Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Tourism Minister Sandiaga talks about Foreigners Living in Bali & Vaccination a 'Game Changer' for Bali & Indonesian Tourism

Sandiaga Uno: Translator:
Ricky Mohammad Nugraha

Editor: Mahinda Arkyasa14 January 2021 23:23 WIB

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said that the national Covid-19 vaccination could act as a 'game changer' in helping recover the economy that has been hit hard by the pandemic. 

Indonesia saw its inaugural nationwide vaccination program on Wednesday, January 13, after President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo became one of the first vaccine recipients.

"The vaccination is a new hope, a game-changer that can help normalize Indonesia's economy, especially the tourism and creative economy sector," said Sandiaga in a work-meeting with the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission X on January 14, 2021.

However, Sandiaga acknowledges that it is not the only aspect that can help reduce the number of cases in Indonesia and recognizes that proper CHSE (cleanliness, health, safety, and environmental sustainability) must continue to be implemented.

"The main principle is health and safety," said Sandiaga who claimed that he has prepared a recovery phase for tourism in the short term that will be practiced until 2024.


Sandiaga Uno Talks of Foreigners Living in Bali

Translator: Dewi Elvia Muthiariny

Editor: Markus Wisnu Murti 18 January 2021 18:42 WIB

Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno gestures as he joins a working meeting with the House's Commission X at the Parliamentary Complex in Senayan, Jakarta, Thursday, January 14, 2021. TEMPO/M Taufan Rengganis

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno appreciated foreigners choosing Indonesia as their holiday destination, particularly Bali, which is considered a world-class tourist attraction.

“What we need to emphasize is that Indonesia is a state of law, and we must ensure that foreign and domestic tourists always obey the COVID-19 health protocols and all rules related to the pandemic recovery, as well as applicable laws and regulations,” said Sandiaga in a voice message today, Jan. 18.

Sandiaga admitted that many tourists opted to visit Indonesia for holidays, staycations, or work while on vacation. 

He was informed by a multilateral agency that 80 percent of expatriate employees decided to stay and work from Bali.

“We must take this seriously that every tourism and creative economy activity refers to prevailing laws and regulations. 

And we welcome them,” said Sandiaga Uno.

Issues about foreigners living in Bali recently sparked a heated debate on social media after an American digital nomad posted a Twitter thread about her moving to Bali and calling on other foreigners to follow her way.

Through her account @kristentootie, Kristen Gray said she had been living in Bali since the pandemic or for more than a year. 

She also revealed the benefits of living here such as safety, low cost of living, luxury lifestyle, acceptance towards LGBT people, and community of black people.

Read: Sandiaga Uno: Vaccination "Game Changer" for Tourism

Monday, 18 January 2021

Unruly foreigners causing trouble in Bali

Cindy Wockner and Komang Erviani

Published: Sunday, 17 January 2021 5:02 AM
Unruly foreigners in Bali are laughing in the faces of authorities trying to enforce COVID-19 rules. Credit: AAP

Unruly foreigners in Bali are laughing in the faces of authorities trying to enforce COVID-19 rules.

The behaviour is now testing the patience of those tasked to ensure everyone is wearing face masks and obeying coronavirus regulations.

There are even plans to increase the fines for foreigners failing to wear a mask to make sure the penalty hits the hip-pocket.

And restaurants are being urged to refuse service to anyone failing to don a mask.

The head of the public order police in the Badung administration, Suryanegara, told AAP his troops felt like their dignity was being harassed by ignorant foreigners, who act like COVID-19 is not real.

The fine for failing to wear a mask is 100,000 Rupiah or about $10 and Suryanegara said they were now considering increasing it to up to 500,000 Rupiah or about $50.

For those who claim not to have cash on them to pay the fine, authorities have been making them drop to the ground and do push ups. But most foreigners consider this a joke.

"How could I not be annoyed? Sometimes we feel that we have been abused in our country," Suryanegara said of the attitude of some foreigners who had remained in Bali throughout the pandemic.

"They usually laugh when we tell them to do push ups. They do it, but they are laughing. There is no regret shown on their faces. It doesn't work," he said.

He said many shouted and yelled at his officers, asking things like "What do you know about the pandemic", "Do you think the virus is walking around the beach" and "Do you think we can be infected by the virus when we are riding motorbikes."

"They often shout at us. Unfortunately we can't scold them. It's a test of our patience. It seems that most foreigners in Bali don't believe that COVID is real."

He said when his officers were standing at roadside checkpoints, foreigners would deliberately speed up their motorbikes and some even pretended they wanted to run them down.

"Not only do they not wear masks, many foreigners also don't wear helmets, speed up their motorbikes carelessly. It is very unsettling."

Suryanegara said foreigners causing most of the trouble are from eastern Europe, often Russia. He said 80 per cent of those fined for refusing to wear face masks were foreigners.

He said there was also an emerging problem that some foreigners who had remained in Bali throughout the pandemic were now running out of money, had not paid their rent and were becoming homeless.

Sunday, 17 January 2021

Archaeologists discover 45,500-world’s oldest known cave painting in Indonesia

Editor's Comments:

I've been saying for over 15 years that I believe that in Indonesian  humans may have lived long before other humans in most the world.

Why? It's quite simple Indonesia has perfect weather all year round and there is an abundance of fish animals and vegetables.

Now Indonesians should be very proud they have discovered that Indonesia has the oldest cave art in the world. Making places like North America pale in comparison.

I also believe that buried under thousands if not millions of years of volcanic activity, earthquakes etc. in Indonesia are civilizations that may have been the first in the world.

Shane McGlaun - Jan 14, 2021, 5:01am CST

A group of archaeologists from Griffith University has discovered what is believed to be the world’s oldest known cave painting dating back 45,500 years. 

The cave art was found in South Sulawesi during field research being conducted with a leading Indonesian archaeology research center called Pusat Penelitian Arkeologi Nasional (ARKENAS). 

The cave painting is a figurative depiction of a Sulawesi warty pig, a creature common on the Indonesian island.

The pig painting was discovered in a limestone cave in Leang Tedongnge. It is considered to be the earliest known representational work of art in the world. 

The cave is located in a valley enclosed by steep limestone cliffs and is only accessible by a narrow passage during the dry season. 

The floor of the valley is completely flooded during the wet season.

An isolated Bugis community lives in the Hidden Valley who say Westerners have never visited the valley. 

The pig painting was dated to at least 45,500 years ago and is part of a rock art panel located above a high ledge along the cave’s rear wall. 

Researchers describe the painting as a pig with a short crest of upright hairs and a pair of horn-like facial warts in front of the eyes, all characteristic features of adult male Sulawesi pigs.

The painting was made using red ocher pigment, and the painting shows the pig observing a fight or social interaction between two other warty pigs. Researchers say that humans have hunted the warty pigs for tens of thousands of years, and they are the most commonly portrayed animal in the Ice Age rock art of the island.

Researchers point out that dating rock art is very challenging. However, rock art produced in limestone caves can be dated using uranium-series analysis of calcium carbonate deposits that form naturally on the cave wall surface where the art is painted. 

It was that mineral deposit that allowed the team to date the cave art 45,500 years old. The mineral deposit formed on the art’s surface, indicating the art was painted before the deposit formed. The previous oldest rock art was dated to 43,900 years old.

Day 2 - Unbelievable Inexpensive Covid-19 Getaway to most Scenic Islands of Bali.

 Continued from >>>> Day1 - Part 2

Day Two: 

The next morning, I made a point of taking some photos from the beach front of our 
hotel looking towards Bali and its magnificent 3,200 Mount Agung. 
Nusa Penida Fishermen were harvesting Seaweed and spearing octopus at low tide.
I observed a cleansing ritual taking place with a lady who I assumed was a Grandmother, her granddaughters and daughter. 
Azizah soon joined me and we took some incredibly special photos. 
At 9 am we were off again for our second and final day of tours.

This area is Nusa Penida is sparsely and  provides for some great scenery.
Our first stop that morning was the Bukit teletubies .

Nusa Penida Island is not all about beaches and temples. 

It is because tourists can visit highlands and find some good spots for relaxation or sightseeing. 

As for the reference, there is Teletubbies Hill! 

The location is in Tanglad Village and it has become a good alternative to enjoy a family recreation and relaxation. 

The most common reason to visit the hill is none other than trekking. 
Then we drove South towards the coast and Atuh Beach.
Atuh beach  is located on the far most eastern point of Nusa Penida island. 
Pantai Atuh Beach can be accessed from either the left-hand side or the right-hand side of the cliffs via the concrete steps that are cut into the side of the mountain. 

We then visited Diamond Beach followed by -Raja 5 (pulau seribu) 
Finally, we visited Romah Pohon Molenteng with it is breath taking views at the Thousand Island viewpoint. 
Azizah visited the incredibly Instagrammable treehouses with the same beautiful backdrop, this is yet another must see. 

Raja Lima Nusa Penida (also commonly known as the thousand island viewpoint) is a spectacular viewpoint with panoramic views of the ocean and the various islands. 

This scenic point got its name due to the number of small islands and unique rock formations that can be seen in the ocean. 

Then we returned to the hotel which graciously allowed us to have a late check out at quick showers little rest before we went back to the harbour at 15: 30. 

We even had a better trip back to Bali with lots of room on the upper deck where yours truly stretched out and enjoyed what felt like a private cruise. 

Our faithful driver Gusti picked us up the harbour.

We decided to take advantage of an offer from one of our favourite restaurants the Ishykaya on Sanur beach.

They advised us by WhatsApp that they had some delicious fresh snapper sashimi .

Total  bill for four people including fresh sashimi drinks was an unbelievable Rp 430,000 or  $29.00 USD. 

In conclusion once again COVID - 19 allowed us to visit a place that normally would be crawing with tourists. 

The whole trip costs less than $200 for four persons with two hotel rooms 

 I highly recommend any of you that want to advance at this limited getaway to do it soon soon because prices might be will only be substantially higher from here as COVID - 19 begins to dissipate and tourism starts to get back to normal. 

Even if you cannot take advantage of this getaway remember that this too shall pass.
Think positive, positive and you will be positive.

Tour Prices: Subject to change without notice
Day One: 
. Angels Billabong 

· Broken Beach 

· Kelingking Beach 

· Paluang Clip 

· Crystal bay beach (Sunset) 

Day Two: 

· King 5 (island of a thousand) 

· Molenteng tree house 

· Atuh beach 

· Diamond Beach 

· Hill teletubies 

Packages Includes the following. 

· Fast boat ticket 

· (PP) -entrance ticket tour – 

· Hotel (Complete with Break Fast, AC, Tv, Wi-Fi) 

· Two-day tour (private tour) – 

· lunch 2 days (Restaurant) – 

· Driver as well as tour guide (help take photos) 

Package Prices: 

· 2 people - 950,000/person 

· 3 people - 850,000 /person in 2 rooms – 

· 4 people - 750,000 /person in 2 rooms 

· 5 people - 650,000/person in 3 rooms 

· 6 people - 600,000 /person in 3 rooms

An ideal way to enjoy this trip would be to start at either a Bali Luxury Villa in Sanur or Bali Paradise Beach Estate stating as low as $9.00 per Guest per night for a large villa with private pool and maid .

Both are located on Bali's East Coast within 10 to 15 minutes of the departure ferry.