Detoxifying Your Relationship

I just finished a three day juice detox which was much harder than I had anticipated it would be. On the first day I drank four different juices which consisted of a variety of vegetables or fruits that stimulate the release of one’s toxins. By the second juice I found myself feeling quite ill; my […]

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Tools for Understanding Each Other

Our Astro vision crashed last week and when I called to ask them to repair it, I realized that I was no longer interested in watching repeats, mediocre movies or hearing the screeching sounds of cartoon characters on the Cartoon Network. It was time to make a change, so I said with conviction, “Never mind […]

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Creating a Strong Foundation

Today I was contemplating what I would write for my column for this issue and nothing came to me until I did offerings and prayers, otherwise known as Sembahyang in Bahasa Indonesian. I had a difficult day that I wasn’t able to really share with my husband, yet when we did our prayers together, it […]

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Celebrating Holidays with Spirit

When we look at our traditions from western cultures like Australia, Canada and the USA, we realize that there are few which have existed as long as some of the ancient traditions which continue to thrive in Asian cultures like Bali or Java. In the USA, people celebrate Thanks Giving – a day of remembrance […]

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One Couple’s Journey

Caroline and Ronnie have been happily married for more than ten years and have two boys, ages eight and six. Caroline is a lover of dancing and is very creative, while Ronnie is more of a low key guy who is good with budgeting and managing the staff that work for them. Caroline sat down […]

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Keeping Those Fires Burning

Everyone comes to the dreaded juncture – the point at which one’s long term relationship has gone from feeling ecstatic to static. Where has all the rapture gone and how can we get back even a few remnants of those passionate moments that we once shared with our partners? Most of us have bought into […]

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I Say Potato You Say Kentang

The other day I asked Dewa why he had decided to make the fountain at our home with the symbol close to the water instead of more centered on the wall? For me this was a simple question only asked to get a clearer understanding of his rationale for the design, but to Dewa this […]

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Bi-cultural Confusion

I have lived in Bali for the past six and a half years, during which time I have had to make many cultural adjustments – some easier than others. I think some of you non-natives out there who are in the same boat as I am might understand where I am coming from. There are […]

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Love in Sparse Times

As prices continue to escalate in Indonesia for basic items such as food (current prices have been increased by 60% since 2007) and gas which is now a whopping Rp6.000 a liter, one has to wonder how this will affect all relationships let alone the bi-cultural couple? Gone are the days when someone could walk […]

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