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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...

Shopping for Bali stonework and stone carvings

Shopping for Bali stonework and stone carvings in Ubud can be a journey. As with paintings there is an entire road in Ubud dedicated to stone...

Sports bars in Jakarta

Sports bars in Jakarta are a second home to expats and the odd Western tourists plus Jakarta locals gathering to play pool, watch sport while dining...

The Gili Islands off Lombok

The Gili Islands off Lombok are three beautiful coral and sandy islands just off the northwestern tip of Lombok that are very popular with Bali tourists wanting a super relaxed...

The Gili Islands; they paved paradise

To paraphrase Joni Mitchell, the Gili Islands; they paved paradise is a classic example of what happens to an isolated, idyllic community that gets...

Timeless rejuvenation in Amed

Six intrepid travellers looking for what we had heard was timeless rejuvenation in Amed arrive in Amed without a clue. Where to...

Woodford Folk Festival

The photo above is of the Rooms of the Heart sculpture/stage (maybe 15 metres tall). In 2013 the festival theme was of the heart, of how insanity seems to be controlling the...