Stephanie Brookes

Stephanie is a professional travel writer and co-author of 'Indonesia Hidden Heritage'. To catch Stephanie's journey please visit www.travelwriter.ws.

Made Sudarsana the Topeng Dancer

Made Sudarsana has been dancing since he was seven years old. “We learn dancing as a child,” Made explained. “The first dance I learnt was the Baris dance. A...

Mur the Offering Lady

Mur is 16 years old and has been dutifully carrying out her task as a tukang banten since she was ten years old. She sets about her daily ritual of giving offerings to...

Grandma Ni Made Sibuh of Petemon Village

I sat talking with Grandma Ni Made Sibuh in her village in Petemon where she has lived all her life. She was born around 1935 however, "This is a rough guess only,"...

Kadek the Penjor Maker

I met Kadek on the street putting the finishing touches to his penjor. He started making penjors when he was nine years old. All Balinese Hindu houses must have a penjor...

Wayan the Ubud Painter

Wayan lives in Ubud, but as an artist who paints for a living, he does not turn to Ubud to sell his work, but supplies to a wholesale market in Sukawati, Gianyar, which...

Ketut: the Hair and Beauty Stylist

Ketut is 27 years old and owns a local wedding and hair stylist salon in the back streets of Ubud, Bali. Her little purple shop has been her only source of income for...

Nyoman the Organic Advocate

Abe-do Organic Warung, located 2 kilometres from Ubud, in Banjar Kutuh Kaja, was created a year ago with only three spoons, three knives, three forks and five glasses. ...