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Pererenan Beach still draws the crowds on Sundays

It’s always a welcome sight to see the locals enjoying their Sundays at the beach. As you can see from the above photo, the contrast between Sunday evening and Monday morning is extreme. In fact, after sunset the crowds start to fade and the beach starts to return to its normal state, which is typically […]

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Balinese Spirits return each year

Galungan marks the beginning of the most important recurring religious ceremonies. The spirits of deceased relatives who have died and been cremated return to visit their former homes, and the current inhabitants have a responsibility to be hospitable through prayers and offerings. The most obvious sign of the celebrations are the penjor – bamboo poles with offerings […]

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MacGyver-ing the pool lights

The word MacGyver has entered the Oxford dictionary: make or repair (an object) in an improvised or inventive way, making use of whatever items are at hand. Origin 1990s: from Angus MacGyver, the lead character in the television series MacGyver (1985–1992), who often made or repaired objects in an improvised way. More here I wrote about the […]

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A funky cafe just steps from Pererenan Beach

Bali has been subject to tsunami-style waves of change for a very long time. You would think that the Balinese would be overwhelmed, but remarkably, they absorb the best parts of the changing landscape, keeping their own culture pretty well intact. Here in our little corner of the island is Pererenan Beach. Cafes and restaurants […]

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Hotel tipping & other ways to be kind while traveling

This article from the New York Times sums up the practices of hotel tipping, primarily in the USA, but there additional practices internationally that can summed up here. Pushing a heavy cart of cleaning and room supplies, lifting mattresses and bending over tubs and toilets is probably the most physically demanding job in the hotel. […]