…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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…And Then There Were Two

I’ve always fancied keeping a few hens. I have a fantasy that my chickens will have long, peaceful lives and produce big brown eggs without any dramas. All my friends and relations who have ever kept chickens assure me that this is indeed a fantasy. Chickens, they tell me, are stupid, vicious, suicidal and sickly. […]

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‘Hurt Girl’ and ‘Domineering Father’

If you suffer from the ‘inner critical voice’, then this article is for you!  It explains the cause, and how to heal it.  Enjoy!   We all have different ‘characters’ within us – parts of our personality that have become separate.  A common example of identities is a pair I call ‘Domineering Father’ and ‘Hurt […]

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‘Phishing’, not Fishin?

All right, what the heck is ‘Phishing’? When you go fishing, you put some bait in the water and hope that a fish comes along and takes it. If he does, you’ve got yourself a tasty meal or even a nice trophy! Well, ‘phishing’ is the same, except you are the fish! Maybe you’ve received […]

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“Get Into It!” – Then & Now…..

“The more things change, the more they stay the same…”, someone once said. Or if they didn’t, they should have. Nowhere is the observation truer than for travel to Asia, or more romantically, “The Orient”. The Lure of the East, tropical beaches, palm trees and dusky maidens (not PC I understand), luxury colonial style hotels, […]

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10 Best Place to save money on tech items

I get many emails (well a few anyway) about finding the best prices on computer and other technological products. Locally, your best bet is RIMO. Since RIMO has so many shops under one roof you can ‘shop’ for the best price. If you live or visit the US or have friends or family there, the […]

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A Car With Character

For years I’ve driven an elderly green Katana, unprepossessing in appearance and not very comfortable.  It’s very difficult to get into the back seat and practically impossible to get out again.  The air conditioner doesn’t work. It leaks in heavy rain. The petrol gauge is unreliable.  Over the years it has had some spectacular breakdowns, […]

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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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A Green Tipping Point

Like many of Ubud’s young men, Gede sports a stylish red streak in his hair, ear plugs and smart Tshirts. His family sent him to Ubud for high school and he remained after graduation, finding a little work here and there and hanging out with his friends. Then he took up with D, a foreign […]

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