Rice is the life-blood of Bali. It permeates every aspect of Balinese culture, and has for at least two thousand years. The current system of Subak Irrigation has been in use for at least 1000 years. This system is much more than a simple agriculture tradition, it is a tradition that is simultaneously spiritual and communal; deeply ingrained with Balinese culture. The very social structure within Bali is infused by this ancient tradition. You could even say that rice is Bali.
As water scarcity becomes a global concern, sustainable irrigation is a topic not just for farmers, experts, and pedants; it’s a topic for the mainstream. In the United States, major aquifers are being drained at alarming rates, and there hasn’t been enough snow and rainfall to replenish used supply. Solutions to our current water crisis may be found in a Balinese practice going back to the 9th-century. Subak, a crossroads of culture, religion, and irrigation.
The cost of medical coverage in Bali is much lower than it is in a country like the United States, where 643,000 people per year declare bankruptcy because of unpaid medical expenses they will never afford to be able to pay, many of these retirees. Your retirement shouldn’t be spent worrying about running out of money, and having to declare bankruptcy. It should be spent enjoying the best years of your life. Maybe someplace tropical. Maybe somewhere like Bali.
In Ubud there is a magical forest teaming with rambunctiously friendly monkeys. There are literally hundreds of them living amongst three ancient Hindu temples enshrined by hundreds of different species of rare. This place doesn’t seem real. It’s like something out of an Indiana Jones movie. The verdant overgrowth amongst the statues spread across the grounds is nearly indescribable. You are overwhelmed with a sense of light-hearted joy, and peace here. It’s impossible not to enjoy this place.
A major hospital project is currently underway in the area of Sanur, Bali. The construction portion of the project will cost about 220 billion Rp. ($15.09 million USD), and should be completed in April of 2017. The project is being assisted by Australia, including The Royal Darwin Hospital. The goal of the project is for the hospital in Bali to be just as good as the Darwin hospital in Australia. This will give a major boost to the healthcare capabilities on the island.