Rollies Wrap – September 8, 2010

Mother City Rollie, at the end of August, found himself winging toward Jakarta for no particular reason. He wanted to see some friends, do some shopping, and maybe just wander a bit and see the old gal. It is the second time he’s been struck by nostalgia for a city for which he has no […]

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Rollies Wrap – August 25, 2010

Saving Subak Sok Wayah The e-mail made it sound dire, as if the “last” terraced rice fields in Ubud were disappearing under the work of developers’ shovels and piles of batako, the standard local grey or black building block. And now, the writer of the e-mail said, a band of “worried people … rice workers, […]

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Rollies Wrap – August 11, 2010

Ubud Epiphanies It is always interesting to see how visitors react to the island with the world’s most upbeat press clippings, especially repeat visitors who may not have seen the place in some years. The last week of July was the third time elder brother Thompson had brought his family up from Perth, Australia, going […]

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Rollies Wrap – July 28, 2010

There and Back Again Rollie says he is sure there are more contrasting comparisons – perhaps flying into Singapore’s gleaming Changi Airport from Sakhalin, Russia, or Dhaka, Bangladesh – but it is great enough from our own Ngurah Rai in Bali, and he’s not really interested in trying to find greater. He is not that […]

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Rollies Wrap – July 14, 2010

Bali’s Continuing Crisis When the two brothers showed up at the notary’s office, one was drunk and the other could only think about getting his hands on all that cash we were to pay them for the land they inherited from their grandfather. At first, they hadn’t wanted to open a bank account to receive […]

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Rollies Wrap – June 30, 2010

The Dark Side of Paradise Tourists and expatriates often have a sanitized view of life on Bali, partly because of the reluctance of the English-language press to publish any stories that could kill the tourism goose that lays the golden eggs, and partly because of willful blindness to anything but the glossy myths in travel […]

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