“Where you go – wash your eyes ya?”

  Some of the most “charming” Indonesian expressions are ones that use the word cuci which means ‘to wash’. Perhaps this is because Indonesians always ask each other (even people they’ve just met) if one has washed yet or not (“Sudah mandi?”). Perhaps not. Nonetheless, the word is part of some pretty funky expressions. For example, cuci mata that literally means ‘wash eyes’ means […]

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A Brief History of Bali by Willard A. Hanna and Tim Hannigan

There are no shortages of excellent scholarly histories about Bali. Henk Schulte Nordholt’s heavy weight The Spell of Power and Adrian Vickers’ revisionist Bali: A Paradise Created are several that spring immediately to mind. These venerable tomes have accomplished their task well by presenting the island’s linear history from a systematic, academic perspective. A Brief History of […]

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AWESOME SHIATSU AT ECO BALI SPA

Although there’s literally hundreds of spas in Bali these days, very few of them offer Shiatsu massage. Why is that I wondered?  Shiatsu is one of my favourite massages, preferring it over an oil massage. Occasionally if I see it on a spa menu I’m enticed to try it.  In the end I’m usually disappointed as […]

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Bryan Stewart: Startup Consultant by Bill Dalton

Bryan Stewart was born in Vermont. From 1996 to 2000 he attended Grinnell, a small liberal arts college in Iowa. Bryan graduated from Tufts University in Boston in 2007 with a degree in international business and finance. His first job out of college was as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria. Before starting his career […]

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Consciousness or Anti-Consciousness?

  I was speaking with someone the other day who shared her story. She told me that she was broken hearted because the man she loved walked out on her and her son. They had been living together when she got pregnant which was a surprise, as she was 44 years old and didn’t intend to have […]

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Garam Masala Spiced Yogurt Prawns

I love prawns and when I find them really fresh I snap them up. This highly spiced dish is excellent over basmati rice and a bowl of soupydahl to go along side. You could easily use the sauce with veggies, tofu or tempe if you’re a vegetarian. Makes 2 servings Ingredients: – 1/2 cup plain yogurt – 1 Tbl. garam masala – an Indian […]

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Help! My Frangipani Has Scale Insects!

‘Hi Doc, Rico here!  Can you help with my frangipani? I’d like some advice regarding black leaves and white fluffy spots under the leaves.  Before I go and administer a systemic pesticide to my lovely trees, I’d like a second opinion – are you willing to help, or even visit and consult? Thanks – Rico’   […]

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Indonesian creative arts at its finest at Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2017

As the sun sets on Campuhan Ridge, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival comes alive with exhilarating performances and enthralling films. The After Dark program is packed with some of Indonesia’s premier artists, musical acts and films in a family friendly atmosphere. From an intimate and moving performance by Papermoon Puppet Theatre, to the blasting bass of all-girl Indonesian metal band […]

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LOOKING AFTER YOUR PET AFTER SURGERY

Whether it’s your pet’s routine sterilisation surgery or a major orthopaedic surgery for a broken leg, post-operative care is extremely important. This is because a mild and barely noticeable infection can turn into a very serious infection in the space of just 48 hours, and in the case of orthopaedic surgery, a sudden impact or […]

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Magic & Witchcraft: Part I by Bill Dalton

Bali’s very name conjures up an aura of magic. Beyond the island’s glitzy tourist resorts and growl of traffic-choked roads, the dark powers underlie much of Balinese culture. This secret Bali is hidden in villages deep in the countryside and down the labyrinth of back alleys in the island’s crowded towns and cities. The Balinese […]

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