Bali News Update Week 8.

Knock, Knock, Room Service

Balinese Crewman on Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam In U.S. Custody After Confessing to Criminal Assault, Rape and Attempted Murder of Female Passenger

 

A 28-year-old Balinese crewmember working onboard the Holland American MS Nieuw Amsterdam is facing a possible life sentence in a prison after confessing to assault, rape and the attempted murder of a female passenger.

 

Ketut Pujayasa, from the villages of Suwug in Buleleng, North Bali, told investigators that he delivered a breakfast tray to the cabin of a 31-year-old female passenger. After knocking three times, the woman, an American, allegedly shouted, "Wait a minute, son of a bitch!" - before opening the door and accepting her breakfast.

 

Pujayasa said the woman’s abusive comments were an insult to both himself and his family. Infuriated, he waited for the woman on the deck on the afternoon of the same day with the intention of “punching her in the face.” When the deck was too crowded with other passengers to perform the planned assault, the man returned to the woman’s cabin later that night.

 

Using a master key to gain access, police say he choked, punched and struck the woman using whatever was handy, including a laptop and a curling iron. The Balinese crewman is alleged to have also raped the Ameican. The woman fought back with a corkscrew. The fight then moved to the cabin’s balcony where, according to the criminal complaint, the Balinese waiter tried to throw the woman overboard.

 

Other passenger, concerned by the ruckus within, pounded on the door of the cabin, causing Pujayasa to reportedly make his escape in the nude, scaling from balcony to balcony along the side of the ship’s exterior. 

 

The woman’s injuries were sufficiently severe that she was evacuated to Florida by air ambulance the following morning from a port in Honduras. Her condition after the attack remains unclear.

 

The complaint says that Pujayasa returned to his crew cabin after the attack and told his roommate to call the ship’s security because he had just killed a passenger. 

 

The woman was a passenger on a nudist cruise offered by Holland American.

 

Placed under guard he was turned over to the F.B.I. and will be arraigned before a Federal Court in South Florida.

 

Ketut Pujayasa, originally from Bali, joined Holland America in 2012 and had worked without incident up until the time of the attack.

 

He is a 2011 graduate of the Balindo Paradiso Cruise Training Program conducted in Bali. His current contract was due to expire on March 15, 2014.

 

Commenting on the attack, the president and CEO of Holland America said: "At Holland America Line, the safety of our guests is our highest priority, and we are shocked and deeply saddened by this incident. To our knowledge, no incident like this has occurred in our company's 140-year history."

 

The Party’s Over?

New Zealander Arrested by Bali Police in Drug Raid on a North Kuta Villa

 

An early morning drug raid by narcotic police in Bali has resulted in the arrest of a Paddington, Sydney resident, Leeza Tracey Ormsby (37).

 

Ormsby, originally from New Zealand, was staying at the Askara Villa in North Kuta when was found with a marijuana cigarette in her handbag. A subsequent search of the villa by police uncovered 27 grams of hashish, 132 grams of methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia. 

 

Based on the evidence found at the villa, police are trying to determine if the woman was involved in drug dealing, a crime subject to the most severe penalties in Indoneisa.

 

Ormsby told police she is unemployed, but lists her profession on-line as a fitness trainer and owner of an espresso outlet. She arrived in Bali shortly before her arrest on February 12, 2014. She admitted to police that before the raid that she had participated in a drug party with 5 friends at the villa. The other participants in the drug fest had departed Bali before the police raid.

 

Depending on the eventual charges laid against the woman, she could be charge with dealing a Class One Narcotic, a crime punishable by death.

 

Taking Care of Business

Bali to Spend US$6.25 million on Tourism Promotion in 2014

 

The Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) reports that the provincial administration of Bali and the private tourism sector will combine forces to fund US$6.25 million in tourism promotion.

 

The funds are to be administered by the recently formed Bali Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD).

 

A member of BPPD, Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya said: “Sixty percent of the budget will be provided by the Bali administration and the remaining 40 percent will be procured by tourism businesses.”

 

The BPPD is entrusted with formulating tourism promotion plans and policies for Bali. The BPPD is focusing on five major market segments: meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE); leisure; sports; silver tourism (targeting retirees and elderly tourists); and creative endeavors.

 

Wijaya insists a well-developed program of promotion has been developed by the BPPD.

 

Bagus Sudibya, another member of the BPPD Board, said that double-digit growth in tourism was the goal in the coming year in order to try to fill the Island’s current over supply of hotel rooms

 

“We are facing a major problem of decreasing occupancy rates due to the oversupply of hotel rooms. If the administration is eager to issue licenses to build hotels, it should also be willing to provide higher funding and work harder to promote Bali,” he stated. 

 

Although a record amount by Bali standards for tourism promotion, the budgeted amount is still considered below par for the ideal promotion of Bali tourism.

 

How BPPD will raise the private sector portion of the proposed promotion fund has yet to be revealed.

 

Five Out of Seven Missing Divers Now Safe

Five of Seven Missing Japanese Divers Found Alive after 3 Days Afloat; One Diver Dead and Another Still Missing

 

Bali received the bittersweet news that five of seven missing Japanese women scuba divers had survived, one had been confirmed dead and the seventh remained missing at sea.

 

The seven had failed to resurface after diving on Friday, February 14, 2014 near Nusa Penida – an island located just off the southeast shore of Bali.

 

Four of the women were found clinging to a mid-ocean coral head on Monday following an exhaustive search and rescue effort. A short time later in the same vicinity, the fifth diver was found floating and alive in the ocean. As evening fell on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, the body of the 6th diver was floating offshore near Sanur Beach in Bali.

 

The seventh diver remains missing at sea.

 

The five survivors who spent three days in the ocean clinging to each other were suffering from dehydration and shock, lessened to some degree by frequent rains that provided drinking water while the group awaited rescue. After treatment at Bali’s Sanglah General Hospital all have been released to return to the Japan.

 

Police have reportedly taken the captain of the boat used by the divers into custody pending a formal indictment for criminal negligence. 

 

The five rescued divers are Atsumi Yoshidome (29), Nahomi Tomita (29), Aya Morizono (59), Emi Yamamoto (35), Saori Furokawa (37).

 

The dead woman is Ritsuko Miyata (59) and the missing diver is Shoko Takahashi (36).

 

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

William Santoso, No Longer an Hotelier, Embarks on a Wild Adventure At Bali Safari and Marine Park

 

Bali Safari & Marine Park has announced the appointment of William Santoso as their new general manager. The former director of sales and marketing at the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa will now be in charge of extending hospitality to the hundreds of exotic animals and endangered species housed at the Park and the thousands of international visitors who come to see the animals each day.

 

Prior to joining the award-winning park Santoso logged 22 years working in the hotel in Europe, United States, the Caribbean, and Bali. 

 

Before landing in Bali, Santoso held postings in United States and the Caribbean where he worked for The Leading Hotels of the World at their headquarter in New York City and Raffles Hotels and Resorts’ New York-based opening team for a property on Canouan Island, in St. Vincent and The Grenadines.

 

“I have an enormous enthusiasm to start a wonderful journey with wildlife in this thriving Bali Safari & Marine Park and I am also thrilled with the endless opportunity to enhance our customer satisfaction with excellent supporting products and business units such as Elephant Back Safari, Night Safari, a distinctive Tsavo Lion Restaurant, Water Park and Fun Zone amusement center, Bali Agung Theater, and Mara River Safari Lodge,” said Santoso.

 

Santoso added, “It is my intention to lead our energetic team to provide a better and a more memorable adventurous experience at this outstanding establishment; maintaining our pride as the Indonesia award-winning theme park with A class accreditation through our continuous outstanding care and dedication to wildlife.”

 

Santoso, originally from Indonesia, is a graduate of Institute Hotelier César Ritz, Le Bouveret, Switzerland and New York Institute of Technology.

 

Bali Safari & Marine Park covers a 40-acre wooded site in Gianyar serving as a habitat for over 60 species of animals from Indonesia, Africa, and India. 

 

Bali Safari & Marine Park is an international award-winning integrated amusement park with emphasis on conservation, education and cultural development through quality programs ranging from Safari Journey, animal educational shows and Bali Agung Show. Leisure facilities include the world-class Tsavo Lion Restaurant, 1,200-seat Bali Theater, Mara River Safari Lodge, Waterpark and Funzone Entertainment Center.

 

Visit the Bali Safari and Marine Park - Jungle Hopper Package - Bali Safari & Marine Park

 

Much Loved, Much Missed

Long-Time American Expat Paul Latourell Murdered in his Denpasar Home

 

The Bali expatriate community was shocked with the news of the death of a popular and long-term American resident Paul Latourell (51) who was brutally murdered at his Denpasar home on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

 

Latourell’s body was discovered two-days after his death when a domestic worker returned form a weekend off to find the door open and the American’s body in the bedroom.

 

Stabbed more than 70 times, there were signs of a struggle with blood traces found in both the living and bedroom. Missing from the house were Latourell’s wallet, hand phone and his automobile parked in the buildings carport.

 

Police traced the stolen vehicle to a location outside Bali where the assailant(s) sold the vehicle. Based on that transaction and other evidence, police have told Radar Bali that they now know the identity of at least one of the men involved in the murder and would soon be making an arrest.

 

Latourell, originally from Ventura, California, was a well-known community activist involved in fund-raising for a Kuta medical clinic treating HIV/AIDS patients and Bali Peduli - a foundation providing assistance and care to HIV/AIDS patients.

 

A memorial service for Paul Latourell is scheduled to be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm  at the Kertha Semadi Crematorium on the Bypass in Mumbul (near Nusa Dua) followed by the cremation. Friends and associates are encouraged to attend.

 

In accordance with the the wishes of the deceased, his ashes will be returned to Ventura, California to be scattered on a hillside location overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

 

A Taste of Bali

From the Bookshelf - Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine and Food Culture of Bali

 

Dr. Vivienne Kruger Ph.D has emerged on a growing list of champions of Balinese cuisine with the publication of Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine and Food Culture of Bali (Tuttle Publishing, 2014).

 

Now accepted as a singular contender among the world’s leading cuisines, the unique traditions of the Balinese Paon (kitchen) are steeped in divine rituals, exactitude and religious perfectionism.

 

Like music, dance and art and all things demanding care, attention and skill on this Island – food in Bali represents, on one level, an offering to the Gods. Carefully prepared and beautifully presented, either on the dining table or as a sacred offering, the artistic essence is then pledged to the Gods leaving the profane remains to be enjoyed and savored by the community.

 

Vivienne Kruger’s long connection to Bali, her love of Balinese food and academic eye for detail has resulted in a book that breaks new ground in its study of Balinese culture, the Island's delicious food and the accompanying ancient traditional cooking methods.

 

Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine and Food Culture of Bali shares the largely unexplored secrets of Bali’s cuisine, kitchen architecture, cooking equipment and culinary mindset of the people of Bali.

 

Those visiting Bali interested in exploring its exotic dishes should venture out from the major hotels to dine at the small local warungs where the Balinese eat, small local restaurants or one of the ubiquitous night markets. 

 

More than just a cook book readers of Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine and Food Culture of Bali can do an armchair culinary tour of Bali visiting iconic warungs famous for babi guling (roasted suckling pig); seaside venues famous for traditionally spice seafood; find out where the best bebek betutu (roasted duck) is served; and read about uniquely Balinese fare based on fern tips, banana trunks and fried dragonflies.

 

Originally from New York City, Dr. Vivienne Kruger academic studies focused on American history from Columbia University. For the past two decades Kruger has enjoyed a firm Bali connection. On her adopted island she has worked as a  special research consultant for E Entertainment Television’s “Wild On Bali” (1998-1999) and written for “Bali and Beyond Magazine” (1999-2004). For a period (2006-2008) she wrote a monthly food column for the Bali Advertiser focusing on Balinese culture and food. During her Bali residency she established an international export business promoting Balinese products.

 

Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine and Food Culture of Bali by Dr. Vivienne Kruger (Tuttle Publishing, 2014) is available from leading local bookstores in Bali or on-line from Amazon.com.

 Language: English

ISBN-10: 080484450X

ISBN-13: 978-0804844505 

 

Cultural Tourism, Where for Art Thou?

Balinese Religious Scholar Wants Bali Tourism to Embrace Tri Hita Karana

 

An observer of Balinese culture form the Hindu Dharma National Institute (IHDN) in Denpasar, Dr. Ketut Sumadi, sees the environmental pressures on Bali continuing to escalate via the uncontrolled development of tourism accommodation and infrastructure.

 

As quoted in the National News Agency Antara, Sumadi, who heads the post-graduate program in religious studies at IHDN. said: “The development is happening because of the increasingly rapid rate of tourism development.”

 

The respected academic said Bali’s appeal as a tourism destination is happening in concert with its hosting of a number of conferences and meetings on the Island.

 

“The problem now is to determine who is making the greatest contribution to safeguard the image and spirit of our natural inheritance handed down from our ancestors,” he added.

 

Sumadi explained that past generations of Balinese possessed local wisdom – known as Tri Hita Karana; understanding the need to maintain their position in the cosmos by always considering natural and religious law in their daily activities in matters affecting the environment, the relationship with society and their spiritual connection to the Almighty.

 

Sumadi said that the promotion of “cultural tourism” was stipulated in Provincial Law Number 3 of 1991 on Cultural Tourism and the Tourism Law Number 10 of 2009.

 

The laws and regulations are very clear in championing cultural tourism as a central theme of Indonesian tourism development both on a provincial and national level.

 

Canberra’s Girl in Denpasar

Majell Hind Named Australian Consul-General to Bali

 

Majell Hind has been appointed as the new Consul-General of Australia in Bali.

 

Hind is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was until recently Counselor (Management) and Consul-General at the Australian Embassy in Kabul. She previously served as Consul-General at the Australian High Commissions in Kuala Lumpur and Port Moresby, and has undertaken a number of short-term missions, including to Jakarta.

 

Hind holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Australian National University.

 

With over 800,000 Australians arriving in Bali in 2013, a key role of the Consulate-General is to provide consular and passport services to Australian travelers. Official ties with the Province of Bali also encompass a range of official, business, community, health and education links.

 

Hind arrives in Bali when relations between Indonesia and Australia are at a nadir following the recall of the Indonesian Ambassador to Canberra in response to revelations that the Australians were involved in electronic eavesdropping on the Indonesian President, First Lady and Cabinet.

 

Added Velocity on Your Next Starwood Stay

Starwood Hotels links up with Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer Program. Starwood Guests and Virgin Australia Passengers Can Now Accumulate Points for Stays and Flights.

 

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and Velocity Frequent Flyer, the loyalty program of Virgin Australia, have announced a comprehensive new partnership. Marking Starwood’s only airline partnership in Australia, the collaboration offers new benefits to members of Velocity Frequent Flyer and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) - Starwood’s award-winning loyalty program. 

 

“We are delighted to announce this unique partnership in the Pacific region,” said Sean Hunt, Regional Vice President, Pacific, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “The partnership is timely, as the appetite for both inbound and outbound travel to the region continues to increase. Our alliance with Velocity Frequent Flyer marks a major milestone for Starwood Preferred Guest in Australia, enriching the travel experience by enabling local SPG members to convert Starpoints into miles, and offering Velocity members a launch offer and discounts at food and beverage venues at Starwood hotels across Australia.”

 

Velocity Frequent Flyer chief executive officer, Neil Thompson said: “Velocity Frequent Flyer is proud to become the only Australian loyalty program partnered with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hotel group. Staying with any of Starwood’s iconic properties is now more rewarding than ever as members can seamlessly transfer Starpoints into Velocity Points to put towards future rewards such as retail purchases and flights”. 

 

The partnership is the latest addition to SPG’s comprehensive list of over 30 airline partners globally. Velocity Frequent Flyer’s global reach, with 500 destinations worldwide, complements Starwood’s worldwide hotel footprint, which encompasses nearly 1,200 hotels in almost 100 countries. Brands under Starwood include St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft® and Element®. 

 

Natasha Dimmock, vice president, distribution, loyalty & partnerships, Asia Pacific, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, added, “SPG continues to seek out like-minded partners to further our innovation and extend the global reach. We are delighted to join forces with a leading airline loyalty program, Velocity Frequent Flyer, providing members with exceptional rewards and benefits.”

 

With this partnership, SPG members now have the option to transfer their Starpoints® to Velocity Frequent Flyer Points for each eligible hotel stay with a 1 for 1 point transfer rate. To celebrate the launch, SPG offers Velocity Frequent Flyer members an opportunity to earn 2,000 Starpoints for every two-night stay at a participating Starwood property in Asia Pacific. A maximum of 6,000 Starpoints can be earned. 

 

Velocity Frequent Flyer members who are not SPG members can sign up for the SPG program for free. Also, from now until 31 May 2014, Velocity Frequent Flyer members will be able to enjoy SPG member dining discounts, starting from 15 percent, at participating restaurants and bars in Starwood properties in Australia.

 

Picturing Scars

Bali Tattoo Studios Now Offering Cover Up Tattoos to Conceal Scars

 

Bali’s large body modification industry is expanding into new market segments with a specialized type of tattoo service popping up in various parts of Kuta.

 

Customer are now coming to specialized shops offering scar camouflage in which tattoos are used to change the appearance of scars left by accident and surgery.

 

According to the State News Agency Antara one of the studios offering this service is Mad Ink on Jalan Poppies Lane II in Kuta.

 

David of Mad Ink said that concealing scars requires careful design and craftsmanship. Colors must be chosen that cover the scar. At the same time, covering scars, he said, is simpler than trying to modify existing tattoos, a service he also offers.

 

The new tattoo service is called a “cover up tattoo,” said David.

 

David is often asked to cover up old burn marks inflicted by motorbike exhaust pipes.

 

What about the cost? David replies: “Price is relative. For a cover up tattoo I need to employ technique, depending on compositions, textures and picture concept.” 

 

Among the most expensive tattoos David has created is one for Rp. 38 million (US$3,200) that was in full-color and covered the entire back of a subject that involved modifying an existing tattoo.

 

When making a cover up tattoo David usually makes a sketch using colored felts pens over the scar area. This picture is developed using an ink pen before the final tattoo is applied.

 

Protecting the Image of Balinese Workers

Governor Pastika Offers Advice to Balinese Working Abroad

 

In response to the arrest and subsequent confession of a Balinese crewmember on to assault, rape and attempted murder against a female passenger on Holland’s America Nieuw Amsterdam cruise ship, Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika says case surrounding Kutut Pujayasa (28) does not automatically reduce the image of Balinese working as ship’s crew.

 

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, Pastika said: “The Indonesian workers abroad are counted in the thousands, if one behaves in this way, that’s human nature. This can happen to anyone.”

 

Pastika’s comments were made at his monthly open house held on Saturday, February 22, 2014.

 

The Governor said the case surrounding Pujayasa will not necessary influence foreign cruise companies' readiness to employ Balinese crewmembers.

 

“What matters is that in the future we need to equip those joining foreign cruise ships in such a way that they will not commit such acts,” said Pastika.

 

The governor, who once worked as Bali’s chief of police, acknowledged that Ketut Pujayasa faces a complicated and serious legal situation, adding: “Rape and attempted murder are not simple matters, what’s more on board a ship.”

 

The governor said his office would be coordinating closely with the Indonesian Department of Foreign Affairs to help Balinese involved in criminal proceedings abroad.

 

Reflecting on the situation facing Pujayasa, Pastika reminded the Balinese working overseas to avoid drunkenness, gambling, lewdness and fighting during their overseas assignments. Adding, “If our Balinese sons and daughters working on ships get involved with drinking and gambling, they will have no savings when they leave the ship.”

 

Speaking to Balinese presently working overseas, Pastika said: “Remember that you have families you have left back home. The cost of going overseas was not small, causing some of you to borrow against your rice fields.”

 

Men in Dresses on the Run

Bali Inter-Hash Run to be Held in Bali May 9-12, 2014

 

Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) reports that 2,000 people are expected to participate in the “Wonderful Adventure Indonesia Asia Pacific Hash 2014” organized by the Borobudur Interhash Committee and the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy in May 2014.

 

Scheduled for May 9-11, 2104, the race through villages and streets in Bali will pass through the regencies and municipality of Denpasar, Badung, Gianyar, Tabanan and Klungkung.

 

The Ministry’s director of development for special interest tourism, Achairudin told the press that the participants would be running on designated routes and interacting with the local communities.

 

The event will be headquartered at the Inna Grand Bali Beach in Sanur where a welcoming dinner will be held.

 

Part of the event will be a the traditional “Red Dress Run” in which participants, both male and female, run wearing outrageous red women’s dresses.

 

Participants from 30 countries are expected to participate.

 

The event appears planned to go ahead despite a decision by the Bali Police, advising the organizers of the Bali International Triathlon to postpone their international sporting event scheduled for June 22, 2014 due to the presidential elections.

 

A Solemn Roll Call

Seeking Friends and Family of those who Died on Pan Am 812 on April 22, 1974

 

A special commemorative ceremony is planned for the afternoon of Tuesday, April 22, 2014 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the crash in Bali of Pan Am Flight 812 in North Bali in which 107 people perished.

 

Scheduled for 4:00 pm on the afternoon of April 22nd at the Pan Am Monument in Padang Galak in Sanur, the one-hour tribute is planned will include music and prayers offered by all the major religiouns worshipped in Indonesia.

 

Below are listed the names of the 107 people who died on Pan Am 812 published here in an effort to reach out to any remaining family members or friends of those who died who might like participate in the 40th Anniversary ceremony.

 

A limited amount of complimentary accommodation will be available for surviving immediate family members of the crash victims to facilitate their attendance at ceremony. 

 

A Very Lonesome Cowboy

Ranking Detective from Karangasem Bali Police Accused of Public Drunkenness and Drawing a Pistol at a Kuta Karaoke Lounge

 

A police detective (Kasatreskrim) of the Karangasem Police Post has been summoned by the Internal Affairs Division of the Bali provincial police headquarter after an incident at a karaoke bar in South Bali.

 

The detective, AKP Adnan Pandibu, reportedly became inebriated and struck of the karaoke hostesses in a private lounge of the bar. He then reportedly drew a pistol, threatening to discharge the weapon.

 

Pandibu was reportedly enjoying an evening at the bar accompanied by five colleagues for an evening of drinking and singing. It’s not clear what prompted the policeman to strike the bar hostess that led to his reckless display of a revolver.

 

A source at the Bali Police Headquarters told Beritabali.com: “Maybe he was drunk, a witness said he had drank a lot and began hitting people. In addition, he pulled his pistol, but it’s not clear if he fired it or only threatened people with it. The situation was quite confused. What’s worse, he was at the entertainment center without the permission of his supervisor.”

 

The incident in the private lounge at the karaoke bar was witnessed by the owner of the bar, after which the 6 men quickly left the bar.

 

News of the incident eventually made its way its way to the head of the Karangasem Police Post, AKBP Gede Adhi and the Internal Affair Department (Propam) at Bali Police Headquarters.

 

When the Propam officers traveled to Karangasem to collect more information on the incident they elected to bring Adnan Panibu back with them to Bali Police Headquarters for further questioning.

 

Olé – an Oasis of Serenity in Bali

Serenity Bar and Restaurant – Spanish Dining in Style in Sanur, Bali

 

Stylish Mediterranean-style dining has come to Sanur, Bali with the opening this past year of the Serenity Bar and Restaurant on Jalan By-Pass Ngurah Rai. The Bali outlet is the restaurant group’s third outlet - duplicating the success of two Serenity Restaurants operating in Singapore. 

 

As in Singapore, the Bali branch emphasizes authentic Spanish cuisines with pre-dinner Tapas, signature Paellas, soups, Spanish-style sucking pig - Cochinillo Asado, Mediterranean salads, pork ribs, pork knuckle, fish cooked in a salt crust, grilled steaks and fruitful Sangrias - just part of an amazingly extensive menu.

 

On Bali, an Island world-famous for its suckling pig, Serenity’s approach to that dish ivolves a 3 to 4 kilogram piglet marinated with sherry wine, white wine, vinegar and herbs and slowly roasts it for more than 6 hours. The results are perfectly delectable and, due to the slow-cooking process, the whole suckling pig presented at tableside is tender to the extreme - demonstrated on occasion by cutting the pish with the edge of a plate.

 

Three types of Paella – the traditional rice dish of Spain – form a centerpiece at Serenity. Using special, short-grained rice that imparts a needed  al dente crunchiness - the three distinctive Paellas on offer at Serenity are:

Paella de Verduras – a vegetarian Paella with saffron, Portobello mushroom, zucchini, capsicums, asparagus, olive, onion and tomatoes

Paella Arroz Negro - Squid Ink Paella with calamari, squid ink, tiger prawns and capsicum

Paella Valenciana – a seafood Paella using saffron, chicken chorizo sausage, tiger prawns, squid, mussels and rice.

Serenity Bar and Restaurant

Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai 27A

Sanur - Bali

 

Food, Glorious Food

Food, Hotel, Tourism Show at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center March 6-8, 2014

 

Some 500 leading companies will be exhibiting at Food, Hotel Tourism 2014 (FTH 2014) to be held at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center March 6-8, 2014.

 

Thousands of qualified buyers will visit Nusa Dua on these dates to see Indonesia’s largest exhibition of equipment, food, beverage and services to support Indonesia’s Tourism and Hotel Industry.

 

Running simultaneously with FTH 2014 will be a world-class cooking competition. Organized by Bali Culinary Professionals – Salon Culinaire will see teams of top chef compete before a team of 15 distinguished culinary experts for the right to represent Bali in an international cook-off to determine a world champion team of chefs.

 

One of the larges exhibitors at FTH 2014 will be Lotus Food Services of Bali – Bali’s most distinguished food service pioneers. With centers in Bali, Surabaya and Jakarta – Lotus serves the Nation’s hotel, restaurant and food supply industry.

 

With an exhibition area at FTH 2014 covering more than 120 square meters will be used to represent a sampling from Lotus’s comprehensive range of local and imported food products and professional food handling equipment. 

 

Police Arrest Murder Suspect

Breaking News: Bali Police Announce Arrest in the Murder of American Expatriate Paul Latourell

 

Republika.co.id reports that the Denpasar Bali Police have arrested one of the suspected perpetrators in the homicide of American expatriate Paul Latourell (51).

 

“We have one perpetrator under arrest,” said police commissioner Djoko Hariutomo on Monday, February 24, 2014.

 

The arrested man, identified by police only with the initials MS, reportedly hails from outside Bali and is believed by police to have been one of several men who murdered the well known community activist on February 15, 2014.

 

Djoko did not reveal any more details on the man’s identity, saying his identity should be temporarily concealed while police conduct a manhunt for the remaining assailants. “If we tell you (his name), the others will get away,” he explained.

 

Police continue to develop the details surrounding the brutal stabbing murder of Latourell. “For the meantime, the motive for the attack is jealousy,” said Djoko.

 

Latourell was a gay activist in Bali working as a volunteer to raise funds for a medical clinic and a foundation dealing with specific health needs of the island’s gay community.

 

An autopsy is being carried out on the body of Latourell with a cremation service scheduled for Thursday, February 27, 2014. 

 

Non Habeus Corpus

Symbolic Cremation Held For Celebrity Cruise Balinese Crewman Nyoman Gede Bagiada who Died in Gulf of Mexico

 

As reported by Balidiscovery.com [Lost at Sea]  a 45-year-old Balinese chef, Nyoman Gede Bagiada, working on board the Celebrity Cruise Lines’ Constellation disappeared overboard early on the morning of January 29, 2014 in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Despite a massive search effort by air and sea performed by the U.S. Coast Guard the man remains missing-at-sea and is now presumed dead.

 

On Sunday, February 23, 2014, a symbolic cremation was conducted by his family at a Mengwi cemetery. Members of Serangan Mengwi Banjar and family members gathered to make offerings, which together with flowers, were wrapped in a burial cloth and committed to a funeral pyre.

 

As reported by Beritabali.com, Bagiada’s widow Made Karyawati and his first-born Gede Saputra Giri were unable to contain their tears at the religious ceremony necessary to allow the man soul to move on to its next destination.

 

Underlining the suggestion that Bagiada may have leapt into the ocean, his widow said: “Before he jumped into the ocean, my husband contacted the family to ask if the money he sent had arrived. Perhaps this was the course of his life.”

 

A report sent from the Indonesian consulate in Houston, Texas reported that the Balinese seaman had committed suicide by leaping into the ocean on January 29, 2014.

 

A 14-day-long search for the man by the Coast Guard was unsuccessful after which he was declared dead and lost at sea.

 

Additional information received from various sources say the man ended his life because he was suffering from poor health and his work contract forbid him returning to Bali before his contract period came to an end. The Balinese cook apparently became sufficiently frustrated with his situation to end his life.

 

Bagiada was captured on a CCTV camera falling into the ocean. His shoes were found later, placed neatly near the ship’s railing.

 

While the family waited for 25 days for further news, a decision was finally made to put his soul to rest by holding the symbolic cremation ceremony.

 

A Floating Crap Game?

Kedisan Floating Restaurant on Lake Batur Alleged to be an Illegal Operation

 

The Bali Post reports that a “floating restaurant” protruding out from the shoreline of Bali’s volcanic Lake Batur in Kintanami is an illegal operation lacking the required licenses and permits.

 

The Kedisan Floating Restaurant has been in open operation since 2008.

 

The head of the Permit and Licensing Office for the regency of Bangli, Komang Pariartha confirmed to The Bali Post that the popular restaurant did not have the needed permits and was an illegal structure.

 

“As far as I know, the floating restaurant still does not have the needed permits. Previously, the owner applied for a permit which we rejected,” said Ni Made Saseh the head of the licensing processing section in Bangli.

 

Sasih said the initial application was rejected because the restaurant was considered detrimental to the local environment and the sustainability of the lake. Because of this, the building permit for the restaurant was never issued.

 

And although the restaurant is in flagrant violation of the law, no enforcement action from the Bangli administration has been taken to close the establishment.

 

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