For more information visit www.interhash2016.com
INTERHASH NEWSLETER DECEMBER 2015
Lots of things have been happening since we last spoke.
Here is our Bali Interhash 2016 E-Newsletter update of the events of October and November from Sunny Bali.
We have just had a great Pan Indo event with 2000 hashers from all over South East Asia and beyond heading to Pandaan near Surabaya where the event was brilliantly hosted by the ‘Palm Family’.
Our IH16 team were at IAH 2015 Portland and a big thank you to Lofty, Yoadrian and Midget Molester for being there to look after things.
We love our volcanoes, and if you don’t like one, we have others.
Lombok’s Rinjani Volcano has been disrupting flights in and out of Bali lately, but seems to have settled down a little with the beginning of the November rains.
All flights are back to normal, however volcanos are very unpredictable, so who can tell.
On the subject of getting to Bali and into Indonesia in general there is some good news for you.
Getting in again!
So, it’s now official. We mentioned last month that Indonesia would add more countries to their free short stay visa facility, well now that is well and truly official.
The following 90 countries are extended Visa Free Facilities:
Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland,France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Holland / Netherlands, Hong Kong, Hungary,India, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Kuwait, Laos,Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives,Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Myanmar, New Zealand, Norway, Oman,Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Rumania, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia,South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan,Tanzania, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vatican, Venezuela, Vietnam.
However, it is important to note that the visa-free facility on arrival is available only through 5 designated Airports: Bali, Batam, Jakarta, Medan and Surabaya and 4 Seaports: Citra Tri Tunas, Marina TelukSenimba, Nongsa Terminal,Bahari and Sekupang, Batam Center,
Remember departure points where visa free tourists may exit from the countrymust be made only through specified International Airports, Seaports and Land borders.
Departure points are:
Airports: Aceh, Bali, Balikpapan, Bandung, Batam, Jakarta, Kupang, Manado, Medan, Padang, Palembang, Pekanbaru, Semarang, Solo, Surabaya andYogyakarta.
Seaports :Nongsa , Sekupang, Batam Center, Harbor Bay, Marina TelukSenimba, Batam; Bandar BentanTelani, Bandar Seri Udana, and Tanjung Pinang on Bintan, TgBalaiKarimun; Dumai Riau; TelukNibungTg. BalaiAsahan; Bandar Sri Setia Raya Bengkalis; Belawan Medan; Kuala Langsa; Sibolga, Siak Seri Indrapura Riau; Padang; Bengkulu port; Benoa and Padang Bai Bali; TgPriok Jakarta, YosSudarso Cirebon; Tg Mas Semarang, Surabaya, Makassar; Bitung port; KupangNunukan, MalundungTarakan; and Jayapura.
Land borders: Mota’anAtambua and Entikong, Kalimantan.
Tourist Visa Free Facilities are valid for only 30 days and are non-extendable and cannot be converted into any other type of visa.
If you wish to stay longer than 30-days then you can voluntarily pay the USD 35 visa on arrival. This then allows you one 30 day extension.
For more information visit www.indonesia.travel
We are panning on supplying free bus transfers from the Denpasar (Bali) I Gusti ngurah Rai Airport to the IH16 HQ in Sanur. There will also be a ‘Help Desk’ there for lost and lonely hashers.
The rego price at the moment is US$225 or RM 830 and this will be the price up until the 31st January 2016.
The registration now stands at 4882 from over 60 different countries, but I see a number of you guys have still not paid, that means officially you are not registered, so please get those rego fees paid up.
For the ‘Fast Track’ treatment that worked so well in Borobudur please make sure we have your current email address, your passport (or ID Card) details showing your date of birth and more importantly that you are fully paid up (bring your receipt of rego payment).
If you are fully paid and have submitted all your details we require then you will be eligible for FASTRACK registration that worked so well in Borobudur (no queues!).
To apply for FASTRACK registration please send us all your details and proof of rego payment to firstname.lastname@example.org
The IH2016 HQ is the Grand Bali Beach in Sanur, a 20 minute drive from the airport.
The hotel has a large registration area and lots of swimming pools so bring you bathing costume as you will be able to have a swim after the runs. The hotel also has a great beach bar which I know will be very popular. As in Borobudur we have negotiated hasher friendly prices on drinks.
There is plenty of room outside the hotel for the buses to the runs so you won’t have to walk far.
With regards to the stage party venue, you will find that directly in front of the hotel beachside.
There will be a bazaar area within the hotel grounds and the hotel are charging us US$60 per booth for the whole week of the event (Tuesday to Monday). We can organize a booth for you with the hotel.
Items must be Hash or Sport related as food and drink are supplied by the hotel.
For a booth Email us on IH16events@yahoo.com . Once you have registered for your booth we will bill you for the US$60 or you can pay when you arrive in Bali.
Please note that non hasher staff at your booth will be charged US$100 during the event.
Most of the runsites have already been uploaded on the website. There are 11 runsites in all: BEDUGUL- Tabanan, PEKARANGAN BATURITI � Tabanan,LAPANGAN TEMBAK SEMBUNG � Badung, BATULANTANG � Badung, SANGEH � Badung, GOA GAJAH (Elephant Caves) � Gianyar, TAMPAKSIRING � Gianyar,GOA LAWAH (Bat Caves) � Semarapura, PANTAI PADANG PADANG (famous surfing beach) � Uluwatu, PANTAI PANDAWA (famous surfing beach) � Uluwatu,NUSA PENIDA (a small island close to Bali) � Klungkung.
Then for all you competitive bastards there is the ‘Ball Breaker Run’ at Lapangan Petang (Badung Regency).
We are looking for Circle Masters. Email us at IH16events@yahoo.com if you want to be one!
Red Dress Run
In addition to the major runs, the Red Dress run will commence from IH16 HQ through the streets of Sanur, then back to HQ along the Sanur beach walk.
You can pre-register for this run online at http://interhash2016.com/red-dress-run/ or register as soon as you get to Bali.
Old Farts Stroll
Before he passed away KuntFoo asked me to please repeat at IH2016 the Old Farts Run we did during the Asia Pacific hash in Bali in 2014 as he had enjoyed it so much. So true to my word we will have ‘KuntFoo’s Old Farts Run’ in his memory. That beer stroll will be on the Sunday 22nd May at 3pm around Sanur and there will be numerous beer stops. Ask for more info onIH16events@yahoo.com
‘The General’s Full Moon Run’
The Monday after the IH weekend if you are still in Bali there will be a Full Moon Run in memory of our dearly departed hasher ‘The General’.
You will be able to register for this run when you arrive in Bali.
Run fee will include circle beer, softies and a t-shirt.
For more info and to show your interest write to IH16events@yahoo.com
Other runs and gatherings are being organized by Hamersley (Friday 20th) and the Brussels attendees with Higgins on the 23rd May. If you have any Pre or Post lubes you would like us to advertise on our website then please write to IH16events@yahoo.com
For those hashers interested in the Komodo Tour, the 2 dates are: 23rd and 24th May.
The Down Down Competition
Distinguished Hashers ‘The Penguin’ and ‘Der Tulip Eater’ are in Bali at present and have expressed their interest in hosting the Down Down Competition as they have wonderfully presented in the pastwith Garfield, Mr. Mgoo, Chesty and Froggy to co-officiate as they did so wonderfully in Borobudur.
The wooden female Down Down trophy (a woman’s bust) sits in my house much to the amusement of my son and the Men’s Down Down trophy (a giant wooden penis) is still in Magelang and will be shipped (very carefully) to Bali. TheHarriettes drinking vessel (a pewter mug, affectionately named the Pussy mug) was lovingly polished and restored and returned to its rightful owner, the Bangkok Hash House Harriettes. I have been told by good sources that it will be brought down to Bali by our hash friends from Bangkok HHH.
The Men’s Pewter mug will be tracked down, it’s either in Jakarta or Magelang, we will find it before the event don’t worry.
So girls and boys if you want to pre register for this event then email us onIH16events@yahoo.com.
We already have a number of hashers (male & female) who have already registered.
The wonderfully entertaining Hamersley HHHand our friends from Kuching HHHhave already put their names down and we are looking for more acts. Email us onIH16events@yahoo.com
To begin most of the evenings we will feature some nice cultural dances and acts. We have the ‘Hard Rock’ Bali band we used at Borobudur that everyone enjoyed and some surprise stage dance groups to spice up the night.
As another nod to Bali Interhash 1988, we have an idea to burn an Ogoh Ogoh (paper mache statue) as it’s also very Balinese and very nice to watch.
At Asia Pacific Hash in Bali we broke the Guinness book of World Records for the most masseurs ever gathered together in one place, we are planning to do something but we are keeping it a surprise, but it will be something that hashers can participate in.
The President is still penciled in to open the event, so we are still thinking of a Presidents run. The registration for this run may be a bit last minute as the President’s schedule changes by the day.
The pubs are waiting and the Bintang is on ice.
We have some great hasher friendly pubs for you check out. They will be listed in the Magazine.
The IH Goodies
I have actually held thebackpack and it’s a tough top quality animal with all the right pouches and compartments and will include souvenirs such as two hardy T-shirts, Sarong, Mug, Nail Clippers in the shape of a foot (everyone needs one of them!) Flip Flops (Sandals) Patch and a carry friendly IH magazine.
We will strive to have the IH16 Magazine online for you at least one month before IH2016 so you can read all you need to know about the event before you leave home. Want to write an article for the mag then email us atIH16events@yahoo.com.
To give you an idea of what you’re in for take a look at the Facebook page ‘Borobudur Interhash After the Event photos’.Lots of great photos on there, you may even be in some of them!
Bidders for 2018
The bidders so far are only Fiji and Kuching.
So come on you hash clubs out there, are you up for the challenge? Come on Europe, China, New Zealand, Australia, Cambodia, Thailand and how about all you Hashers from the USA.
Now is your chance! Now is your time!
The last date to be able to register as a candidate for the Interhash 2018 vote is 31st December 2015.
We already have one bid for the 2020 Interhash, Little Mo from Dubai has put up his hand for the UAE.
The Great Java Train Rumble
Before we even start the main event many hashers have asked for another Great Train Rumble.
So ‘The Great Java Train Rumble’ is happening.
My hash friends in Bandung and Surabaya (Pandaan) will be jointly hosting this.
The Bandung team are the same team who organized ‘Son of the Great Train Rumble’ prior to Borobudur.
Jakarta to Bandung to Surabaya will be handled by the Bandung Hash and the Surabaya to Bali will be handled by the Palm Family.
The itinerary the guys have given me so far is as follows:-
Tuesday 10th May
Hashers arrive in Jakarta and transfer to hotel in Kemang area (own transport)free time and registration.
Wednesday 11th May
Morning, free time and registration, noon transfer to Gambir train station and train to Bandung by noon. (Lunch and beer on board). Arrive in Bandung with a welcome party with Angklung performance in SaungAngklungUjo. Dinner included.
Thursday 12th May
Morning free time, afternoon Hash Run in North of Bandung followed by a dinner party.
Friday 13th May
Morning free, afternoon transfer to train station for night train to Surabaya (dinner and beer).
Saturday 14th May
Arrive in Surabaya in the morning, transfer to hotel and Welcome party.
Sunday 15th May
Excursion to Bromo (early morning and back to hotel).
Monday 16th May
Transfer to train station for train to Banyuwangi.
Tuesday 17th May
Midnight, excursion to the Ijen (blue fire) crater then morning back to hotel. take a rest, then afternoon by bus to pier and cross the Bali strait by ferry then continue by road to Bali.
Jakarta- Bandung by truck, Bandung – Surabaya by train (on an earlier train, which depart earlier than the hasher’s train), Surabaya – Banyuwangi – Bali by truck.
Jakarta : Kemang Area, Bandung : Braga area/ Ibis hotel which gives easy access for bus, near Gedung Merdeka Train : Turangga, Night train at 19.00, arrive next morning so Hashers can take a rest.
No run in Surabaya, only a little hiking at Ijen Volcano.
Price will be announced shortly, but it will be around the same as the last Train Rumble.
To register for this event write to IH16events@yahoo.com
Please give your Hash Name, Hash Club and Nationality.
Numbers are limited to 200.
That’s it from an ash (not Hash) free Bali.
Until next time,
Vice Chairman II