Back to Work, In Style

Featured as an architectural wonder in the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival which just wrapped on October 17, Wyah Art & Creative Space is one of those places in Bali which demands a visit. Its bamboo and timber-clad, organic-shaped rooms seem to float magically above the river and trees. Wyah seeks to join the number […]

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Indonesia On The Global Culture Map

Cinemas are open and the Balinale is here, November 11 through 14. Tickets are free-of-charge (with prior registration), and in a great theatre complex, Cinema XXI on Jalan Kediri, at the Parc23 Mall, in Tuban, South Kuta. Nothing beats the immediacy, the intimate emotional experience, of great cinema. This 14th edition continues to deliver outstanding […]

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Get Out and Enjoy – Masked & Vaxxed

The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF21) returns in hybrid form. Online and in-person, in Ubud’s gracious Indus restaurant or on your laptop, it’s a week-long happening for the greatest minds in contemporary literature, local and global. This is Bali’s premier annual romp in the realm of imagination, literature, poetry, diversity, and activism! Satisfy your […]

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A Healthy Lifestyle in the New Normal Bali

I cannot make a medical diagnosis for anyone, but I can make some suggestions to enhance anybody’s lifestyle, longevity, and quality of life. If we’re going to ever get back to sitting in movie theatres premiering cutting edge cinema, if we’re going to attend art openings, in-gallery performances, and wild group happenings, if we’re ever […]

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The Future of Bali is in Your Hands. It’s a Mask, Not a Chin Bra

Heartfelt thanks go out to all Bali Advertiser readers who are protecting and preserving our marvelous Balinese hosts and their culture by following PPKM, the government’s orders for public health in these pandemic days. Anyone still hesitant to shelter at home, properly wear a mask, get vaccinated, and apply strict hygiene, is urged to consider […]

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Bamboo For You and Me!

Bamboo architecture has become a big part of the joy of living in Bali. There is quite simply nothing to compare with its graceful structural lines, not to mention its delightful texture and lightness which suit this climate perfectly. Maybe you’ve immersed yourself in the treehouse luxe of the dining room at Bambu Indah, or […]

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Honoring and Protecting Our Artists and Friends

Enormously spirited, free of charge, a fixture on the Denpasar calendar and favorite of informed travelers, the 2021 Bali Arts Festival (Pesta Kesenian Bali) was hanging in uncertainty right up to press time. It was originally hoped that this, one of the world’s longest running cultural festivals, would begin next week with the annual wild […]

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Let the Games Begin!

The government is pouring aid into a chosen series of festivals, in anticipation of Bali opening to international tourists, but happy to welcome domestic tourists, and YOU are invited. These art, culture, sports, and entertainment events have been talked up on every tourism website, but specifics are subject to change. I add my comments to […]

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Local Artisans All In One Place

Show of hands, please, for who’s here from Jakarta? Any expats from Bandung? Surabaya? All law-abiding long-stay-holders are welcome here. You are thanked for making Bali your refuge from the pandemic, for wearing your mask, washing your hands like your neighbor’s life depends on it (which it does), and for avoiding crowds. You’re shopping with […]

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BaliCore: Relief for Remote Villages

Lucky readers who are perusing this issue of the Bali Advertiser, poolside in Canggu, or in an Ubud home office overlooking a grove of shimmering palms. You did it! You found a way to get fresh coconuts for a song, you’re surfing beautiful breaks, and maybe you’re having a tough time not gloating about it […]

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