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    Silence is Golden

    Religious, Military and Political Leaders Issue Guidelines for ‘Nyepi’ Observances on Saturday, March 17, 2018

    (3/9/2018) In a circular order signed on February 15th by religious leaders from across the Island of Bali, police and military authorities, the Provincial office for the Ministry of Religion, and Governor Made Mangku Pastika - all Bali residents have been reminded that:
    • Hindus in Bali will celebrate the New Year (Caka 1940) with the official "day of silence - Nyepi" and the religious mandated Catur Bratha Penyepian on Saturday, March 17, 2018, that stipulates: Amati gni – no open fires or flames; Amati lelanguan – no pleasurable activities; Amati karya – no work or labor; and Amati Lelungan – no journeys.
    • Non Hindus residing in Bali must respect and honor the purity of “Hari Nyepi” by not venturing forth from their homes for the 24 hours from 6:00 am on Saturday, March 17th until 6:00 am the following morning.
    • Radio, television and cable/satellite broadcasts will not be available during the 24 hours of silence.
    • Cellular and Internet providers are requested to turn off their connections during the 24-hour period of silence.
    • Fireworks, amplified sound and noisemakers are not allowed during the Nyepi period.
    • Hotel are instructed not to host Nyepi-related entertainment programs or other forms of entertainment/amusement in promoting occupancy over the period of silence.
    • Local religious and community watch groups are expected to ensure that the protocols of Nyepi are honored in coordination with police officials.
    • All religious groups in Bali are urged to familiarize their followers with these guidelines and seek their compliance.
    Sources: http://www.balidiscovery.com/messages/message.asp?Id=18474 Re-posted by Pande

    Three Turks arrested for alleged Canggu ATM skimming

    Three Turkish nationals have been arrested in Bali, accused of skimming an ATM in Canggu.

    Bali Police confirmed that the three Turks, identified as Kimis Dogan, 43, Mentes Mehmet Ali, 29, and Koc Tayfun, 35, were arrested on Friday for allegedly trying to skim a Mandiri bank ATM in Canggu.

    The arrests were part of Bali Police’s ongoing three-week Operation Sikat Agung, running from Feb. 22 until March 14, a crackdown targeting all types of theft.

    “We have arrested perpetrators of ATM skimming. The perpetrators this time are Turkish nationals. Now we have the perpetrators and evidence secured by Bali Police. We are still investigating,” said Operation Sikat Agung Bali Police Comr. Sang Made, as quoted by Kumparan.

    Mandiri got police involved after noticing that CCTV footage at one of their ATMs at Canggu Mart appeared to show the suspects installing a skimming device.

    When checked last Wednesday, police indeed found a skimming device.

    Bali has unfortunately been rife with reports of card skimming in the past several years, whereby devices are attached to ATMs to record bank customers’ account numbers, while small cameras capture PINs. Equipped with customers’ secret PIN codes, this allows perpetrators to record duplicate cards and withdraw at the ATM of their choosing.

    Sources: https://coconuts.co/bali/news/three-turks-arrested-alleged-canggu-atm-skimming/ Re-posted by Pande

    Bali Weekend Warrior: 5 cool things to do on the island this weekend (March 9-11)

    Holi in Bali. Photo via Indian Consulate Bali

    CANGGU: Support Milk & Madu’s return

    Milk & Madu Pop Up

    After fire struck the beloved Canggu Milk & Madu, a favorite brekkie (and lunch and pizza night) spot of ours in the Gu, we’re relieved to see the team doing everything they can to rebuild the special place. Milk & Madu will be holding a pop up on Friday, just down the road from their location. So support the rebuilding and grub on some of your Milk & Madu favorites.

    When: Friday, March 9, 7am til close Where: Goodwood (750m from Milk & Madu), Jl. Pemelisan Agung, Canggu

    DENPASAR: Get colorful and celebrate the Holi Festival 

    Holi Festival of Colors

    The Indian Consulate in Bali is putting on its own Holi Festival of Colors to bring the Hindu spring festival to our Island of the Gods. Entry is free.

    When: Saturday, March 10, 4pm (gate open at 3pm) Where: Lapangan Puputan Badung, Dauh Puri Kangin 

    UBUD: Find yourself at an enchanting evening of music in Sayan

    Magical Sunset Concert Head to the beautiful Bambu Indah, an eco-boutique hotel in Sayan for an enchanting evening of music by the talented Rudiger Schodel, who will bring the place’s stunning black bamboo Minang House to life. The event will start on the hotel’s sunset deck at 5pm and will continue to the upper level with Schodel playing various secret instruments he built there.

    When: Sunday, March 11, 5pm-8pm Where: Bambu Indah, Banjar Baung, Desa Sayan Reservations: Whatsapp +447799764090 or call +6281238343174

    DENPASAR: Stretch out and connect in Renon

    Bali Yoga Festival

    Yogis looking for a big festival, look no further than the Bali Yoga Festival in Renon this weekend. Three full days of practice, socializing (this is Indonesia after all!), and workshops.

    When: Friday, March 9 to Sunday, March 11, 7am-6pm Where: Lapangan Bajra Sandhi, Renon

    CANGGU: Grab the kids to celebrate the lead up to the Balinese New Year cubby house kids club Ogoh Ogoh Party Take the kiddos to an Ogoh Ogoh party so they can experience the exciting buildup on the eve of the Balinese New Year, before things quiet down for the Day of Silence. The party includes games, activities, and lunch. When: Sunday, March 11, 1pm-5pm Where: Cubby House Kids Club, Finns Recreation Club, Jl. Pantai Berawa IDR250k (US$18) nett/kid Got an upcoming event you think we should know about? Send tips: bali@coconuts.co
    Sources: https://coconuts.co/bali/lifestyle/bali-weekend-warrior-5-cool-things-island-weekend-march-9-11/ Re-posted by Pande

    Honoring the Traditions of Nyepi

    Hotels in Kuta Asked to Educate Guests on the Customs and Requirements During Nyepi - Bali’s Official Day of Silence on March 17th.

    (3/4/2018) Denpost reports that the acting sub-district head (camat) for Kuta, Made Widiana, has called on hotels to educate guests on the meaning and customs surrounding the celebration of the Bali Hindu New Year on Saturday, March 17, 2018. In recognition of the New Year “Hari Nyepi” – a mandatory day of silence and solitude will be observed from sunrise on March 17th until sunrise the following morning. During this period, all air and seaports are closed, businesses shut down and streets are emptied as local residents shutter their homes and remain quietly inside for the entire day. Widiana asked hotel to familiarise guests with the dictates of Catur Brata Penyiapian that require people do not travel forth from their homes, light no lamps or fires, refrain from work and other activities, and abstain from pleasurable pursuits from 6:00 am on March 17, 2018, until 6:00 am the following morning. Widiana’s comments were made at a Camat-level coordination meeting held on Friday, March 2, 2018. “Don’t let incidents happen that no one wants merely because tourists fail to understand the essence or Nyepi observances,” he warned. “If necessary, tourists should be asked for the hand phone numbers so they can be called back to their hotel when pengerupukan (Nyepi Eve) is ending.” The Kuta official said he would soon be issuing guidelines on the timing of Catur Brata Penyepian to the Council on Interfaith Harmony (FKUB). In order avoid any public unrest, Widiana said that when non-Hindu’s want to worship or pray during the “day of silence” they do so at a location near their home. Adding, “I hope that religious leaders will tell this to their followers,” he added. Hotels in Kuta, Legian and Seminyak have received special dispensation from that allows activities in hotels to operate largely as normal providing guests and staff do not venture outside the hotel’s premises. “I wish that village chiefs will remind hotels in their areas no to allow lighting to be seen from the outside of their hotels throughout the night of March 17th," said Widiana. While the night before Nyepi will be wildly festive with ogoh-ogoh parades, the traditional street parades are forbidden on Bali’s Jasa Marga Toll Road and the Ngurah Rai Bypass in order to keep South Bali’s main traffic arteries flowing and allow arriving and departing passengers access to the Airport for the remaining flights before the airfield closes for 24 hours on the morning of March 17th.
    © Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to http://www.balidiscovery.com. Sources: http://www.balidiscovery.com/messages/message.asp?Id=18453 Re-posted by Pande

    A Quiet and Peaceful Kingdom

    Ayodya Resort Bali Nyepi Package March 16-18, 2018

    (3/4/2018) From sunrise on Saturday, March 17, 2018, until the following morning, the entire Island of Bali commences NyepiBali-Hindu New Year (1 Saka 1940) - a 24-hour period of mediation, introspection and absolute island-wide silence. Airports and seaports close, streets empty, businesses close, and homes are shuddered for 24 hours as an eerie silence descends over the entire Island of Bali. Local rules and regulations demand that visitors in Bali during “Nyepi” be required to stay within the confines of their hotel grounds until sunrise on March 18th. A magical and mystical experience, many guests come to Bali to specifically “enjoy the silence” of “Nyepi” offered at the Ayodya Resort Bali. Families and couples reconnect as they join a range of relaxing and cultural experiences available throughout the hotel’s extensive grounds. Visit the Bale Banjar to learn the intricacies of making Balinese offerings; study Balinese dance and music; or try your hand at fruit carving or painting. Children will be invited to join members of the staff who will lead them in feeding the large population of fish that inhabit the Resort’s lagoon; get their hair braided; learn the Japanese art of origami; join a treasure hunt; or be dressed up as Balinese princes and princesses. Meanwhile, moms and dads can join yoga classes alongside the Gazebo Infinity Pool; exercise in the gym; participate in an Aqua Aerobics Class; play a fast-moving basketball game in the pool; or join matches of table tennis, darts or Bacci on the beach. While cable television services to the Island are suspended during “Nyepi,” the hotel will present a program of in-house movies to keep guests entertained and supply free WiFi service in all public areas of the hotel. Best of all, with the lights off or dimmed over most of the island, please consider grabbing a lounge chair on the beach to watch the stars come out in splendid force - unfettered by the normal illumination emitted from the homes of Bali’s 3 million resident now cloaked in darkness. Special rates available exclusively for the “Nyepi” period from 16-18 March 2018 are:
    • Deluxe Room - Rp. 2,700,000
    • Grande Room – Rp. 3,300,000
    • Ayodya Palace Rp. 5,800,000 (include Ayodya Lounge Access)
    Rates are for double occupancy, per room per night, include daily breakfast buffet, 21% tax and service, and late check out until 6:00 pm on March 18, 2018. Bookings confirmed prior to the15th of March are eligible for a 10% discount on lunch and dinner prices. For bookings and more information telephone +62-(0)361- 771102, facsimile +62-(0)361-771616. Email the Ayodya Bali Resort .
    © Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to http://www.balidiscovery.com. Sources: http://www.balidiscovery.com/messages/message.asp?Id=18452 Re-posted by Pande

    Ubud in the Best of Taste

    Indonesian Cuisine at its Very Best at Lumbung Restaurant - Desa Visesa Ubud Resort

    (3/5/2018) While Indonesian cuisine is world-renowned for its rich flavors and almost endless local variants, it is ironic that it sometimes proves difficult to find an Indonesian restaurant in Bali that serves outstanding local cuisine in an elegant and representative setting.
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    With the opening in Bali of the Lumbung Restaurant at the Desa Visesa Ubud Resort a stunning new venue for sampling the succulent culinary offerings found across the archipelago has made its debut. With dishes served with the casual grace and charm typical of the finest Indonesian household, diners descend into a romantic grotto-like setting located under the bridged entrance to the Resort. Cozy, inviting and surrounded by tropical jungle greenery, earthen elements of woven rattan and outstanding Balinese carvings further complement an inviting backdrop for course-after-course of tasty and beautifully presented Indonesian cuisine. Lumbung, the Balinese name for a traditional elevated rice barn, is, in keeping with its name, a treasure trove of authentic Indonesian food always served with generous helpings of Balinese hospitality.
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    A team of outstanding chefs, guided by Indonesian Celebrity-Chef Mandif Warokka, has created a menu that spoils diners for choice and leaves many planning their next visit to Lumbung before ending their inaugural visit.
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    Tempting starters include shared plates of assorted spicy fruits and pickled “rujak,” blanched vegetables served with coconut “serobotan,” octopus accompanied by “dabu-dabu” sambal from North Sulawesi, “perkedel” corn or potato fritters, or tasty rounds of healthful “tempe” or “Tofu” (tahu).
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    The soup courses on the menu can only be describe as “lip-smacking” - featuring the Sundanese braised beef and soya soup of “Soto Bandung,” an inviting bowl of “Binte Biluhata” - a Gorontalo corn soup incorporating coconut and fresh tiger prawns, or the Indonesian classic of “Sayur Asem” – a tangy vegetable soup that derives its pleasing acidity from Melinjo leaves and tamarind. The extensive “lauk pauk” or main selections at Lumbung are a tour-de-force of the finest dishes found among Indonesia’s 17,000-plus islands. Choose from fresh and saltwater fish and crustaceans expertly seasoned and cooked to perfection; the national favorite of coconut stewed beef “Rendang” or “Lidah Sapi Sambal Hijau” ox-tongue braised in a green chili sambal; or chicken or duck lovingly prepared in the traditional styles of Manado (North Sulawesi) or Bali. Signature dishes are generous and presented for sharing with “Lumbung Bebek Betutu” – duck cooked in the distinctive betutu spice blend particular to the Island of Bali; a massive Seafood Platter accompanied with a range of sambals for smothering and dipping; or the Lumbung take on “surf and turf” where lobster and Wagyu beef are “localized” in a most delectable way. Lumbung also offers at least three varieties of Indonesian “satay,” and fried rice - “Nasi Goreng” served with petai or bitter “stink” beans. Indonesian sides of garden vegetables are also available. Lumbung earns high marks for having arguably the largest selection of “sambal” condiments representing a12 stop journey on the Scoville Scale Range of “spicy heat” ranging from relatively mild to sweat-inducing spoonfuls for the “some like it hot” crowd. Traditional sweets, puddings and refreshing traditional Indonesian iced drinks top off an ultimate Indonesian lunch or evening dining experience at Lumbung. Lumbung is open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm For reservations telephone +62-(0) 877 4532 5571  
    Lumbung Restaurant Desa Visesa Ubud Resort Jalan Suweta, Banjar Bentuyung Sakti Ubud - Gianyar 80571 Bali - Indonesia
    © Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to http://www.balidiscovery.com. Sources: http://www.balidiscovery.com/messages/message.asp?Id=18451 Re-posted by Pande

    North Bali airport ‘cancellation’ not final, still under consideration

    Lovina Beach, one of the spots in North Bali that an airport in the area would send more tourists over to. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    The Ministry of Transportation (Menhub) seems far from gung ho about building an airport in North Bali, but conclusions about the airport being flat out “cancelled” are premature, Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said on Monday.

    A study from the World Bank and state-owned infrastructure financing company PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (SMI) has recommended that the development of the airport not go through and that resources instead be used to improve South Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, but Sumadi says a final decision has not yet been made.

    “We are reviewing (the study). It is not final, but there are suggestions to concentrate on South Bali. It’s not final,” Karya said on Monday, as quoted by Detik.

    While Sumadi apparently declined to go too deeply into the study, he did say it’s been evaluating economic, social, and environmental impacts.

    The Coordinating Minister for the Ministry of Marine Affairs, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan had previously stated on Friday that the construction of the North Bali Airport was cancelled.

    The airport, a project estimated to cost IDR27 trillion (US$1.9 billion) would be built in Bali’s quiet regency of Buleleng, where relatively few tourists travel to. The regency is about 90 kilometers north of busy tourist hub Kuta.

    Bali’s current governor Made Mangku Pastika has been a huge proponent of the airport, insisting it will usher in even more tourists and will spread the development out to the island’s rural north as a tourism destination of its own.

    There has been talk of an airport up on Bali’s lesser-developed north end for years, but little action. This is partly because of the challenge of land acquisition, an obstacle that the project hopes to sidestep by instead reclaiming land to build an artificial island.

    Sources: https://coconuts.co/bali/news/north-bali-airport-cancellation-not-final-still-consideration/ Re-posted by Pande

    Indonesia seizes yacht in Bali wanted by US investigators

    Indonesian officials prepare to board the luxury yacht ‘Equanimity’, reportedly worth some US$250 million and owned by Jho Low, a former unofficial adviser to the Malaysian fund 1MDB, at Benoa Bay in Bali on February 28, 2018. Photo: Rully Prasetyo/AFP
    A luxury yacht sought by US authorities was seized Wednesday off the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, officials said, with the vessel reportedly linked to a corruption scandal at Malaysia’s state investment fund. Authorities boarded and searched the Cayman Island-registered vessel, which is reportedly worth some US$250 million and is owned by Jho Low, a former unofficial adviser to the Malaysian fund 1MDB. The US Justice Department alleges in civil lawsuits that US$4.5 billion was looted from 1MDB in an audacious campaign of fraud and money-laundering. “Based on the US investigation, part of the money was used to buy a yacht which has been sailing in Indonesia,” said Daniel Silitonga, a senior Indonesian police official, who declined to specify whether the US hunt for the boat was linked to the 1MDB case. “We are still investigating who the owners of the yacht are.” Some Indonesian and Malaysian media reported that the boat was owned by Low. The ship’s captain and 34 crew are being questioned, Silitonga said. Metro TV showed footage of what it described as Indonesian and American investigators boarding the yacht and questioning the crew. The scandal surrounding 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) has rocked the administration of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Najib, who founded 1MDB in 2009, has battled allegations that billions were looted from the investment vehicle in a vast campaign of fraud and embezzlement around the globe. Najib and the fund deny any wrongdoing.
    Sources: https://coconuts.co/bali/news/indonesia-seizes-yacht-bali-wanted-us-investigators/ Re-posted by Pande

    I Am in Bali Now

    Swiss-Belhotel Stands with the Island of Bali

    (2/25/2018) Seeking to accelerate the economic recovery of Bali’s tourism industry following the eruption of Mount Agung and to promote the island as a tranquil vacation destination, Swiss-Belhotel International in Bali has launched the #IAMINBALINOW social media photo campaign involving nine of the company’s hotels and resorts in Bali. To launch the program, an afternoon tea for the media was hosted at Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest Kuta on Thursday, 8 February 2018, to encourage a wider use of specially set-up photo corners to allow sharing on social media using the hash tag #IAMINBALINOW. Swiss-Belhotel announced the program’s aim is to spread a message to friends, family and colleagues that Bali is a stunning destination, that it is open to tourists, and that Swiss-Belhotel International Bali hotels are safe and comfortable; where guests can enjoy the best facilities and services. Media partners and stakeholders, including the Bali Tourism Hospitality Task Force attended the launch. General Manager of Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest Kuta, Teezar Mirza, hosted the event with support from general managers at Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar; Swiss-Belresort Pecatu; Swiss-Belhotel Petitenget; Swiss-Belhotel Tuban; Swiss-Belhotel Segara Nusa Dua; Swiss-Bel Inn Legian; Swiss-Belexpress Kuta; and Zest Hotel Legian. Swiss-Belhotel International Senior Vice President – Operations and Development – Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam, Emmanuel Guillard explained the underlying concept for the campaign, saying: “I think it is important as hoteliers with a strong presence in Bali to show support for the island at a time when there has been mass-media coverage and influence on tourists about the situation with Mount Agung. We are keen to get the message out that Bali is still stunning, that our hotels are safe, that the island has an incredible cultural richness and is a world-class tourist destination. Who better to genuinely show this support and influence the future of Bali through the #IAMINBALINOW campaign than guests who are experiencing Bali right now?” Inspiring wellness and serenity, Bali is the ultimate island destination, where visitors can lounge on incredible white-sand beaches such as Padang-Padang, as featured in the hit-movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love.’ Bali also boasts an abundance of soft, sandy beaches and relaxed seaside locations such as Sanur Beach on the east coast side of the island with its fishing boats and beachfront cycling track. For a limited time only, Swiss-Belhotel International is offering a 50% OFF second-room bookings at any of its hotels and resorts in Bali.
    © Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to http://www.balidiscovery.com. Sources: http://www.balidiscovery.com/messages/message.asp?Id=18350 Re-posted by Pande

    Capitol Depreciation

    Fire Destroys Building in Bali’s Governor Office Complex

    (2/18/2018) A building at the Governor’s office complex in central Denpasar was consumed by fire on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. The fire took place in Building No. 5 housing the Law Bureau for the Province of Bali. In the course of the inferno, all rooms on the second floor (the Law Bureau and Human Rights Division) and on the third floor (The Governance Bureau) were destroyed. Beritabali.com reports that 12 fire trucks responded to the fire, plus two water cannon trucks deployed from police headquarters, Information from an employee of the Provincial Government reports the fire is believed to have started on the 2nd floor in the Law Bureau and Human Rights Divisions. Governor Made Mangku Pastika quickly arrived at the location that is close to his office. Governor Pastika said the burnt structure was an old building, dismissing any suggestions of sabotage or arson. “The is none of that (sabotage). A fire can happen anywhere, even in our own homes. That building (Building No. 5) is old, I don’t know exactly, but it was built during the term of office of Professor (Ida Bagus) Mantra,” explained Pastika. The Governor also explained that the burnt out building no longer housed any significant archival material that had long ago been moved to another location.
    © Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to http://www.balidiscovery.com. Sources: http://www.balidiscovery.com/messages/message.asp?Id=18233 Re-posted by Pande

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