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Monday, August 10, 2009

Bali Today

Bali still alert even Noordin died DENPASAR – Even tough there was a report saying that the most wanted terrorist, Noordin M Top, had been killed but Bali’s Police Department still alert and increasing the security level.


An Indonesian policeman stands next to a poster of Malaysian Islamist Noordin Mohammed Top, the man allegedly behind a series of suicide bombings in Indonesia dating back to 2003 and one of Asia’s most-wanted and elusive militant leaders, at Denpasar airport on August 8, 2009. Even tough there was a report saying that the most wanted terrorist, Noordin M Top, had been killed but Bali’s Police Department still alert and increasing the security level.

I Gede Alit Widana, the head of Denpasar Precinct, said “we still on high alert even if the news about Noordin M Top died in the gun battle with the police are true.” He added that the act of terrorism can not be predicted and can happen anywhere and anytime, so Bali Police Department will keep the security maintenance pattern for indefinite length of time. Widana said “we have the personnel patrolling all around the island and we also increasing the security level in the vital places such as Ngurah Rai Airport, tourism sites, hotels including Nusa Dua.” The police department is also preparing to safeguard several international events which will be held in Bali. “Our law area as an international tourism destination makes bigger possibility to become the target of terrorism act. That’s why we don’t want the similar thing few weeks ago in Jakarta happen again,” said Widana. In addition to searching everyone entering Denpasar, the police officers also conducted special operation to searched vehicles on the street. The police department also spread undercover police to examine the area vulnerable to be entered by the terrorists. From the latest results, there was no suspicious person in Denpasar area. Widana said “we don’t want to be carried away with the death news of Noordin. We will keep maintaining the security level as long as it takes.”

A Hidden Treasure of Children Heritage monitor and finally require thick glasses at earlier age. Advancement is not always bad. However, parents should control them to what extent those games could drive good impact. Before the presence of these modern games, there were many traditional games. They are no less interesting than the modern ones. Many children even find it attractive and make them creative. Art parade of Bali Arts Festival 2009 has shown the treasure of traditional games. This event is just like a kaleidoscope highlighting a variety of traditional games that ever existed within the life of Balinese children. To play one of the games, children should first search for its materials by themselves at backyard or garden. Actually, it is here where the challenge of the games begins. Sometimes, they got injury because they are unable to use a knife properly. It did not matter as intriguing


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Today, children have unlimited choices of games. They have been pampered by modern games, ranging from Turtle Ninja, Kung Fu, war games and many more. These can make them stay for hours in front of television or computer. Yet, behind this ease and enjoyment, they lose some values like creativity and do not know they have traditional games. It is said so because there is a trend where children, both in urban and rural areas, begin to leave their traditional games. Many game options have been available in the form of CD, DVD, Internet and cartoon in television. Just by CD rental or buying the cheapest one and sitting down sweetly, they could enjoy the games they like best. If the games contain competition, they will compete against machine or some times against friends. Without realized, this may result in sight disorder where children should gaze the

Monday, August 10, 2009

power has superseded it. Among the parade, there was a space intended for children world where they displayed some bizarre games like coconut shell clog, walking on stilts, pulling friend by the sheath of areca nut, pulling rope ingroup and two-wheeled toy where its stick carried on shoulder. Meanwhile, the heavier one was gallivanting show by barong effigy. To play the coconut shell clog, for instance, they should keep their balance well. Standing on the tips of coconut shell is not easy. Moreover, they have to maintain the harmony of steps with the pulling of rope connected to each coconut shell. When the pull and steps can go harmoniously, the player can walk faster. Balance is also entailed in walking on stilts or tajog or egrang. This game is even riskier because the position of pedal is higher from the ground. However, when a player can operate these stilts properly it is

more challenging and pleasant. The higher the pedal the more challenging it is. Walking on stilts looks like a walking long-legged heron. It would be more interesting when passing through a muddy or kneedeep watery road. These games are often put into competition related to traditional sports. Another game requiring cooperation is pulling the sheath of areca nut. If the bean of areca nut is used by grandfathers or grandmothers for ingredient of chewing betel, the sheath of it is used by their grandchildren to make ‘a pulling vehicle’. Yellow leaf signifies it has been mature. It is time for children to take it. They just need to leave out the ribs of leaf. The main rib is not cut as it will be used to pull. One child serves as passenger while another as driver who pulls the sheath. This role is exchanged so both can have an opportunity to enjoy the ‘comfort’ of this vehicle game.

Children also put an interest in dancing barong gallivanting show. For them, it has been designed a smaller-sized barong. Therefore, before growing adult they have been introduced to art world of adult people. By performing gallivanting show like this, they will obtain experience and earn money. However, the emphasis here is not on the money, but on the experience and fun. Actually, there are more traditional games that once lived in midst of Balinese community. I hope that Bali Arts Festival have revealed them one by one so young generation can know their traditional heritages. Maybe, having watched or played modern games they could combine with the traditional ones they have. At least, the traditional can become an alternative, as all raw materials have been available at their surroundings. (BTN/punia)

Bali Police spread Marriott bomber’ suspect pictures


DENPASAR – Bali Police Department, spread the pictures of Ibrohim alias Aam or Boim, the suspect involved in the bomb blast in JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta on July 17th 2009. Gde Sugianyar, the head of Public Relation Division in Bali Police Department, said that the pictures placed in public places such as terminals, markets, and others. This was done in order to give information to the people and help in capturing the suspect. The pictures released by the Anti Terror Special Force 88 registered on July 29th 2009 regarding wanted person by the name Ibrohim alias Aam or Boim. The first picture describe the suspect has “baby face” look, wide forehead, straight black hair, thin lips,dark skin, height approximately 170 centimeter, and using Indonesia-Sunda dialect. The second one describe the suspect has the similar appearance but using back hat. “If you see someone with similar description, please report to the nearest police station,” Mr. Sugianyar said. In addition to spread the pictures, the

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A police officer showing the picture of Ibrohim alias Aam or Boim. Boim is one of the suspect involved in the bomb blast in JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta on July 17th 2009.

police officers also searched everyone and vehicles entering Bali. Ida, a florist in Denpasar, said that she will report to the police if she sees someone similar to the one

in the pictures. “This is our obligation. We must help in arresting the terrorist. The terrorists also must be punished so they will not conduct any terrible act,” she added.

Jukut urab (Mixed Vegetables with Grated Coconut) Ingredients: 100 gr (3 ½ oz) blanched cabbage 100 gr (3 ½ oz) spinach, blanched 100 gr (3 ½ oz) long beans cut in 32,5 cm (line) pieces, blanched 100 gr (3 ½ oz) bean sprouts, blanched 1 large red chili, sliced 1 tbsp grated coconut 2 tbsp fried shallots Dressings: 2 tbsp fried shallots 2 tbsp sliced garlic clove 1 large red chili, seeded and sliced 2 tsp fried chili (Sambal Sereh Tabia) 3 fragrant lime leaves, very finely sliced 4 cm (1½ in) kencur, peeled & chopped ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon crushed black pepper ½ teaspoon white sugar 1 tablespoon oil Preparation: 1. Cut cabbage into pieces about 2,5 cm by 1 cm (1 in by ½ in). 2. Combine all vegetables, chili, grated coconut and fried shallots in salad bowl and mix well. For the dressing: Combine all ingredients and mix well in separate bowl. Mix the dressing thoroughly with the vegetables; season to taste with salt, pepper and limejuice. Serve at room temperature. (

Sate lilit bebek

(Minced Duck Satay)

Ingredients: 600 gr duck or chicken meat, minced 2 cups freshly grated coconut 5 kaffir lime leaves, very finely shredded 1 tsp black peppercorns, crushed 1 tsp salt 3-5 bird’s eye chilies, very finely chopped 2 tbsp chopped palm sugar lemon grass or satay skewers Spice paste: 12 shallots, peeled and sliced 6 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced 3 red chilies, sliced 2.5 cm galangal (laos), peeled and sliced 2.5 cm kencur, peeled and sliced 5 cm fresh turmeric, peeled and sliced 2 tsp coriander ½ tsp black peppercorn 3 candlenuts 1 tsp dried shrimp paste pinch of freshly grated nutmeg 2 cloves 2 tbsp oil Preparation: Grind or blend all spice paste ingredients except oil. Heat oil and sauté spice paste for about 5 minutes. Cool then combine with duck and all other ingredients except lemon grass. Mould about 2 tablespoonfuls on lemon grass or skewers and grill over hot charcoal and golden brown. (

Edisi 10 Agustus 2009 | International Bali Post  

Headline : Indonesia awaits DNA test to confirm terror leader's death

Edisi 10 Agustus 2009 | International Bali Post  

Headline : Indonesia awaits DNA test to confirm terror leader's death