Creatures & comfort

The Amanikan is far from a pedestrian island-hopping jaunt.

Friday, 2 March, 2012, 12:00am

In Brief

Volcanic ash delays Bali flights

Cathay Pacific reported that flights to and from Bali were disrupted by the eruption of an Indonesian volcano. Flight 785 to Denpasar, which turned back to Hong Kong because of an ash cloud, is rescheduled to depart again at noon today. Flight 784 from Denpasar was also grounded and is expected to be delayed until 5.45pm local time today.

28 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Shoot for the moon

Most visitors to Bali are not encouraged to stay in the capital, Denpasar, by fellow travellers, guide books or guides. It would be reasonable to assume the city is bereft of the exotic Hindu and Buddhist treasures that dot the rest of this Indonesian paradise, and to imagine it devoid of the ceremonial and artistic splendour associated with the luxuriant little island.

5 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Touching the void

I'm sitting in Gado Gado restaurant, in Seminyak, on Bali's once-thriving southwest coast. I'm under cover but outside a monsoonal torrent is barrelling down, gobs of rain lashing the leaves of the cottonwood trees. Puddles form in seconds. Streams spring from nowhere. It's the kind of storm you could watch for hours, if only I had someone to watch it with.

8 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Court endorses traffickers' death sentences

The Supreme People's Court has approved seven death sentences for drug trafficking offences.

Xinhua said they involved five cases of heroin trafficking or cross-border trafficking.

Gao Guijun , presiding judge of the court's Fifth Criminal Court was quoted as saying the death sentences were justified because the convictions were based on 'solid evidence'.

26 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Why only eight Bali Nine? - one executed

Creative rugby fans have always come in costumes that go with the times. Last year (and this year) there were guys in Sars-proof wear. This year we found the Bali Nine.

The group of Australians donning black and white stripped prison garments, complete with serial numbers, was busy wolfing down beef pies when SevenSeen caught on to them.

2 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Tourists shocked but not deterred

International tourists, who have been slowly returning to the Indonesian holiday island of Bali, were shocked to learn that a bomb had exploded in a luxury Jakarta hotel the day they arrived - just nine months after two bombs killed 202 people in Kuta's nightclub district.

6 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Tourists view fiasco as pre-flight entertainment

Tourists are incredible creatures. They wear strange clothes they wouldn't be seen dead in at home. They practise weird rituals of sun worship and self-gratification. They drink too much and atone for it afterwards.

26 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Popping in to Puri Anyar for a hob-nob with the king

DESPITE the scandals surrounding the Princess of Wales's ''squidgy'' tapes and the Duchess of York's Texan toe-snogger, people will do almost anything to get a glimpse of royalty.

28 Mar 1993 - 12:00am