New Year Traditions around the World

Living in Bali among locals and expats, our New Year traditions are becoming like a coat of many colours. A lot of expats bring traditional customs from their native country and, coupled with that of your other expat and Balinese friends, it becomes an ear-exploding riot of experience and colour. The Balinese themselves have incorporated […]

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Say What

Question: I am in my mid-40’s and my husband died about 18 months ago. He was sick for some time, and I coped better than I thought I would. I have continued on with my life in many ways though I do still miss him and think about him every day. I loved him when […]

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Bali Eats

The Melting Pot, Bali’s largest and best sports bar and Texan restaurant, continues its festive season habit of producing batches of that doyen of Mexican street food, Tamales. They are served as a single tamale [pictured] or as a Tamale Platter [3 tamales, beans and rice] but they will only be available for a short […]

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Social Resources for Boomers

Great news for Boomers: whether you are an extrovert, an introvert, a newcomer, a regular or occasional visitor, you can rest assured that Bali- thanks to its thriving and diverse expat community- is an ideal place to connect with likeminded people and make new friends fast. This is a small area filled to the brim […]

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Slow Food Bali Goes to India

The principles of Slow Food are universal – to promote good, clean, fair, seasonal food and support local producers. Every Slow Food group operates differently according to its own context. In December I was fortunate to meet a dedicated young man who is bringing Slow Food principals mainstream in a corner of Rajasthan, India. Rohit […]

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The Balinese Addiction to Water Wrapped in Plastic Part II

According to a representative from one massive brand of mineral water wrapped in single-use plastic, the idea behind producing packaged water in Indonesia was   two-fold: 1. To provide safe drinking water for foreign visitors to Indonesia who were more susceptible to stomach complaints caused by contaminated water and 2. To save the under privileged from […]

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The Time – Tested Montessori Method Endures

Sometimes, no news is good news. At Montessori School Bali, while exciting projects are under development, such as new natural outdoor playgrounds and a BMX track, in our classrooms things stay very much the same as they have in authentic Montessori classrooms around the world for many decades. Why on earth would that be a […]

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Bokashi Treatment

I’m always open to new things and willing to try them out. So when someone suggested I check out this place, which he described as soaking in mud I was intrigued. Located on the by-pass near Lotte Mart it was easy to spot the poster advertising Bokashi Therapy. Entering the place I noticed that there […]

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Schedule That

Jim Jefferies presents The Night Talker Tour – 26 January Australian Comedian Jim Jefferies will be performing his trademark stand-up comedy act at the Trans Resort Bali. Jefferies acquired international fame with his biting, controversial and no nonsense style of social commentary from a uniquely Aussie viewpoint. A great treat on Aussie Day for fans […]

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Bandit Saints of Java by George Quinn

When Islam first arrived in Indonesia in the 15th C., it came ready-packaged in a mystical doctrine that was widely welcomed across Java. Though widespread conversion from the Hindu-Buddhist faith to Islam was complete by the 1600s, the old belief systems did not disappear. Buddhism and Hinduism had a presence on Java for 1000 years […]

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