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A Belated Happy New Year from

I would like to first of all wish everyone a belated Happy New Year 2014! I spent the first few days of the new year in bed with some kind of fever. Fortunately all better now and looking forward to the start of a new year.

I always like the feeling of a new year. It is a great time to stop and reflect and think about the things you would like to accomplish for the coming year. I am not one to create new year resolutions, but I do set some personal goals. Our son is now already two years old and will be starting playgroup this year, which will hopefully give me some extra free time.

My wife and I are expanding our small business which is exciting. The tourism market in Bali seems to continue to grow there seems to be still a great deal of interest from foreigners looking to move to Bali, despite the ongoing problems of traffic, crime and pollution.

Looking back on 2013, if I had to think of a few highlights for expats living in Bali, I would have to say:

– At least for foreigners married to an Indonesian spouse, the visa application has definitely become smoother.
Immigration are even doing home visits to check if the marriages are bona-fide. If you have been married for two years, you can apply for a KITAP which is valid for a whole 5 years! Immigration have even been holding seminars around Bali explaining the whole process.

Siloam Hospital opened in Bali, also taking over BIMC. I have been reading people’s experiences on the web about Siloam and they all seem pretty positive. It is a bit of extra peace of mind knowing there is a reliable health option now available in Bali.

– There seems to have been some improvement with internet speed as more fiber is getting laid around the island. I have noticed decent improvement with my Telkom Speedy connection.

– There were a couple of large infrastructure projects completed in 2013 in time for the APEC meeting. Traffic seems crazy as ever. The expansion and renovation of the airport seems to have had mixed reviews.

Do you have plans to move to Bali in 2014? Let me know if you have any questions or if there is anything I might be able to help with, by writing a comment here.

Wishing you all the best for 2014!



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9 Responses to A Belated Happy New Year from

  1. marilyn ware January 17, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    hi mike as asked a while ago could you please give information on costs of bali funeral ,burial/cremation for expats and contact details
    for same seems same story as retirement visa you have to shop around for a price but more importantly correct information
    love to newsletter keep up the good work please cheers m w lovina

  2. Patrizia January 17, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

    Hello, we are an Italian couple fdi, I decided to move to Bali, after a few trips only tourist. In Italy we have a bar, it’s hard to figure out what to do for the bureaucracy.
    how to open a task bar or Italian restaurant? we could be in Bali from August or mid-July. can you help?
    a warm greeting

    • Debby Sebastian January 23, 2014 at 10:43 am #

      Hi Patrizia,
      I will be delighted to help you,this is my

  3. Frank Hestermann January 18, 2014 at 2:18 am #

    OM Swasti Astu Beli Mike, thanx for your work.I have large scale manufacturing and exporting ideas I wish to materialize in Indonesia. I need safe, secure, efficient path for the foundation have you guiding info that avoids all the pitfalls of trading in a foreign country.
    Sampai Jumpa and many Blessings to you and all who love you.
    Beli Bagus

    • Debby Sebastian January 23, 2014 at 10:47 am #

      OM shanti Shanti Shanti,Om.

      Pk Bagus,
      We are in Export & Import ever since 1961, we do have complete
      range for export, please forward your email,to

  4. dave gorman January 21, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    I’m on my second year of a family kitas looking to move to Bali to start a cabinet maker/carpenter/handyman/furniture business. ..looking for cheapest place to set up as a base. ..may need assistance finding material suppliers for kitchens etc any ideas

    • Debby Sebastian January 23, 2014 at 10:51 am #

      Hi Dave
      If you are serious, I have a couple of space,of my own, in Bali
      Jakarta,as well as in central java, do not worry abt the prices
      I am easy to get along with anyone, so here is my email:

  5. Steve February 12, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

    Hi Michael,

    My Wife and I, along with our daughter who will be 1 when we arrive, are looking to come to live in Bali for 6 months to a year at the end of 2014.

    We will be working (on our internet businesses) so don’t need to work in Bali but do need decent internet connections. We’ve both been a couple of times and love the place but haven’t been for a few years so we’re out of touch.

    We would like to rent a 3 bed place with a pool on a beach/close to a beach with views which is relatively close to Seminyak.

    Can you recommend any?

    Also any tips about any other aspect would be much appreciated.


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