November 8, 2017

FAREWELL MAN OF VISION This island is rich with people who, for their own unique reasons, come Bali and stay to “make a difference”. One such extraordinary man was John Fawcett, who died recently at the age of 85.John made Bali his home about 24 years ago, after his life in Australia fell apart as […]

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October 11, 2017

PREPARING FOR THE BLAST As I write this, we’re still waiting for Mount Agung to blow his stack, and all our Balinese neighbours are praying in their temples that he won’t, or at least that he’ll be gentle with the island. Despite those prayers, the eruption may have already happened by the time you read […]

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September 13, 2017

ORGANIC SMARTS Pak Har came here a few years ago from Java to learn more about the organic movement, and is now teaching visitors, expats and local Indonesians to grow their own delicious organic fruit and veges. One of his dearest passions is that he can help Indonesian families go back to cultivating their own […]

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August 16, 2017

ISLANDS OF IMAGINATION Many extraordinary adventures start right here in Ubud. I’ll wager that Taksu Gallery’s Borneo and Bali photography workshop in November will offer you new and mesmerising experiences every single day. David Metcalf’s wealth of experience along the back roads and villages helps him immerse visitors in the real Bali that has existed […]

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July 19, 2017

COOL MUSIC AT BRIDGES Seems to be the time of year for leisurely lunches with great music. Once again, Bridges Restaurant is in the centre of things, with a great lunchtime event this month. On Sunday, July 23, their Friendly Charity Lunch supports Solemen Indonesia, a foundation that works to alleviate suffering of the disadvantaged […]

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June 21, 2017

HAR’S TREE HOUSES For a real environmental treat, visit Har’s Organic vegetable garden in Junjungan, take a lesson in organic gardening, and stay in one of the tranquil tree houses he has built behind the garden, overlooking the river below. Hartonolo Kodjoyo, a Javanese gardener, was brought here a few years ago with two other […]

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May 24, 2017

BESPOKE TENT Oh my! This is a super sensational idea … how to add to your Bali pad, without the whole finding a builder, digging foundations and managing a messyproject rigmarole. Bali-based Escape Nomade will design you a tented sanctuary, and all you need is a bit of extra land or a flat rooftop! The photos […]

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April 26, 2017

INTERNATIONAL DEWI SITA I remember Jalan Dewi Sita first as a winding track with a few homestays, next to Ubud’s original tourist trap, Jl Monkey Forest, but now it’s quite the international stroll and home to imaginative restaurateurs. In 2015 Pica opened, introducing fresh South American cuisine; now that same creative team offers legit Latin American […]

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March 29, 2017

BALISPIRIT’S 10TH YEAR! Wow, it’s ten years since my inspirational friend Meg Papppenheim tried to explain what she and her partners had in mind for a “world music, dance and yoga” festival. They had spoken to some yoga teachers and a few enthusiastic music groups from other countries, but nothing was set, and no venue […]

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March 1, 2017

BUMI STILL MAKING MOVES With Bumi Sehat’s Ubud “MotherShip” operational from last October, Ibu Robin and her international team are making moves to set up branches in new places. The new Nyuh Kuning headquarters offers pregnancy services, childbirth and postpartum care, free ambulance transport, medical outreach to remote areas, services for the elderly, youth education […]

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