Monday, July 5, 2010

Latest Bali Updates

Om Swastiastu ...

Drugs, unfortunately, still loom large in news from Bali. 8 Iranians received life sentences before a Bali court last week for attempting to smuggle narcotics into Bali, while the National Anti-Narcotics Agency (BNN) labels Bali and Jakarta as Indonesia's two main gateways for the illicit drug trade.

Bali's rapid growth and efforts to ease traffic congestion are the focus of three articles in this week's Bali Update. High land acquisition costs are affecting efforts to build an overpass at the Simpang Siur intersection. A zoning experts and local legislator suggest that Bali's unique roadside statuary may be one of the first casualties in new road building projects. And, we have an editorial asking if building tunnels to overcome traffic jams has been too readily dismissed as an option by the island's administrators?

Other news brings welcomed confirmation that Bali's cat population remains free of rabies; news of 2 criminal convictions for Jakarta businessman Paul Handoko involved in efforts to illegally appropriate a villa in Sanur; labor demonstrations by workers at the Aston Bali Resort and Spa; and an urgent call for more life-guards and life-guard stations along Bali's southern beaches.

This week we'll also introduce you to the newest resident of the Bali Safari and Marine Park.

There's a handy link to all the official holidays for Indonesia in 2011 and confirmation that tourist visiting Bali are staying for shorter periods of time.

Back by popular demand is another interview with Bali-based notary Rainy Hendriany, examining the current state of Indonesian law on property ownership by foreigners. Essential reading for anyone contemplating a property transaction of any kind in Bali.

Feeling hungry? I share the discovery of a fun-filled and very economical restaurant discovered last week in South Kuta.

Coming events covered in this week's edition include an Italian food experience at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay; a three-person art exhibition celebrating the female form at the Ganesha Gallery; and a two-person art exhibition on “Flower Power” at Pranoto's Gallery in Ubud.

You're also invited to read our mail bag gathered from the past two weeks.

Read the full report at

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