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    Police or Not : Don't Leave Valuables on the Beach

    by BesarRahasia Updated Mar 29, 2010

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    Recently there have been a number of incidents regarding a local posing as a policeman.

    This person, has short cropped hair in the style of a policeman, dresses in the uniform, badge and all, but has 3 earings in one ear (which is a giveaway).

    He targets visitors on the beaches in South Bali (Kuta, Legian and Gerger Beach near Nusa Dua)

    He offers to take care of people valuables whilst they go for a swim, then makes off with the items.

    Police think he is part of an organised crime syndicate and are activly searching for him.

    The Tip and Warning here isn't necessarily about this one particular person, but about being aware that there are imposters out there, and never trust anyone with your valuables.

    If you are victim of this imposter or others, then call the tourist police as soon as possible using the Telephone No below or find the nearest tourist police office (one on every beach close to the entrances, or on the main roads.

    Related to:
    • Beaches

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    Those tricky money exchangers!!

    by balisunshine Updated Nov 11, 2009

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    I once accompanied a friend
    to one of those local money exchangers
    that you find along the street.

    It was my first time to one of these so-called establishments.

    In the first one that we visited, they were asking a 35% commission!
    I told them it was a rip off and they just scuffled.

    We drove further down the street to a money changer
    that was also a transport rental business.
    They brought out a stick of 20,000 Rp notes for $600 USD.

    Something that is crazy in trying to count.
    Exchange your money a at a reputable money exchanger, such as Central Kuta.

    To read more on those tricky stunts, click on:

    How money changers rip you off.
    Money Exchange Scams & Blue ATMS

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    Stealing a motorbike

    by balisunshine Updated Nov 11, 2009

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    An interesting experience
    occurred to me recently.

    While taking picture
    of 2 hectares of land,
    I lost my motorbike keys.

    Thanks to my Balinese friend,
    within a while,
    he came to my rescue.

    He brought a guy who,
    brought a soft, unfiled Honda key.

    He first stuck it in the back,
    where you place things inside,
    and from there he figured out
    where it was needed to be filed.

    He filed the key in a certain area,
    and within 5 minutes,
    the key was placed in the starter of the engine,
    and voila!!!

    Price: 70,000 Rp.

    I am grateful that I was saved,
    but I also learned how easy it is to steal a motorbike!

    Some of us may have the tendency to rent
    a motorbike without insurance,
    but watch out!

    Stolen motorbikes have been on the rise.
    Make sure you have one of those locks
    that are placed between the tire.

    But then again,
    they can just lift it up
    and load it unto a truck.

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    NO wheelchair friendly here!!!

    by balisunshine Updated Nov 11, 2009

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    Just a fore warning to those,
    who are handicapped or wheel chair bound.

    This is NOT a wheel chair friendly country!!

    In fact, it is extremely difficult
    to just walk on a normal sidewalk,
    since there are not many of them around.

    If you want to absolutely
    come to Bali anyway,
    then consider staying at Nusa Dua or Sanur
    where you might find it
    a bit more convenient to get around.

    Be prepared if you need wheelchair assistance at the airport...
    it's definately NOT the best service around!!

    There are two companies that rent wheelchairs:
    Bali Mobility
    Bali Access Travel
    Or you can buy one for 900,000 Rp
    at the Matahari Pharmacy in Kuta
    Contact me, if you would like to donate it afterwards.

    Someone's else's story

    Related to:
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    Watch Out There Is A Thief About.

    by BesarRahasia Updated Nov 8, 2009

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    More and more reports are being made to the police regarding money being stolen from visitors who have withdrawn money from ATM machines.


    There are elements of criminals (and not only Indonesian) who are watching for tourists withdrawing money from ATM machines.

    They are particularly targeting tourists who place the money in handbags, then get into a car (or cruiser etc), they then follow the vehicle until it stops at a junction or traffic lights, and then place nails under the rear tyre.(normally the left rear tyre, which is easier to do unnoticed by the driver.

    Once the tyre has deflated and the car has to stop, they then attempt to rob the tourists either by threat of violence or by offering to help change the tyre, and steal the money through accomplices searching the vehicle whilst you are busy outside.

    The police have issued the foillowing guidelines to help reduce the risk.
    Here's a brief list of steps you can take to protect yourself:

    • Whenever possible, make payments of large amounts by credit/debit card or bank transfer.

    • Ask the police or a security guard (SATPAM) to accompany you when carrying large sums of money.

    • Pay attention to pedestrians or motorcyclists who approach the left back corner of your vehicle at a stop light.

    • If your tyre suddenly does go flat, stop at a busy area or pull in to the parking area of a local company. if needed, you can drive on the rim for several kilometers.

    • If you get out of your car to change the tyre, lock the doors and consider whether it is better to bring the money with you.

    • Always be aware of the situation surrounding you and don't hesitate to ask assistance from local people.

    • In Indonesian the word to scream for "thief" when raising an alarm is "maling" (pronounced : mall – ing).

    The police authority have revcently released a new emergency call centre number 112 Public needing police assistance will only need to dial 112 to obtain an instant response.

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    • Business Travel
    • Budget Travel

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    Bali Police Announce Crime Hot Lines

    by balisunshine Written Oct 24, 2009

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    List of Police Numbers
    for Sending SMS Crime Leads
    to Local Police Precincts.

    As part of a nation wide crackdown
    on premanisme which is comprised of gang activity,
    thuggery and extortion activities ¨C
    the Bali Police Department have invited the public
    to lend their support by sending SMS leads
    and information relating to premanisme
    to hotlines held personally by precinct chiefs
    located across the island of Bali.

    Bali Police Hotlines to Report Premanisme

    ¡ñ Raditya Rendra Dewayana,
    Chief of Criminal Reserves (Kasat Reskrim)
    Denpasar HP: 085237508000

    ¡ñ I Made Witaya,
    Chief of Criminal Reserves (Kasat Reskrim)
    Polres Badung, HP : 08123636454

    ¡ñ Dewa Adnyana,
    Chief of Criminal Reserves (Kasat Reskrim)
    Polres Gianyar, HP 081385748972

    ¡ñ I.M.. Maha Atmaja,
    Chief of Criminal Reserves (Kasat Reskrim)
    Polres Klungkung, HP 08123901144

    ¡ñ I.N. Kariyasa ,
    Chief of Criminal Reserves (Kasat Reskrim)
    Polres Bangli, HP 08523769702

    ¡ñ Ambaryadi,
    Chief of Criminal Reserves (Kasat Reskrim)
    Polres Buleleng, HP 081915726768

    ¡ñ I.W. Sinaryasa,
    Chief of Criminal Reserves (Kasat Reskrim)
    Polres Jembrana, HP 08123987105

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    HIV Statistics:

    by balisunshine Updated Oct 8, 2009

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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.

    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

    For more click on:

    Jakarta Post Article

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    Bali in the Dark

    by balisunshine Written Oct 2, 2009

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    With all the construction
    without the development of infrastructure,
    the need of electricity is on the rise.

    Not that Bali has the capacity to do this,
    but the need along with the waste if there.

    Many villas leave several lights on,
    many villas construct swimming pools
    which need high consuming energy pumps, etc.

    Bali’s main power supply comes from the line
    from East Java between Banyuwangi and Situbondo.
    When there’s a breakdown there,
    then Bali goes into darkness,
    with the exception of those that have generators.

    So have your candles and flashlights handy!
    For every once and a while, the lights may go out!

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    Part 1: Breaking a leg in Bali

    by balisunshine Updated Aug 10, 2009

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    Lets face it,
    with the ruthless way
    that driving is conducted here;
    the amount of motorbikes
    used as a way of transportation;
    the poor infrastructure of roads
    and even the so-called sidewalks
    that one uses to walk on,
    makes breaking a bone or two
    as common as catching Dengue Fever,
    or even getting Bali Belly.

    (…not to mention the possible surfing accidents.)

    And even though these incidents are common,
    we may get caught at a moment of surprise
    and in a position in not really knowing what to do.

    So, it eventually happened to me.
    After my 5th year in Bali,
    I had a motorbike accident.

    First things first… you have insurance?

    If so, then go directly to BIMC
    or S.O.S.
    These are private clinics in Bali
    with a better reputation than most others.
    And one does wind up getting charged for it.
    So, either be insured or have a fat wallet.

    It is most probable that they may not have
    the equipment to treat a serious fracture,
    but they’ll prepare you for flying out of the country
    to seek an alternative health care provider if needed.

    If you don’t have insurance,
    then first go to a local hospital to get an x-ray,
    a first diagnosis to identify the seriousness of the fracture
    and get wrapped up for the possible next step.

    Two local hospitals are Sanglah Denpasar
    which has an International Department.
    The address:
    JI., Diponegoro, Denpasar, Tel: 62-361-227911

    and Kasih Ibu.

    For a list of hospitals in Bali, click on:
    Hospitals in Bali
    (visit at your own risk)

    I myself, winded up at Kasih Ibu,
    where they took 2 x-rays of the fracture.
    The doctor, who treated me at the time,
    spoke a very basic English.

    He quickly explained to me that
    I had a fracture at the top of my tibia,
    and would wind up having arthritis in the future.

    In the emergency room
    he took out the blood from the area,
    and he then put on a very tight cast
    from my foot to my upper thigh,
    and told me to come back at another time.

    I myself, being familiar to the limitations
    of the health care service here,
    and after being advised from fellow expats,
    I started seeking other opinions.

    Note By this time, my leg was extremely swollen,
    causing a lot of discomfort and causing lack of sleep.
    There are expats with injuries that do opt to have surgery here,
    but in some cases, stories of improper healing
    and then needing to re-do an operation
    to re-fix the damage is heard of.
    Consider your options carefully.

    I sent my diagnosis to contacts overseas,
    and we also seeked a second opinion
    from another local, orthopedic doctor.

    Now here’s another tip to take into consideration:
    many doctors in Bali work with several
    health care facilities or have their own private office.

    We were recommended to Dr.Bramantya
    who happened to also be
    a part time doctor at BIMC and at Sanglah.
    Instead of making an appointment with him at BIMC,
    where the charge would have been $150,
    we went to where he does consultations
    between 7-8 pm for 200,000 rp
    at the less equipped hospital:

    RS Dharma Yadnya
    Jl. WR. Supratman No 256

    His contact is:

    Tel. 0361-244 330

    There he reviewed my x-rays
    and suggested that we do additional CT scans
    to review the damage done to my tibia.
    Since the hospital where we visited him,
    does not have the equipment for this,
    we needed to visit him the following day at Sanglah.

    There a CT scan was performed.
    It was suggested to us that we seek
    outside medical assistance for an operation.
    The consultation ran around 450,000 Rp,
    and the CT scan was about $100-$150.

    Now…most expats living in Bali,
    would automatically consider going to Singapore.
    With a recent trip to Singapore,
    I was reminded how expensive Singapore can be.
    (…and remember, I didn’t have insurance.)
    I already had the experience
    of visiting Bangkok for my yearly medical check ups.
    So, Bangkok became my choice.

    Next was finding a way to get there.

    Via Thai Air we were finding rates from $400-$800 R/T
    and via AirAsia we were finding prices of 1,600,000 O/W.
    So Air Asia we flew!

    Now comes the flying out part.
    Bali is definitely not on the top of the list
    of being wheelchair accessible.
    And eventhough my mother
    had gone to the airport the day before,
    to reserve a wheel chair for me,
    when we arrived, nothing was immediately available.
    My mother needed to leave me stationed
    on one of the benches at the entrance of the airport,
    while she went in to the Air Asia counter
    to request a wheel chair.
    The wheel chairs provided at the airport,
    are a bit run down,
    but one has to do with what is offered.

    From there on,
    a wheelchair assistant was offered to us,
    which ran pretty smoothly.
    We were taken up an elevator,
    directly to immigration,
    and wheeled through any lines.

    We were first to board on the plane,
    which allowed me to find comfortable seating.
    (I needed 3 seats to stretch out on,
    since my cast was so long)

    During my 4 hour + flight,
    I read an article in the
    Air Asia in-flight magazine,
    from a passenger praising the
    wheel chair assistance provided by Air Asia.
    I became hopeful!

    Until I got to Bangkok……

    Chapter 2: Getting an operation in Bangkok

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  • methanol in liquor killing people

    by treegazer Written Jun 1, 2009

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    In the last week 21 people have died and 51 and been made ill by ingesting liquor that has been laced with methanol. This is a common practice in Bali to raise the alchohol content cheaply. It just killed a wonderful American artist named Rose Johnson, only 48 years old.
    If you value your life, don't drink any liquor produced in Bali.

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    A dollar! A dollar!

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 4, 2009

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    As you exit tourist sites, hawkers will offer you fantastic handmade gifts for a dollar. Beware. Often times what you are shown is not what you will get and prices will suddenly rise when you try to buy.

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    by freespirit1 Written Oct 11, 2008

    Well I witnessed a boy try to cross a busy Sydney Street and get hit by a taxi.....
    Backpacking in Dubrovnik s deemed 'safe'
    Is it safe?....
    If you buy into Terrorist's propaganda then they have won, however ultimately any unpredicted thing can happen at any given moment so isn't the best advice to enjoy every last moment from here on in as your last?

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    The Bali Tattoo / The Bali Kiss

    by balisunshine Written Aug 31, 2008

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    If you happen to catch a glimpse
    of someone with a mark which is
    similar to a birth mark on there legs,
    it is most probably that it is
    the scar of a burn caused by a motorbike.

    Sometimes when the motorbikes
    are parked too closely together,
    you just might be parked next to
    a motorbike that has the exhaust pipe still very hot.

    And as you slip between the bikes,
    Ouch! Burn!

    Or even worse, if you happen to fall
    with part of the motorbike on you
    and with the exhaust pipe landing
    somewhere on your body….sizzle….
    you can smell the cooking flesh!

    Or just carelessly getting off the bike,
    you can accidentally touch the exhaust pipe.

    If this is to occur,
    it is extremely important
    not to get the burn wet
    and to consistently clean it out.
    There have been many cases where
    it gets infected, causing further discomfort
    and leading to taking antibiotics or
    even receiving penicillin in extreme cases.

    Do not go into the sea!!!!

    So, watch out for those exhaust pipes
    or just wear long pants.

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    Say No To Drugs

    by BesarRahasia Updated Aug 13, 2008

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    Sounds obvious doesn't it,

    Indonesia has very strict laws about drugs, both traffiking and possession, and there are quite a few visitors here who take the attitude

    "to be honest what harm can be done with a coupe of recreational smokes!!!"

    Well without wanting to appear a killjoy or anything, the risks taken can be quite severe, there are quite a few people (tourists included)enjoying the hospitality of a Balinese jail, just for possession of what some people consider to be a small amount of recreational drugs.

    Just like anywhere else in the world, Bali has a drug problem, which is growing, not as severe as some places but still here, so be careful, the authorities are clamping down on this problem. There are plain clothes policemen and women out there who will try to sell the unsuspecting person something, them before you know it ------ UNDER ARREST

    Oh and also be aware that if you bring medical drugs (which have a narcotic content ) into Bali, even if they have been prescribed you should bring a certificate from the medical authorities to state that you have been given the drugs for medical reasons, and that they have been prescribed to you by your doctor, if you don't have such a document, they will confiscate them at customs (if they find them of course), and there is also a possibility that they might place you under arrest.

    Recently someone from America who came here with his prescription painkillers (containing morphine), without the correct document, escaped arrest but had the drugs confiscated, and he couldn't get anything to replace them for a few days, which meant he was in severe pain for the first part of his holiday.

    Be aware they are clamping down and they do have serious punishments.

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    Don't take the bait!

    by TaniaBeard Written Jun 29, 2008

    After leaving Paddy's Reloaded on our first night in Kuta we were offered every drug under the sun from some shonky looking guys outside the club.
    Keep your head down & say a loud NO. Don't ever be tempted to even entertain the thought. These guys will get you the gear will and tell the police and you'll be living it up with Shapelle Corby & the Bali 9 on an extended vacation in Karaboken!! It's just not worth it....

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