A Forum Bites the Dust and a Move is About to Be Made

I fancy this title because it reminds me of a 19th Century novel, and I’m feeling somewhat 19th Centuryish today.

The weather has been lovely here in the north of Bali over the past week – blue skies sprinkled with small clouds and light breezes wafting in from the Bali Sea. My hanging chimes provide a charming music that helps define the day.

As exquisite as the weather has been, the climate in the local regions of cyberspace has been somewhat turbulent over the past twenty-four hours. The Bali Expat Forum, long a fixture for Bali expats and those who would like to become expats (as well as the few Balinese and Indonesians willing to join in), is no more. So it appears, anyway, at this time. The owner and moderator has decided to call it quits, and, after offering the forum over to its members, reversed his decision and closed it down completely.

It’s a passing that I’ll mourn because the Forum, unlike many, was an excellent source of information (more for the wannabes than the expat actually) on the intricacies of land purchase, house building, shopping, and the general cultural patterns that create the boundaries of the lives that we live here.

I’m considering the possibility of creating a new Forum that would incorporate many of the elements of the old Expat Forum, but add some new ones with the hopes of making the Forum more attractive for the expats that live in Bali and hopefully for the Balinese and Indonesians who live here as well. But, for the time being, I’m still involved in the finalities of my retirement visa and making the move of people and things from my lovely village of Sekongkang in Sumbawa to my lovely city of Singaraja in Bali.

We’ve sold some of our land in Sumbawa (which I somewhat unwillingly parted with – as the need for some cash overcame my fondness for the land and its many possibilities in the future), but still have the main house which continues to be for sale or rent. I hate the idea of leaving the house in Sekongkang unoccupied, but my children’s education has to come first at this point, and as they are reaching the middle levels of the educational system in Indonesia, Bali offers a better education and better resources than they can receive in Sumbawa. So it’s with some sadness that my eldest daughter, Mercedes, and I will make our way over there later this week to pick up the rest of the family and our belongings and move back here.


~ by drbrucepk on June 23, 2008.

9 Responses to “A Forum Bites the Dust and a Move is About to Be Made”

  1. Please do! A forum is definitely needed:)

  2. Stay tuned.

  3. I have enjoyed your postings at the expat forum as well as your various blogs, podcasts, etc. over the years and think that you would make a fine administrator of a new style expat forum. Bring it on!

  4. Thanks Tony. I hope that you’ll take part as well.

  5. Im all for it Dr Bruce

  6. BaliLife here Doc – I sincerely hope you create a new forum.. I’m sure many will flock there..

  7. It’s amazing

  8. hi

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