Monkey Business

Ubud. In the depths of the Monkey Forest. Narrow shafts of silvery sunlight reaching tentatively down through the canopy of branches above my head. Brightening the eerie shadows cast by the trees. Remnants of the rain lying in irregular puddles on ground. Catching the light. The eyes of the monkeys encircling me searching my body […]

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A Kaleidoscope of Kites

Central Bali, late June. The morning after the night before. A night where the earth moved for me. And countless others on the island. Another earthquake in the early hours. Measuring  4.5 on the Richter Scale. Thirty three kilometres below the surface of the earth. Felt across the southern part of the island. Thankfully no […]

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A Cascade of Memories

Ubud, Bali. Late one Friday evening in July. In the circle of friends. Sharing laughter, good food and companionship. The songs of our chatter and the voices of frogs blending together in the cool, freshly-washed night air.   Discussions over dinner bounced from one subject to another as we travelled round the globe on a […]

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Being Balinese Busy

Bali. Early August. A day of bright sunshine and happiness laughing in the air. A day that makes you feel so glad to be alive and the earth shimmers with joy. At dawn the tendrils of cloud strung out across the heavens were a pastel palette of glowing colour. Dusky pink, soft peach, pale lavender, […]

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…And The Stars Closed Their Eyes

Central Bali. Early on a Wednesday morning. The night’s darkness still blanketing the earth. I awoke cold and shivering. Huddled under my duvet. The wind causing my mosquito net to billow over me. I screwed my eyes shut. Drew my knees to my chest. Knowing I needed to shut the windows behind the bed and […]

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The Massacre of the Frangipanis

It sounds like a shoot out between gangs of Sicilian Mafiosi ending in the untimely death, or some might say the well overdue demise, of the much-feared Frangipani family. In actual fact it refers to gardening, of a sort.    Central Bali. At the start of a season that should be dry and sunny during […]

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Koyaanisqatsi

Bangkok, Thailand. Late October. Ironically the skies clearer and the air cleaner than in Singapore. A day I thought would never dawn. The Merlion Isle was swathed in smog from ever-smoldering slash-and-burn agriculture in Sumatra and Kalimantan while the City of Angels was happily sunbathing under cloudless cerulean skies. I was in town to catch […]

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