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Bali travel party scam

Travel Party Scam Alert

Before I moved to Indonesia, I lived in Japan. I spent some time living and working in small towns, where there were few foreigners. It wasn’t uncommon to be invited to people’s houses for a meal. Sometimes it was so their kids could practice English and sometimes I think it was just out of curiosity. […]

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Indonesia to scrap tourist visa fees in 2015?

Reports are circulating that Indonesia might be scrapping tourist visa fees in 2015. The countries being proposed to get free visas include Australia, China, Japan, South Korea and Russia. Indonesia’s tourism minister Arief Yahya told reporters: “These five countries are Indonesia’s major markets, with big potential to grow.” The tourist visa fee (VOA) is currently […]

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Bali D'Luxe Weddings

Bali based Australian wedding planner goes bankrupt

Reports are surfacing that an Australian wedding planner, organizing weddings in Bali, has gone into receivership. There is a news report in the West Australian, saying at least $200,000 in client’s money has been lost. Some couples were about to board the plane for Bali for the wedding before hearing the bad news. They had […]

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FIFO bali

Bali visa options for FIFO workers

Bali is becoming a popular place FIFO (fly-in, fly-out) workers. Typically the family and kids live in Bali, while the FIFO worker commutes back between their workplace and Bali. The family staying in Bali, has several visa options including the social visa and student KITAS, for the kids going to school. The visa on arrival […]

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Bali visa on arrival

Price of Visa on Arrival to rise from US$25 to $35

The price of the visa on arrival (VOA) is expected to rise from US$25 to $35 per person, starting from July 3, 2014. The odd thing is that there has been almost no news regarding the price increase in the mainstream media.  However, you can see the new prices on the immigration website: http://www.imigrasi.go.id/index.php/berita/berita-utama/478-perubahan-biaya-pelayanan-keimigrasian-berdasarkan-pp-no-45-tahun-2014 For […]

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Bali safe memorial Kimmy

Crime in Bali – is it getting out of control?

The notion of Bali as a safe travel destination and place to live, is being shattered by a spate of nasty crimes. Bag snatching, particularly from people riding motorbikes, is growing at an alarming trend. Women carrying handbags, coming home late at night on a motorbike, seem to be the main target.  As the handbag […]

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Ogoh Ogoh Bali

Ogoh Ogoh 2014 pictures

Yesterday was ‘Bali’s day of silence’ or Nyepi, where everyone must remain in their house (or hotel) for the whole day. The day before Nyepi sees parades all over Bali of “Ogoh Ogoh”. While some traditionalists say it is a modern day celebration for tourists, everyone seems to love it – young and old. It […]

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Australian retired pensioners living in Bali

Is Living in Bali on a Pension Morally Wrong?

This article, poses an interesting question, is living overseas morally wrong for people living on a government funded pension? Economically, you could argue that money is being taken out of the country, in this case Australia, but it could be any western country that offers government funded pensions. The pensions are funded by taxes and […]

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ATM card skimmer

Another ATM card skimming warning

It seems like there has been another recent spate of ATM card skimming in Bali. I say another, as sometime ago there were gangs operating in Bali, that installed skimming equipment on ATMs, mostly using tiny cameras to record your pin number. The banks were fairly quick to act, installing guards around the keypad, making […]

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