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    Protection incase of a Break In - Part 2

    by balisunshine Written Dec 11, 2005

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    If not, leaving a scary feeling.

    If you plan to have a home here,
    consider seriously what you can do
    to protect yourself, just incase of a break in.

    Here are some tips:

    1) Get the meanest dog you can find.
    This may not be an option if you have children.

    2) Go to Ace Hardware
    and equip your house with motion alarms.

    The more you have the louder it should be
    and if you sleep upstairs,
    it'll wake you up in time to call for help
    and hopefully scare the thieves away.

    Motion lights are also available.

    3) If you live in a house
    constructed by a Balinese,
    make sure you change any
    doors that lead to the exterior
    with solid wood doors.

    In most cases, to cut costs,
    they have a wood frame
    covered by plywood
    to make the doors.
    Very easy to kick in and make a hole into.

    4) Use double locks.

    Including the kind that you need a key
    to be able to unlock the door inside and out.
    And put a door lock on your bedroom door,
    just incase you need to lock yourself in your bedroom.

    5) Bars on windows may not look nice,
    but they will help to keep intruders out.

    6) Always have your mobile phone close to you,
    charged and with enough pulsars.

    Program the emergency numbers of
    your neighbors, police, ambulance, etc.

    7) Buy something you can
    use in defense, such as pepper spray.

    Itemes to protect yourself

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    Bali is-a changing

    by balisunshine Updated May 11, 2008

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    For those who return to Bali after a few years,
    or those who have lived here for several years,
    may feel a bit astonished at the velocity
    of how devolvement has evolved.

    It seems like those who are blindly building,
    and only seeing the self benefits,
    have not taken even a glance or a consideration
    at the environmental issues, the lack of planning
    and the poor service infrastructure,
    that the island has.

    With government officials
    willing to bend over and
    brake the building rules upon donation,
    areas that have been reserved as green belt,
    or even land that has been reserved as Temple Land,
    are easily traded off to fill the pockets of a few.

    It seems that more and more people
    want to buy a piece of paradise,
    but do not see the poor sewer treatment,
    which has taken a toll on the population with disease;
    nor have the noticed the electrical problems
    that are occurring on the island,
    or the shortage of water that is growing each day.

    If matter are not taken into proper hands,
    sooner or later this paradise island will choke,
    leaving those who thought that
    they bought a piece of paradise
    are actually living on an island
    slowly destroyed by greed.

    Balis Need for Comprehensive Planning and Action

    Cry the Beloved Island

    Sell, sell, sell!!

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    Speaking with the local people

    by balisunshine Written May 21, 2008

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    There are quite a few westerners that,
    come to Bali and start desiring
    a piece of so-called paradise.

    With all eagerness,
    they go out a contract a piece of land,
    or think that they are
    buying a piece of land
    and in all excitement start building
    what they consider will be their dream house.

    Quite are the few,
    that they come and exercise what
    they believe is normal procedure.
    I buy, this is mine.

    Well, in Bali, there is
    a strong sense of community,
    no matter what you think.

    So, you can go ahead and
    start building that dream home
    in your own way, but if you don’t
    establish a relationship with your community,
    you may just run into some nightmare issues.

    It’s helpful to discuss your plans
    with the local community and
    that way you start socializing with
    what will be your neighbors
    and hopefully in the future, in some way,
    be your protectors.

    If not, if for some reason,
    you fall into a community that
    does not appreciate your master plan
    of your dream house,
    they may stand together
    and make your life very difficult.

    No violence, no aggression
    nor confrontation will be applied,
    but a steady resistance will be applied
    making your life difficult.

    They may even wait until
    you have poured your many dollars
    into tons of cement which,
    has already built that dream house of yours
    and then you are really screwed!

    Talk to Us!!!

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    Protection incase of a Break In - Part 3

    by balisunshine Written Dec 11, 2005

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    One of the first things I plan to get which,
    I haven't found here is
    one of those blowing can horns
    they use in foot ball games.

    That should alarm neighbors.

    If you live in a Balinese community,
    that should alert them and they will for sure
    beat up the thief, if not kill him.

    8) I once had a endless debate
    with a friend of mine about the open houses.

    I personally, just can not sleep soundly
    in one of those open homes.

    I already got robbed twice in one of them.

    So when looking to rent/lease or construct a home,
    get one where you can use sliding glass doors
    to open it up when you desire,
    but that you can close it up
    and lock it up at night.

    9) Maybe taking a class of self defense
    could just help you save your life.

    10) You could always get a security guard,
    but either they fall asleep while on duty,
    or many times I have heard over and over again,
    they may be just the ones who
    set the robbery in the first place.
    I am not really sure on
    how much one can rely on the police here.

    First they charge you money to make a police report,
    there crime investigation tactics are not of the finest,
    and to be honest, I don't really think they care,
    unless you give them plenty of money to do an investigation.

    Remember, the Balinese believe that
    your misfortune is
    because of your karma.

    So in a sense,you had it coming to you.

    So be wise,
    and do what you can
    to take all precautions
    in protecting yourself.

    Bars on Windows

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    Credit Card Fraud

    by balisunshine Written Jun 17, 2008

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    Credit card fraud and theft
    is a serious and growing problem
    not only in Indonesia, but also
    in other areas of Asia.

    Travelers should avoid using credit cards,
    if possible, and use cash.
    If used, credit card numbers should
    be closely safeguarded at all times.

    There have been many reports of shop,
    restaurant and hotel staff writing down
    the credit card numbers of customers and
    then making purchases using the credit card number
    after the consumer has departed the retail location.

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    The Many Faces of Mades

    by balisunshine Written Aug 20, 2005

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    When you first arrive to Bali,
    it’s so easy to be seduced by the gentle ways,
    smiling faces and what seems to be the kind ways
    of the Balinese people.

    If there is one thing that I have learned here,
    is the way us westerners think,
    does not imply that the rest of the world
    thinks in the same matter.

    So the following story is
    just to make you aware,
    of the different points of views
    that people have here.
    They are not at fault…I guess,
    but if Karma is such a
    big part of their religion,
    one would think that they
    would practice what that implies.

    When I first arrived,
    I literally met Made on the street.
    His gentleness and kindness,
    allowed me to fall into trusting him.
    He would take me all over
    the place on his motorbike,
    and even though I insisted
    in paying for his time,
    he refused.
    I did invite him to lunch
    when he was with me.

    Our friendship evolved with time.
    He presented me to his family
    who gave me the impression
    to receive me with open arms.

    As time past by,
    certain habits bewildered me.
    Like not calling to say he could not
    assist certain planned RDVs.

    His mother has a garment factory,
    and having a friend
    who produces her line here,
    I recommended her and quickly,
    they both started working together.

    Another friend who owns some luxury villas,
    was in need of a driver.
    And so I recommended Made.
    And he got the job.
    She also paid the dentist
    to recap two of his front teeth,
    since they were totally crooked.

    When it came to time to
    renewing my social visa,
    I asked if his mother
    if she could sponsor me.
    They said yes.
    2 days before leaving the country,
    I awaited Made to bring the letter of sponsorship.

    But as usual,
    he was late and no call.
    When I called him,
    he would simply not respond.
    Already accustomed to his no-show policy,
    I knew I had to quickly find a solution…
    and fast.

    I looked else where
    with a lot of stress.

    .

    Looking at Made

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    The Hard Truth

    by balisunshine Updated Apr 6, 2006

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    There is always the good and the bad
    in any place you may decide to live in the world.

    It just helps to be prepared,
    so not get caught off guard.

    Knowing of the hurdles,
    helps you to prepare for them,
    for if they should cross your path.

    There's a couple of news letters
    and sites where you can read those stories
    not to permitted to be written about.
    Or that are simply not talked about.

    Balibs

    Fugly Bali

    Good & Evil...like Black & White
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    The Liberated Men's Club

    by balisunshine Updated Nov 29, 2005

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    Because there are so many Indo women,
    desperately seeking a financial way out,
    they blindly surrender themselves
    to the illusion of maybe that fairytale dream
    of marrying a westerner and
    a better way of live.

    In no way will they contradict these men,
    in fear of loosing maybe that one chance.

    There are several western men
    who truly profit from this.
    Thinking of their Egos,
    dominated by testosterone.

    Hopping from one girl and onto the next.
    Leaving behind them,
    a line of dominos of broken hearts.

    And in most cases,
    it's all done without
    any sexual protection
    what so ever.

    Oblivious of the risk
    that they carry on to themselves,
    or any consideration to others.

    Bear in mind,
    this is a country where there
    is no free HIV or STD testing,
    And the cost of one,
    is so high for the salaries of many.

    Because of it's conservative tradition,
    living in denial,
    the education of safe sex is null.

    When August comes around in Bali,
    the planes are full of vacationers
    seeking a moment to relax,
    to venture on new experiences,
    or to simply have some fun.

    Maybe some love
    or a quick romance?

    With people coming from all over the world,
    Bali becomes a temporary melting pot.
    Mixing and matching,
    spreading around all over the place.
    From Seminyak, to Ubud
    all the way across to Lovina.

    Something like a mating rabbit farm.

    Forum

    Watch out!!!!
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    HIV Statistics:

    by balisunshine Updated Nov 29, 2005

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    AIDS/HIV are at declared concentrated epidemic levels
    (Kuta Conference 2004) in Indonesia,
    and Bali is a part of Indonesia with a high level
    of comparatively wealthy travelers and
    consequently a high level of sex workers
    and incidental sexual activity.
    The 2004 conference detailed
    90-130,000 known cases of infected people.

    The National Narcotic Agency (BNN) reported
    4389 cases of HIV/AIDS - April '05 figures.
    It is further claimed that these figures,
    although official, are only 'the tip of the iceberg'
    with most cases not being reported or
    not being detected and so not being treated.

    The most active brothels are in Jl Danau Poso, Sanur.

    There are no compulsory medical checks of sex workers in Indonesia

    AIDS/HIV are at declared 'concentrated epidemic levels'
    (Kuta Conference 2004) in Indonesia,
    and Bali is a part of Indonesia with a high level
    of comparatively wealthy travelers and
    consequently a high level of sex workers
    and "incidental" sexual activity.
    The 2004 conference detailed
    90-130,000 known cases of infected people.

    Evidence suggests that one third of cases
    result from shared needles in drug use
    and the remainder mainly from sexual activity.

    The National Narcotic Agency (BNN) reported
    4389 cases of HIV/AIDS - April '05 figures.
    It is further claimed that these figures,
    although official, are only 'the tip of the iceberg"
    with most cases not being reported or
    not being detected and so not being treated.

    Condoms are available.
    Many travelers recommend bringing your own.

    The most active brothels are in Jl Danau Poso, Sanur.

    There are no compulsory medical checks of sex workers in Indonesia.

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    Jakarta Post Article

    Christian Post Article

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    BEWARE OF MONEY CHANGERS

    by RAVINDRAN72 Written Jun 7, 2011

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    Beware of Money Changers especially operating from small stalls/back lane alley around Legian and Kuta.

    Firstly, the exchanges quoted are non existent! They will immediately inform you that the rates on the board are old rates and give a absurd exchange rate.

    Some of the small stall operators were noticed to have runners to exchange the money from banks, where we may exchange directly.

    Safer to exchange at Banks which are located at most streets in bali, but their rates are less than those offered at the airport.

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    MONEY AND JEWELERY AND TAXI!

    by RAVINDRAN72 Updated Jun 10, 2011

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    I USED TO LIVE IN INDONESIA DURING MY UNDERGRADUATE DAYS WHILE ATTENDING UNIVERSITY THERE, WE WERE GIVEN SOME TIPS TO BE SAFE BY A LOCAL CHAP WHO WAS ALSO OUR SENIOR AT THE UNIVERSITY. EVEN THOUGH MY CLASSMATES WERE A LOVABLE BUNCH BUT AS EVERYWHERE THE TOURIST/FOREIGNER APPEARS TO SOME AS EASY MONEY OR TARGET FOR A SCAM :

    1.DON'T WEAR ANY GOLD ORNAMENT.(FULL STOP!)

    2.IF IN A PUBLIC TRANSPORT YOU ARE SURROUNDED BY SUSPICIOUS LOOKING GUYS TRYING TO STRIKE CONVERSATION AND SIMULTANEOUSLY PLACING A PAPER OVER YOUR LAP OR PULLING AT YOUR LOWER LIMB ! , BEWARE OF LOSING YOUR WALLET. LEAVE IMMEDIATELY ! (@ EXIT STAGE LEFT!)

    3.DON'T KEEP MONEY IN YOUR TOP SHIRT POCKET!

    4.IF CONFRONTED AND LEFT NO CHOICE, PUT A BRAVE FRONT,THIS UNNERVES SOME !, DONT APPEAR FEARFUL!

    5.IF THE TAXI METER RUNS OUT OF CONTROL , STOP THE TAXI AND GET OUT. DO NOT ARGUE WITH A DRUNK/HIGH TAXI DRIVER AT NIGHT , ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE ALONE , SOME MAY HAVE WEAPONS.

    OTHERS...

    5.SOME CLASSMATES DIDN'T CARRY A WALLET ( TO AVOID IT BEING TARGETED) AND ONLY CARRIED CASH.

    MY GUESS IS , THIS IS GOOD ADVICE AS I DON'T REMEMBER ANY INCIDENTS TILL I COMPLETED MY STUDIES.

    HOPE THIS KEEPS YOU SAFE AND HAVE AN ENJOYABLE HOLIDAY.

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    Traffic Jam in Bali

    by DaHongHua Written Mar 1, 2013

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    Traffic jam in Kuta, Bali is usual especially during holiday. With international tourists and domestic tourists is double up yearly. The jam is more worst during Indonesian holidays with local travelers drive their own vehicles to Bali.
    One can feel the jam especially in Kuta, the streets are narrow, the drivers sometimes undecided where to turn to at a junction, and part of the street is occupied for motorcycles parking.
    I chose to hire a Bali driver as they know the shortcut to avoid long queue.
    You may need to hop off the metered taxi if you have trapped in a jam.

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    No ATM in Candidasa

    by amyLbrown2002 Written Jan 2, 2007

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    We went to Bali having been told by a few people and reading in the travel guide that there is an ATM in Candidasa.

    Well, there used to be, but with the decline in tourism due to the beach eroding and the bombings it has been shut down. The closest ATM is in Amlapura.

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    Rupiah : A tale of Exchange rates in legian/kuta

    by RAVINDRAN72 Written Oct 26, 2012

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    Since I used to study in Medan in the early 90s, I thought that exchanging money will be of no hassle but......

    1.There are so many money changing booth where you cant just walk in look at the rate and get the displayed change.....so what's wrong? I went to booth A , checked the exchange rate and told the guy I wanted to change 100 US for the displayed rate. He furiously typed on his calculator for a few minutes and showed a new exchange ( probably by some form of telepathy as no computer/internet was available), hence 20% lower then the displayed rate and nodding his head expressing firm approval of this newly conjured rate which would have brought a heavy fine in most countries if reported , due to exchange rate fraud!

    2.The rates displayed at the airport booths looked the highest but none of us attempted to exchange as we wanted to be on our way to the hotel....

    3.My friend who exchanged at home received a higher exchange rate then that is prevalent in Bali. Some bonus was thrown in for larger exchanges!

    So exchange at home , most if not all , to avoid this exchange hassle and experiencing a tale of exchange of your own!

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  • Hotel staff steal from your room

    by nadeedee Written Mar 15, 2010

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    I spent a week in Bali and stayed at the Kusnadi Hotel in Kuta. I was warned to lock all my valuables in my suitcase (so bring a travel lock)! I failed to lock up my camera for a trip to the beach and when I returned to the room it had been swiped by the hotel staff.
    Also if you are touring with a driver do not let him plan your trip for you. If you do this you will spend the day driving to places you didn't want to go. My driver tried to add things to my trip. I let him add one place and it was a huge tourist trap. I put my foot down and gave him a list of places I wanted to go and had no interest in adding stops.
    When eating at a cafe sit towards the back...away from the street (bombing threat). I was told this by a seasoned tourist.
    If you are staying in Kuta also note should you have any medical emergency ask to be taken to the Australian hospital.

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  • Mar 21, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    atm thieves in bali i went to an atm in the street in legian it looked like a phone booth standing on it's own on the pavement i correctly went through the usual steps to extract the equivalent of A$300
    the machine did all the normal clicking and whirring but no money emerged from the slot
    i eventually had to leave and go to the nearest bank
    it was there i found an explanation for my dilemma
    these isolated atm's are watched by thieves who have inserted a strip of cardboard into the money slot
    and then they wait for some sucker like me to come along
    afterwards they remove the cardboard and the banknotes backed up behind it
    so NEVER use an isolated atm there is no way of proving to your bank that you didn't recieve the cash

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