Buying a Vespa in Bali – Not Quite What it Seems!

Buying a Vespa in Bali was something I always promised myself I would do one day. So a couple of years ago, after we had built our house here, I decided to make good on that promise... Vespas were the standard village transport prior to the … [Read more...]

Photographing Borobudur in Central Java

Borobudur is simply one of the most spectacular cultural monuments in Indonesia. But it is also one of the country's most visited tourist attractions, so it can be quite challenging to photograph without having dozens of people in the frame. But … [Read more...]

Pampang Dayak Village in Kalimantan

The Dayaks of Borneo are the original, non-Muslim, indigenous people of this huge island  – the third largest in the world. Traditionally they lived in the dense rainforest areas along the upper reaches of the big rivers of Borneo, in small … [Read more...]

Island of the Gods – The Royal Cremation in Ubud

Royal Cremation in Ubud... Events like these simply don't happen very often. So when they do you can expect a large turnout of both locals, who come to pay their respects, and tourists eager to witness the ceremony. Ubud is, in many ways, the … [Read more...]

The Balinese House Blessing Ceremony

The Balinese House Blessing Ceremony... Bali is after all the "Island of the Gods" so I guess it should have come as no surprise that before construction could start on our house in Canggu there had to be a ceremony. The house blessing … [Read more...]

Feral Scooters – A Very Eclectic Gathering in Ubud

Feral Scooters... We heard the first one before we saw it! And it sounded kind of somewhere in between a chain saw and a garden whipper-snipper. My first reaction was it was that either it was some kind of joke, or maybe an Indonesian version of … [Read more...]