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Can the World’s Billionaires Save our Planet? ‘How dare you?’ snarled teenage Greta Thunberg to the world at large when she spoke at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York last year and proceeded to castigate present generations for failing to protect and safeguard a safe and eco-friendly future for people of her generation; for allowing climate change to go beyond easy repair; for sitting on our duffs while whole eco-systems disappeared and vulnerable species became threatened with mass extinction. Greta has a point. However she overlooks the fact that all these dire consequences and calamities in progress started earlier than the generation of the Baby Boomers, which is now practically the oldest living generation at whose feet she can lay blame. Perhaps it’s a moot point and she has a right to throw it in our faces as the Boomers as a collective entity became the ‘force majeure’ that failed to stop the inevitable downward spiral of our current ecological condition. Individually we experienced the beginnings of an emerging awareness in the 1970s when the Age of Aquarius dawned. That’s why some of us created a few bandwagons like the Green Movement, the Harmony and Understanding Communes, the organic farming collectives, etc. We were so busy liberating ourselves from the constraints of the 50s and 60s ‘old’ morality and mentality and so caught up in trying to create a new, i.e. more spiritual, world paradigm alongside our technological accomplishments that we lost sight of the lurking dangers to our eco-systems. As the years passed and we grew up and moved into the next phases of our mature lives, we had a chance to vote into power those that could have made a difference. Alas, politics being what they are and combined with individual greed for power and wealth - and collective apathy - it seems to be always a matter of compromise, accommodation, negotiation, concession, finding middle ground and conceding to lesser goals. So the good, the green and the social causes frequently had to go to the wall and cede the way to politically appeasing issues for the electorate. The pocketbook of the constituent is a mighty influencer and the causes benefitting nature, the environment and the social good are always more expensive and tend to get shunted to the advantage of lower taxes, the mirage of universal employment and continued industrial and technological progress. We still see plenty of that in action all over the world. And we should not be proud that our laissez faire-laissez aller attitudes led us to these dire results. Yes, Greta, we hear you. And we admire your spunk and audacity even as we think you’re a bit over the top when you accuse us of stealing your childhood. We also hear the very veiled but implicit criticism that we do not deserve to survive because of what we, collectively, have done to your home planet. It is indeed cringe worthy. Even more so when we contemplate what we leave behind for our children and future generations. Does Humanity Deserve to Survive? Whether our home planet can be saved is one of the salient questions. Piggybacking on that is the question whether humanity

deserves to survive. That implies the idea that, if we do not deserve to survive as a human race, we automatically assume that our children and other future generations will continue our business as usual mentality and are therefore also not worthy to survive. That’s grossly unfair to Greta and other likeminded waifs. But we need to let this young generation show their mettle and give them a chance to step in where we left off. Yes, it’s getting us off the hook in a way but blaming us falls short of letting us help with solutions.

prospects of humanity including mitigating risks that could spell the end of humanity or permanently curtail our potential’. Delo’s focus is rather unique as he is concentrating his largesse on projects that will benefit future generations rather than the ones alive now because he believes too few people are looking out for the interests of future generations. Mr. Delo’s generosity is targeting projects and organizations that are actively involved in improving life on Earth for the children of the future, the billions of people yet to be born; to ensure the human race is still around in 100, 500, even 10,000 years. Barring any rogue government stupidity or terrorist act resulting in whole scale annihilation of the planet, Earth could remain habitable for 600 to 800 million years more so there could be about 7 million future generations to care for. Ben Delo thinks that the youngest generation feels disenfranchised even though a vast and exciting future lies ahead for them if they can navigate the challenges and opportunities posed by new technologies in the upcoming century. ‘In order to safeguard that extraordinary future for our descendants’, he says, ‘we must act now because we are at a critical moment to do so. We’ve never been in this position before: with the power to destroy the future, but not necessarily the wisdom to wield that power responsibly.’

I am reminded of my old boss whose favourite saying was ‘Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.’ Boomers, Millennials, Gen-Xrs and whatever other denominals still to come, can work collectively to formulate solutions and enact them. Some may be simple, others farfetched but one thing stares us in the face: it is past midnight and the glass shoe has shattered because not one solution will fit all. What we’re doing and not doing will determine how and if we survive. Paying for the future. Since governments are always notoriously short of money because they’re spending it in all the wrong places, we need to look in another direction to augment the financial wherewithal to finance big projects like combating climate change, preserving the world’s natural forests, cleaning up our oceans and planet. Governments will always claim they are short of money for these ambitious projects, but the world’s billionaires aren’t. They have so much money they and their heirs can never spend it all. ‘Billions and billions of stars’ said the late Carl Sagan, ‘so many we can never explore them all’. That’s how you can view the collective wealth of the world’s billionaires. Emulating Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, other altruistic Midases are already funding projects to benefit humanity with mega bucks. Ben Delo, a British mathematician and founder of the crypto currency trading company BitMEX has pledged to give over half of his fortune away to ‘fund work to safeguard future generations and protect the long-term

In order for our current civilisation to survive, says Delo, we need to plan beyond our own lifetimes, we need to work together and take action to reduce the risk from specific dangers and catastrophic global threats like natural pandemics or activities that can cause or accelerate human extinction, nuclear war, extreme climate change, synthetic biology (think biological weapons) or preparing for dangers that don’t yet exist such as metamorphic AI and its big risks of potential misuse. Humanity is facing far too many risks in this turbulent and transformative period in our history. Now is the time to start to mitigate them and think about the long-term challenges we face as a species and think about the long term future of the world. Putting his money where his mouth is, Delo so far has funded research into the prevention of nuclear wars and pandemic diseases as well as academic research into shaping the very long-term future. A lot can be done to protect future generations from the stupidity of our generation’s actions but it is high time to get on with it and for all living generations to work together to create some realistic and far reaching consequences. If we cannot get official governments to take decisive action, we need to look to the billionaire philanthropists to step up to the plate. There is no consensus on when or if the Age of Aquarius has made its debut but all agree that its length will be around 2,160 years. If we want to experience some of that we do need to turn the cart around now. Greta, go meet Mr. Delo. By Ines Wynn Copyright © 2020 Bali Advertiser You can read all past articles of BA Feature Article at

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GREENSPEAK Toads in Love The nights are so quiet in the dry season. I don’t realize how much I miss the honk of frogs and toads until they crank up again after the first rain. After resting for so many months through the heat it must be wonderful to feel mud and wet grass between those splayed toes. I remember a few years ago coming home one day to find a large plastic supermarket bag hanging on the pantry doorknob, pulsing slightly and emitting strange noises. Upon examination it proved to contain about two kilograms of copulating toads. I went looking for Wayan hoping for an explanation and found her in the laundry.

The toad is not a pretty animal. These ones are a mustardy greenish brown colour, depending on their mood, and liberally peppered with black. They are lumpish and have little spines on their thick skins. Another unattractive feature is the powerful toxin they exude from glands in the neck and the back legs. This effective defense mechanism causes predators to drop the toad instantly and retreat, foaming at the mouth, as generations of my dogs have experienced. Nyoman reports that after handling these toads, people will sometimes break out in a rash around the lips. Unsurprisingly, they have no natural enemies except the Javanese spitting cobra.

A few days later, strings of black eggs can be seen suspended between pond plants and a little while afterward they hatch into tadpoles. This is party time for the fish, snakes and birds that consume them in huge numbers. It’s a wonder any survive to serenade me through the next rainy season. Why were the captured toads having an unseasonal orgy in the shopping bag? According to Don, when a large number of toads are gathered together the excitement triggers the appropriate hormones and mass breeding takes place, barometric pressure notwithstanding. And they were probably that interesting mustard colour because they were too hot, he added accusingly as if it was all my fault.

“Wayan, there is a bag of toads in the kitchen,” I announced. “Yes, Ibu,” she agreed, hanging up the towels to dry. Apparently the topic did not merit discussion. I went back to have another look. They were still at it, hunched in unlovely pairs on top of one another and glaring at me from indignant little black eyes. It transpired that a friend of mine with a large garden had found the nocturnal cacophony disturbing. She’d asked her gardener to collect all the toads he could find and prepare them for transmigration. Wayan’s husband Nyoman happened to come along just then on an errand and was entrusted with the cargo of amphibians. He was instructed to release them in some convenient waterway, but he had brought them home instead. “They eat a lot of mosquitoes,” he pointed out.

on a first-come, first served basis, with the male atop the much larger female. The males develop a thickened thumb at breeding time and use this to massage the female and stimulate her to spawn. Sometimes this can take several days. We have a lot to learn from the animal world.

Toads play a critical role in Bali’s food chain, helping to control many pests in the rice fields. The pesticides used in the rice and vegetable fields kill off the toad’s natural prey. In conditions when there are not enough insects the females don’t develop eggs, so the toad populations are declining in Bali and elsewhere. And of course their habitat is swiftly shrinking.

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I enjoy toad noises in the night and we have plenty of mosquitoes to share, so we distributed them around the garden and ponds. But the toads immediately disappeared and the nights were even more quiet than usual. Apart from discovering one grumpy newcomer inside a shoe and another in the shower, they all seem to have vanished. I called Don Wells, Ubud’s authority on amphibians and birds. Where had two kilograms of toads gone? It seems Bufo melanosticus or the Asian Spiny Toad is a shy creature, preferring to spend daylight hours in burrows or under piles of leaves. At night they roam to hunt. Tracking movements in the dark, they snap up anything that moves, as long as the size is manageable. Toads have been observed to swallow scorpions and centipedes even while the desperate prey is in the act of stinging them. Baby mice, reptiles and snakes, worms, spiders and all kinds of garden pests are devoured by these eating machines, which spit out only the hairy, poisonous caterpillars.

Sometimes I encounter a toad while gardening, and it’s always amazing to witness how invisible quite a large toad can be while sitting on a pile of mulch just a few inches away. A couple of times I’ve inadvertently trod on one in the dark. As my toes curl around the flaccid shape a signal races to my brain wondering, “What the hell is that???” I’m sure the toad feels the same. We part company a split second later with great mutual relief. I remember one specimen in the highlands of Malaysia many years ago that was so large I thought it was an oversized lawn ornament… until a single giant leap took it into the jungle five metres away. At the end of the rainy season when the temperature and barometric pressure are just right, Bufo melanosticus begins to get that gleam in its eyes. This is when the males crank up the volume on the love songs, filling the night with loud croaks and honks. Romantically inclined females are irresistibly drawn to the music, hopping through the wet grass toward the torrid affair that awaits them. Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder. They pair up with shameless haste

In the dry season Bufo melanosticus hangs out in piles of leaves and loose earth, emerging once in a while for a snack. Now that the rains have begun I’m seeing toads in the garden again. And last night the temperature and barometric pressure must have been perfect for toad love. The darkness was raucous with a mounting chorus of amorous amphibians in my ponds. In my little corner of Bali at least, the show will go on.

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Chainsaw Massacres One of the very first scientific facts I remember learning at school was about our close relationship with trees. Even at that young age I was deeply moved by the knowledge that we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide while trees convert carbon dioxide back to oxygen. The health of our planet is essential for our very existence and trees form a very important part of the planet’s health. So why do people keep cutting down trees? I love trees and, having travelled to other Indonesian islands, I am distressed to see that where the trees have gone the land is rapidly turning to desert, there are severe water shortages and people are poor and starving. I am also saddened to find that most people just don’t see it. I once asked a highly regarded tourism figure in Bali what it was that made Bali a place attractive to visitors. “The people” he said. “Yes and what else?” “The culture.” “Yes and what else?” He started to flounder. “The beaches” I prompted. “Yes, the beaches” he agreed “Though they are not the best in the world so what else is there in Bali?” He was totally lost now. “People are fascinated by volcanoes” I offered. He didn’t much agree with that. “One of the most important factors is that this is a tropical island.” I suggested. Well, yes, he could see that. “...and the things that make it feel tropical are the reefs and the vegetation.” I suggested that if people keep cutting down trees at the rate they are, very soon Bali will not be a tropical paradise anymore. Sadly he couldn’t understand my point of view at all. I live in Sanur and for me one of the most wonderful things about Sanur is its old trees planted by forward thinking people many years ago. Unfortunately in recent years they have been disappearing one by one. The continual removal of many landmark trees is, I suggest, destroying Sanur’s greatest asset. The trees outside the Hyatt, La Taverna and The Village still remain, thank goodness, but for the most part the main street of

Sanur is steadily becoming hotter and more of a concrete Jungle. The recent loss of one of the most beautiful trees I’ve seen in Bali, in the driveway of the Griya Santrian Hotel, was particularly tragic. By cutting down trees the people are destroying what is their most important asset, the beauty of Bali. So why am I bringing up the subject of trees? The answer is simple. For many years I have dealt with land developers, architects and maintenance people who create reasons to justify cutting down trees. Whether they universally hate trees I don’t know but it certainly appears that they do. Perhaps there is some deep seated desire to control rather than work with the environment, they want trees but only where they put them. Land developers nearly always want to clear all the trees from any land they develop. Trying to persuade them not to can be very difficult. This is important to consider if you are building a house or even adding an extension. Trees grow quickly in Bali but it will still take 30 or 40 years for them to reach full maturity. If you have a piece of land with beautiful trees on it try and work with the trees if you can. If your builder says they must come down find another builder. I once met a very switched on architect in Brisbane who would design his developments around the trees that existed on the site. When issuing a contract to the contractors he would include a clause that gave hefty financial penalties for every tree that was “accidentally” lost. He saved many beautiful trees, trees that really made his developments very special. Even then he had a continuous battle trying to get development contractors to obey his instructions. Living with trees is not difficult and with a few simple considerations at the design stage they can cause no problems and provide a better environment round your home. • Coconut trees drop coconuts so don’t situate them near driveways, garages or with public areas underneath

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them. (a falling coconut can be a bit of a headache). These days modern fully sealed PVC pipes do not have problems with tree roots getting into them. Trees drop leaves, consider this when positioning a swimming pool. Old trees may get termites in them so branches may fall off. Overhanging branches should be checked and removed if they become dangerous. If you cut off an original growth branch and a new one grows in its place just beware that regrowth branches are not as strong and are more likely to break off than the original growth. Trees overhanging alang alang (thatched) roofs tend to rot the alang alang fairly quickly.

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In Indonesian siap literally means ‘ready’, but it can also be a way of expressing agreement, just like saying “OK”, “I’m on to it” or something along those lines. I’ve noticed that siap has gained popularity in colloquial speech over the past few years and it has become a stock phrase, so much so that it has its meme variations like “Shiiiii-appp” heard on Indonesian comedy shows (and must be pronounced with the correct intonation and slightly effeminate gait to pull it off effectively). There are also spelling variants in messaging such as ‘siyap’ or ‘syap’ as well as siap komandan meaning ‘Yes leader / commando’ and siap bos meaning ‘Yes bos’. Indonesians love playing on the whole “big boss and lil guy” dichotomy, so this phrase is meant both literally and sarcastically (although sarcasm – it has to be said – is not an Indonesian forte and is often misunderstood). If you use repeat siap in short fire succession, siap-siap means to get ready. You can use it in the imperative too: “Siap-siap ya” to mean “Get ready.”

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The Wrap of 2019 The rush to be a part of the Bali food scene continues. As with almost anywhere else in the world those who know what they are doing succeed, and most of the others fail. 2018 has seen so many new operations open and many close, some even opening and closing in the same year. The following are some of the new places of 2019 that we have looked at, plus a few not so new that we discovered for the first time. Every year sees a new fashion that all seem to crave. Once it was to be called Mediterranean [often with no more than a pasta dish and a Greek salad], then it was Tapas [without any necessary Spanish connection]. Then it was the dry-aged beef and last year the Burger craze [irrespective of cuisine] catching up with the rest of the world. Now you find Burgers on almost every Bali menu from local cafes to 5 star restaurants. 2018 was the year of Peruvian dishes and in 2019 the edible flowers have became fashionable with the success of René Redzepi’s incredible cuisine experiments at Copenhagen’s Noma [4 times voted the ‘Best Restaurant in the World’]. Rather ironic as flowers have been a part of Asian cuisines for centuries, The wonderful Thai Banana Flower Salad leading the way. Even in Bali stuffed zucchini blossoms had already been on menus for many years. Now a myriad of colours adorn many different dishes, across the island. During 2019 many restaurateurs, both professional and amateur, attempted to open pure Vegan restaurants, most failed. Why do they keep doing it? Most action this year was in Ubud and Canggu [where new places opened and closed, almost daily]. The biggest surprise was the emergence of a couple of excellent restaurants in Bali’s north, Lovina. Leading the way was Geert de Myer’s intimate, classy 10th Table. To find this level of attention to detail in the previously very basic north of Bali was both surprising and most welcome. Geert’s experience as Hotel Manager on one of the world’s most luxurious cruise ships came to the fore. Fine dining French, with some subtle Asian touches!

Twist is not much more than a ‘hole in the wall’, so small it is easy to miss. It nestles in the corner of a busy little stretch of budget restaurants on Raya Pengosekan, Ubud [next door to the original location of Taco Casa, to which they have now returned with majestically renovated premises]. The Caramelized Pork is exceptional [a touch of Vietnam?], as are the curries which are Thai style]. The Birds & The Bees is yet another zany name for a Bali restaurant. This one is on Jln. Monkey Forest on Ubud at what was once Lotus Lane [one of the last of the Lotus restaurants in Bali, the original Café Lotus in Ubud having reverted back to the property owner years ago]. An attractive fit out presents it as a happy place, the menu caters for the gluten free crowd with even g/f pizzas. Lettuce Cups and gin-infused cocktails are the specialty of the house Bonito is found on Ubud’s ‘Cheap Eat Street’, Jln. Goutomo [no parking, pedestrians only, runs between Dewa Sita and Raya Ubud] where many places offer mains at Rp. 50,000, or less. Bonito is marginally more expensive but that does not seem to deter the customers. A healthy salad; Spinach, avocado and mango with pickled fennel, rocket, caramelised cashew nuts and a ginger sesame lime vinaigrette On the corner of Goutomo and Raya Ubud is Union Café, part of the Habitat team and offering a similar fare. Olive is located in the village of Petulu, north of Andong, Ubud [Jl. Tirta Tawar]. A small place with its home made dips [hummus, baba ganoush], salads [tabbouleh, fattoush] and snacks [falafel sandwich]. OIA is a new Greek and Mediterranean restaurant on Raya Ubud [next door to the Museum Puri Lukisan]. Mezze Platter, Gyros, Souvlaki, and a bit of fusion with Lamb Lasagne. Velvet is hidden away on Jl. Lungsiakan, in Kedewatan, northwest of Ubud. With so many Tex and Cal Mex restaurants all over Bali it is indeed unusual to find a Mexican in the kitchen as is the case here. Whilst referring to itself as a Seafood Grill restaurant, the food is regional Mexican. Another surprise in the Ubud area was Usha Café, yet again taking a previously failed position on the hill between Pengosekan and Lod Tunduh, it brings Ukranian cuisine to Ubud with those wonderful dumplings, pirogies and chebureki. Even a hearty Borscht for the cold morning!

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Following behind, in the north, is what has almost become an annual event in Bali, a new restaurant from that man, Marinos. This time it is called Riverside [but don’t look for a river], and conforms to his proven recipe for success, comfort food at budget prices with friendly smiling service. Almost 20 years ago he opened a small nondescript ‘Greek warung’, called Mykonos Taverna on a lonely road in Kerobokan [the road to Oberoi] surrounded by rice paddies, Within months with constant packed houses, everyone else rushed to also open a restaurant on what I then called, Eat Street. Whilst the east coast of Bali remained fairly static, Ubud, as usual, opened its doors to many newcomers and said goodbye to a few. It is becoming very difficult to fill up restaurants in Ubud these days with such an enormous choice of venues, so sadly many are running at a loss or close to it. Hence it is truly amazing, and very pleasing, that last year’s discovery of all time, Aperitif @ The Viceroy has kicked on, continuing to offer the finest dining in Bali, and often to a packed house. The new flavour in Ubud seemed to be Italian. Both Famous and L’Osteria took over sites that had previously failed but hit the right notes from day one. Famous, in Pengosekan, has a delightful rear garden area that has proved to be very popular and L’Oosteria has survived the tragic loss of their Italian chef in a late night motor bike accident. Other new places such as Bittersweet [Monkey Forest Road] include Italian items on their more International menu [Pumpkin Ravioli in a classic sage butter and a Portobello Mushroom Fettuccine]. Seasoned [Pengosekan] concentrates on rice dishes; Indian, Chinese, Thai and Spanish, as well as Indonesian.

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In the south a spattering of new openings in Tuban. Johnny Tacos is a simple name and simple tacos [mostly of the fresh variety, rather than deep fried] is what you get. A small space close to the Green Garden Hotel, Jln. Kartika Plaza, it is easy to miss even though it has a very colorful décor. Always busy which tells its own story! A few other Mex dishes but it is the tacos that they all come for. Sukun is the restaurant at the Amnaya Resort just off Jl. Kartika Plaza, Tuban [Gang Puspa Ayu]. Indonesian is the main cuisine although being in a resort there is also a very International menu. Set in tropical gardens the setting was fittingly designed by the late Made Wijaya, who was once a young Australian tourist who made Bali his home and left many landscaping monuments, such as this, behind. Eggs dishes are to the fore with an excellent Benedict leading the way. An unusual but interesting breakfast offering was to combine eggs with soft shell crab. Henry’s is a Bar & Grill on Jln. Kartika Plaza, next to Lippo Mall. It is all about dry aged beef that has been grilled, smoked or cured. Jollie Kitchen is a Middle Eastern restaurant on Jl. Kartika Plaza in front of and a part of the Paradiso Hotel. Bathinjan bil Humus [mixed vegetables with curry sauce, topped with feta], many Kofta [minced meat] bil Sanayah with potato curry, Labanieh with bread and garlic sauce, or Mixed Kebabs [both kofta and sheesh kebabs]. New in Kuta, the Boss Man sells burgers, from their two locations; Poppies II and Raya Cendana.The Original has 160g beef patty, American cheddar, iceberg lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, grilled onions, pickles, American mustard, thousand island, horse radish aioli. Nebula is a trendy café in the old tourist area of Poppies Lane II, Kuta. Different from the rest it serves great coffee and a range of breakfasts, brunch, snacks and light meals. The cuisine is mostly Asian but also with many western dishes with Asian touches. Healthy breakfasts, wraps, burgers, etc. The Quinoa Salad is very healthy. Along to Legian and Maybe Tony almost gets it right. Breakfast [brunch] is served till 5.00 p.m., almost all day. This is an almost new café/restaurant on Jln. Legian, Kuta [opposite Sky Garden]. It is small, intimate and very friendly. Their Italian chef turns quality product out of the kitchen, not just the Italian basics, even the burgers are good. A bit better than what you expect to find in this area.

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Mimpi Manis, Jl. Tandakan, Sanur, is just in front of, and operated by the same owner/chef, as Kayu Manis. Not to be confused with the hotel of the same name, as there is no connection. Mimpi Manis has the same attention to detail in the kitchen as big brother but serving local cuisine instead of the international offerings that have long made Kayu Manis one of Sanur’s best restaurants. Sanur saw a stop to their recent spate of openings with local adjustments only. Ryoshi, one of the Sanur originals, moved to new premises at the southern end and offering the first Chirashi Sushi Bar in Bali. Chirashi Sushi is the way that sushi is often served in the home in Japan. A bowl is layered with sushi rice and topped with a selection of sliced vegetables. The evergreen Massimo is far from a new restaurant but keeps up to date with constant new offerings. Highlights this year were the use of a rotary oven to fire their pizzas [better heat distribution] and a sensational range of Semifredo, an amazing Italian dessert which must be made at a temperature of minus 20 to set, but then is maintained at minus 5 degrees thereafter, half cold [semi-fredo]. It has a base of sponge cake and rum to which a vast variety of different ingredients are added, The range at Massimo includes Trinakria [pictured] with pomegranate, lemon sorbet and strawberry, quite


Happy Chappy Express has opened its 1st outlet in Legian. Whilst it is located on Jln. Padma Utara it is a little difficult to find as it is just off the street in the centre of a line of small shops at the entrance-way to the Garden View Hotel. On offer is a full range of dim sum as well as a selection of the most popular dishes from the main menu at their so popular main restaurant in Jln. Braban; Kung Pao Chicken, Szechuan Beef, Sweet & Sour Pork, Firecracker Chicken, Salt & Pepper Squid, etc. Canggu as in recent years, saw the most openings [and closings], everyone seems to want to open a restaurant here. Indigo on Jln. Pantai Berawa, Canggu, is quality Japanese. They offer classic dishes as well as their innovative ‘new style’ sashimi and the unusual Yakimono dishes cooked over the charcoal grill. For something very different try the Gyoza stuffed with foie gras. Ithaka began in Canggu [Jln. Pantai Batu Bolong] and then also opened in Ubud [Jln. Tirta Tawar]. They offer what is always popular, simple tasty food that is cheap! It was not the first, nor will it be the last, place opened by surfers who came to Bali, fell in love with the island and stayed.. Nude Café is on Jln. Pantai Berawa, In this case ‘nude’ is supposed to mean food for a healthy body rather than being served by naked staff. It is open from early morning so breakfast is the go and you can be as healthy or

13 not, as you like? The Berry Chia Parfait, berry compote on a chia yogurt with homemade granola, coconut and maple syrup, ticks all the boxes as does the Mango & Kiwi Bowl with its mango, kiwi and pineapple salsa with coconut and orange. Koloni is a café on Jln. Raya Semat, Canggu. Breakfast is only available in the mornings, something that I always find very strange as in a tourist environment they should always be available all day. However what they do offer is very good. Smoothie Fruit Bowls with dragon fruit, chia seeds, and a variety of fresh fruit. The house special is their Carrot Cake Waffle served with cream cheese and sliced almonds. BB52 is the burger house they are all talking about, Jl. Tanah Barak, Canggu. Even the all Vegan Mushroom Burger gets rave reviews. The Fries come with a truffled mayonnaise and Parmesan flakes. Rise and Shine Café is on Jl. Padang Linjong, Canggu. As the name suggests it specializes in breakfasts. Souphoria on Jl. Bumbak, in Canggu, is most unusual in that their menu is all pork! They serve their pork ribs in a soup. Pork Sate may not be that unusual but these are very large ones. Loco Moco is a Hawaiian special of rice, meat and a fried egg on top. At Souphoria that meat is of course. pork. The Breakfast Burrito is the star of the show but there are many other options. Da Romeo is on Jl. Pantai Berawa, Canggu. It is very Italian and very popular. Carpaccio can be traditional beef or tuna but the starter that most regular diners order is their Burrata con Pomodorini, an amazing Italian cheese, mozzarella on the outside and cream inside, simply served with just tomatoes and basil, drizzled with olive oil. The marinated sardines are another favourite. Many different pastas but Pici is their specialty, an unusual pasta from Tuscany. Starter Lab is a bakery, found on Jln. Padang Linjong in Canggu. It has become a go to place for all the lovers of sourdough bread. Perhaps the first Bali operation to make it big in Singapore, now that really is a feat. Well, there’s a new kid on the block definitely worth checking out if you’re a big fan of sourdough. Co-founder Emerson Manibo trained at the famous Per Se restaurant in New York, and Tartine Bakery before venturing into his own bakery business, Starter Lab, back in 2017. Their outlet at Havelock Road, Singapore is their second one!

the main dishes of Native Hawaiian cuisine. Traditional forms are aku and heʻe. Heʻe poke is usually called by its Japanese name Tako Poke, except in places like the island of Niʻihau where the Hawaiian language is spoken. So Moana offers poke, the Maui specialty, as well a range of other seafood dishes. Duck, Duck, Goose is a Canadian chef’s interpretation of Asian street food. It is found on Jln Mertanadi, Kerobokan. The menu has dishes from just about everywhere in Asia. They do not claim that all are perfectly traditional as many are re-invented from their own travel memories. Fresh, clean and relaxed, an interesting stop for a tasty snack or meal. Flat Stanley, Jln. Taman Ganesha, Petitenget brings Californian style pizzas to Bali. Start with Salumi and Charcuterie, a selection of meats and pickles or a Cheese Board of 4 cheeses, tomato jam and olives, Small plates include Salt-roasted Beets with whipped feta, sorrel and heirloom radish, Grilled Asparagus with shaved parmesan, Charred Broccoli with peanuts and chilli pesto, Grilled Octopus and Meatballs. Mauri is Italian on Jl. Petitenget. A small intimate restaurant it also offers a chef’s table setting for 5 persons. Upstairs is just for small snacks. Chef Mauricio was originally at the Bulgari and later at Ubud’s Ritz Carlton before branching out on his own, serving traditional dishes from the south. Their Beef Cheek Tortelli is a great example of tradition with a twist. Tempted is on Jl. Lebak Sari, Petitenget. They tempt you with a range of Italian classics. Such as Polpette al sugo, a famous family dish from Sicily, large meat balls stuffed with a nut of mozzarella in a thick tomato broth. Fritto Misto alla Romana is a plate of deep-fried prawns and squid with pumpkin, sage and onions and a lemon mayonnaise. Rev Bistro is French. Located on Jln. Yudistira, Seminyak it offers classic French plus a few international dishes. Fish Mosseline with Quenelles Lyonnaise, Foie Gras, Mustard Rabbit, Frogs’ Legs and for your steak a decadent Tournedos Rossini [topped with foie gras, drizzled with Madeira sauce]. Hibiscus is a surprise! It is found on Jl. Drupadi, and presents classic Indonesian but in a creative style, with a selection of international favourites. Even their Spring Rolls are different, minced chicken with pineapple and fresh mint in a crisp casing, so good. Many chicken mains including Lombok’s Taliwang, Bali’s Betutu and Rica-Rica, the fiery chicken from Manado in North Sulawesi. Liebeling is almost rural with its rice paddy views on Jln. Kunti II, Seminyak. They serve both local Indonesian fare and a selection of western dishes. A relaxing spot so close to the action but also far removed from it. The menu has a German influence, as the name suggests; Schnitzels, Currywurst, etc. The Chicken Wings are very popular with their super sticky BBQ sauce [made

with honey and palm sugar]. As are the Honey Burgers.

Moana Fish Eatery made its name in Canggu and has now also opened an outlet on Jl. Raya Taman, Seminyak. Self-styled as Polynesian it offers Hawaiian dishes such as the strangely named Poke Bowls. According to Wikapedia, Poke is diced raw fish served either as an appetizer or as a main course and is one of

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Koral is an amazing underwater seafood restaurant. It is found at one of this year’s new 5 star luxury resorts, the Apurva Kempinsky, west of Nusa Dua. You can watch fish swim by through the adjoining large glass windows as you feast on their siblings. The windows take up entire walls so you do really feel as if you are underwater, effectively you are dining in an aquarium. Feature dishes include the Lump Blue Crab Salad with Granny Smith apples, crisp jicama, and aromatic lemon, basil, and ginger; and the interesting Prawn & Lime, which combines stuffed jumbo prawns with dabu-dabu salsa, potato gnocci and tomato and chili sauce. Bali still presents the best ‘value for money’ dining in Asia, and the widest variety of different cuisines. Aren’t we lucky?

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Best New Pub Food - Avenue A - American - Canggu

Occasionally you walk into a new restaurant for the first time and immediately feel at home. Such was the case at Avenue A, an American Gastropub set up by Billy Joe [a.k.a. Bill Collyer], with a homely ambiance, New York Pizzas [fermented dough base], wonderful smoked meats from America’s south and a few of Italian grandmother’s old favourite dishes, you just know that you are going to return again, and again.

In Jimbaran, not much change but still a few pleasant surprises. None more so that Akua, a great simple Spanish restaurant highlighting the cuisine of the Basques. Standard Spanish plus many regional specials. There is also a Spanish Tortilla, so different from the Mexican version, this one being more like an open omelette of potato and egg or the ultimate Spanish cold plate [jamon], and a jug of Sangria, of course! He’enalu Café is in Pecatu. It is a modern international café with a Hawaiian touch. Open for breakfast, their main offering is the egg special with just about everything, even real bacon. Alternatives are the Breakfast Burritos and Quesadillas, Avocado Toast and a Vegan Falafel Platter. Their signature dishes include Poke Bowls, Loco Moco, Hawaiian Fried Rice and Falafel Tacos. Guapa Mexican Restaurant is at Jl. Labuansait, Pecatu. It offers much more than just the normal Mex, found elsewhere in Bali. Entrees of Meat Empanadas or Tuna Ceviche are both worth ordering. Sure there are Tostadas, Burritos, Quesadillas, and Enchilladas, however their Tacos come with vegetarian options [spicy mushroom, cauliflower or roasted pumpkin]. They even offer Mexican Burgers.

Fine Dining

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Akua - Spanish - all the delights of Basque food - Jimbaran.

Pub Food

Avenue A - American - a gastropub in Canggu.

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Body & Spirit


Beauty & Health Virtures Of Vegan I’ve always been put off by anything that I regard as being fanatic. This included being vegan. I couldn’t comprehend why my vegan friend couldn’t have a slice of birthday cake and ice cream or some pizza, even if it was vegetarian. I’ve basically been vegetarian for quite a while with occasional indulgences of fish in my diet. That is until I watched a movie on Netflix called The Game Changers. I had no idea what the movie was about before I turned it on. But by the end of the film I was almost ready to turn vegan. In fact I stopped buying eggs and milk and stopped eating fish after watching the film.

eating a plant based meal. Something to think about before a taking a woman out for a big date. What are the benefits of being vegan? 1. A vegan diet is richer in certain nutrients. This can contribute to a higher daily intake of certain beneficial nutrients. Several studies have reported that vegan diets tend to provide more fiber, antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds, being richer in potassium, magnesium, folate and vitamins A, C and E. For instance, poorly planned vegan diets may provide insufficient amounts of essential fatty acids, vitamin B12, iron, calcium, iodine or zinc. That’s why it’s important to stay away from nutrient-poor, fast-food vegan options. Instead, base your diet around nutrient-rich whole plants and fortified foods. You may also want to consider supplements like vitamin B12. 2. Lose excess weight Many studies show that vegans tend to be thinner and have lower body mass indexes (BMIs) than non-vegans. 3. Lowers blood sugar levels and improves kidney function This is beneficial for reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and declining kidney function.

I was astounded at the results that athletes were achieving simply by eliminating animal products from their diets. Many could run faster, lift more weights, and be a better fighter and football player. I was surprised to see that Arnold Schwarzenegger has become vegan and was a producer of the film. Patrik Baboumian was voted the strongest man in 2015. When Patrik was asked how he could be as strong as an ox not eating meat, he replied “Have you ever seen an ox eat meat?” Actually the strongest animals like gorillas, oxen, elephants. horses and rhinos are all plant eaters. The animals that are consumed by humans such as cows, pigs, sheep and chickens are just the “middle-man” in the food chain. They all get their energy from plants. However the amount of water and land to grow crops to feed these animals hardly compensates for the amount of energy that is produced to feed humans. 1 kilo of beef requires 6810 liters of water, which includes irrigation of the grains and grasses in feed, plus water for drinking and processing. 1 slice of bread requires 42 liters of water.

4. May protect against certain cancers According to the World Health Organization, about one-third of all cancers can be prevented by factors within your control, including diet. Vegans generally eat considerably more legumes, fruit and vegetables than non-vegans. This may explain why a recent review of 96 studies found that vegans may benefit from a 15% lower risk of developing or dying from cancer. Also, vegan diets generally contain more soy products, which may offer some protection against breast cancer. 5. Lower risk of heart disease Eating fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes and fiber is linked to a lower risk of heart disease. All of these are generally eaten in large amounts in well-planned vegan diets.

I found it interesting to watch three football players being given an animal based meal and the next day only plant based. The difference in the plasma of their blood was astounding. The plant based blood tests revealed clear plasma and the meat based was cloudy. It was amusing to see the results of 3 football players and the size and number of erections during their sleep being a big difference after

Observational studies comparing vegans to vegetarians and the general population report that vegans may benefit from up to a 75% lower risk of developing high blood pressure. This may be particularly beneficial to heart health since reducing high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels may reduce the risk of heart disease by as much as 46%. In the film The Game Changers group of firemen were put on a vegan diet for a week and all of them had a considerable reduction of blood pressure and cholesterol results.

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6. Reduce pain from arthritis Vegan diets based on probiotic-rich whole foods can significantly decrease symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. 7. Healthier Skin A plant-based diet could boost your beauty regime by helping your skin stay healthy. An increasing number of studies are linking dairy to skin problems like acne. Dairy products contain growth hormones and are also treated with artificial hormones, which can affect the human body’s hormone system. Many celebrities credit veganism for their youthful looks. American singer-songwriter Mýa says that her vegan lifestyle is to thank for her “fountain of youth.” Fifty-eight-year-old actor Woody Harrelson said his plant-based diet is “crucial” for his youthful appearance, and 77-year-old rock ‘n’ roll legend Paul McCartney not only looks younger than he is but completes his solo world tours - playing more than 30 songs per show over the span of two and a half hours - on a vegan diet. McCartney famously said, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.” In a short film called “One Day a Week,” which encourages people to eat less meat, McCartney said, “If we all join together in this effort, we can help improve the environment, reduce the negative impacts of climate change, and even improve people’s health.” Now that you’re aware of your personal health benefits of being vegan also think about the benefits for the planet. Fewer greenhouse gas emissions from animal food production. Smaller water footprint with 92 percent of the planet’s water footprint is linked to agriculture, with livestock making up one-third of the figure. Less deforestation showing that beef production requires 36 times more land than plantbased protein like peas. Save the oceans and fish as factory farm runoff and livestock grazing is also a major contributor to river and lake pollution. And save the bees, which is crucial to the plant production of the world. Are you ready to make a change? Start with Meat free Mondays. The more Mondays you have meatless, the easier it may be to add more days each week. By Shari

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BOOMER CORNER Heart Health In Bali As the candles on our birthday cakes multiply to alarming numbers, we wonder from time to time how our hearts are doing. We can’t see what’s going on in there and it’s a bit of a worry. Cardiologist Dr Putra Antara of Ubud Care Clinic recently gave an excellent presentation on heart disease, followed by an intense hour of Q&A. Here are the highlights. By the age of 70, our heart will have logged about 2 billion beats. That’s a lot of wear and tear. Just think about how often we have to replace our pond pumps. But records between 1900 and 2010 show that coronary artery disease (CAD) in the west peaked in the 1960s and 1970s then decreased because of improved medical care and education. People from high income countries are more likely to die of cancer these days, and those from middle and low income countries of CAD. In Indonesia, about half of the cost of the national health care plan BPJS is paid out for heart issues. Risk factors include high cholesterol/blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, family history and obesity. In Indonesia smoking is the highest risk factor; Dr Putra recently treated a 22 year old heavy smoker for a heart attack. Prevention of CAD should start in our thirties. We all know the rules of a healthy heart: stay active, have a good diet, lose weight, control cholesterol and blood pressure, reduce blood sugar and stop smoking. But no matter how virtuous our lifestyle, the build-up of plaque in the coronary arteries is inevitable; almost everyone will experience it over time. Plaque eventually narrows the arteries, limiting blood flow. The progression, over many years, is the gradual narrowing of the coronary arteries due to plaque. This can lead to angina, the pain caused by narrowed arteries which is usually triggered by stress or exertion. Typically angina pain occurs in a larger area of the chest and is relieved with nitroglycerin or rest. (By the way, gentlemen, don’t take nitroglycerin with Viagra; they both open the blood vessels and may cause a blackout due to a dangerous drop in blood pressure.)

or cholesterol. I’ve always had high cholesterol, and a few years ago during a check up in Bangkok asked to have a CT coronary angiogram which was the only test I was aware of to visualize coronary plaque. Dr Putra explained that there were risks associated with this test, and it was also expensive. In Bali we can get a Coronary Calcium Scoring CT Scan at Siloam, Kasih Ibu and other hospitals which costs only Rp 700,000 to Rp 1,500,000. Even if we have no symptoms, it might be a good idea to see what’s going on in there and give us a baseline. By the way, although I’ve always had high cholesterol including the ‘bad’ or LDL cholesterol, I had no evidence of significant arterial plaque. That’s the tradeoff to the lifestyle we’ve chosen. So we need to take more responsibility. If you think you may be having a heart attack and are not already on blood thinners, Dr Putra suggests immediately chewing 160-320 mg of aspirin/aspilet (in a pinch, it’s fine to take a full tablet of 500 mg) and 180 mg ticagrelol or 300 mg clopidogrel with a full glass of water. I had to order both of these through the clinic as they don’t seem to be available in pharmacies in Ubud. Have someone drive you to Siloam, Kasih Ibu or Sanglah. Sanglah has a special cardiac unit called ‘Ruang Emergency PJT’ (be sure to use this one and not the ordinary emergency entrance) and, because it’s a teaching hospital, always has a cardiology resident on duty. The next best option would be the Siloam Hospital Emergency as they have the most cardiologists of the private hospitals. Bear in mind that Sanglah can be slow and bureaucratic. Ubud Care Clinic in Teges has an emergency ward where heart attacks can be stabilized before the journey to hospital in their ambulance. According to Dr Putra, forced coughing is used only for certain heart rhythm problems, but definitely not for heart attacks (chest pain). It could even make things worse and trigger a blackout. This hasn’t been a very cheerful read, but forewarned is forearmed. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be preparing a small container with aspirin and ticagrelol to carry at all times. I personally believe than being happy and positive is a big part of mental and physical health, so take a big dose of that too. All bright blessings for 2020. By Ibu Kat The Boomer Corner is a column dedicated to people over 60 living in Bali. Its mandate is to cover topics, practicalities, activities, issues, concerns and events related to senior life in Bali. We welcome suggestions from readers. E-mail us at : Copyright © 2020 Boomer Corner You can read all past articles of Boomer Corner at

“A heart attack occurs when a coronary artery gets completely blocked; stress or physical exertion may trigger a rupture of the plaque that leads to a sudden blockage,” explains Dr Putra. “An electrocardiogram during an attack is the basic diagnostic tool. Treatment includes immediate oxygen and blood thinners, and nitroglycerin to reduce any artery spasm. One or more stents may be inserted to keep the blocked artery open. In cases of severe blockage, a coronary bypass (open heart surgery) literally bypasses the blockage with a grafted vein or redirected artery. Meanwhile, in those with only narrowing of the arteries, stents generally won’t prolong life, but may improve quality of life by reducing angina.” It shouldn’t surprise us that all the old heart attack trials were done on Caucasian males. Only recently has it been recognized that women, Asians and Africans may have different symptoms from the ‘norm’ of chest pain radiating to the left arm. Living in Bali, it’s important to be educated and informed. We can’t just call 911 to summon a fully equipped ambulance with highly trained paramedics to our door in a few minutes. A classic heart attack is harder to diagnose in women, especially if they are over 65 and/or diabetic. Heart attack symptoms in women can be any combination of the following, bearing in mind that symptoms may be more vague and atypical: - - - - - - - - - -

Chest pain (the pain may be dull, hard to pinpoint the exact location, it may be in the back or may radiate to the left/centre of chest) that generally goes on for more than a few minutes Nausea, vomiting Anxiety Stomach pain Pain in arm/leg/jaw Shortness of breath Sudden cold sweat Feeling light headed or dizzy Sudden exhaustion Palpitations

In the United States, women coming to an Emergency Room with heart attack symptoms are much more likely to be dismissed than men. Dr Putra suggests that anyone experiencing a possible heart attack should immediately tell the doctor they have never felt anything like this before, which should be a red flag. Heart attacks are somewhat more common in the small hours of the night. For this reason, Dr Putra suggests that blood pressure and blood thinning medications should be taken at night, while beta blockers be taken in the morning.What about the demon cholesterol? High cholesterol alone does not necessarily turn into plaque, in fact about half of all heart attack victims don’t have high cholesterol. Around 20-30% of our total cholesterol level is determined by diet, the balance is genetic. Science now sees the obesity epidemic, fueled by sugar, salt, and refined flour, as a more serious threat to heart health than ‘fat’ C/He/G-15 Jan. 20


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Get all your debts paid by the 23rd and don’t borrow money on the 24th! Embrace the joy of this holiday by wearing red (powerful, festive color AND denotes health)! Avoid doing laundry for the first and second days, the 24th and 25th. Do your housework before the new year, and no sweeping on the 24th, lest you sweep away all your luck! Here in Bali, the stroke of midnight may just be the time to catch ethnic Chinese shop owners setting off long strings of fireworks, though you might encounter some going off during the day. Singaraja, Denpasar, and Amlapura, with sizeable Chinese populations, are your likeliest locations for exciting lion dances. Got a resolution to stay off alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes? Want some night life on the straight edge? Check out restaurant Akasha at Newearth Haven, north of Ubud in Tagallalang. This New Age retreat space creates magical events, and validates a healthy lifestyle. newearthhaven. com l

Time to give back to Mother Earth? One Island One Voice is hollering for us all to get outside and pitch in to this record-breaking environmental and public health movement. 15 February is the island-wide cleanup, and in east Bali, cultural tour de force restaurant Bali Asli is coordinating the Amlapura team. I can’t think of a more gorgeous place to gather and then wind up for a refreshment afterwards. Start at Bali Asli at 8:30 am and return for morning tea back at 10, when you and some new friends will have finished detrashing a black spot in Bali’s countryside. enquiries@ l

l February 18 is the day of the Galungan festival when Hindu men create all those penjors outside their homes. Leave the car and go for a stroll in that magical hour just before sunset, to enjoy this spectacular declaration of good triumphing over evil. Great time to say hello to your neighbors!

Java Jazz illuminates Jakarta February 28 – March 3, a favorite gig of the musicians themselves. Just go, and report back to me if you’ve attended jazz anywhere else, with such enthusiastic, appreciative audiences. Sister Sledge, NYC guitar virtuoso Mike Stern, New York Voices, and The Jacksons are some of the international acts to entertain you. Indonesian greats include ZAD, Tommy Pratomo, and Ardhito Pramono, but there are too many to list here, so check out

Also on the 29th, at 8pm, Paradiso will be screening 1920’s downright creepy yet visually rich silent film Der Golum, accompanied by Angela Lopez on voice and piano. Part of their monthly program of silent films set to live music. Jalan Goutama just off Jl Hanoman, Ubud. 0812-3697-4727


March is the region’s hottest month for visual art, with Art Basel (March 19 – 21) and Art Central Hong Kong (March 17-22) anchoring the regional shopping junkets of international museum directors and private collectors. Jakarta’s excellent Museum MACAN will be reopening at that time, with their renovated rooftop exhibition space, so keep tabs on to get in on the festivities. l

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l Keep an eye out for Cinema Paradiso’s Indigenous Nights and other events created by the Indonesian Indigenous Awareness Group, via fb and other social media. You may never find a more rewarding cultural experience!

On that note, Paradiso offers singers of any level an open door to their Community Choir. Consider dropping in on Wednesday, January 29, 1-2pm. this is a judgement-free group whose leader gently coaches vocal and breathing techniques.

l It’s Beethoven’s 250th birthday this year! Jakarta Sinfonietta plays his famous 5th Symphony, alongside the evocative Egmont Overture and Piano Concerto No 5, Saturday 1 Feb, 7:30. Worth traveling for. boxoffice@ l Plan ahead! Janet deNeefe’s favorite way to experience another culture is through its cuisine, so she gave us the Ubud Food Festival, April 17 – 19. This is serious fun, with such events as a farmer fire roasting his free-range chicken and ingenious organic seasonings right before an eager audience, who dine on the results. Try master classes, tasting menus at beautiful resorts, lively debates, travel ideas, and activism. If you’re in the hospitality business, this is a great place to network and learn the food and comfort trends which today’s visitors expect.

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TOKO BUKU Reviews of English language books on Indonesia

Indonesian Children’s Favorite Stories by Joan Suyenaga and Salim Martowiredjo Indonesian Children’s Favorite Stories is a charmingly illustrated multicultural children’s book which presents Indonesian fairy tales that provide insights into the country’s rich oral culture. Indonesian folktales are no different from those of the Western world - the triumph of the virtuous over evil, the awarding of a just prize for good deeds, etc. - except that exotic Malay cultural and physical environments serve as the backdrop for the stories. Set in tropical rainforests, on balmy beaches and in the remote highlands of the earth’s largest island chain, these stories represent only a few of the rich store of Indonesian legends that give glimpses of Indonesia’s ethnic groups, rural life and its unique plants and animals ranging from Sumatra to Sulawesi and Maluku (but mostly Java). Though the stories are aimed at children ages 5-12, readers young and old will find little to offend here and much to enjoy. Indonesian folktales generally incorporate one or more main themes: obedience, envy, men’s wrath, women’s loyalty, sibling rivalry, trickery and childishness. The characters are often poor but resourceful farmers, woodsmen, carpenters, fishermen and other commoners who confront demons, royalty and evildoers. Magic spells are cast and the help of a spirit is enlisted to win fortunes or the hand of a maiden. They are stories of lowly people and humble creatures in trouble. A large and scary forest is always not too far away. Teasers but not spoilers: “True Strength” tells the story of a wise, humble and clever man who thwarted three thieves when they realized that they were in the presence of someone with supernatural power far greater than theirs. “The Buffalo’s Victory” is set in West Sumatra’s land of the Minangkabau, a people who live in peace until the King of Java deems them subservient to him. When the Minang kingdom is threatened by the much more powerful Majapahit kingdom of East Java, they propose a contest to decide their fate by pitting a baby water buffalo against their opponent’s huge champion bull. This story reflects the inter-regional/ inter-ethnic rivalry that exists all over Indonesia to this day.

In “The Woodcarver’s True Love,” a princess from the island of Simbau in the Sulawesi Sea chooses to marry a worthy commoner over many rich suitors who had gathered before the king. This is a tale about a pure heart and the real meaning of love. “The Magic Headcloth” relates how one wise ruler protected Java by fighting the Giant King Dewata Cengkar. The hero, Aji Saka, is given the honor of bestowing a great gift on the people - the knowledge of letters. Widely and perennially popular are the traditional kancil (mousedeer) fables that applaud the heroics of a small, weak yet cunning figure who uses his intelligence to triumph over animals much larger and more powerful than himself. In “Kancil Steals Cucumbers,” the mousedeer tricks a farmer’s dog into letting him free after being caught eating cucumbers. According to historians, the kancil symbolizes the ideal Javanese man who solves problems in a calm, level-headed way to avoid open conflict. Mousedeer stories have been turned into books, numberless cartoons and wayang (puppet) performances. The oldest written version is a song-poem written in 1822. A frog wins the heart of a princess and accomplishes miraculous acts in “The Frog and the Magic Axe.” In spite of his ugly appearance and because of her undying faith in him, the frog turns into a handsome man who she marries. In the funny “Caterpillar Story,” you don’t know where the tale is going as a series of unexpected events culminates with a poor village boy marrying the village chief’s daughter. In “The Story of Timun Mas” (“Golden Cucumber”), a brave girl, the

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daughter of a poor farmer, escapes from the clutches of the evil green giant Buto Ijo by using magic tricks. There are notable differences between this new 2019 edition and the previous 2005 edition. Though this new edition has the same foreword, stories, illustrations, number of pages, it’s printed in a larger format on glossier paper which makes the book easier to read and brings to best advantage the attractive illustrations. Other multicultural children’s books in the Tuttle series that have been retold for international audiences include fairytales from India, Singapore, the Philippines, China and Tibet, Korea, Bali and Vietnam. Indonesian Children’s Favorite Stories highlights folktales and legends that are some of the most popular and beloved in Indonesia. With the usual pantheon of astute princesses and virtuous peasants, each gives insights into the country’s environment, traditional culture and morals. Even in the age of YouTube, they offer a taste of how universal values of bravery, cleverness, true love, kindness and loyalty have been transmitted to Indonesian children for hundreds of years. Now with this larger format edition, grownups are able share the stories with young readers of all backgrounds in the West. Indonesian Children’s Favorite Stories by Joan Suyenaga and Salim Martowiredjo, Tuttle Publishing 2015, ISBN 978-080-484-5113, hardcover, 64 pages, dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 9 inches.

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There’s More to Tattooing– 18 January Rumah Sanur - Creative Hub is hosting a talk about the art, provenance and practice of tattooing in its LOTS (Learn of Things and Sharing) series. There’s more to Tattooing than just Tattooing is a practitioner perspective by Adam McDade, a Ph.D. research student in Design at the University of Sunderland, UK. Adam’s Ph.D. research is titled, ‘Beyond the Epidermis: A practical investigation into contemporary Western tattooing’. Adam will be talking about the multifaceted role of the contemporary Western tattooist and the implementation of processes and methods from illustration and design practice into tattooing practice to create novel outcomes

25 days prior to Galungan. On this day, offerings are made to this god in order to invoke blessings on the land. These offerings constitute crops and farm products from the many plantations scattered across the island. The locals will usually engage in this traditional festival by placing varied offerings at the base of select trees on the island. The aim of this ritual is to remind the locals of the importance of plants and natural vegetation as a source of food and asking Sanghyang Sangkaraand for guidance on the cultivation, growth, harvesting and preservation of the plants. Tumpek Uduh is the Balinese equivalent of Earth day and celebrations occur at temples all around Bali. Introduction to Permaculture Workshop – 24-26 January Yayasan Tri Hita Karana Bali is continuing its series on permaculture with a 3-day workshop to teach permaculture design basics, soil building, organic gardening, water management, aquaponics, agroforestry and all appropriate technology to prepare you for hands-on permaculture gardening. Fee includes lunch, drinks, snacks, course handbook and certificate of participation.

When : Saturday 18 January from 6 PM to 9 PM Where : Rumah Sanur Creative Hub, Jalan Danau Poso No.51A, Sanur



Candra Metu – Special Appreciation Night – 25 January Ni Ketut Arini is one of Bali’s living dance legends. For over 60 years she has graced stages all over the world with her movements, perfecting the Balinese art form and mesmerising all that witness her. Candra Metu means ‘when the moon rises’, a Balinese dance that is slowly fading away. It is Ni Ketut Arini, through the Warini Dance Foundation, that keeps the dance alive. At age 76 she continues to dance herself, but most importantly she teaches the younger generations, understanding the role of dance in Balinese culture. This event, aimed to raise awareness of Candra Metu and the preservation of important Balinese heritage, includes a photo exhibition, a seated dinner followed by a performance by Ibu Arini herself, together with I Wayan Purwanto and the newer generation of Balinese dancers and gamelan players. Proceeds from the dinner, photo exhibition and book sales will go to the Warini Dance Foundation to continue the work of preserving Balinese culture through dance and music.

When : Friday – Sunday 24 to 26 January from 8 AM to 5 PM Where : The Mansion Resort Ubud More Info : email

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These events are still ongoing Paintings by Ugo Untoro until 31 January 2020 at Biasa ArtSpace in Ubud. Ugo Untoro, an Indonesian painter, sculptor, writer and artist works in a variety of media. He is the recipient of various awards, such as the Philip Morris Award (1994); The Best Artist and Work, Quota Exhibition, National Gallery of Indonesia (2007).

There are 2 major Balinese holidays this month, Siwa Ratri on 23 January and Tumpek Uduh on the 25th. Siwa Ratri, also known as the Night of Siwa, is a key part of Bali’s event calendar and dedicated to the god Siwa. Balinese people believe that on this day Siwa forgives the sins of people who meditate in his honour. The 3-part ritual of Siwa Ratri involves Jagra, or staying awake all night, Upawasa or the abstinence from food, and the observance of silence through the event. This self-restriction typically lasts for 36 hours. After that people will proceed to the beach to partake in purification rituals.

Classical Music concert by JCO– 17 & 18 January The Jakarta Concert Orchestra (JCO) will be performing a classical concert on 2 consecutive days at the Padma Resort Legian and the Padma Resort Ubud with a varied musical programme. Tickets IDR 500,000/pp. Info at Padma Resort Legian +62-(0)812 3707 4172 or Padma Resort Ubud +62-(0)817 973 0043. By Ines Wynn Send email to: to list an upcoming event. Copyright © Bali Advertiser 2020

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Local News Heavy rain and high tides expected to hit Bali today and tomorrow Heavy rain is expected across Bali this week, along with high tides of up to 2 meters on the island shores, according to an early warning issued by the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG). “Heavy rain with lightning or thunder and heavy wind is to be expected in western and northern Bali,” BMKG said in a statement. The agency added high tides, predicted to reach as high as 2 meters on shores around the island, are also expected. Meanwhile, the Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) in Bali said a total of 66 personnel are on standby across the island, should any situation requiring emergency response arise during this rainy season. In addition, Basarnas Bali have prepared rescue equipment such as rubber boats and life jackets. “Our readiness determines our responses whenever we receive a report, every day there’s a team on standby for 24 hours and seven days, and a team is dedicated to a special SAR response team,” Hari Adi Purnomo, who heads Basarnas Bali, said in a statement. The preparedness of relevant official agencies in Bali, while should be expected, offers an ease of mind, especially after heavy rain-triggered floods and landslides killed at least 53 people in the capital of Jakarta and its surrounding areas and forcing nearly 400 thousand to flee their homes. ( 6/1/20) Colombian national found dead after going missing in Kuta Beach A Colombian national who went missing after going swimming in Kuta Beach was found dead, the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) in Bali said in a statement. “A joint search and rescue team began searching since early this morning and the victim was finally located and immediately evacuated to Sanglah General Hospital,” Hari Adi Purnomo, chief of Basarnas Bali, was quoted as saying. The tourist, identified as 36-year-old Lucas Barrales, reportedly went missing at about 10.45am on the beach in front of Anantara Hotel in the Seminyak-Kuta area. Basarnas said they received the missing report around 1pm Sunday, 05 Jan 2020 and immediately launched a search of the area, including a search by air closer to the afternoon, and continued their operation this morning. On Facebook and Instagram, a number of users called for the public to help locate Barrales, who was reportedly on holiday on the island with his wife and child. According to the agency, Barrales was found dead and washed up on the shore about one kilometer away from his last known location. ( 7/1/20) Australian found dead in Kuta hotel room Police are investigating the death of an Australian man identified as Ross Patrick McGuinness, who was found dead in his hotel room in Kuta on Wednesday. The 60-year-old retiree was found lying on the floor of his room at Si Doi hotel on Jl. Benesari, Kuta, Badung. Kuta Police investigator First Insp. Putu Ika Prabawa said the body was discovered by hotel staff. The cleaning staff had knocked on McGuinness’ door for about 15 minutes but no response. “Since there was no answer from inside the room, the staff opened the door, which was not locked,” Ika said. A doctor from the nearby Bali Medika Clinic was immediately called. “The doctor declared the victim dead and estimated that McGuinness had died 12 hours before he was found,” Ika said. Ika said police did not see any signs of violence in the hotel room or on the victim’s body. The Australian’s belongings were still in the room, including Rp 2 million (US$143) and AUD 1,400, as well as a cell phone. “Based on our preliminary investigation, there were no signs of violence,” Ika said. Police have requested an autopsy to determine the cause of death. ( 6/1/20)

24 Residents of Bali’s Suwat village welcomes new year with water festival Traditional water fights are not uncommon in Southeast Asia, the most famous of which takes place during the celebration of Thai New Year, known as Songkran, which is observed annually in April. In the traditional village of Suwat, located in Bali’s Gianyar regency, the recent New Year’s celebration was also marked with a chipper water festival. The Suwat Water Festival - the latest of which was the fifth edition of the annual tradition - is a three-day event, which began on Monday with a walking tour around the village. According to a report from Nusa Bali, all participants are obliged to collect trash on the journey on the first day, especially plastic waste, and the person who collects the most trash wins a prize. In addition, they also took part in a tree-planting event. On the day before New Year’s, participants make their way to the local river to prepare for the last day of the festival, followed with traditional games, such as tug of war, in the middle of paddy fields.

This event is open to the public, anyone can participate,” said Suwat Village Chief Ngakan Putu Sudibya. The last day of the festival is marked with Siat Yeh ritual, which is when the water fights take place. According to Sudibya, it is meant to signify the act of washing to prepare us for a new day with a new “These games are supposed to take us to simpler days, when spirit in the new year. On social media, photos and videos children are less addicted to smartphones. Living in a village, from the festival show residents splashing water on one playing in the fields without fear of getting dirty in the mud. another using colorful water dippers. ( 6/1/20)

Tourist numbers up while tourism site entrances increase The Association of Indonesian Travel Agency (Asita) was not amused when they found out that the Bangli government had increased the admission prices into several tourist destination sites (DTW) as of January 1. Asita claimed that the government did not inform them or anyone about this change. Tourists also got a shock when visiting Penelokan DTW on the New Year’s Day on Wednesday finding the entrance price was up. “They said they had sent a socialization letter via post and fax, but we didn’t receive anything from them. Then they said that they will send the decree about the ticket price increases tomorrow. What for, exactly? The new ticket prices have been implemented since yesterday,” the Secretary of Bali Asita, Putu Winastra said to Balipost. figure was the highest when compared with the same month over the past four years. Compared to November 2018 (year He complained that his side could not do anything with the new on year), the number of foreign tourists who visited Bali saw ticket price implementation now. He also advised his members an increase of 22.46 percent. According to the top to prepare for potential losses, because Asita had signed five visitors to Bali in November 2019 were Australians with contracts/ sold tour packages in 2020 with the previous ticket 21.14 percent, Chinese 15.76 percent, Indian 6.90 percent, prices. Meanwhile, in better news, the number of foreign tourists United States 4.60 percent, and Great Britain with 4.13 who arrived to Bali in November 2019 reached 498,088. This percent. ( 6/1/20)

Nusa Penida named best destination for backpackers to visit in 2020 Nusa Penida in Klungkung regency, Bali, has topped the list of 20 best destinations for backpackers to visit in 2020 released by Dublin-based online hostel reservation platform Hostelworld. In the past 12 months, the number of bookings made by British tourists for accommodation in Nusa Penida increased by up to 610 percent, according to the company, confirming the region as the most popular destination among UK citizens during the period. Located in the southeast part of Bali, Nusa Penida’s Banjar Nyuh Port is reachable by speed boat from Sanur Port in Bali. Domestic and foreign tourists can be found enjoying a day trip there or spending at least one night on the island, which is especially famous for its Kelingking Beach, which you can enjoy your free daily breakfast,” reads the description boasts a Tyrannosaurus Rex-shaped cliff and is home to on its website. During their stay, holidaymakers can rent manta rays and Bali starlings, locally known as jalak Bali. motorcycles or cars to explore the island, as reported by Following behind Nusa Penida on the best Regarding accommodation, Hostelworld said the island does not backpacker destination list based on the biggest growth in disappoint. “It’s a boutique hostel with gorgeous bungalows, bookings were Surat Thani in Thailand and Maribor in Slovenia. a beautiful Bali-esque pool and outdoor social spaces where ( 7/1/20)

Bali government announces plan to host World Cultural Festival this year The Bali provincial government says it’s aiming to stay relevant through the promotion of culture across different aspects of society, with plans in place to host a festival celebrating world cultures in November 2020. Speaking at an event in Denpasar earlier, Bali Governor I Wayan Koster pointed out Bali’s relatively small presence in Indonesia, in terms of land and population. “If we don’t try to find [potential] from culture, what else is there? If not, we will be underestimated. Our voice is small, politically. That’s why we need to find other valuable means to increase Bali’s relevance,” Koster said, as quoted by Kumparan. “Bali’s culture must be developed earnestly. Because we here in Bali don’t have other resources. Other regions have mines, oil, gas, coal, gold. We don’t have that in Bali, what we have them a chance to also go on cultural diplomacy tours abroad is culture.” in the future, Koster said. Furthermore, his administration is Bali’s unique culture, alongside the island’s extensive natural currently preparing the concept for a World Cultural Festival beauty, has arguably been one of the island’s assets in here in Bali, which would be an international-scale event attracting travelers from across the globe. While that’s not involving participants from other countries promoting their exactly a secret, Koster seems determined to further develop respective cultures. Balinese culture in a way that will also contribute handsomely I Wayan “Kun” Adnyana, who heads the Cultural Agency in to the province’s economy. Bali, said the festival aims to serve as a new platform for For now, the plan includes standardizing art studios and the Island of the Gods to be known as a world cultural hub. groups on the island by way of accreditation, which would give ( 8/1/20)





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MONEY MATTERS Could The US / Iran Conflict Impact Expats in Bali? The short answer is yes, but to what extent depends on your nationality, your job or business, and to what extent you travel. It can also affect your savings and investments.

hostilities following a couple of inevitable skirmishes. Worst case scenario would be a full-scale war spreading to other countries in the Middle East. The probability will be something in between.

Conflicts have been ongoing in the Middle East for thousands of years so why should the latest crisis be any different? The reason is the ferocious call for revenge by seemingly the entire population of Iran against an American government whose president ordered the assassination of a highly respected general. Respected that is, by Iranians, but not the West.

If shipping is disrupted for more than a few days the price of oil could go through the roof. This will hurt Indonesia badly because it now depends heavily on imported oil. Chances are that the government will continue to shy away from increasing the price of petrol and instead will have to increase the current subsidy to the detriment of other sectors such as infrastructure. The Rupiah could also suffer as a result.

How did it start and where is it going?

An all-out war would seriously impact the tourist industry as people do not like to travel far during times of conflict. Europeans in particular will be reluctant to transit or fly over the Middle East or pay higher fares to airlines that by-pass the region. Those working in the tourist industry would do well to have a few contingency plans in place.

A few days ago the US launched a drone attack in neighbouring Iraq that killed Iran’s second most powerful figure, Qasem Soleimani. Its justification was that Soleimani was planning imminent attacks on US personnel in the region, although to date it has not produced any evidence to that effect. There seems to be a general consensus in the West that Soleimani was an evil figure but there has been little support for the manner in which he was assassinated without wider consultation within the US government or with allies for whom Trump widely shows contempt. The action brought together a previously divided Iran as in one voice the people have been demanding revenge and it has been duly promised by its leaders. In turn, should there be any retaliation, President Trump has threatened to unleash attacks on 52 targets, including cultural ones, which has further enflamed Iranian anger. Some form of retaliation on the part of Iran seems inevitable, given the anger and determination shown by its people. Depending on the scale of the retaliation it seems equally inevitable that the US will respond even more aggressively. This could happen before this issue of the Bali Advertiser is published or more likely in the following days or even weeks. What was the immediate impact? The price of oil immediately shot up as did the price of gold which reached a 7-year high on 6th January. Stock markets fell, but not significantly. US citizens have been warned to leave Iraq and be extra vigilant elsewhere. A word of caution to other western nationals: In 1972 a former boss of mine in the oil industry, Sam Burbidge, moved to Lebanon. A few weeks later I heard on the radio that he had been shot dead in his car. Apparently he had been taken for an American; they were targets even then. In fact he was British. If the US chooses to attack Iran it can do so with ease from its bases and ships in the vicinity. Iran has limited capacity or the means to attack the US directly so it has to seek US targets in other parts of the world, including ‘soft’ targets such as oil tankers. What about longer term risks? Much depends on the scale of retaliation and counterretaliation. Best case scenario would be a de-escalation of

How might currencies and gold be affected? Where currencies are concerned the ‘safe havens’ tend to be the USD, Yen and Swiss Franc. Emerging market currencies will be out of favour. Cash in the bank is not always the safest investment in the event of extreme financial disruption. Holding real assets, such as property or shares, can be safer in such circumstances if rampant inflation results from conflict. People also flock to gold in times of conflict and war, hence the current 7-year high. It is wise to hold some gold as an ‘insurance’ against disruption or collapse of the financial system or currencies. Buying gold, however, is also speculative since it does not pay interest and can take a long time to recover from a big fall. If you see its price rising exponentially

it is almost certainly too late to buy. That’s when panic buyers move in. Buying physical gold directly has its own risks. The simplest way to buy is via a mutual fund but you can expect charges that reflect the cost of storage and security. You can also buy gold indirectly via gold mining funds. What about stock market investments? These are likely to go through a period of volatility but they can also recover quickly so the conventional wisdom for long-term investors is to ‘stay the course’. There could be room however for some short-term adjustments to reduce volatility. If you have or plan to start a portfolio of investments these are some of the funds or asset classes that can be considered ‘defensive’ or more robust during troubled times: • Money funds - safer than cash as they hold a range of deposits across a large number of banks. Not only can they negotiate higher rates of interest but they are better protected should any single bank fail. • Government bonds - the safest of all investments in theory as a government can always print money to honour the capital and interest payments although in that event purchasing power would be another matter! US Treasuries currently pay between 1.5% and just over 2% per annum depending on duration. • Corporate bonds - safer than shares since in the case of insolvency, bond holders get paid before shareholders. • Equity income funds - these comprise shares that pay good dividends, a useful source of income should share prices fall. • Infrastructure funds - projects tend to continue even during times of recession or stress. • Actively managed mixed asset balanced funds - let the professional managers make the calls when deciding asset allocations and changes. The above should in fact be part of any large diverse portfolio. But the proportions can be adjusted to circumstances and this could be one of those times when such adjustments should be made, particularly following 2019 which proved a very good year for most major markets. Conclusion Bali is a universe away from the turbulence of the Middle East. Most Balinese outside the tourist industry are unlikely to be affected but expats will relate more closely to unfolding events and some will be affected more than others. Americans in particular will feel impacted by the folly or wisdom of their leaders depending on how they view the actions that led to the present scenario. Time will tell whether it was good or bad judgement. But for most it is important to stay safe and take whatever actions may be appropriate to weather any potential economic fallout.

Colin Bloodworth, Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (UK), has spent over 20 years in Indonesia. He is based in Jakarta but visits Bali regularly. If you have any questions on this article or related topics you can contact at : or +62 21 2598 5087.

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For Sale; New original karcher terrace cleaner incl. all original parts. Parts No. K 004111 Never used. This is a additional part to the high pressure cleaner machine. Rp.1,5 jt. Ph 0813 3863 4748. For Sale; Antique Java bench fully restoration 2 m long. Very nice wood carving, very good condition. Rp. 5 jt. Tlp 0813 3863 4748. No photos. For Sale; Old wood carving diver. Size very decorative. Price 100.000 to 300.000 Rp. No photos. Call 0813 3863 4748. Kerobokan. For Sale; Plexi glass writing table modern designs. Size: W 1,3 m X D 0.7 m. I bring it from Europe new. Price 850 Euro. Now: 3,5 Jt. Tel 0813 3863 4748. Kerobokan. For Sale; 4 used free standing big garden lights, different types. Approx H: 68cm, new price 280 $ each. Very good working condition. Price now Rp. 350.000 to Rp. 450.000 each. Tel: 0813 3863 4748. No photos. Kerobokan. For Sale; Sun lounger with wheels, made from synthetic rattan color : brown / beige in very good condition with adjustable back rest. Not the cheap version. New price 3,8 mill, now 1,8 million. Tel : 0813 3863 4748. Moving Sale; Light Motion sola photo 600 UW-Light. Never used plus adapter $ 200. Pls. contact Michael. 081 2395 1444. For Sale; 2 pc Lite Ikelite underwater lamps as new. 25 $ each. 1 Sun light SL6 UW kinetics 20$. Pls contact Michael 081 2395 1444. For Sale; It’s a white marble bathtub which is barely used. The size are 170 cm (Length) x 80 cm (Width) x 50 cm (Height). It’s located on Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak (at the back of Pura Petitenget). Should there be any interested buyers, please contact me directly at 0812 4650 1605. For Sale; Heavy duty and good quality exterior wall light. Only Rp100,000 WhatsApp : 0821 4574 4219. Photo available.

For Sale; New mens watch automatic stainless steel incl stainless steel strap. Water resistant 300 meter. Brand Carruci. Size: 42 mm incl manual book in German/ English, box, guarantee paper. Never used. New price in Germany 8,50 Euro. Now 2,95 Jt. Tel 0813 3863 4748. Kerobokan. For Sale; Antique travel trunk, more then 100 years old. I bring from Europe. Size: W=90cm H=60cm D=55cm. Very decorative and good condition. Price 2,5 Jt. Tel 0813 3863 4748. Kerobokan. For Sale; Palm tree name Pakis Saji, it’s more unusual than normal palm tree. (1 item). H 2,50m diameter the top leafs like umbrella, diameter 3,00m included roots. It’s very decorative price : Rp. 850,000 Tlp. 0813 3863 4748. For Sale; 3 old silk ikat from Laos, natural color, very good condition, price Rp. 4.5 juta each. Call 0813 3863 4748. Kerobokan. For Sale; New mens watch breitling crosswind special crono copy, not original. Incl original box and manual book. Price Rp. 1.5 jt Tlp 0813 3863 4748. For Sale; Cappucinno coffee powder 3 in 1. Import from Malaysia, first quality. 1 pack including 15 sachets each 40gr. Shop price Rp 202.000 now Rp 70.000. 0813 3863 4748. Kerobokan. For Sale; 1 old Tau-Tau original from Sulawesi approx. 80yrs old. For more information call 0813 3863 4748 (no SMS). Kerobokan. For Sale; Baldacci Books as new. The Innocent, The Fallen, The Finisher, The Winner,The Target. Memory Man. The Escape. Last Mile, The Forgotten, The Guilty, No Man’s Land, The Fix, End Game, The Hit, Deliver us from Evil. All 15 for Rp 1.3 mio. Fix. Pls contact Michael 081 2395 1444. For Sale; Flying soon? One set eye covers and ear plugs to make your trip easier. Top quality never used. Bought at Bali Airport. Paid Rp440,000 sell for Rp 200,000. Sleep easy with the eye covers and ear plugs, both top quality and in new condition. Can send photos by WA. SMS or WA 081 2398 8979. Sanur.

A Bali Collectible for sale! Remember Pedro and the Flying Piano Restaurant? A professionally framed poster designed by Pedro: SOLIDARITY with BURMA BUDDHA PEACE. Poster is behind glass in a gold frame 58cmx77cm. In great condition. Price 1.5 juta. Photos available by WA. SMS or WA 081 2398 8979. Sanur. For Sale; A king conch sea shell. This was a sand dwelling creature. A predator feeding on sea urchins. Weight 1,8kg, Size approx 23 x 18 cm. Only Rp150,000. WhatsApp : 0821 4574 4219. Photo available. For Sale; Batching plant mounted on wheels, capacity 1 bag cement, brand Amindo, motor China, nearly new, 5 millions rupiah. Ph/ WA +6281 2370 7084. Tabanan. For Sale; Bodum 1 lt French press coffee plungers . One new , two as new. Rp 810.000 new. Price 400k new . 300k used. All 810k ( 3 for 1 price) . Whatsapp +62 858 5868 0020 Mark. Jimbaran. For Sale; Four Poster Bed. This 30 years old stylish and fabulously carved Javanese Queen size canopy bed is a dream peace of furniture for a unique bedroom. Bed size 220x150x194. Price 4.900.000 incl. mattress. WA 0813 3902 7987. Sanur. Looking For Looking for DVD player Bluray+3D, good condition and fair price. Tel: 0813 3863 4748. Kerobokan. Wanted; Two second hand Lenovo Thinkpad T420 or T430. icore 5,Windows Prof. 7. Best condition. Pls call Michael 081 2395 1444 (WA). Sports Mares Cruise Backpack Pro diving bag for sale. 128 ltr capacity, almost new, little use. Price: Rp 1.100.000, non-negotiable. Contact WA 081 2370 7276 for picture or details. Canggu. For Sale : 1 new racing go kart w/ Honda 275cc motor. Photos contact 081 756 7630.


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Negotiable price Contact : WA 0821 4600 3066

Building 50m2 Landsize 100m2. 2 bedrms, 1 bathroom Kitchen, livingroom. 2 small room (office or studio). 2200W electricity Small garden. Garage. Close to : Dreamland beach Pandawa beach Nirmala supermarket Reason to sell : Moving to other city. NC/Re/P-20 Nov. 19

LAND FOR SALE Tabanan Banjar Batan Wani Desa Kukuh Size 35 are Perfect location for building or your private villa Price Rp. 80 million/are (nego)

0859 6905 7546 (owner) NC/RE/F-9 Oct 19

FOR SALE 2 units Ruko, land size 2 Are, Price Rp. 4 billion (nego). Address Jl. Tukad Pakerisan No 108 Panjer, South Denpasar. Contact 081 2388 9191





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For sale 2 units Ruko, land size 2 are, price Rp. 4 billion (nego). Address Jl. Tukad Pakerisan No 108 Panjer, South Denpasar. Contact 081 2388 9191.

Villa for sale, location Br. Semer, Kerobokan. Land 8,5 are, 2 floors, 2 swimming pool. WA 081 2394 8595.

For sale hook land in Pidada, Denpasar 3,8 are, price 800 juta/are. Call / WA +62 813 3866 2420.

Warehouse, 30 x 15m, on 20 are site available at Ketewel. 2.5 years left on current lease @ 1.5 per are per year. 15 x 5m office space, sealed floor, built to engineers specifications. Warehouse to be purchased as part of the agreement @ 150m. Contact Ian@flora [015]

A german Travel Company looking for Villa, weekly, monthly long term Rental. Subcontract should be possible. Contact : 0813 3722 7779. E-mail : (ms.vabiolla2305@gmail. com).

NEGARA Good investment opportunity. Land for sale in Negara area (west Bali). More than 10 are available in front of the beach or close to the city. Starting price Rp. 80 million/ are. Road access. Please call / SMS 081 2368 6123 (Indonesian) or 0812 3888 0606 (English). Cheap land for sale 11 are price 80 jt/are in Palasari, located behind catholic church, road wide 9 meters. Call / WA 0813 3866 2420.

NUSA DUA House for sale at Jalan Puri Nusa Dua Gg 3 A12, land 1are 2 storey, electricity 2200, PDAM, price 1,7 billion nego. Contact 0822 3665 2873. [151] Enjoy Bali! Condotel in a beautiful resort for Sale, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, livingroom, kitchen, private beach access, 150.4 sqm, ITDC Complex, 21 days freestay, price Rp 2.3 billion (negotiable). Leasehold until July 2051, extendable. Contact 081 1108 9108 or email (budi. [012]

JIMBARAN Land for rent 12 are. Location Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai Kedonganan. 25 meters from Benoa Square. Contact: 081 2383 4011. [9001]

Land for sale 2 are located closed to Asian International School Jimbaran. Contact 081 2394 8595. [9014] 2 Storey house on 340 sqm land for sale. Located closed to Four Season Hotel Jimbaran. Sea view. Electricity v 16.500 wht. Phone line, PDAM, building license. Owner certificate. 4 Bedroom plus servant bedroom. Call 081 2394 8595. Land for sale Jimbaran Bay 1.7 R. 650 million google earth position 8*46’26.63 S > 115*10’ 29.90 E. For more info contact Kormun +62 812 3604 7982 Rafi +62 812 3830 9444. [013] Ocean view land for sale by owner! No more land like this 300 meters air distance to GWK statue. 34 are come with 2 certificates 17 are and 16 are. Quick selling at 1.2 billion/are. Please contact Agus 0852 3743 5842. [017]


CANGGU Creative home for rent 3 years. Rp. 25 million/year. Must take 3 years @ Rp. 75 million (negotiable). 2 minutes from Canggu, 2 floor, 2 showers, 3 rooms, big open space, big window high roof, Wifi, cable-TV. Send photo Whatsapp 0819 3607 1174. London Apartment swap/ Bali villa next winter? UK couple in Canggu till end of February. Contact to discuss possible 5 month swap (NovMar flex dates) Canggu 2/3 bed villa /London 2 bed 2 bathroom apartment Fulham London. Quiet street 4 mins from bus/subway car not needed. Services including maid 2/3 bed villa all services. Johnny Harrison Linkedin Skype. Meribel 4. +44 7774 564 822 (March). (Mrjohnny

BUKIT Land for rent in main street of Bali cliff, size 20, 47, 50 are, price starting Rp. 5 mill/ are/year. Strategic location, close to Pandawa Beach, GWK & Uluwatu. Contact 0812 381 5292. [9003] For sale 3 storey villa with ocean view in Bukit Ungasan. 288 / 198m2, facilities : 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, parking, large garden, kitchen. Asking price Rp. 3.5 Billion. Contact 081 2366 6541 or (anggaw83@ [003] House for sale in cluster complex. Building 50m2, landsize 100m2. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, kitchen, living room, 2 small room for office or studio. 2200W electricity, small garden, garage. Close to Dreamland, Pandawa beach, Nirmala supermarket. Reason to sell : move to other city. Price Rp. 800 million (negotiable). Contact WA 0821 4600 3066. Land for sale 3 plots land (2 units 365m2 & 1 unit 650m2) located in main road Goa Gong and facing GWK statue. Please contact 081 2366 6541 or (anggaw83@

KUTA Land for sale 1 are (100 sqm) in Dalung, Kuta Utara. 5 meters road access, close to villa complex, electricity, PDAM. Price Rp 410 million (nego). Call 0821 4614 2343.

SANUR Villa for sale, villa 3 are in Bumiayu II, Sanur. Close to the beach and Hardys supermarket, SHM, IMB, pool, 3 bedrooms, suite, garage, gazebo, joglo, semifurnished. Contact 081 2394 8595.

C/RE/I-27 March 19

SEMINYAK Freehold title!! 2 bedrooms villa, land size 1,48 ara. New renovated, IMB, swimming pool, 2 bathrooms close able, living area, storage and laundry room. Parking area, quite neighborhood, located Jalan Gunung Athena Perumahan Griya Residence 48, close to Seminyak Center. Contact me 0821 7444 1969 or ( [014] House for rent Seminyak, 45.000.000 ($ 3.200) per year, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath room, living room, kitchen, fully furnished, little garden, 1 km from the beach, i also sell member Canggu Club cheap, Whatsapp +62 857 3870 8855 [016]

C/RE/U-15 Jan 20

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TABANAN House for rent located Sanggulan Tabanan. 2 bedroom. 1 bathroom. 1 living room and 1 garage. On land 1,25 are. Building 80m2. Electricity 1300 watt. Deep well. Gazebo. Mountain & ricefield view. Monthly or yearly. Contact: 081 2394 8595. [9013] Land for sale located in Banjar Beringkit Belayu. Size 6,5 are. Price Rp. 100 million/are (nego). Perfect location for building your private villa. Please contact owner 0859 6905 7546.

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Land for sale in Tabanan, riverside 2,8 hectares. Price 10 juta/are. Ph/WA 0813 3866 2420. For sale or lease. Land 40 are. Road access, rice field view. Suitable for villa. Call 0859 6905 7546. Land for sale in Tabanan, Banjar Batan Wani Desa Kukuh. Size 35 are, perfect location for your building or your private villa. Price Rp 80 million / are (nego). Contact owner 0859 6905 7546.


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