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My Lovely Bali

Identity

gede-palgunadiA classical question arises again and again. What if Balinese people do not feel to become Balinese again? What if they do not love Bali any longer? Probably, these questions are excessive, but it is advisable to keep it in retrospect. This becomes particularly important when at the moment we as Balinese people are in the swirl of world civilization as a result of the so rapid tourism development.

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Let’s Go Archipelago!

gede-palgunadiNot long ago, the government through the Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs, Indroyono Susilo, set visa-free for short visit for five countries, namely China, Japan, South Korea, Russia and Australia. These five countries added to the previous 15 other countries having received similar facilities. They consisted of the 9 ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos), Chile, Hong Kong, Macao, Morocco, Peru and Ecuador.

Minister Indroyono said the policy was taken to improve the growth of tourist arrivals to Indonesia. According to calculation, with the introduction of visa-free for short visit was expected to draw additional 450,000-500,000 travelers annually. Earlier, when submitting visa, each applicant would be charged at USD 25. So, if calculated roughly we will lose about USD 11,250 million of foreign exchange per year. “Indeed, we will lose USD 25 foreign exchange per traveler,” he said.

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Birth, Life and Death

gede-palgunadiProbably Bali is just like the passage of life: namely passing through the birth, life and death. As the belief in Hinduism regarding the birth (utpati), life (stiti) and death (pralina) in the Tri Kona, will Bali pass through the passage like this in the future? Only God knows about this enigma. Who can determine the birth and who can predict about life as well as death? Once again, only God knows about it. It is an enigma of life where we cannot find the answer.

However, in the context of Bali, can the passage or cycle be analogized like that? When was this tiny island born? Does anyone know for sure about it? Here, our ancestors only knew that this island had been alive. They were living with the variety of lives on it. Their life goes with other humans as well as fauna, flora, nature as a whole, culture and so on. The island is giving life to another life that runs harmoniously.

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New Leader

gede-palgunadiNowadays, Indonesia has a new leader, namely President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla. By all means, the whole range of cabinet members that will run all the programs leading to the welfare of the Indonesian people in all the fields. It is a reasonable hope that makes sense and is not excessive. It is something like a new hope, the hope of the entire society that must be borne by Joko Widodo and Jusuf Kalla.

Will that hope come true? Hopefully, it will. Hopefully, it can be accompanied with the hard work of all the ranks, both the government and the people. Hopefully, corruption can be reduced. Hopefully, the people’s representatives in the legislative really work for the people. The officials must not commit corruption and waste public money. Then, the government should focus, while the people must support it. It’s a determination, a commitment.

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Lovina

gede-palgunadiHistorical development of Lovina Beach in Northern Bali is indeed inseparable from the touch of the poet Anak Agung Panji Tisna or familiarly known as Panji Tisna. Starting around the 1950s, this noble poet built this area with the help of his foreign friends. His extensive association did not necessarily make this coastal tourist area grow rapidly. There were ups and downs over time.

The name Lovina itself is actually quite bizarre in the ears of Balinese people. There is a version saying if Lovina means ‘Love Indonesia.’ Quite reasonably, it is derived from the word Love and Ina. LOve is derived from English word while INA is a three-letter country used in the Asian Games 1963. However, in the context of Panji Tisna who founded Lovina in 1953, Lovina has a philosophical meaning. It was derived from two words, namely Love (English) and Balinese words /Ina/ or /inan/ meaning ‘mother.’ Thus, Lovina means Love of Mother or in a broader sense it means Love of Mother Earth. Probably, in the present context it is more relevant when interpreted as Love of Bali.

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