Bali’s Disappointing Airport
Passengers at Bali Airport Complain of Lack of Public Transport and Coercive Luggage Porter
The Bali Consumer Protection Bureau (YLPK-Bali) has undertaken a customer service surveys for Bali Ngurah Rai International and the Lombok International Airports.
I Putu Armaya, director of YLPK, told Metrobali.com on June 24, 2014, that the survey was undertaken over 5 days ,June 4-8, 2014. The survey involved around 300 respondents - both domestic and international air passengers.
While many gave “good” ratings to the Bali and Lombok Airports, negative comments focused on the minimum access to public transport at both airports.
Armaya pointed to other major airports in Indonesia where public transport is supplied by Damri Busses. He complained that in Bali the airport authority has failed to establish cooperation with the Provincial Government of Bali and to fully connect the airport with the Trans-Sarbagita Regional Bus Service.
Said Armaya: “We hope that the provincial government will go beyond mere rhetoric and undertake the important steps to improve service at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport and make it the best airport in Indonesia.”
He went on to explain that Ngurah Rai must upgrade its services in order to meet the requirements of the Consumer Protection Laws, underlining that customers are in the end paying for services and not technology or a luxurious infrastructure.
To this end, he insists, Ngurah Rai Airport must open access to third parties to provide public transport now dominated by a monopoly operated by a local cooperative.
Passengers completing the survey at the Lombok airport also bemoaned a similar lack of public transport.
The same survey also revealed many complaints regarding aggressive luggage porters demanding from foreign tourists as much as US$10 per bag (Rp. 120,000) when, in fact the official tariff set by the airport is only Rp. 5,000 per bag.
Armaya said PT Angkasa Pura I, as the airports managers should take strong action again porters victimizing Bali visitors.
The survey at the Bali Airport was conducted in free-flowing dialog that included members of the Airport’s management.
Seeking a Five-Finger Discount
Uruguayan Tourist Captured While Shoplifting from Petito Supermarket in Bali
Tribunews.com report that an Uruguayan national, Eric Alex Dacler, was taken into custody by Kuta Bali police for questioning on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.
Dacler was arrested in the process of stealing items from the Pepito Supermarket on Jalan Raya Kerobokan.
Ni Ketut Yusi Susanti, a witness to the theft, told police that Dacler visited the supermarket ostensibly to shop. The man was seen placing merchandise into a bag and then trying to depart via a side entrance.
Witnessing the crime in progress, the witness raised the alarm by crying “thief” that prompted the Uruguayan to run down the highways in the direction of Jalan Metanadi.
With security guards and local citizens in hot pursuit, the man was apprehended and turned over to the local police precinct.
They’ve all Gone to Brazil
Major Indonesian Inbound Operator Says Bookings Have Slowed During World Cup Mania
TTG Asia reports that a major inbound operator to Bali and rest of Indonesia reports a 20% increase in bookings in 2014, but a downturn in the rate off bookings for the coming summer months.
Rocky W. Praputranto who is a director of the Panorama Leisure Group said: “Bookings for this summer are slower (than the season last year) as the Europeans’ attention is on the World Cup in Brazil.”
Continuing, Praputranto added: “The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France, Belgium and Switzerland are our markets and these countries are participating in the World Cup. The Europeans are either staying home or travelling to Brazil for the season (to watch the matches).”
Europe represents 52% of Panorama’s inbound business.
Based on a 15% increase in business during the first four months of 2014, Panorama is expecting a 20% increase in revenues by the end of 2014.
Panorama’s entry into the Asian market 5 years ago is reaping rewards with business growing from the Asian region at 34% per year.
Hedging its Bets
Garuda Signs a Cross Currency Swap in Anticipation of Swings in International Currency Exchange Values
Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) and Garuda Indonesia have entered into a currency swap agreement in anticipation of continuing fluctuations in the exchange value of the Indonesian Rupiah.
As reported by Bisnis.com, the move by the National Flag Carrier represents a rare move by a State-owned company in undertaking a hedging financial instrument. The air carrier earns revenues in both Rupiah and U.S. Dollars, while many of its expenses (e.g. fuel and spare parts) are tied to the U.S. Greenback.
BNI’s director of treasury and international finance, Suwoko Singoastro said the bank was cooperating with Garuda via a cross currency swap (CCS) to a value of Rp. 500 billion (US$41.6 million) for a period of 3 years for serving their principal and interest on their loan portfolio.
“This is to mitigate against the risk of fluctuations in the exchange value of the rupiah when mismatches occur in the flow of two currencies,” Suwoko explained.
He said hedging is done to confront uncertainty in the international currency market that can have a negative impact on the Indonesian domestic economy.
There is an expectation that the U.S. Federal Reserve will increase the interest rate that could result in withdrawal of foreign currency form emerging markets.
The hedging transaction freezes values at the point in time when the cross currency swapwas established, in this instance June 9, 2014.
According to data from Bank Indonesia, there are only two State-Owned Companies (BUMN) that have undertaken hedging transaction, although BUMN companies are allowed to do so under a regulation introduced in 2013.
Through May 2014, the average amount of foreign currency transaction in Indonesia averaged US$5 billion per day. Meanwhile Singapore averages US$300 billion each day, while Thailand and Malaysia averages foreign exchange transactions of US$12 million per day.
From Russia With Love
Russia’s Conde Nast Traveler Edition Names Bali the World’s Most Beautiful Island
The State News Agency Antara reports that “Conde Nast Traveler Russia” has named Bali as the world’s most beautiful island.
Bali was awarded this title in Moscow on March 17, 2014.
“The declaration of Bali as the world’s most beautiful island for the international audience in Moscow will have a positive impact on Indonesian tourism and Bali in particular for the future,” said Drs. Nyoman Putra, a tourism observer based in Denpasar.
Putra declared that the recognition given to Bali means the readers of the magazine chose Bali over other famous island destinations such as Phuket, the Maldives, Mauritius and the islands of Greece. He hopes that this development will result in even more Russians visiting Bali in the future.
Remote Area Parking at Bali’s Airport
Bali Airport Preparing to Move All Motorcycle Parking to a Remote Area
PT Angkasa Pura I – the managers of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport are in the process of shifting the parking area for motorcycles from the tiered parking area due to overcrowding at that facility.
Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the co-general manager of PT Angkasa Pura I at Bali’s airport, I Gusti Ngurah Ardita, told the press on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 that the details of the shift in parking areas was still being sorted out.
Ardita revealed that the area allocated for motorcycle parking in the multi-level parking garage would soon shift to the gasoline depot located within the airport in front of the Airport’s Customs and Excise Office.
All motorcycles will be directed to park in the new area where a shuttle bus will be used to convey them to other areas of Bali’s airport.
“We are still calculating how many busses will be required for the shuttle service,” explained Ardita.
The shuttle bus service will bring motorcyclists from the parking area to the domestic and international terminals.
In deciding to move the parking area for motorcycle officials say the under-capacity of the tiered parking garage and the congested traffic conditions in the airport played keyed parts in the decision.
Bali’s New Domestic Air Terminal Opening in July 2014
PT Angkasa Pura I have announced that Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport’s Domestic Terminal is now targeted to commence full operations in July 2014.
I Gusti Ngurah Ardit, co-general manager of the company that manages Bali’s airport, told the State News Agency Antara: “We hope that next month (July) the construction of the domestic terminal will be completed and with domestic flight operations moving to the new terminal."
The opening of the new domestic terminal means domestic operations will shift from a corner of the international terminal, freeing up the use of all the intended space designated for international air passengers.
Ardita revealed that the construction of the international terminal is also now completed with finishing of detailed work now underway.
The only remaining work in the domestic terminal is the commissioning of two conveyor belts for passenger luggage.
The completion of the domestic terminal is happening just in time for one of the busiest school holiday periods in Bali.
Ardita pegs growth in traffic at Bali’s airport at 13% over the past year with a total of 15 million passengers expected to pass through the facillity in 2014.
Man’s Best Friend No More
Governor Calls on Bali Officials to Apply Regulations and Cull All Stray Dogs in Bali
The Jakarta Post reports that Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika has ordered the provincial animal husbandry department follow regulations set forth in the 2009 rabies prevention regulations and cull all stray dogs.
“If any stray dogs are found, feel free to eliminate them. It has been stipulated in the bylaw that dog owners have to confine their pets at home,” Pastika declared.
Blaming stray “ownerless” dogs for the continuing threat of rabies in Bali, Pastika added: “It is more dangerous if we let the stray dogs roam.” There is no need to catch them, put them in a shelter or something. Just cull them. It is the dog owners’ fault for letting their dogs stray.”
Despite protests from animal rights groups in Bali who brand culling as both cruel and ineffective as opposed to a program of comprehensive vaccination, Governor Pastika is insistent that the 2009 law requiring owners to keep their pets at home and have them under regular vaccination be applied without compromise. Dog owners who fail to obey the law can be fined up to Rp. 50 million (US$4,100) and be imprisoned for 6 months.
Pastika has asked the police to assist in culling stray dogs.
Rabies emerged as a health threat in 2008 and has been linked to 128 human deaths.
Since 2008, the Province has spent Rp.25.5 billion in vaccine and rabies control programs (US$2 million).
Despite these efforts by the province, new cases of rabies are still being recorded among Bali’s canine and human population.
Garuda Committed to Nation Building
Garuda Indonesia Expanding its Domestic Route Network
Garuda Indonesia – the National flag carrier has announced that it will continue to open new routes to remote regions of the Country to provide air connections to all corners of Indonesia and help develop the Republic’s economy.
Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the CEO of Garuda, Emirsyah Satar, told a public meeting in Bali on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, “We have already managed to open new routes previously unserved by Garuda."
For flight to remote areas of the Country Garuda is using ATR72-600 aircraft, planes that are highly suitable in serving airports with short runways.
Emirsyah continued: “We have recently opened flight routes to Labuan Bajo (Flores and Komodo) and Tambaloka (Sumba).”
“As a State-Owned Company (BUMN)” Emirsyah said, “we are committed to assist the Masterplan for the Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia's Economic Development( MP3EI).”
To this end, Garuda will bring six more ATR72-600 aircraft into its fleet in 2014, doubling the size of its fleet of short take-off and landing planes.
The new planes will allow Garuda to fly to new destinations, including Luuk, Bau-bau and Wangi-wangi in southeast Sulawesi.
“I hope that the opening of these new routes will make tourism sites that were previous inaccessible now within the reach of tourist visitors and will hasten the development of regional economies,” Emirsyah Satar concluded.
Air France Commences Daily Flight from Jakarta to Paris
Air France has announced plans to operate a daily service between Jakarta and Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport with a stopover in Singapore.
The new service begins on July 10, 2014.
Air France is offering promotional fares in economy, super economy and business class to celebrate its new service. Conditions apply.
The new service will be operated with Boeing 777-300 configured with 303 seats, that includenm 8- first class, 67-business class, 28-seats in premium economy and 200-economy seats.
This new route is supplemented by a daily service by KLM Royal Dutch Airline from Jakarta to Amsterdam, with an intermediate stop in Kuala Lumpur and from Denpasar to Amsterdam with a stop in Singapore.
Next Port-of-Call: Paradise
Crystal Cruise Plans a Calls on the Island of Bali in 2014-2015
Crystal Cruise has announced their cruise itineraries for Southeast Asia that include Bali as a port of call in the fall of 2014 and early winter 2015.
With Bali Itineraries departing November 24, December 7, January 5 and January 17 - each new 12 to 14-day itinerary also calls in several other Indonesian ports while sailing between Bali and Singapore, and includes visits to Australia and Southeast Asia, depending on the cruise.
Forming a part of Crystal Symphony’s Bali calls are traditional dances, lectures by Emmy award-winning Bali-based filmmaker Lawrence Blair and talented chef, restaurant owner and author of several cookbooks on Balinese cuisine Heinz von Holzen.
Chef Heinz von Holzen who runs the legendary Bumbu Bali Restaurant serving authentic Balinese cuisine will lead cooking classes and prepare a visiting chef’s dinner and a limited –seating Vintage Room Dinner on the January 5, 2015 sailing.
All voyages will also feature a rare-shipboard presentation of the Balinese kecak dance performed by approximately 100 dancers.
A full range of shore excursions include elephant treks, temple visits, visit to traditional textile centers and culinary excursions.
No Strings Attached
Military Command Order Kite Flyers to Fly Low Until The Presidential Elections are Over
The head of the Udayana Military Command headquartered in Bali has reminded kite flying enthusiasts not to fly their kites at altitudes of more than 100 meters, due to the risk of endangering local air traffic.
The spokesman for the 9th Kodam Military District, Col. Handoko, said on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, that while the Command has not forbidden kite flying, they have stipulated that the maximum height for kite flying is 100 meters in order to avoid any conflicts with helicopters and other civil aircraft.
Quoted by Metrobali.com, Handoko added: “What’s more, during the presidential election officials will be observing the election process by helicopters and kites represent a hazard.
Handoko also reminded that when the Commander of the Udayana Military Commander Major General Wisnu Bawa Tenaya was observing the Asia Pacific Economic Summit (APEC) in October 2013, his helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in downtown Denpasar when a kite became entangled in the blades of the aircraft.
Barbarians at the Gate
Presidential Candidate Prabowo Claims Bali is Example of Foreigners Siphoning off National Wealth
Prabowo Subianto sent mixed and worrisome signals to certain segments of Bali’s tourism community, delivering a somewhat xenophobic message at a campaign rally held at Limintang Field in downtown Denpasar on Saturday, June 28, 2014.
Resounding an anti-foreigner theme that has formed a consistent part of his campaign platform, Prabowo told his audience that future leaders must be cautious and not allow the profit of Indonesia’s tourism sector to be siphoned off by foreign countries.
Quoted in Beritabali.com, Prabowo said: “If we are not careful, our wealth will not be enjoyed by our own people. Bali is an example. Big Tourists come here. We must question and be careful. Don’t let the profit they (the tourists) bring be taken away by others who are not of our nation.”
Prabowo called for vigilance because he proclaims a desire to safeguard national wealth for all the Indonesian people.
“This is our battle; the duty we embrace. We have a strategy of continuing the mandate of SBY. That which is missing we will add. That which is good we, we say is good,” explained Prabowo.
Prabowo says Indonesia is at a crossroad. Standing before thousands of supporters, Prabowo expressed his appreciation for Indonesia’s current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
“At the close of his leadership, we must give thanks for SBY who has brought Indonesia to its current state,” he said.
Prabowo admitted that managing and leading Indonesia is not an easy task. He also admitted that Indonesia is now the fourth largest nation in the world. Continuing, he said: “Every year Indonesia adds five million people. We are acknowledged as the fifth richest nation in the world."
Our World Cup Runneth Over
At Least 12 Bali Hotels Facing Criminal Action for Unlicensed Broadcasts of World Cup Football in the Public Areas
PT Nonbar (Nonton Bareng = Watching Together) who holds exclusive Indonesian broadcast rights for re-broadcast of the World Cup has served cease and desist orders (somasi) on 12 starred hotels in Bali who they claim have illegally shown World Cup 2014 in their Bar and Restaurants.
As reported by beritadewata.com, the legal representative of PT Nonbar, Fredrick Billy, said on Monday, June 23, 2014: “PT Nonbar as the holder of exclusive broadcast rights is issuing a somasi to 12 hotels from among 50 hotels restaurants because we believe they have illegally conducted commercial broadcasts of the World Cup 2014.”
Among the 12 hotels cited by PT Nonbar are Hotel Radiant, The Bali Khama, Sofitel, Peninsula Beach, Princess Benoa, Kind Villa Bintang Resort, Grand Beach Nusa Dua, Grand Aston Sanur, Conrad Bali, Four Season and Grand Mirage Club.
Fredrick Billy said the hotels failed to obtain permits from PT Nonbar as the coordinator of broadcast right for public showings of the World Cup
PT Nonbar has conducted “sweeping operations” at a number of hotels in Bali featuring public showings of the World Cup that had not paid for and obtained permits. As a result, PT Nonbar claims they suffered significant financial losses due to the illegal broadcasts.
According to Billy, the offending hotels (and other still being verified by his company) violated Sections 49 and 72 of Law No. 19 of 2002 on copyrights and are subject to 7 years in prison and a fine of Rp. 5 billion. (US$416,000).
The hotels were given a strict time limit to obtain the needed permit to avoid PT Nonbar pressing forward with the case.
PT Nonbar reportedly owns license form PT International Sport Marketing (ISM) to coordinate public showings of the World Cup in Bali.
While four Indonesian TV Cannels held the right for the TV broadcasts of the World Cup (TV One. ANTV, Qvition and Viva Sky), PT Nonbar holds right for coordinating public showings in hotels, restaurants and malls.
The cost to obtain the right to show the World Cup in the public areas of hotels for a three-star hotel is Rp. 60 million (US$5,000), four-star hotel Rp. 80 million (US$6,600) and five-star hotel Rp. 100 million (US$8,300).
Iberian Culinary Intrigue
Sundara at Four Seasons Presents Spanish Cuisine and Cocktails
A world-renowned Master of Mixology, Javier de las Muelas from DRY, will return to Bali’s Sundara Restaurant on July 23 and 26, 2014 in the company of Spanish Michelin star Chef Carles Tejedor.
Already known for its outstanding cuisine and cocktails, Sundara is a perfect backdrop for Javier de las Muelas, master of the award-winning DRY Martini Bar in Barcelona and one of the world’s most influential Mixologists.
Javier de las Muelas' earlier visits to Bali included a month of pre-opening training for Sundara’s Bar team. He is returning to Bali to share the latest trends in Mixology. His company, DRY is one of the leading global consultancy companies, constantly defining new standards in international Mixology.
Never guilty of doing anything by halves, Sundara will also welcome Spanish Michelin Star Chef Carles Tejedor. Tejedor, who spent seven years leading Barcelona’s legendary Via Venetor Restaurant, is coming to Bali on the singular mission: to introduce Bali diners to Spain’s best tastes and flavors.
Chef Carles is also the man behind Oil Motion, a project that aims to spread knowledge of cooking oil internationally. Maintaining two oil laboratories in Barcelona and Beijing, the project reflects Carles participation in the Science and Cooking lectures at Harvard University, his culinary consultancy for restaurants and some of Spain's best oil makers.
For two days only, The Four Seasons Bali Resort at Jimbaran Bay will welcome these two talented Spaniards to enliven local palates.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
On Wednesday July 23, guests will be treated to a delicious variety of pass around tapas such as Whitebait, Charcuterie Iberica and Fideua Fideua to be paired with DRY’s world-class Pitcher cocktails at the Sundara Bar. The standing event, accompanied by a Live DJ, which will begin in time to catch Jimbaran Bay’s dazzling sunset at 5.30 p.m. until 8.30 p.m..
The event is priced at Rp. 950.000++ (US$96) per person.
Saturday. July 26, 2014
On Saturday July 26, Sundara invites guests to Sundara Mezzanine to experience Spanish live cooking. The culinary journey will be defined by different live cooking stations and Spain’s most renowned culinary export: the ‘Paella’, prepared by Michelin Star Chef Carles Tejedor. Guests will be able to observe and interact with the chef as well as learn the newest trends in Mixology from live cocktail stations. Spanish classics such as A Feira Octopus, Iberian Pork Filet and Prawns in garlic together with a live band playing Latino music will turn the night into a Spanish fiesta.
The event which begins at 6.30 p.m. and ends at 9.30 p.m. is priced at Rp. 1,400,000++ (US$142) per person.
Got the Picture?
Indonesia Begins Printing Cigarette Packages with Graphic Health Warnings
Indonesian cigarette manufacturers, in accordance with national law, have begun printing graphic medical photographs depicting the effects on various human organs of prolonged smoking.
New packages with the new pictures were printed on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, with the vote still out on whether or not such warnings will curb the enormous appetite of Indonesians for cigarettes in a country where one in five persons smokes.
Undeterred by the introduction of graphic warnings and laws barring smoking in public places, the corporate secretary of Wismilak Inti Makmur - one of Indonesia's largest domestic tobacco comanies, Surjanto Yasaputera, reports his company remains committed to increasing cigarette sales by 20-25% in 2014.
The World Health Organization blames between 6-8 million deaths per year on cigarette smoking.
It’s a Bitch When You Steal
Dog Thieves in West Bali May Face 9 Years in Prison
On Friday, June 27, 2014, police in Negara, West Bali arrested men in the act of poisoning and steeling dogs for sale to dog meat shops.
Now in police custody are Gusti Komang Widiantara (18) and Putu Astina (30) both from Banjar Tengah, Negara.
The men were arrested in the act of stealing two dogs owned by Nyoman Reti (48). The men poisoned the dogs before trying to escape with the animal’s carcasses.
The two murderous dog thieve told police they were ordered to steal dogs by Ketut Suwandra (48), also of Negara.
Police say Suwandra was also the party that ordered two men caught stealing dogs in April. (See related article).
Tu As told police he has only recently started to steal dogs, working in the past capturing monitor lizard for sale.
He was paid Rp. 50,000 for each dog delivered to Suwandra who used the dogs at his own RW restaurant selling dog meat. If he sold the animals on to other shops he would charge Rp. 80,000 – Rp. 100,000 per animal.
Suwandra purchased the potash used to poison the dogs from a supplier in Gilimanuk.
It is unclear if Ketut Suwandra has been arrested by police for his involvement in the thefts.
Police in Jembrana say the two men now in police custody can be charged with violating laws governing the theft and cruelty to animals with a maximum penalty of 9 years in prison.
Award-Winning Young Indonesian Chef Competing for Global Honors in Norway
A talented young Indonesian Chef, 23-year-old Marcel Sumarga is en route to Stavanger, Norway to attend The World Association of Chefs Societies - WACS World Congress 2014 - July 2-5, 2014.
Thousand of highly skilled culinary experts will descent on Norway to attend seminars, exchange ideas and recipes and compete for global recognition in three categories:
Global Chef Challenge
Junior Chef Challenge -Hans Bueschkens
Two senior members of Bali Culinary Professionals – Bali's leading association of food and beverage professionals, have mentored Marcel on the way to Norway. Andrew Skinner, executive Chef at the Bulgari Resort, has carefully groomed Marcel at his place of employment. Meanwhile, accompanying Chef Sumarga to Norway to lend moral support will be Chef Christfian Nehemia, Area Culinary Chief for Holiday Inn Resorts in Indonesia and Vietnam, and President of the Bali Culinary Professionals.
Careful mentoring over a four-year culinary journey has seen the young Bali-born chef earn the right to represent Asia and Indonesia in Stavanger.
The professional landmarks achieved by Marcel along this remarkable journey.
Gold Medal Award at Salon Culinaire 2010 on "Three Course set Menu Display" where he was also named Best Junior Chef
Bronze Medal Award on MLA Black Box Competition 2010 (Meat and Livestock Australia) at Nikko Bali Resort and Spa.
1st Place for Hans Bueschkens Junior World Champion Indonesian Selection
The Junior Chef Challenge is named in honor of Hans Bueschkens, former president of World Association of Chef Societies (WACS) who dedicated his term in office to interest talented young people in careers as chefs.
Reflecting the success of Bueschkens’ vision, Marcel Sumarga’s personal motto is inspired by National Geographic's: "Learn Today Lead Tomorrow.”
Marcel’s Sumarga’s participation at the WACS competition in Norway was made possible through the support of Bali Culinary Professionals and the generous sponsorship of Lotus Food Service, Rational and MEC3.
Putting Kids First
Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua Contributes Funds to Care for Children Afflicted with HIV/AIDS
Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua (RCBND) recently presented a check for Rp. 65 million (US$5,400) to the Kerti Praja Foundation (YKP) to support efforts to deal with current health issues and support in the community. YKP delivers nutritional supplements to infants affected by HIV-AIDS up to the age of 18 months as well as vital medical supplies for the continuing operation of YKP’s Amertha Clinic.
In an effort to ensure that children infected with HIV/AIDS in Bali, RCBND in cooperation with YKP provides elementary school scholarships to 18 HIV positive children in Bali.
To obtain funds for these activities, RCBND holds a range of fund-raising activities including a Golf Tournament, Tennis Tournament and recently inaugurated Fashion Show and Culture Event, which raised over Rp. 60million. Proceeds from this charity event benefited The Bali Life Foundations Orphanage in Ungasan and their educational programs.
Among the club’s other major community service programs is one facilitating cleft palate and other craniofacial surgery for underprivileged children on Bali with over 1,380 life-changing operations completed to date.
Shown on Balidiscovery.com is RCBND coordinator for HIV/AIDS programs Ari Murti presenting a check for Rp. 65 million to Emily Rowe from Kerti Praja Foundation?
Is the Party Over?
Bali Hotel Occupancy’s Lower Than Normal
Radar Bali reports that while Bali enters the traditionally high season of June many properties are failing to reach 70% occupancy, with a number leading hotels now making bonus night offers in the effort to boost those figures.
The lower than normal occupancy rates were confirmed the Secretary of the Denpasar Chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI-Denpasar), AA Ngurah Adhi Ardana, in statements to the press on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
Ardana said the poor occupancy levels extended to other areas beyond Bali’s capital with many operators hoping that the coming fasting month and presidential elections will provide at least a modest boost to business.
The PHRI official blamed the poor occupancy rates on the flood of new rooms now on sale and the lack of promotion or special events that would help tackle up the excess room supply.
He also bemoaned the change in the market place over the past decades. At one time, he said, tourist came to Bali to linger and visit cultural areas. Continuing, he said modern tourists visit Bali for much shorter periods and spend most of their time at entertainment centers than visitors of the recent past, while modern villa guests often spend their entire time in Bali at their villas.
New Book Commemorates the Life I Gusti Nyoman Lempad (1862-1978) - 116-Year Life of Remarkable Architect, Sculptor and Painter
Renowned Ubud-based author and photographer Rio Helmi has kindly allowed Balidiscovery.com to use photographs and excerpt his article “Lempad, the Book – a Legend Acknowledged” originally published on his website Ubud Now and Then
On June 19, 2014, at the ARMA museum, the launch of the landmark publication “Lempad” was a historical occasion not only for Ubud, but also for Bali as a whole.
The book, a weighty, 300+ page tome is really the love-child of an obsessive, 20 year affair between the couple Ana Gaspar and Antonio Casanova with the late, legendary artist Lempad. Struck by the work of I Gusti Nyoman Lempad when they saw it at the Neka Museum a couple of decades ago, these two collectors scoured bookshops looking for what they believed surely must exist: a book about the great man.
Somehow it seems they never got over the fact that there was no such book, and seven years ago they finally made a commitment to produce an exhaustive, if not definitive book on Lempad. They engaged seasoned author Jean Couteau who has had decades of immersion in the world of Balinese art, and who has penned countless essays and a fair number of books on various Balinese artists.
It has certainly been a long undertaking that has taken them all around the world to uncover the works. As Antonio pointed out during the pre-launch press conference, Lempad’s works already started spreading across the world in the 1930s. He and Antonio Casanova both discussed some of the difficulties involved in identifying the works of a man who never signed his works himself. In fact the actual “signing” of his pen and ink works (those that were actually ‘signed’) was done by various members of his family. There was nothing fraudulent about this: it was done in a naive spirit of giving the work a title and its author acknowledgement. Let us not forget that the whole idea of formal acknowledgement for an individual artist’s work was a foreign concept for the Balinese.
Indeed the whole ‘modern’ concept of what an artist is, was quite absent in Bali during the beginning period of Lempad’s life somewhere in middle of the 19th century. Lempad started off working in the more classic sense of a Balinese “Undagi” (master architect/builder) and “Sangging” (religious artist); roles that integrated coded knowledge of architecture, art, religious/magical formulations of space, correlations of the human body to said spaces, iconography, mythology and more. Perhaps the closest thing that the modern Western world could correlate this to was the Renaissance movement. And Lempad was definitely a man of the stature of Leonardo da Vinci, acknowledged or not.
All of this of course makes identification of Lempad’s work even more complicated. There are sculptures, drawings, paintings, temples, gateways and other works attributed to him. Perhaps the most reliable source for all of this would have been his son, I Gusti Made Sumung, who devoted much of his life to “managing” his father. While Lempad lived in another world, Gusti Made Sumung dealt with this one.
Unfortunately by the time this team put their shoulders into this monumental work, resulting in this impressive book, Gusti Made Sumung too was long gone. However I shall discuss Sumung another day.
Meanwhile the book, published by Pictures Publishers of the Netherlands, is out, and within a few days should be in major bookstores. It received a fittingly grand launch at the ARMA museum with a special address given by one of Indonesia’s literary giants, Goenawan Mohamad. An impressive line up of honored guests, including prominent members of Ubud’s royal family (the Ubud palace was Lempad’s foremost patron) were each presented a copy of the book. Attendees then were invited to an exhibition of Lempad’s work, and then finally a sumptuous Balinese dinner buffet was laid out in the wonderful gardens of the museum. At the launch the book was available for IDR 1.5 million; in the stores expect to pay substantially more. No complaints please – it will be worth every Rupiah.
It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Pizza!
Three Performances Daily by World Champion Pizza Acrobatica Pasqualino Barbasso at AYANA Resort July 2-6, 2014.
If you are crazy “head over heels” about pizza then you “must” attend a visit by the World Champion of Pizza Acrobatics on a “flying” visit to Bali July 2-6, 2014.
From Sicily where men are men and pizza’s are supper-thin, Pasqualino Barbasso is flying to Bali to show how he became two-time world champion in Pizza Acrobatics in 2001 and 2002.
Part of the annual World Pizza Championships held in Italy, competitors pit their skills at preparing, spinning and tossing pizzas.
Think of it as flair bartending with wood-fired ovens.
If you thought competitors join the sport for the “dough” - you’d not be far wrong. Pizza makers from around the globe compete for Gold medals and cash prizes. The winner is determined by who can keep his pizza dough spinning in the sky the highest for the longest period of time.
A recent contestant managed to keep a pie in the air for almost 3.5 minutes. Style also counts with some competitors able to spin pizza pies like basketballs on their fingertips while performing elaborate synchronized dance routines.
Bali visitors and residents wishing to witness and perhaps even try their hand at Pizza Acrobatics can catch any of three daily performances to be held at the AYANA Resort and Spa July 2-6, 2014.
The daily performances at 2:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. are complimentary, while Pasqualino has also created special pizzas priced from only Rp100,000 net for guests to savor every mouthful of this unique 5-day event.
The action will take place at the resort’s Sami Sami Restaurant, maximizing the spectacular sunset and ocean views from its location at the cliff-edge above the Rock Bar.
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