Vyt’s Line

July 23, 2012

Lies, the Devalued Currency of Politics

Lies, the Devalued Currency of Politics We expect our friends to tell the truth, because it forms the core of trust. We are disappointed if they deceive us and betray – Read More...
July 19, 2012

Frontier Bali, with an Eye on the ‘Elderly’

By Vyt Karazija Bali’s grand plan for tourism seems to be a bit of a dog’s breakfast. It doesn’t really seem to be a plan as such – it’s more – Read More...
July 11, 2012

Bali as Jakarta’s Cash Cow

By Vyt Karazija Bali’s popular and caring governor, I Made Mangku Pastika, is again in the news as being concerned about the effect of tourism on the island. “Tourism has – Read More...
July 2, 2012

Driving Away With a Dream

By Vyt Karazija Her eyes are alight and she is suffused with a joy that I have rarely seen before. Her usually stoic nature is transformed by the radiance that – Read More...
June 25, 2012

Do Smart Phones Make You Smarter?

By Vyt Karazija I resisted. God, how I resisted. I kept saying to anyone who would listen, “Why would anyone need a fancy phone that lets you get emails, access – Read More...
June 18, 2012

Gaga Saga Is Over, but Same Old Song Is Sung

By Vyt Karazija The shouting, threats and moralising are over. The vicious little thugs of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) got their way, of course – there is no one – Read More...
May 28, 2012

On the Fast-Track Out

By Vyt Karazija Knowing that I could not travel for a few months, I grudgingly surrendered my passport and soon-to-be-expired KITAS residency permit to the Immigration office. Of course the – Read More...
May 15, 2012

A Bali Urchin’s Early Start to Unreal Expectations

By Vyt Karazija The tourist wheels into the coffee shop at a pace faster than is customary in Bali. His face, though kindly, is flushed with a tinge of annoyance and – Read More...
May 9, 2012

Stingy Bali Tourists, Or Bali Government?

By Vyt Karazija The chairman of Bali’s Tourism Board, Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya, opened his mouth wide last Wednesday, and firmly inserted his foot. Annoyed that, despite a rise in total – Read More...
April 30, 2012

Security Sanctions Sabotage Smooth Sending

By Vyt Karazija My guests have left, the last minute rush to collect belongings before they head off to the airport is over and peace once more descends upon the – Read More...
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