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Bali Expat­­ ­◆ 16th – 29th January 2013

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dear readers about a young talent, Naomi Samara, who has recently opened 'Swoon' in Sanur, a gallery which features predominately young local and international artists who push the boundaries of art. In case you’re an adrenaline junkie and don’t mind getting wet, Lorca has the tips on where to surf when it’s pouring outside, so don’t miss out on this. We also get wetter with a piece on diving what could be considered the USS Liberty II, with our resident dive expert and underwater photographer, Francesco Ricciardi.

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elcome to our first issue of 2013 and I hope you are all refreshed after the holidays, still following through your new year’s resolutions and generally being a better person. It may feel like we need to evacuate onto Noah’s Ark with all the rain we’ve been having, but as it turns out the median rainfall is no more than average so there’s no need to fear, just grab a cup of coffee, stay inside and give us a read. This issue is themed ‘The Future’ and is packed with great reads for you to enjoy. Julia Tchezganova, our ‘Laws and Legalities’ writer takes a look at the direction that new laws are going in light of Indonesia’s recent commitments to human rights and economic development, which she believes will affect expatriates in Indonesia. Our ‘Arts of the Indies’ writer, Bruce W. Carpenter is back once more with a piece

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IN THIS 15TH ISSUE: The Future of Law and Development in Indonesia ......................................................(3) The Boga Shipwreck: The USS Liberty of the Future ..................................................(4) Padangbai: Hot Bus to the East Coast ...........................................................................(5) Art in Bali: Future Prospects ............................................................................................(6) Meet Bob Formston .........................................................................................................(8) Surfing in the Rain ..........................................................................................................(10) Counterpoint: Dutch Colonialism Versus the Divisive Legacy of the British in South Asia ...............................................................................................................(11) Sukacita: Information Centre in Bali for Children with an Intellectual Disability ... (12) You Have Control .............................................................................................................(13) Events ............................................................................................................................... (14) Classifieds .........................................................................................................................(15)

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Bali Expat­­ ­◆ 16th – 29th January 2013

law & legalities

The Future of Law and Development in Indonesia by Julia Tchezganova


aw and development is defined as a study of law and economic and social development that examines and analyzes how to utilize law as an instrument to promote economic development, human rights, and democracy. This article intends to look at specific instances of the likely direction of Indonesian laws in light of recent commitments to promote economic development and human rights protection. This is important to consider for any foreigner with an interest in the future of Indonesia’s business environment, including infrastructure development, green energy promotion, and investment strategies. In 2011, the President announced the launch of the “Master Plan for the Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesian Economic Growth” (MP3EI). This Master Plan involves more than a dozen new infrastructure projects. The MP3EI concentrates on three main elements, including developing six economic corridors between the archipelago’s five major islands for energyrelated development, as well as strengthening national connectivity and international trade, and development of national science and technology. Some of the projects deal with solar power plants, access roads, toll roads, and hydropower. Under this plan, the expectation for infrastructure development investment for phase one (2011– 2014) is estimated at USD 150 billion.

The Master Plan requires that the Government regulates and facilitates the goals of the plan. As a result, the private sector can become very involved in the process of joint dialogue with the Government in order to amend or remove regulations that inhibit investments or restrain the trade of goods. However, while the Master Plan is rather ambitious and well-regarded, the Indonesian Government has to put in place reforms that deal with protection of property and the labour market in order to promote private-sector and foreign investment. For example, it is expected that the Government will strengthen corruption eradication and implement regulations that deal with such property rights protections as intellectual property rights. Protection of intellectual property rights is a rather significant concern in Indonesia and it is starting to get much-needed attention. This is important because effective enforcement of intellectual property rights is critical to sustaining economic growth.

It is important to note that in April 2012, Intellectual Property Rights Arbitration and Mediation Agency (BAM HKI) was established in Jakarta. This shows commitment to better intellectual property rights enforcement and likelihood that there will be a more comprehensive regulatory framework in this area. Another step in Indonesian development initiatives is related to Indonesia’s strategic plan to achieve a sustainable development plan that supports implementation of green economics, sustainable agriculture and forestry management, clean technology support, and green infrastructure development. This is significant because it is now the time to pay attention to specific policies that include reforms of subsidies for electricity industries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, policy promotion of renewable energy, as well as incentives for industries that promote environmentally friendly products. Last, it should be noted that according to “Emerging Trends in Real Estate Asia Pacific 2013”, Jakarta is first in both investment and development in terms of

commercial real estate. However, despite the growing economy, it is clear that operating conditions are still difficult when it comes to issues of rule of law and conflicts over land titles. As a consequence, when looking at Indonesia’s economic plans, it is likely that the Government will address these issues in the future by drafting laws that will protect the interests of all the parties involved. In general, Indonesia continues to be one of the fastest growing economies and there are definite

incentives to live and work here. The future, according to the many objectives set out by Indonesia and ASEAN, looks rather optimistic. There is promise of international cooperation, property rights protection, and commitment to environmentally friendly practices. It seems that Indonesia is definitely looking forward, however what remains to be seen is if the laws end up catching up with the ambitious development goals, becoming investmentfriendly, as well as a society that supports social protection. ■

Anything written in this article is intended to provide information only and is not intended to serve as legal advice.

Julia Tchezganova If not found in the office, Julia can be seen falling off a mountain bike in Puncak or on her way to see an Opera in Singapore



16th – 29th January 2013 ◆ Bali Expat­­­


The Boga Shipwreck

The USS Liberty of the Future by Francesco Ricciardi


ollowing the enormous success of the USS Liberty Shipwreck in Tulamben, the North of Bali now has a new shipwreck. The “Boga” was sunk in September 2012 in front of the beach of Kubu (Karangasem Regency, not very far from Tulamben) with the idea of creating another point of aggregation for marine life and a new dive destination to attract tourists in an area of Bali still largely underdeveloped.

"The ship is almost intact, and this is a huge difference for people who are used to diving in the USS Liberty site, as after so many years of being submerged, it has fragmented in to many pieces."

The Boga was a former 150-tonne cargo ship, almost 40 metres in length, and it now lies on a sandy bottom between 13 and 32 metres deep, perpendicular to the shore. After being purchased by the owners of Relax Bali Hotel (Kubu), the boat was donated to the Karangasem Regency to establish a new diver’s attraction and increase the cash flow in the area. The ship is almost intact, and this is a huge difference for people who are used to diving in the USS Liberty site, as after so many years of being submerged, it has fragmented in to many pieces. The Gunung Agung eruption of the late ‘60s was also an important factor in this deterioration. Conversely, the Boga includes some interesting pieces, like the ship’s steering wheel, a VW car in the storage area, and the propeller, still intact at the maximum depth of about 33 metres. Some of these

pieces are made of wood, so they will probably disappear quite soon, leaving only the metallic framework. Shipwrecks are famous for being an “aggregation device” for marine life. At the moment, after almost three months underwater, the boat is still empty and quite clean: apart from some ‘implanted’ corals, only some green algae and sponges are starting to cover the ship’s surfaces. But fish are already interested in this new shelter: damselfish, fusiliers and surgeonfish are moving all around the wreck, in a kind of anticipation of what this wreck hopefully will become in the next few years. Two giant trevallies also accompanied me during the dive. Corals, especially the hard ones, need time to grow up. Divers lucky enough to dive the Boga steadily over time in the next months or years will have the wonderful opportunity to witness an “ecological succession”, the change in the species structure over time. “Pioneer” species like algae and some soft corals will start colonizing the ship in the next few months. These species reproduce at a very high rate, grow quickly, have a short life span, and a low competitive ability. Depending on the conditions and on

the environmental disturbance, quite slowly these species will be replaced by other species, like hard corals and other encrusting animals, needing more time to settle, but afterwards they will become very difficult to eradicate by competing organisms. A shipwreck covered by branched corals and soft colourful animals, surrounded by thousands of fish is every diver’s dream. It will take time (probably no less than 10-15 years), but for sure it’s worth the wait. I have to say that some more environmentally friendly actions should have been taken before sinking the ship. Was it absolutely necessary to leave the tyres on the car? It would have taken 10 minutes to remove them; we don’t need more plastic waste in the ocean, and the tyres will deteriorate over the years, releasing some very bad chemical

compounds like hydrocarbons and heavy metals. The same for the other tyres previously; probably used as boat fenders. I couldn’t find anyone willing to answer a couple of other questions like: “What happened to the oil and other pollutants present in the ship (and the car) engine? Did somebody recover them before sinking the ship?” These may seem like silly questions, but since this boat has been publicized as a new “environmental oasis”, I hope that these basic environmental issues were correctly addressed. It makes the difference between a very good idea with a bad beginning, and an effective ecological restoration project. Anyways, the ship is in a nice and safe (if correctly approached) position: it’s worth a visit for both experienced and more skilled divers. ■

Francesco Ricciardi Francesco Ricciardi is a freelance photographer and journalist based in Bali. PhD in Marine Biology and diving instructor, he uses his camera to uncover the wonders of Indonesian marine and terrestrial wildlife. His website:


Bali Expat­­ ­◆ 16th – 29th January 2013



Hot Bus to the East Coast by Leif Hope

spend time before and after travelling or dive excursions. At any one time, perhaps as many as 400 people are overnighting here, about half either leaving for or arriving from the neighbouring island of Lombok.




uses will take you just about everywhere on Bali. “When are you leaving for Amlapura?” I asked the bus driver one recent Friday at Denpasar's Batubulan Terminal. “Five minutes,” he said. His engine was running, not like the other buses I had passed on the road, so I hopped aboard the old rattletrap, sitting between a 28-year-old musician from Frankfurt, an out of work Balinese chauffeur and an old turbaned Balinese crone carrying a bamboo tray of melons. A few other passengers were dozing in the steamy midmorning heat in the back of the bus.

before the traffic thinned out along the black-sand coastline beyond Goa Lawah. From the turnoff to Padangbai, 50 km before Amlapura, I climbed on to the back of a motorcycle taxi that took me on a new road straight to port. The whole trip took less than one and a half hours.

My destination was Padangbai on Bali’s southeast coast. We drove by teeming Sukawati market, Gianyar’s shimmering rich valleys and multitudes of quilted rice terraces, shook through Klungkung’s downtown and the humid seaside town of Kusamba

Since its unofficial opening over 28 years ago, the hotel has grown into one of the most popular rest stops in all of east Bali. The restaurant’s painstakingly evolved menu, which draws clientele from both Padangbai and far out of town, turns out peerless hamburgers, a seafood basket, a classic

nasi campur, a prized beef rendang, a large assortment of fresh juices and the best Cimbali-brewed cappuccino in town. The creaking stairs in back led up to the second floor looking out over the beach. A Small Port’s Daily Rhythms

Its entrance partially hidden by trees, the Topi Inn at the end of the street is a traveller’s landmark. Built completely of bamboo and coconut wood, the lodging is named after its peculiar top hat-shaped traditional grass roof — a big rambling structure with an openair restaurant on the ground floor, a 12-bed dorm and private rooms on the second floor, with the owner’s quarters teetering on top. The whole building creaks and sways like a living thing.

I threw my shoulder bag on top of one of the mattresses, and took a walk down Padangbai’s one charmingly scruffy main street lined with the confetti-like facades of souvenir stalls. The port was scrappier, noisier and more crowded than I remembered it back in the 1980s when it was mainly a backpackers’ hangout. Though no longer a sleepy little port, Padangbai still has the feel of a small harbour town and fishing centre and not of a big impersonal port like Gilimanuk on the western tip of the island. Offering three beaches, inexpensive restaurants and hotels in every price category (except five-star), the small harbour town is an under-appreciated destination with its own trouble-free atmosphere — a unique place to

It was after Friday prayers and Muslim Indonesians, the women and girls fully clothed in Islamic attire, were picnicking on the sand. Gleaming family cars — arch status symbols of the burgeoning Indonesian middle class — and a long unbroken line of motorcycles were parked all along the sidewalk. Seeking shelter from the heat, I sat with the fishermen, drivers, touts, sunglasses, lottery, ticket, trinket and fruit sellers in the breezy bale off the parking lot. Some things have remained unchanged for 30 years. Everything worth seeing is still within walking distance. Tangles of brightly painted sailfish-bowed jukung were still pulled up on the beach and fishing and dive boats still bobbed in a perfect pearl shaped bay. A major dive destination, dive companies from all over Bali bring their clients to this sheltered bay, which offers a safe harbour for dive boats. Since diving is year-round with no off-season, the business has become a boon to Padangbai and its residents. The surrounding waters of Amuk Bay, with Padangbai to the South and Candidasa to the North, boast outstanding dive locales just minutes away, particularly for rare species such as the giant mola-mola sunfish, a marine wonder with a circumference of 2.5 metres. On my last day, I took the left fork at the end of town and climbed 10 minutes up the winding road, then down into a parking lot and flight of stairs to the Blue Lagoon, a small protected bay framed by gray sand.

The uncrowded beach with scattered rock formations, public changing rooms and massage lounge chairs is an easy dive site with excellent marine life, soft corals and a huge Staghorn coral. People were snorkelling right off the beach where the white sand bottom slopes gently to 22 metres. While the locale is used for teaching open-water courses, experienced divers and photographers also thoroughly enjoy the site. Currents can be tricky, but on many days the bay can be as calm as a millpond. Padangbai makes a strategic base from which to see the whole area and also serves as a major gateway to the Eastern Islands, the storied realm of Wallacea. In the high season around 1,000 people arrive at the port from the tourist centres of southern Bali every day, embarking on either one of the 18 ferries making 32 crossings around the clock to Lembar Harbour on Lombok or boarding one of the fast boats for the idyllic Gili Islands off Lombok’s west coast. All through the night the strong headlights of approaching and departing ferries cut through the darkness, their engines churning while arrival and departure announcements blare from the brightly lit jetty followed by the deep haunting sounds of ship’s horns. Some guests never make it to the eastern islands or even out of town, preferring to eat incredulously cheap marlin, barracuda, snapper, cumi cumi and roasted prawn dinners or sleep, dive, read and chill on the beach while unhurriedly trying to figure out what to do next. ■



16th – 29th January 2013 ◆ Bali Expat­­­

art of the indies

Art in Bali—Future Prospects by Bruce W. Carpenter


“Contemporary art should not be limited by the boundaries of a canvas”, Naomi states. “Art is many faceted and encompasses manifold disciplines and technologies including fashion, computer, web, graphic design and social media, which all overlap each other today”. In some ways Naomi envisions a revolution of sorts that begins with a paradigm shift in attitudes, perceptions and expectations. Her concepts are small, versatile, multifaceted, out of the box and include installations, clothing, objects, sculptures, drawings and paintings exquisitely presented, wrapped and modestly priced.

ccording to Naomi Samara, a young Indonesian artist and native of Sanur Beach, Bali, the island is brimming with young, upcoming new talent waiting to burst into a creative frenzy if presented with the right opportunity to express themselves in myriad and unexpected forms. Admirably she has taken it upon herself not only to further her own career but also to explore new paradigms on the Bali arts scene beginning with the founding of Swoon, a small and unique gallery featuring “playful, provocative works by predominantly young local and international artists” named after a pleasant sound associated with being swept off your feet by love.

Her own artwork is a quirky cocktail of emotions, sexuality and identity. So, too, they mirror an image of herself as “an observer of grand collisions and unifications between personal worlds…” Working in pen and ink with some colours, she displays a fine line and attention for detail strongly influenced by fashion design. Her subjects are inevitably troubled young females suggesting intense self-analysis from a point of view of “naïve disorientation”. One particularly interesting one, “Underwater Carnivore” (left top image) shown in a recent Swoon exhibition entitled “Monsters” (Mahkluk) shows a sad doe-eyed beauty apparently entrapped by scarlet tentacles. The frame, an actual porthole from a diving helmet, reinforces the sentiment of being hopelessly submerged with a subtle twist of satire. While ostensibly cries for help or attention, if you scratch the surface it is not difficult to sense a clever plan to shock by playing with stereotypes and challenging bourgeois assumptions — another link in a long chain of radicals and eccentrics indeed!

A third generation member of the legendary Wawo-Runtu clan, Naomi was raised in what she describes as “a creatively rich environment, by a family of extremists and eccentrics…” The patriarch of her clan was none other than the Wija Wawo-Runtu, who is best known for founding the famed Tandjung Sari Hotel, arguably the first tropical resort in the world from which all others have sprung. The durability of his vision was just celebrated with the resort’s 50th anniversary. Before becoming a tourist entrepreneur Wija was a Bohemian studying filmmaking in London and after returning to Indonesia in 1952 with his English wife, Judith Bell (Naomi’s grandmother), designed interiors for homes, hotels and embassies in Jakarta during the heady days of the early Indonesian Republic. Naturally charismatic, wherever WawoRuntu led, artists, eccentrics, collectors, jet setters and celebrities followed. Judith, too, was a talented painter and designer whom Naomi acknowledges as an important early influence. Wija’s aunt, Emiria Soenassa, was the only woman in Persagi, Indonesia’s first modern art movement Persagi founded in 1938. One of Wija’s best friends was the noted Australian expatriate artist and collector, Donald Friend. Paintings from both and numerous other artists decorated the walls of the family compound. Ade Wawo-Runtu, Naomi’s mother, co-founded Jenggala, Bali’s first and still premier ceramics atelier, with Brent Hesselyn and help setup one of Sanur’s best-loved landmarks Café Batu Jimbar. While growing up in such an environment can be stimulating, as many children of successful parents have remarked, it also carries a burden especially for a young woman as fiercely

independent as Naomi. While her education began in a simple Balinese village school with a strict repetitious curriculum, she would end her educational trajectory with a degree in Arts and Design from the prestigious Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) followed by one year in Fashion Design. While she was anxious to return home after years in Australia, the return to Bali brought numerous

challenges. Determined to become an artist she struggled to achieve her goal in a meaningful way which was no simple task in a transient tourist destination often dubbed “island of artists”. Firstly and ironically much of the so-called art touted in Bali is tourist schlock — repetitious, derivative and commercial. While a handful of serious galleries existed these are dominated exhibitions of paintings by artists with

established commercial success. So, too, the curatorial level in Bali is excessively conservative with an emphasis on fine art, a term declared irrelevant since the rise of post-modern art in the 1970s. In general there is widespread confusion, vicious competition and few opportunities for young artists especially if they were unwilling to fit into the standard commercial categories.

Any fears of Naomi being a lost or forlorn girl paralyzed by angst are dispelled by her courageous efforts, not only to promote her own creative endeavours, but also those of a close knit community of likeminded young artists. Well organized she has set an ambitious schedule of monthly themed exhibitions for Swoon. Some like, “Monsters”, are themed group efforts. One of Naomi’s favourite artists is the young architect, Iwan Sastrawan. Sastrawan’s core works are black and white drawings that are reminiscent of Underground Comics. His subject matter – sexual hypocrisy, double standards and arbitrary codes of morality challenge the status quo directly and indirectly. The emphasis in the work displayed is on fresh and edgy. In the grander scope of things, Naomi conceives of Swoon as a lightning rod designed to draw numerous young creative beings


Bali Expat­­ ­◆ 16th – 29th January 2013

Naomi Samara, artist and owner of new gallery, Swoon in Sanur.

“Contemporary art should not be limited by the boundaries of a canvas”, Naomi states. “Art is many faceted and encompasses manifold disciplines and technologies including fashion, computer, web, graphic design and social media, which all overlap each other today”.

out of the closet, as well as a model for the creation of similar galleries set up by like minded young artists to form a cooperative network around the island and nation. She is also busy working on her website and other unique features that will allow people to share the art and exhibitions around the world. Interestingly when asked about her artistic influences, Naomi speaks of writers such as Milan Kundera, the Czech author of the Unbearable Lightness of Being rather than fellow visual artists. Naturally curious she has been working on a series of ceramic works at Jenggala. One of her favourite topics is the importance of community. This is a common theme among a new generation of young people who have grown up in Bali during the last 25 years. We speak not only of young Balinese but also a remarkable cross-section of young adults of diverse international and Indonesian origins. Some may hold foreign passports but Bali remains nonetheless their spiritual and emotional home. They have also forged enduring cross-cultural friendships that form the backbone of Naomi’s community.

eccentrics and chance visitors who married in, or simply never left represent an exciting unknown factor in Bali and Indonesia’s future. Usually fluent in the local languages and customs, they are international in every sense. The building of new bridges and formulating and implementation of innovative creative solutions that dissolve boundaries and forge alliances are tasks for which they are well equipped. If you're interested in knowing more about them and this remarkable young artist, be sure to attend the next Swoon exhibition entitled “Cataclysm”, which will open on January 12th at 6:30pm and stay open for one month. For more information visit the website or send an email to put your name on this important invitation list. ■ *** Swoon Jalan Danau Tamblingan No.35a, Sanur, Bali

The children of Bohemians, artists,

Bruce W. Carpenter Author and noted Indonesian art expert, Bruce W. Carpenter has authored and coauthored more than 16 books and scores of articles on the art, culture and history of Indonesia. His most recent was Antique Javanese Furniture and Folk Art.


16th – 29th January 2013 ◆ Bali Expat­­­

meet the expat

Bob Formston

The chocolatier also known as ‘Chocolate Bob’ by Karen Davis

Bob, how did you get into making chocolate? My wife and I bought land up near Pupua to build a holiday house. It was an old overgrown coffee plantation. So me and a couple guys got a chainsaw and were working our way through this jungle when we come across these trees with huge pods on them. I said, “What’s that?” and was told it was cacao, chocolate. So I said “OK, leave that, I’ll make some chocolate.” That was four years ago. Does cacao usually grow on a coffee plantation? Yes, amongst the coffee they grow cacao. Cacao grows high and coffee grows low and you can taste the coffee in the cacao. Cacao absorbs flavours. You put chocolate near anything and it absorbs the flavour. You are a small business and are able to overlook all aspects of production. What is the process you use to transform cacao into this sinfully delicious chocolate? The seeds of cacao have an intense bitter taste and must be fermented to develop the flavour and reduce the bitterness. The seeds are fermented for five days and after this they are laid out in the sun to dry for five or six days, depending on the weather. Then the seeds are roasted at a controlled temperature. Like coffee you must roast it for exactly the

right amount of time - you can burn it if you roast it too long, destroying the flavour. It’s an art. The seeds are a bit like almonds with a thin skin which detaches during the roasting process. Then the roasted bean is ground for three days to a fine consistency, while natural vanilla seed, brown sugar and extra cacao butter is added to make the chocolate smoother. Cacao butter contains many beneficial ‘good fats’. After the chocolate is ready we make bars and pralines by adding ingredients such as your favourite, the passion fruit and chilli. I love that one! Actually I love dark raw chocolate, but have no interest in the cheaper chocolates. Why is the mass produced chocolate so different? Large corporations need to make large profits so cut costs where ever they can. One of the ways they cut costs is to replace expensive cacao butter with cheaper vegetable fats. Indonesia is the world’s third largest producer of cacao, the bulk of this being exported as cacao butter and cacao powder. The popular cheap brands sold here are very low in cacao butter but high in cheaper, high melting temperature, vegetable fats, some of it doesn’t even melt in the sun, so you can imagine it doesn't want

When I finished University in 1981 I was looking for a job in my profession, which at that time could take up to a year. At the time I met a guy doing fashion out of Bali during his summer vacation and I invested in his enterprise and we ended up manufacturing and selling garments out of Bali for years. It was fun then wasn’t it?

to melt in your mouth! There are a few other companies now in Bali making high quality raw chocolate along with other organic natural products. Our factory is very small and hands on and I live above it. It is a small company and I like the slow growth. Our chocolate bars are in Bali Deli, Grocer and Grind, Made Manis and other select outlets in Bali, while Made Manis in Made’s Warung is the only place to buy our pralines. So, what brought you to Bali in the first place, Bob? I first came here in 1974 on holiday before attending La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science with honours. My honours thesis was in marine biology but my degree was in biochemistry and physiology. So I know my chemistry!

Then I went on to export furniture and antiques to Holland. I spent three months here followed by three months there for a number of years. Twelve years ago I met a beautiful, clever Javanese woman whom I married and we started a jewellery business in which she designs, produces and sells - one of our outlets is right next door to Made Manis. The jewellery business enabled me to get into the chocolate business so my wife is actually responsible for putting me through chocolate college! Are you planning on creating other sweets? I’m not just a chocolate guy. I make nougat, caramels, jellies and marshmallows. One day perhaps I will do a sweet shop, but chocolate is my passion. It is one of the top five brain foods and the number one source of magnesium, which balances brain chemistry and builds strong bones. Real chocolate contains cognitive mood enhancers which our brain releases when we are in love or in bliss. Changing the world with chocolate… Sweet! ■ To get in touch, email info@

Karen Davis Chilean born American,Karen Davies is a journalist,artist and art therapist. Formerly a NYC fashion designer,she has been coming to Bali since 1979 and now resides here.

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16th – 29th January 2013 ◆ Bali Expat­­­

surf's up

Surfing in the Rain by Lorca






hey don’t call it the wet season for nothing. Buckets of rain are pouring and winds are howling from the west. Trash is washing up on Kuta’s beaches and humidity levels are high. The Wet Season is in full bloom and is only just getting started in January. For surfers this means that the usual spots from Uluwatu all the way to Canggu are not going to be working. Why? Because of the wind. The wind blowing on any given day will typically dictate where one can surf in good conditions. During the high and dry season, from May to October, the trade winds prevail from the South-Southeast and blow offshore (or off the shore towards the ocean) on most western-facing beaches, which smoothes the incoming waves. This trade wind is ideal to surf the famous spots like Uluwatu, Padang Padang and Kuta. During the Wet Season (roughly Nov-April) that wind shifts and starts blowing out of the West, roughing up the sea surface at these spots, pushing waves faster towards the shore and causing them to break prematurely with poor shape. This strong onshore wind (blowing onto


the shore) makes for really messy surfing conditions and when rain or even a tropical cyclone like we had in these early January days pushes westerly wind gusts 30 knots and higher, this creates a howling onshore wind on Bali’s western coasts that is terrible for surfing. So where do you go to surf in the wet season? Rule of thumb on any island is onshore wind on one side means offshore on the opposite facing coast. Cleaner more ideal surfing conditions are still on hand and all you need to do is search surf breaks where the winds are favourable. In this case we are talking about Bali’s eastern-facing coastline. Serangan is a local favourite go-to reef break due to its consistent size and that it is good for all skill levels. The wave in front of the many beach warungs is a left and right peak, meaning it breaks both ways, with all variety of rides: hollow, not hollow but long, short, and most of all, fun. This also means that it is one of the most crowded spots because you can surf there most days in the wet season and it is not life threatening, well, maybe when it’s really big. Don’t be put off by the garbage dump at the road entrance


because the laid-back beach and fun waves are worth the drive to get there. Serangan used to be a separate island off of Bali with a sacred temple and was a secret surfing spot only accessible by boat. A massive hotel project land filled the water between Bali and Serangan all the way to the surf break, but when the Asian Monetary Crisis of the late 1990s hit, all work stopped on the project but the landfill and road remained, giving surfers driving access to this great wave. Before anyone knew anything about

Serangan, the Wet Season favourite spot for years was Geger Beach in Nusa Dua. Geger picks up waves from any direction and may just be the biggest wave on Bali on any given day. It is also quite a mission to surf with a long paddle out and back to the break (many take the boat service) and river-strong currents to paddle against. Geger can be a complicated wave that seems to always shift and break where you are not. But when all the surf elements come together Geger is a freight training right hand reef wave that breaks long and hard with plenty of room to move when the waves are two or 20 feet high.

Geger itself is a stunning golden sand beach that was a favourite beach of Bali for many years. Just recently most of Geger has been developed into a huge luxury hotel project with only a sliver of the original beach remaining. It is still nice and the waves are still there, although these days less crowded than before since the discovery of Serangan. For those serious about surfing Wet Season waves, Sanur and Keramas are the call. Sanur Reef in front of the Grand Bali Beach Hotel only breaks properly a handful of times each year when the waves are big but when it does it is world-class


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from the readers

Counterpoint: Dutch Colonialism Versus the Divisive Legacy of the British in South Asia "During the Wet Season (roughly NovApril) that wind shifts and starts blowing out of the West, roughing up the sea surface at these spots, pushing waves faster towards shore and causing them to break prematurely with poor shape."

Image captions: 1. Keramas is well worth braving Bali traffic for when the waves are good. 2. This is an example of what typical Wet Season bad stormy onshore surf looks like in Seminyak, Bali. 3. Sanur Reef is considered to be one of the best waves in Bali and also one of the most fickle. When it starts to break perfectly it looks something like this.

perfection with long high-speed rides that offer several opportunities to get barreled and show-off maneuvers on one wave. The downside is that Sanur Reef has a reputation for having the sharpest and shallowest reef on Bali. The further you go the shallower it gets and that tempting wave you are surfing that pushes you further on might just grow teeth at the end, especially at low tide. Keramas is another world-class righthand wave that has only been surfed regularly for a little over 10 years when the Ida Bagus Mantra Bypass was completed along Gianyar’s coastline. This gem of a wave was discovered off a rice-field beach road where a trail led to a black sand beach with views of Mount Agung in the background and a machine-perfect wave in front. Big barrels and high performance waves bless Keramas, a surf spot that has been on

countless surf videos and magazine covers around the world. The crowds like this place too, but with the amount of good waves coming through in a session this wave can be rewarding if you are patient. It is true that the Wet Season has often been called Bali’s “Off Season” for surfing. Of course you might have to deal with driving through a tropical monsoon to get there, or possibly being caught in a thunderstorm while you are out surfing. But that is the beauty of chasing waves in Bali during the Wet Season. With a little searching and a little local knowledge, one can still find a decent-to-good surf on most days. And with a little luck you might just find a break all to yourself. ■

Lorca Lorca is editor and co-publisher of Lines magazine, an Indonesian publication that covers environment, lifestyle and the best of local surfing. Find Lines on Facebook: Lines Magazine-Bali

by Nithin Coca


s an Indian-American currently living in Indonesia, I was surprised to read Mr. Rooseboom's recent article comparing the Colonial experiences of Indonesia and India and showing the British in a better light than the Dutch. Unfortunately, in my time here, I've often heard Indonesians lament that it would have been better had they not been colonized by the Dutch, even hearing this from the mouth of Indonesia's former President B.J, Habibie at a recent conference. The reality, of course, is far more complex, and here I hope to provide a different angle than that of Mr. Rooseboom. India and Indonesia were, by population, the two largest Colonial possessions in the world during the 18th and 19th century, and both were heavily desired by European powers. After failing in their quest to colonize and exploit the valuable resources of the East Indies, the British East India Company decided to try its luck further west, in India. While the Dutch may have used repressive tactics to subjugate the local populations — the invasion of Bali and the killing of the royal family is just one example — the British were far more sinister, using a policy of divide and conquer whose effects can still be felt today. Both countries were heavily exploited for their resources — with nearly all the profits going to Europe. The British, however, took it a step further, turning vast regions of formally self-sufficient farmland in Bengal into vast opium plantation, setting monopsony starvation prices for poppies, turning it into valuable opium, and shipping the project to East Asia, and the profits to England. In China, Opium addicted millions and hastened the ruin of that countries’ once magnificent economy into a European client state. Is it really any wonder that even today China takes any Western advice with healthy scepticism? Or that the Indian farmer still struggles today to overcome the burdens of the past? Mr. Rooseboom points to the infrastructure the British left, including railroads, and their sparse educational efforts which, it must be stated, never included women or lower caste people. What must be realized is that India, like Indonesia, had an indigenous education system that was devastated by Colonial policies. Upon independence, India had a similar literacy rate to that of Indonesia, perhaps with more token highly educated peoples. Today, Indonesia's literacy rate is higher than India. And the trains? They were built to exploit resources first and exert British control second, not empower Indians who had no say in their construction or usage. The Dutch inflicted similar harms economically, but nothing in Indonesia can compare to the

British social policy of rational division. In an effort to manage people, the British drew borders drawn by religion. The 1905 partition of Bengal divided Bengali Hindus and Bengali Muslims, who speak the same language, wear the same dress, and are not so clearly divided (significant minorities lived in a mixed environment in peace). Later, Punjabi Muslims and Punjabi Sikhs were split between Pakistan and India, a partition that was forced upon the people and resulted in millions of deaths. Can you imagine if the Dutch had done the same here? Created a separate state for Javanese Muslims and Javanese Christians? European ideas of race, religion, and ethnicity didn't fit into pluralistic societies such as India and Indonesia. Neither did the nation-state system, but that's another story. Indonesia should be giving thanks that the Dutch didn't divide society so thoroughly. India is recovering, but the border with Pakistan remains tense, and even today, Hindus are fleeing Bangladesh, whose Hindu minority population has shrunk from 25% after independence to only 10% today. I'm often amazed at how easily Indonesians of different religious and ethnic backgrounds mix. In India, this is too rare, except in interesting cases, such as my mum's hometown of Hyderabad, which rarely sees communal violence. Hyderabad was also never under direct British control, so never went through the same types of divisive, destructive policies as much of the rest of south Asia. The truth is there is no such thing as good Colonialism and bad Colonialism. Pre-colonial India and Indonesia had vast empires, incredible achievements in arts, literature, and culture. Malay sailors connected the archipelago through intricate networks of trade, while spices flowed from the Malabar coast of Southern India all around the world. The British and the Dutch stunted both countries growth and subjugated them to horrific, destabilizing exploitation. The wealth we see today in the ornate old buildings of Amsterdam and London is directly connected to the poverty still visible in Jakarta and New Delhi. Comparing the British and Dutch in India and Indonesia are akin to trying to judge different shades of injustice. The truth is, there is just injustice when one people exert control over another and exploit them for gain, no matter how altruistic the rhetoric. In time, I believe both India and Indonesia will be able to recover from the damage wrought by Europe, but it will be a long, hard process, and we should always remember that it didn't have to be this way. ■

Nithin Coca Nithin was born in San Diego, California to parents from South India, and has taken his international upbringing to the maximum, having lived and worked in the United States, France, Spain, Nepal, and currently, Indonesia, where he hopes to play a role in protecting this country's amazing environmental and cultural heritage through education, policy, and social activism. He can be reached at


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Information Centre in Bali for Children with an Intellectual Disability by Yvette Benningshof published first on The past year Sukacita led several workshops for parents and teachers at special schools in Bali. “We aim to make the work for teachers easier and try to explain to parents what Down’s syndrome is”, says Nijland. “In an active way we let the parents and teachers participate in several ‘role games’ so they can really experience what the world of these children are like.”

‘Sukacita’ in Bali provides information about children with an intellectual disability for special schools, teachers and parents. The founders of Sukacita have their own distinct vision on development work: “We share our knowledge and help people to develop. We don’t build schools or give money.” “In Bali the circumstances for children with an intellectual disability, like ‘Down’s syndrome’, are not too favourable. There is a lot of misunderstanding and that’s why we had the idea of starting an information centre”, Yolanda Onderwater of Sukacita explains. Sukacita, originally a Dutch organization, was founded one year ago by Yolanda Onderwater, Marieke Nijland and Mila van der Meer. Sukacita collaborates with the well-known Suryani Institute for Mental Health, led by Balinese professor Luh Ketut Suryani. This institute has several special programmes to help people with a psychological disorder. “Ibu

Suryani and I are both healers and mental coaches. We met in Bali and we immediately clicked”, says Onderwater. Sukacita (Indonesian for ‘happiness and joy’) stands for ‘working from the heart while reaching for your ideals’. The foundation has a small office in Ubud, in the heart of Bali. Onderwater alternately lives in the Netherlands and Bali. Van der Meer and Nijland have lived and worked in Bali since 2007 and have a broad experience in training Indonesian teachers in special education. ‘Normal’ Sukacita wants to build a bridge between their knowledge and expertise with the Indonesian way of life. The three Sukacita women found out that there is a lack of correct information and understanding amongst some of the parents who often hope for a miracle. They are often asked, “Do you have a pill to make my child become normal?”

‘Aha!’ One of the exercises during the workshop is role playing someone who is asking for something in a language you don’t understand. Van der Meer told me, “I would ask in Dutch if they want a cookie, but they don’t understand because we don’t speak the same language. You really have to show the cookie and point at it. This simple exercise of the importance to use body language gives the parents an ‘Aha, I get it!’ experience.” During the workshops, professor Suryani from the Mental Health Institute joins Sukacita to help the parents accept the disability of their child. She uses meditation as a tool for acceptance. “Meditation is very effective and already a part of the Balinese culture”, says Onderwater. “It’s also important for the parents that a woman like Suryani acknowledges that it’s not easy to have such a child.” ‘Share the knowledge…’ Sukacita sees Indonesia as a developing country that needs to find its own way and pace of growing. “In Bali, commerce and tourism is growing visibly, while

"Sukacita embraces the thought: Don’t give a hungry man a fish, but teach him how to fish."

healthcare and education falls behind. Development is a long process in which the government and the people have to discover what works for their country. Don’t forget the process that western countries have been through in the last 50 years.’ Nijland: “We have lots of topics and ideas for new workshops. The practical guidance in the classes is also still developing. We only share our knowledge and help where we can. We don’t build schools or give money.”

why they are looking for motivated Indonesian volunteers who have an affinity with the work of Sukacita. Onderwater also has a clear opinion about the term ‘volunteers’. “Sometimes people ‘volunteer’ with the best intentions, but without the right knowledge or guidance. We like to share what we know with Indonesian volunteers and let them make it their own. In a few years we want to hand over Sukacita to talented Indonesian staff, so we are no longer needed. That is turning our vision of development work into reality.” ■ ***

‘…and hand it over’ Sukacita embraces the thought: Don’t give a hungry man a fish, but teach him how to fish. That’s

Find out more about Sukacita on their website: http://www.

Yvette Benningshof This Flying Freelance Journalist Yogi lifted off from The Netherlands in December 2009 to travel through Southeast Asia. She lived in Bali for two years and intensively travelled around Java. When the rice paddies in Ubud became too crowded with rapidly built new villas, she returned to her hometown of Rotterdam. She is still teaching yoga and writing, mostly about Asia. She is inspired by people who try to create a better world.


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light entertainment

You Have Control


few years ago I went for glider flying lessons with a couple of friends and I can safely say it was one of the best and most frightening things I have ever done voluntarily. We arrived at the gliding club on a sunny Sunday June morning and met our instructor Bob, who was dressed in a one piece flying suit and obviously a fan of Top Gun. He walked us round the “aircraft” (which didn’t take long because it was tiny) and patiently and precisely told us what all the various parts were called as he lovingly stroked each one in turn. After a safety chat in the club caravan in the middle of the airfield we were back outside in the sunshine and eventually my turn came to get strapped into the front seat of the dual control training glider for

my first lesson. Bob was strapping himself into the instructor’s seat behind me when the first problem became apparent; I am six feet four inches tall and 90 kilos and the student seat was clearly designed to take someone much smaller. My head was pressed uncomfortably against the top of the canopy and my shoulders were touching each side. I could barely move. Bob didn’t seem concerned so I put up with the discomfort and listened as he told me what all the controls were for and went through the words of command. Bob told me when the time came for me to fly the glider he would say, “You have control” and I would need to answer, “I have control” before he let go of his controls and vice versa when I gave control back. Like most safety procedures, very sensible when you think about it.

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Moments later we were noisily gathering speed across the bumpy airfield behind the tow plane and I was seeing stars as my head banged against the canopy. As we left the ground for the smoothness of the air I was seeing double, but the pain suddenly became worthwhile as we soared into the majesty of the clear blue sky above England and all I could hear was the rushing of air. It was a truly spectacular experience and the view of the earth getting smaller and smaller below us was simply breathtaking. After he released the tow cable and the tow plane peeled off for home, Bob snapped me out of my wide-eyed revery with a string of serioussounding instructions over the intercom. He refreshed my memory about what the pedals were for and what the joystick did, and reminded me that the joystick should be moved slowly and smoothly at 90 degrees

to the right or left in order to turn smoothly. Then he told me he was soon going to give me control and that I should not move anything until he told me to. He asked me if I was ready then said, “You have control!” I took a deep breath and replied, “I have control!” Bob let go and nothing happened as I held all the controls firmly in position. Then he spoke to me slowly and carefully, in a tone you might use to talk a five year old into handing over a loaded pistol. “Now… when I say ‘turn’… slowly… move the joystick… gently to the right… and remember what we said… at 90 degrees... OK..?” I said, “OK” and he said gently, “Ok… turn…”. Unfortunately my elbows were tight against the sides of the cockpit so it was impossible to move the joystick across at 90 degrees. My arms had also become slightly numbed from restricted circulation, so as a

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consequence I jerked the joystick forward and to the right in a sharp and uncontrolled motion at roughly 45 degrees and sent us into a sudden and extremely steep high-speed dive. I heard Bob shout a very loud, “I have control!” and I instinctively replied “F****k!!!!” which I knew was not the prescribed response but it did seem appropriate in the circumstances. Bob calmly saved our lives and after a few more lessons I was able to fly and even land the glider, but not before a couple of near misses with the strangely magnetic club caravan in the middle of the airfield and one close encounter with a herd of cows in a deceptively similar field closeby. If you get the chance have a go — but it’s easier if you’re under six feet tall. ■ For more by Eamonn Sadler go to


Arts & Exhibition

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(DPS), this new lifestyle center is complete with shopping, restaurants, bars, nightlife, and an XXI Cineplex.


Bridges Restaurant will host an exhibit by acclaimed Balinese artist Karyana with a dinner and art auction on 23 November , to benefit Yayasan Bali Peduli’s new FREE HIV/AIDS testing and treatment clinic in Ubud, funded by a grant through Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset.

"Bridges is proud of its ongoing program, Building Bridges In Our Community,“ says founder Claude Chouinard, “and we are especially pleased to support a much-needed HIV/AIDS clinic in our under-served area, where over 1% of pregnant women are HIV+. Participation by Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset also helps us increase our impact and builds yet another Bridge in our community.”

RAKS BY THE SEA 2013 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 – Sun, 14 Apr 2013 Mercure Resort Sanur, Jl. Mertasari, Sanur, Bali 80034

I Ketut Karyana has developed an unusual technique combining watercolor with oil and ink to explore his series Evolution. Born on Lombok and nurtured in a governmentsponsored art community in Mataram, Karyana was also inspired by the rich Balinese art scene to develop his own organic style. Karyana is fascinated by evolution, saying, “the diversity of forms in the universe remains a mystery, and inspires me to create new forms of living beings.”

NEW YEAR 2013 GOLF TOURNAMENT @ NEW KUTA GOLF Sunday, 20 January 2013 Kawasan Pecatu INdah Resort, Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Pecatu Bali Tournament Fees Member : Rp 350.000 Member’s Guest : Rp. 800.000 Indonesia Resident/Kitas : Rp 1.000.000 Visitor : Rp. 1.200.000 Garuda Indonesia Tickets Denpasar – Perth – Denpasar Denpasar – Seoul – Denpasar Info & RSVP : Phone: (+62)361 8481 333 Web:


Karyana’s art will be available for viewing and purchase from November 16 through March 23.

South East Asia's first Middle Eastern dance festival. Presenting 2013 Master Teacher... BOZENKA.

Seminar & Workshop

2013 Regional Teachers: Brancy Nekvapil (Malaysia) Christine Yaven (Indonesia) Fatema Redowan (Singapore) Sherlyn Koh (Malaysia) (Interested teachers for 2014, please contact us at raksbythesea@gmail. com ) FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: Friday 12 April 10.00 Master Workshop — Bozenka Technique (3hrs) 13.00 Lunch 14.00 Regional Workshop 1 (2 hrs) 19.00 Opening Gala Show

Sunday 14 April 10.00 Master Workshop — Drum Solo Choreography (3 hrs)

INDONESIA HOTEL INVESTMENT CONFERENCE Friday, 01 February 2013 The Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort Join the inaugural Indonesia Hotel Investment Conference held in the brand-new Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort on the tourism magnet island of Bali. The conference brings together some of the most experienced business people in the hotel industry in Indonesia and will be enormously beneficial to those who are involved in every aspect of the industry - hotel owners, operators and managers, developers, investors, bankers, architects, suppliers, accountants. The program has been designed to address the opportunities and challenges facing the hotel industry in Indonesia and the region in the present economic climate. Speakers, moderators and panelists have been selected from those who have extensive experience in the industry, especially in Southeast Asia, and will present challenging topics for discussion. The newly-opened Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort on the mystical, exotic island of Bali has been chosen for this inaugural conference venue. Overlooking the island's famed Kuta Beach and the Bali Strait, the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort is part of Beachwalk, a Sahid Kuta Lifestyle Resort. Just 15 minutes from the Ngurah Rai International Airport

BALI SPIRIT FESTIVAL Wed, 20 Mar 2013 – Sun, 24 Mar 2013 44 Jalan Honoman Padangtegal, Ubud 80571 The Bali Spirit Festival is a vibrant and uplifting festival of yoga, dance, and music which awakens and nourishes each individual's potential for positive change within; leading to positive change in our homes, in our communities, and around the world. The Next BaliSpirit Festival is scheduled for March 20 – 24, 2013! But the radius of BaliSpirit extends way further than just 5 days! See the details below: * Tuesday March 12, 2013: Nyepi Celebration * Sunday March 17th: Pre Festival YogaThon at Desa Seni, Canggu/Kerobokan (Beachside Bali) * Monday March 18th: Pre-Festival Launch Party in Ubud * Tuesday March 19th: Official Opening Reception for Invited Dignitaries * March 20-24th: Full on Festival * March 25th through April 6th: Post Festival events/retreats/ concerts all over the island. Information: E-mail: Web:


Accommodation: The Puri Sunia. “one of the best hotels in Bali” (Trip Advisor Top Rating). Tucked away in the rice fields only 10 minutes drive from Ubud Village.

COMPETITION FEE : * Solo : USD$30 * Troupe: USD$50 (For 2 to 6 dancers only) * Solo winner prize: USD$100 CASH, Medal and certificate * Troupe Winner Prize: USD$150 CASH, Medal and certificate * Both Solo & Troupe 1st, 2nd & 3rd runner up will be given a certificate. OPEN STAGE PERFORMANCE FEE : * Solo : USD$25 * Troupe : USD$40

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Beautiful holiday location in the island of BALI. Located in an amazing 4 star resort hotel with a adjoining whitesand beach, beautiful swimming pool with modern rooms and amenities. Don't miss this chance to join us for an amazing event!

Saturday 13 April 10.00 Master Workshop — Oriental Choreography (3hrs) 13.00 Lunch 14.00 Regional Workshop 2 (2 hrs) 19.00 Competition & Open Stage


are very special (just for our group). This is a workshop not to be missed.

Raks by South East Asia Bellydance Competition 2013: * No restriction of any form of oriental style and fusion. Use your own choice of music * Solo maximum 3 mins * Troupe Maximum 5 mins

KARYANA PAINTING EXHIBITION Fri, 23 Nov 2012 – Sun, 31 Mar 2013 Bridges Restaurant

Proceeds from dinner, auction, and sales of all art though March will help support Bali Peduli to target women and children at risk of HIV/AIDS.

* Extra night stay USD50 per night/pax inclusive of breakfast.

FEES: Residential Package — USD 530 Early Bird (USD 580 Normal) Includes: * 3 nights accommodation Superior Room (Twin-share) Check-in: Thursday 11 April, Checkout: Sunday 14 April * 9 Hours Master Workshops with BOZENKA * 4 Hours Regional Workshops * 8 Meals (Friday & Saturday: Full day, Sunday Half Day) * Morning & Afternoon Coffee (Workshop Days) * 2 Gala Dinner (Opening Show & Competition) Non-Residential Package — USD 350 (USD 400 Normal) Includes: * 9 Hours Master Workshops with BOZENKA * 4 Hours Regional Workshops * 8 Meals (Friday & Saturday: Full day, Sunday Half Day) * Morning & Afternoon Coffee (Workshop Days) * 2 Gala Dinner (Opening Show & Competition) Room for spouse or friend without workshop — USD330 (USD380 normal) * 8 Meals (Friday & Saturday: Full day, Sunday Half Day) * 2 Gala Dinner (Opening Show & Competition) * Morning & Afternoon Coffee (Workshop Days) * Early Bird Registration and Payment by 31st January 2013.

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BALI TOURS — BALI PHOTO WORKSHOP — NYEPI BY DAVID METCALF Fri, 08 Mar 2013 - Fri, 15 Mar 2013 Come and join New Zealand Travel Photographer of the Year, Mike Langford and New Zealand Professional Photographer of the Year, Jackie Ranken on a magical workshop in Bali in March 2013. “This is a photography workshop not just a tour. We share our knowledge to photographers of all levels. Under our watchful guidance you will learn new skills and techniques that will stay with you for the rest of your photographic life.” said Jackie. Jackie has also been the Australian Landscape Photographer Of The Year for the past two years and Mike has authored and co-authored over 25 books on photography in a 30 year career. This workshop will be a fantastic opportunity for beginners or experienced photographers to take their photography to another level in one of the most photogenic places on the planet. There will be ample time over the 7 days to tap into the genius and skill of Mike and Jackie and your photography is guaranteed to improve significantly from day one. Nyepi (the day of silence) is the most important day and special day on the Balinese calendar. Photographically speaking, it’s the days immediately before and after this day that are so visually exciting. This is a careful crafted photography workshop, which takes you inside the “real Bali” and has been designed to allow you to see and experience places in Bali that

Our friendly support team from 'Take it Easy Tours' provide the ground transportation and make every day very special. All of Dana's team are extremely knowledgeable about local lore, customs and the quintessential elements that make the Balinese so unique. We expect this workshop to fill up very quickly especially since it is planned around the most special time of the year in Bali — Nyepi. Therefore, if you wish to sign up please put down a $ 500 deposit either via PayPal or via direct credit to my bank account. Accounts in NZD, AUD, IDR, USD. Note that partners (non photographers) are very welcome and a special Itinerary will be provided for them which will include many Bali highlights. The partners are welcome to join in the dinners and social activities and the special ceremony at the Pejeng Village however will be precluded from joining the actual photo shoots and review sessions with Mike and Jackie. Pricing for the tour is as follows : In USD UDS$ 3335 based on double occupancy. USD$ 3860 based on single occupancy. Special rate for partners USD$ 2875 ( based on double occupancy ) This includes: * 7 nights accommodation at the beautiful Puri Sunia,Ubud * 5 Lunches * 4 Dinners * Special dance and music performance at village involving over 50 performers * VIP Visitor arrival service * Pick from the airport on arrival and delivery back to the airport for departure * Specially decorated Sarongs for the tour and to keep as a souvenir * All ground transport whilst on the tour * E book with selection of the best of everyone’s images * Professional photographers and guides fees Does not Include: * Alcohol * Tips * 30 day Visa or departure tax * International airfares Contact: David Metcalf Email: Phone: (+62) 811 133 1255


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Brand new modern 3-bedroom villa w/ pool in Sanur for rent IDR 165 million/ year. Fully furnished, fully equiped kitchen, 900 meter to beach, secured, private. Contact:

Semi furnished unique villa for sale in UMALAS. 3,6 are, s'pool, 3 ensuite bedrooms, open living/kitchen, parking space, 13 years leasehold (20 years extendable), very reasonable priced, USD 165.000 negotiable. Contact

Great freehold land for sale in Nyanyi, very close to beach and Tanah Lot. 178 are, cheap price IDR 135 mill/are. Good for building villa or resort. info: STUNNING new fully furnished CANGGU villa/480m², pool, 3 ensuite bedrooms, closable living, office, garage, USD 270.000 or villa + 5 are land next to the villa USD 350.000 both negotiable. Contact 0877 6100 6922, van.balder@ Brand new modern 2 bedroom villa w/ pool in Umalas Satu for yearly rent IDR 115 million/year(nego). Unfurnished,rice field view/surrounded, quiet area, secured, private, 5 minutes to Seminyak. Contact Small lovely house in Tabanan for sale only Rp. 270 mil (negotiable). Land size 97m2, house size 36m2. Great location, quite and good for investment. More info: (08158959196) Kost exclusive, strategic location. Facilities: AC, LCD TV 32”, hot water, refrigerator, kitchen set, full furniture, back terrace, carpark. IDR 225.000/day, IDR 1.100.000/week, IDR 1.800.000/ month. Casa Nemo; Jl. Palapa 11 Gg. Nemo No. 4 Sesetan Denpasar. Please e-mail: or SMS: 0852 3754 2274 Villa Sunset Wave - Medewi Beach Bali Oceanfront Home. INCLUDES:1800 sqm of land, 3 private bungalows & bathrooms, Infinity pool, Indoor/outdoor timber pavilion, New timber kitchen, Bangkirai timber decking, Insect screens throughout, Freehold Title deeds held in Sydney, Australia, Very friendly village atmosphere, Mesmerizing ocean views, International surf hotspot, Opportunity for yoga and artists retreat, Recently redeveloped to immaculate standard The option is yours… The perfect holiday home, investment portfolio, tropical paradise to develop your cottage style business plan, reinvent yourself or simply retire in the land of endless summer days and long striking sunsets. OCEANFRONT PROPERTIES LIKE THIS ARE EXTREMELY RARE IN BALI AND QUITE SERIOUSLY AN AFFORDABLE ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY. Australian owners reluctantly selling due to the birth of new baby daughter and change in ‘parenting’ priority. EXCEPTIONAL VALUE: Offers of $495,000.00 and above will be considered! Full details at: www. Tel: (02) 9529-2473 Tel: 0417-289-400 – John Tel: 0417-656-098 -Milu- E-mail: UBUD LIGHTHOUSE! Sparkling new, modern, bright, spacious 2-floor, 3 ensuite bedrooms, open kitchen & living spaces, terraces, unfurnished property

Rare land for 40 year lease, Tanjung Sanur, approx 25 are in 5 are lots, private access road, clear certificates. Rp 6.5 million/are/year. E-mail: amolongo@ hotmail or call 081 585 117 108. FOR SALE CHEAP LAND, 46 ARE — UBUD/BADUNG – IDR 60 MLN/ARE — Rare opportunity from direct owner. Now this beautiful piece of land belongs to region Badung. After road access investment (approximately IDR 800 MLN)it will belong to region UBUD, worth at least IDR 150 MLN/ARE! Price increase of IDR 90 MLN/are! More info at Now or never lease 10 are land in Umalas against a price of two years ago from direct ower. IDR 5,3 mill/are. Most growing area of Bali at the moment. 2 years dry, so ready to build. Road acces already made. 23 years left and the option to extend another 20 years. Contact van.balder@ FOR SALE:Unique beautifully designed eco-lodge in CANGGU(built 2009). Located in a quiet green tropical area next to a small floating river.Excisiting of 4 seperate lodges, 1 lodge with large living space, tastefull decorated with vintage European quality furniture and luxurious architect-designed kitchen,3 lodges containing a huge bedroom and bathroom. Surrounded by a royal measured 20-Are tropical garden and a 17-meter lap pool.15 Minutes from Seminyak and 10 minutes to Canggu and Echo Beach. USD 295.000 nego,leasehold-16 years (extendable) Photos & info: Stunning breath taking 3 bedroom villa w/pool in Pererenan/Canggu for yearly rent IDR 210 million/year(nego). Fully furnished,rice field view/surrounded, quiet area, secured, private, 15 minutes to Seminyak. Contact: sandratotin@hotmail. com 6 are land for sale in front of the last perfect semi secret wave in Bali. Jasri has been an untouched Gem for years and is only now becoming known to the surfing community. Perfect!!! Right hand point. This is the only block left in front of the point and has direct views of the ocean Mt. Agung.40 meters work to the water. Grand investment or living opportunity. Rp. in total.Negotiable. Please contact : Molly Contact number : 08123953715 Email: w_muliadi@yahoo. com Great freehold land for sale in Nyanyi, very close to beach and Tanah Lot. 178 are, cheap price IDR 135 mill/are. Good for building villa or resort. info sandratotin@

Brand new modern 3 bedroom villa w/ pool in Umalas for yearly rent IDR 135 million/year(nego). Unfurnished,rice field view/surrounded, quiet area, secured, bale, private, 5 minutes to Seminyak. Contact

Vespa Super 1977 very good condition. New red paint, some accessories, running well. Price Rp. 7,5 million. Contact: Chris ( / 0818 05652218)

information and photos, please call/ SMS :Asty 0813-13572133 or email : 75 english novel books in good condition for sale.Sell the whole lot only.Rp 750.000,- .No retail.To view,please come to Jl.dewata 1 No.1A sidakarya-Denpasar selatan.Tel:081 7472 8036 Yoga Holiday in Bali with Devi Asmarani and Sandra Bicker March 9-17 at Seraya Shores, a boutique beachside resort, and Nirarta Center, a retreat site on a river valley at the foot of Mt. Agung. Deepen your yoga practice, and explore nature in unspoiled East Bali. Special rates for Indonesians and Expats. Contact for further information.

3 houses furnished, 2 bedrooms, kitchen set, AC, TV-cable, located in Taman Griya, Jimbaran, close to restaurants and shops. Daily rent. Contact Lucy at

FOR SALE For sale, Ariston electric water heater. Asking IDR 1, 5 million. One year old. Just moved to another house so not needed anymore. Bought for IDR 2,4 million. Contact van.balder@gmail. com For sale in KEROBOKAN, yellow Profil water tank. 520 liter. Asking IDR 350. 000. One year old. Moved to another house so not needed anymore. Bought for IDR 700. 000. Contact van.balder@ For sale in KEROBOKAN, Shimizu water pressure pump. Jet power automatic. Asking IDR 300.000. One year old. Moved to another house so not needed anymore. Bought for IDR 700.000. Contact For sale exclusive Pioneer DJ set still in box: two table tops CDJ-350, one mixer DJM-350, USB input, great set, brand new, cables included, IDR 21 million nego, for more info email to van. balder@gmail. com

OTHERS Miniature Schnauzer puppies, born 21 Nov. 2012 looking for their new loving home. Colour : all black, salt & pepper and black & silver. Puppies come vet checked, vaccinated, regularly wormed and microchipped/ tattooed. Both parents are imported from Australia with American champion bloodlines, Am.Ch. Repitition’s Standout ( one of the USA's top producing males). This is the first & only litter for these parents and they are raised in a loving home environment. The price is 15 Mil IDR, location Bandung, West Java. For further

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Bali Expat - Issue 15 – The Future  

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