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Industrial Action may cause delays at Australian Airports…

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As if flight delays caused by a natural disaster of volcanic ash spewing into the atmosphere and affecting flight paths in and out of Bali was not enough, further major delays to international travelers could result when Australian Border Force staff strike for 24 hours nationwide on Monday, November 9, 2015.  Australian Border Force staff are disputing pay and conditions.

It is expected Immigration Department managers may be deployed to plug staffing gaps in a bid to minimise the impact on the public.

The affected airports are Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Darwin, Cairns and Gold Coast.

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has announced its workers will strike from 12.01am to 11.59pm on November 9, the latest escalation in industrial action as the union locks horns with the government over pay, allowances and conditions for those watching over Australia’s borders.

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A ladies getaway focused on fun, food, shopping, pampering and cocktails!

During your stay enjoy a fully hosted tour inclusive of:
– private airport transfers 
– 6 nights luxury beachfront accommodation at the stunning The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali!
– daily breakfast
– fully escorted shopping to handpicked retail and wholesale outlets 
– guided Tegalalang and Ubud shopping
– 5 star dining 
– delicious high tea
– indulgent spa treatment

And still plenty of opportunities to grab some ‘me time’ or relax with some like-minded ladies.

Come along with your bestie, your mum or your daughter or be very welcomed as a solo guest.

Dates are from 19-25 March 2016

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Mother Nature strikes again!!

Volcanic ash is seen during an eruption inside the crater of Mount Rinjani on the Indonesian island of Lombok October 25, 2015 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. REUTERS/Lalu Edi/Antara Foto

Volcanic ash from Mount Rinjani, Lombok.  photo taken by Antara Foto.

Mt Rinjani, situated on Lombok has erupted with ash and debris being blasted about 1 kilometre into the air and blowing north-west from Lombok towards Bali.

Flights continue to be disrupted. Last night, the Indonesian transport ministry announced that it would close airports in Bali and Lombok until further notice, on advice from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre.

Even though Indonesia had the most active volcanoes of any country in the world, Bali had been “terribly unlucky this year”, Dr Tupper, a volcanic ash expert, said.  And vulcanologists have warned that they do not expect the eruption to finish any time soon.

Workers cover a plane engine with a plastic sheet in their attempt not to be damaged by volcanic ash. Picture: AP/Firdia Lisnawati

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Exclusively Bali Ultimate Homewares Tour March 2016

***Join us on the:  

Exclusively bali ULTIMATE HOMEWARES TOUR

A ladies getaway focused on fun, food, shopping, pampering and cocktails!

During your stay enjoy a fully hosted tour inclusive of:
– private airport transfers 
– 6 nights luxury beachfront accommodation at the stunning The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali!
– daily breakfast
– fully escorted shopping to handpicked retail and wholesale outlets 
– guided Tegalalang and Ubud shopping
– 5 star dining 
– delicious high tea
– indulgent spa treatment

And still plenty of opportunities to grab some ‘me time’ or relax with some like-minded ladies.

Come along with your bestie, your mum or your daughter or be very welcomed as a solo guest.

Dates are from 19-25 March 2016

Note: This tour will be kept small and exclusive. Numbers are strictly limited!

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Faster Processing at Bali’s Airport

Bali Airport is Adding 4 More VOA Desks to Speed Processing Time on Arrival 

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NusaBali reports that Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport will soon add 4 additional visa-on-arrival (VOA) booths in the arrival hall in order to reduce lines during peak periods.

The co-general manager of the Airport Authority (PT Angkasa Pura I), I Gusti Ngurah Ardita, confirmed on Monday, February 23, 2015, that the new VOA booths would soon be operational and manned by immigration staff.

On the average, some 9,000 international passengers arrive in Bali with peak arrival hours often seeing waiting times that are as long as 2 hours for immigration and customs processing. New measures being put in place are intended to reduce the amount of time arriving passengers must spend in the Bali Airport.

During the period January – September 2014 Bali collected US$67.8 million dollars in VOA fees.

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How secure is your luggage?

How many of us check our locked luggage through without a second thought?

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I have always thought the wrapping of luggage in plastic at the airport was a little excessive, not to mention an assault on the environment.

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I also believed that locking your suitcase would prevent it from being opened.  I was wrong!

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This video is quite shocking and shows how easily baggage handlers for example, could open a locked suitcase – and yet the luggage owner would be unaware.

An option may be to use the hard-shell luggage which offers solid and secure locks – with no zips!

Another option may be to use a luggage strap for extra security – which also has the added benefit of easier identification for your individual piece of luggage.

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It’s certainly been an eye-opener for me!

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Passenger Service Charge (otherwise known as Departure Tax) to be included in Ticket Price!

 

The Passenger Service Charge (PSC) otherwise known as Departure Tax, of 200,000 Indonesian Rupiah that is normally paid upon departure from Bali, is to be included in all airline ticket prices.

The government requires ALL airline ticket prices to include the PSC on ticket prices by March 1, 2015.

Garuda is including the Passenger Service Charge in all ticket prices effective February 1, 2015 for flights after March 1, 2015.

For those who have already booked a flight departing before March 1, 2015, they will need to pay the Passenger Service Charge in cash at the airport.

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VISA ON ARRIVAL – Lives on !!

IMG_0910Following the 2014 announcement of a proposed withdrawal of Visa on Arrival (VOA), to date, no withdrawal has been made. The proposal was for tourists arriving from Australia, Russia, China, South Korea and Japan to have the VOA waivered, hence FREE entry for up to 30 days.

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On the 5th of January, 2014 an immigration document was released stating,

  1. “Although there have been proposals to expand the provision of Visa Exemption for Short Visit Purposes by adding 5 (five) other countries, namely China, Russia, Australia, South Korea and Japan. But to this day there is still no new provisions in addition to the President Decree No. 43 of 2011.”

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http://www.imigrasi.go.id/index.php/en/berita/berita-utama/636-visa-exemption-for-short-visit-purposes-refer-to-president-decree-number-43-of-2011

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FAST TRACK no longer exists at Bali Airport Immigration…

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I Gusti Kompiang Adnyana, the Head of the Bali Regional Office of the ministry of  “Justice and Human Rights”, ensures that there are no more rogue immigration officers who commit extortion against foreigners during the examination of travel documents at the Denpasar Ngurah Rai Airport.

The statement refers to the issue of Immigration staff offering bribery to foreigners who don’t want to stand in the immigration queue for the passport control, often also called “Fast Track”.

“There are no more rogue officers, I guarantee no more. This was an issue a few months ago and has now been rewired, and it doesn’t happen any more,” said Kompiang Adnyana in Denpasar, Bali, on Thursday (11/27/2014).

The issue of alleged illegal payments (bribes) taken by immigration officers came from comments from Made Pastika, the Governer of Bali, through complaints from foreigners who visit Bali. Governor Pastika says he will make a video recording of the poor service from the immigration officer at the airport. Moreover, when long lines occur at the passport control, the number of officers is actually at a minimum.

“We continue to fix. What was once a long queue, we try to improve in order to serve well. It is already better now,” he said.

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In addition, long lines take about 2-3 hours to serve 3,000 to 6,000 people. Under these circumstances, the number of immigration officers and technical services should be reconsidered so that tourists, especially foreigners to Bali, can feel comfortable.

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How to pay for your actual LUGGAGE weight….

After numerous trips, I have learnt to pack light.  Unfortunately, this hasn’t t helped me reduce my Bali shopping whilst on the Island!

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Apart from filling your own 40 foot container to get your goods home (I’ve done this!) or paying for someone else for space in their container (I’ve done this too!), it is often useful to use a packing trick.

One handy tip I continually fall back on is to take with you at least 2 large, striped/checked shopping bags that you can purchase at “discount/bargain” shops in Australia for approximately $2.00.   I place soft goods that are unbreakable, like clothing or manchester inside these.

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I then place wide, strong tape around the stripey bag, both horizontally and vertically.  Also, tape the handles together to become one handle, for strength!  Make sure you label the exterior.

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These stripey $2 bags weigh nothing.  You’re therefore only paying for the weight of your goods, not the piece of luggage.  The bags are also strong – as evidenced recently when one of mine went missing on a flight from Bali to Australia.  Amazingly, it took 32 days before the stripey bag was delivered to my door.  The bag was all intact and had apparently traveled via Jakarta and Singapore!

It’s certainly not the most stylish piece of luggage, but I swear by them!

# Be aware that some airlines now only allow one bag to be checked in regardless of combined weight of bags.  Do check this before introducing a 2nd bag!

Happy Shopping!

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DEPARTURES update at the new Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport…

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Arriving 3 hours prior to departure, we were unsure of the ease of processing, or of the time-frame now via  the brand new Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport (also known as Denpasar International Airport).

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We were pleasantly surprised however, with a smooth transition on all levels.  Our departure from Bali was a comfortable and streamlined experience…

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With the assistance of a Porter, our luggage was transferred from our car to the Check-in counter.  This was a huge help, especially with heavy luggage and an uphill incline to maneuver.  Such a bargain too at an advised  cost of just 30,000Rp!  (We made sure we tipped generously for such a fantastic convenience).

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It was a speedy process through the Departure gate.

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The airport is well sign posted in both English and Indonesian.

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A map of the International Airport is readily available on signage opposite Check-in.

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The processing for our flight had only just started with few passengers having arrived, it seemed.  I was grateful therefore for a speedy check-in.

The airport is spacious and light with an easy walk from Check-in toward Immigration.

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Payment of 150,000 IDR Departure Tax was made with only a couple of people ahead.

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Then there was more signage and security before arriving at the Immigration counter.

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It was an uncomplicated process through Immigration and finally we were in the Departure area.

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The Departure area has numerous Duty Free shops operating with plenty of top name merchandise.

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Some of the shop fronts are still temporarily situated along the walkway.

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Lounge areas are currently minimal, as are cafe-type shops.  If Departures were busy, I imagine seating may be quite an issue at the moment for those waiting for their flights.

There are still plenty of areas that are yet to be “unveiled” with temporary partitioning still in place.

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Spacious carpeted walkways are present throughout.

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Currently, the only proper lounge area in the Departure area is the Premier Lounge.  This is a temporarily partitioned off area for “Business class” travelers only.

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The Premier Lounge consists of chairs, tables, a food area and free wi-if.

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Sadly, we were not travelling Business Class.  We had plenty of time before our flight departure so chose to sit in the adjacent Departure area 4.  This was conveniently empty.  Several ceiling mounted TVs were also in this area.

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Departure 4 is directly next door to the current Premier Lounge.  Having spied the username and password in the lounge earlier,  we were able to log onto the Premier Lounge wifi for FREE!!

Here’s the details…
USERNAME: J@5_lounge
PASSWORD: premier2013

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Overall, we were fortunate to have enjoyed a comfortable departure experience via the spacious, new Denpasar Airport.  Once completed and fully operational, I believe it will be very impressive!

HINT 1:  Do not queue for the toilets at the gate from which your flight departs.  Walk a few minutes toward the opposite end of the terminal which I found to be not as busy. This is where we found an empty Departure lounge to sit in and there were plenty of empty toilets and several quiet food and beverage stands too.

HINT 2: If possible, eat prior to arrival at the airport since food outlets are currently limited. Having said that, I have heard that after checking in, it is possible to exit the airport and walk over to the Domestic Terminal where  there are several food outlets.  It is only a 5 minute walk away.  (Make sure you take your passport and boarding passes though, as security will ask for it when you return!)

Happy and safe travels!   I hope you too are blessed with a comfortable departure.  xx

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Arrivals update at the new Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport ….

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Having only recently opened, I was keen to witness first hand the brand new Denpasar International Airport.

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Arrival into Bali has vastly improved with the new Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport (also known as Denpasar International Airport).

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There are huge spaces in the new Arrivals terminal and the walkways are carpeted.

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It is an easy process to negotiate with good signage throughout.

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Visa on Arrival (VOA) can be paid in almost any denomination with change given in Indonesian Rupiah.

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At the VOA counter, you will see the VOA figure in varying denominations.

(See Currency and relevant price below).

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The current exchange rate at the VOA counter is also clearly shown.

(See pic detailing Currency/Rate below).

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After paying VOA, progress to Immigration which again, is clearly marked

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Once through Immigration, your luggage will arrive on the new luggage carousel.

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The spacious, new airport appears impressive and uncluttered.

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The exterior of Arrivals is easy to negotiate.

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A coffee shop is open to the right hand side as you exit the airport.

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There are several ATM machines situated on the outside of Arrivals, to the right hand side, just beyond the Coffee Shop.

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We found the whole Arrivals process speedy and streamlined!

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