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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Bali’s Late Night Feasts

Hungry after a night of partying or just feeling peckish while binge watching your favorite TV show? Luckily, McDonald’s and KFC are no longer your only options. Bali is booming and so are its options for a midnight snack, or feast. Here are just a few of the island’s late night eats.   Warung Laota […]

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The Rijsttafel: An Indonesian Fest for the Senses

The rijsttafel (rice table in Dutch) is an elaborate banquet composed of rice and between seven and 40 side dishes from across the archipelago. The colorful symphony of flavors and textures dates back to the Dutch colonial era, when it was used as a way to sample a wide variety of delicacies in one sitting. […]

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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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