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    Hello! (1st time in Bali - music, food, language enthusiast)

    Hi everyone! Just introducing myself as I'm due to arrive in Indonesia on 28th August and am enrolled to study Gamelan for a year at ISI Denpasar on the Darmasiswa scholarship programme, so I imagine I'll be dropping by here fairly often over coming months. I'm very excited (and a little...
  2. Markit

    Why do you love Bali?

    I'm often asked this question and the usual answers are already well known (culture, nature, rice fields, dance, weather, etc) but I thought I'd attempt to show it from a different perspective, that of a 61 year old, balding, running quickly to fat, non-smoking, beer guzzling, motor scooter...
  3. V

    Poll - What is your MOST favorite thing to do in Bali?

    Hi Everyone, Simple question :) What is your MOST favorite thing to do in Bali? A. Culture Exploration B. Fun Activities C. Dining D. Spiritual Experience E. Party F. Chill Out G. Business H. Other ... Please state :lemo: Can state your nationality please if you don't mind :-) I am doing a...
  4. geedee

    Another Australian media story

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

    One expat's cost of living in Bali

    People have been asking me what it costs to live in Bali, so I put together this post to breakdown the numbers for inquiring minds that want to know. Keep in mind, I didn't go there to travel, I went there for three main reasons: 1. To live like a local. A local expat I guess? 2. To...
  6. Markit

    Gambling Anyone?

    Having been at several Hindu ceremonies where all and sundry (regardless of youth) were gambling away the family silver/gold/cows/land I just wondered what the actual laws here are governing the pass-time? It also seems to take place outside of any ceremony as I've seen guys (who almost anyone...
  7. geedee

    Beyond Bali

    I will be coming for a visit possibly mid August. Probably spend about 10 days in Bali I also will go somewhere else in Indonesia Don't want Jakarta Bandung Jorga as Ive been and Lombok doesn't appeal I know you guys are not travel agents but you probably have the experience so am open to...
  8. A

    Internship Bali

    Hello everyone ! I am currently preparing a first year university degree in Management of Tourism at La Rochelle, I'm looking for a 3 month internship from June to September. Passionate about Hindu culture, after extensive traveling in India, I would love to do this internship in Bali! I...
  9. R

    Visa for retreat organiser....

    Hello I am in the early stages of planning retreat in Bali.Not a New age or Yoga thing . Its about the culture and religion and tradition . Bali is a Mecca for retreats,what do people do for a Visa?? I know a lot of people do it illegally, i don't feel real comfortable with that.. I have...
  10. Markit

    Danger - forum?

    Taking part, as one does, in various forum (fori?) mainly concerned with Indonesia and it's culture it is being slowly and carefully suggested in some that it might be dangerous openly discussing aggravating issues such as sex, drugs or religion. As this "right" is hardly considered by most of...
  11. balinews

    Bali's coldest beer

    The promise of the 'coldest Bintang in Bali' could be enough to fill Sheppy's on any given day, but it's the Collie couple's warm Aussie embrace of the Balinese culture in that busy Legian Street that keeps tourists flocking back. On a weekend in February, when the monsoon season sees...
  12. Markit

    Balintines Day Experience - Lovely

    The missus went of this afternoon to see a girlfriend and I was relaxing with a cold one and a good book - very Sundayish when the dog goes off and I hear female squeals coming from the gate. Upon examining the disturbance imagine my delight to see not one but two long black, slim, brown skinned...
  13. J

    Looking at retiring in Bali

    Hello everyone. My wife and I are considering on retiring in Bali in the near future, I am 53 and my wife 49. We are heading over for a holiday in April of 2106 to explore the island with a view to finding a nice area to retire. We are not after an area full of tourists but would like to find...
  14. balinews

    Bali governor rejects Sharia tourism

    Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika has opposed the idea of developing sharia tourism on the Island of the Gods, saying it had the potential to cause discord on the Hindu-majority province. Pastika said on Tuesday that tourism in Indonesia's most prominent tourist destination was going well...
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    Nyepi solar eclipse 2016

    I will be in Bali for Nyepi March 2016. Happens that on that morning there will be a partial eclipse of the sun (about 80%). Does anyone know if in Balinese Hindu culture the occurrence of a solar eclipse (or lunar eclipses when they present) have any special religious meanings?
  16. balinews

    Google launches internet balloons in Indonesia

    Search giant Google is looking to connect developing economies to the Web with the aid of giant floating balloons that function like WiFi hotspots in flight -- part of an endeavor called Project Loon. As part of this effort, the company announced that Indonesia's top three mobile network...
  17. E

    Sanur Village Festival 2015

    Hey, hey its start already!!! Been there last few years and it was realy interesting! Some exibition, music and performance. will close 30th august. Hurry up! Can find info in internet.
  18. E

    Volunteer work in Bali

    Hey everyone!=) I am searching for opportunities to do social work in Bali. I am especially interested in working with kids, teaching english, teaching dance, working in a farm. All ideas and help with contact information will be appreciated! I am already enjoying the divine beauty of the...
  19. N

    Real purpose

    Can anyone tell me what is the real purpose of the Banjar,are they associated with the police,are they just active in Bali,because I don't see anything like that in Surabaya,
  20. matsaleh

    Festival in Karangasem - July 31 to August 02

    From Bali News: The Aquarians Have Landed