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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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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.”

See link here:

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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MAYA SANUR RESORT & SPA

The Maya Sanur Resort and Spa (sister hotel to the stunning Maya Ubud Resort and Spa) is currently under construction.  It’s situated beachfront and is a fab, new luxury 5 star eco-friendly resort.

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Designed by award winning architect, Budiman Hendropurnomo of Denton Corker Marshall – Jakarta, the resort is intended to maximize views of the ocean from as many rooms and public areas as possible.

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There will be 103 rooms – including luxurious pool suites, three themed restaurants, a “tree bar”, two large swimming pools, a children’s pool, a spa, fitness centre, yoga studio, library and a beachfront wedding pavilion.

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A walk past the hotel recently shows it’s completion can’t be too far off!  I for one, can’t wait!!

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Kuningan Day Holiday

Kuningan Day

Kuningan Day is 10 days after Galungan.  You may notice businesses closed as Balinese Hindus’ return to their home to celebrate with their families. They participate in ritual prayers where they celebrate the return of their spiritual ancestors to heaven and express gratitude to the Gods.

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Kuningan comes from the word “kuning” meaning yellow. The celebration of Kuningan is similar to Galungan, however yellow is used as an offering instead of white.

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The bamboo poles known as Penjors, previously erected at the entrance to businesses and houses is redecorated substituting the colours of white with yellow. This symbolises prosperity.

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The Galungan Holiday

Galungan is one of the most important recurring Hindu celebrations of the religious calendar when the creator of the universe and the spirits of ancestors are honored. This is when the spirits of deceased relatives return to visit their former homes for 10 days until another Hindu celebration, know as Kuningan. Current inhabitants have a responsibility to be hospitable through prayers and offerings.

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The most obvious sign of the celebrations are the penjor – bamboo poles with offerings suspended at the end. These are installed by the side of roads.

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Local Balinese Hindus can be seen walking and driving to temples wearing their ceremony best, often carrying offerings of food and flowers.

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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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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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