And the Emperor Wore No Clothes
Bali Village Protesting Reclamation of Benoa Bay are Barred from Sharing their Concerns with the Indonesian President
A large billboard protesting a Presidential decree clearing the way for the reclamation of Benoa Bay has been erected again by local citizens on the side of Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai after being removed by officials just prior to a visit by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to open the Bali Arts Festival in June.
The billboard put in pace by local residents living in Suwung Kauh, which borders a mangrove forest, reads, "President SBY, don't drown us, Bali rejects reclamation and Presidential Decision No. 51/2014."
Quoted by Bali Post, a community leader of Swung Kauh, Kadek Bobby Susila, said: "The area of Suwung Kauh touches directly with the shoreline. Several times during the JDP Project (Benoa Bay Toll Road) the seawaters rose. We are worried that if the reclamation takes place the volume of water will rise even further."
According to Bobby, the installation of the billboard was done on the initiative of local residents and represented their genuine concerns regarding the planned reclamation. "Earlier, they installed a billboard, but it was removed by officials with the reasons that SBY (the President) was coming to open the Bali Arts Festival. We were told that the sign would be returned and could be put back up after SBY left. But, in fact, the officials took the sign away to the police station," he complained.
Bali Post reports that the local residents felt intimidated by these developments. They said the sign expressed their legitimate concerns about the reclamation project and that many other billboards along the same highway had been installed by political parties and mass organizations (ormas) were left undisturbed. Bobby continued: "This represented the aspiration of the people and SBY should be able to see it. Why do officials suddenly decide to unilaterally remove this sign? We tried to protest. If it's a matter of permission, this is our village. Frankly, we feel intimidated by both government and law enforcement authorities. In fact, we are very upset about the impact of the reclamation."
During the anniversary (pioldalan) of the Pura Dalem Penataran Suwung Kauh water levels rose so high as to touch the foundations of the temple.
That incident has raised a fear that plans to dredge Benoa Bay, as part of the reclamation project, will result in even higher water levels. "What's more, Benoa Bay is the delta for five rivers in Bali. If it’s dredged, where will this water go? The people of Bali will suffer the consequences. This is the reason the local citizens reject reclamation plans. We hope the reclamation plan will be abandoned, so we erected a billboard rejecting the Presidential Decree. We must change the submissive mindset of the Balinese, just accepting all that is inflicted upon them. We must make a choice," explained Bobby
Fire at Sea
75 Passengers Rescued from Burning Bali to Lombok Ferry
All passengers and crew on board the inter-island ferry Gelis Rau that caught fire while traveling between Bali and Lombok have been successfully rescued from the smoldering vessel.
Quoted by Metrotvnews, Rama who is spokesman for the National Search and Rescue Service (Basarnas) in Bali said on Friday, July 18, 2014: “A total of 75 victims have been safely evacuated (from the ship). There were no passengers who suffered a serious wound, with injuries limited to shock and superficial injuries.”
Cooperating in removing the passengers form the burning ship were elements of Basarnas, the Bali Water Police, and police from the Klungkung and Karangasem police precincts.
The first was extinguished on Thursday evening.
The ferry caught fire during a nighttime crossing form the port of Padang Bai in Bali to Lembar, Lombok on Thursday, July 17th. It was uncontrollably ablaze for nearly six hours leaving a completely burnt out hull run aground on the reef near the shoreline of Nusa Lembongan.
The ship departed Padangbai at 7:45 pm and caught on fire while in rough seas, causing the ship to try to approach the nearest island of Nusa Lembongan.
Also destroyed in the fire were some 21 vehicles, 13 of them large trucks.
Garuda Avoids Ukraine Over Flights
Garuda Announces Amsterdam Flights will Avoid Ukraine Airspace Following Shoot Down of Malaysian Airline Flight
Following the downing of a Malaysian Airline Boeing 777 by a Russian-built military missile over Ukraine on Thursday, July 17, 2014, the national carrier Garuda Indonesia has announced flights operating to and from Amsterdam will avoid the airspace where MH17 was shot down.
The head of corporate communications for Garuda Indonesia, Pujobroto, issued an electronic message on Friday, July 18, 2014, quoted by Suara Pembaruan, stating: “Garuda Indonesia flights from Amsterdam to Jakarta will overfly Budapest, Istanbul, Kuwait, Dubai, Muscat, India and Sri Lanka – avoiding completely flying over Ukrainian air space.”
Pujobroto, who is in Amsterdam on assignment with Garuda, expressed his Airline’s sympathies for Malaysian Airlines.
Garuda Indonesia currently flies five times a week between Amsterdam and Jakarta.
MH17 fell form the skies in the eastern portion of the Ukraine near the Russian border while making its ways form Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
A total of 298 passengers and crew perished in the military attack on a civilian aircraft flying at 33,000 feet on an a route approved for international civil aviation.
Bali’s Hatten Wines Celebrates 20 Years of Wine Production During the Month of August 2014
Bali’s pioneer Hatten Wine is marking its 20th anniversary via a number of celebratory activities:
A staff event for 250 workers, including farmers and vineyard workers on August 15, 2014.
The sponsorship on a Jazz Festival in South Bali August 15-17, 2014.
A wine seminar on August 16, 2104 showing an animated approach to presenting wines. Hosted by winemaker James Kalleske, the wine seminar will feature the wines of Hatten Wines and their aromas, taste and characteristics in motion
Participation by Hatten Wines at the Sanur Festival from August 21-24, 2014.
On August 24, The Hatten Wines Cricket League Anniversary will be held at the Udiyana Cricket Oval. The Hatten Wines Bali Cricket League will feature some of league’s best teams. Food, wine and sun will be at the match.
The celebration of the winery’s 20th birthday will conclude with a celebration at the North Bali vineyards of Hatten Wines on August 30th.
Leading the festivities will be Hatten Wine’s visionary pioneering owner Ida Bagus Rai Budarsa.
Morning of the World
9th Sanur Village Festival Set for August 20-24, 2014
Sanur Village Festival returns to the popular Bali beachside community for a ninth year August 20-24, 2014.
Adopting the theme of “The New Spirit of Heritage” and the tagline “Morning of the World,” Sanur has long embraced the concept of “Morning of the World” apropos of the rising sun that greets visitors and residents alike in Sanur every morning.
The overall theme of “The new spirit of heritage” represents the continuing call of The Sanur Festival for sustainability and good management of the area’s precious natural and cultural resources..
As in years past, The Sanur Village Festival will celebrate food, drink and local culture
Indonesia after SBY
Indonesia-Australia Business Council to Meet Friday, July 25th
The Indonesia-Australia Business Council will hold its monthly meeting for July on Friday, July 25, 2014 between 6:00-8:00 pm at the Segera Village Hotel in Sanur.
The guest speaker at the coming gathering will be Risa Praptono, chief operating officer for the Mentor MicroBank Foundation who will share thoughts on “Indonesia after SBY” and expectations on Indonesia-Australia bilateral relations with the coming change of guard in the Republic’s leadership.
Members pay Rp. 200,000 each and non-members Rp. 380,000 that covers snacks and an open bar.
A Veiled Threat to Balinese Culture
Protests Erupt when Bali Toll Road Workers Asked to Wear Arabic Dress During Ramadhan and Idul Fitri Period
Beritabali.com reports that a policy introduced by PT Jasa Marga Bali Tol asking workers on the Bali Mandara Toll Road to wear Arabic-style veils (for women) and black hats (for men) during the fasting month of Ramadhan and the coming Idul Fitri Holidays has evoked protests from a number of sources, including the Bali Alliance of Hindus.
Intended by the toll operators as a symbol of religious tolerance, the instruction is being roundly criticized by the Bali Alliance of Hindus – a grouping comprised of members of Cakrawahyu, Yayasan Satu Hati Ngrestiti Bali, Yayasan Jaringan Hindu Nusantara and the Pusat Kooordinasi Hindu Nusantara.
Protests have taken the form of demonstrations in front of the office of PT Jasa Marga Toll demanding that the policy be withdrawn.
During those protests, representatives of the Bali Alliance of Hindus met with Hadi Prunama, operation managers of the Toll Authority, and Budi Susteyo, manager of PT Lingkarluar Jakarta – a subsidiary of the Jasa Marga Tol.
At that meeting an agreement was reached to withdraw the controversial policy and for PT Jasa Marga Bali Tol to publish an apology in both print and electronic media.
A Hindu leader in Bali, I Gusti Ngurah Harta, welcomed the good faith demonstrated by the toll operator’s willingness to nullify the policy and make a public apology. “We hope that efforts (in the future) at (religious) toleration that are undertaken by PT Jasa Marga Bali Tol do not adopt moves requiring the Balinese to wear Arabic dress,” said Ngurah Harta.
Ngurah Harta warned that such steps have the potential to become problematic in Bali, fostering feelings of suspicion, particularly when elements outside the Balinese system of beliefs are introduced. Adding: “We desire a Country that embraces unity in diversity and that this principle be safeguarded.”
A similar sentiment was expressed by the chairman of Cakrawahayu, Putu Dana, who declared the polemic at an end. “We are very appreciative of PT Jasa Margra Bali Tol’s intention (to resolve this matter). We do not want that tradition and culture are put under pressure – such measures bring pressure on us as Balinese,” he said.
In connection with the protests, the technical manager of PT Jasa Marga Bali Tol, I Gusti Lanang Bagus W, stated that no written policy exists requiring the use of Islamic dress, and that the suggestion for their use of the Islamic holidays was nothing more than a suggestion.
Service at the Highest Level
Garuda Indonesia Wins ‘World’s Best Cabin Staff’ at 2104 World Airline Awards
Garuda Indonesia has been named the Airline with “The World’s Best Cabin Staff” in the Skytrax Worlds Airline Awards.
The award was given to the Indonesian national flag carrier for the unparalleled level of service provided by Garuda cabin crew to the Airline’s passengers.
In winning the award, Garuda beat out two other nominees: Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways.
The award ceremony naming Garuda for possessing “The World’s Best Cabin Staff 2014” formed a part of “The World Airline Awards 2014” held at the Farnborough International Airshow held in London, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.
The CEO of Skytrax Edward Plaisted handed the award to the CEO of Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar.
In receiving the award, Emirsyah Satar said: “The award as The World’s Best Cabin Staff’ is solid proof of hard work by the entire team, while at the same time reflecting the friendliness of the Indonesia people.”
The 2014 award from Skytrax follows Garuda winning The World’s Best Economy Class in 2013 and The World’s Best Regional Airline in 2012. The award given to Garuda is based on customer satisfaction surveys submitted by 18 million air passengers.
Emirsyah said he sees the latest award as part of the transformational program “Quantum Leap 2011-2015” that is intended to render the Indonesian flag carriers into a five-star airline in 2015.
Keeping an Eye on the Situation
Police Install CCTV Surveillance System at Sea Ports and Airports over Lebaran Holidays in Bali
The Regional Traffic Management Center (RTMC) for the Bali Provincial Police Command will be monitoring movement at all gateways to the Island using CCTV monitors (closed circuit TV) to prevent terrorism and other threats to public order.
Metrobali.com quoted the director of traffic for the Bali Police, Police Commissioner I Wayan Sunartha, who on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, explained how the CCTV system would be connected to the RTMC at the Denpasar police headquarters.
Sunartha confirmed that under video surveillance are the port of Padang Bai in East Bali, the port of Gilimanuk in West Bali, the Port of Benoa in the Island’s south and the Ngurah Rai International Airport.
The video monitoring of the gateways will be supplemented by a heavy police presence always in place during peak travel periods.
Need a Lift?
Bali Search and Rescue and Sanglah General Hospital Undertake Emergency Drill
Bali’s Sanglah General Hospital enacted an emergency drill simulation in cooperation with Provincial Search and Rescue workers on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.
Metrobali.com quotes I Made Udayana, chief of education and training for nursing at the hospital, saying: “This is only a simulation fir handling patients in an emergency when urgent medical care is needed."
The simulation also involved one helicopter from Bali’s Search and Rescue Agency (SAR) that circled above the hospital, testing traveling times from Uluwatu in South Bali to the emergency care unit.
“We are always ready to serve patients coming to us by road or by air,” explained Udayana.
A Decade of Thanks
Balinese Thanksgiving of ‘Nyelung’ Celebrated Once every Decade by Gianyar Farmers
Around 600 farmers drawn from four subaks (traditional water irrigation systems) in Payangan, near Ubud, participated in a traditional “Nyelung” ritual on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.
The subaks of Buahan, Susut, Selat and Tengipis joined forces for a colossal ceremony in which all their crops were presented as religious offerings to the Almighty Ida Sanghyang Widhi.
Nyoman Jejel, the secretary of the Gede Buahan Subak, explained to Metrobali.com: “The ritual ceremony involving all the farmers and their families from four subak is held once every ten years."
The ceremony held at a temple located in the middle of rice fields traces its roots to ancient times when the Subak Gede Buahan often fell victim to crippling droughts.
During the ritual offering the members of the subaks pray at the Pura Pucak Pausan, Buahan Kaja for the safe deliverance of their crops while promising to renew their offerings once every decade if their prayers are answered.
In the past, the prayers of the farmers have always been positively answered, sparing crops from drought, plague and pestilence. This history of success has paved the way for the next “Nyelung” ceremony ten years in the future,always held in the year ending in “4” on the Gregorian calendar.
“We are only continuing an ancient tradition handed down from our ancestors over the years,” explained Jejel.
All the crops are placed on ceremonial altars during the ceremony together with a duck, chicken and a pig. Also placed on the altar are duplicates of all the farming tools used in harvesting the crops.
The offerings are carried in a parade starting from Pura Puseh Buahan to Pura Pucak Pausan – a distance of approximately 10 kilometers.
In Balinese tradition, elaborate offerings made to God, once the ceremony is completed, can be consumed by man after the “essence” of the offering had ritually been surrendered to the Almighty.
A Disgusting Shell Game
Police Arrest Man Attempting to Sell Turtles to Bali Restaurants
The Bali Police have arrested a man captured trying to sell 17 protected green turtles (chelonia-mydas) to Denpasar restaurants.
According tot Metrobali.com, under arrest is a man named Sangkalan, captured when police inspected a van he was driving on Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai in Sanur on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.
Police found 17 live turtles in the back of the van that had transported the reptiles from Jembrana.
Police say the man was only a courier and authorities are still seeking the identities of the syndicate behind the sale of protected turtles.
Police have moved the turtles to a sanctuary compound on Serangan Island.
Seeking a Lion’s Share of Jetstar
Lion Air Reported to be Seeking to a 49% Share of Jetstar from Qantas Airways
Reuter’s reports that the fast-expanding Indonesian airline Lion Air Group is involved in discussions with Qantas Airways aimed at obtaining a share in the Australian carrier's Singapore-based affiliate Jetstar.
At stake is a 49% share of Jetstar Asia Airways.
An unnamed source says the discussions have been underway for several months but are still at what is described as an “early stage.”
Assuming a deal can be struck, permission to go ahead with the acquisition would be subject to approval by the Singaporean government.
Meanwhile, Singapore Civil Aviation authorities, Qantas, Jetstar and Lion Air Group are all refusing to comment on the discussions, with a Qantas spokesman labeling the new as “speculation.”
Qantas is suffering stiff competition and is reported to have suffered deep losses in the second half of 2013.
Trying to halt financial hemorrhaging, Qantas has cut staff, reduced spending and sold off aircraft deemed to be fuel guzzlers. At the same time, any expansion programs for Jetstar have been put on hold.
Lion Air now has a combined fleet of more than 500 aircraft and has long declared an interest in getting a foothold in the lucrative Australian aviation market,
Ambitious in its future plans, Lion Air want to double its fleet by 2030 and is floating ideas of operating its own airport quartered within an exclusive residential complex.
Bali Needs to Become More Energy Dependent
The State News Agency Antara reports that Commission VII of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR-RI) is urging new direct generating sources of electrical energy be created in Bali.
The chairman of Commission VII, S. Milton Pakpahan, on a group junket of national legislators to Bali, said the impetus to create more Bali-based power generation capabilities follows the total blackout of the Island that occur on Saturday, July 12, 2014.
“As a major tourism destination, the incident that caused Bali to go dark must be anticipated and prevented in the future,” said Pakpahan.
For this reason, Pakpahan said he would continue to lobby for the development of Indonesia’s energy sector through research and technology.
Bali, he said, must strive to become more energy independent, reducing or eliminating the need for power distributed from Java’s power grid.
Another member of Commission VII expressed similar sentiments, Sutan Bhatoegana said Bali was a “window on Indonesia” adding, “whatever happens in Bali receives the interest and spotlight of the entire world.
Because of this, Bhatoegena agrees with Pakpahan, saying Bali is a “special case” – especially as regards the development of renewable fuel sources.
Bali currently consumes 794.752 kilowatts with minimal stand-by reserve of 19.8 megawatts. The majority of Bali’s power is “imported” from generating stations in nearby Java.
Show Them the Door
DPR Tells BUMN Minister Dahlan Iskan to Replace all Merpati Directors
The State News Agency Antara reports a working committee dealing with the State-owned airline Merpati Nusantara at the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR-RI) is recommending that the Minister of State-Owned Enterprises fire the airline’s directors in order to save the company.
“We ask the Minister of State-owned enterprises (BUMN) Dahlan Iskan replace the directors of Merpati with people who are clean, not involved in cases reflecting a moral hazard, or stand accused of corruption, collusion or nepotism,” declared the chairman of the working committee on Merpati, Erik Satya Wardhana.
Wardhana’s comments were shared with the press following a meeting with BUMN Minister Dahlan Iskan at the Parliament on Monday, July 14, 2014.
During that meeting, Commission VI of the DPR-RI delivered the report and findings of the working committee containing 5 recommendations for the salvation of the airline.
Among those recommendations is the stipulateion that the new directors of Merpati should be people well versed in the aviation business.
“Merpati’s directors must also understand precisely and completely the problems at the Airline, and possess a realistic business strategy to commence the operation of the company and achieve profitability," he said.
The committee reportedly uncovered facts about the airline showing missteps by Merpati’s management that were taken outside the company’s regulations.
Poor coordination between the directors of Merpati were also uncovered and a lack of due diligence in making critical management decisions were made that, in the opinion of the committee, resulted in losses and the eventual cessation of flight operations.
In response, the BUMN Minister said plans to replace the directors of Merpati were in hand. Dahlan said: “The current directors are ready to be replaced at any time, they only continue to serve because we have no suitable replacements at this time.”
Sanur Beach Now Home to Rainbow Coin Laundry - Our Favorite Laundromat.
Backpacker pausing in Bali with days of dirty laundry in tow; long-staying guests in area hotels not prepared to pay the charges for in-house laundry service or people who prefer to wash their own "dainties" are certain to eagerly embrace the recently opened Rainbow Coin Laundry located in the Ruko complex at the corner of Jalan Danau Tamblingan and Jalan Cemara (across the street Masimos) in Sanur, Bali.
bow Coin Laundry to laundromats "back home" is misleadingly superficial.
Sure, it has rows of impeccably maintained Maytag washers and dryers imported from the U.S.A.. But, in fact, Rainbow Coin Laundry is more of laundry service with an attentive staff who happily assist do-it-yourselfers or who, for an modest additional fee, will take over the complete handling of your soiled linens.
Dop your laundry off while you shop, dine or indulge in a massage next door. Call and have your laundry picked up and delivered alter the same day. The options are many.
During my visit one of the staff even accompanied me, helping to carry the laundry to and from my parked vehicle.
The second floor of the laundromat is home to a refreshing lounge with free WiFi, work benches, TV and a coffee shop offering illy Brand coffee (Rp. 20,000 a cup), a selection of fine teas and cold refreshments.
Below is a list of services and charges to provide a better picture of the range of services on offer at Rainbow Coin Laundry:
Wash/load (maximum 8 kgs) Rp. 50,000
Dry/load (maximum 8 kgs) Rp. 50,000
Blankets/load (maximum 3 pieces) Wash and dry Rp. 50,000
Bed sheets/load (maximum 3 pieces) Wash and dry Rp. 50,000
Bed cover/piece - Wash and dry Rp. 50,000
Hot Water Wash Rp. 20,000 per load
Wash, dry and fold Rp. 20,000 per load
Pick up and delivery in the Sanur area Rp. 20,000
Pressing per load Rp. 20,000
Regular customers get a free round of washing and drying after 10 service cycles. Coins that operate the washer and dryers are purchased from the reception desk. Laundry loads prices include detergent and fabric softener.
Open from 7:00 am until 11:00 pm daily. Last load at 10:00 pm.
For more information contact Rainbow Coin Laundry's manager Sigit Catur Ari Wibowo or assistant manager Paulus Henricus by telephone at +62-(0)361271106 or Emailing
Interrupted Journey to Paradise
Six Bali Residents Die in Crash of MH 17 Shot Down Over Ukraine
The crash of MH17. Shot down by a Russian-made missile over Ukrainian airspace on Thursday, July 17, 2014, counted 6 people who made their homes in Bali among the manifest of 298 murdered crew and passengers.
Balidiscovery.com and Bali Update extends its condolences to the families and friends of all those who lost their lives in the downing of MH17.
People from Bali confirmed among dead are:
Yodricunda Theistiasih, her husband Arnoud Huizen and their infant daughter Yelena Clarice Huizen. Originally from Ambon, Yodricunda moved to Bali in the late 1990s and worked at a hotel in Bali. In Bali she met and married Dutchman Arnoud Huizen. The two were returning from Holland with their 2-year-old daughter after a 3-week visit during which they processed Dutch citizenship for the child. Arnoud Huizen taught language in Kuta to Indonesian school children. The young family made their home in Bali in the Denpasar suburb of Dalung.
Ketut Wiartini (33), originally from Kubutambahan in North Bali, but who lived in Holland for the past 14 years. Divorced from her Dutch husband, Wiartini was returning to Bali to visit family. She leave behind a 13-year-old son Gita Trian Welianda Putu Wiegle in Holland.
Benoit Chardome, originally from Belgium, moved to Bali 6 years ago from New Zealand where he operated a number of restaurants. Most recently Benoit worked as the manager of the Canggu Club. He had travelled to Europe to marry his Indonesian partner, who was not on board the ill-fated MH17 flight back to Asia.
Wayan Sujana (24) from Gerokgak in North Bali, had been invited by Chardome as a guest at the wedding. Sujana had spent nearly a month touring Europe. Sujana, a final year student in a local tourism economy, owned a small, successful spa that provided an income to his family.
Tree of Death
Young Australian Designer Commits Suicide in Dalung, Bali
A 38-year-old Australian who made his home in Bali was found hanging in his rented accommodation on Jalan Angkung Sari, North Kuta on Thursday, July 17, 2014.
Benjamin Bard Torquil Macleod was discovered by a female servant at around 2 pm when she saw the man’s body hanging from a tree in the backyard of the home wearing only a pair of shorts.
Macleod workedin Bali’s fashion industry designing leisurewear, also appearing as a model in the promotion of his fashion creations.
Kuta police continue to investigate Macleod’s death
Local press report that Macleod left a letter for a close acquaintance.
The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Jazz
Ubud Jazz Festival August 8-9, 2014
The Ubud Jazz Festival returns to Ubud August 8-9, 2014 sponsored by BRI Bank.
“Awakening Indonesia” has been adopted as the theme of the Ubud Jazz Festival that will see national and international stars take to the stage.
This year’s festival will also include an important educational element, presented in cooperation with The Dutch Jazz Summer School form South Korea. From August 3-8, 40 participants will follow a jazz school held in Ubud.
The “Jazz Camp” will offer 6 course of study including guitar, drum, piano, double bass, vocal and wind instruments with special focus sessions on music theory and jam session performance.
Advance sales tickets can be purchased on line from the Festival’s website.
Among the jazz performers slated to appear at Ubud Jazz festival 2014 are Gilad Hekselman Trio (USA), Dian Pratiwi and Uwe Plath (Germany), Astrid Sulaiman and Yuri Mahatma Trio (Bali), Balawan BID Trio, Rio Sidik, The GAPPProject. Feat Dave Barlow (Australia- Indonesia), Dwiki Dharmawan (Indonesia), Erica Tucceri (Australia (Bali), Ben van den Dungen Quartet (Holland), Deborah Carter (Holland), Endo Seiji (Japan) and Chika Asamoto (Japan-Bali).
The Ubud Jazz Festival traces its roots to 2010 when the first even was held.
Ubud Jazz Festival Website
Bali, Mystical and Darkly Magic
Séance Held to Communicate with one of the Balinese Victims of the Shoot Down of MH17
Bali – the Island and its people - are deeply spiritual.
News carried by NusaBali underlines this deep spirituality with news precipitated by the tragic loss of MH17, shot down from the skies over the Ukraine.
On board that flight was a 24-year-old Balinese man, I Wayan Sujana, who was on his way back to Bali after attending the wedding of friends in Belgium when his life was tragically cut short. A self-made man coming from the most humble of economic circumstances in North Bali, Sujana was the backbone and future hope of his family distinguishing himself as a scholar and entrepreneur at an early age.
In accordance with Balinese belief that the souls of the dead are in danger of roaming aimlessly in another dimension unless prescribed prayers and rituals are performed that will guide the dead and leading them to the final disposition of their remains in a manner that will guarantee a safe and continuing journey of the soul.
Sujana’s family have had no news from the war zone where the plane fell or from Malaysian Airline regarding their brother and son’s body, clarifying if Wayan’s body has been found and identified.
In an atmosphere of urgency, ceremonies were conducted in the man’s home village of Pejarakan on Saturday, July 19 - little more than one day after the plane fell. Conducted by Balinese priests adept at communicating with the spirit world, a Nebusin ceremony was help to help guide the young man’s soul and body back to his home and family temple.
Held on Saturday morning, the spiritualist spoke to Wayan who spoke through medium saying in Balinese “I’m confused. Confused. Where am I? It’s so hot here.”
Wayan’s father, I Ketut Ginastra, prays that his son’s remains, regardless of their state, are quickly returned to Bali to permit prayers and a cremation seen as essential to permit Wayan’s restful repose and the continuing journey of his soul.
Malaysian authorities have asked the family to provide DNA evidence to aid in the identification of Wayan’s remains and also asked the family to prepare for a flight to Kuala Lumpur that will serve as the receptive center for human remains once they are made available by Ukrainian officials.
The family learned of their son’s death in the early hours of Friday, July 18th when a neighbor and friend of Wayan awoke the family to share the tragic news regarding the crash being broadcast by the international media.
Calling all F&B Professionals
Join a Feast Breaking Gathering of Bali Culinary Professionals on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Pica Tapas Bar
The Bali Culinary Professionals – an association of chef, food & beverage professionals, hotel managers and food suppliers will hold an informal gathering on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Pica Tapas Bar and Restaurant within the Bali Collection at Nusa Dua.
Running from 6:00 – 7:30 pm in deference to the fasting month of Ramadhan, tapas and an open bar of free beer and wine will be provided.
Open to members of the Bali Culinary Professional, guests and other interested in joining the gathering, advance reservations are required by Email. Win a door prize of chef jacket from Chef Works.
Members: Rp. 250,000
Guests: Rp. 350,000
Tickets at the Door for Members Rp. 300,00
Buka Puasa Bersama
Bali Culinary Professionals
Pica Tapas Bar and Mediterranean Restaurant
Bali Collection, Nusa Dua Bali
Saturday, July 26, 2014
6:00 – 7:30 pm
A Voice from Ukraine. A Voice from Beyond
I Wayan Sujana: Born Bali - 1989 Died Ukraine -2014
The criminal destruction of MH17 in the skies over Ukrainian and the resulting loss of 298 lives interrupted in mid-stream, each while in happy pursuit of their individual dream quests.
CNN and other media are sharing many of these personal stories, each as poignant and heartbreaking as the next, describing the empty chairs and empty tables now affecting hundreds of families across the globe.
One such story from Bali is that of 25-year-old I Wayan Sujana.
Born in Pejarakan, North Bali to a impoverished family whose main source of income is derived from collecting sea salt.
Describe by his family and friends as a quiet and pleasant young man with a burning desire to succeed and help his family, Wayan once wrote on his curriculum vitae that his personal motto is “Wortk Hard, Dream High and Never Give Up.”
By working part time jobs and with the assistance of scholarships, Wayan had reached the final year of schooling for a college degree in from the Ganesha University in North Bali, majoring in hotel studies.
To supplement his family’s meager income Wayan set up a successful spa and still managed to find time to teach English to the children in his home village.
When Wayan died he was returning from a one-month grand tour of Europe paid for my a Belgium friend who had taught as a volunteer at a small school established by Wayan in his home town.
But Wayan’s story is best told in his own words, shown below taken from one of his Facebook pages and written before his journey to Europe.
A SON OF SALT FARMER PURSUEs HIS DREAM
by I Wayan Sujana
Like the above title, I am only a son of salt farmer, so you could say I have already tasted the salty side of life. My Father is Ketut Ginastra and my Mother is Wayan Sukri. I am from Pejarakan. I have high dreams of traveling around the world. I really want to know the world.
But how my father can support and pay for my high dream when his income is only Rp. 25 thousand per day (US$2.20)? With that small amount he must pay for everything. But, still, working as a salt farmer he has somehow succeeded in paying for my education, often by borrowing money.
After I finished vocational high school, my teacher offered me the chance to continue my studies at Ganesha University. I was so excited to join the Diploma 3 program of hotel work.
In many ways, my struggle for a successful future began here.
I have never waste my time. I took every chance for new opportunities available at school, knowing there are many scholarships available for poor student with records of strong achievement.
Each year, I worked to win scholarships to help lighten my family’s financial burden.
Due to the high cost of living in Singaraja (North Bali), I have tried to manage my money carefully and have become a small entrepreneur in order to supplement my income.
Using the knowledge obtained in my courses, I opened a small spa. As a result, I am now self-employed and earning an income from the spa.
Initial funding for the Spa came from the PMW program (Student Entrepreneurship Project). I prepared a business plan, and with the help of Ibu Dini, I was able to get start up funding for the spa. Also with Ibu Dini’s support, I opened Quality Spa in Edotel for a year. After some serious consideration, I moved my spa to Pejarakan where I live with my family. There, I also used my PMW funding to open “sekolah alam” or “Nature course.”. This program gives free education to poor students in English, Spa training and preserving nature.
I often asked myself how can I teach while I am always busy studying? But it is not big problem. I use my spare time to teach 3 times a week and I still have time for my campus academic activities.
My education at Ganesha University has taught me English and tourism while preparing my by Diploma as a Hotelier.
I have also invited overseas volunteers to stay in my village. While they are visiting Bali, they can live in my house with no charge for accommodation and meals, learning at the same time how the Balinese live.
As a result, there are many volunteers who support my school.
In fact, one volunteer was so impressed with my efforts that he invited me to come to his wedding in Belgium, sponsoring all the costs connected with my travel.
This is my wonderful chance to see the world. My dream is to see Paris and the rest of Europe. The son of salt farmer now is achieving this dream. Thank to God, my Father, my Mother, my sponsors, lecturers and all those who have assisted me.
I think that life is a game of survival. Nothing is impossible. If there is a will, there is a way. I must always keep fighting and do mu best.
Thank you D3 hotelier, Thank you to my university Undiksha Thank you all so much!
I Wayan Sujana
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