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U.S. intelligence officials are leaning toward the theory that "those in the cockpit" -- the pilots of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 -- were responsible for the mysterious disappearance of the commercial jetliner, a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the latest thinking told CNN on Saturday.
The revelation followed news that Malaysian authorities searched the home of the lead pilot, a move that came the same day that Prime Minister Najib Razak told reporters the plane veered off course due to apparent deliberate action taken by somebody on board.


The Malaysian government had been looking for a reason to search the home of the pilot and the co-pilot for several days. But it was only in the last 24 to 36 hours, when radar and satellite data came to light, that authorities believed they had sufficient reason to go through the residences, according to the U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
"The Malaysians don't do this lightly," the official said. It's not clear whether the Malaysian government believes one or both the men could be responsible for what happened when the Boeing 777-200 ER disappeared March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.


What we know about the cockpit crew


The official emphasized no final conclusions have been drawn and all the internal intelligence discussions are based on preliminary assessments of what is known to date.
Other scenarios could still emerge. The notion of a hijacking has not been ruled out, the official said.


A source close to the investigation told CNN that Malaysian police had searched the home of pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah, 53. Shah lives in an upscale gated community in Shah Alam, outside Malaysia's capital of Kuala Lumpur.


Two vans were loaded with small bags, similar to shopping bags, at the home of the co-pilot, 27-year-old Farq Ab Hamid, according to a CNN crew who observed activities at the residence. It was unclear whether the bags were taken from the home, and police made no comment about their activities there.
Najib made clear in a press conference that in light of the latest developments, authorities have refocused their investigation to the crew and passengers on board.
Undoubtedly, they will scour through the flight manifest and look further to see whether any of the passengers on board had flight training or connections to terror groups.
A senior U.S. law enforcement official told CNN that investigators are carefully reviewing the information so far collected on the pilots to determine whether there is something to indicate a plan or a motive.


That would seem supported by preliminary U.S. intelligence reports, which the U.S. official said show the jetliner was in some form of controlled flight at a relatively stable altitude and path when it changed course and flew toward the Indian Ocean. It is presumed by U.S. officials to have crashed, perhaps after running out of fuel.
'Someone acting deliberately'


The first clue that perhaps one or both of the pilots were involved stem from when the plane made a sharp, deliberate turn from where it last communicated with Kuala Lumpur air traffic controllers, and before it would have to communicate with Vietnamese controllers, according to the U.S. official with knowledge of the latest intelligence thinking.
"This is the perfect place to start to disappear," the official said.


Military radar showed the jetliner flew in a westerly direction back over the Malaysian peninsula, Najib said. It is then believed to have either turned northwest toward the Bay of Bengal or southwest elsewhere in the Indian Ocean, he said.


"Evidence is consistent with someone acting deliberately from inside the plane," the Prime Minister said, officially confirming the plane's disappearance was not caused by an accident. "....Despite media reports that the plane was hijacked, we are investigating all major possibilities on what caused MH370 to deviate."
The focus of the search is now in the southern Indian Ocean. "The southern scenario seems more plausible," the official said.


Meanwhile, according to Najib, new satellite information leads authorities to be fairly certain that someone disabled the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System, or ACARS, just before the aircraft reached the east coast of peninsular Malaysia.


"Shortly afterward, near the border between Malaysian and Vietnamese air traffic control," Najib said, "the aircraft's transponder was switched off."
ACARS is the system that routinely transmits information like turbulence and fuel load back to the airline. A transponder is a system controlled from the cockpit that transmits data about the plane via radio signals to air traffic controllers. It combines with ground radar to provide air traffic controllers with details about the plane, including its identification, speed, position and altitude.
The last voice communication from the cockpit a week ago were these words: "All right, good night."

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Arik is a film maker, photographer and designer from Jakarta who moved to Bali four years to breath fresh air. When not working on projects (like designing this magazine) he can be found traveling around Indonesia, patting dogs or

cruising in no particular direction around Bali in his jeep.

- Camping in Trunyan Village on Lake Batur. Although only accessible by boat it‛s well worth the trek.

- Drinking as much F.R.E.A.K coffee as possible. Look for it all over the island to fuel your day.

- Visiting Lempuyang Temple, which has a magical ambience not found anywhere else on the island. .

- Drinking juice or es buah at Moena Fresh.

- Listening to live music at Lezat.

 

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We've all experienced too much stress as a result of too many family obligations, looking after an elder parent, a newborn baby, 60+ hour work week, and of course the one that tops the list, financial worries. Our fast-paced, unstoppable life has finally caught up with us and it seems as though there's never enough time in the day. The everyday becomes the mundane, your body slowly loses energy, becoming emotionally and physically exhausted. You've gone full throttle until you eventually burnout. Now is the time to slow down, shift gears and simplify your life.

The island of Bali is in itself, a natural detox destination. Bali is a tranquil setting, perfect for healing, restoration, recharging your batteries and awakening your senses. Everything about this mystical land is intoxicating, yet calming. The fascinating Balinese culture, Hinduism, myriad of ceremonies, beautiful people and stunning landscapes will take your breath away.

Take a day to begin your recovery with an early morning walk along the Campuan Ridg, gazing at exquisitely terraced, emerald rice paddies and passing farmers tending to their harvest. Get lost in thought - pick a tiny, dirt path and begin meandering. Don’t worry about where you’ll end up; it’s the joy of an unknown destination that will pique your curiosity. Breathe in the crisp air and smell the dew as it gently rests upon each stalk of rice. Just as the sun rises, you may catch a glimpse of the legendary white herons soaring above Ubud as they make their daily flightpath. Unwind, slow down and bring in a renewed sense of well-being into your life.

Afterwards, head 20 minutes northeast to Tirta Empul in Tampak Siring, a natural spring known for its holy water. More than a thousand years old, the Balinese still make pilgrimages to bathe in its sacred water. Join devout Hindus as they immerse themselves in the water to purify themselves. Cup your hands together under the myriad of water spouts and ever so-slightly, splash water over your head or symbolically bathe your head, to experience this age-old ritual. Legend states the water has magic healing powers and by undergoing the purification ceremony, you will feel its healing properties.

For a town no bigger than one square mile, Ubud proper has a multitude of healthy eating options. Whether you are a vegan, vegetarian, raw foodie, or just want to eat wholesome food, conscious eating is what it's all about. Since recovery begins from the inside out, it is important that we start with fresh, organic foods that are full of vital nutrients. From wheat grass shots and macrobiotic salads, to a rainbow medley of fresh juices and organic Indonesian food, the choices are limitless. End your meal with a tantalizing array of homemade raw chocolates and desserts. Eating well is the most important ingredient for good health and energizing yourself.

No visit to Ubud is complete without yoga. There are three main studios in town (Yoga Barn, Intuitive Flow and Radiantly Alive) that should all be sampled for their excellent selection of teachers, styles and glorious views of town. Consider taking a Restorative Yoga class, a slow paced style that uses yoga props - blankets, pillows, blocks and straps - to support and open the energy body. You won’t sweat, but instead, will be guided through a number of longer held poses for up to 15 minutes. Your only challenge is to surrender to gravity and allow the earth to support you.

Lastly, indulge in a little 'me' time at one of Ubud’s traditional massage centers or healing spas. Massages are an amazing antidote to stress and a powerful, yet calming way to relax. They literally soothe our nerves and produce a sense of well-being. Not only are there are many types of massages - head-to-toe, luxuriating, healing, four-hand, cleansing and invigorating treatments - but the venues are unforgettable. Imagine a massage alongside a trickling river, or under a thatched roof amongst the dense cover of palm fronds in the jungle. Massages run the gamut from traditional Balinese, deep tissue, reflexology, hot stone, or mandi lulur, which begins with a body scrub, followed by a soothing massage. Lastly, there is Ayurveda, the ancient science of healing. One of the most restorative treatments is Shirodhara, a traditional method where an ever-flowing stream of warm oil is poured over your forehead. The feeling is pure bliss and the end result is a total sense of wellness and mental clarity.

During your journey here, tune out, unplug and leave all the gadgets behind. You will be awestruck by Bali and all that has transpired during your visit here.

By Wendy Kassel

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MARRIAGE IS challenging. Cross-cultural marriages, doubly so. From the obvious differences that are apparent to the outside world, such as skin colour, to the endless subtle nuances that unfold over time and illuminate differences, couples uniting two cultures require an abundance of compassion, patience and understanding.

All cross-cultural marriages share challenges around citizenship, identity, customs, extended family, raising children, finances and more. Here in Bali, cross-cultural marriages have some unique challenges related to family compound living, gender division in Balinese ceremonies, religion, emotional expression and arguing, the concept of vacations, commitments to community, and learning Balinese language.

These four couples are finding their way through.

Hillary Kane, USA

I Made Janur Yasa, Bali

Both Hillary and Janur were living in Taos, New Mexico, a town named by a Native American tribe as “place of red willows”, however, their paths never crossed there. Their initial encounter with each other happened only years later through mutual friends in Ubud, Bali.

Their love was initially fuelled by their shared interest in travelling and the hobbies they enjoyed in Taos, especially the outdoors and trekking. On their first date, they climbed Mt. Agung, and have since tackled the Himalayas and beyond.

These world travelers have lived in Africa, Asia and North America.

“I think our similar ability to live in and appreciate other cultures on a worldwide level certainly contributes to our strength as a couple from different worlds,” says Hillary. In addition to their shared love of trekking, biking, swimming, and simply being in nature, these two also love cooking (together, or for one another) and more recently, creating a home together with their twins.

“Our differences abound, too—sometimes along cultural lines, sometimes just as two different people- -but in most cases one balances the other in a sort of yin-yang symbiosis.”

“Our strength [as a couple] comes from our ability to allow one another’s differences,” says Hillary. “Our love springs from the potential to help one another become more fully, wholly, and beautifully ourselves as individuals.”

Fredrik Gadd, Germany

Ni Putu Yanti Purnamasari, Bali

Ni Putu Yanti Purnamasari met Fredrik Gadd through a mutual friend on a beach in Bali. Putu hails from Warnasari, Jembrana, Bali and Fredrik from Ängelholm, Sweden. They were together for a year before marrying in January 2008. They are raising their two sons close to extended family in Negara, West Bali.

“People in Bali have a much stronger social network of family, relatives, neighbors, village, banjar, and friends,” says Fredrik. “Our neighbors and family bring us food all the time. The Balinese are very generous and helpful, more relaxed, less stressed.”

“Balinese prioritize life differently, spending time with people and having time for reflection. Maybe the biggest difference is that Balinese generally do not show anger. They swallow almost every injustice with a smile... up to a certain point.”

“We take care of our kids differently,” says Putu. “For example, at bedtime, most Balinese children often go to sleep whenever they want but Swedish kids often at a certain time every day. Maybe it’s best to get the kids in bed so they are not too tired in school but also let there be exceptions so that they can enjoy evenings with guests and family sometimes. Another example is with sweets and teeth. Most Balinese kids get sweets whenever they want and rarely brush their teeth. Swedish kids often have sweets one or two times per week and have to brush their teeth every morning and evening. The Balinese way is not good for the teeth of the children, but the Swedish way can lead to many conflicts. In Bali, the kids are treated as kings, but in Sweden the parents always decide. The Balinese do not want to be around whining and crying kids. It’s too stressful because the kids and parents are home together much more, so the kids often get what they want.”

While parents in Sweden are more strict, in Bali they’re more flexible, says Putu, “The best is maybe somewhere in between.”

“We respond differently when we have a fight,” offers Putu. “Fredrik wants to talk, and I want to go away and be alone.”

“Relationships between locals and western people are different,” says Putu. “Fredrik and I appreciate each other more. We talk about everything and have more physical contact. If we have problems, we always try to solve it. If Balinese couples fight, they often just walk away without solving it.”

Paul Davidson, Australia

Putu Eka Budayani, Bali

Paul Davidson came from the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia, to Bali a few times a year to go surfing, and stayed at the same hotel each time in Legian. Putu Eka Budayani from Singaraja, Bali, worked around the corner and would sit outside reading the morning paper.

“We began to casually say, ‘Hi’,” recalls Paul. “After a year and a few trips, I invited her for coffee. After 3 months, she said yes. During 2 more trips to Bali, we became close friends. She would meet me at the airport and on her days off we would travel around the island together.”

“Fortunately, one time my plane was cancelled for 5 days due to volcanic ash from Java. It was Galungan [a Balinese festival celebrated every 210 days], so Putu had some free time, too. We spent that week travelling around together and also visited her family. Back home in Australia, my phone bill began to cost more than a trip to Bali. It was time to follow my heart. I booked a one way ticket to Bali 4 years ago, and the rest, as they say, is history.”

Putu and Paul have been together for 4 years now and have welcomed their daughter Ni Luh Jessica Jay Davidson into the world.

“It still amazes us how much alike we are,” says Paul. “We share the same sense of humour, honesty and loyalty, as well as our appetite for nasi (rice). We both enjoy a simple life of family and friends and just hanging out together. We also love to travel and both have large, very close, loving families both here and in Australia.”

“The biggest difference [between the two of us] would be Putu’s patience, resilience and understanding. Balinese people are masters in this area. Sing ken ken (no problem), as she says, and nothing ever is.”

“I have learned to understand more about people from different cultural backgrounds, an understanding that we are all sama sama tapi berbeda (all the same but different),” says Putu. “Early on, I also thought it would be hard sometimes for my husband to understand Balinese culture, but I think he must have been Balinese in a past life. All my family thinks so too. He took to my culture like a duck to water, even becoming Hindu.”

For Paul, becoming Hindu was necessary to legally marry in Indonesia, as both parties have to be of the same religion. “My

wife offered to change her religion to mine, a non-practicing Christian, however, I felt her religion was more spiritual, gentle and sincere and that for Balinese people being Hindu is not just something you choose, but it is a part of you since birth.”

The family of three offers traditional Hindu blessings for their home, family, car, bike, food, and each other every new moon and full moon at home. They also participate in all special Balinese ceremonies throughout the year in Putu’s family village.

“I just really like the simplicity of ceremony and giving thanks,” says Paul. “My wife even does ceremonies for my guitars and surfboard. It’s amazing to watch our daughter at 15 months hold her hands clasped together to drink holy water during a ceremony. It truly is genetic for Balinese people and, as a family, keeps tranquility and harmony in our lives.”

“I’ve learned to be more patient (sabar, sabar) and to accept things the way they are,” says Paul. “I’ve also learned what a committed loving partner I have to share my life with.”

Meghan Pappenheim, USA

I Made Gunarta, Bali

One day in Ubud, I Made Gunarta (Dekgun) walked into the classroom of New Yorker Meghan Pappenheim (Meg), who was working to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree in art history, anthropology and Asian studies. He walked out a changed man.

“He gave a lecture to my class about how we students should not be ‘schtupping’ the locals,” recalls Meg. It seems she chose not to follow his advice, and they have been together since October 1992. They have lived together Bali, Alaska and New York, have had two children and created a variety of successful businesses together, including The BaliSpirit Festival.

Meg and “Dek” share a commitment to the prosperity of their community while respecting local culture, fair trade and

the environment.

“In New York City, we have space and anonymity even on a crowded subway,” says Meg. “Living in Bali, there is absolutely no space nor privacy in the confines of our Balinese compound.”

“We are both artistic and entrepreneurial. We are both dreamers and manifesters,” says Meg. “One big difference is that I could shift my reality regularly while Dek could stay in the same pattern for years. Past life experience dictates our current comfort levels.”

Over two decades in relationship together, Meg says, she has learned, “Patience. Compassion. We each are individuals and need to have our individual lives within the larger umbrella of the family unit.”

Meg offers a warning to lovers who consider accepting Balinese traditions to live here with their beloved. Balinese families traditionally co-sleep, meaning that the family can curl up together like a pile of puppies in a shared bed. “Don’t sleep with the kids if you want to get some nookie!” she says.

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