'Dog Doctor' Saves Canines In Indonesia

Indonesian doctor Susana Somali and her staff cut tightly-bound plastic ropes off dozens of whimpering dogs rescued from the butcher's block after being sold or abandoned during the coronavirus pandemic.Somali's sprawling Jakarta complex, home to about 1,400 canines, has become a refuge for at-risk animals as cash-strapped owners sell them into the Southeast Asian nation's controversial dog meat trade.Mostly acting on tip-offs, Somali and her team hit the streets looking for st

12 July 2020

Bali's Open-Air Burials Endure Despite Pandemic

For centuries Bali's Trunyanese people have left their dead to decompose in the open, the bodies placed in bamboo cages until only the skeletons remain. It is a ritual they haven't given up - even as the COVID-19 pandemic upends burial practices worldwide with religious leaders in protective gear, cemetery workers in hazmat suits, and mourners banned or unable to comfort each other because of social-distancing rules.Across Indonesia funeral workers are now required to wear

17 June 2020

Bali's Chinese tourists fear virus-hit homeland

Hundreds of Chinese tourists on vacation in Bali are scrambling to avoid going home, fearing both infection from the deadly new coronavirus and Beijing's handling of the epidemic.Concerns over the rapidly-spreading outbreak prompted Indonesia to shut down all flights to and from China, hammering the bottom lines of restaurants, hotels, travel agents and interpreters on the popular resort island.But with more than 2,800 dead from the COVID-19 illness on the Chinese mainland, and entire ci

2 March 2020

Stranded Chinese tourists offered flights home

Thousands of Chinese tourists stranded in Bali after Indonesia suspended flights over coronavirus fears will be offered charter flights home, China's consulate on the holiday island said Thursday.A diplomatic notice said Beijing was arranging flights for Friday back to Wuhan - the epicentre of the deadly outbreak which has killed over 500 people and spread around the world.Many of the marooned tourists are from the stricken city and surrounding Hubei province, the consulate said, but it

7 February 2020

How Do Malaysians Spend Their Honeymoon? We Asked 7 Couples

Ah, honeymoon. The period when spouses haven’t begun bickering on piled-up dishes, toilet seat positions and whose hair is all over the floor.All the more reason you should cherish this brief moment. Make it count. Throw a dart on a map, book a flight with, get a room at!Now on to the question, how much do Malaysians typically spend on a honeymoon?

22 March 2019

Singapore has a better Bali on its doorstep

Singapore’s second-largest developer has a suggestion for the government: re-position the billionaire enclave of Sentosa as a tourism mecca like Bali.Property values at Sentosa Cove, a residential area nestled on a tiny island off the south coast, have been hit particularly hard, with home prices down about 30 percent from the highs seen in 2010.

22 February 2019

Global finance chiefs descend on Bali

A decade after the guardians of the world economy united to save it from depression, the scope for such shock-and-awe policies has all but dried up.It was 10 years ago on Monday that the Federal Reserve (Fed) and five fellow central banks banded together for a rare coordinated interest rate cut.

8 October 2018

Losing our water to tourism

Tioman Island on the east coast of Malaysia first appeared on the world’s radar after its beaches were depicted in the 1958 movie South Pacific as ‘Bali Hai’. In the 1970s, the island was named by Time magazine as one of the world’s most beautiful islands. Since then, the island’s tourism industry has grown by leaps and bounds. Like many other small islands, the dwellers there have always faced a water shortage.

25 July 2018

Tourism could boost Indonesia’s economy

 Indonesia is an archipelago that is made up of over 16,000 islands, many of them with their own unique attractions from diving spots with diverse marine life, beautiful beaches with pristine waters and places with rich histories. Examples of such places include Borobudur, Morotai Islands and Labuan Bajau. While such places are beautiful in their own right, many of them remain unknown and under the radar.

12 April 2018

Bali declares 'garbage emergency' amid sea of waste

Bali's palm-fringed Kuta beach has long been a favourite with tourists seeking sun and surf, but nowadays its golden shoreline is disappearing under a mountain of garbage.Plastic straws and food packaging are strewn between sunbathers, while surfers bobbing behind the waves dodge waste flushed out from rivers or brought in by swirling currents."When I want to swim, it is not really nice.

29 December 2017

Indonesia boosts security for Christmas, New Year

Indonesia will deploy some 180,000 security personnel ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays, authorities said Friday, following the arrests of more than a dozen suspected militants in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country.Thirteen suspected militants were arrested in separate, pre-emptive raids across the Southeast Asian nation earlier this month.Many of the suspects were proven to have links to the Islamic State group or had fought in Syria.Police spokesman Martinus Sitompu

22 December 2017

Mount Agung’s eruption: Of cancelled flights and climate change

According to the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB), a pinkish plume was seen over Mount Agung in Bali early on Monday morning.The head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency of Indonesia, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho shared a photograph on Twitter of the plume rising form the volcano in Bali.

13 December 2017