Back to School Bazaar (7 August) Back to school already?  Hard to believe the summer holidays are over for Indonesian schools and some interntional schools while others are getting ready to return.  Yet another academic year to look forward to as children move on and up the grades.  This bazaar is a great way to start the year […]

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Question: I’m living with my parents until I start in on my education next month. The problem is my dad and my sister, who also lives at home. The two of them fight a lot. I have a hard time dealing with noise in general, and it’s really hard for me to relax when people are […]

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PYRAMIDS IN SIGHT! Surely the builders of the ancient Egyptian pyramids had challenges, because even in 21st century Ubud, not everything has gone to plan. Our Pyramids of Chi, a series of pyramid-shaped structures that will host ancient sound healing, spiritual geometry and other spiritually-focused healing practices, are finally nearing completion outside Kelapa Moding, north of the […]

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  The 5th BIZNET Bali International Triathlon will take place on June 26, 2011. The winner of several prestigious awards from leading triathlon magazines and known internationally as the “Triathlon for the Soul” – this year’s event is expected to attract over 600 athletes and a thousand spectators watching the race and joining the party […]

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  Caladium is an extremely versatile and beautiful plant, grown for its popular long lasting colorful foliage. They are often referred to by the common name angel wings or elephant ears (kuping gaja), which they share with the closely related genera alocasia and colocasia.  Their ornamental arrowhead shaped leaves come in a variety of pattern […]

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  Westerners started building houses in Bali about 80 years ago and since then have been melding elements from east and west in their tropical homes. But the way the Balinese traditionally use rooms can be very different to ours. It’s interesting to observe what westerners expect a bathroom, kitchen, dining room and bedroom to […]

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 Not the Fountain of Youth, but……..

Based on new understanding about the molecular mechanisms of aging it is now clear that the quest for longer life is already a scientific reality. No, not immortality, not even 150 years and certainly not perpetual youth. But the number of active and vital people living well beyond their 100th year will become routine. The […]

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…And The Stars Closed Their Eyes

Central Bali. Early on a Wednesday morning. The night’s darkness still blanketing the earth. I awoke cold and shivering. Huddled under my duvet. The wind causing my mosquito net to billow over me. I screwed my eyes shut. Drew my knees to my chest. Knowing I needed to shut the windows behind the bed and […]

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…And Then There Were Two

I’ve always fancied keeping a few hens. I have a fantasy that my chickens will have long, peaceful lives and produce big brown eggs without any dramas. All my friends and relations who have ever kept chickens assure me that this is indeed a fantasy. Chickens, they tell me, are stupid, vicious, suicidal and sickly. […]

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