Nov 21 2011

Japanese food in Sanur: Part 1

Published by under Food,Sanur

Japanese cuisine is fairly easy to find in Bali, and Sanur on the southeast coast has a good selection of places, from the newish and  sleek-lined on the beach through to a few old standards where the emphasis is on comfort. Let’s kick off with new Minami, the second branch of the well-regarded Ubud original. … read the full post

Nov 17 2011

Yoga in Bali: Seminyak/Canggu

Published by under Canggu,Seminyak,Yoga

Having covered a few yoga studios in Sanur, it’s time to have a squizz at the Seminyak and Canggu areas of Bali. Top of the list for a drop-in class while you’re holidaying in this area of Bali has to be stunning, back-to-nature Desa Seni, with its open-air, alang-alang roofed Tri Murti studio. This is … read the full post

Nov 08 2011

Where to eat Balinese food in Bali?

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UPDATE, November 2013: We’d add Merah Putih and Mamasan to our list of places to consider heading for Balinese food. Merah Putih focuses on Indonesian dishes, both classic and modern, but you’ll find a scattering of Balinese selections in among these, while Mamasan has a variety of Asian dishes, including some Balinese selections as well. … read the full post

Oct 28 2011

Where is Bali’s best babi guling? Part 2

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We did a part 1 to our waist-busting series on Bali’s babi guling some time ago, and though I only have two restaurants to add at the moment thought it worth jotting them down, though only the first was memorable. First up: Babi Guling Negari. You’ll find this spotlessly clean joint specialising in our favourite … read the full post

Oct 25 2011

Bali: This is why you bother

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Yesterday the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age ran a piece titled “Bali: why bother?” by staffer Carolyn Webb. It’s obvious from the story that Webb didn’t especially enjoy her time in Bali — that’s not at all unusual and thankfully Bali isn’t for everyone. What was unusual was that the piece got a run … read the full post

Oct 12 2011

It’s a wrap: The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2011

I’m still in the post-festival glow of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2011 so thought I could wring out one more post about how great it was. I had, as I hope my posts conveyed, an excellent time. I’d never been to a writers’ conference or festival before so the entire experience was a … read the full post

Oct 11 2011

Who does it better, poetry or prose?

The last session on the last day of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival was a boisterous debate between poets and prose writers about who was better at writing about that age old affliction, love. Arguing for the poets was Geoff Lemon, Australian poet and general ne’er-do-well, Russian writer and poet Oleg Borushko, and Alicia … read the full post

Oct 10 2011

Interview with author Meg Mundell

At the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival I got to catch up with Meg Mundell, a New Zealander based in Melbourne. She’s just released her first book, Black Glass, a story about two teenage sisters set in a dystopian Melbourne. Meg’s a talented writer with a wicked sense of humour and a special place in … read the full post

Oct 08 2011

Growing Young Readers at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

One of my favourite panels so far at the 2011 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival was this afternoon’s session on writing for children and young people, called Growing Young Readers. One of my least favourite parts about writers festivals (although I’ll admit that this is my first one) is hearing writers read their own work. … read the full post

Oct 08 2011

Benjamin Law beat me at arm-wrestling

My favourite part of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival so far has been the opportunity to meet so many young authors, who, as it turns out, are just normal people. (I think they become less so as they get older.) I had the chance to talk to Benjamin Law, a young Australian author whose … read the full post

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