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Bali Cremation Ceremony

Pelebon Puri Agung Peliatan in Ubud The cremation ceremony was for the late Anak Agung Oka Susmini, wife of Ida Dwagung Peliatan IX, who passed away after illness on 12 December. Her remains were transported from the Puri Agung Peliatan to the Setra Dalem Puri in a nine-tier bade that stood 24 meters high. Groups […]

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Under the Radar, Genius Bistro

Ive passed Genius Bistro numerous times and it has always made me curious. What kind of place is this? It’s also in an unusual location, on Jalan Sempol, in-between Pererenan and Canggu. Turns out this French inspired bistro is quite good. The setting is lovely, the staff is a delight, and the food (I ordered […]

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Retire There with Gil & Gene

I was interviewed by the very sincere and lovely couple Gil & Gene, who have been thinking about retiring for quite some time. Covid-19 came along and put all plans on hold. So they turned a pause into a pivot and now they’ve become hosts of a podcast show on retiring anywhere on the planet. […]

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Bali Kite Festival 2020

Known locally as layang-layang (kite) festival, Bali villages compete to see who can fly their kites the best. Unfortunately I don’t know the kite-winning criteria. I’m just an enthusiastic admirer of the festivities. I was always a fan of kite flying, although I’ve only done it a handful of times. Why? Maybe because as an […]

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Bali is the Brooklyn of Indonesia and Canggu is the Brooklyn of Bali

It is presumptuous of me to make a claim about the entire country of Indonesia, when I have visited just a small percentage of its over 17,000 islands. The best book on Indonesia that I’ve come across is Indonesia Etc by Elisabeth Pasani: Declaring independence in 1945, Indonesia said it would “work out the details […]