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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Tracy Wilkinson: The Luwak Lady

Coffee luwak is brewed from beans that have passed through the digestive tract of the Asian palm civet, locally known as luwak. While traditionally coffee beans were sourced from wild civets, today they are mostly collected from caged civets living in dreadful conditions. Concerned about the plight of the nocturnal animals, Tracy Wilkinson has decided […]

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Orpheus is not a Myth in Bali

If you love old myths and legends, you undoubtedly know the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, legendary and tragic lovers of antiquity. It is one of the most famous and beloved Greek myths, about love and passion, but also about the weaknesses of the human spirit. Orpheus was born in Thrace, the son of the […]

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