No fridge? No worries… … . eat fresh!

Previously I spoke about the crush injury to my leg, caused by the fin of my surf board; and about how the balian got me moving again, at the same time relieving the intense pain. However this had been achieved at some cost: I had been forced to endure some pretty excruciating massage! So did […]

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Is Cycling Safer than Surfing?

Ten days ago, I hired a bicycle (well it looked like one anyway). There was air in the tyres and it had handlebars! I had moved about 50metres from the shop when I realized that this was the bicycle from hell – but hey it was cheap. At about $1 a day, how could I […]

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Kota Kinabalu – and a ‘gorgeous moment’

I have just been to Kota Kinabalu for another visa run, and this time there were no dramas, and no surprises. In fact it was a delightful couple of days, beginning with my Air Asia flight. This time no cancellations or delays. No flying via Kuala Lumpur to return to Bali. This time it was […]

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Bali Beginnings … … … . Soul Surfing???

Why am I standing outside my Bali hotel at 7am in the morning, hopping from foot to foot like a little kid, instead of lying in bed drinking coffee and reading a book, or having an early morning stroll along the beach like most holidaymakers of my age would be. Here I am, waiting eagerly […]

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Riding a motorbike in Bali… ..

What rules!! To turn right onto a main road, you have to first move onto the wrong side of the road that you are exiting from. Turn right, into the oncoming traffic. Staying on the right, with the facing traffic weaving past you; wait for a gap on the left hand side of the road. […]

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Kamar Kecil… . The small things in life

Driving is a bit harder now that I am actually keeping my eyes open! But I am learning some new tricks. When turning right onto a main road, I now manouevre myself into a gap between other motorbikes, and just accelerate when they do…. It’s not pretty, but it works! I can’t help talking about […]

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The foot wash café … .. and logic!

During my stay in Bali, I have heard a great deal about how westerners often exploit or disrespect their Balinese staff. I have also seen some of this behaviour, and been embarrassed and ashamed by it. How sad. The reason that many of these entrepreneurs are here in the first place, is because of the […]

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Staying out of trouble… … almost

I have decided to take a ‘gap year’….. Having left school at 15, gone straight into the workforce, and then raised a family, this was something that had never really occurred to me before. But why not? My husband is not with me any more, and my children are young adults, all living away from […]

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How not to do a visa run… … .

‘The visa run’ is an expression which is well known by expats living in Bali, and is a term readily and comfortably used by them. For me, however, the first time I undertook a ‘visa run’, was a nerve wracking experience, and felt like something from a James Bond movie…. I really didn’t understand the […]

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