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Less Time in Lines at Bali’s Airport

Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport will soon add 4 additional visa-on-arrival (VOA) booths in the arrival hall in order to reduce lines during peak periods.

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Immigration Tightening the Rules for Working in Bali

Indonesia is already well known for its tough laws and regulations for working visas for foreigners looking to work in the country. Unfortunately, new rules are being put in place to make the rules even stricter. The changes were outlined in a recent article on their website by the Jakarta based consultancy Indosight.

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You know you are in Ubud when…

Once predominantly famous for its royal heritage (think palaces and traditional dance performances, literally fit for a king), Ubud has now transformed into a New Age sanctuary.

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9 Culture Shocks in Bali You May Be Unprepared For

Have you ever stepped into another country and go, wow – it’s completely a whole new world? It unsettles you – the way the locals eat, behave and even the the way they stare at you. It’s just so….different.

And so is Bali.

In fact, there’s nowhere quite like it in the world, and if you aren’t ready it’s going to wipe you out. Of course, we can never be fully prepared for culture shock until we’re experiencing it ourselves, but if you come from the other side of the globe, we’ve put together some things you can expect, especially if you intend to take a long summer holiday!

1. You’re Suddenly A Famous Celebrity

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It’s good news if you have always wanted to be famous – Bali is your red carpet. You get double points with your new Balinese fan base if you happen to be white and blonde as well.

But believe us, fame is tough. You’ll likely spend long days with village fans wanting to pose for pictures with their new best friend (that’s you), or simply watch you from afar.

Truth be told, all the staring may be creepy, but the photos are fun! Think of is as a way to meet new people, if you can manage 1000 smiles a day.

2. Everyone is Touchy-touchy

Don’t be too shocked when you realise that your newfound Balinese friends are a little… touchy. It’s their way of showing friendliness! Unlike many other Asian nations, touching in Bali is totally ok, and random people you’ve just met may force you into a hand-hold or a general stroke.

But take note if you’re pale skinned, because the Balinese will love you! It’s a superstition that the much coveted pale skin can ‘rub off’ and people are more than willing to test this theory.

And though Bali doesn’t have a large population of same-sex couples, don’t be surprised to see men holding hands with other men (same goes for women holding hands). This is actually pretty common, and is simply their way of showing their friendship!

3. Finger Food Takes On A New Meaning

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You’ve stepped into a local cafe, ordered some food and realized upon delivery that there’s not a spoon or fork to be seen.

All around you, everyone’s artfully eating with their hands, but you doubt your own abilities.

What should you do? Dig in! Eating with your hands is the norm in some local regions, and though you may think it’s harder than it looks, it can actually be quite fun.

4. Nothing is Private

The Balinese are really friendly folks – a little too friendly, that when they meet you, they want to know everything about you.

Your new Balinese friends will bombard you with questions, from where you’re from to how old you are, if you’re married and what your great-uncle Harry did for a job… (well, ok, maybe not that far).

And in an hour’s time, you would have told them a summarised version of your entire life story, which even your closest friends may take years to find out.

5. The Paradise For Reckless Drivers

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If death-defying thrills aren’t exactly your thing, Bali’s roads might prove to be a little too much. The entire island operates with a distinct absence of road rules, favouring the unspoken guidelines: I’ll do anything I please, and you can get out of the way.

There’s no lanes, no seatbelts, no speed limit and most importantly, no limit to the passenger count on motorcycles, which are plentiful on the island.

6. What Time? It’s A Permanent Holiday

So you managed to snag a date with a gorgeous island dude/ babe, but he/ she turns up an hour late (and surprisingly still, you’re still patiently waiting), without any excuse.

Before you start giving him/ her the glare, or start sinking into depression that it means they just aren’t interested, we must tell you this – it’s perfectly normal. And be grateful that you were only made to wait for 60 minutes.

It’s not unusual for people to arrive up to three hours late for any occasion, simply smiling and claiming that time stretched away from them.

Bali is notorious for being a place where time has absolutely no meaning – simply running on jam karet (otherwise known as rubber time)!

This means time is leisurely stretched, which drives every non-Balinese totally crazy. Talk about having a perpetual holiday!

7. Yes, You’ve Heard That Name Before

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After a day in Bali, following yet another introduction with a Made or a Wayan, you’re definitely having a common thought: Why does everyone have the same name?

This (albeit initially confusing) oddity is based on the traditional Balinese naming system, on which everyone gets a name based on their birth order.

And once you hit four kids, it starts all over again, much to the despair of Bali’s visitors. Unsurprisingly, there are lots of firsts (Wayans) and seconds (Mades) floating around the island, so good luck navigating that minefield!

8. The Island Of Gods, Spirits And Black Magic

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For the Balinese, life is all about keeping the spiritual balance. Being a Balinese Hindu isn’t an optional choice. Neither is daily praying, regular ceremonial days and a belief in all things ghostly and black magic-related.

So be careful not to step on street side offerings – the Balinese would probably stare at you in horror (or mutter that you have offended some spirits).

Thick incense clouding the streets and hundreds of Balinese wandering around in traditional clothing is in fact a common sight.

9. Your Cheek Muscles Will Ache From Excessive Smiling

Looking happy in Bali is really important. (Note that we stress looking, as opposed to being)

In fact, it’s such a big thing that people walk around smiling all the time, regardless of how they actually feel. These ‘crocodile smiles’ are actually a way the Balinese spread joy to others, so why not test it out?

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Source: bali.mehthesheep.com

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10 Indonesian Island Getaways You Need To Explore

Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, with 18,307 islands there are just so many places to explore and discover. Some islands, however, are more worthy of exploration than others. Now, we’re not talking about the likes of Bali, Lombok, Komodo and Raja Ampat – these are pretty popular places already – wowshack.com want to show you some real hidden spots around the Nusantara so that you can enjoy your own secret getaway.

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Protests Continue Against Australian PM ‘Hurtful’ Comments

Calls are mounting for Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to apologize for his controversial demand that Indonesia pardon two Australians currently on death row as a mark of gratitude for his country’s aid for victims of the 2004 tsunami.

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Bali’s Beaches are Public Land

On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, task force from the Buleleng Regency Government in North Bali supervised the demolishing a breakwater built by German expatriate Erents Erwin Baur in front of his property in the village of Anturan.

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Passengers Irate After Two Days of Lion Air Delays

Hundreds of Lion Air passengers have directed their anger toward the low- cost carrier for numerous flight delays that have occurred since Wednesday, in the midst of the Chinese New Year holiday.

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Foreigners Caught on CCTV Camera Stealing a Bag in Kuta

CCTV footage from a restaurant at Beachwalk in Kuta has captured two foreigners stealing a bag from an Indonesian man having a meal.

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Australians May Boycott Indonesia

Australians may reconsider travel to Indonesia if the two Australian convicted drug couriers currently on death row are executed by firing squad as expected, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has warned.

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