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Bali Raw and Bali Undercover a Review

A quick word on Bali Raw and Bali Undercover by Malcolm Scott.

My books Bali Raw and Bali Undercover are still being reviewed after six years of being published by Monsoon Books. I stumbled over the review below in one of Bali’s most popular newspapers and I take it as a compliment.

The review written by Pak Bill from The Bali Advertiser was complimentary in some areas and critical in others.  This never bothers me as the reviewer’s job is to point out the good and bad and opinions are always subjective.

If I were to take issue, it would be with Pak Bill’s claim that not all my stories are true. I can assure you they are and that I  am always careful to be as honest as possible with the stories I write.

This review also means that my first two books are relevant after a very long period of published time and that is important to a writer. I am also very grateful that I have the  continued opportunity to share my experiences with as many  people as possible.

Perhaps it is because Bali Raw and Bali Undercover are still selling really well, but the reviewer also didn’t realize that I have released two other books and I have a third on the way.

I recently published the books, Bali Belly and Crisis in Cambodia which are available from this website.  And Killing a Kiwi in Thailand, my fifth book, will be available in 2018.

I can only hope all three of these books entertain and inform as much as my first two books have done. I would also like to thank Pak Bill, and The Bali Advertiser, for helping to keep my first two books relevant.

Malcolm Scott.

Bali Raw Bali Undercover a Review

Bali Raw and Bali Undercover claim to expose Bali’s underside: rampant prostitution, turf wars waged between local gangs and vicious drug- and alcohol-induced Western hooliganism.

With stories depicting cruelty, deception, infidelity, larceny, betrayal, conflict and despair, the reader might believe that Westerners are robbed, raped and murdered at every turn. Some stories are so extraordinary that you wonder if they are made up or grossly exaggerated for shock value. But we who live here are know that Bali is not that place and realize that these stories are not actually about Bali but about the dark heart of the Kuta area.

Bali Raw, Malcolm Scott Books
Bali Raw, Malcolm Scott Books

From the first ugly, sickening story in Bali Raw, I had misgivings that these were going to be a gladiator’s allegories of unending violence that only a pugnacious macho Aussie He Man could relate to. But I soon found that the stories possessed a strange and captivating energy.

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Bali Undercover Malcolm Scott Books

In spite of both books’ depressing and questionably true content, there is a consistent underlying ring of truth behind Malcolm Scott’s costly hard-earned lessons on how to deal with and interact with Indonesians, their cultural characteristics and social prejudices as well as the utter unpredictability of life in Bali.

The chapter “How to Take a Villa from a Westerner,” for example, he suggests should be read by anyone who claims that “my Balinese friend is like family and never asks for money.”

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Bali Raw, Bali Undercover, Malcolm Scott Books

Although there are truisms that apply to people and places all over the world, many of the writer’s insights have been gleaned from living in Indonesia for more than ten years: It’s wise to take any statement that an expat makes about himself with a pinch of salt.

*There is a syndrome that afflicts many Western men of wanting to “save” Indonesian prostitutes.

*Tales of older Western men taking up with younger Javanese women and moving to Java almost always turn out bad.

*Your safety as a Westerner is not necessarily secured by your generosity.

*Loyalty, friendship and love are commodities that are traded on a rental basis; the contract only valid as long as you pay.

*Don’t cross or get an Indonesian woman angry or face the consequences.

*Never slap or hit an Indonesian; all the worse if you do it in front of people.

*The key to dealing with Balinese authorities such as the police is to be polite.

Yet I feel that readers who give the books short shrift and are unremittingly critical do not give the writer his just due.

Full review written by Pak Bill can be found in The Bali Advertiser here.

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Bali named number one travel destinaion

Bali has been named number one travel destination for 2017 by  Trip-Advisor.

Every year Trip-Advisor holds its inaugural ‘Travelers Choice Awards’ where it compiles a list  of the twenty five top travel destinations from across the globe.

Bali named number one travel destinaion
Bali named number one most popular holiday destination

The world’s most visited travel website scours its user’s reviews and booking’s and then with a little advanced mathematics it names the  most popular travel destination.

This year Bali with it’s superb white sand beaches, picture perfect rice paddies, tropical mountains, spectacular  sunsets, top class restaurants, nightlife and luxury hotels has come in number one.

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Bali named number one most popular holiday destination

Bali has beaten out some very major players and last year’s winner London to be named the travelers choice destination for 2017.


The popular website Trip Advisor made it announcement via You-tube video and the reviewers even described Bali as a living postcard because of the islands stunning scenery.

Trip Advisor’s top ten list is as follows.

  1. Bali, Indonesia
  2. London, United England
  3. Paris, France
  4. Rome, Italy
  5. New York City, United States
  6. Crete, Greece
  7. Barcelona, Spain
  8. Siem Reap, Cambodia
  9. Prague Chzech Republic
  10. Puckett Thailand

Trip Advisers 25 top travel destinations.

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Familiarize yourself with Indonesia’s new currency

Following the Presidential Decree No. 31 of 5 September 2016, Bank Indonesia has introduced seven new banknote designs featuring national heroes as Indonesia’s new currency and before you ask yes the are keeping all of those zero’s.

  • 1,000 rupiah: Tjut Meutia

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    Indonesia’s new currency, Malcolm Scott Books

Cut Nyak Dhien or Tjoet Nja’ Dhien was a leader of the Acehnese guerrilla forces during the Aceh War. Following the death of her husband Teuku Umar, she led guerrilla actions against the Dutch for 25 years.

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Indonesia’s new currency

M.H. Thamrin was elected a member of the Jakarta City Council. He later became deputy mayor. In 1927 he was elected to the Volksraad; he soon formed the National Fraction (Fraksi Nasional) to unite ten groups of Indonesian nationalists under one flag.

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Indonesia’s new currency

Idham Chalid is one of the politicians and ministers Indonesia influential in his time. Apart from being a politician, he was active in religious activities, and he served as Ra’is Tanfidziyah (Chairman of the Executive Committee) of Nahdlatul Ulama in 1956–1984.

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Indonesia’s new currency

Frans Kaisiepo was the representative of Papua he was involved in the Malino Conference (16 – 25 July 1946), where the formation of the Republic of Indonesia was discussed. He proposed the name Irian, which came from the Biak language.

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Malcolm Scott Books

Sam Ratulangi, was a Minahasa politician, journalist and teacher from North Sulawesi, Indonesia. His famous saying in the Tondano language ‘Si Tou Timou Tumou Tou’ is translated as ‘men lives to help others live’.

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Indonesia’s new currency

Juanda Kartawidjaja was an ethnic Sundanese noble from the court of Cirebon, an Indonesian politician and the 11th and the final Prime Minister of Indonesia.

  • 100,000 rupiah: Soekarno and Mohammad Hatta

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Indonesia’s new currency

Sukarno (6 June 1901 – 21 June 1970)[2] was the first President of Indonesia, serving in office from 1945 to 1967 he was the leader of his country’s struggle for Independence from the Netherlands.

The launch of Homeland TE Money in 2016 will be made by the President Joko Widodo in Jakarta. The currency notes will be equipped with a security element that is more robust to cope with the circulation of counterfeit money. Security elements include color shifting, rainbow feature, latent image, ultra violet features, tactile effects and Rectoverso.

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