Tight Security for Julia Roberts

Security is expected to be extremely tight when Julia Roberts comes to Bali for the filming of the Movie “Eat Pray Love”.

During the filming in India, India eNews reported that she had 350 security personnel, including police and private security guards.

Almost 350 security men, bulletproof cars and a chopper too – that’s what it takes to secure Hollywood star Julia Roberts, who is here with her three children to shoot for the movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’.

Read the full story from India eNews

Are Australians Computer Literate?

I thought that Australians were fairly computer literate. That was until I was given this list of Australian computer terminology.

LOG ON:          Adding wood to make the Barbie hotter.

LOG OFF:          Not adding any more wood to the Barbie.

MONITOR:           Keeping an eye on the Barbie.

DOWNLOAD:           Getting the firewood off the Ute.

HARD DRIVE:          Making the trip back home without any cold tinnies.

KEYBOARD:          Where you hang the Ute keys.

WINDOW:          What you shut when the weather’s cold.

SCREEN:           What you shut in the mozzie season.

BYTE:          What mozzies do.

MEGABYTE:          What Townsville mozzies do.

CHIP:          A bar snack.

MICROCHIP:          What’s left in the bag after you’ve eaten the chips.

MODEM:          What you did to the lawns.

LAPTOP:           Where the cat sleeps.

SOFTWARE:          Plastic knives & forks you get at Red Rooster.

HARDWARE:          Stainless steel knives & forks – from K-Mart.

MOUSE:          The small rodent that eats the grain in the shed.

MAINFRAME:          What holds the shed up.

WEB:          What spiders make.

WEBSITE:           Usually in the shed or under the verandah.

SEARCH ENGINE:          What you do when the Ute won’t go.

CURSOR:           What you say when the Ute won’t go.

YAHOO:           What you say when the Ute does go.

UPGRADE:          A steep hill.

SERVER:           The person at the pub who brings out the counter lunch.

MAIL SERVER:          The bloke at the pub who brings out the counter lunch.

USER:           The neighbor who keeps borrowing things.

NETWORK:          What you do when you need to repair the fishing net.

INTERNET:          Where you want the fish to go.

NETSCAPE:           What the fish do when they find the hole in the net.

ONLINE:          Where you hang the washing.

OFFLINE:          Where the washing ends up when the pegs break.

Ubud Pothole Update

The pothole in the Ubud Main Road that first appeared in early July is being repaired.  10 days after it appeared an excavator was brought in to find the problem.  After digging a hole 8 metres deep, 8 metres wide and 20 metes long, the cause is quite clear.  There is a river running under the road.  3 weeks after the excavation, work has started to repair the damage.

Watch this video and see this monster pothole for yourself.

Krakatoa Back From the Dead

3007_krakatoa2_nh_bcSome stunning pictures of Krakatoa have been captured by an amateur photographer.  Krakatoa lies between Sumatra and Java and in 1883 killed 36,000 people when it blew up.

More pictures can be found at Nine MSN.

Bali Visit – Spectacular Kintamani

The Bali Driver takes you on a trip to Kintamani and Mount Batur.

Head towards the center of the island traveling through the magnificent terraced rice fields.  At the top of the climb you will see the recently active Mount Batur and the peaceful Lake Batur below.  The diverse scenery you will see here is another one of the treasures of a Bali visit.

Bali – World's Best Island

bali_6Travel & Leisure Magazine has concluded its annual survey of the discerning travelers who comprise its readership asking them to name their favorite cities, islands, hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise ships and even rental car agencies.

Bali has topped the poll and is regarded as the world’s best island.

For many years, Bali consistently ranked as the world’s best island in the prestigious poll, slipping momentarily in the 2008 polling to the number two slot. However, the 2009 Travel & Leisure survey has returned Bali to the coveted number 1 spot, followed by Galapagos, which displaced Bali in the 2008 rankings.

Reproduced with the permission of Bali Discovery Tours       http://www.balidiscovery.com

Jakarta Bombing – What is Bali Doing?

Friday terrorists detonated bombs at the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott Hotels in Jakarta.  55 people were injured and 8 killed in the blasts.

Since then, Bali has taken a number of steps to improve security on the island, including:

Bali Governer Made Mangku Pastika

Bali Governer Made Mangku Pastika

• Bali’s Governor Made Mangku Pastika, the former Police officer credited with resolving the 2002 and 2003 Bali bombings, immediately convened an emergency coordinating meeting with the Udayana IX Military Command, Bali’s provincial police, local prosecutors and Bali-based intelligence agencies.

• The island’s security status was raise to the highest level of “siaga satu” by the island’s Chief of Police, Inspector General T. Ashikin Husein, putting some 12,000 security personal on duty and at the highest state of readiness.

• Bali’s sea ports and single airport were tightened up with careful checks introduced for both materials and people traveling to the island.

• Within minutes of the blasts in Jakarta, the Bali Hotel Association (BHA) told its members to raise their security levels to “red” – bringing pre-existing security screens and surveillance procedures to their highest level.

• Within hours of the Jakarta attack, members of the BHA met with the Chief of Police to enhance coordination with the security forces. During that meeting, the Chief of Police indicated that no credible threat to Bali’s security had been detected at this time, but, in response to the Jakarta attacks, the island was now on “high alert.”

• Hotel, restaurant and travel agency staff have been briefed by their respective stakeholder organizations to remain calm and focus on the comfort and safety of island visitors, avoiding speculation and rumors in connection with the Jakarta attacks.

• A check of several hotels and the Bali airport do not provide proof of any mass exodus of visitors following the Jakarta bombings.

• The Governor’s office has issued written instructions to mayors and regency heads, ordering heightened security measures and complete cooperation with the police in introducing security checks in every district of the province.

• The regional administration is moving “full ahead” with plans to enhance security measures by a self-imposed August deadlines that will see 33 emergency service units distributed across the island, the installation of 1,000 closed circuit TV and the operation of a crisis center charged with crisis management for Bali.

Reproduced with permission from Bali Discovery Tours.   http://www.balidiscovery.com.

The Hole is Bigger

Repairs Start on Ubud Main Road

A few days ago we posted a video on the rather large pothole in Jalan Raya Ubud right outside the Ubud Market.

Work started today to repair the damage and the heavy machinary was brought in to do the excavating.  It turns out that the water running under the road was about 5 metres below the surface.

The work was the centre of attention for locals and tourists, and provided some very interesting moments.  Especially when the water pipe was broken.

Watch out for the next video on this monster hole.

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The Bali Driver – Meet Coman

Do You Need a Good Bali Driver?

If its a Bali Driver you are looking for then you have to meet this guy.  He is one of the best.

At least that is what this video just posted on YouTube says.

New 20 Cent Note

The Indonesian central bank, Bank Indonesia, officially launched the new 2,000 Rupiah banknote last week. The banknote, which has a value of approximately US 20 cents, will eventually replace the 1,000 Rupiah note as the smallest note in Indonesia.

With the introduction of the new banknotes, the government plans to reduce production of the Rp. 1,000 notes.  They will replace them over time with Rp. 1,000 coins.

The mainly gray-colored note features an image of Prince Antasari on the front.  He is a national hero from Banjarmasin in South Kalimantan.  On the back is a drawing of a traditional Dayak dance.

It is expected that 1.2 million notes will be on the streets by the end of the year.

2000 Rupiah

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