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  1. Billt4SF

    Do morons make you nervous?

    Anyone else nervous? Recent political events in the US, and the speed at which they were promulgated, and especially the questionable sanity -- dare I say outright crazed approach -- of those at VERY high levels of government, make me a bit nervous that a long term living situation for...
  2. spicyayam

    UPS fail

    I ordered some books from Amazon from a 3rd party supplier and now Amazon says they have been "lost" after arriving in Jakarta. They took quite a journey to finally get lost in Indonesia. Amazon gave a full refund but it makes you wonder what happened. Jakarta...
  3. balinews

    Australian teenager detained by Bali police for possession of white powder

    A Perth teenager allegedly found with a white powder at a Bali nightclub will remain "locked up" as he and the suspicious substance undergo testing, police have said. Jamie Murphy, 18, was arrested at Bali's popular Kuta nightclub precinct early today, after a security search at Skygarden...
  4. spicyayam

    Experiences with AliExpress

    Has anyone had much experience with AliExpress? I am just curious how it works. The site says free shipping to Indonesia and prices seem so cheap. Is it too good to be true?
  5. spicyayam

    More sympathy in the Australian media for the accused

    I wonder why the media in Australia are so sympathetic to this woman. At least her kids are still able to meet her, while the family of the policeman will not have that chance. They keep repeating how much she loved her kids but she had no problem going to Bali without them. Bali police...
  6. balinews

    Kiwi holiday maker facing drug charges in Bali

    A friend of the New Zealand woman allegedly caught carrying drugs into Bali says the trip was a catch-up with friends that turned bad. Myra Lynne Williams, a Kiwi who lives in Australia, was supposed to be holidaying with a group of friends on the Indonesian Island. She has been detained...
  7. balinews

    Government could allow dual citizenship in the future

    The government has signaled that it may allow dual citizenship in the future, considering the growing role of the Indonesian diaspora, which could benefit the country, a top minister says. Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said the country should pay more attention and...
  8. geedee

    Another Australian media story

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

    Execution F*** Up

    Must be a first for the Jakarta Post to apologise to its readers for reporting ALL 14 convicts were executed in Nusakambangan...then retracted to only 4. "The Jakarta Post made a serious error of judgment on Thursday night when it decided to run on its front page a headline story for the...
  10. davita

    Interview with British Ambassador to Indonesia.

    Here is a link to an interview, conducted by the Jakarta Globe, with the UK Ambassador to RI. Why Indonesia Matters to the World: British Ambassador Moazzam Malik's Economic Perspectives | Jakarta Globe IMO he was very direct in his criticism of how Indonesia is contradicting its economic...
  11. davita it worth it?

    Recent posts under 'which hospitals' have motivated thought of insurance and since I'm off the booze, and don't spend endless hours in pubs anymore, I have time to review interesting, exciting insurance policies...:excitement: Looking through the last health care policy I had...
  12. Markit

    Motorbike monthly oil change?

    I've now been told by 3 Balinese that they think I'm mad for not changing the oil in my bike monthly. I've done the required services where they also change the oil but I've never heard of this "normal" procedure. Is it me or are Indo bikes really that badly built?
  13. spicyayam

    Who do you think will win the 2016 US presidential election?

    Trump as a president is a scary thought. The other candidates aren't much better. I was watching them speak and all they talk about is how they are ranking in the polls, with a final "I will make America great again". Bernie Sanders is the only one I heard talking about anything of substance...
  14. tintin

    Akhirnya, Orang Asing Diizinkan Miliki Hunian di Indonesia

    Akhirnya, Orang Asing Diizinkan Miliki Hunian di Indonesia Selasa, 12 Januari 2016 | 14:15 WIB JAKARTA, - Polemik tentang hukum pemilikan rumah tinggal atau hunian oleh orang asing tampaknya harus diakhiri. Pasalnya, Presiden Joko Widodo (Jokowi) telah menandatangani Peraturan...
  15. davita


    The USA 44 State Powerball Lottery Winnings are estimated to be US$675 million. If won on Saturday this is a record. Of course, after tax etc, the winnings will dwindle to a mere half of that figure. I've always been interested, at dinner party conversations and pub chats, what people would do...
  16. davita

    Windows 10

    As most regular readers may recall I'm not the smartest when it comes to computer fact, when I tell everyone my phone is smarter than I am there is a deathly hush... no-one has ever heard Davita admit anything/one smarter than he....:icon_e_biggrin: So last night I tried to...
  17. B

    NYE on Nusa Lembongan

    Hi y'all! I'm german and it's my first time in Bali and we want to celebrate new year's eve where it is romantic but still some party. What do you think about Nusa Lembongan? Is that a special place to be? Thanks in advance, Stella
  18. 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...
  19. Markit

    Fed Raises Interest Rate 1/4% IDR15k by Xmas?

    What will this mean for Bali? Usually takes quite a while to work through the system but I've noticed prices for commodities rising fairly quickly over the last year so maybe the rate rise is already calculated into the economy? The Indo Finance Ministry has been buying dollars like crazy...
  20. M

    Duty-Free Household Goods With Retirement Visa?

    Does anyone truly know if approval of retirement visa permits retiree to bring household goods duty-free from his/her native domicile? Such a move would include perhaps a container full of household furniture, appliances etc. Is there a limitation or attendant limitations? Would really...