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Artist Rose Johnson dies in Bali from alcohol poisoning

There have been several reports recently in the Jakarta Post of people dying from alcohol poisoning from drinking the local drink arak. On Sunday Phoenix artist Rose Johnson 48, died after drinking arak on the island of Bali. Home brewed arak is often mixed with methanol to increase the strength of the beverage. Due to […]

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Traveler dies in her sleep on the island of Gili Trawangan

Nikki Stewart, 29 from Aberdeen died in her sleep while staying at a resort on the beautiful island of Gili Trawangan, just off Lombok Isand, Indonesia. A resort spokesman said: “At about 3pm housekeeping staff tried to get into her room but she was dead,”. Nikki, of Aberdeen, worked for an oil company. Her devastated […]

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Five warungs to check out in Bali

Unfortunately I still have not made it to Bali, but it doesn’t stop me reading about the beautiful island. In the English edition of the Indonesian magazine of Tempo, they feature five warungs to check out in Bali. Warung Sulawesi Address: Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak Features Indonesian and dishes from Sulawesi in a garden setting. Biku […]

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Denpasar has highest occupancy rates

The Jakarta Post reports that hotels in Denpasar had the highest occupancy rate compared to hotels in other regions in Bali. Based on data compiled by the Bali office of the Statistic Central Agency (BPS) in March, hotels in Denpasar recorded an occupancy rate of 62.49 percent on average. Meanwhile, hotels in Karangasem regency recorded […]

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Huge increase in Chinese tourists visiting Bali

The number of Australian tourists visiting Bali has seen a rebound recently, but the surprise increase has come from China. The Jakarta Post reports: In March, the number of Chinese tourists reached 21,492, a whopping 88.16 percent increase compared to the number recorded in February. The increase is expected to continue in the following months. […]

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Bali wins best island in Asia Pacific award

Antara News reports that Bali has received an award for being the “The Best Island in Asia Pacific 2009” from the Hong Kong-based DestinAsia Magazine. “Bali has been honored as The Best Island in Asia Pacific 2009 by DestinAsia Magazine in Hong Kong,” Culture and Tourism Ministry`s director for promotion facilities Esthy Reko Astuty said […]

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Two Swedes arrested for possession of marijuana

You would think that all of the stories in the media of tourists getting busted in Bali for drug possession would make people stop to think about buying or using drugs in Bali and Indonesia. Two guys from Sweden have been arrested for allegedly possessing marijuana at their hotel in Kuta Beach. From the Jakarta […]

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Craftnetwork featured in BusinessWeek

One thing which I would like to feature on this blog are foreigners and locals running successful businesses in Bali. I think many people visit Bali for a holiday, fall in love with the place and then dream about starting a business there. BusinessWeek featured CraftNetwork in their “America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs”. Unfortunately, when […]

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Bali Spirit Festival

The 2009 Bali Spirit Festival is on right now in Ubud, Bali until the 3rd of May. It is a “celebration of Yoga, Dance and Music”. A full festival pass costs USD 379 per person or 3,790,000 rupiah. Obviously aimed at well heeled travelers than the local population, or even the average expat living in […]

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After the Bali bombers

I have no idea who penned this………….. Could this be the start of a new wave of national pride!!!!!! You hurt us bombing bali, but we can take the pain, But if you think you’ll beat us you can think a-bloody-gain We battled at Gallipoli and we fought the bloody hun Of all the areseholes […]

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