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A micro example of daily life in Bali

At a local farmer’s market I met a businesswoman who sells jamu (health drinks made with fruits and herbs). On Thursdays she sends texts to her customers via WhatsApp and then delivers on Saturdays. Here’s the delivery guy: After inquiring about his scooter, I was told it’s a 1978 Honda, handed down to him from his Dad. […]

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Getting Serious about Sandwiches: Sandwichopedia Opens

With many Western-style restaurants in Bali, I set my sights for slightly above-average and then am pleasantly surprised if the food exceeds my expectations. Why? Because many bule (foreigner) owned restaurants start out with proper training, but then once the owner isn’t around, the standards shift as local tastes don’t match the food being served. […]

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Balinese Beach Ceremony for a Baby

Preparing for a Balinese baby to walk the Earth: Babies on the Indonesian island of Bali don’t start off life on the right foot — or on the left. That is because a prevalent and ancient custom there says an infant’s feet should not touch the ground for the first 105 days after birth. The […]

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Totally BAKED, here in Pererenan

BAKED is a popular bakery which is based in Berawa, and now they’ve set up a lovely spot as my next-door neighbor! Today was their grand opening. Having spent over twenty years in California, when I think of the word “baked” I can’t help but think of someone who has had too much marijuana to […]

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Sea-See Resort Plows Ahead

Directly across from our humble guest house / boutique hotel will be a massive resort with over 200 rooms. Fortunately there will be underground parking and so, due to smart design, we are all hopeful that there won’t be traffic jams clogging up our lovely little neighborhood. The effort is a first-class undertaking, with swanky […]