Ubudian

Ubudian 

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Ubudian posted on the thread Looking for villas in remote areas of Bali on the Bali forum

No problem, I'll let Professor, Doctor Wayan know not to bother wasting his time answering your e-mail.

Seems to me that a logical person would at least pay a visit themselves before making any firm decisions, but then again, I just can't help my self when it comes to common sense. 

I hope South American works better for you.

Ubudian posted on the thread Topics closed on the Indonesia forum

"He was a DJ.  He must be used to watching the important people lurk away the whereabouts unknown while he stands there playing with his records."

What do you reckon, were those records 45 short plays or 33 1/3 long plays?     :offtopic:

Ubudian posted on the thread Presidential election on the Indonesia forum

"CNN particularly takes a side in absolutely every single conflict."

That's an odd thing about reporters in war zones...they tend to learn right from wrong and take sides pretty quickly. ;)

Ubudian posted on the thread Topics closed on the Indonesia forum

The present moderating on this board is almost laughable.  On one hand you have a moderator asking for a thread to stay on topic, while it clearly was on topic, and yet at the same time ignoring a full thread on Panama posted on this board.

Ubudian posted on the thread Presidential election on the Indonesia forum

Stop by the office of the FCC (Foreign Correspondents Club) in HK some day and run that scenario by them.  Be sure to read the list of reporters killed while covering stories, which is on the wall in their bar.

Ubudian posted on the thread Presidential election on the Indonesia forum

The BBC...where journalism is still an honored profession. 

Al Jazzera is also excellent, and becoming more and more like the BBC with many interesting and in depth stories honestly covered.

Ubudian posted on the thread Looking for villas in remote areas of Bali on the Bali forum

You need to come to Bali and see for yourself.  It's a bit of a haul from Tasmania, but not too bad.   

For me, and I live in a semi-remote, but certainly traditional village, dogs and garbage have never been an issue. 

One needs to consider the source when reading exaggerations about Bali.  For some, the very fact that they can't live here is motive enough to disparage the place.   ;)

Cheers, Roy

Ubudian posted on the thread Topics closed on the Indonesia forum

IMHO you've always demonstrated an objective view point and a keen eye for spotting what would be flamers or trolls. 

I think you would be very fair and reasonable.  Moreover, I can't recall you ever "loosing your cool" or showing anger. 

Finally, you've been here longer than anyone else, and you have an excellent and in depth understanding, knowledge and appreciation of Indonesian culture.   

I am confident that the Indonesia board would run a great deal smoother and even become richer with valued information for expats under your moderation. 

Anyway, that's my opinion.

Ubudian posted on the thread Presidential election on the Indonesia forum

"That's just crazy.  Isn't the fourth estate supposed to go into war zones?  Don't journalists pride themselves on reporting their stories in helmets and body armor?"

Hailey, a reporter's insight and knowledge of a country they report on isn't gained by wearing helmets and body armor.

My comments about Atika were based on her excellent knowledge, insight and understanding of this incredibly complex and diverse country.

Ubudian posted on the thread Topics closed on the Indonesia forum

Hi Julien,

I'm sure Ive already missed this meeting...Bali time, what can I say?

If I can add my two cents, I agree entirely with Fred and Luke, who as you might know, are both long standing expatriates here in Indonesia.

If I can offer a quick suggestion...put Fred on your list of moderators, but only with the power to moderate threads on the Indonesia boards, and ask the other mods to leave Indonesia alone unless Fred goes on a very long and extended walk about.

Sorry to volunteer you Fred without any prior discussion.  IMHO, you are the right person for the task.

Ubudian posted on the thread Closing Topic - Jakowi/JK on the Indonesia forum

Mia, have a look at that thread now.  ;)

"But Republicans are also far more likely to want to leave the country at the moment."

Not in the US, Hailey, in fact, they are the least willing to move away.  For conservatives (Republicans), in the US, the entire idea of expatriating is tantamount to treason...and I kid you not. 

And, it would surprise the dickens out of me if anyone could come up with viable data that shows that right leaning (conservatives) in any country are more prone to join the expatriate community than left leaning (liberals).

Mia, you shouldn't have to apologize, because the simple fact is that national politics are just as important to expats as they are to nationals.

It does not please me one bit that in-depth and frank discussions on these issues seems to go against forum policy in some manner, as IMHO, that only means that the forum venue is not serious about its intention to provide a place for useful and salient information for expatriates.

A little less moderation would go a long way here, IMHO.

Ubudian posted on the thread Presidential election on the Indonesia forum

Hailey,

Ever since Atika Schubert, CNN correspondent and producer was transferred out of Jakarta not long after the first Bali bombing, there hasnt been a replacement who has nearly the insight and understanding of Indonesia as Ms. Schubert.

IMHO, the idea of a military coup now is nothing but tabloid fear mongering. 

Any coup now would have to be against our current President, SBY, and the loyalty of the military to him is about as unquestionable as the loyalty of the US military to President Obama.

And Tom, the preparations and action you took in 1998 during the devastating financial crisis cannot be even remotely compared to present day Indonesia.

Ubudian posted on the thread Moving to Bali on the Bali forum

"If a gentleman can't offer compliment to a pretty young lady, what hope is there for the world?"

Amen, and my personal sentiments as well!   :top:

Ubudian posted on the thread Looking for villas in remote areas of Bali on the Bali forum

When I first moved to Bali almost 16 years ago, Seminyak was still about 80% farm land, or sawah...rice fields.  Today there isn't one are of farm land or sawah left in Seminyak.  Greed and development took precedent, just as it previously had in Kuta, Legian, Kerobokan, and other areas of southern Bali. 

While those radical changes to southern Bali are irreversible, many Balinese living outside southern Bali have taken notice, and they are not willing to see their ancestral lands succumb to concrete, paved roads, and endless development. 

This photo, linked below, is just one of many overt expressions by Balinese outside of southern Bali which reflects current thinking, and this thinking is growing. 

http://www.homeinbali.com/forum/uploads … 867409.jpg

Representative of this new wave of thinking is the foundation of this organization in Bali, called Sawah Bali:

http://www.sawahbali.org/

Or their Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/yayasansawahbali

The days of remote villas located in prime and currently undeveloped lands on Bali are numbered.  And, as leases come up for renewal in future years, many of them built on lands where they should have never have been built in the first place, will not be renewed, and the structures removed.

Things are changing here, and in IMHO, for the better.