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Dreamliners to Paradise

Dreamliners to Paradise

Apr - 22 2014 | no comments | By

Qatar Airways will commence a new ten-hour non-stop flight service between Doha and Bali starting on July 21, 2014.

In October 2014 the non-stop service between Bali and Doha will begin use a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Qatar has been operating a successful Doha to Bali service with an intermediate stop in Singapore. Strong demand and new aircraft joining the Airline’s fleet has enabled the airline to offer the new non-stop direct daily service.

In October 2014 the route will be operated with Qatar Airways’ state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Initially, the Bali route will be operated with an Airbus A330.

Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker, said: “The start of non-stop services from Doha offers travelers from around the world access to the island of Bali in a reduced time, from across our expanding global network. We are delighted to confirm that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will operate on this route from later this year, offering the very latest in design and comfort to passengers who wish to travel on this non-stop route from the Middle East.”

In October, flying direct to and from Bali, the Dreamliner will have a two-cabin configuration, comprising of 22 seats in Business Class and 232 Economy Class seats.

The new aircraft offers individual 10.5-inch television screens on all Economy Cass seats and a full complimentary food and beverage service.

Qatar Airways currently flies a modern fleet of 131 aircraft to 137 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

Schedule of New Qatar Service

Daily non-stop DOHA to/from BALI: (all times local)

QR 962 departs Doha (DOH) at 02:35 arriving in Bali (DPS) at 17:35
QR 963 departs Bali (DPS) at 19:35 arriving in Doha (DOH) at 23:5

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Stephan schrijft

Oct - 19 2013 | no comments | By


De Standaard

In een bijdrage op haar blog, treurt schrijfster Ann De Craemer terecht over het heengaan van Joos. Alles moet steeds sneller en flitsender. Trage radio of tv, dat kan niet meer: Joos wordt afgevoerd, Hautekiet moet het stellen met een uur minder en of Het Peulengaleis vandaag nog gemaakt zou mogen worden, valt te betwijfelen. Alles wordt eenheidsworst, zegt De Craemer, en die realiteit komt niet uit de lucht vallen, ze wordt gedreven door cijfers.

Wie ooit een basiscursus economie verwerkte, herinnert zich misschien het model van Hotelling dat toepassing vindt in een oligopolistische markt (een markt met een beperkt aantal aanbieders) waarin productdifferentiatie mogelijk is.

Hotelling schetste in 1925 het beeld van een twee kilometer lange zeedijk waarop twee ijsventers hun waren aan de man brengen met een mobiel ijskarretje. De toeristen liggen te zonnebaden, gelijkmatig verspreid over het strand. Bij welke van de twee zal de toerist zijn ijsje kopen? Als de prijs en de kwaliteit van het ijs bij beide ijsventers gelijk is, kiest de toerist voor het dichtstbijzijnde karretje. De positie die de ijsventer kiest op de dijk, bepaalt dus de grootte van zijn afzetgebied. Als beiden zich op 500 meter van elk uiteinde van het strand vestigen, wordt de gemiddelde wandelafstand voor de toerist geminimaliseerd.

Een beetje ondernemende ijsverkoper ziet snel dat hij zijn afzetmarkt kan vergroten als hij zijn karretje een beetje in de richting van de concurrent verplaatst. Want als het karretje dichter bij de concurrent staat, staat het ook dichter bij de klanten van de concurrent. Als beide ijsventers op die manier redeneren, staan ze na verloop van tijd vlak naast elkaar, pal in het midden van de dijk exact dezelfde ijsjes te verkopen tegen exact dezelfde prijs. Wie is daar nu beter van geworden? Alleszins de toerist niet, want die moet nu gemiddeld twee keer zo ver wandelen als voorheen om zijn ijsje te halen.

Vervang de ijskarretjes door tv-programma’s en de plaats van de toeristen op het strand door de programmavoorkeuren van de consument, dan wordt alles duidelijk. Met programma’s die op de een of andere manier bestempeld worden als ‘extreme’ genres wordt een te klein doelpubliek bereikt. Programma’s die een beetje body of inhoud hadden, worden dus ‘verfrist’ en ‘meer afgestemd op de luisteraar’.

Dat de ijsventers opschuiven naar het midden moge hun vergeven worden. Ze moeten immers hun gezin onderhouden en hun bedrijfje draaiende houden. De openbare omroep daarentegen, zou beter moeten weten.

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International Terminal at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport Now Open for Business

Sep - 24 2013 | no comments | By

Bali Airport : New Welcome

On Thursday, September 19, 2013, PT Angkasa Pura I (PAP-I) began the process relocating all operational aspects of its service to international air passengers to it newly opened international terminal at the Bali  Airport. 

PAP-I is the management authority of Bali’s airport.

The CEO of PAP-I, Tommy Soetomo proclaimed the massive relocation project a success.

As reported by Bisnis.com, the new terminal welcomed its first guests when 209 passengers aboard China Airlines MU 5029 from Shanghai landed at 6:22 am. Eight minutes later at 6:30 am, 68 passengers touched down on Malaysia Airlines (MH 867).

With the exception of a few minor teething problems and reports of longer-than-normal delays at some service counters, all aspects of the new terminal including baggage claim, visa-on-arrival, immigration, customs and other aspects operated largely according to plan.
Tommy Soetomo shared his pleasure at the smooth welcome afforded international passengers on Thursday, telling the press the transition had run smoothly.

To mark the special occasion directors of PAP I were on hand to welcome the China Airline passengers, bestowing the passengers with floral leis while traditional dancers and a gamelan orchestra added to the merriment.
Soetomo declared that after one year and three months of ongoing construction the new international terminal of the Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport commenced operations on September 19, 2013.

Soetomo described how the international terminal has seven baggage collection carousels, twenty visa-on-arrival counters, twenty-six immigration lockets and three customs inspection areas.

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How The Village Of Ubud Came To Be

Sep - 11 2013 | no comments | By

Long, Long Ago , back in the far misty memory of time, there was an East Indian priest named Rsi Markandeya. It was in the 8th century that this priest, according to a “Lontar”  (traditional palm leaf book), set off on spiritual journey, walking across the island of Java to spread the teachings of Hinduism.

Eventually, he and his large group of followers reached the island of Bali and attempted to settle in the vicinity of Taro (a locale north of Ubud). Unluckily, they were struck down by a cholera epidemic and many perished. Rsi Markandeya led the surviving devotees back to Java, where they re-grouped and after a while made their way to Bali again, although this time their number was somewhat diminished.

Upon returning to Bali, the priest  was drawn to a place where the two branches of the river Wos converged, pulled there by the intense energy and light which emanated from this spot. Rsi Markandeya was inspired to meditate there and while doing so, received a strong message from the Gods. They told him to proceed to Mount Agung (Bali’s center of spirituality), and there he was to bury five precious metals (Panca Datu) in the ground as a foundation of power for the temple of Besakih (known in Bali as the Mother Temple).

This he and his followers did, and afterwards they returned to settle in the spiritually potent location where the two rivers joined, known as Campuhan.  There, in that mystical vortex of nature, he and his faithful followers constructed a temple and they named it Pura Gunung Lebah.

Now growing along the banks of the two rivers were many kinds of plants with marvelous healing qualities, so they christened their new home UBAD, which translated to the healing place or medicine.

Through the following centuries and continuing up to the present time, many Hindu devotees have come regularly to this special place to meditate, bathe and take some of the holy water for cleansing rituals and temple ceremonies. With the passing  of time, the name UBAD gradually evolved to the name UBUD.

(c) Written by  Debora Crowley

Bali Wedding Ceremony

Sep - 10 2013 | no comments | By


Bali Wedding Ceremony

At Bali Wedding Ceremony

Congratulating Anak Agung Gede Raka Isnawa,Villa Sabandari‘s gardener, and his bride in his father’s compound.

A Balinese home is the result of a complex interweaving of various elements – a kind of feng shui (the interaction of the physical world with the spirit one), economic wealth, caste, kinship ties and practical social requirements. 

To begin with, Balinese compounds are surrounded by high walls and have only a single small entrance, called the angkul-angkul, at the side bordering the street. Entrance-ways define the threshold between inside and outside and are viewed ambivalently by Balinese: on one hand they admit welcome visitors, while on the other hand they can allow malign spirits to enter. Thus it important that the entranceway be small, and that immediately inside one faces another smaller wall called the aling-aling, placed specifically to baffle uninvited spirits who are normally only capable of traveling in straight lines. 

As a further safeguard a small shrine is often built just in front of the house facing the road. Offering of flowers and coconut leaves are placed in it to make spirits pause and reconsider any intention of entering.

fromLinda Heaphy – Balinese House Compounds: a Microcosom of the Universe

Bali by the Book

Sep - 10 2013 | no comments | By

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2013 October 11-15.


More than 170 famous writers, performers, artists, musicians and visionaries are slated to appear at the 2013 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) to be held October 11-15, 2013.

Coming to the festival are U.K. bestselling author Sebastian Faulks (Birdsong, Devil May Care), Lionel Shriver (We Need to Talk about Kevin), Lonely Planet co-founder Tony Wheeler, Australian cartoonist Michael Luenig and Richard Flanagan.
Coming to the Ubud festival in 2013 are Man Booker long-listed authorsvRuth Ozeki (A Tale for the Time Being) and Tash Aw (Five Star Billionaire) and India literary pop star Amish Tripathi. Other international guests include David Vann (Legend of a Suicide), two-time Miles Franklin winnerKim Scott (That Deadman Dance), American talent Nami Munn, and one of France’s most prolific writers, Alain Mabanckou.
A world-class line-up of Indonesia’s finest and most successful writers and thinkers — including preeminent poet and man-of-letters Goenawan Mohamad; award-winning writer Ayu Utami; bestselling author and singer, celebrated filmmaker Garin Nugroho; Laksmi Pamuntjak, Ahmad Fuadi and more than 45 others — ensures the 2013 Festival represents the best of Indonesian literature.
Along with the 75 sessions comprising the main program spread across three main venues, another 40 venues across Ubud will host special events, literary and cultural workshops, book launches, art programs and film screenings.

Free children’s and youth programs, including a special workshop with bestselling children’s book writer Morris Gleitzman will engage visitors of all ages.

Over five days and nights, Ubud will come alive with live music and performances, food and art markets and parties that run late into the night. Expect fascinating cross-cultural conversations, high-profile international authors, and the opportunity to discover new and exciting local voices at this year’s Ubud Writers & Readers Festival.

[Complete program for Ubud Writers and Readers Festival]
All literary paths lead to Ubud, Bali this October!
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