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Double the fun on Double Six!

Who’s after a little shopping inspiration?

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I always head to Double Six Road for sarongs, sandals and jewellery.  The shop owners here are always so much more relaxed – and fab finds are the norm.

Double Six Road is actually called Jalan Arjuna but others also know it as Sarong or Silver Street.  It starts at Jalan Legian (opposite Jalan Nakula) and stops at Legian Beach (near to Zanzibar Restaurant).

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Head off on foot along this winding road for upmarket silver, leather handbags, embroidered bags, stylish sarongs, shoes, bling jewellery, beads, scarves and more.

Bali June 2014 with Cindie 773

Happy Christmas shopping!!

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Hint:  Wita Ayu Shop is a fave for unique sarong prints!

(I purchased the pink and lime green floral in the photo below, top row – 2nd from RHS – it matches so well with an embroidered bag of similar colours!)

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In Response to Complaints, Bali Airport Adds Counters and Immigration Staff

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Regional Office of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Bali add immigration staffs and immigration counters at Ngurah Rai Airport after a number of complaints from foreign tourists about long lines when they arrive at the international arrivals.

“The staffs will be added again. They start to work in December 2014,” said the Head Office of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Bali Province, Kompiang Adnyana found in the Special Immigration Office Class I Ngurah Rai Kuta, Badung regency, on Thursday.

According to him, the staffs were brought in from Jakarta, so from 16 staffs its turning out to be 28 staffs

He realized that in December is the season of year-end holiday marred by the hectic international tourist arrivals to Bali.

Besides the addition of immigration personnel, they also add the counter of “visa on arrival” in the international arrivals terminal.

“We added three counters and one is still in the process for a total of 14 counters,” he said.

Previously, Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika suggested all counters of immigration office that are available in the International Arrivals Terminal Ngurah Rai Airport to be opened especially during peak hours to avoid long lines.

In a meeting with Chairman of Regional Office of Law and Human Rights Bali, in Denpasar on Wednesday, the governor said there has been a complaint from tourists because of many counters which are not operated while tourists crammed into only a few counters and as if it is done in purpose.

To dispel the impression, Bali governor suggested adding employees so at rush hour all the counters can be operated and long lines can be reduced.

Pastika regretted about the condition because most of foreign tourists have taken long journey, but they do not get maximum service when they arrive in Bali.

Kompiang further explained that the long lines occur at the international arrivals peak hours starting 12:00 to 18:00 pm there are about 17-20 flights with passenger amounting 3,000 to 6,000 passengers.until the evening.

“It concerns the flight slots which is difficult to be anticipated technically,” he added.

sourced: The Bali Times, December 09, 2014

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The Tradition of Purnama, or Full Moon Ceremony…

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Purnama (or full moon) is a special day in Bali for ceremonies and festivities. Hundreds of temples all over the island celebrate this special day hosting impressive ceremonies in traditional clothing. Balinese believe that Purnama is an auspicious day when Gods descend to the earth and give their blessing.

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On this revered day, hundreds of ceremonies are held in all parts of the island to please and honour the gods with offerings.  These offerings include food, fruit and flowers.

The Balinese themselves are then blessed by performing assorted rituals using petals, rice grains, holy water and incense smoke.

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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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NEW TRAVEL OPTION AROUND TOWN!

Bali has brand new, tourist shuttle buses scheduled to retstart on September 1, 2014.  The Kura-Kura buses are green and yellow, modern, clean, air-conditioned and operate with WiFi!!

Based at the DFS Galleria, several routes will be running to Kuta, Legian, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Sanur and Ubud.  An alternative route is between Seminyak Square to Petitenget and return.  Both routes will be linked.

Prices are one way and reasonable eg. 10,000Rp to Kuta, 30,000Rp to Sanur, 40,000Rp to Nusa Dua and 70,000 to Ubud.

Tickets are purchased via Kura-Kura on line or at ticket offices.  Kura Kura coins or a card are used. 

Customer Service Office Address:  DFS galleria Kuta, Ground Floor, DFS Galleria, Jl. ByPass Ngurah Rai, Kuta, Badung, Bali, Indonesia 80362

Hours: Daily, 10 am to 9:30 pm except on Nyepi Day.

Tel/ (+62) 361 3700 244
Email/ info@kura2bali.com

Hours of Bus Operation: 09:00 to 23:00, depending on the bus line.

Information, questions and answers here: https://www.facebook.com/kurakurabus/app_118870671531441

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INDUL FITRI or LEBARAN

This is the end of the month of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting and is one of the most significant Muslim festivals in the Islamic Calendar. Mass prayers are held in mosques and also in large open areas around the country.

The people of Indonesia celebrate Indul Fitri with great enthusiasm and peace. Muslim people wear new clothes and distribute sweets. During this time, markets through Indonesia are decorated and people enjoy shopping.

Banks, private offices and government centres are closed for almost one week in Indonesia. (Major Money Changers will remain open – but rates will not be as competitive).

Indonesian Muslims are expected to celebrate the end of Ramadan by travelling to be with their families. This custom is locally referred to as mudik, or homebound travel.

How this is expected to impact Bali:

  • Traffic during the Idul Fitri exodus will increase considerably
  • The heavy traffic is likely to lead to a higher number of accidents
  • Shops may be busy
  • Offices and Banks will be closed

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image:  reuters 2012. (Hundreds of vehicles queue to board a ship. Muslims across Indonesia travel from major cities to their hometowns to celebrate Indul Fitri festival).

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Have you taken out TRAVEL INSURANCE ??

Travellers who are not insured are at risk of not only huge bills, but may also compromise their quality of care.

A medivac from Bali to Australia for example, may be in excess of $40,000AUS and this is required to be paid UPFRONT!! There is no service provided with an invoice that follows, like at home.

Here are a few tips:

  • Purchase your travel insurance as soon as you book your travel. This way you are covered if you have to cancel or postpone your trip.
  • If you have a pre-existing medical condition, ensure your insurer is aware.

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  • If you are planning on riding a motorbike on Bali or participating in any known “at risk” activities, ensure your insurance covers this and that you adhere to their limitations.
  • Ensure your laptop, ipad and smart phone are covered.
  • Look for an insurance provider that offers 24-hour worldwide assistance.
  • If you are a frequent traveller, look into an Annual Multi-Trip policy that offers year-round cover for unlimited trips.\
  • If you get robbed on your trip, notify the police within 24 hours and keep a copy of the police report for insurance purposes.
  • Shop around for insurance: book online, via travel agents or via your credit card provider.  Ask friends for recommendations too.

Wishing you safe travels! x

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