Toads in Love

The nights are so quiet in the dry season.  I don’t realize how much I miss the honk of frogs and toads until they crank up again after the first rain.  After resting for so many months through the heat it must be wonderful to feel mud and wet grass between those splayed toes. I […]

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Tossa Enrico Razzo and his famous custard marble

Mrs Razzo had a problem. Her husband Tossa never stopped talking. He drove her totally bananas. “It must be a defective gene” she often said. Then one day she realised the only time he ever shut up was when he was knitting. It was as though if his hands were kept busy he didn’t talk […]

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Ubud News

BALI’S BEST TONIC Did you know that the Balinese don’t wait to get sick, they use a variety of home grown herbs and spices to create health tonics that keep them in good health and help fight illness. Every once in a while, you’ll see someone riding the streets, or outside the local markets, with […]

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Ubud News

NEW YEAR, NEW FUTURES It’s the end of January but still many of us are trying to figure out how to make some changes, both in our personal lives and in ways that will help the planet. The health magazines call Ubud “Asia’s yoga capital” so trying – or getting back to – some regular […]

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Valentine’s Day Staycations Pamper and Rejuvenate

Valentine’s Day is synonymous with flowers and chocolates. Both are the go-to gifts for those clueless about what to give their partner on this very special day. This year, why not shake things up a bit by booking an accommodation and treatment package that combines healing and pampering. If you are overwhelmed by the sheer […]

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Virtures Of Vegan

I’ve always been put off by anything that I regard as being fanatic. This included being vegan. I couldn’t comprehend why my vegan friend couldn’t have a slice of birthday cake and ice cream or some pizza, even if it was vegetarian. I’ve basically been vegetarian for quite a while with occasional indulgences of fish […]

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Vitamin B12 – the Hidden Deficiency  

Vegetarians & Vegans even greater risk than supposed, reports show As a vegetarian or vegan you are probably aware of the dangers of nutrient deficiency in the nutrients B12 and also ( but less well known), choline. Despite this knowledge, what you may not be aware of is the research showing vegetarians, and more particularly […]

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Welcome To My Paradise

Thousands of foreigners come to Bali on holiday the first time and fall in love with the magical “island of the gods” and return, often many times. The wheels in your head begin to spin “what can I do to live here?” Many older people want to retire here or others look at Bali as […]

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What does ‘siap’ mean?

I’m often asked, “Do you speak Indonesian?”and I answer, “Yup, both Indonesian and Balinese.” More often than not, the reaction is: “Ooooh, they’re two different languages?” They are indeed. And the word ‘siap’ is an example of just how different the languages can be. In Indonesian siap literally means ‘ready’, but it can also be […]

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