What’s your favorite earworm?

Have you been plagued by that endless repetitive tune that seemingly pops out of the blue and spontaneously plays in your head over and over and over again? Join the crowd. Almost all people experience those mind teasers called earworms. They’re also called brain worm, brain itch, stuck song or sticky music. Normally they don’t […]

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Living off the grid in Bali

While the concept of living off the grid usually refers to living without the support of an electrical grid and other external infrastructure, to many it is about much more than installing solar panels and setting up a compost bin. Living off the grid is about having a conscious awareness of how we want to […]

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Fake News Lah

Donald Trump mendaciously claims he coined the expression ‘fake news’. Actually the term has been in use since the 1890s by the American press and is not a new concept. But with all the wolf cries about fake news since the advent of the Donald on the political scene, the expression has gone viral, expressly […]

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The Healing Tradition of Ayurveda Embraces the Individual

   If you are feeling out of sorts, you are probably not the only one. The stresses of everyday life (yes, even in Bali), or something as simple as seasonal changes, can play havoc with our body constitution. Instead of turning to run-of-the-mill Western medical treatments, why not try a healing practice that has withstood […]

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Tactile Tattoos: The Ultimate in Wearables

Imagine accessorising your outfit with a gold leaf sticker on your arm, leg -or any other body part for that matter– and using it as a touch pad much like the one on your smartphone in order to control your mobile devices, to display information or store data. How about a skin bracelet that acts […]

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For the Marginalized Women of Indonesia there is Hope

For young marginalized women growing up in Indonesia today, they face a strong gender bias, in trying to get educated, gain a skill and find quality employment. The Bali WISE (WISE = Women of Indonesia Skills Education) program by Role Foundation was started in 2007 to help the exploited women working in the seaweed farming […]

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Musings on Origins and Roots by Ines Wynn

The Indonesian penchant to inquire about someone’s origins is embedded in the culture. Especially in Bali, where the class you belong to dictates the choice of language you use and the physical position you are entitled to. On a regular basis we hear the ubiquitous Balinese greeting ‘Dari mana? Mau ke mana?’ – Where are […]

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New Take on Bali’s Tradition of Food Foraging by Anita

Food foraging has been around since time immemorial. The Balinese have always realized that there is an abundance of nutritious and delicious edible and medicinal plants growing right around us. Backed by deep respect for nature, this traditional way of life proved to be both sustainable and nourishing. Sang Ketut Rai Wibawa, known as Sang […]

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