Category: Lifestyle

Four Faces Needed to Face Bali’s Brave New World

On July’s windy days, the skies of Denpasar fill up with kites. These grand birds and fish dance and glide with the glee of children (of all ages, of course) tugging...

Auke Sonnega – Bali’s First Spiritual Artist

If you happened to be one of the few tourists wandering on Jalan Kaleran, Ubud (in those days there were no street names) in 1956, you would have certainly noticed the...

Bali Raw: An Exposé of the Underbelly of Bali, Indonesia

This is a strange book, and I have to wonder why it was written, let alone published. Malcolm Scott went to Bali some ten years ago to escape the fallout of a broken...

Wayan Kun Adyana's paintings

Wayan Kun Adnyana – An Up and Coming Balinese Artist

The contemporary art market has always been a hazardous place populated with commercial cowboys, wannabe experts and Bohemian flotsam and jetsam. The sad truth that of...

Get on the Bus

My Pembantu, Mami, who has worked for me for eight years mentioned after my asking how her weekend was that she had taken the bus from Sanur to Kuta to go shopping at...

Lunch in the Clouds – Lakeview, Kintamani

I often tell people that you can’t experience the true Bali unless you travel north a bit… in this case north meant jumping in an Avanza and driving an hour and a...

Kuta Closes Early?

As you may be aware the closing times of clubs and bars in Kuta were changed in the recent months to that of 3am. This initially caused a backlash of complaints from...

Indonesian Expat 8 Ball Doubles Championship

They take their pool very seriously in Jakarta. Most evenings in many bars across the city you will find small groups huddled round tables of varying quality, either...

Vasco Canto Moniz

Olá Vasco Canto Moniz! The professional show jumper from Portugal who spends his free time surfing, travelling and hitting a few rounds of golf. Where do you come from?...

The Legend of Kebo Iwa

If you frequently travel between Sanur and Ubud, there’s a fat chance you’ve seen the big baby statue sitting in the Sakah intersection. It depicts baby Kebo Wanara,...

Miguel Covarrubias’ Visual Notes

Miguel Covarrubias’ father was a Sunday painter. As a very young child, Miguel liked to sit by his father, watching him work. This happened nearly every weekend....

Embraced by Bali

In mask-like face make-up and brightly coloured costume with the swingy cape and gold crown of a king – a young guy swings his leg over the seat of his motorbike and...

Ashley Bickerton-Bali’s Least Known Famous Artist

When Ashley Bickerton left New York City for Bali in 1997 he was a major star on the international arts scene. His trajectory to the top had begun only a decade before...

From Russia with Love in Nusa Dua

A Russian restaurant on the island of Bali? You may think that’s odd considering the tropical climes of our island paradise, but it’s actually a shrewd china...

Education Guide 2017

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