Oct 01 2011

Money-changing scams in Bali

So yesterday afternoon I decided to finish off a decidedly ordinary week by running out of money. On the final day that school fees were due. This is a more common occurrence than it should be at Casa Travelfish and we even have an emergency money frame with $100 in it. So I broke the … read the full post

Sep 29 2011

Winner of the four-day pass to Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

Congratulations to Gabriela for winning our competition giving away a full four-day pass to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. The competition was simple. Tell us in 25 words what “Bali” means to you. This was Gabriela’s entry: “Pacifying bad spirits, fearing ricefield rats. Feeling adrenaline in left-hand traffic. Happy ducks. Why is so much … read the full post

Sep 25 2011

Balinese tooth-filing ceremony (with video)

Published by under Culture

This morning I went to one of the most important ceremonies in a Balinese person’s life: the mapandes or matatah, a tooth-filing ceremony performed partly for beautification — fanged teeth are unattractive and coarse to the Balinese eye — but also to symbolically balance-out an individual’s personality. (Skip straight to the bottom if you’d just … read the full post

Sep 21 2011

Yoga in Bali: Sanur

Published by under Sanur,Yoga

Despite at least what I perhaps expected, yoga isn’t everywhere in Bali. I thought I wouldn’t be able to chuck an incense stick without hitting a studio, but they’re actually quite few and far between across the island. Today I’ll cover two spots in Sanur: the delightfully herby crunchy Manik Organik, and newer, New York-ier … read the full post

Sep 19 2011

Coffee on the bypass in Sanur

Published by under Food,Sanur

Bali’s Ngurah Rai bypass — stretching from Nusa Dua past the airport, skirting Kuta, Sanur and then, well, we’re not quite sure where it officially ends — can feel like a bit of a wasteland at times (you know, when it’s not slicing through mangroves). If you are using it to get from say the … read the full post

Sep 16 2011

A few things to do with kids in Bali

Published by under Kids

You’ve had enough of sand and you just want half a day off the beach doing something a bit different with the kids that doesn’t involve chasing them around too closely, like you would need to say at the zoo or Waterbom. Here are a few places you can do just that. Lollipops Playland, Waterplay … read the full post

Sep 07 2011

Manicures and pedicures in Seminyak

UPDATE, June 19, 2013: Amo has closed. Fluff alert! Yes, this is just about getting your nails or your toes done while you’re on holiday in Seminyak. For something more highbrow, please see here, or here, or here. Still with me? Okay, if you’re preparing to bare your feet for the first time in a … read the full post

Sep 05 2011

Gaya Gelato

Published by under Food,Ubud

A friend recently mentioned offhand Gaya’s Gelato and my ears pricked up as I often take the Sayan ridge route to get to Ubud from Sanur. This takes you past the large Gaya Fusion, an art space with an attached restaurant and villas, but I hadn’t noticed any ice creamery … What was I missing?! … read the full post

Aug 26 2011

How to do Bali on the cheap

Published by under Money & costs

Bali can be expensive. But the good news is it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips on how to enjoy the island without busting your wallet. If you’re a backpacker, you can still do Bali on a budget. When you land If you’re staying further afield and have booked in advance, ask after … read the full post

Aug 20 2011

Spas in Ubud, or things to do outside the Writers and Readers Festival

Let’s be honest: attending a writers festival is hard work, and the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival is no different. If you’re not pouring over your schedule trying to juggle your panels with your lunches, you’re busy actually attending a session, sitting in a possibly plastic chair for hours on end, listening, pondering, asking questions, … read the full post

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