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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Can Bali Survive on Tourism Alone?

The recent slew of natural disasters befalling Bali in the form of volcano eruptions and earthquakes brought us face to face with a situation we experienced at the time of the Bali bombings in 2002 and 2005 when tourism dried up faster than a shallow puddle in full tropical sun and the island shut down. […]

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Bali’s Drone Culture Captures the Island from New Angles

From beaches, jungles and rice terraces to cliffs and volcanoes, Bali is overflowing with jaw-dropping photo opportunities. And with the popularization of drones, photographers and video-makers are gaining a new, loftier perspective on the island’s charms. Professional photographer David Ed Ziegler has devoted the past seven years to documenting Bali’s landscapes, seascapes and culture from […]

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The Fun Factoid Festival

It’s always fun to dig up zany facts from the internet and share them with friends or incorporate them in your trivia quizzes. Here is what’s perking up some interest these days.   Fascinating genetic mutations in humans – Genetic evolution in humans seems to follow a slow but visible progress. We seem to get […]

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