August 2

Well, it has been a week of non-stop action with the launch of ‘Ubud Festival’.    This month-long arts bonanza has Ubud blazing with activity. The opening procession was an absolute feast of colour and costume as Ubud’s youth proudly displayed the finest in music and Balinese fashion with a few Ogoh-Ogoh thrown in for […]

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June 7

Well it’s been a sad week for Indonesia with the recent earthquake in Jogyakarta. Idep in Jalan Hanoman, has, once again, been helping with the relief efforts and is collecting much-needed supplies for the thousands of homeless. In the meantime, Mt. Merapi seems about to burst her lid with the result of all this activity. […]

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May 10

Festive time is in full swing with the Galungan celebrations and the island is ablaze with avenues of glorious, fluttering bamboo penjors. And that means temple season is also about to start, so its time to start sewing a few glam kebayas to be the Goddess-with-the-mostest on the world’s most temple-laden island.   The Ubud […]

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April 12

Well Bali seems to be the flavour of the month with the international film and documentary set.   Anthony Bourdain has now left our verdant shores to continue his whirlwind tour of Asia but promises to return in the near future to write his next international best-seller. Another Discovery film crew is in town, taking […]

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March 15

Well, its count down to Nyepi, Balinese New Year and that lovely day of peace and quiet.  It’s the one time of the year when you only hear the sounds of chirping birds and nature. Of course, if the rice fields are ripening you might also hear the bellows of rice farmers protecting their crop, […]

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Feb 15

I have always said that Ubud has something for everyone. You can chill-out and lead a peaceful life gazing at the rice fields, sip on café lattes and pretend you are somewhere else or embrace the local culture and be more Balinese than the Balinese. At nights you can enjoy the high life and fly […]

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Jan 18

Welcome to the Ubud News column Our monthly column will keep you up-to-date with Ubud’s most important events and other necessary details, such as the state of the kebaya in Ubud, exhibitions, marriages, ceremonies and fabulous meals. But, in this first column of the year, let’s examine Ubud’s identity and its relationship with expatriates. What […]

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