East Bali Has Risen From the Ashes – by Michele Cempaka

Many people think of Bali as one of Indonesia’s most affluent islands, but few know about the abject poverty that exists in East Bali in the mountain villages of the Karangasem region. A British resident felt moved to take action when a 7,200 Ha mountain village made an appeal for help. Out of this action […]

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Flores Overland Travel Feature – by Alison Elisabeth

Journey across Flores Flores owes its name to Portuguese sailors who called it Cabo das Flores (Cape of flowers). It is a place of raw and startling beauty, fringed by coral gardens and surrounded by volcanic isles. Amidst the tropical flowers which cover the island are smoldering volcanoes, steaming hot springs and ancient villages where […]

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Palm Oil – by Alison Elisabeth

Indonesia has one of the highest tropical forest loss rates in the world with 74 million hectares of forest destroyed in the past 50 years. The lucrative hardwood trade; a lack of effective conservation laws; and endemic corruption have left the forests at the mercy of loggers, and the looming ecological disaster is well documented. […]

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Living Food Part 1

Introduction to the series: In this series of featured articles living food nutrition expert Mark Ament will cover several aspects of the raw vegan food lifestyle on Bali, from raw superfoods to gourmet living food cuisine available on the island. Like most people in my generation, I grew up eating a standard western diet with […]

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Only for the true chocolate lovers – By Ima Deville

Close your eyes, listen to your taste buds and you could swear you are in one of the best patisseries of Paris. Vincent Stopin, a talented master patissier-chocolatier is bringing a new concept to Bali at the Gourmand Deli of St Regis hotel in Nusa Dua. Opened in September 2008, this delightful boutique offers some […]

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Raw Food Superfoods Of Bali – Part 3

Introduction to the series: In this series of featured articles living food nutrition expert Mark Ament will cover several aspects of the raw vegan food lifestyle on Bali, from raw superfoods to gourmet living food cuisine available on the island. In the last article of this series we had a look at some of the […]

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Laugh, Cry & Shout Your Way to Happiness

By Michele Cempaka Pak Kadek Suambara was living the good life just a few years ago as a Balinese wood carver. He employed 125 carvers and was earning a good income, but admits that he was always stressed and not at peace, so he decided to become a Bendesa Adat – ‘Keeper of Knowledge’ in […]

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The Path to Awakening

Rajesh, a young Indian man in his early thirties, has been a guide for the Oneness University for the past 11 years. As a guide, he has made a commitment to go out into the world and share his wisdom with others for the purpose of helping them find inner peace and happiness. He has […]

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Are Orangutans Worth the Effort to Save from Extinction?

If you want to see the last remaining orangutans in the wild, you must travel to either the island of Sumatra or Borneo but you had better hurry as orangutans are in rapid decline. With only 6500 remaining on Sumatra, their numbers have dropped by 14% in the last four years according to a recent […]

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Ubud Writers & Readers Festival Celebrates Tri Hita Karana

By Michele Cempaka The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) held on October 14th -19th kicked off its fifth year featuring many A list writers, journalists, and even several renowned religious figures. The theme of ‘Tri Hita Karana’: God Humanity Nature provided a stimulating platform for a variety of discussions about important political and social […]

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