Bali’s Top Eco-Friendly Brands

Hippocrates once said, “Nature itself is the best physician.” And Bali has certainly heard the message. With its abundance of natural resources and traditional production methods, it is little surprise that the island is a haven of eco-friendly brands. From handwoven fabrics to cosmetics made from organic plants and herbs, there has never been a […]

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Camp Life Is Paradise for Freddy by Fred Lanzing

Camp Life Is Paradise for Freddy recounts Fred Lanzing’s youth in the Dutch East Indies, his experiences in Japanese internment camps and the first few months after liberation. Through the eyes of a child this book tells the dramatic story of the overthrow of an immense and helpless colonial empire, the routing of a puppet […]

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Can Financial Plans Survive The Pandemic?

The number of cases and deaths worldwide from Covid-19 has increased exponentially since my last article four weeks ago. Ironically the richest countries in the world have fared the worst, despite their advanced technologies and medical services. Indonesia is not out of the woods yet and is depending heavily on the government’s efforts to restrict […]

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Can the World’s Billionaires Save our Planet?

‘How dare you?’ snarled teenage Greta Thunberg to the world at large when she spoke at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York last year and proceeded to castigate present generations for failing to protect and safeguard a safe and eco-friendly future for people of her generation; for allowing climate change to go […]

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Children’s Charity Launches COVID-19 Appeal

Children’s charity Bali Children’s Project has just launched a new fundraiser to help provide basic staples for families in Bali. The Bali COVID-19 Appeal is being run by Bali Children’s Project to help families who already live in poverty under normal circumstances, but have felt the effects even further. As Bali comes to terms with […]

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CORONA VIRUS…Should we be Concerned?

There are so many unknowns about the novel corona virus that has triggered unprecedented quarantine efforts, dangerous conspiracy theories and global alarm. Much of what we know about coronaviruses comes from the ones that we’ve dealt with before – ranging from deadly global health threats such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) to versions that […]

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Could The US / Iran Conflict Impact Expats in Bali?

The short answer is yes, but to what extent depends on your nationality, your job or business, and to what extent you travel. It can also affect your savings and investments. Conflicts have been ongoing in the Middle East for thousands of years so why should the latest crisis be any different? The reason is […]

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Eco-Warriors at Home: Shifting to Home Learning due to Coronavirus

Due to the spread of Coronavirus in Bali, Begawan Foundation, an NGO that is working towards the conservation of the critically endangered Bali Starlings in Melinggih Kelod village, Payangan, have temporarily closed all education activities at their Learning Centre and shifted into online and ‘At Home’ learning since mid March. Besides a Breeding and Release […]

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Emergency Arrangements for Difficult Times

In these challenging times, certainty and security go out of the window. We cannot predict what will happen; however, the worst-case scenario might lead to a breakdown of services and possibly a breakdown of law and order. It is a good idea to consider the services we rely on: electricity, water, gas, internet connection and […]

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