Name: Meghan Pappenheim
From: New York
Marital status: Married with a daughter
What can be done to improve Baliâ€™s image?
Pay more attention to the trash – many people who come here complain about it.
Are you satisfied with the current level of security?
I am. Iâ€™m from New York and Iâ€™ve seen lots of dangerous things there. In comparison, I find Bali is safe enough.
Is the central government doing enough to improve Indonesia?
Not yet. They can do better if they want, especially with education.
I donâ€™t see enough teachers working in schools nowadays. I think itâ€™s better that one teacher handles only 15 students instead of 30. I notice there are also madrassah (Islamic schools) everywhere now. Unfortunately, I donâ€™t think theyâ€™re good schools, as they teach the students to become radicals. Iâ€™m afraid in the future those children will turn this country undemocratic and only approve their own religion and beliefs. This, I think, is not good for tourism.
What are the challenges that lie ahead?
The fanatical new generation; environmental pollution; and the inability of the government to give poor people and rich people equal service.
Whereâ€™s the hottest spot in Bali right now?
Bali Spirit Yoga in Ubud, which I own! Itâ€™s a community centre where we practice yoga, watch movies and serve healthy food. (BT/AS)