Bali’s Hangover Lounges Deliver Miracle Therapy

Let’s face it, Bali is a party island. And where there are parties, there are usually hangovers. And, boy, do they hurt. Luckily, there is no reason to despair if you find yourself in pain after a big night out because hangover treatment centers can bring much-needed relief in as little as 30 minutes. Forget […]

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Sustainable and Practical: All-Terrain Bamboo Wheelchairs

Indonesia lacks services and infrastructure for people with disabilities. This means that many children and adults, and particularly those living in villages where the rough terrain is not suitable for normal wheelchairs, are confined to their homes. To try to rectify this dire situation, Eco Living Bali, a supplier of sustainable products made from natural […]

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Can you live a Zero-Waste Life in Bali?

On a worldwide level much hoopla surrounds waste management and the effort to clean up our soiled and littered planet. Some countries and communities are way ahead of the pack and most every country in the world is doing something to contain, limit or manage their waste. Cleanup has many guises. But where does all […]

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Emerging Writers Program Showcases Indonesia’s Talent

As a part of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF), each year a group of young Indonesian writers is chosen to represent the country’s creative talent. Set up in 2008 by Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati, which is also the foundation behind the UWRF, the Emerging Writers Program selects the best wordsmiths from across the […]

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The Fun Factoid Festival

Here is another instalment of Trivia quiz-worthy titbits, followed by some ‘Did you know..?’ facts you can add to your EQ (educational quotient). The world is full of wonders and provides great fodder for dinner table conversations and a spark for lagging first date get-to-know-each other chats. The national flag of Nepal has a very […]

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The Ethics of Animal Experimentation

Permit me to broach a controversial topic. Today’s story is not about sex, politics or religion, the usual favourite subjects of strident, opinionated and divisive harangues or polemics. At least not directly. This is a rant about animal abuse and experimentation clothed under the term of experimentation and medical research ‘for the good and/or progress […]

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Education Program Aimed at School Children Raises Environmental Awareness

With the slogan “helping people to help themselves,” the IDEP Foundation’s TUNAS program is striving to instigate sustainable reform in Bali by developing children’s interest in environmental protection and conservation. TUNAS, which is an acronym for Teman Untuk Semesta (Friends of the Universe), started back in February this year and has two main themes: permaculture […]

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When will we get awesome theatre in Bali?

Those of you who saw the play ‘ORPHEUS’ when it toured Bali last month witnessed a rare piece of quality theatre seldom seen in Bali. Those of you who missed it, alas, passed up on a very special performance. But don’t kick yourselves too hard because you are in for a redemptive treat. ORPHEUS was […]

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Peranakan Cuisine Brings to Life the Region’s History

Taking center stage at this year’s Ubud Food Festival, Peranakan fare is an amalgamation of Chinese, Malay and Indonesian cuisines. Also referred to as nyonya cooking, an old Malay term of respect for women, Peranakan flavors were spotlighted at the festival during two workshops hosted by Debbie Teoh, a chef, author and a loyal supporter […]

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