The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
Miss Philippines Wins Miss World Crown in Bali
A 23-year-old Philippine woman, Megan Young, has won the coveted Miss World title announced in the final round broadcast to 180 nations from Bali on Saturday, September 28, 2013.
Pledging in the final question round to “be the best Miss World ever,” Megan won out over 9 other top-ten finalists from Ghana, Jamaica, Spain, Indonesia, England, Nepal, France, Australia and Brazil.
International and Indonesian viewers were treated to an impressive stage number from Indonesia and a very moving moment when all contestants joined voices to sing the Indonesian national anthem “Indonesian Raya.”
Vania Larissa from Indonesia ranked 7th overall in the final selection from among a field of 127 contestants.
The gala final evening came off smoothly despite threats of possible disruption by Islamic extremists whose threats compelled an eleventh hour switch of the final evening from West Java to the Island of Bali.
The Bali final represented the 63rd running of the Miss World Competition that saw Miss World 2012 Yu Wenxia of China pass the crown to her Pilipino successor.
Something to Yak About
Winners of 9th Annual Yak Awards 2013
(9/30/2013) The ninth annual Yak Awards were handed out in a gala evening of food, drink and musical entertainment held at Vue Beach Club @LV8 Berawa on Friday, September 27, 2013.
The theme for this year’s awards party was “More than Just Motown” celebrating the lifestyle and the music of the late 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s. Music for the evening was provided by DJ Gus Till and The Jim Larkin Motown Band.
THE YAK AWARDS 2013
Conducted by Bali’s leading lifestyle magazine – The Yak - winners were nominated and selected via an on-line voting system.
This year’s awardees bringing home an attractive trophy were:
Best Newcomer: Merah Putih
Best Retail Space: Beachwalk/Satu
Best Chef: Ben Cross, Mejekawi
Best Sunset Venue: El Kabron
Best Restaurant: Sarong
Best Wine List: Winehouse
Best DJ: Daniel Ka, Ku De Ta
Yak Woman of the Year: Sinta Maroe, Rainbow Community
Yak Man of the Year: Tah Riq, Inspirational Activist
Best Community Service: Bali Children, Margaret Barry
Best Bar: Charlie
Best Villa: Luna 2
Best Spa: Cocoon Medical Spa
Best Fashion Label: Farah Khan
Best Jewelry Design: Jemme
Best Resort: The Oberoi Bali
Best Ad Campaign: Plaga Wine
Best Event: Bikini Tribal Party, Ku De Ta
Outstanding Achievement Award: Natalia Perry, Safechilhoods Foundation
Shown on Balidiscovery.com are some snapshots from the Yak Awards 2013 Party.
A Howling Shame
Barring Last Minute Reprieve, BAWA – Expected to Close its Door
(9/30/2013) The Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) closed its doors of its Ubud Clinic on Monday, September 30, 2013, following the delivery of a third and final warning letter from the Gianyar regency for failing to obtain an entire range of permits and licenses that are still under process, but yet to receive formal approval.
Janice Girardi, the founder of BAWA, told press conference on Sunday, September 29, 2013, that despite their best efforts, the final permits could not be issued within the strict deadline period set by authorities.
Authorities cited BAWA for lacking the proper building permit, the lack of an environmental impact study, and a failure to manage solid and atmospheric pollution.
Many have claimed that the very strict enforcement steps taken by the Gianyar administration against BAWA were selective and discriminatory, taken in perceived retaliation for BAWA's spirited and outspoken promotion of rabies prevention and animal rights issues in Bali, sometimes done at the expense of disgruntled officials.
Further fueling the view that BAWA's closure may be both mean-spirited and selective is the fact that, the Regency of Gianyar is not generally known for the imposition of the strict letter of the law in other areas. A point in case, local press reports say illegal accommodation providers in Gianyar far outnumber the legally licensed establishments, demonstrating that strict adherence to rules and permits is more the exception than the rule in Gianyar. (See link: Illegal Outposts in the Hills of Bali)
Girardi told the press conference on Sunday that BAWA had played a central role in the vaccination of 280,000 dogs and the sterilization of 13,280 animals during period of service in Bali.
BAWA’s lawyer, Nyoman “Punglik” Sudiantara, announced to the press conference that he is still hopeful that lobbying effort with the Gianyar administration will earn BAWA an extension of time to organize permits while at the same time being allowed to continue their work.
Originally established on the recommendation of the Regency of Gianyar in 2010, BAWA has worked in the forefront of rabies prevention, community education, sterilization programs and the emergency rescue of injured animals by medical teams working from roving ambulances around the clock.
As the deadline for closure loomed, rescue programs were forced to come to a halt as BAWA workers scrambled to find homes for the nearly 100 animals still under their care. Sick and injured dogs on the side of Bali's roads no longer recive life-saving medical and paliative care from BAWA, but are left to suffer and die in the dust unless other compassionate help can be found.
While efforts to obtain the needed licenses continue, the future of the tens of paid workers employed by BAWA also remains very much in doubt.
Couched in Death
Police Discover Body of Dead Expatriate and Unconscious Female at North Kuta, Bali Villa
(9/30/2013) A 38-year-old expatriate male, Toby Lord, has been found dead on the sofa of a villa at Jalan Merta Agung No. 20 in Kerobokan, North Kuta.
The man, whose body was discovered early on Sunday morning, September 29, 2013, has been alternatively identified as an American or an Australian in various Indonesian media outlets.
When an ambulance and police responded to the scene, they discovered Lord’s body lifeless on a sofa in the living room of the villa and an unconscious female companion, 36-year-old Spaniard Sara Macule Olalde, in an adjoining bedroom.
The woman was rushed to the Bali International Medical Center Hospital (BIMC) where she is reported to have regained consciousness and will soon be interviewed by police.
The cause of Lord’s death and the woman unconsciousness remain under investigation by police.
According to Radar Bali, Indonesian police cannot confirm the cause of the man’s death. Police did confirm, however, there were no signs violence on the bodies of the two people or at the villa. Opened alcoholic beverages were found near the man’s dead body together with a medical syringe, fueling suspicion in the local media that an overdose of alcohol and/or drugs might be involved.
Police says forensic tests on the site, the dead man’s body and interviews with Olalde will soon allow them to obtain a clearer understanding of what actually transpired at the villa.
Bali Seeks to be a Class by its Own
Legislation Being Prepared to Give Province of Bali Special Autonomy Status
(9/30/2013) A team formulating national legislation on special autonomy status for Bali have formed a special committee within The Indonesian Regional Representatives Council (DPD-RI) targeting for a complete presentation on special territory status for Bali to be ready by November 2013.
Special autonomy status for Bali is quickly acquiring broad-based support on the island, according to the chairman of the team formulating the legislation and a member of the DPD-RI, Wayan Sudirta.
Sudirta told NusaBali that the DPD-RI has solicited and obtained input from a borad sampling of community leaders and academics on the issues of special autonomy for Bali that was used in formulating the proposed legislation.
During the month of October the team will socialize the concept to the people of Bali, allowing final alterations based on public sentiment to be included in any final draft document.
Sudirta said a major motivation in seeking special autonomy status for Bali is a desire to preserve the province's natural environment and local culture. At the same time, he said the legislation would also safeguard the national interests of all Indonesians.
The Paved Path to Destruction
Police Statistics Warn of the Danger of Driving on the Roads of Indonesia
(9/30/2013) Bali Police estimate that 1,500 road accidents occur each year on the Island, resulting in some 550 deaths.
These figure suggest an average of two people die each day on Bali’s roads.
Bali’s total accidents still represent a small fraction of the 109,038 accidents that occur nationwide and the 25,131 resulting fatalities recorded by police each year.
The property damage incurred from the carnage on Indonesia’s highways is put at Rp. 222.2 billion (US$19.3 million).
The Director of Traffic at the Bali Police Headquarters, Beno Leohennapessy, recently shared these figures, published in The Bali Post.
Beno blamed the high rate of traffic accidents and deaths on a number of factors, including human error and the condition on Bali’s roads.
The risks endemic in travelling on Indonesia’s roads is not limited to vehicle operators with an estimated 18 pedestrians also dying each day somewhere within the country.
Beno said the main types of “human error” related to traffic accidents are fatigue, driving while under the influence of alcohol, and speeding. He said that breaking existing traffic rules is the starting point of most road mishaps.
Throw the Notebook at this Guy!
Taiwanese Tourist Caught for Stealing Laptop Computer from Immigration Counter at Bali Airport
(9/30/2013) Security at Bali’s new international arrival and departure terminal on the run-up to the APEC Conference was put to an enexpected test when on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, a laptop in use at an immigration counter was stolen.
Police quickly and effectively managed to recover the stolen laptop computer and arrest a 42-year-old Taiwanese national, Chen Ming Hsein, the following morning at the Hotel Nusa Dua Beach.
The computer was stolen at a 7:10 pm on the Tuesday evening from a special counter set up to assist delegates attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference (APEC) now underway in Bali.
According to NusaBali, immigration official Endro Eko Saputro immediately reported the loss of the computer to the Airport police office. After interviewing those who may have witnessed the theft and consulting other security measures in place, police were able to raid room 308 at the Hotel Nusa Dua Beach occupied by the Taiwanese where they found the missing computer.
Police placed Chen under arrest for steeling the computer shortly after arriving on Malaysian Airlines from Kuala Lumpur.
Police identify Chen as a regular tourist and not connected with the APEC Conference. The Taiwanese continues to undergo intense questioning by police and is expected to be charges with criminal theft.
Remains Discovered in Jungle Near Kintamani Believed to be Those of Missing South Korean
(9/30/2013) Police feel they are moving closer to a positive identification of the skeletal remains of a man discovered in the jungle at Bukit Penulisan, Kintamani.
DenPost reports that the remains are believed to be those of a 67-year-old South Korean man, Chun Bock Man, who disappeared from his Abiansemal, Denpasar home three months ago. The man, prior to his disappearance, taught Korean language and was active in a local Pentecostal Church.
Working from immigration documents held by the South Korean, items of clothing and dental evidence police are now preparing to conduct DNA tests that would positively identify if the remains found are those of the missing South Korean.
The dental remains of the body found in the jungle have gold fillings, a trait he shared with the missing man. The brand of a pair of shoes found near the body are the same as an empty box found at the South Korean's now vacant residence.
Police say that only after they have a positive identity of the missing remains can they truly begin to investigate the circumstance behind his disappearance and whether or not the man died of natural causes.
Denpasar – A Haven for Scofflaws
Denpasar Officials Impotent to Enforce Green Zone No-Build Rules
(9/30/2013) DenPost reports that the signs declaring specified areas of Bali’s capital city of Denpasar as “no-build” green zones are in many cases being ignored.
The Green Zone Notices (Jalur Hijau) installed by the Zoning and Housing Agency of Denpasar (DTRP) on the left and right sides of the Peguyangan Subak (Jalan Suradipa) have proven themselves invisible and with no deterrent value to those building homes in business in violation of local zoning laws.
Large sign board forbidding construction within the green zone now stand in the middle of recently built boarding houses, workshops and two-storey luxury residences.
A visit the area along Jalan Suradipa, Peguyangan on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, proved locals pay little or no heed to warnings forbidding construction the official green zone, as seen by the large number of permanent buildings in place and the building boom underway evidenced by the large number of new structures nearing completion.
One local residents interviewed by DenPost freely admitted that all the buildings along Jalan Suradipa have been built in violation of the green zone ordinance. “All violate the green zone. The boarding houses, the workshops and the luxury homes – all are standing in the green zone,” said a man who did not wish his name appearing print. The man said the owners of the illegal structures were by people from outside Denpasar and also long-standing residents of Peguyangan.
The man asked: “Can a building that had already been constructed and has become a permanent structure be penalized by the Denpasar administration? Can a building already standing be demolished? I’d like to know if the Denpasar administration is prepared to enforce the rules.”
Meanwhile, the chief of Zoning and Planning for Denpasar, Dewa Wesnawa Wedagama, said that if there were buildings violating the green zone rules in the Peguyangan Subak along Jalan Suradipa, his office and the Denpasar Enforcement Agency (Satpol PP) would immediately take action by issuing warnings and halting all construction. Wedagama, appearing ignorant of the numerous and flagrant violating of the zoning rules in the area, expressed surprise and promised to send an enforcement team the next day to look into the reported violations.
Bali Under A Tight Security Umbrella
Warships, Fighter Aircraft and Massive Police Presenceto Keep World’s Leaders Safe in Bali During APEC Summit
(9/30/2013) In anticipation of the gathering of world leaders to take place in Bali during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC), 15 warships will be patrolling the coastal waters of Bali October 1-8, 2013.
Defense Forces (TNI) Commander General Moeldoko, quoted by the State News Agency Antara, said: "A total of 15 warships have been deployed."
Also forming part of the sizeable military deployment in place to ensure the peace are F-16 fighter jets, Sukhoi and M-17 fighters."
The General discounted the possibility of any attack being mounted during the APEC conference but explained that the deployment was needed nonetheless to deter any potential security threat.
While the Navy and Air Force will guard Bali’s seas and skies, 11 thousand police will be on duty during the summit to be attended by an estimated 25 heads of state.
"We are on stand-by mode. Standard operating procedures have been prepared in case of threats," explained General Moeldoko
A Resort to Beauty
Miss World 2013 Contestants Luxuriate at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali
(9/27/2013) During the Miss World Competition held in Bali, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali extended a traditional welcoming ceremony involving Balinese dancers and a scattering of flowers.
Managing Director of the Resort, Bipan Kapur, and his management team wanted to create a memorable welcome for arguably the most beautiful girls on the planet in order to underline the well known warmth of Balinese hospitality.
While at The Westin, the contestants had the chance to experience the Resort’s new wing featuring stylish accommodation categories, a lagoon swimming pool and signature initiatives. Each guest room is fitted with Westin’s next generation Westin Heavenly® Beds that ensured each contestant received the necessary “beauty sleep” during each night of their stay. The ladies also sampled a specially prepared breakfast and dinner at the Resort’s new Italian restaurant Prego.
In preparation for their rigorous stage performances, the contestants rehearsed choreography in the newly refurbished Exhibition Gallery. Some of the contestants learned traditional Indonesian dance in preparation for the show, while others used the WestinWORKOUT fitness center.
The opening ceremony for Miss World 2013 was held in the Mangapura Hall at the adjacent Bali International Convention Centre (BICC). That event was televised to viewers in 160 nations around the globe on Sunday, 8th September 2013.
Lending the charm of the island to their VIP guests, The Westin arranged a number of inspiring activities for those vying to be named the world’s most beautiful. This included an early morning turtle release on the beach of Nusa Dua supported by Bali Sea Turtle Society. This took place at sunrise and involved a ritual blessing by a Balinese priest to ensure the turtles would have a safe journey.
The girls were also invited to participate in Kampung Westin - an evening bazaar set up in front of BICC recreating a traditional Balinese marketplace with stalls selling handicrafts and souvenirs.
Shown on Balidiscovery.com are snapshots for the Miss World contestants visit to The Westin.
Bali Hospital on Hold
Delays in Issuance of Building Permit Means Bali Mandara International Hospital on Hold Until Next Year
(9/27/2013) The Bali Daily (Jakarta Post) reports that the provincial government of Bali has postponed the building of the Bali Mandara International Hospital until at least next year.
The hospital, intended as the centerpiece of the Bali’s government-funded free universal healthcare Program (JKBM - Jaminan Kesehatan Bali Mandara), has been delayed due to the slow processing of the building permit (IMB) for the project.
While many in Bali “build first and seek permission later” Governor Pastika has remained adamant that the construction of the new hospital must conform strictly to the rules.
The Governor explained to provincial legislators: “We have to delay the start of the construction phase because we encountered problems during the process of applying for the IMB [building construction permit].”
The IMB permit from Denpasar municipal authorities was only issued in August, making it impossible to complete the project in the current fiscal year.
“We only have three months left if we want to complete the construction stage in this year’s budget period, which I believe is a nearly impossible feat to accomplish. I will ask the contractor whether they would be able to do this. If they say no, then we will have to start construction next year,” Pastika said.
The delay in the program requires the Governor to seek a new appropriation in the 2014 budget in order for construction to commence.
Pastika’s desire to build a 200-bed hospital in Bali controlled by the Provincial administration is to in-source medical services estimated at Rp. 280 billion (US$24.85) currently out-sourced by Bali to regency or Jakarta-controlled hospitals. Said Pastika: “Bali Mandara International Hospital will enable us to channel a significant part of the money back to the provincial coffers.”??
Bali currently has 1.9 million registered participants in the JKBM universal health care program.
Reconnect and Re-energize at a 3-Day Wellness Retreat at Four Seasons Resort at Sayan, Bali October 25-27, 2013
Ideally set amid lush jungle greenery in the Ayung River valley, The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan introduces a unique three-day wellness retreat.
Created together with Denise Leicester, founder of ila spa and a qualified yoga teacher and yogic healer, the program offers spa treatments and activities to enable guests to experience a journey of self-discovery.
The resulting program is perfect for couples seeking to reconnect, singles looking to center and focus their live and busy executives looking to recharge.
The program offers a different energy focus each day, complemented by various yoga sessions, spa treatments, meditation rituals, morning walks and a purification and blessing ceremony.
The ethereal setting of the Four Seasons Resort at Sayan enhances the experience of the retreat.
About Denise Leiscester
Denise Leicester, a qualified nurse, aromatherapist, yogi and founder of renowned spa brand ila, has spent a lifetime exploring the dynamics of natural healing through rural communities, from India to Dubai, and spans Eastern and South American healing traditions. From extensive studies on the topic, Denise believes in the power of healing energy – a higher vibration capable of facilitating profound inner change.
With this conviction, Denise is internationally well known for conducting such retreats which focus on specific energy centers in the body, especially on physical, emotional and spiritual reenergizing and reconnecting between oneself and the world.
Following a welcoming dinner on October 24th, the program for the ensuing days includes:
DAY ONE - October 25th
07:00 Hatha Yoga, Pranayama and Yoga Nidra
09:00Rice planting in the Resort's padi fields
13:00Journaling with Denise
15:00 Spa treatment – Muladhara
18:00Jnana Yoga and Nada Yoga
DAY TWO - October 26th
07:00 Rhythmic Walking
10:30Yoga - asanas, pranayama, nidra
12:00Cooking class with lunch
14:00 Spa treatment – Manipura
18:00Jnana Yoga and Nada Yoga
DAY THREE - October 27th
07:00 Rhythmic Walking & Pranayama Breathing
10:30Yoga - asanas, pranayama, nidra
14:00 Spa treatment – Vishuddha
16:00TirtaEmpul Purification & Blessing Ceremony
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