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 26 2011

Kawah Ijen: An Indonesian highlight

Published by under Java

Climbing volcanoes. It’s an activity that repeats itself regularly on a journey through the Indonesian¬†archipelago. There’s something majestic about those towering masses of rock and ash that calls us to conquer them as if to show them who’s boss. And usually we return with stories of magnificent views and how it felt like being on … 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

Published by under Photos

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

Dec 05 2011

Amid the paddy: Ubud’s Sari Organic

Published by under Food,Ubud

This is the tale of a little walk, up a hill off Ubud’s main street, and through relatively flat, slightly terraced rice paddy, now dotted with ever-more concrete villas and bungalows. It’s a 15-minute walk, or about 800 metres, a sign at the turn off along Subak Sok Wayah tells visitors, to get to a … read the full post

Dec 03 2011

Robbed then “murdered” in Bali

Published by under Health & safety

It was over before it began: a motorbike’s engine goes down a gear, I lean back towards my open car door to let the bike pass, the driver grabs my shoulder bag and I scream — teaching my two children, still in the back seat of the car, a few choice swear words as my … read the full post

Dec 01 2011

Ubud in a day, the lazy way

Published by under Ubud

This isn’t a piece about seeing all the sights around Ubud at a cracking pace, but rather about suggesting some tips on doing what one can really do best in Ubud: chill out, eat, relax, eat, take it easy, eat, hang out… eat — you get the picture. Check into your hotel — see our … read the full post

Nov 28 2011

Yoga in Ubud

Published by under Ubud,Yoga

When you say Ubud, some people may think “Yoga!”¬† — or, even, “Hippies!” — yet the offerings may not be quite as extensive as the tourist-town’s reputation would have you expect. Yoga Barn really has the market cornered for yoga in the style that Westerners are after, while Taksu is another decent offering, though it … read the full post

Nov 25 2011

Clear Cafe Ubud

Published by under Food,Ubud

If you like your food healthy and imaginative — even somewhat worshipful — make a beeline to stunning Clear Cafe when you’re in Ubud. The spot, tucked away on Jalan Hanoman so within walking distance of most guesthouses in Ubud’s central area, has been open a year or two now, and it’s surely testament to … read the full post

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