29 November 2016

The yearly trash comes again

The annual inundation of ocean-borne flotsam and jetsam has begun washing ashore in Kuta, Bali. The shoreline-filled with trash is most evident along a four-kilometer stretch of beach from Petitenget to the main beachfront in Kuta. As a result the Badung Public Hygiene and Parks Department have declared a “Class I” status (Siaga Satu) along the beach. Based on the experience of years past, the accumulation of trash on Kuta’s shore is precipitated by seasonal westerly winds that are expected to peak in December 2016.Trash had begun to accumulate along Kuta Beach since mid-November, comprised of plastic, discarded trash and fallen trees. With the announcement of “Siaga I” status, quick response teams are now on stand-by to clear trash as it floats ashore. The response teams are also busy advising visiting tourist that the unsightly condition of Kuta Beach is, by and large, a recurring seasonal phenomenon. During the “Siaga I” status, the normal deployment of 26 beach cleaners along Kuta Beach now has four loaders and four trucks cleaning the beach with as many as 1,000 stand-by personnel available to assist in the clean-up process.

Bali weather forecast December 2016

20 November 2016

Old Balinese dance Joget Bumbung is now Porn

Bali’s governor says he’s taking action to shut down the practice of a Balinese dance that’s often “erotic” and “pornographic” since it’s “embarrassing” for Bali. Governor Made Mangku Pastika reportedly has plans to create a circular for the regents, mayors, and indigenous village departments to ban the dance Joget Bumbung as more and more risqué versions of the dance have been increasingly shared on social media. The dance is apparently a flirtatious one, where female dancers typically move seductively and invite audience members to join and is done for entertainment purposes, rather than religious ones. "We are embarrassed by their pornographic dancing, there should be no pornographic dancing. Balinese are said to have values that noble, honorable, and so on. Don’t make it so terrible,” Pastika said. In addition to stopping Balinese from performing the dance, Pastika also says he hopes to get videos of Joget Bumbung removed from the Internet and that those who have posted such footage should delete it. “If not, I would expect law enforcement to take it down, because it’s pornographic,” Pastika said.  Pastika isn’t the only authority figure in Bali hoping to prohibit the dance. The coördinator for the Alliance of Bali Community Leaders has previously stated strong discomfort with the Joget Bumbung. “We are trying to encourage various parties to ban the porn-like dance, including live performances."

06 November 2016

New Wifi hotspots in Denpasar and Singaraja

Indonesian telecommunications giant PT Telkom has added a number of new wifi hotspots in Bali. The hotspots are under the network’s “Wifi.id.corner” program, which has users register for accounts and choose from a variety of packages that Telkom touts as affordable. The new Wifi.id.corner spots are split between the island’s capital city, Denpasar, and north Bali city, Singaraja. In Bali, the fixed broadband services through Wifi.id.corner are spread across 200 locations. 170 of them are in Denpasar and 30 others in Singaraja, Buleleng. Telkom is responding to the growing needs of Bali netizens with these 200 hotspots, which can be found in public spaces such as schools, universities, housing complexes, ports, and also city parks. Here’s the impressive part though—this wifi is supposed to be pretty darn fast. The network is boasting speeds above 100 mbps—a speed we’re sure most of us aren’t familiar with in Bali.

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02 November 2016

National Public Holidays 2017

The Indonesian Government has decreed official national public holidays in 2017. This total is comprised of 16 officials holidays and 4 “shared holidays” designated by the government to create long weekends and encourage domestic tourism.This list does not include, with the single exception of Nyepi, Balinese Holidays in 2017 on which Balinese Hindoes are entitled to the day off.

Sunday, January 1, 2017 - New Year’s Day
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - Chinese New Year (Imlek 2568)
Wednesday, March 28, 2017 - "Nyepi" Bali Hindu New Year (Saka 1939)
Friday, April 14, 2017 – Good Friday
Monday, April 24, 2017 ­- Ascension Day of the Prophet Muhammad (27 Rajab 1438H)
Monday, May 1, 2017 – Labor Day
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - Buddhist Holy Day of Waisak 2561
Thursday, May 25, 2016 - The Ascension of Jesus Christ
Thursday, June 1, 2016 – Pacasila Day
Friday, June 23, 2017 – Shared Public Holidays
Sunday and Monday, June 25-26, 2017 - Idul Fitri 1438 Hijriyah
Tuesday and Wednesday, June 27-28, 2017 – Shared Public Holidays
Thursday, August 17, 2017 – Indonesian Independence Day
Friday, September 1, 2017 - Idul Adha 1438 Hijriyah
Thursday, September 21, 2016 – Islamic New Year (Hijriyah 1439)
Friday, December 1, 2016 - The Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad
Monday, December 25, 2017 – Christmas Day
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 – Shared Public Holiday