Distant relatives are close neighbors. Thus the proverb goes. Even though the Indonesia-Australia relations seem to heat up as a result of the execution of the two drug kingpins, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, it will gradually improve in harmony with the passage of time. Historically, geographical proximity does not necessarily make the bilateral relations always smooth. There are ups and downs. It can be caused by a variety of factors. And in the context of international relations, it is a commonplace.
Even though the current Jakarta-Canberra relations are not good, it must be understood with a cool head. It is not necessary to be very reactive to comments on the tough stance of the Prime Minister of Australia Mr. Tony Abbot and other voices in the media that do not represent the expectation of the entire people of the Kangaroo Continent.
During April this year, there are at least three temple ceremonies in three major temples in Bali. The first one is at Besakih in Karangasem County. The temple located at the foot of Mount Agung, the highest mountain in Bali, is known as the mother temple of Bali. Secondly, temple ceremony is also held at Ulun Danu Temple in Bangli County. And the last one it takes place at Penataran Ped Temple in Nusa Penida, Klungkung. To achieve this sanctum, the Hindus must cross the ocean. It can be done through some traditional harbors in Klungkung and Sanur, Denpasar. In addition, it can also be reached through Benoa Harbor.
A friend of mine who lives in Bangkok gives comments through WhatsApp how proud she is that during a full day celebration of Nyepi in Bali people have saved much energy and money. “Actually the Nyepi celebration inspires the celebration of the Earth Day becoming a trend in the world today,” said Yuni, my friend. She has been living in the White Elephant country for around 19 years. This single-child mother married to a Swiss man who works in the tourism sector.
On every Nyepi celebration, one day before, there is Pengerupukan Ceremony and usually there is Ogoh-Ogoh parade. Ogoh-Ogoh, a puppet in the shape of creepy giant is the symbol of bad characters of human and must be destroyed. This must be done so in celebrating Nyepi Day which is the Caka New Year, the human will be in a clean condition, physically and spiritually. It is the philosophy of the Ogoh-Ogoh parade and the meaning behind it.
One afternoon, Mrs. Laetitia Delvart Sugandi, General Manager of Harris Hotel & Residences Riverview Kuta made a visit to my office. This French woman married to an Indonesian man then told the story on how the condition of hotel business in Bali that tended to decrease this time. It was trigged by many causes, said Mrs. Leti, as he is familiarly addressed.
After that, the woman who also occupies a position in the Sport Department of the Bali Hotel Association (BHA) slightly detailed a number of the causes. Some of them are the AirAsia flight disaster, political and economic conditions at home and outside the country and the execution plan of the two members of the Bali Nine group, the drug kingpin from Australian. Yes, the issue of Bali Nine inevitably makes the diplomatic relations between Jakarta and Canberra heat.
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