417 July 2012 Bali Expat 2
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Weve had a good response to our new publicationgood meaning both positive and negative. One reader sent us an email asking, Why do we even need another expat magazine in Bali?
Firstly, like our sister publication JAKARTA EXPAT, half of our readership are Indonesian and we are very proud of this so I would like to stress that we are not just an expat publication. We are also a platform for you, the reader, both expat and Indonesian to express your thoughts and opinions in article-form. We rely on your contributions to let others know whats going on, whats interesting and whats not, where the good food is at, wheres worth a visit, whose art is making an impact and so on. Its all about you and thats why were here.
In this issue we have several new contributors including Roderick des Tombes, a young American who tells us why hes chosen Ubud as the place to plant his roots in a ground-breaking conservation project called Taman Petanu. Another young American, Daniel Newcomer also joins us with a travel piece to Karimunjawa, the beautiful islands off the north coast of central Java which he believes are definitely worth a visit, even if for the sunsets alone.
Chris Nimmo-Turner discovers that the public bypass busses in Bali are free until the end of August and hops on board to tell you what his experience riding one was like. On the nightlife scene, Lara van Osenbruggen takes a trip down Legian to find out how people are reacting to the 3am closing rule for bars and nightclubs and reveals allthe
good, the bad and the ugly. If youd like to join the troops above, get in touch with your ideas and in the meantime, enjoy the summer holidays everyone!
BALI EXPAT would like to apologize for a spelling mistake in last issue's Meet the Expat article. The title should have read: Meet Leonard Lueras. Thank you for your understanding.
BALI EXPAT would like to
Getting AroundGet on the Bus (3)
ConservationDreaming of My Home Near Ubud (4)
Food & DrinkLakeview, Kintamani:Lunch in the Clouds (5)
Art of the IndiesWayan Kun Adnyana:An Up and Coming Balinese Artist (6)
TravelIt's Karimunjawa, Dan, not Kilimanjaro! (7)
CultureThe Unsettling Proximity of Death on Bali:The Ritual Washing of the Corpse (89)
Meet the ExpatMinni Vangsgaard (10)
NightlifeKuta Closes Early? (11)
Light EntertainmentWinning and Losing on the Slots (12)
Bali Expat 417 July 2012 3Getting Around
My Pembantu, Mami, who has worked for me for eight years mentioned after my asking how her weekend was that she had taken the bus from Sanur to Kuta to go shopping at Discovery Mall and revealed it was cool inside and for now, free. Now as you all know, a Brit like myself can never turn down a bargain, furthermore a Scot; not taking advantage of anything free is frowned upon let-alone sacrilege. However, being the sceptic that I am and especially having lived in Jakarta for 10 years and Bali for two, hearing the word FREE in Indonesia didnt sit well, the sceptic and dour Scotsman came out.
Anyways, leaving my sour heritage and genealogical cynicism aside, I decided to take the free bus for a late morning coffee at Mall Galleria starting from my domicile Jl Danau Poso, Sanur. I arrived at the bus stop and as luck would have it a fellow bus traveller was sat listening to his iPod waiting for the bus, Isa Wahyudi of Java Tengah, now residing in Sidakarya. Through numerous Apa?, and, I no speak English, we surprisingly managed to make conversation.
Isa told me that sometimes you may wait up to an hour or two for a bus, as you can imagine - this was not the greatest start to my journey. Isa explained that this was the third time that he has taken the bus and that he enjoys it and that he was now on his way to Nusa Dua to meet a clientIsa is a travelling salesperson, his product, massage oil. When asked on his views of the recent transport system he exclaimed, Its free and AC!
After an enjoyable 10 minutes of meeting a new friend, the bus arrived, the driver in full dress uniform, tie, hat and sunglasses; immaculate, think Navy OfficerI was in safe hands.
After the swish of the doors closing, I was then greeted by the bus conductor. It was cool but not freezing, the bus was modern, there were handles for standing passengers, the bus wasnt jammed packed, children were playful but behaved, there was a bus conductor!; the atmosphere was very lively and with the number of children; it had a school fieldtrip feel. Where am I?, Where are the noisy teenagers, Where are the grumpy OAPs, Why isnt there Wayan 4 Dewi inscribed on the seats?, only buses on 50s American Dream Adverts could compare.
I asked indirectly to the back of the bus (where the majority of passengers were) in my broken Bahasa what they liked about the bus. Roars of DINGIN!!, from children and teenagers erupted and after speaking to Ulan and her daughter, also Ulan, 11 years, Id found that they were all one party, mothers and children from Batubulan heading to Nusa Dua Beach for the day while the children were on school holidays.
My return journey started off a lot quieter to begin with. I spoke with Putu the bus conductor (this was her first week) and she told me that the majority of passengers were locals, however she had seen some Bules on board. Komang, marketing for an adventure tour company, was on his way to the office in Denpasar from a meeting in Kuta and regularly journeys on the bus. Mid-journey we stopped at Lotte Mart, a group of well-to-do locals climbed on board and spoke very coherent English. Reni, a Housewife from Denpasar said that the party had taken the journey for the bus journey alone, the children had never been on a bus before and in true family-trip spirit they had brought snacks and soft drinks for the children gazing out the windows whilst they gossiped and took photos.
Aside from the crossing of the roundabout to get to Discovery Mall, which honed in on my Neo from The Matrix manoeuvring skills, it was a great way to spend the morning. If you fancy a day trip out or a change of scenery I would definitely recommend what could be Indonesias first International Standard Public Transport System. Bus journeys are entirely free for locals, tourists and expats alike until August 31st, 2012.
by Chris Nimmo-Turner
CHRIS NIMMO-TURNERChris Nimmo-Turner. Chris is a veteran expat who has lived in Indonesia for over 12 years, having grown-up in Jakarta and worked as an English Teacher in both Jakarta and Bali. Indonesia is where he calls home.