Many people are shocked and confused with the plan of provincial government to impose a donation worth USD 10 to foreign travelers when they arrive at Ngurah Rai Airport. According to the plan, the funds collected will be used for protection of cultural heritage. In details, 5 dollars are for protection of cultural heritage and the remaining five dollars are for travelers’ insurance.
To be frankly, behind the shock and confusion, there are still a behavior and positive thoughts that the government may have a good and noble intentions namely protecting and preserving the cultural heritage of Bali. However, why must it be done in such a way? Sorry, if this action can be realized in 2014, according to government plan, it is just like a thug style. It is committing coercion under the guise of donation as well as for the interest of preservation and protection.
What’s in a name! It is a famous quotation from the play of an English playwright, William Shakespeare. A rose, without being named a rose will remain to smell fragrant. Well, perhaps with this analogy, then Bali is still quite worthy to bear the name ‘Bali’ though its Balinese quality has started to fade. Probably, it sounds slightly like a joke, but try to observe it with an open, obvious and objective mind.
Some repeated guests having come to Bali for a dozen of times surely have its own assessment on the contemporary condition of Bali. They attempt to compare the latest condition of Bali to the time when they first set foot on this island. Probably, they will compare the current condition of Bali to the Bali in the 1960s. Within such a long period of time, a number of changes have definitely happened to Sanur, Kuta, Ubud or other destinations where they have left beautiful impressions during their stay in Bali.
In the world of puppetry, Yudhisthira is the eldest of the Pandavas. He is the elder brother of Bhima, Arjuna and the twins Nakula and Sahadeva. He also has other names such as Dharmawangsa and Puntadewa. Besides, he still has many more names. Yudhisthira is the son of Pandu Dewabrata and Kunti. Actually, Dharmawangsa is the incarnation of Lord Dharma.
For most children in Bali, the feast celebration is definitely a very pleasant and intriguing moment like Galungan festivity falling every 210 days based on pawukon system in Balinese calendar. In the realm of children, of course, the celebration should normally be marked with something, if possible, all-new.
They cover new prayer clothing supplies, new shoes, new sandals and so on. Galungan celebration – symbolizing the victory of Dharma (truth) against Adharma (untruth)—is marked by new smiles, laughter and fun so that there is a new spirit in the world of children.
The 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit will have a positive impact on Bali in the future. When talking about the impact, we can probably distinguish between the direct and the indirect impact. Balinese people in remote villages, for example, are not directly affected by the presence or absence of the APEC or other similar meetings whether they are belong to national or international ones.
However, it must be remembered there are indirect effects that can be enjoyed by Bali in the future due to this international event, especially APEC. Dozens of presidents and heads of government are present. What does it mean? There is such a tremendous opportunity for Indonesia, primarily Bali, to be able to follow up this matter with appropriate and well targeted measures.
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