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Nothing here! - Bali

Nothing here!

No news, not always good news

As you may eventually discover
while sojourning in Bali,
bad news is often kept a secret,
or lets say, not talked about.

This includes in newspapers too.

As a principle,
it is thought it better not
to communicate anything that
may damage Bali's success.

This may not be important to
the frequent Bali visitor since,
they prefer not to hear about it anyway.

(Check some of the forums
and notice how angry they get
when something not positive is mentioned)

But when sojourning here,
the not so good info,
can always prepare you
to know what to expect.

So if you happen to hear something
word of mouth,
maybe it should be paid attention too,
cause it may be the only way to hear about it.

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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I am Wayan..the Banjay Chief - Bali

I am Wayan..the Banjay Chief

So who is the Banjar?

If you decide to live here,
you will need to learn about the Banjar,
since your relationship with them
may have an important influence
on your well-being here.

All activities and responsibilities
of the banjar are guided by
the chosen village authority.

Depending on how active
the banjar committee is,
they will be i involved
with most activities concerning their village.

The banjar will hold a meeting,
attended by all the married men
each time an activity is to take place.

This can include fundraising,
building a school or adding to their temple.

The activity may be a cultural or
sporting event such as a dance performance.

On the anniversary of the Banjar,
all members are expected to attend.

Most activities will be carried out together,
working in a system known as gotong royong,
where everyone in the village participates.

The important thing is that each member is
seen by the banjar committee,
as absentees are noted and may be heavily fined.

The Banjar will attend in
religious ceremoniesweddings and cremations.

Being involved in so many activities,
the banjar takes on great responsibilities for its members.

It is expected, among other things,
to keep the area clean and disease free,
as well as handle environmental and social problems.

Banjar committees often address problems such as conflict,
social unrest and household disputes.

The division responsible has an abbreviated name:
The Siskamling, Hansip or Pecalang
address local safety issues,
some which are permanent and others which
are specific to an event, for example: Nyepi.

Whilst, the Posyandu takes care of infant health,
from weighing babies to immunization,
similar to Plunket in some western countries.

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  • Updated Nov 11, 2009
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It's all inthe rice!! - Bali

It's all inthe rice!!

Another type of business

Bali has developed itself to rely
sooooo much on tourism,
that it can be a pretty desperate sight
when that sector of that business goes downs.

If you’re visiting Bali
and feel the hawkers are a bit heavy
in their constant demand of
trying to sell you something,
then you should have seen
what it was like after the bombs!

And it’s a bit difficult for most
Indonesians to conceive the future.
So, not until they are deep in problems,
do they even think of ‘options’.

With the market crises heading across the world,
a recommendation of urgency has been sent out.

Bali Needs a Diversified Economy

Gosh!! I really wish someone
would start producing organic rice milk!!!
With so much rice produced here,
and with a carton of imported rice milk
currently costing 30,000 rp the box,
it would be a positive gesture.

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  • Written Aug 4, 2008
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Journalists, keep out! - Bali

Journalists, keep out!

Reporters, keep out!

One of the most difficult visas
to obtain for Indonesia is the
one for journalist and reporting.

In a recent conference held with journalists
from 51 countries on September 2006,
including CNN,
along with the attendance of
President Susio Bambang Yudhoyono,
a conference was held to promote
a standard journalistic code of
conduct for reporting and
commenting on cultural issues.

The request was rejected by 76 national delegates.

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  • Written Nov 2, 2006
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don't Insult Me!!! - Bali

don't Insult Me!!!

Don’t insult me!

The saying,
“Sticks and stones,
may break my bones,
but words will never hurt me”
does not necessarily apply to
the officials here in Indonesia.

Unlike, in western countries where,
freedom of speech is pushed to the extreme limits,
the Article 207 of the Criminal Code in Indonesia
is to protect the State Institution from being insulted.

Calling an official a dog, or a pig like in the US,
is considered a major insult in Indonesia.

Following the fall of the new order regime
restrictions of Freedom of Speech and Art
have been slightly lifted,
but can still cause a major stir.

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  • Written Nov 2, 2006
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As Whit as Snow - Bali

As Whit as Snow

As White as Snow

In Asia, the desire to have
a pearly white complexion
has evolved into a profitable industry.

Forget cultivating the sport, tanned look.
In this part of the world,
that is considered to be ‘dirty’.

So, Asian cosmetic shelves in the stores,
offer an endless array of choices of
facial masks, scrubs, body and face creams
all promising to whiten skin.

With no strict rules for product labeling
and no regulations required to manufactures
to prove that their cosmetics are effective or safe,
be warned that their have been some isolated findings
of products using mercury, chromium and neodymium.

Mercury blocks an enzyme that is
required for the formation of melanin,
the dark pigment of our skin.
But constant and heavy exposure
to mercury is dangerous.
It attacks the central nervous system
and can result in brain or kidney damage.

Chromium is carcinogenic and can cause eczema,
while neodymium, which is used in magnets,
can cause eye and skin irritations.

Which ever way the results are,
if regulations do ever come into place,
women in Asia, may just find themselves
having to turn to an age old home remedy
to temporarily whitening skin, and that’s yoghurt.

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  • Written Oct 9, 2006
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Shrines at the steps of old trees - Bali

Shrines at the steps of old trees

It’s all in Black & White

As you drive around Bali,
you will see very old trees dressed
with a black & white checkered skirt.

Usually, these trees are very sacred
and a place of worship
will be set up at the base of the trunk.

The black and white checkered poleng cloth
symbolizes good and evil forces in balance.

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  • Written Oct 9, 2006
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Your Majesty! - Bali

Your Majesty!

Of Royalty

In many kingdoms
the king was encouraged to sire
numerous offspring with his multiple concubines
as proof of his continuity virility.

Most kings enthusiastically fulfilled this noble duty;
many Balinese claim descent from royalty
and rumors flourish of concubines
impregnated by the palace guards
of an elderly impotent king.

Most Balinese bearing the honorifics
Anak Agung or Agung Dewi are well respected

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  • Written Oct 9, 2006
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Come to our ceremony! - Bali

Come to our ceremony!

That Special Ceremony


The more time you spend
engulfed in the Balinese traditions,
the more you will become aware of
how these people are very spiritual.

Bali has been blessed with
the smiling faces, the passive attitudes,
a close society, etc.

With all the prayers and ceremonies
that are held in honor of the deities,
it seems that a mystical aura surrounds them.

One very special ceremony that
is held every 5 years,
takes place in Kintamani, Bali
sometime in the fall.

This cosmic ceremony
(called Dewa Sraya) which,
is done to restore spiritual balance
and to create a better future for themselves,
for Bali , and for the entire world.

These people are doing this for us!
For all of us no matter where we live in the world.
By getting involved in any and
all aspects of this ceremony
has a deep meaning and impact on all of us.
One Love … One World

By participating in this ceremony,
on any level, with is a wonderful opportunity
to gain a greater understanding of
Balinese ceremonies and day-to-day life,
along with a broader appreciation of
the truly unique and systematic way the
Balinese religion has evolved over many centuries.

These ceremonies extend over 11 days
and take place in several locations:
Mount Abang, locations down in the Kintamani crater,
and in the Tuluk Biyu Temple

As the name translates;
Dewa Sraya means,
Get closer to God,
Remember the way of God,
Stay on the path that God has created for us.

For those who would like to
be involved with this event in some way,
please feel free to send an email at:


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  • Updated Aug 13, 2006
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Here comes the Aussie Rage!!! - Bali

Here comes the Aussie Rage!!!

Kuta is for drinking and Aussies

Before Kuta, Legian and Seminyak,
where three villages that is what is
known as the Kuta tourist areas.

These breezy villages were once separated by coconut groves,
pastures, and thick patches of vegetation.

Now the villages stream seamlessly into each other
like a miniature metropolis.

New streets were pushed along the shore or
simply bulldozed through residential areas
to cater to tourism.

The population doubled,
then doubled again as
migrants from Java
and elsewhere flocked to this booming resort
in search of an economic opportunity.

Today, when high season comes rolling around,
Kuta becomes very Aussiefied as they are
happy to stay in cheap accommodations,
which leaves them plenty of money for booze.

If you have never encountered
being amongst Aussies,
this may not be the best place
to base a first opinion,
about their culture.

Kuta caters to the Australian school break crowd
at these seasons of the year.

The surf crowd grows and Kuta begins
to resemble Fort Lauderdale, Florida at spring break.

If you're looking for paradise, Kuta is definitely not it.
By early evening you will have been asked
one hundred times or more to buy something.

Beach hawkers peddle ‘Rolex Watches’,
ladies in wool bennies offer manicures and pedicures,
and the list goes on.

As night falls the items sold on the streets get darker, too.
All forms of addictions are available in Kuta,
the most subtle
is a legal one,
from beer to the local, fiery Arak
converting a vacation in Kuta
like living a week in a liquor commercial.

Bars like the Sari Club pump fuel
for that obnoxious, Aussie Rage,
that keeps going till the wee hours in the morning,
till they drop like flies, rest,
to start all over again.

While the raging, Aussie flies are in coma,
during the day, the older, middle class and usually,
overweight crowd comes back out to look for those bargains
at the already over priced stores in the Kuta area.

Not quite the Bali that some would expect.

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  • Written Aug 6, 2006
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