Balinese Beauty Secrets

Balinese women have long used nature’s gifts to beautify themselves. While today Western-style cosmetics, with dubious ingredients, are the order of the day on the island, many Balinese women continue to use traditional recipes to produce their own botanicals. Ketut Jasi and Dewi Rusty are two such women. Both have started their own natural beauty […]

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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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Loloh Cemcem: Bali’s Take on Jamu

Most expats, and even tourists, are familiar with Indonesian drinks such as jamu (traditional health potions) and arak (white rice wine). Not many realize, however, that there are plenty of other beverages out there that are specific to Indonesia or Bali. Loloh cemcem is just one of such traditional thirst-quenchers. While jamu is known for […]

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It’s through the cracks that light gets in

Mental illness is an insidious and progressive disease, especially when it is not properly diagnosed and treated or, as happens so often in Bali, the people suffering from psychopathic conditions are considered to be living out their due karma and must bear their lot. Hence these people are typically hidden from public view as much […]

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Bali’s Recording Studios Get Wired for Sound

There is little doubt that Bali fosters creativity, both among its residents and visitors. Whether you are professional musician looking to cut some tracks or just someone who performs in the privacy of your own shower, Bali’s recording studios can make composing tunes a breeze. Decked out with the latest equipment, here are five music […]

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Quo Vadis, Voyager 2?

  Are you wondering what happened to the Voyager interstellar space probes and their encoded message to the aliens? We never seem to get any interesting updates so it took a bit of googling to get an idea of their present location and state of existence. As of today there are 2 Voyager probes wandering […]

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A Movement of Recovery

There are quite a few addiction recovery programs in Bali and some of these were highlighted in an article I wrote in the BA edition of 6 July 2016. Undoubtedly more recovery centres have seen the light of day since then as these programs are sorely needed given the high rate of addiction in our […]

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Canggu’s New Healthy Eats

It is no secret that Bali is a paradise for the health conscious. From yoga retreats and fitness centers to establishments serving up nutritious gastronomic gems, each year the island sees an array of fresh hot spots for health enthusiasts, and 2018 has been no exception. Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, or on a gluten-free […]

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