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  1. balinews

    Pilot who missed runway at Bali airport was under the influence

    Today apparently has been a real tell-all for the director of Indonesia’s National Narcotics Agency (BNN). After confirming on Thursday from Denpasar that two WNA pilots working for Indonesian airline Susi Air tested positive for heroin use, Commissioner General Budi Waseso had another big...
  2. BestofBali

    Best Sunset Happy Hour spots

    Hey guys, Does anyone have any favourite beach/ocean view spots that offer sunset happy hour? I have 2 favourites so far are: 1) Chez Gado Gado on Seminyak beach offer 2 for 1 cocktails 4pm - 6pm great spot as it’s just back from the beach on a low set deck with comfy seats -...
  3. Markit

    Life in Indo

    For those that live elsewhere and/or haven't been following it this is an interesting synopsis of general life issues here. I don't know how much or how little these events will impact on Bali but I'm sure there has been some "filter down" in the shape of alcohol bans and a general reluctance to...
  4. T

    Does this plan stand up to scrutiny

    Hi, Reformed lurker here and first posting to a very useful forum. I appreciate all the information shared publically by the members. It has been helpful in planning for my imminent retirement to Bali. By way of background I lived before in Bali in the early 90s (Legian area) and have returned...
  5. G

    Ideas for a bucks/stag trip?

    Arranging a bucks/stag trip for 5 nights from the 6th of October. There will be approximately 6-8 of us. Any advice anyone has for us re fun activities/nightlife etc would be very welcome. Lively group of early-mid 30's. We are staying in Seminyak.
  6. geedee

    Another Australian media story

    This one about banning alcohol Bali alcohol ban? Indonesian law would outlaw beer and wine
  7. T

    Bali is a Dangerous Place

    Wonder where she got her drinks, how she got it? Sorry we could not find the page you were looking for. A young woman has had half her pancreas removed in a Bali hospital after suffering suspected methanol poisoning from drinking cheap alcohol on her idyllic holiday. Jen...
  8. balinews

    How cheap arak is made in Indonesia

    The mother of a young man who was poisoned after drinking a methanol-laced cocktail has shared a video of the rusty tins and garbage bins used by bootleggers to produce the deadly mix. Liam Davies, from Perth, started having violent seizures in the back of a car after drinking what he thought...
  9. spicyayam

    Movie set in Laos: River

    I just watched this movie and thought it might be of interest: River (2015) - IMDb It is set in Laos, which is one reason I liked it as it brought back memories of travelling there. It was also a good reminder how a situation fuelled by alcohol can easily get out of control, and SE Asia is not...
  10. Billt4SF

    Bring through customs?

    We are planning to move to Bali for a year. We have a huge pile of stuff we would like to bring, and I just read that there is a limit of $250 (US) personal items. Since I was hoping to bring my stereo kit (we are allowed the weight in baggage) now I am wondering if they will let us through...
  11. balinews

    Surabaya to become alcohol free city

    The second-largest city in Indonesia, Surabaya, has approved a bylaw that bans the production, distribution and consumption of alcoholic beverages. “If in three months [Governor] Soekarwo does not respond to this bylaw, it would be enacted directly in Surabaya. The bylaw does not contradict...
  12. geedee

    Tap Water

    Is the water that comes from the taps treated? Where are the dams that supply the water? Where if any are the treatment plants? If so is that for all areas of Bali? Does it also have fluoride? Do you guys drink the tap water ? Given the amount of tourists and lack of rain this year is there ever...
  13. balinews

    Indonesian government set to woo foreign investment

    Facing an economic slowdown, the Indonesian government is set to revamp laws on foreign ownership in certain sectors, starting with tourism investments. To many foreigners, doing business in Indonesia has long been an attractive opportunity. The country is strengthening in terms of spending...
  14. balinews

    Police seize parcel containing drugs

    BALI police have seized a shipment of hallucinogenic drugs, concealed in a Vittoria Coffee bag, mailed from Australia. Denpasar Customs and Excise Office head Mohamad Saptari said 0.42 grams of N,N-Dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, was discovered on September 4 last year. The yellow crystals were...
  15. geedee

    Does a 16y/o need ID to buy alcohol

    Is there a legal drinking age for buying booze from clubs/restaurants etc Or can anyone buy. Is it enforced?
  16. balinews

    Diageo to produce alcohol free Guiness in Indonesia

    Diageo is planning to open a manufacturing plant in Bali in a few months to produce its alcohol-free drink Guinness Zero. This is in line with the company's new strategy in Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim-majority country, where drinking alcohol is a sin. The move follows the regulation...
  17. balinews

    Outbreak of violence at Kerobokan jail

    Three people are said to be dead after riots broke out in Bali's Kerobokan prison, where Australians are among the inmates. Two groups of inmates clashed around 3pm on Thursday, prison authorities say, claiming the lives of three inmates, according to Daily Telegraph. Earlier reports from...
  18. geedee

    Best Place in Bali

    Following on from the Best place in the best country. Opinions what is the best area to live in Bali. Scenery ,easy access to amenities , easy traffic, lower crime, woman ,men, friendlier people and locals,good for night out etc etc
  19. davita

    Old -age and senility

    Many members have besmirched my posts by adding I'm an old fart and probably senile...most are funny, and intended so, therefore I laugh it off and enjoy the joke with others. However, by the very tone, (usually when the poster lacks communicative skills in the English language) malice is...
  20. davita

    Dengue fever

    Had a miserable night..shivering then sweating, headache, body ache, fatigued but cannot sleep. My wife thinks Dengue Fever so going for test later to Siloam. If confirmed...what happens next...any advice appreciated.