Bali: The Royal Cremation in Ubud

Royal cremations in Ubud 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 artistic and … [Read more...]

Below Decks on the Caribbean Cruise Ships

Sometimes conversations are meant to happen... Last weekend I made the long journey from my home in the south of Bali at Canggu, to Secret Bay at Gillimanuk on the western tip of the island, to do some scuba diving. It's not that far, only about … [Read more...]

Living in Bali… Something I Just Had To Do!

The latest issue of Cious magazine in Bali has just published a short article of mine on living here on the Island of the Gods... Cious was started in early 2012 and is the largest travel magazine in Bali. It specializes in articles written … [Read more...]

Living in Bali – The 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 ceremony was required because the land was … [Read more...]

Feral Vespa Scooters – Ubud, Bali

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 the Mad Max movies was … [Read more...]