to come and support Bali. Thank and keep up your good work.”

Peter Walker felt compelled to say:

“Bravo! Well-written article in response to the constant ‘Bali-bashing’ inflicted on the Australian public. I have already copped some flak from family/friends about 'how dangerous Bali is'. Any place on this earth can be dangerous, including Australia. And how many overseas visitors die in Australia, be it by accident or (as recently seen in Queensland) murder? Keep up the pressure on Ch 7. Congrats!”

Mark Regan writing from Australia said:

“Totally agree with the editorial comments, especially the ‘Hyperbole masquerading as new.’ Channel 7, and the West Australian newspaper continue to provide a totally biased and sensationalized view of anything Bali or Indonesian-based. Their bias is obvious to most west Australians, but they can always find uninformed viewers/readers to aim their reports at. However, there are lots of West Australians that do not believe this 'crap' that they serve, and we do not watch Channel 7 news shows anymore, mainly as there is no real 'news.’ It is mainly just a re-hash of what someone else has already reported, and usually better."


"What happened to their daily front-page news articles regarding the Australian lady and daughter who died from 'Food Poisoning in Bali' (with warnings 'Don't Trust the Medical Examiners’ and 'Bring their Bodies Home'? Months later and a small article on about page 27. If you want a fair and truthfully view of news, avoid Channel 7 and the West Australian.”


Cindee wrote:


“Thank you Bali Discovery for voicing your opinions of Channel 7's ridiculously bias reporting which has frustrated me on all levels. I get really fed up with Channel 7's continuous outrageous bias reports and programs. I often say to my husband: ‘Hello, here is yet another Channel 7 Bali bashing.” 


"The number of Australian visitors to the island speaks for itself, yet Chanel 7 still continues to drag Bali's reputation through the mud. I often wonder whether they have some sort of sponsorship deal with Tourism Australia or the government, as I just don't understand what they achieve by reporting such rubbish! I wish they would spend a day with BARC or BAWA and see the hard work some Australians are putting in to education and training for the people of Bali. Maybe then they can report on an interesting side of Bali that is not speckled with Australian yobbo’s drinking themselves silly and partying all day/night, disrespecting such a beautiful island.”


“Thank you once again, it’s so nice to know I am not the only person outraged by this media outlet's anti-Bali vendetta.”

Terri from Australia wrote:

“I’m fed up with stupid Ozzies that travel to Bali and to drink and then into fights and then give Bali a bad name. I holiday in Bali every year for a month and can only praise the Balinese. I sponsor a child in Singaraja. Visit with the family and always made to feel very welcome. I have never had any problems. Not been sick. I LOVE Bali and the people culture and laws."

Rosemary Honess contributed from Australia:

“As is usual with the media, only believe half of what you read and see. As with any travel you have to take precautions and act sensibly. I think they (Channel 7) are trying to promote travel within Australia. For me, it won't work. Four nights down south of us cost over $AUD1000. We can fly to Bali and stay for 2 weeks and be treated like kings for that price. So, no, what the media is saying just doesn't do it for us. We will keep on going to Bali at least twice a year."

Adele Baker wrote from Australia:

"BRAVO Jack!"


"Bravo for taking this stand! No they didn't interview me about my tireless work with Bali Hati, feeding 8,000 souls, rebuilding schools, providing 1,200 uniforms, desks and computers. Nor did they interview Marilyn Murray for her tireless, continuing efforts making the lives of physically damaged Balinese a little easier. I will NEVER forget the delight of 30 disabled children, some who had to be carried when taken on a picnic to the beach! These children and adults had never seen a beach! Marilyn organized transport facilities and careers. A mighty effort on her part but she told me the sheer delight of these people made it all worthwhile!

There are others, who like us, love Bali, her people and do this work for them! "


"No, Jack, Channel 7 didn't talk to us!"


"Good on you for your great editorial!"


Glenis from Australia wrote:

“I agree it is just sour grapes by Channel 7. I for one won't be watching it and will rebuke any comments against Bali by others. If you haven't visited the island don't listen to a biased report by a disgruntled TV channel, but go to Bali and find out for yourself.”

Graeme Wrigglesworth in Australia added:

“About time someone wrote this. Well done. I have been so cheesed off for a long time with the negative feed back about Bali from the Australian media. They should be writing about the lack of respect some Australians have for the people and the culture in Bali. These bogans are the people who talk to the media. I take my hat off to all those Australians who are representing our country in such a good manner. Hope to be one of them one day.”

Doug McPherson from Australia wrote us a note:

“A great article and very true to the point. I am a very regular visitor to beautiful Bali and must live under a rock to miss all of these supposed happenings. Sure there are a few idiots who do the stupid things that make headlines and definitely forget their responsibilities.”

Australian Bob Danks added:

“Any hope of a fair go from Channel 7 is wishful thinking. I have been visiting Bali and Java from Australia as a tourist for 20 years and have never experienced any of the absurd claims often made by the Australian media regarding Bali. The channel 7 light is never lit on my television. I want unbiased and real news and not the nonsense on that channel."

Doug Meikle wrote:

“Wholeheartedly agree. I'm so sick of the sensationalist manufactured Bali gossip peddled by the Australian media as ‘news’. So sick of it I'm considering changing citizenship! Poor taste rubbish 7. You should be ashamed of yourselves.”


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Review on the Sad State of Bali’s Newly Renovated Airport Causes Many Bali Update Readers to Write


Bali Update Edition #917 carried a scathing review of the state of Bali’s newly renovated Ngurah Rai Airport written by tourism veteran Willem Loots.


Not Impressed with Bali’s New Airport  brought a substantial number of emails commenting on Bali’s new airport.


Here’s a sampling:

Dan O’Donnell wrote to say:

“Most flights land at the same time. Leaving thousands of people trying to ‘get in’ to Bali. It took us over two hours after we landed!! **** that! They need to hire more people."

Philip Stanley wrote:

“Really good article. My thanks go to Willem Loots for the writing of something very interesting and thanks to Bali Discovery for the informing us by printing this.”

Chris Ryan from Australia chimed in:

“I totally agree with all the details expressed by your correspondent. We left Bali Tuesday April 8th and after the usual delays at check in negotiated the maze of the duty free area. Our flight departure gate was not displayed until 45 minutes before the flight was due to leave. This had the effect of about 250 passengers sitting, standing and lying in the general area when they could have been in the departure area. The lack of lounges such as the Dewi, Premier and Prada that were available in the old terminal adds to the general crowding of public areas. At the departure gate there was no orderly boarding they just opened the gate to the air bridge and the crush of people was ridiculous. All of this after the increase of departure tax (service fee) for an airport that is still a long way from finished and very poorly managed. Despite this we will still be back as Bali is much more than a badly-managed airport.”

Judith Schneider added:

“We departed February 12th, but Willem Loots’ description was right on. We would add an additional insult in that our ticket entitled us to the VIP lounge. What a farce! The food was horrible, the chairs were lined up, not matching and already in need of cleaning. I think they bought them second hand somewhere. The old airport was Bali, this new airport is the worse we've experienced.”

Janice Tade commented:

“I can sadly only agree. The airport is a confusing shambles and the wait for luggage after arriving can take more than 1 hour. It is a shame to see the potential for a world class facility wasted.”

Alan Lockett had a lone dissenting view:

I think this guy is wingeing about mostly teething problems at the airport No big deal.”

Eric Eliard contributed:

“ I can totally agree with what this gentleman is saying. With airport to be paid by cash, with slow immigration, with an obligation to walk hundred of meters through duty free shopping area this airport is just a mess and a shame for all Indonesia. How can responsible managers not be aware of all these problems? Can thy go to see how Hong Kong and Singapore manage their airports?”

Bali resident Peter Wrycza had this to say:

“I was also shocked at the airport departure fee hike, on the grounds of 'enhanced service(s). I also object to that stupid pathway through the corridor of luxury brands. Virtually nothing that reflects Bali or Indonesian goods or character, and then only 'high end', just the usual boring international brands.”


“And then it's amazing that in 2014 we have a terminal where it's virtually impossible to plug in a computer or 'device' to avoid battery drain.”


“Still trying to think what the enhanced services are for the hike.”


“Couples and families separated for the x-ray machines on some religious fanatic's whim?”

Glenis from Australia wrote:

“I totally agree with this man, it is a disgrace plus bumping the visa and departure taxes up they should be dropping the lot . . .and as for the Garuda Business lounge - don't get me started!"

Randall Hayward had this to say:

“Unfortunately I agree completely with this honest assessment. There simply is no comparison with airports like Singapore where they have done it right. What was omitted is the filthy carpeting, the unfinished baggage carousels and much more. Nothing about this airport says, 'Welcome to Bali - the Island of the Gods'? It screams bad planning, bad timing, poor execution and sketchy management. Like a bad amusement park ride, the only thing that is true is that all roads lead to the gift shop!”


For Those in the Know on Indonesian Hotels

Douglas Ramage Joins All-Star Line Up of Speakers and Panelists at Indonesian Hotel Investment Conference in Bali on June 6, 2014


Dr. Douglas Ramage, a leading expert on Indonesia politics, economic affairs has confirmed his participation as a speaker at the Indonesian Hotel Investment Conference (IHIC 2014) to be held on Friday, June 6, 2014 in Bali.


With more than 25 years experience in Indonesia, Ramage provides advice and guidance to Fortune 500 companies in Indonesia and is a much sought after speaker and commentator on Indonesia affairs with a proven track-record on helping major companies develop their risk assessments in the face of an ever-changing political and business landscape.


Ramage will travel to Bali to share with those attending IHIC 2014 his insights on the dynamic changes underway in the Indonesian political and business landscape in a year of political transitions.


Also confirmed as a keynote speaker at IHIC 2014 is the distinguished former Minister of Tourism and Culture, I Gede Ardika. 


The IHIC 2014 is sponsored by the Bali Hotels Association and co-hosted by Horwath HTL.


The plenary and breakout sessions that comprise the remainder of the day will feature speakers and panelists who will examine the Indonesian hotel investment outlook; present statistical reviews on the state of the Indonesian hotel industry; explore investment opportunities in Bali and beyond; discuss sustainability issues for the accommodation sector; provide insights on new trends in design and product innovation; look at new approaches to product financing; consider the growing role of OTAs, channel distribution and social media; and learn how Indonesian accommodation companies are tackling the issue of successful branding.


Participants at IHIC 2014 will have ample opportunities to interact with leaders from the Indonesian and regional accommodation sector over coffee breaks, a power lunch and a private sunset networking cocktail event. 


Indonesian Hotel Investment Conference Website  


For more information and registration contact:


Katrin Widodo

Secretariat – Indonesian Hotel Investment Conference


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