Two Bali Expatriates Vow to Walk the Archipelago Bare-Foote Until They Raise US$1 million for Homeless Street Children of indonesia.
Robert Epstone and Beat Schmid de Guneck will be joined on the entire Bali walk by another long-term Bali resident,Frenchman Daniel Chieppa his family. Two Bali-based expatriates have resolved to walk bare-footed and keep walking until they managed to raise one million dollars to assist homeless children in indonesia.
Indonesia’s best-known island, the holiday mecca Bali, is said to be close to tropical paradise. So, Nick Ross took advantage of the cheap airfares to find out if this haven for surfers and holidaymakers is more than just another Costa del Sol. Photos by Nick Ross.
Latin jazz plays in the background as I look over Legian Beach in Seminyak. Surfers ride waves and beachgoers sun themselves on a not-so-sunny, almost white sand beach. I am in Kudeta (think coup d’etat), one of Bali’s most iconic bars. Last night Jose Padilla of Cafe Del Mar fame played his hallmark concoction of beachside lounge music that has helped him sell five million albums.
Probably like many people, I had always thought private villas were exclusively for the rich and famous; beyond the budget of a mere mortal like me. How wrong was I?
A few years back my family was staying at a well-known resort in Phuket. Following an afternoon by the pool the drinks bill arrived. It was over US$30 for a couple of cokes and lime sodas – a mark-up of almost 600% on prices at the nearby supermarket and probably double those of the local Thai restaurant on the beach. After a week it became clear that room costs were just the start of the holiday expenses: for every dollar spent on accommodation, another was spent on food and drinks.
Private Homes & Villas was born out of frustration and two very grim holidays. I personally have found it extremely difficult to find decent and impartial information on villas to rent. As a result it has gone into ‘the too difficult tray’ and I have stayed in a hotel instead. Now in the absence of anything else we decided to do something about it.
Resort attains regional-first platinum certification following 10-year commitment
Melia Bali was recently awarded Platinum Certification by EarthCheck – the first venue in Asia to receive this and one of just five worldwide. CEI Asia speaks to Melia Bali general manager Jim Boyles about the landmark achievement:
How has the local community been impacted?
Badung Lifesaver (Balawista) team had the honor to attend the championship of Arafura Games 2011 in Darwin, Australia. The nine contingents representing Indonesia would show off their capability in the world championship. “This championship will last for eight days, namely on May 7-14, 2011,” said Chairman of the contingent, I Gede Berata, when meeting with the Regent of Badung, AA Gde Agung, Tuesday (May 3).
Enchantment of Sukasada Ujung Park of Karangasem increasingly shows off its magnetism. Having been restored with the assistance of World Bank, the Sukasada Ujung Park has been considered successful to support a variety of spectacular events both in the regional and national level. Agenda of the official visits of a number of ministers have been successfully organized in the Panglila Cita Garden that was usually used by the King of Karangasem in hosting state guests of the past.
Health officials have announced that foreigners as well as locals in Bali need to be aware of the risk of HIV-AIDS, and have revealed that as of March there were known to be 29 foreign citizens suffering from the disease in Bali.
Speaking last weekend, the head of the Bali Provincial Health Office Dr Nyoman Suteja said that data about foreign patients was collected alongside that for Indonesian citizens.
Visited Bali before? Looking for something different to extend your thoughts beyond the swimming pool and the fantastic food? Here’s an idea: sample a little culture and community at VILLA HANSA in Canggu.
Spiritual souls with environmental leanings, an interest in community awareness and a thirst for local culture, will love this one-of-a-kind villa. Named after the Goddess of Knowledge, its design is gorgeous, but Villa Hansa is so much more than just another Balinese deluxe villa.
This uniquely artistic Bali house for rent was built by mixed-couple Anni Crofut (American) and Mel Maliki (Indonesian). The design of Bali house for rent draws from what is warm and rich in both western and Balinese architecture (for more on this, see STORY). Ideal for a couple or family, this beautiful Bali house offers space and intimacy at the same time.