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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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Exclusively Bali Ultimate Homewares Tour March 2016

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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

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

Email your expression of interest to exclusivelybali@gmail.com

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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!

Email your expression of interest to exclusivelybali@gmail.com

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New Laws could see unmarried tourists imprisoned for sleeping in the same room !

INDONESIAN plans to make cohabiting outside marriage a crime, jail adulterers and stop the open sale of condoms are causing alarm in Bali where the laws would also apply to tourists.

The island’s politicians and tourism leaders are sounding alarm bells over the controversial proposed new laws, saying the State is interfering in issues of morality which could drive away tourists.

The changes are part of a widespread revision of Indonesia’s Criminal Code, known as the Kuhap, which was last revised in the 1950s. The 500-page document, which contains more than 750 articles, is currently before the country’s lawmakers for debate.

Under the proposals, cohabiting outside marriage becomes a crime carrying a one-year jail sentence and would apply to tourists as well as Indonesians. The punishment for adultery goes up from nine months jail to five years.

Tourism chiefs are concerned that if passed and enforced, by arresting tourists sleeping together and checking into hotels as couples, this would be a major disaster for Bali’s travel industry, which is the lifeblood of the island’s economy.

And moves to ban the open sale of contraceptives, which are currently prominently displayed and sold in minimarkets and convenience stores everywhere, have also been criticised.

Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights warns that the controversial aspects of the new code risk returning the country to the 16th Century and driving away tourists who face jail for sleeping together outside marriage. At its most extreme it could even mean police raids on hotels.

Commission member Dianto Bachriadi says the State should not be regulating morality and that if passed, the new laws would mean members of the public are spied upon in their private lives.

Mr Bachriadi says that if the article on cohabitation is not dropped it would apply to foreign tourists in Bali.

“It is applicable for all people in Indonesia, including foreigners. All people who are in Indonesia could be imposed upon, without exception,” Mr Bachriadi said.

“It will be counter-productive to many things, including tourism. It will make tourists run away. Police will actively raid hotels … And it will cause fear for all people. It will negatively affect the economy and all other things. Moreover it is an issue of privacy. About sin, it is their business with God, not the State.”

Bali politician Ketut Kariyasa Adnyana says the Balinese do not want the new laws and the legislature will convey these views to Jakarta.

“The Government’s target is to get more tourists coming to the country. That’s why they create a free visa policy and add more countries to this list. Tourists keep coming to Bali as the Balinese are friendly to all tourists, as well as respecting their privacy,” Mr Adnyana said.

He said it was common knowledge that many tourists in Bali are not married but come together and share hotel rooms on holiday.

“If the new criminal code draft is legalised and is imposed in Bali it will disturb tourism activity. It will build an image that couples outside marriage will be arrested. We in Bali hope that the draft will not be legalised.”

The Bali Tourism Board chairman Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya agrees.

“If it is legalised, of course it will affect foreigners. It means the State has too much interference with people’s lives and religion. … and for sure this will affect tourism.”

Plans to ban the public sale of contraceptives, like condoms, are also under fire. Shops would be banned from offering or showing contraceptives and could only sell them if a customer specifically asks.

Social groups warn such a law is a setback in the prevention of HIV and AIDS and called for the government to focus on crimes like murder and corruption instead of moral issues.

The Institute for Criminal Justice Reform, which is co-ordinating an NGO response to the new criminal code, says it smacks of overcriminalisation.

“Too many of the citizens’ acts are qualified as crimes, especially those acts considered to be against religious morals,” executive director Supriyadi Widodo Eddyono said.

“This should not be the main priority of criminal code reformation. There are many other articles that should be a priority, such as corruption, money laundering and human trafficking. The revision process should focus more on those things,” he said.

The new code also makes black magic and witchcraft, practised widely across Indonesia, a crime, with a jail term of five years for using black magic to cause illness, death or suffering.

Indonesia’s parliament is notoriously slow-moving and the new criminal code is not expected to be finalised and passed until the end of 2017. By this time, the Balinese authorities hope the more controversial aspects will have been deleted during the consultation phase.

source:  Herald Sun

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Beer is Back in Bali Mini-marts!

A ruling from the Minister of Trade limiting the sales of beer at convenience stores and warungs was set to take effect on April 15, 2015.

As reported by Beritadewata.com, mini markets across Bali claimed they no longer have beer to sell and were not receiving new supplies from beer distributors. A few shops admitted to have old stocks of beer that they would sell until finished and then not restock.

A Reprieve for Bali Beer Sellers?

Meanwhile, the vice-chairman of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali), Ketut Suwandi, told the press that the Trade Minister has relented in the face of widespread protests and issued a special set of regulations exempting Bali from the ban on beer sales at mini markets and convenience stores. The exempting regulation has reportedly been hand-carried to Bali by a member of the Minister’s staff stipulating how beer sales will be controlled in Bali, given the Island’s special status as a tourist destination.

While specific details are short, Suwandi says the new regulations will address the aspirations of the people of Bali to allow beer sales in tourist areas. It is believed that it will be left to local regents, mayors and village chiefs in Bali to specify what areas will designated as tourist zones and remain open to beer sale to tourist visitors over the age of 21 years.

Details of the special regulations for Bali will be shared once the new ruling is formally promulgated on the Island.

source: balidiscovery

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Ban on Sale of Beer at Bali Convenience Stores and Beaches – Call for Review

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DenPost reports that the Badung Tourism Service in Bali is asking the Indonesian Department of Trade to review and revise Ministerial Regulation Number 6 of 2015 that will severely limit the distribution and sale of beer.

Under the new regulation slated for implementation in mid-April, beer can no longer be sold from convenience stores or from local vendors circulating on Bali’s beaches. After that date the regulation would limit the sale of beer to supermarkets, hypermarkets, bars and restaurants.

The head of the Badung Tourism Service (Kadisparda), Tjokorda Raka Darmawan, on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, commenting on the new regulation said: “The impact (of the regulation) will not be immediate, but will certainly be strongly felt over the long term. If this is allowed to stand, tourist visitors (to Bali) can shift to other countries, such as Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.”

Darmawan said the regency of Badung is targeting a 5% increase in tourist visitors in 2015.

Citing the popularity of cold beer among the citizens of major markets to Bali, Darmawan added: “If this (beer) is outlawed or its distribution limited, this will certainly affect their enjoyment. The total number of visitors from Australia to Bali has now achieved one million or around 80,000 Australian visitors per month, many of whom like this beverage (beer). Because of this, the government needs to review the rules and tourism areas should be exempted.”

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Similar sentiments were expressed by the chairman of Commission II of the Badung House of Representatives (DPRD-Badung), Nyoman Satria. Insisting that beer with less than 5% alcohol does not make people drunk, said: “It would be better if the Government focused more on controlling local alcoholic beverages such as home-made ‘arak’ that has not been studied by the Ministry of Health. Regulations from the Minister of Trade must meet the aspirations and protect the people and not only seen from a narrow perspective.”

source: balidiscovery.com

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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.

Travel bag belt luggage strap password lock box belt(China (Mainland))   Travel bag luggage strap cross luggage belt(China (Mainland))

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

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A place to reflect, refresh and wander….

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Located 18km north of Ubud, in Tampaksiring is the site of Bali’s holiest spring.

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The spring waters of Tirta Empul are believed to be healing: curing ailments and preventing bad dreams.  The waters will rejuvenate your youth too, such is the apparent powers of this mystical and holy place.

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Behind the bathing pools is a temple with a large array of intricately carved and painted temple pavilions.

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Inside the Balinese pray and a priest directs the order of prayer with chanting and the ringing of a bell.

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Tirta Empul is a pleasant and restful place to view: a spiritual experience where one can reflect, refresh and wander.

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Note: For those wanting to bathe, it’s recommended that you hire a guide before arriving as there is a “respectful” process to follow.

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