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Indonesia announces a

Indonesia announces a "Paid Plastic Bag" Policy

Starting on February 21st. 2016, 22 cities in Indonesia have implemented a “paid plastic bag” policy. They are Bogor, Jakarta,…

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Traffic Law of Indonesia: UU No 22 / 2009

Traffic Law of Indonesia: UU No 22 / 2009

Driving in Bali / other area in Indonesia during your holiday is a wonderful experience as there are many spots…

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Foreign Woman Arrested for ATM Banking Crime in Bali

Foreign Woman Arrested for ATM Banking Crime in Bali

Indonesian police have arrested a foreign woman for banking crimes on Feb 7th. 2015. When arrested, Iliana, the name of…

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Twenty Signs You are an Ubud Expat

Twenty Signs You are an Ubud Expat

You know at least a handful of drivers named Ketut, a few massage therapists called Nyoman and at least two…

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Religion/Beliefs

Galungan

Galungan

Galungan is one of the biggest holy day in Bali. Galungan occurs every 210 days. It's victory celebration of dharma…

Odalan

Odalan

Bali is known as an island with a thousand temples. It is easy to find a temple ceremony everywhere at…

Tumpek Kandang

Tumpek Kandang

Balinese celebrate the “Tumpek Kandang” holiday. This holiday is dedicated to Sang Hyang Rare Angon, the god of all cattle…

What are All Those Offerings?

What are All Those Offerings?

Every day in Bali we see people making and placing offerings- in houses, on cars, in their businesses, and on…

Expat Stories

The Balinese Communication Style

The Balinese Communication Style

Cultural Tid Bit # 10: The Balinese Communication Style To a Western person, brainwashed into taking for granted that "open honest communication"…

Mati Listrik

Mati Listrik

It might be circa 3 o'clock in the afternoon on a particularly sweltering day in Ubud. You might be zipping…

Villa Kitty Bali - Tales from the Cat House - Oct

Villa Kitty Bali - Tales from the Cat House -…

“But you got to have friends The feelings oh so strong You got to have friends to make your day…

Robin Lim, a Local Midwife Into a CNN Hero

Robin Lim, a Local Midwife Into a CNN Hero

Ubud 2011. A barefoot midwife, Robin Lim is Ubud’s heroin, loved and respected by all and specially Balinese women. This…

Society

Balinese Family

Balinese Family

When passing through the village compound you'll notice that every gate house has one family temple which means there is…

Where in the World is Wayan?

Where in the World is Wayan?

I dropped into one of my favorite Ubud restaurants the other day, Warung Sopa (Jalan Sugriwa), for a plate of…

Balinese Name

Balinese Name

What is a name? Shakespeare said that a name means nothing! How about in Bali? If you ask a Balinese…

The Renaissance of Basa Bali

The Renaissance of Basa Bali

When the Indonesian government adopted the position that the Balinese language should be phased out of the local education curriculum…