5 Secret Asian Places

Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
is Number ONE

Why has Sri Lanka sprung to the top of so many ‘must see’ lists? It’s probably got something to do with its mellow vibes, its lively locals, its fusion of culture, cuisine and natural wonder that stands up to any other destination in the region.

In short, Sri Lanka has got it going on, and of all the amazing spots to drop in on in this place, Arugam Bay just might take the cake. Home to one of the world’s most raved-about surf breaks, the golden sands, glittering waters and epic sunsets make for a truly spectacular tropical affair, and with just a single strip of shops and restaurants nearby, Arugam’s star has only begun to rise. Pack an extra bag – you’ll need it when you decide to move here for good.

Source:
http://junkee.com/asian-holiday-destinations/154959

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Transfer News

Good News for budget travelers!

The old Arugam Bay Taxi Initiative has now almost DAILY transfers.
And, as such, YOU can join others on the way across, for a fraction of the full rate.
How to book?
We are at present unable to book & pay online, as the previous system malfunctioned.
But just send us an E-Mail to the address below, with your desired dates. We will respond within 24 hrs. and give you our best rate and options.
arugam@arugam.com

Best Transfer Service. Book Online!

The original Arugam Bay Taxi Initiative has now added 10+ more reliable owner-drivers. To offer you an even better service.
Reliable. Cars & mini buses. They are Comfortable. Safe & secure. Book online with good, reliable and honorable drivers!
We prefer to use Hybrid, Modern vehicles and avoid empty runs.
To avoid pollution and save YOU money.
Just send a mail to us:
arugamtaxi@gmail.com

Sample Vehicle. Actual one may differ

Arugam’s Ganja Monkies nabbed

(Archive. 1st published 31/03/2011)
After the end of the war, long existing laws are now strictly enforced at remote Arugam Bay.


The East Coast has been largely left alone.
For many years.
With still no wine or liquor store for miles around and the odd shortage of “Gold Leaf” some desperate residents and visitors turned to natural marihuana consumption.  Sadly, tame as well as some wild monkeys also got the taste and enjoyed the weird feeling.

Arugam Bay Special Narcotics squad arrested 4 addicts last night

NABBED!
“BiXXbo & Co.” Shown here in the local Police lock-up.
At
Arugam Bay

Sadly, many more seem to be addicted to this illegal practice.
But they are still on the run.

Spotted at AbaY’s traditional Full Moon Party. Nov. 2010, Peanus Fm.

Cheeky! Openly flaunting the law of the Land!

Shocking! He is not even one year old. And already addicted.

The WHO, the RSPCA and other ENJOY’s have been requested to assist.
To support Arugam’s “Community Based Sustainable Junkie Rehabilitation” Program (CBSJRP). Some former NGO members volunteered at once, which is encouraging.

Desperate for a smoke, this monkey grabbed a ‘Cold Leaf’ from a diner sitting on Arugam’s  SVH “Flower Power Terrace”

To avoid detection, some clever chips adopted pipe smoking methods

Dehiwala zoo officials are also concerned

Nabbed! Shown here in the Loco Tourist Police lock up. Beachfront Tourist Police, Arugam Bay.

Other addicts have learned to camouflage themselves to escape arrest in Arugam’s  jungles. Filmed here by undercover navy Security personnel near their new Panama Camp

The STF as well as the New Navy ‘Detachment’ at Panama has been on high alert to catch these subversive creatures


Footnote by the Science Select Committee:

This graph is interesting. It shows the actual harm done (to the user as well as society) by the use of various substances. Published by a basket of the world’s leading experts

Introducing: New Places in Arugam Bay

The remote Bay of Arugam is developing fast.
Here we mention a few new places in town.
(Photos and text supplied by the establishment)

Beach Wave Hotel

Beach Wave

Owner Name : A.B.M. Naleem (+94777274337)
Manager : J.M. Silmir (+94752733380)
Booking Details rates :
2 Deluxe Double Room with Balcony and Side Sea View ( Air Condition)
January – March = 16 US$
April = 30 US$
May – June = 45US$
July – August  = 65 US$
September = 60 US$
October = 50 US$  48
November – December = 25 US$
2  Deluxe Double Room with  Side Sea View (Fan)
January – March = 15 US$
April = 25 US$
May to June = 42 US$
July & August & September =61US$
October = 58 US$
November – December = 23 US$
* note: We have this room information right now. Because we are currently building some more rooms. After creating rooms we will give you more information.

AbaY remembered

Nate Berkus And His Husband Have A Beautiful Way Of Honoring Nate’s Late Partner

In 2004, Nate’s partner was killed in the devastating tsunami during their visit to (Arugam Bay) – Sri Lanka. But he is “definitely a part of” Nate’s marriage to Jeremiah Brent.

In 2004, it may have seemed hard for Nate Berkus to imagine happiness making its way back into his life. That year, the interior designer had lost his beloved partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea, when the two found themselves literally swept away by the devastating tsunami that struck Sri Lanka, where they were vacationing. More than 30,000 people in Sri Lanka died in the natural disaster; though Nate survived, the pain of losing Fernando was all-consuming.

“I have the grief to contend with,” Nate told Oprah shortly after the tragedy. “But I do believe that I survived so that I would have a greater understanding both of what I’ve had, what I’ve lost and what I still have to gain.”

Slowly, Nate did begin to heal, and even found ways to honor Fernando’s memory through the years. And perhaps no one is a bigger supporter of honoring Fernando’s memory than Nate’s own husband, Jeremiah Brent.

At their 2014 wedding, Jeremiah Brent told husband Nate Berkus that he honored every part of his past and everything he’d been through, bringing many guests to tears.

Nate married Jeremiah, a fellow interior designer and the host of “Home Made Simple,” in 2014. Oprah was a guest at the wedding, where Jeremiah’s vows to Nate included a nod to Nate’s past relationship.

“That’s a part of our love story. There’s no two ways about it,” Jeremiah tells “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”. “Yes, we’re married this time, but [Fernando is] definitely a part of it.”

He continues, “I oddly feel connected to him. I honor that story.”

Nate Berkus and Fernando Bengoechea were both swept up by the 2004 tsunami during a trip to Sri Lanka. Fernando died in the disaster.

Jeremiah is also determined to keep Fernando’s memory alive for young Poppy, who Nate and Jeremiah welcomed via surrogacy in 2015.

“Our daughter will know who he was,” Jeremiah says. “We have pictures of him in the home.”

While Jeremiah’s approach seems to be one that comes with relative ease, Nate says that his own reconciliation of the past was more of a struggle.

“I didn’t know how to articulate what I needed from a new relationship,” he says. “I didn’t know how to articulate how to keep that and honor that, but still move forward without any guilt or any fear.”

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 24: (L-R) Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent attend the 2014 Good Shepherd Services Spring Party at Stage 37 on April 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)

“I worry about anything happening to [Jeremiah],” Nate admits. “I worry, obviously, because I’ve had such great loss. I don’t want to go through that again ? no one does, whether you’ve had it or you haven’t.”

Turning to his husband, Nate continues.

“You were the first person to come into my life and not be threatened or afraid, not afraid to poke the damage and say, ‘That happened. Let’s talk about it. Let’s figure it out, and how can it be part of our world in a way that’s healthy?’” Nate says. “And so it is.”

Nate and Jeremiah’s full interview airs on this weekend’s “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”, on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.

A previous version of this article stated that 400 people died in the tsunami. In fact, that number referred to the people in the Arugam Bay and Pottuvil region, where Berkus and Bengoechea were staying. The total death toll from the natural disaster was more than 30,000.

source:
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nate-berkus-jeremiah-brent-honoring-fernando_us_56a15f52e4b076aadcc5f6b1

September Sunny sets

Col. Karuna Beach Event

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Explore Arugam Bay (Tours)

A local tour operator offers Kumana Safaris, Lagoon Trips and much more.
www.arugam.info has not tested them personally, but by all accounts they offer a decent, honest and good service.

 

You can contact them on their web site, as well as Facebook page.
On Tripadvisor it’s also mentioned, and the ranking seems to be good.
Trip Advice
In their own words, here are the services offered:

We at, explore Arugam Bay organizing tours including but not limited ted to surf safaris, wild salaries, Lagoon eco tours and heritage salaries.  also arranging transportation.
We are organising events and group meals for any size of group.
 Also we arranging surf lessons and local culinary classes to learn the way of preparing Sri Lankan meals.
 Our pre designed packages and other services are in detail in our website

AbaY will recommend

The Bay of Arugam
Is now developing very, very fast.
There are new hotels, new restaurants and many other businesses coming up just about every week.
In the next few days we will introduce a small selection of service providers and Bay newcomers.
Here on this page.
Stay Tuned!

Summer night Party @ the Old Siam View

Everyone is invited!
Tickets: 
Men pay Zero Rupees.
Ladies Pay double…;-)
Drunk and aggressive people please play elsewhere.

Monday 5th June, 2017

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Perfect Weather in AbaY

Sunday, 27th May 2017

AbaY’s Backpacker’s Dream (from $8)

Arugam Hostel News

Common area

  • The Arugam Hostel offers newly refurbished  rooms for just $8 / night pp
    All dorms are fully air-conditioned.
    Have Solar hot showers in attached bathrooms
    A common area in the tropical gardens
    And FREE access to the Siam View Brew pub & Thai restaurant.
    FREE WiFi is also offered to all guests
    Best Oceanfront location – direct on the sandy beach
    Book on Hostelworld Book Here
    Or just turn up at the door!
    E-Mail: arugamdallas@gmail.com

Main Road entrance to the Arugam Hostel (NOT the old YMCA!)

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Novel Prize for Literature goes to AbaY

Awarded for the 1983 account of life in Arugam Bay, Eastern Sri Lanka

Novel Prize for Literature goes to AbaY

German author Frau Claudia ACKERMANN, has won the Novel Prize in Literature for “having created new and deep insights” into events of 1983 in Sri Lanka. Written in graceful, impressive literary style by an impartial, foreign tourist & traveler during the long running conflict of this paradise island. Social Media, Facebook and  Twitter is going off at the news. The prize winning travel novel is set in remote Arugam Bay, in the 1980’s.

Author and Laureate’s’s own Web site

Some people, critics and fans alike, are thrilled at the news that the “greatest living author of our time” has won the esteemed award. Sarai Dumminus, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, called Frau ACKERMANN a great author in the German speaking tradition” before adding that “for many years now she’s been at it reinventing herself, constantly creating a new identity.” Other fans called her a “master” while one fan said that they are “Not so surprise[d]. She is a great contemporary writer of our time.”

 

Novel Prize 2016 for Peace & Music

Novel Prize Winner Laureate Chris Sherpa

Meanwhile, the Nobel Prize for peaceful Music  (NPPM) has been awarded to CHRIS SHERPA. An Australian Songwriter and Musician. For his outstanding composition of the “Arugam Bay” Song. He is the “first Nobel Laureate since George Bernhard Shaw to have been awarded both a #Novel Prize and an Oscar.” President Obama also seems happy about the choice and took to Twitter to congratulate Chris , “Together with Jock Johnson Chris is one of my favorite Surf Composers.” Check out the only known unplugged version of this awesome song. Performed LIVE at AbaY below:
Award winning “Arugam Bay” Song

Chris Scherpa & THE PLONK Bio:

The music of Chris Scherpa is melodic without baby baby schmalz, dirty without being sloppy, the music and lyrics dig deep but stay light and groovy. The songs tell stories. Acoustic sound with punch!
For his songs the songwriter Chris Scherpa uses influences ranging from folk to funk, alternative rock, reggae, blues and even hip hop. Very notable is Chris Scherpa’s special style of acoustic guitar playing – sometimes sounding like 2 guys at once.

Sherpa @ Aragum Bay, 2014 (DPA  file photo)

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ALL Rs./ 5,000, 2,000, 1,000 & 500 Notes declared invalid !


As from midnight tonight, 31st March 2017

Qatar News 31/03/2017

President Sillysena has declared that all large notes in circulation will cease to be legal tender as from midnight, tonight (31st March, 2017)

This follows the overwhelming success of a similar masterstroke by his Indian Counterpart, Prime Minister MOGLI in November last year.
With one single directive, all black cash was eliminated and the banks recorded record deposits ever since. Being hard pushed to raise funds to repay foreign loans, the GOSL had to act swiftly.

The Victory Rs./ 1,000 note

Parliament was not privy to this bombshell announcement. Ministers and Members of Parliament were only told, in strict confidence, to  quickly dispose of their hordings of  the controversial Rs./ 1,000 “Victory”  note. This was issued by a former Government.
Many believe that a huge warehouse full of such notes still exists.
Largest legal tender note as from today:
This is enough to buy 2 Cigarettes.

 

Statement from Temple Trees:

“I have reached today’s decision to demonetize Rs./500 up to the Rs./5000 currency notes in circulation in the economy as bold and revolutionary, and one that will have tectonic impact on the ubiquitous parallel economy in the country. The move will significantly strengthen the government’s systematic efforts (including special investigation team on black money, amending DTAA with India, Mauritius and Cyprus, amending the Benami Transactions Act, and the more recent Income Declaration Scheme) over the last two years to curb black money in the economy”

 USAIDs Press release:

“In a single master stroke, the government of Sri Lanka has tackled all three malaises plaguing the economy—a parallel economy, counterfeit currency and terror financing”

 

Statement by Central Bank warden Mr. India Rancit Coma- Rastaswammy:

“I am honoured that the Government has followed my advice”

With our latest move, it is reasonably clear that the economy stands to benefit on several fronts:

 

1. Boost deposit base and savings

Global agencies have pegged the size of the parallel economy with the US $ at close to 23% as of 2007. Basis this, we estimate unaccounted cash in the economy to the tune of Rs./4500 billion, of which a certain significant proportion will make its way to the banks, thus boosting deposit base as well as financial savings:

  • The banks’ deposit base is expected to receive a fillip of 0.5-1.4% of GDP.
  • In turn, financing savings can be expected to rise by close to this proportion due to switch from savings from unproductive physical assets to financial assets.

2. Improve monetary transmission and reduce lending rates

  • A rise in deposit base will allow banks to lower the blended cost of funds as higher CASA (current accounts, savings accounts) deposits help to replace the high cost of borrowing and lower overall cost of funds. We expect banks to reduce deposit rates by ~125 bps over the next six months.
  • The new regime of MCLR (Marginal Cost of Funds based Lending Rate )will immediately take into account the lower cost and will thereby lead to a decline in lending rates, which will boost economic activity in the medium term.

3. Create room for further monetary accommodation

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Surfing Sri Lanka: Dos and Don’ts of Surfing in Arugam Bay

Surfer/Student/Writer

DON'T - Forget the reef. Photo: Lindsay Allan

DON’T – Forget the reef. Photo: Lindsay Allan

The season for Sri Lanka’s east coast is fast approaching, and if right-hand points are your kind of thing you will be privy to its treasures. Here are a few handy tips for a smashing time surfing the subcontinent.

DO prepare for a crowd – Any lazy googling of Arugam Bay will soon have you pining. Promises of sand-bottom perfection down every path, pictures of pristine walls aching to be torn apart, and prices that won’t puncture your pocket. Pity. The crowds at the main breaks are dense, and the comparatively mellow surf makes for a melting pot of skill levels. Be on your toes or you may find yourself getting barreled by a rented mini-mal.

DON’T forget the reef – My second wave at Main Point in Arugam Bay and I was bouncing across a reef  I didn’t know existed. It is easy to be distracted by the “sand this, sand that” internet chatter surrounding Sri Lanka’s east coast, however cuts and bruises at the main break are common. The savvy will pack their booties, as entering and exiting the lineup can be touch and go if there’s a bit of swell. Sure, you may lose a bit of street cred in the eyes of the bearded bohemians soul-arching their way down the point, but the price you pay for fashion may just be some skin.

DO explore – You’re up before the sun, zinced up, waxed up, psyched up. You jog around the corner past Baby Point, peer through the gloom and see twenty guys, apparently even keener than you are, already out. Before you drop to your knees and curse Huey, remind yourself that the day is young and there are plenty of options. Some of the best surf I enjoyed was out of town, often just fifteen minutes of terrifying tuk-tuk away. Remember Surfing World’s Sri Lanka feature last year? If it all comes together, you may just score your own little Kirra-comparison to yourself.

DON’T drop in – The locals can surf, who knows how they’d go on a left but at Main Point they have it dialed. The evening glass-off coincides with the workday knock-off, and the local crew comes out to play. Be respectful, be stoked, be nice, be an example. The evening sessions can be some of the most crowded, so resigning to the end section may be tactical genius for those with depleted froth-o-meters. In Arugam Bay it’s always a good idea to look left.

DO brave the wind – Throughout my stay in July you could just about set your watch to the wind: a light morning offshore, followed by an often-stiff cross-onshore wind towards lunch and then a glassy evening. If you are searching for solace at the main breaks your best bet is the midday session. The onshores, scorching heat and plentiful Lion beers keep many punters lazing under the palms, but if you’re not averse to a bit of lump and bump you can score some excellent pumping waves almost to yourself.

DON’T miss out – It is easy to don the surf goggles and block out the other great things Arugam Bay has to offer. The main drag has restaurants a plenty, and I recommend you try them all. The nightly parties are always packed and you’ll lose count of how many times you drunkenly stammer through Bob Marley’s “Is This Love.” Walk through town, but don’t expect to be able to buy a guitar anywhere. See the wildlife, there’s nothing like passing wild elephants at dawn on your way to an empty lineup an hour from town.

Surfing Sri Lanka: Dos and Don’ts of Surfing in Arugam Bay

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SRI LANKA TOURISM BOARD… Mentions AbaY!

Nice! To see that Arugam Bay is being mentioned.
Sad  that this promotion used totally wrong images. Causing dismay to the entire Surf Community.

This just in from London. Carve reader Will Robertson sent in this pic of a Sri Lanka tourist board ad which is all over London underground.

“It’s been a while since I last surfed A Bay, but judging from this poster on the wall of the London tube the reef must have shifted and it’s got a lot more square. And Fanning’s doing a good job of surfing it switch too.

It’s definitely a “different kind of surf” – quite literally.

Oh how lazy ad people can miss some fundamentals – thought I would share the love.”

Not sure what is more annoying. Using a wave from a totally different ocean as A Bay (A Bay is actually very fun in its own right). The sacrilege of putting Mick the wrong way round. Or the irony that we actually emailed Sri Lanka tourist board to offer a bit of help before Christmas and they ignored our emails.

If you want a campaign done right, maybe hire surfing art director?

http://www.carvemag.com/2017/03/sri-lanka-tourism-board-fail/#.WMzTHmxuVo4.facebook