Final Call for Great Gatsby Night at AYANA Resort and Spa on Saturday, November 30, 2013.
(11/26/2013) With a theme borrowed by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby –AYANA Resort and Spa and the fabled Rock Bar will spin back in time to 1922 for a charity night in support of Bali WISE’s programs for the education and advancement of indigent women in Bali.
A four-course degustation menu will be followed by a lavish dessert buffet. Magicians, Hungarian violinist and singer Helga Sedl, Lisa Soul and Band and famous Rock Bar DJ Martin East, will provide great Entertainment
Strictly limited to 140 participants who will enjoy a 4-course dinner followed by the fun and gaiety of an after dinner party, there will be auctions, valuable door prizes and a US$2,000 pearl necklace from Atlas Pearls given to the woman best dressed in keeping with the evening’s theme. The best-dressed man will receive a valuable set of pearl cuff links.
In keeping with the Great Gatsby theme, look forward to classic roaring 20s cocktails, Cuban cigars and other indulgences emblematic of the golden era.
A few tickets remain at Rp. 850,000 (US$74) each covering the evening’s entertainment and the four-course dinner.??
The fun starts at 7:00 pm on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at the AYANA Resort and Spa Bali.
Shore to Win
Kenyan Runners Win Top Honors in AirAsia Bali Beach Run
(11/27/2013) Some 1,500 runners from both Indonesia and abroad joined the first AirAsia Bali Beach Run held on Sunday, November 24, 2013 on Kuta Beach.
Two events were held on that date: a 10-kilometer run down Kuta Beach to Petitenget Beach returning along village streets in Kuta before rejoining a the beach at Gado-Gado. The second event covering 5-kilometers was conducted entirely on a beach side route.
Kenyan runners dominated the winners in the 10-kilometer race with Collins Kimosop, Willy Tanui and Dennis Isika sweeping the top three finishers spots.
Collins turned in a winning time of 32:40, followed by Willy Tanui at 33:05 and Dennis Isika 33:52.
A Kenyan finished first in the female category for the 10-kilometer event with Jackline Nzvio turning in a time of 43:45. Second and third places among the ladies were claimed by Indonesian runners Unik Setyo Rini (45:02) and Ni Kadek Ayu Sukarniti (46:53).
Kimosop commented after the race that this was the first race he had followed conducted on a beach. He declared he was happy to win and had undertaken two weeks of special training to prepare for the challenge of running on sand.
In the 5-kilometer category for men an Indonesian runner Wayan Adnyana was first across the line (20:12), followed by a Spanish runner Daniel Martinez Diaz (20:37) and followed in third place by Indonesian Edi Raka (20:51).
Meanwhile in the women’s category Australian Jasmine Boffem won the 5-kilometer distances with a time of 27:18. Second went to Koran Yun Hee Jung (31:19). Third place was secured by Indonesian Kata Rynza Lastinosa (31:20).
All You Can Eat, And Then Some
Tabanan, Bali Junior High Students Cook a World Record 31,000 Satay Sticks for Lunch
(11/27/2013) More than one thousand junior high school students from Tabanan have joined forces to create 31,000 sticks of satay earning their effort a place in the Indonesian Hall of Records (MURI).
As reported by Liputan 6, the students had gathered since early morning at the Tuak Iland Terminal in Tabanan where they molded ground fish meats and spices onto satay sticks.
The fish satays were made from ground fresh water fish and sea fish combined with a traditional base sauce.
Satay molded onto sticks the student then roasted the 31,000 meat sticks over hot coals.
The record-breaking BBQ was undertaken to celebrate the 520th anniversary of the city of Tabanan and as part of a local campaign to popularize the consumption of seafood.
Brig. Gen. Dewa Putu Anom 1961-2013
Bali’s Deputy Chief of Police Dies Unexpectedly in Jakarta
(11/27/2013) The Deputy Chief of Police for Bali, Brigadier General Dewa Putu Anom has died during an official visit to Jakarta,
Anom, aged 52, was in Jakarta attending meetings at Police Headquarters when his body was found laying in his bed at the Kartika Chandra Hotel on Jalan Gatoto Subroto.
Scheduled to return to Bali on Tuesday afternoon, a driver sent to bring him to the airport became suspicious when Anom did not appear in the hotel’s lobby at the appointed time. Seeking assistance from the Hotel’s management who open the policeman’s hotel room, he was discovered dead.
Investigators suspect Anom suffered a sudden and massive heart attack.
Born in Gianyar, Bali in 1961, Dewa Putu Anom has held the position of second-in-command for the Bali police since April 2013.
Prior to his assignment as Deputy Chief of Police for Bali, Anom held assignment at the National Police Academy and the Deputy head of Bali’s elite Densus 88 Anti-terrorism squad. He has also served as the head of the police precincts for Tabanan and Gianyar.
Plans are for Dewa Putu Anom’s cremation to be held in Gianyar on December 4, 2013.
InterContinental Bali Resort Donates US$40,000 to Bali Life Foundation
(11/24/2013) To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the InterContinental Bali Resort, the management of the property presented a US$20,000 check to the Bali Life Foundation. In a festive mood, the Media Group and China Sonangol - owners of the resort, added a matching check to bring the total contribution to US$40,000.
InterContinental Bali Resort has supported the work of the Bali Life Foundation with its outreach programs for street children, children’s homes, women’s refuge, education and sustainability.
Piter Panjaitan, Director, Bali Life Foundation, remarked on the donation and the work of his organization, saying: “Our vision is to provide hope, dignity, and purpose to children who have been orphaned, abandoned, or rejected. By supporting our work you have helped us to fulfill this vision in the most tangible way. You have also contributed towards establishing a home for them, in which they shall continue to thrive, heal, and grow towards their respective destinies. The work of Bali Life is only made possible by the generosity, support, and partnership of groups of people such as InterContinental Bali Resort, Media Group and China Senangol. We are humbled by your involvement in Bali Life Foundation.”
Responding, Michel Chertouh, general manager of the InterContinental Bali Resort, commented: “For twenty years, InterContinental Bali Resort has contributed significantly to the hospitality industry and the local community in Bali. We have a strong Corporate Social Responsibility program in place. This entails carrying our initiatives that support the local community and taking eco-friendly measures to reduce its overall impact on the surrounding environment. We make a difference in the lives of those that we touch every day.”
Over 400 dignitaries, owning company representatives, travel partners and media personalities attended the 20th anniversary celebratory party held on Saturday, November 16, 2013.
Shown on Balidiscovery.com from left to right: Michel Chertouh - Area General Manager of InterContinental Bali Resort, Amadeo Zarzosa - Director of Operations Resorts Asia Australasia, Piter Panjaitan – Director, Bali Life Foundation, Rerie Moerdijat - Deputy Chairman Media Group, Alain Fanaie - CEO China Sonangol and Marcella Sapardan - Head of Hospitality, Media Group
Ship to North Shore
Passenger Ships to Call in North Bali at Celukan Bawang
(11/24/2013) The far-north port of Celukan Bawang in Gerokgak, Buleleng, Bali is being sized up as a possible port for visiting cruise ships.
The port-of-call for Dutch ships visiting Bali in the 1930s, the Celukan Bawang port is seen as having several technical advantages over other cruise ports in Bali.
The head of Buleleng’s planning department, Gede Suyasa, has obtained reports from the Regent of the region, Putu Agug Suradnyana, who has heard from the Captains of major shipping lines expressing an interest in ships' visits at the port during a recent visit to London.
As reported by Bisnis Bali, the cruise ship captains praised Celukan Bawang for its sea conditions and pier location. The ship’s operators also liked the access to new tourism areas in Bali that stops at Celukan Bawang would permit.
Hotels as Temples
Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel Bali Pays Homage to a Higher Power
(11/24/2013) On Sunday, 17 November 2013, Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel held a ceremony to celebrate the anniversary of Pura Dalem Pesanggrahan Kuta located within the Resort.
Next to the La Cucina Restaurant in the Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel’s Villas compound, the temple is known locally as the "fisherman’s temple” it is regularly visited by local community members before they set to sea in search of a daily catch.
The recent rituals processions started November 11th leading to the main ceremony on November 17, 2013. Guests staying the hotel were treated to watching large groups of traditionally dressed Balinese villagers presenting offerings of farm produce, flowers and fruit to God.
Catching Up on Correspondence
Indonesia Reviews Letter from Australian PM Tony Abbott While Seeking to Reverse Downward Spiral in Worsening Indonesian-Australian Relations
(11/24/2013) President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is said to be carefully studying a written response to the revelation of electronic surveillance of the Indonesian leaders sent by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
The explanation arrived from Australia on Saturday, November 23, 2013, during the course of a five-day working visit by the Indonesian President to Bali.
Indonesian Presidential Spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha told the State News Agency Antara that Yudhoyono was carefully reviewing Abbott’s response.
Pasha said the Indonesian Foreign Minister relayed Abbott’s letter on Saturday, November 23, 2013.
A Presidential Advisor on International Affairs, Teuku Faizasyah, also confirmed that the Indonesian President was reviewing Abbott’s response.
Is Bali Being Over Flown and Over Looked?
Tiger Airways Launched Thrice Weekly Direct Service Between Singapore and Lombok
(11/28/2013) Singapore-based Tiger Airways now operate a thrice-weekly Singapore to Lombok (BIL) service that commenced Friday, November 22, 2013.
Tiger Airways operates Airbus A320s with single class seating for 180 passengers offering low cost air transportation from Singapore to regional destinations.
In order to grow Lombok’s tourism market and take full advantage of the new Lombok International Airport, West Nusa Tenggara Tourism officials are reportedly also wooing Cathay Pacific Airways to also commence direct services from Hong Kong to Lombok.
Lombok authorities are promoting the relatively light usage of their new airport and the easy availability of flight slots for air operators.
Bali Airport Parking Fee Corruptors Headed to Trial
(11/24/2013) Three men suspected of involvement in large-scale corruption in how parking fees were handled at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport were flown from Jakarta to Bali on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, to meet with Denpasar Prosecutors.
No less than 10 officials from the Prosecutor’s Office accompanied the men suspected of stealing Rp. 28 billion (US$2.34 million) in parking fees while operating the Airport’s parking concession on their trip from Jakarta.
Prosecutors now say the evidentiary files are complete and they are prepared to proceed to trial.
One of the men charged in the crime is Indra Pura Barnoza (26) who held the job of general manager at PT Panata Sarana Bali – the company holding the concession for the Bali Airport.
The second man charged is Rudi Jhonson Sitorus (31) worked as an administrator for the parking company.
The third man going to trial is Mikhael Maksi (42) operational manager at PT Panata Sarana Bali.
A fourth man wanted in the case, Cris Wisnu Sedana, is still being sought by police.
The three men are being held at Bali’s Kerobokan Prison while they await trial at the Denpasar District Court.
Shooting Season Continues
Indonesia Shoots Pakistani in What May be a Spurt of Executions Before Year’s End
(11/24/2013) Indonesia executed its 5th prisoner in 2013 on Sunday, November 17, 2013, when a Pakistani Muhammad Abdul Hafeez (44) was put before a firing squad just after midnight,
The Pakistani was executed in South Tangerang, near the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, as part of a promise to intensify the program of executions for the estimated 132 people sitting on death row in Indonesia.
Indonesia has said 10 prisoners would be shot before the end of 2013 suggesting 5 more prisoners will be shot within the coming month before the end of the year.
Hafeez was arrested in 2001 trying to smuggle more than one kilogram of heroin into Indonesia from Peshwar, Pakistan.
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