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A fun day in Ubud

Get yourself a car or a driver and a car, and head off for a fun day in Ubud that includes lots of shopping, a leisurely lunch in a gorgeous location and then a bit of agro...

Bali bag snatching, a feminist issue

Bali bag snatching, a feminist issue that Indonesia in general and Bali in particular needs to address or get used to having their women locked up at...

Bali kite season means danger for motorbikes

Bali kite season is a time you get reminded of how unpredictable life in Bali is. Recently a friend was knocked off his bike on a very busy road by an abandoned kite...

Bike tyres let down in Bali

Bike tyres let down in Bali

It seems that it's becoming a common occurrence to have ones bike tyres let down in Bali, at least for me. Twice recently one of my bike tyres was let...

Eating at local warungs

As a foreigner it is with some reticence I'd try eating at local warungs in Bali unless I can see that the kitchen is reasonably clean and food is kept...

Bike tyres let down in Bali

Getting a flat tyre in Bali

There are many joys and challenges of riding a motorbike in Bali, but one of the things that really changes your day is getting a flat tyre in...

Handicraft shopping in Ubud

Handicraft shopping in Ubud can be either a huge amount of fun and super cheap or a pain in the ass experience you cannot wait to be...

Japanese restaurants in Bali

There are many Japanese restaurants in Bali catering to all budgets and styles, many run by the large Japanese expat community in Bali as well as others with the passion for...

Kuta in Lombok

In the south of Lombok is a rapidly growing locality of Kuta, also spelt Koeta. I first went to Kuta in Lombok in 2011 and a visit in March 2016 was an amazing reflection of how...

Learning Tourist Indonesian

Whenever you go to a country like Indonesia you will find that many people, especially the more simple people, do not speak much English so learning tourist Indonesian is a very...