Archive for the 'Bali' Category

Feb 13 2012

Potato Head Bali

Has a building ever made you smile? The striking facade of Potato Head Bali is the first architectural feature that’s brought a grin to my face. It’s a semi-circular construction by architect Andra Martin comprising old louvred shutters from Java, a mixture of whimsy and cleverness; try seeing it and not marvelling at how creative … read the full post

Feb 03 2012

Bali’s bamboo chocolate factory

Published by under Sights & activities

UPDATE: We’ve just revisited the factory and they now run daily tours at 14:00, 35,000 rupiah if you call in advance, (50,000 rupiah if you just drop in, 100,000 rupiah for a tour outside regular hours). The cafe is yet to open but should be ready in July. The chocolate is still delicious, and a … read the full post

Feb 01 2012

A side trip to Sidemen

Published by under Sidemen

I accept that I won’t win any headline writing awards for the title of this piece, but really, for all those who want to complain about how busy Bali is these days, how bad the traffic is, how you can’t swing a cat without hitting a drunk Australian in Kuta, how Ubud is under attack … read the full post

Jan 31 2012

Photo: Galungan penjor

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The Balinese are busy preparing for Galungan, the most important holiday on the island, which begins on Wednesday and lasts for 10 days. Part of the preparations involve erecting magnificent penjors, which are great, tapering arcs of bamboo decorated with coconut leaves, outside the family home. Here’s ours in Sanur:  

Jan 10 2012

Waka Shorea

When we pulled into the main road entrance to the Waka Shorea in north Bali, we thought we’d pulled into the wrong driveway. But we pushed on. And still, we weren’t quite sure if we were supposed to be here. A staff member however did emerge, directed us to park our car in an overgrown … read the full post

Jan 03 2012

Photo: Sand at Medewi Beach, Bali

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Best known to surfers, Medewi is an enchanting spot in West Bali that catches some especially great waves but also has a laidback, rural vibe. There aren’t many places to stay, and most of the best ones are very low-key homestay spots that double as surf schools. As there are both good beginner and advanced … read the full post

Jan 02 2012

Seminyak breakfasts

Published by under Food,Seminyak

Whether you’re roughing it at a Bali guesthouse and you want to treat yourself or you’re splurging in a villa but you want to hit the pavement, brunch in Seminyak is a good idea. Breakfasts run the full gamut here, from cheap and cheerful through to sophisticated and pricey. Here are a few of our … read the full post

Dec 19 2011

Bali to Java by bus

Published by under Java,Transport

Bali is the jewel in the crown of Indonesian tourism, attracting more and more visitors every year; for some, the number of fellow tourists is just too high and there is a strong desire to high-tail it right out of there. That’s where Bali’s western neighbour comes into the picture: Java, a long slender island … read the full post

Dec 12 2011

Ice cream in Sanur

Published by under Food,Sanur

Technically, even though it’s always pretty hot in Bali, it’s summer time now — so you have an even better excuse to indulge in a scoop of ice cream or three while you’re here. Yes it’s not hardy travel, this eating ice cream business, I’ll grant you that. Still, ice cream. Ice. Cream. Sanur now … read the full post

Dec 07 2011

Photo: John Hardy jewellery showroom

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This beautiful bamboo building, a showroom for John Hardy jewellery, is open for visits by appointment only — you’re supposed to go to see the jewellery, but the building is so impressive, architecture buffs should come for a peek at the structure alone. Bali and bamboo has been in the news lately, with AP doing … read the full post

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