Bali Zoo Releases Porcupines and an Eagle Back into the Wild
On Thursday, April 13, 2016, The Bali Zoo released back into the wild nine Javanese porcupines and a Crested Serpent Eagle at the Desa Pakraman Utu Conservation Area protected forest located at the village of Babahan near the Luhur Besi Kalung Temple.
As reported by NusaBali, the Desa Pakrama Utu Conservation Area was selected because of an existing local tradition dedicated to animal conservation. Prior to the release of the porcupines and eagle, the animals were anointed with holy water to symbolize their membership in the local community.
The director of the “Friends of the National Park,” Bayu Nugraha, told the press that his group was inviting the public to safeguard animals in danger of extinction.
A veterinarian from the Bali Zoo, Dr. Made Sugiarta, said the original plan was to release 10 porcupines and one eagle, but one of the porcupines was kept back after it suffered a bite from another porcupine. Sugiarta said the remaining porcupine would soon join the other animals released on Thursday.
The chairman of the group caring for the Luhur Besi Kalung Temple, I Ketut Marthana, explained that the Temple grounds cover 25 hectares and local rules forbid any hunting activity within 5 kilometers of the temple. He said anyone found to be hunting near the temple would be obliged to pay for a special ceremony of forgiveness and pay a fine of Rp. 10 million.
Village members maintain a continuous guard on the forest area.
Recently, a python has been released into the proetcted forest area.
We’ll Fore For Bali
Grand Nikko Bali to Host 3rd Annual Golf Tournament June 4, 2016
The Grand Nikko Bali 3rd Annual Golf Tournament will return on June 4, 2016, at the Bali National Golf Club, Nusa Dua.
Timed to coincide with Bali’s “summer” golf season, the prestigious 18-hole tournament is expected to attract 120 golf enthusiasts to compete in perfect weather conditions.
Participants will compete in a range of categories and skill levels. Prizes will be given for Best Net, Best Gross, Best Net & Gross Ladies, Hole-in-One, Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin.
Those signing up for the tournament and paying the Rp. 1,900,000 (net) entry fee will also receive a range of benefits, including one round of golf at the Bali National Golf Club, a golf shirt, goodie bag, light snacks and beverages.
A pre-dinner cocktail reception, a buffet dinner and an awards ceremony will follow the tournament. Every golfer will stand a chance to win a wide range prizes and many lucky draws.
Proceeds from the tournament will be dedicated in part to Puspadi Bali helping children and adults with physical disabilities in Bali.
“Our 3rd annual tournament will be a great day of golf, competition, fun and networking for both amateur and professional players to connect over their mutual love of golf. We are also proud to partner with Puspadi Bali as a portion of the proceed will benefit the Resort’s CSR program ‘Steps to Freedom’ to improve the quality of life of people with physical disabilities in Bali,” said Jean-Charles Le Coz, general manager of Grand Nikko Bali.
Tournament participants and accompanying families can also take advantage of special rates at The Grand Nikko Bali for the period of June 3-5, 2016.
Well Known Bali Snake Handler Dies from King Cobra Bite
A well-know local snake wrangler (pawang ular), Putu Agus Edi Darmawan (36), from the Village of Gumbrih in Jembrana died after bring bitten by a King Cobra on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.
As reported by DenPost, Putu Agus was in the process of guiding an English and a Taiwanese tourists to see a cobra nest located on the banks of the Kutek River in his home village.
He was reportedly accompanied with a colleague from Bali Reptile Rescue when the bite occurred.
While examining a cobra nest containing eggs under a stand of bamboo, Putu Agus was bitten on index finger of his left hand. The man was rushed to a local health center and then to the Negara General Hospital.
While under treatment, Putu Agus lost consciousness and died a short time later.
Anti-Narcotics Agency Conducts Urine Testing at Airport Immigration Office
The Ngurah Rai Immigration Office working in cooperation with the Anti-Narcotics Agency for Badung (BNNK – Badung) shared information on the dangers of narcotics to immigration officials April 12-14, 2016 and conducted urine tests to detect any illicit drug use among immigration staffers.
The testing and information sessions were supervised by the Ngurah Rai Chief of Immigration Renung Widodo and the chief of BNNK-Badung Ni Ketut Masmini.
As reported by DenPost and Metrobali.com, 2 immigration officers from a total staff of 238 tested positive for benzodiazepines (BZO).
The two immigration officials told investigators that they were not drug users but had recently taken medication for a cold that contained the compound. The two officials were given counseling on the dangers of prolonged use of cough syrup.
After the training and testing was done, BNNK-Badung officials plastered stickers saying “Stop Narkoba” (Stop Narcotics) at the immigration office and the airport.
Sharp Increase in Dengue Fever Cases in Denpasar, Bali
The number of dengue fever (hemorrhagic fever -DBD) cases in Bali’s capital city of Denpasar has increased significantly during the period January-March 2016.
Tribun-Bali.com quotes the chief of Denpasar’s Disease Control and Prevention Agency (P2P), IB Gde Ekaputra, who said the number of DBD cases recorded in the city in January 2016 was 20, February 83 and March jumped to 242.
In the last 10 days of April there were 61 new cases of DBD reported.
In response, the head of the Denpasar Health Service, Sr. Armini, said her office was chemically dosing potential nesting ponds and undertaking fogging. Areas holding wastewater that could be nesting areas are also being cleaned up.
The March 2016 count of DBD cases of 242 was somewhat lower than the 279 cases recorded in March 2016.
Sri Armini called on the public to remain vigilant in the area of hygiene and keeping their living environments free of places conducive to mosquito propagation.
Bali at its Creative Best
38th Bali Arts Festival June 11 – July 9th 2016
Bali’s Governor Made Mangku Pastika says he hopes the 38th Bali Arts Festival (Pesta Kesenian Bali – PKB) will be substantially different from previous years in order to address the view from many quarters that the annual celebration of dance, music and theatre has become monotonous.
As reported by Metrobali.com, Governor Pastika’s comments were delivered at a planning session for the PKB-38 held in his office on Thursday, April 14, 2016.
The Governor said that this year’s Bali Arts Festival would focus on the presentation of classical forms of the Balinese lively arts, a fact that should be reflected in all aspects of the PKB, including the opening parade and month-long program of stage performances.
Pastika also called on the organizers to be firm in selecting only quality performers and purveyors of goods to be sold in connection with the PKB.
Concerned about security, he asked law enforcement authorities working at the PKB prevent pick pocketing and prevent thugs from operating extortion racket.
In order to keep the time required for the opening parade, Pastika asked that the number of members of any performing troupe be limited, with the presentations of traditional dress from any one regency be limited to just 5 people. In the same vein, the Governor called for the number of participants from outside Bali to be limited in order to keep the time required for the parade to a more manageable period.
The 38th Bali Arts Festival will operate at various venues in Denpasar from June 11 until July 9, 2016.
Over the month-long festival some 275 parades, performances and workshops will be held featuring the 9 Regencies and municipalities of Bali.
A selection of performance groups from across Indonesia and abroad will also participate.
Reflecting this year’s event’s commitment to classic arts forms, organizers are aiming for a mix of 60% traditional arts, 20% popular presentations and 20% contemporary performance.
The PKB-38 will also feature 159 stands selling traditional handicrafts.
Frankly, My Dear, I Don't Give a Damn!
Governor Pastika Expresses His Frustration With Continuing Polemic Over Benoa Bay Reclamation
Frustrated by the continuing controversy surrounding plans to all a major reclamation and redevelopment of Benoa Bay, Bali’s Governor Made Mangku Pastika has announced the he no longer has any desire to publicly discuss the project and will likely avoid any further comment in the future.
As reported by Metrobali.com, the Governor remarked on the recent meeting by the Bali Hindu Council (PHDI) that proclaimed Benoa Bay as a sacrosanct zone that is home to 70 sacred locations.
The Governor took the opportunity to Respond to a number of objections presented by Ida Pedande Gde Ketut Sebali Tianyar Arimbawa, the head of PHDI, addressing concerns of flooding resulting from the development, ownership of the islands that would be created by reclamation and other matters touching on the economic welfare of the Balinese people.
Responding, Governor Pastika said: “I plan to meet directly with him (Ida Pedande Gde Ketut Sebali Tianyar Arimbawa) to answer all those questions. But, in fact, I have already explained all these issues. Apparently my explanations have not reached the PHDI team."
Speaking on Friday, April 15, 2016, Pastika said the problems outlined by PHDI were not difficult to answer. The Governor said there was no threat of flooding posed by the proposed reclamation and water levels around Bali would not rise appreciably as the result of the man-made islands created by any reclamation. He continued, assuring the ownership of the islands created by reclamation would remain with the people of Bali. He also defended the economic necessity of the reclamation project in terms of job creation and dismissed concerns that mosques, churches and tourist accommodation would be built on the islands, insisting such matters were part of a prolonged, established process requiring permits and licenses.
Addressing the objections of PHDI that any reclamation would violate the sanctity of Benoa Bay, the Governor countered by insisting that all areas of Bali should be considered sacred. Adding: “Personally, if someone asks me where is my temple, I will answer my temple is in my heart. What is your religion? I will answer my religion is truth. Will reclamation cause sacredness to be lost? All land in Bali is sacred.”
Appearing to be trying to distance himself from the current controversy, Pastika said it is not his role to reject the reclamation project and that decision rests with Jakarta.
Because of this, Governor Pastika said: “Do I have the power to refuse reclamation? I have no such power. And maybe, starting from now, I will have no further comment on the reclamation.”
The Governor said that if tried to oppose the reclamation project he would be acting outside the law and prejudicing the future of Bali’s coming generations.
Closing, Pastika said: “For me, whether or not the reclamation of Benoa Bay takes place, is not my business. My job is to explain the benefits of reclamation. If you want to demonstrate, don’t demonstrate against me. Please go to Jakarta. Why bad mouth me? This is making me angry and (causing me) to take strong action. Reclamation, whether it happens or not, is not my concern.”
PHRI-Bali Chairman Calls for Bali’s Leadership to Have the Skill to Communicate with Both the General Public and Nature
The chairman of the Bali Chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI-Bali), Tjokorda Artha Ardana Sukawati (Cok Ace), recently said that the leader of Bali should be able to communicate with both the people of the Island and Nature.
As quoted by Tribun-Bali.com, Cok Ace said that Nature is speaking to Bali via a series of recent natural disasters, fires and epidemics.
Coke Ace raised his concerns at a community gathering hosted by Bali’s Chief of Police with community leaders at Bali police headquarters on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. During the course of the gathering, the Bali Chief of Police tried to find common ground with those opposed to the reclamation of Benoa Bay in order stem the continuing series of large-scale demonstrations protesting the project.
Cok Ace, who once served as the Regent of Ginayar, warned the group that the increasing number of fires, public health threats - such as dengue fever, and the high rates of suicide should be seen as a “code” that something is seriously amiss in Bali.
Cok Ace said the protests against the reclamation and development of Benoa Bay also bears closer examination to discern their larger meaning.
Referring to the former President of the Republic, Cok Ace said: “I once spoke with Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. I spoke about leadership with him. I told him that it not enough for a leader to only communicate with the public. A leader must able be able to communicate with Nature.”
Saying he agreed with the aspiration of his fellow Balinese, Cok Ace said he hoped the anti-reclamation protests could continue without causing any disturbance to public peace and order.
Seeking to Serve the Sick
Bali Mandara International Hospital Set to Open in April 2017
Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika recently brought members of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) on a tour of the Mandara International Hospital Project, now under construction in Sanur, Bali.
The Governor led a tour of the construction site for Provincial Legislators of the Hospital that is slated for completion in April of 2017.
As reported by Metrobali.com, Pastika told the lawmakers that the Mandara International Hospital is targeted to open as Bali’s finest hospital. “This International Hospital will not only serve foreigners, but is specifically meant for our under-privileged families who become sick but need the finest care,” the Governor told the DPR members on Thursday, April 14, 2016.
In keeping with the Governor’s desire to serve Bali’s poor, he ordered that priority be given to finishing the “Class III” rooms be prioritized for completion in order to assist the least able.
Pastika also wants the new hospital to become a magnet for medical tourism for Bali, utilizing highly qualified medical staff drawn from across Indonesia.
The Governor said plans are for another hospital, dedicated to cancer care, to be built adjacent to the Mandara International Hospital.
To Moratorium or Not to Moratorium
Confused: Bali Province Says the Moratorium That Everyone Ignores is Still in Force.
Balipost.com reports that Bali’s Governor is holding firm to the principles set forth in the moratorium against new hotel construction issued in 2010.
In a statement to the press issued by the Province of Bali on Monday, April 11, 2016, the Governor underlined that he remains steadfast to the contents of the moratorium signed in 2010 that was sent to the National Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) asking that new investment projects for accommodation in South Bali be temporarily halted.
Now, five years later, Bali has an estimated 130,000 rooms, 90,000 of which are in the South.
The press conference attended by the chief of the Investment and Licensing Board for Bali (BPMP-Bali), Ida Bagus Made Parwata, was called after reports surfaced that a new study conducted by Bali’s Udayana University suggested that "based on demand" the current moratorium could be lifted for Denpasar in 2017.
Despite the Governor issuing a moratorium in 2010, the Badung Regency and City of Denpasar, have ignored any call for a halt in new accommodation providers, issuing new permits for hotels at unprecedented rates.
28-year-old Fruit Vendor Caught After Stealing Handbag of Latvian Tourist
A grab and snatch thief who made a Latvian tourist, Marina Sereda, his target was apprehended by North Kuta police on Friday, April 8, 2016 at 10:00 pm in the evening.
The suspected theif, identified as Nanang Haryono (28), was taken into custody at his boarding house on Jalan Gunung Guntur in West Denpasar.
The man who works as a fruit vendor blocked the path of the Latvian woman who was riding a motorcycle and grabbed her purse causing her to fall to the ground.
According to NusaBali, Haryono told police he was drunk at the time.
Haryono saw the woman traveling on her motorcycle and followed her on his motorbike until he grabbed her purse on Jalan Tanah Barak in Canggu, North Kuta. In the ensuing struggle, the Latvian woman fell to the pavement and suffered abrasions to her hands and head before Haryono made off with the bag containing an IPhone6 and a five Euro bill.
The man later threw the woman’s purse in the Batubelig river.
Sereda reported the theft to the North Kuta Police. When police examined CCTV footage and took statements from witnesses.
One day after the theft, police were able to trace Haryono to his boarding house.
Police said Haryono committed a similar crime in 2015 and are now seeking to determine if there were other thefts that can be linked to the fruit seller now held under arrest.
Fire Near Denpasar Bird Market
Fire On Jalan Veteran Destroys Homes in the Satria Palace Complex in Downtown Denpasar, Bali
Two private residences located at the Satria Royal Palace (Puri Satria) on Jalan Veteran Number 62 in East Denpasar were destroyed by fire on Monday, April 11, 2016 at approximately 4:30 pm.
The two homes are the property of AA Ngurah Edy Erjaya (53) a cousin of the Minister of Cooperatives AA Gde Ngurah Puspayoga and a member of the Regional Representative Council Bali (DPD-RI) AA Ngurah Oka Ratmadi (Cok Rat).
The nearby private residences of Cok Rat and Puspayoga at the Satria Palace were not destroyed by the fire.
As reported by Nusa Bali, the fire that occurred just south of the Satria Bird Market is linked to a short circuit. One of the residences was occupied by AA Ngurah Edy Erjaya while the second was rented to the couple, Iman Buhari and Tela Fadilah, from Madura in East Java.
No one was injured in the fire.
8 fire trucks responded to the fire initially from the Denpasar Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), followed by two additional units from the Badung Fire Station.
After working for 45 minutes the fire was brought under control and prevented from spreading to the adjoining bird market and other structures.
Police continue to investigate the blaze.
Making a Bad Situation Worse
PHRI Questions Plans by Badung Regency to Build Government-Owned Hotels in Oversupplied Accommodation Market
Recently announced plans by the Regency of Badung to build hotels as a means of supplementing the regency’s revenue streams has received serious attention from tourism professionals in Bali.
As reported by Balipost.com, members of the Bali Chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI-Bali) have, in response, quickly reminded the Regency not to compete with its own citizens working in the hotel sector.
“It’s a good idea, but it’s not appropriate to the current condition of the tourism industry. What’s more, the government which is the regulatory agency should not be competing with business people who are, after all, the people of the Badung Regency,’ cautioned the chairman of the PHRI-Badung, IGN Rai Suryawijaya.
Suryawijaya suggests it would be better for the government to concentrate instead on developing the supporting infrastructure for tourism; spending time and money on improving tourism objects, upgrading arts centers and developing tourism villages (desa wisata).
Rai said he has provided data to the Badung regency showing the current over supply of hotel rooms that he hopes will be considered in any plans to build hotels owned by the regency.
Rai also said he also hoped the Regency of Bandung would follow its own regulations on the establishment of hotels that requires any new hotel be built on a lot no smaller than 7,500 square meters in North Kuta, 5,000 square meters in Central Kuta and 10,000 square meters in South Kuta.
Bali in a Tango
Bali Tango Marathon June 3-5, 2016
Bali will play host to Indonesia’s first Tango Marathon June 3-5, 2016.
The 3-day event will include a 26-hour milonga marathon.
According to the Tango Marathon’s organizers, the concept of the Bali event is togetherness, sharing knowledge of tango, and having fun.
Participation is limited to 150 dancers with participants welcome from around the world.
The dance venues during the three days are the Hotel Kumala Pantai, Velvet Beachwalk and Republik 45.
Collier International Identifies 14 New Luxury Properties to Open in Bali Before 2019
Kompas.com reports that Colliers International Indonesia estimated 14 new luxury properties will open in Bali through 2019 adding an additional 2,040 rooms to an already crowded total room inventory presently estimated at 130,000.
The 14 hotels expected to commence operations before 2019 are:
Shangri-La Nusa Dua Resort & Spa -180 rooms (Q3 2016)
Grand Nikko Bali Partners with Puspadi Bali & Inspirasia Foundation to Help Disabled Residents in Bali
Grand Nikko Bali has joined the “Steps to Freedom” program and joined forces with Inspirasia Foundation and Puspadi Bali.
“Steps to Freedom” is dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with physical disabilities in Bali and Eastern Indonesia. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in late March 2016 between Grand Nikko Resorts, represented by general manager Jean-Charles Le Coz; the founder of the Bali Puspadi Foundation, I Nengah Latra; and the managing director of the Annika Linden Center, Mahomeda.
The ”Steps to Freedom Program” aims to make a life-changing contribution by providing travelers with an opportunity to give back to the local community while on holiday. Now guests staying at The Grand Nikko Resort are given the opportunity to donate leftover holiday cash via a donation box located in the hotel’s lobby area.
Jean-Charles Le Coz, the resort’s general manager, said: “People with disabilities are often forgotten and excluded from the community as they are unable to access proper education, health care, work and other productive activities. Grand Nikko Bali is proud to partner with Puspadi Bali and Inspirasia Foundation in this endeavor. We believe that they still have a long journey ahead serving people with disabilities simply because they deserve a place within the community.”
Puspadi Bali under the Inspirasia Foundation helps people with physical disabilities to access rehabilitation services so that they can establish their place in society as productive citizens. They run Bali’s wheelchair program and also manufacture to size artificial legs. Since 1999, Puspadi Bali has helped over 3,600 people by empowering them with life-changing orthopedic care, mobility aids and skills for personal development and independence.
The “Steps to Freedom” program will run for one year until April 2017.
Grand Nikko Bali will also take part in a training and empowerment program by providing personal and professional development courses as well as on the job training opportunity at the resort. This hopefully will enable people with disabilities to find a job and take practical steps towards economic independence and personal empowerment.
An Evening Unforgettable
Celebrity Chef Lonny Gerungan in an ‘Unforgettable’ Night of Indonesian Food and Tribute to Nat King Cole on Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Prepare for an “unforgettable” night presented by one of Bali’s most “unforgettable” figures.
Born in Bali to a father working as a chef at Bali’s legendary Bali Hotel – Marlon “Lonny” Gerungan literally grew up in the kitchen living in a family apartment only 20 meters away from a busy hotel kitchen. 1956 was a memorable year for Lonny’s mother, Antoinette. In the spring of that year The Bali Hotel welcomed the American film idol Marlon Brandon visiting Bali on route to Tokyo to film Sayanora. The actor obviously made an impression; Antoinette chose to name her son, also born that spring, “Marlon.”
At the age of 21, ‘Lonny’ left Bali for the Netherlands where he worked as a dishwasher for 8 years while learning the Dutch language and the ins and out of the hospitality trade. By 1986, Lonny opened his own Indonesian restaurant in Amsterdam. In the years that followed he authored 19 cookbooks and became a regular feature as a celebrity chef cooking on Dutch TV. A man of many talents, Lonny is also well known in Holland as a recording and singing personality, performing on stage and TV a musical repertoire ranging from Indonesian evergreens to crooning before a big band.
And, if all that was not enough to keep Lonny busy, he launched a range of packaged ready-to-cook Thai and Indonesian meals sold in supermarkets and also worked for a stint as a food consultant for Garuda Indonesia.
In 2015, Lonny returned “home” to Bali to open his signature restaurant Di Roemah, in Kerobokan, located on Jalan Merta Agung No. 48, overlooking a rice field.
Lonny Gerungan Sings
On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, a limited number of diners will be able to join the inimitable Lonny Gerungan at Di Roemah for a delicious 6-course Indonesian dinners with accompanying live music performed by "The Chef" dedicated to the “The Unforgettable Nat King Cole.”
Proceeds from the evening will go to “Rumah Singgah” a hospice located in downtown Denpasar serving the family and friends of people from Indonesia’s outer islands receiving medical treatment at the Sanglah General Hospital.
Door prizes and auction items will form a part of an evening highlighted by the culinary artistry of Lonny and his vocalizations of the music or Nat King Cole.
A fashion show presenting the designs of Dimas Dwitanto (Dimas Fashion) will also take place.
Seats are very limited and will go on a first-come-first served basis for only Rp. 575,000 plus tax and service that covers the six-course dinner, a shared bottle of Plaga Wine for every two diners, fashion show and a program of musical enchantment that begins at 7:00 pm.
The Unforgettable Nat King Cole Indonesian Food and an Evening of Music by Lonny Gerungan
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 – Starting at 7:00 pm
Di Roemah – Jalan Merta Agung 48
Telephone ++62-(0)81337553320 Email
This Little Piggy Went to Sanur
Porkies Gourmet Meats Opens in Sanur Bali
When South African Pete Botha opened Porkies Gourmet Meats in Sanur he brought decades of experience as a butcher to his dream of providing an international range of customers locally produced gluten-free quality meat products.
While a limited range of imported beefsteaks are available, Porkies Gourmet Meats, like its name implies, stock and trade quality pork.
An advocate of forming community partnerships, Porkies works with a small group of selected farmers in West Bali who embrace international standards of animal husbandry, sustainability and attention to animal welfare.
The results are a range of extremely affordable meat products of exceptional quality ranging from common cuts of pork, chilled cold cuts, and fresh chilled sausages.
Not to be missed is Porkies’ convenience and snack foods that include smoked baby back-ribs, South African biltong, beef jerky, chorizo and pepperoni.
Located in a small shop on Jalan Ngurah Rai Sanur (not far from the entrance to the Bali Island School), Porkie’s helpful staff is always happy to allow guests to sample many of their products.
They are also offering of take away food including burgers and sandwiches.
As a special introductory offer, any order of more than Rp. 500,000 qualifies for a 20% discount.
Mandara Bali Toll Road Traffic Down 32% Following November 2015 Fare Hike
Radar Bali reports that since a 10.42% increase in toll fares was introduced on Bali’s Mandara Toll Road on November 1, 2015, traffic volume on the road has declined by as much as 32.72%.
Presently, 56% of all traffic using the toll road travels on four wheels or more, while motorcycle traffic accounts for 44%.
Average daily traffic on the toll road at year's end 2015 stood at 67,720 vehicles. Current average traffic counts are down by 32.72% at 45,563 vehicles per day.
Manggis Season has Arrived
Much-prized Fruit of the Manggis or Mangosteen now in Season and Available in Bali at Bargain Prices
The Purple Mangosteen is often referred to as the “queen of fruits” – a name linked to an unsubstantiated tale that England’s Queen Victoria once offered 100 pounds sterling to any traveler who could deliver the fresh fruit to her table.
It is unlikely that Victoria, who never ventured beyond the British Isles, ever tasted the succulent white, juicy almond-shaped fruit prized for its texture and sweet and sour flavor. Native to the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas of the Indonesia, it is only in recent years that the plant has been propagated with limited success in the western hemisphere.
The Purple Mangosteen, known in Bali as the Manggis, is now enjoying its short but bountiful harvest season meaning the fruit that can cost as must as Rp. 15,000 per kilograms can now be found for a little as Rp. 5,000 per kilogram.
Abroad, when they can be found, a kilogram of Mangosteen can cost Rp. 600,000 a kilogram or more.
Because of the current glut of Manggis and the resulting low market prices, farmers in the Gunung Sekar, Mendoyo and Banjar Pancaseming areas of Bali are complaining about the seasonal drop in Manggis prices, saying that the large supply of manggis has seen prices go as low as Rp. 3,000 per kilogram - a very low price indeed in an area where the delicious fruit is a main cash crop for local farmers.
An Olympian Effort
Indonesian Swimmer I Gede Siman Sudartawa Aims to Compete at Brazil 2016 Olympics
21-year- old Balinese Swimmer I Gede Siman Sudartawa has Olympic fever.
Ranked 39th in the world in 2012, Siman competed in the 2012 London Olympics. And, although he did not manage to return with a medal from London, those games will remain memorable as the then-17-year-old swimmer had the honor of acting as flag bearer for Indonesia in the opening parade of athletes.
Specializing in the backstroke, Siman Sudartawa won 4 medals at the 2011 Southeast Asian Games held in Palembang in 2011, breaking existing record times in the 100-meter backstroke and as a member of the four-member free-style 4 x 100 relay.
Seeking to be selected to represent Indonesia in Brazil, Siman is following an intensive series of international competitions in combination with a training program in Australia.
With other Olympic hopefuls from Indonesia, Siman Sudartawa will compete in the Malaysian Opens May 5-8, Rome June 23-36, and Luxembourg.
But Siman’s true goal for 2016 is to be on hand in Rio de Janeiro August 5-21, 2016 to return home to Bali with some gold, silver or bronze bling.
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