Category: Lifestyle

Fatboy Slim

What better way to spend a stunning, sunlit Sunday than with beautiful people, dangerously delicious cocktails and an EDM God in a venue of immense beauty that is Potato...

The Importance of Being Charming

My home village of Batur may be more spectacularly beautiful, but Ubud is where tourists choose to linger for longer. Asked by my uncles and aunts why this is so, I...

A Heart Of Gold

If you live in Jakarta, it is easy to get distracted by the mess of the city; the mind-bending traffic, the corruption, the pollution, the mind-blowing poverty; it feels...

Bali Highs – Down to Up in Ubud!

Tired of Working?  Wanting to Escape to Bali? This article explores the underlying traps of these two thoughts – and offers a new approach to avoid some common...

High Season Kick-Off Party

The high season kick-off party at the Legian 101 hotel is a definite good time for expats and visiting tourists in south Bali. The free-flow party, offering nicer drink...

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?...

Education Guide 2017

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