COPING WITH CURRENCY WOES

Recent Rupiah losses against the US Dollar have been a worry for many, not least the Indonesian government itself. The currency has lost some 10% against the Dollar this year and the government is doing all it can to stabilise it. Twenty years on – have any lessons been learnt? Those who were here 20 […]

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Direct to Bali, World’s Hottest Writers: Ubud in October

Bali’s most high-profile international cultural event, the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival takes place October 24 – 28. UWRF is a celebration of contemporary writing and related arts, a networking and workshopping boon to regional writers and readers, and a massively effective draw for Indonesian talents into global readership. Now in its 15th gathering, Founder […]

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DYSTOCIA IN DOGS: WHEN YOUR DOG HAS DIFFICULTY GIVING BIRTH

Bali Dogs are one of the few breeds in the world who have evolved through natural selection (survival of the fittest) rather than artificial breeding (more accurately inbreeding) of pedigree breeds. As a result, problems like dystocia (difficulty giving birth) very rarely happen in Bali Dogs, as those individuals with a narrow pelvic canal would […]

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Gongs in Bali Part III

  What is characteristic about Balinese gongs? The two common types of materials for gong making are bronze and iron, with the former being more prestigious and therefore a lot more expensive. Although there are a number of iron gong makers in Bali, since the early 1980s, no bronze gongs larger than around 40 cm […]

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Herbs de Provence Walnut Squares

Inspired by an old family recipe, these walnut bars have been updated to include herbs de Provence and lemon zest. I recently took them to an event where they were gobbled up quickly. Everyone wanted to know the secret ingredient. So, while it may seem strange to add a savory herb mixture to a dessert, […]

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Izakaya Comes to Bali!

KUU is a Japanese restaurant specializing in Izakaya cuisine. It is located street-side at Sanur’s latest 5 star hotel, the impressive Maya Sanur. Izakaya was developed as a series of small dishes in Japan’s Sake bars. At Kuu they classify their offerings as Appetisers, Sashimi, Sushi, Simmered & Steamed, Grilled and Fried dishes and, of […]

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LOCAL NEWS

International coastal cleanup activity held in Bali The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry (KKP) cooperated with the Ocean Conservancy Institution from the United States and Bali`s regional government to hold an international coastal cleanup activity in Indonesia`s island resort of Bali, Saturday. “The KKP welcomes the cooperation with the Ocean Conservancy Institution to invite various […]

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LOCAL NEWS

Benoa Bay reclamation scrapped, says Bali Governor-elect  Bali governor-elect I Wayan Koster said the reclamation of Benoa Bay would be canceled and the area would be turned into a mangrove forest instead. “We will take strict action against all parties that proved to have committed illegal actions in the area, which resulted in the destruction […]

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Ni Nyoman Clara Listya Dewi: Bali’s Language Ambassador

Clara Dewi was born Denpasar and spent her childhood in Kuta. Her father is a traditional painter and her mother is an entrepreneur. Clara was the first female student to become the chairman of BEM PM, one of the largest student organizations at Denpasar’s Udayana University. Always passionate about language issues, Clara became the first […]

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