Bali News Update week 47 N.

Fuel’s Gold

Government Implements Long-Expected Fuel Price Increase at Midnight on Monday, November 17, 2014


Indonesia’s newly installed President Joko Widodo took the long-expected steps to reduce  government fuel subsidies by increasing the cost of premium gasoline from Rp 6,500 per liter to  Rp. 8,500 per liter (US$0.71).


The increase took effect at midnight on Monday, November 17, 2014.


The price of diesel fuel (solar) also increased from Rp. 5,500 per liter to Rp. 7,500 per liter (US$0.63).


The President justified the unpopular increase on the basis of the need to reduce the cost of fuel subsidies in the State Budget in order that funds could be freed up for more pressing social needs that can grow the national economy and benefit the poor.


In Bali hundred of vehicles, predominantly motorcycles rushed to gas stations to fill up their tanks before the clock struck midnight.


The price of kerosene used by many poor households for lighting and cooking purposes remains unchanged at Rp. 2,500 per liter (US$0.21)


Police and security forces were put on alert nationwide in anticipation of mass protests and potential violence. In Yogyakarta a small group of male university student took to the streets in the underwear to protest the fuel increase.



Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’

Purse Snatcher on Motorcycle in Kuta Gets His Comeuppance from Angry Bystanders


A 30-year-old man from Jember in East Java suffered significant injuries at the hands of an angry crown on Sunday, November 16, 2014, when he was caught red-handed in the process of stealing a tourist’s handbag in Kuta.


Badly bruised and in police custody is a man named Santoso who tried unsuccessfully to make off with the bag of Australian Kelsey Renee Hosking (23).


Ronny Eppang of the North Kuta Police Precinct told, “At the time of the purse snatching,both the assailant and his victim fell to the ground in the ensuing struggle. Hearing the screams of the women, local residents responded and captured the suspect.”


Continuing, the police spokesman said: “Luckily, at the time of the theft two policemen were on patrol in the area and were assisted in apprehending the man by a local security guard (Satpam). The suspect had been badly beaten by the local residents.”


The purse snatching took place on Sunday evening at 10:15 p.m. on Jalan Beraban in Kerobokan, North Kuta. The Australian woman was walking down the street with friends when Santoso reportedly shoved the woman and grabbed for her handbag. Hosking resolutely held on to her belongings causing the thief to fall from his motorbike.


Off his bike, local residents responded to the woman’s call for help and proceeded to dispense street justice on the man until police arrived and intervened.


The purse carried by Hoskings contained Rp. 1 million, Australian dollars $130, a credit card and an iPhone5 valued at Rp. 10 million.


Santoso is now in police custody awaiting further legal disposition.



B2B Air Commerce: Bali to Beijing

Garuda Indonesia to Fly Three Times a Week Bali to Beijing, China Starting January 18, 2104


Air France Journal reports that Garuda Indonesia is launching a Bali to Beijing air service complement its current Jakarta to Beijing route.


Effective January 18, 2104, the Indonesian National carrier will fly three times each week between Bali and the Chinese capital. GA892 will depart on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:45 p.m. arriving in Beijing the next morning at 5:00 a.m.  On Fridays the flight will depart at 11:35 p.m. to arrive in Beijing at 6:00 a.m.


The southbound service will leave Beijing on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 a.m. to land in Bali at 1:50 a.m. and on Saturdays take off from Beijing is scheduled for 8:50 a.m. for a 4:10 p.m. Bali touchdown.


China Eastern Airlines and Hainan Airlines currently serve the direct Beijing to Bali route.


Garuda will operate an Airbus A330-200 on the new route configured to carry 186 Economy Class and 36 Business Class passengers.



Splitting Hairs

Four foreign national working at the Essensual Salon on Jalan Oberoi in Bali have been arrested by Bali immigration authorities for immediate deportation.


Discovered working in the salon on visa-on-arrival permits that specifically prohibit any form of employment were: Marina Naloni Bozlee (17- USA), Steven Thomas Gibbs (25 -UK), Nancy May Evans (23-UK), and Nikolas William Thomas Jones (22-UK).


The four were charged by immigration officials with working illegally at the salon on dates starting from 10-14 November 2014.


Immigration officials reportedly had a surveillance team monitoring the salon located on the 2nd floor of the Deus Building at 3B Jalan Laksmana Oberoi for five day before sweeping the location and making the arrests.


The arrest took place on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 2:30 pm.


The Esssensual Salon is part of an international chain of beauty salons operated as an off shoot of the well known Toni&Guy network of salons first pioneered by Tony, Sacha and Christian Mascolo in 1997.


In preparing the raid, immigration officials created a dossier including photos, video and immigration documentation substantiating the four were working at the business. After the four’s arrest, immigration officials also conducted interrogations in which the four admitted to working illegally at the Bali salon.


According to, immigration authorities also filmed the arrest of the four foreigners at the Essensual Salon. Shown to the press, the video reportedly shows the four panicking and trying to hide from the uniformed immigration officers.


An immigration spokesman said Nancy May Evans was deported on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. The remaining three netted in the sweep will be deported once flight tickets can be arranged.


The four received fairly mild sanctions in comparison with the penalties possible under the law. All four will be banned for entering Indonesia again for six-months. Indonesian immigration laws provide for a maximum punishment for a foreigner working illegally outside the terms of his or her visa of five years imprisonment and a fine of Rp. 500 million (US$41,600).


Persons convicted of illegally employing foreign nationals in Indonesia can be punished for between two to fours years in prison and fined between Rp. 100 million and Rp. 400, million (US$33,300).



Pertamina Making Aviation Uncompetitive?

Garuda CEO Openly Criticizes Pertamina’s Monopoly on the Importation of Avtur quotes Garuda Indonesia’s CEO, Emirsyah Satar, speaking at a meeting of Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) in Tokyo complaining at the significant discrepancies in the price of aviation fuel in the Asia Pacific.


Perhaps emboldened on the eve of his departure as the man in charge of the State-owned carrier, Emirsyah Satar took aim on the high cost economy created by Pertamina’s monopoly in the import of aviation fuel. Satar openly questioned before his Tokyo audience why aviation fuel (avtur) costs much more in Indonesia than it does in neighboring countries, such as Singapore and Thailand.


The Garuda CEO questioned why avtur in Jakarta costs 18% more than it does in Singapore and Bangkok.


Satar’s comments were made during the AAPA meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.


Satar extrapolates that because of fuel costs that are 18% more in Indonesia than in neighboring countries the overall cost of operation the National Air Carries is 7.2% higher than it would be with a more competitive pricing regime for avtur. The Garuda CEO estimates that fuel costs account for between 40-50% of the total operating cost of an airline. He also calculates that Garuda Indonesia uses 1.8 billion liters of avtur in a single year.


Elaborating and cracking the numbers, Emirsyah Satar said: “The cost of avtur is 18% more expensive (in Indonesia). Just imagine that the cost of avtur represents 40-50% of total operating costs. Thus 18% of 40% means Garuda’s operational costs are 7.2% more expensive. Also imagine this 7.2% against and airlines operating margin of less than 4%.”


Emirsyah Satar questioned why the government gave a monopoly on the import of avtur to only one company – Pertamina, when in other countries, such as Singapore, allows a number of companies to import and sell avtur.


“As I see it, said Satar, “competition is a good thing.”



Swept Out to Sea

73-Year-Old Dutch Tourist Drowns Off Legian Beach in Bali


A 73-year-old Dutch tourist, Gosse Willem Romkes, has drowned while swimming off Legian Beach in Bali on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.


The Dutchman’s body was discovered floating in the shore waters at 12:00 p.m.on the day of his disappearance.


The man had been staying with friends at the Bali Asih Cottages in Seminyak.


According to DenPost the man was last seen walking in the surf after enjoying a round of drinks with friends on beach, leading officials to theorize that he may have been swept out to see by strong current where he subsequently drowned.



Asia-Pacific Airlines to Gather in Bali

Garuda and Bali Indonesia to Host 59th Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines Meeting November 12-13, 2015


Garuda Indonesia has been named host for the 59th meeting the Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines 2015 (AAPA) November 12-13, 2015 in Bali.


The decision to award the prestigious gathering of airline chiefs from across the entire Asia-Pacific region was taken at the 58th AAPA 2014 Conference held in Tokyo, Japan November 18-19, 2014 that was hosted by Japan All Nippon Airways (ANA).


As reported by, Emirsyah Satar, the retiring CEO of Garuda Indonesia confirmed that 2015 would be Indonesia’s and Garuda’s turn to host the AAPA meeting.


“We chose Bali as the location for the AAPA 2015 meeting out of a main consideration to promote Indonesian tourism to the Asia-Pacific region,” Added Emirsyah Satar.


Membership in AAPA is reserved for airlines based in the Asia-Pacific region operating international routes. There are currently 17 airlines that are members of the AAPA.



Sanur Welcomes the Fairmont

Fairmont Take Charge at Regent Sanur Beach Resort


Fairmont Hotels and Resorts is now formally in charge at the 120-all-suite and villa resort located on a 4-hectare site along a 200-meter stretch of Sanur Beach, once managed by Regents Hotels.


Only opened in 2013, the luxury resort has earned a name for itself under Regent tutelage selected to Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 Hot List.


Speaking at the handover to its new managers, Jennifer Fox, president of FRHI International and Fairmont Brand, said, “Fairmont is very excited to add this property to our portfolio.”  Couples and families who stay at this resort can look forward to an authentic Balinese experience packaged with art, culture and history.”


The luxury boutique property offers a 50-meter infinity edge lap pool, a Balinese spa, kids’ club and an array of interesting dining options.


The Fairmont Sanur Beach is the company’s first Indonesian property, heralding the Fairmont Jakarta slated to open in 2015 and a second Fairmont property in Bali to come on line in 2016.


The Fairmont brand is owned by FHI Hotels & Resorts who operate over 110 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residence clubs, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties.


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The Ferry Godfather

Ferry Tariffs Increase Between East Java and Bali


A long-expected increase in the fare charged for the ferry service operating between Ketapang, East Java and Gilimanuk, Bali came into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 21, 2014.


Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the operations manager for PT ASDP Indonesia Ferries at Gilimanuk, Wahyudi Sudianto, said: “The decision to increase the tariff for crossing the Bali Strait is based on a regulations from the Minister of Transportation and the directors of PT ASDP Indonesian Ferries.”


In a memorandum signed by the general manager of PT ADSP, Waspada Heruwanto, based at the Port of Ketapang, it was announced that the tariff for motorcycles and passengers would remain unchanged.


The current tariff for an individual adult passenger is Rp. 8,000 (US$0.66) and for children Rp. 6,000 (US$0.50). Motorcycles are charged Rp, 39,000 (US$3.25) to make the crossing between Bali and Java,


The new tariff for passenger vehicles of five-meters in length or less has increased from Rp. 135,000 to Rp. 150,000 (US$12.50).


Goods vehicles of five-meters or less have seen the tariff increase form Rp. 120,000 to Rp. 135,000 (US$11.25).


The ferry tariff for passenger vehicles longer than seven-meters has increased from Rp. 255,000 to Rp. 285,000 (US$23.75). Meanwhile, the tariff for goods vehicles longer than seven-meters has increased from Rp. 205,000 to Rp. 230,000 (US$19).


Large passenger busses have had their tariff increase from Rp. 430,000 to Rp. 475,000 (US$39.60), while large trucks carrying goods have increased the applicable tariff from Rp. 340,000 to Rp. 380,000 (US$31.70)


The tariff for vehicles of 12-meters in length has increased from Rp. 455,000 to Rp. 500,000 (US$41.60), while vehicles of 16-meters have increased from Rp. 685,000 to Rp. 755,000 (US$63).


Large trucks of more than 16 meters have seen the tariff increase from Rp. 1,015,000 to Rp. 1,120,000  (US$93.40).



Become a Rock ‘N Roll King

Bali Hard Rock Hotel Rolls Out Venues and Services for their VIP ‘Rock Royalty’


Bali’s Hard Rock Hotel has introduced a new range of venues and services catering exclusively to their top end clients who will be treated as “Rock Royalty.”


Guests staying in the Hard Rock Hotel Bali’s King Suite, Luxury Suite, Luxury Kids’ Suite, Kids’ Suite, Deluxe Suite, Deluxe Suite Pool Access and Deluxe Premium Pool Access will enjoy full Rock Royalty privileges.


Other guests may secure  Rock Star privileges by paying an additional US$60net per room per night for 2 adults and 2 kids.


Rock Royalty staying at the Hard Rock Hotel Bali a separate Dining Area, a VIP guest Check In and Check Out Counter, Lounge Bar and their very own Chill Out Pool.


Rock Royalty can enjoy a quiet morning breakfast, afternoon tea, evening canapés and cocktails  in an exclusive poolside setting – just the thing for those seeking to escape from the nettlesome paparazzi and over-zealous fans.


The Rock Royalty venue is open daily from 6:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. Befitting royalty, a collection of premium room amenities and daily turndown service await.


Bali’s leading theme hotel, Hard Rock Hotel Bali sits on a 3.5-hectare site facing Kuta’s world-renowned beachfront and in the midst of Bali’s famous entertainment and shopping district. Hard Rock Hotel Bali features 418 tribute rooms, luxury and deluxe suites – all designed to capture the glory  of the legendary Rock ‘n Roll era. Home to six trend-setting food and beverage outlets, the Hotel also boasts a Lil’ Rock Kids Club, TABU Teens Club, Boom Box Recording Studio, Rock Royalty VIP Lounge, Rock Spa, Body Rock fitness center and a Rock Shop – Hard Rock Merchandise Store.


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In the Event of an Actual Emergency

Bali Airport Bombed, Burnt and Crashed Into in the Course of a Single Day’s Safety Drill Simulation


A mysterious suitcase was found unattended at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. Isolated and investigated further authorities begin to search for a man identified as white skinned, tall and wearing a dark blue hat.


As reported by, this was just one of a number of simultanoues scenarios played out the 79th Dirgantara Rahara Emergency Preparedness exercise held at Bali’s airport on Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

an Sayuti, Operations Director for Angkasa Pura I, the State-owned company that operates the airport, said: “This is only a simulation. Emergency Preparedness exercises reflecting the commitment of Angkasa Pura I to provide safe and secure aviation operations. This is the realization of our responsibility as airport operators, while at the same time enhancing safety and response procedures in the event of an emergency at the airport.”


In the test scenario mentioned above, specially trained members of airport security used an Explosive Trace Detector that confirmed the presence of TNT in the abandoned suitcase. As the drill continued, local police including members of the Bomb Squad were alerted to remove the suitcase and detonate it later in a safe locale.


Yushan continued: “The concept of Emergency Preparedness Training is one of a one-day exercise that combines thee separate activities occurring within the context of a single day. This is a coordinated exercise to test our coordinating capabilities, and communications and command abilities between various units and agencies in accordance with prescribed procedures for handling emergency situations via the established operating procedures for the airport.”


The one-day exercised that included a bomb disposal, a fire in the airport caused by a short circuit and an airplane ditching in the ocean near the airport involved the deployment of 742 personnel from a wide range of official emergency services and agencies.


Yushan declared the simulation a success, admirably demonstrating the preparedness of Bali for any eventuality involving its air gateway.


The three simulations were carried out with disruption to Bali’s busy schedule of flight arrivals and departures. A film documentation of the exercise was made for use in training emergency teams at other airports across Indonesia.


Shown on, photos taken during the emergency drills at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport.



Poste Restante for Pick Up in 5-20 Years

Bali Customs and Police Arrest Local Woman for Receiving Narcotics by Parcel Post


The Customs office at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport has thwarted an attempt smuggle ecstasy (MDMA) through the main post office in Renon, Denpasar.


Rahmat Subagio of the Customs Directorate for Bali, West and East Nusa Tenggara told the State News Agency Antara that the mail package containing 57 grams of narcotics was sent from Germany addressed to a recipient in Bali.


The address indicated on the package had the initials KAS at Jalan Kendedes No. 5, Perum Pondok Papradja in Kuta.


The case, investigated in cooperation with the Bali Police, revealed that the individual coming to the Post Office to take possession of the package containing the drugs was not KAS, but another person with the initials NSY.


The interception of the drugs carried in the postal package on November 10th was the 8th time that Customs officials had thwarted a drug smuggling via the postal system in 2014.


The drugs were initially identified during an x-ray examination of the postal packet sent from Germany. Further investigation revealed a package wrapped in aluminums foil concealing the crystallized drugs.


In all, 57 grams of MDMA were found by Customs officials.


A woman who came to receive the package at the Post Office was taken into custody together with the drugs for further processing and prosecution.


The accused is now subject to a prison sentence of between 5 and 20 years and a fine of between Rp. 1 billion and 10 billion rupiah.



Gone, Fishing

High School Boy Drowns While Fishing at Serangan Island in Bali


A 17-year-old senior high school student from Denpasar, Bali – Riski Tri Sejati lost his life in strong currents and quicksand near the entrance bridge to Serangan Island on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.


The boy, who lived on Jalan Nusa Kambangan in Denpasar, was fishing with two friends, Abdul Gafur (16) and Prasetyo (17) when a large wave swept through the marshy mangrove at around 5:30 p.m.


A search was launched by police and National Search and Rescue workers (BASNAS) who found the boy’s body at 11:15 p.m.


The two friends told police how the group was swimming over a shallows towards a desired fishing area when a rogue wave swept them away. While Abdul and Prasetyo managed to make it safely to shore, Riski, who was unable to swim, disappeared.



Fire in Ubud

Massive Fire Destroys Clear Café and Five Nearby Homes in Ubud, Bali


A massive fire on Thursday, November 20, 2014 destroyed the Clear Café, and 5 adjoining homes encompassing religious shrines near the village market on Jalan Hanoman Raya in Ubud, Central Bali.


The fire started in the mid morning and burnt for several hours causing nearby business to close while firefighters fought high winds to prevent the blaze from spreading.


According to DenPost, the blaze began at approximately 9:45 a.m. from what investigators believe was the kitchen of the Clear Café.


DenPost describe the restaurant as a joint venture between an American and local Bali partner.


The fire in the restaurant quickly spread across the wooden floors of the two-story structure, eventually igniting the traditional thatched roof of the building. The blaze spread to adjoining homes and temple structures destroying the buildings, contents and at least three motorcycles parked in the yard.


In all, five separate residences or places of business were destroyed in the fire, causing losses put in the billions of Rupiahs. The Bali Post termed the fire as the most destructive in the Bali community in recent memory.


At the height of the blaze, observers estimate the flames reached a height of 30 meters into the sky.


There were no injuries or death linked to the fire, but several people, including home owners and employees of the restaurant, were overcome with shock and grief and collapsed at witnessing the destruction.



A Dozen Years for Homicide

19 Year-Old Male Prostitute who Killed American Paul Latourell Sentenced to 12 Years Prison


On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, Multazam Alawai (also known as Auliawi) was sentenced to 12 years in prison by the Denpasar Court, convicted of the stabbing murder of American expatriate Paul Latourelle on February 16, 2014.


The late afternoon court session saw the rendering of the verdict, that was three years less that the 15 years imprisonment sought by prosecutors, was marked by dramatic outbursts by the Malawi and his family.


Alawi, a student and commercial sex worker, was brought to Latourell’s residence in Denpasar by an accomplice Marsianus Simarto, had earlier purchased a knife in preparation to rob the American. According to testimony presented the court, the young man in the course of a sexual encounter stabbed the American repeatedly, killing him before stealing Latourell’s car and escaping the scene with Marsianus.


Marsianus,  who had favored Latourell with commercial sexin the past, introduced Alawi to Latourell and then waited a short distance from the house during the actual murder, returning later to help steal the dead American’s car.


Emotionally distraught, Alawi’s mother broke down during the court session, insisting her Son was innocent and had only killed the American in an act of self-defense. In the end, the court rejected the boy’s claim based on the circumstantial evidence and the deceased’s community-wide reputation as a gentle character with a non-assertive demeanor.


After hearing the sentence, Alawi may have inadvertently provided those in attendance at the Court with a glimpse into the flawed character that stabbed Latourell more than 50 times. Angered by the punishment that awaits him the boy went on rampage breaking a window at the Court and injuring his hand in the process.


After the sentence was read the State Prosecutors signaled they would accept the sentence while Alawi asked for time to consider an appeal.


Marsianus, charged only with the receipt and sales of stolen goods (fencing), will be sentenced in the coming week. Prosecutors have asked the Court to sentence him with three years imprisonment.




Man of the People

President Joko Widodo Flies Economy to Attend Son’s Graduation in Singapore


In office for only one month, Indonesian President Joko Widodo had an appointment he had to keep: attendance at his youngest son's graduation from the Anglo-Chinese (ACS) International School in Singapore.


Proving once again that he was a man of the people and little concerned with ceremony and the trappings that come with being head of the world’s fourth largest nation, President Widodo and his wife booked economy seats on a commercial flight from Jakarta to Singapore in order to be on hand for Kaesang Pangarep’s graduation day.


Expenses incurred by the Republic of Indonesia in connection with President Widodo's one night trip to Singapore were kept to a minimum.


Quoted by, the Presidential Cabinet Secretary Andi Widjajanto explained: “Protocol and security obligations that are attached to the Presidency are paid by the Presidential Secretariat. But the cost (of travel) by President Joko Widodo, his wife and children are a private affair (paid by the President) and are not taken form the operational funds of the Presidential Secretariat.”


Flying economy and commercially with President Widodo was a small detachment of bodyguards and a protocol assistant who job it was to keep the President in touch with the National Palace in Jakarta.


As reported by the Straits Time, President Joko Widodo was greeted by Indonesia’s Ambassador to Singapore Andri Hadi and provided a courtesy car during his visit by the Singapore government.


Wearing a brown batik shirt, President and Mrs. Widodo arrived at the high school graduation ceremony for their son and 146 other students and attended by 600 others. The President, unfettered by his usual heavy personal security detail, readily and generously paused for “selfies” with his Son’s classmates, failing in the process to blend in as just another two proud parents attending their child’s graduation.


Refusing accommodation at the Indonesian Embassy compound, the President booked a junior suite at the Hotel Mandarin Orchard, located a short distance from his Son’s school. According to the website of the hotel, a Regency Suite and Presidential Suite are offered by the hotel with the President opting instead for its humblest suite providing a separate seating area.


President Widodo returned on Saturday, November 23, 2014 to Jakarta flying economy. Upon landing at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta Airport - the de rigueur cloud of security, aides and Presidential motorcade one again enveloped Indonesia’s Chief executive.


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Saved from the Satay Grill

Bali Water Police Rescue 51 Endangered Green Turtles


The Water Police from the Karangasem, East Bali Precinct are being credited with rescuing 51 endangered green turtles confiscated from a boat sailing from Sumenap, Madura to Bali on Tuesday, November 18, 2014.


The local motor boat with a crew 6 was in the midst of smuggling turtles to Bali when they ran out of fuel and were discovered by a Water Police Patrol.

Discovering the illegal haul of protected turtles police arrested the six-crew members and seized the ship and its contents.


None of the crew will admit to police who is the captain of the seized vessel, only saying they were paid Rp. 300,000 each to deliver the turtles to Bali.


The turtles were quickly transported to Kuta beach where, with the help of passing tourists, they were released one-by-one back into the Indian Ocean.



Asia’s Best Street Food in a Single Locale

Too Good Not to Share: Bali Update Editor Discovers that Sarong’s Love Affair with Indonesian Cuisine Continues to Blossom and Bloom


ly, I joined Will for dinner at the popular Sarong in Kerobokan Bali as he introduced culinary discoveries uncovered during his latest explorations of the markets and food stalls of Madura and East Java.


Exploring the market of Sumenep in Madura, Meyrick discovered dishes such as nasi jagung – white rice steamed cracked dry corn served with chokos, shredded chicken and egg; savory local soto dishes; Madura satay using goat meat; bubur Madura – the Island’s take on Indonesia’s ubiquitous rice porridge; Madurese duck – bebek songkem – with the ducked wrapped in chilies and steamed over banana trunks; and a mango sambal that accompanies the duck beautifully.


A sampling of just some of the taste delights inspired byWill Meyrick's  East Java and Madura sojourn and now waiting on Sarong’s  menu include:

Lime & pandan-cured salmon with belimbing-wuluh ginger yoghurt slow cooked with beetroot and kalamansi limes  served on tempe

Surabaya tofu salad with wok fried omelette, lontong, potato sauce, kacang petis and a beansprout salad

Sate kelopo of chicken marinated in East Java spices and a shredded coconut cucumber chilli acar

“Nasi bebek Madura” twice-cooked duck with sambal mangga and Balinese organic rice that Will insists tastes best when eaten with your hands.

8-hour slow-braised shredded beef with kluwek beansprout & salted duck egg

“Nasi Kebuli kambing” slow cooked lamb shoulder in nutmeg cloves simmered with rice and served with pickled cucumber

“Bubur Madura” black sticky rice with lontong manis cassava dumpling




Refusing Treatment Proves Fatal for Arab Tourist

Saudi Arabian Tourist Fall Ill and Dies in Bali


A Saudi Arabian tourist fell ill and died in Bali on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Alhamdan Sageg Ahmad (31) died at a hotel in Nusa Dua


Earlier in the day the man was visiting the Klungkung region of East Bali when became nauseous. Taken to the emergency center at the Klungkung General Hospital where he was briefly admitted before checking himself out and going to the Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar. In Denpasar doctors recommended the man be hospitalized for further observation and treatment.


Again refusing hospitalization, Ahmad then headed for his hotel in Nusa Dua where he because severely nauseous. Doctors and an ambulance were called from the BIMC Hospital with the Saudi Arabian dying a short time later at approximately 1:45 p.m..


Tests were conducted later at the Sanglah General Hospital to determine the nature of the illness that claimed the man’s life.



Where to Lunch in Ubud

Too Good Not to Share: Warung Teges, Peliatan, Ubud for Outstanding Nasi Bali


One of the most memorable parts of a Bali visit is a lunch that will cost no more than a couple of dollars. “Nasi Bali” that translates into “Bali Rice” is a staple of the Balinese lunch. Simple and simply delicious – Nasi Bali is a plate of white steamedf rice adorned with 3 or 4 Balinese meat and vegetable dishes and a mandatory helping of the condiment Balinese Sambal.


While I have a mental road map ethched on my brain of my favorite Nasi Bali “stops” located across the island that include the incomparable Warung Dani in downtown Denpasar and the several branches of Warung Satria – but, if your doing the mandatory tour of Ubud, be sure to set aside time for a Nasi Bali lunch at Warung  MakanTeges on Jalan Cok Rai Pudak in Peliatan.


Located on the Mas Road leading to Ubud, Warung Makan Teges is a convenient stop and only a couple of kilometers away from the Ubud town center. Look for it on the left on side of the road just before you reach the “T” junction at Peliatan that diverts left toward Ubud or right in the director of Goa Gajah.


An Ubud culinary landmark since the 1960s, Warung Makan Teges first earned fame for its tipat cantok -  compacted packages of rice boiled in coconut leaves that are seasoned with bean sprouts, chili, lime juice and peanut sauce.


Later, in the 1980s, customers’ tastes turned to Nasi Bali that, due to the expert use of Balinese spices – now draws hundreds of diners and take aways every day.


Ibu Desak Made Ngetis who supervised the kitchen in the 1960s is now 85 years old and has handed most of the work and all of her recipes to her daughter Ibu Desak Made Rustini.


In many ways Nasi Bali is a mini rijsttafel with customers able to pick and choose from the day’s selection of Balinese dishes to adorn the rice base. They’ll be tasty satay, lawar, ayam pelalah, tum ayam, urutan and other tempting dishes. All are served on a rattan plate lined with a fresh banana leaf. Because of the variety of choices on hand, Nasi Bali at Warung Makan Teges is easily engineered to accommodate those who dine halal or are vegetarians.


What keeps bringing me back to Warung Makan Teges is its sambal. Hot and spicy with a tanginess that lingers on the palate long after the meal is over, some customer are so enamored by the restaurant’s sambal that they order bottles full to take back home.


The key ingredient in the Warung Teges sambal is “kecicang” or the pink flower of torch ginger (Etlingera elatior).


An exceeding simple dish, the sambal at Warung Makan Teges is made by finely slicing the torch ginger and mixing it with garlic, shallots and terasi – the pungent fish paste - that are fried together to bring out the delicious pungency of all the ingredients.




Roadside Banditry

Villagers between Selat and Sideman Participating in Collection Illegal Retributions from Passing Trucks


Illegal roadside posts with local residents demanding fees from passing trucks between the district of Selat until Sideman are becoming increasing commonplace.


Demanding payments in the name of the surrounding village, the toll collectors claim the money will be used for the repair and upkeep of local temples.


According to the Bali Post, the regency government has promised to summon those collecting the fees to order that the practice can be stopped.


There are at least 12 illegal fee collection posts between Selat and Sideman compelling trucks carrying sand and soil (Galian C) to "pay up" - with the heaviest concentration bear Sideman.


In some cases, the fee posts are being operated in the name of traditional villages (desa adat) that are not even located on the routes being traveled.


The Regent of Karangasem, I Wayan Geredeg, said he deeply regretted the actions of local citizens demanding fees from passing trucks for temple building projects or repair. Geredeg said fund for such projects were provided for in the regency’s and provincial budget.


Claiming that the regency of Karangasem has taken steps to control the collection of the illegal fees, Geredeg admitted local villagers who persisted in the coercive acts have exasperated him. “I, on behalf of the government, do not agree with the collection of illegal fees for the construction and repair of temples or for local villages.”


The Regent said his office would continue to try to persuade those involved in collecting these fees to cease such practices. If a dialogue does not yield results, he pledged he would send a judicial team to shut the fee collection practices down. “We do not desire to have a conflict with the people. First, we will socialize the matter with the local people. If they continue to collect the illegal fees, we will send a judicial team to deal with it,” added Geredeg.



Prisoners of Paradise

Bali’s Kerobokan Prison Bursting with Inmates While New Prison Construction in Bangli Stuck in Bureaucratic and Funding Delays


An estimated Rp. 27 billion (US$2.25 million) is needed to complete a new penitentiary in the village of Susut near Bangli intended to be used exclusively for drug offenders and to relieve the overcrowding at Bali’s main prison in Kerobokan.


A member of Commission III of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR-RI), Putu Sudiantara, told NusaBali that the Kerobokan prison is now housing nearly 1,000 – exceeding by nearly 300% its original intended capacity of 360 prisoners. Sudiantara commented that the new prison in Bangli has been under construction for a long time and its completion must now be made a priority.


Sudiantara was part a 3-man team from Commission III that visited the Kerobokan prison on Saturday, November 15, 2014 where they discussed prison budgets, repairs at the Kerobokan prison following a 2012 fire, prison vehicles, requirements for prison amnesty and even cells for conjugal visits.


In reviewing conditions at the prison it was revealed that there are no budget allocations available for prisoner transport or medical care. Moreover, the prison apparently has no firearms.


Sudiantara said conditions at the Kerobokan prison were now intolerable with 873 people staying in a prison designed for only 360 people




Snatch Thieves, Catch Thieves

Police Arrest Two Pickpockets Operating on Poppies Lane II in Kuta, Bali


The back roads of Kuta, centering on Poppies Lanes, continue to pose a security threat to Bali holidaymakers.


On Friday, November 14, 2014 a Dutch tourist, Kishan Awadherpersad, was robbed on Jalan Poppies II with the thieves making off with an iPhone 5 worth Rp. 7 million.


Fortunately, a few hours after the robbery, police had taken Abdul Hayi (24) and Sariyanto (27) into custody in connection with the crime.


The robbery took place at approximately 1:20 a.m. as the Dutch tourist was walking the back pathway in Kuta. A group of young men approached the tourist at a location in front of the Bagus Pub, lured by the iPhone carried by the Dutch national.


As the group of young men moved on, the tourist became aware that the iPhone was missing.


Police already stationed in the area to curb crime were able to track down two men and by 5:00 a.m. – less than four hours after the theft, the authorities had two men in custody with the stolen phone in their possession.


Interviewed by the police, the two men, from East Java and Madura, admitted to the crime saying that they hung out at the location until they spotted a potential victim. Abdul would steal the phone and then hand it to Sariyanto to prevent Abdul being caught with the stolen phone in his possession.


Police conducted a search of the boarding house where the two men stay but did not find additional evidence of past crimes. Police, however, continue to investigate, believing the two are linked to other robberies of tourists in the Kuta area.


Both men will now be charged under the Indonesian criminal code with crimes that carry a maximum penalty of 7 years in prison.


Kuta police remind tourists walking the back lanes of the Kuta area to exercise caution.



Imprisoned on Appeal

Supreme Court Send Bali Lawyer Rizaldy Wartuty to Prison for Fraud in a Property Deal


A lawyer in Bali, Rizaldy D. Wartuty (44) has seen the Indonesian Supreme Court alter a lower court sentence and imposed three years in prison for fraud and financial malfeasance amounting to Rp. 37 billion (US$3,08 million) in connection with property transactions he handled on the Island.


In the original court decision it was ruled that the Bali lawyer had not committed a criminal act as charged and the matter was purely a civil or contract law matter.


Bali’s prosecutors were unhappy with the Denpasar Court’s ruling and brought the matter to the Supreme Court who found Wartuty criminally responsible and imposed the three-year sentence.


Prosecutors pleaded before both the Denpasar Court and the Supreme Court that Rizaldy had created two contracts that caused substantial losses to his client, Nicholas John Hyam. Prosecutors also charged the Denpasar lawyer with misusing a power of attorney issued by his client in order to improperly position himself as a nominee in the purchase of land in Bali.


Prosecutors in Bali are waiting for formal copies of the Supreme Court’s decision that will allow authorities to being the lawyer to prison to serve his sentence.



Reducing Fatal Snakebites in Indonesia

Indonesia Needs to Develop a Range of Poisonous Snakebite Serum Vaccines


Dr. Tri Mahawani, an expert in snake bites and toxicology from the Doctor Ramlan Hospital in Surabaya (East Java), told that Indonesia needs to develop monovalent vaccines as antidotes for poisonous snake bite.


Dr. Mahawani, a specialist in the emergency treatment of snake bites, said: “At this time Indonesia only has a polyvalent snake venom serum (SABU) used to treat all types of snake bites, but not monovalent varieties to be used in the treatment of bites from specific poisonous snake species – even though monvalent serums have been proven very effective.”


The doctor said that medical personnel in Indonesia need to undergo training to understand the entire range of snake venoms in order to use monovalent vaccines effectively.


“This is the focus of our attention, because at this point there are only 27 people (in Indonesia) with a sub-specialty in snake bites and I am the only doctors with a specialty in toxicology,” explained Dr. Mahawani.


The doctor went on to expose that snakebites in Indonesia are a frequent occurrence. Based on data gathered between 2011-2014 form hospitals in five cities (Malang, Surabaya, Serang, Batam and Merauke) there were more than 200 cases of snakebites each year with 40% of the cases proving fatal.


“This total,” explained Dr. Mahawani, “may be higher because only cases treated at hospitals were recorded, while those at community medical centers (Puskesmas) are sometimes not recorded.”


Because of this, Dr. Mahawani is working with The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and Biofarma to develop monovalent vaccine serums that will form part of a 2015 national science competition. “We are seeking to win the prize of 500 million rupiah (US$41,600) to pay for research over the coming five years,” she said.


The monovalent serum vaccines that will be developed by the team will be for the specific types of poisonous snakes found in Indonesia – necessarily different from those currently produced in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia.


Continuing, Dr. Maharani said, “We hope that (Indonesian) medical personnel will possess knowledge, skills and networks in handling snakebites thereby increasing the number of those saved from death resulting from snakebites.”


To improve networking, Mahawani and her team will launch in December accounts in the social media for the discussion of how to handle snakebites and socialize the use of monovalent serum vaccines for use by practitioners, academics and the general public to seeking answers on questions about poisonous snake bites.




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