US man on the run after escaping notorious Bali prison A US man convicted on drugs charges escaped Bali’s notorious Kerobokan jail in an early morning jailbreak with another American prisoner who was caught almost immediately, an official said. The pair made a break from the Indonesian resort island’s main prison by cutting a hole […]

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“HOT SPOTS” a common skin problem for dogs in Bali

Hot Spots are definitely in the top 10 most frequent issues for dogs coming to Sunset Vet. The hot and humid Bali climate is the perfect environment for this canine skin problem to thrive. Hot spots can occur in any breed, but Golden Retrievers seem to get them most often, followed by Rottweilers and other […]

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“Where you go – wash your eyes ya?”

  Some of the most “charming” Indonesian expressions are ones that use the word cuci which means ‘to wash’. Perhaps this is because Indonesians always ask each other (even people they’ve just met) if one has washed yet or not (“Sudah mandi?”). Perhaps not. Nonetheless, the word is part of some pretty funky expressions. For example, cuci mata that literally means ‘wash eyes’ means […]

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22 November 2017

Two held over murder of elderly Dutch man in Bali Two men have been arrested over the murder of an elderly Dutch man whose decomposing body was found at his home on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali. The corpse of Robert Gilhooad, 80, was found on   November 3 at his rental property in Jimbaran, […]

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8 November 2017

Indonesian authorities lower Bali volcano alert status The alert level for a rumbling volcano on the Indonesian resort island of Bali that forced more than 100,000 to flee has been lowered, Indonesian authorities said on Sunday (Oct 29), but there is still a chance it could erupt. Volcanic activity in Mount Agung is slowing and […]

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A Brief History of Bali by Willard A. Hanna and Tim Hannigan

There are no shortages of excellent scholarly histories about Bali. Henk Schulte Nordholt’s heavy weight The Spell of Power and Adrian Vickers’ revisionist Bali: A Paradise Created are several that spring immediately to mind. These venerable tomes have accomplished their task well by presenting the island’s linear history from a systematic, academic perspective. A Brief History of […]

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A German Meat Feast!

Extrablatt returns to Nakula. Many regular customers were very sad, a few years back, when the little German warung, Extrablatt, closed on Jln. Nakula, There were only 4-5 small tables and a front bench on the terrace but the place was always busy. Guests, often from the Rumah Manis hotel, which was across the road […]

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A Greek Grill!

Nostimo has already made its mark in the competitive Seminyak-Kerobokan area.  Now it attempts to do the same in Ubud. There are now TWO Nostimo restaurants. A Greek Grill; that is what they are. Serving a variety of meats simply prepared on the grill, nothing fancy but very satisfying. Sadly the wonderful Baked Lamb that features at so many Greek restaurants world wide is […]

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A JOYOUS WALK!!

How many times have you been sitting at the beach enjoying the view and a coffee or beer and someone said to you “do you live here?” Yes, you reply, “you are so lucky” they say. Lucky? More like blessed, to be living on the Island of  Gods, among the Balinese people, steeped in culture, religion and […]

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A NEW MANDARA SPA

Mandara’s recent addition to their chain of spas opened in Sanur at the new Maison Aurelia Hotel and Spa.  Featured in this charming French style boutique hotel is a four room spa, a beautiful spa keeping with Mandara’s famous standards. There are two couples rooms furnished with Jacuzzi baths and two singles also with Jacuzzi baths […]

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