Feb 27 2011

A cheap massage in Sanur

Hardy’s supermarket in Sanur is one of the few places in Bali I despise. I am driven crazy by how often the prices on their shelves are not actually for the products in front of them, their unapologetic staff, their habit of giving lollies instead of proper change and… Well, I digress. One place is … read the full post

Feb 26 2011

Eat, Pray, Traffic in Ubud, Bali

Published by under Ubud

I think the bit where Julia Roberts gets stuck in a traffic jam must have ended up on the cutting room floor, but here’s a nice little video to illustrate the traffic situation in Bali’s cultural heartland, Ubud. No easy solutions, but banning tour buses would be a good start.

Feb 24 2011

Buying kids clothes in Seminyak, Bali

Published by under Kids,Seminyak,Shopping

In my experience as a six-foot-tall woman, shopping in the enticing-looking boutiques along Jalan Laksmana in Seminyak can be rather disappointing, with not too much available in my size. Shopping for kids, however, is another question entirely. Quite a few lovely shops selling children’s clothes have sprung up in this area over the past few … read the full post

Feb 20 2011

Updated: How much is a taxi to Bali airport?

Published by under Transport

Updated for December 2013: The simple answer to this question is to not ask “how much”, but rather just to ask the taxi driver to put the meter on — that’s what it is there for. But, if you prefer to do it “off the meter” here are the “official” prices from Bali’s Ngurah Rai … read the full post

Feb 16 2011

Cafe Bali on Laksmana, Seminyak

Published by under Food,Seminyak

If I ever had a little wooden seaside cottage, I’d be asking Cafe Bali who did their decorating and getting their number. I love this place: it’s cute but not sickly sweet, a breezy blend of sophisticated and serene right bang in the middle of the disaster-construction zone that is Jalan Laksmana in Seminyak. Think … read the full post

Feb 09 2011

Cozy massage in Bali

Street-level massage joints are a dime-a-dozen in Bali, and so too are the high-end US-dollar priced ones. The market in between, where you pay just a little more and get something a little different is where there’s a bit of a gap, but that’s where Cozy, just near Simpang Siur (ten minutes from Kuta on … read the full post

Feb 07 2011

Review: Sea Circus Restaurant, Seminyak, Bali

Published by under Food,Seminyak

With its dream-coloured glass louvre windows sitting pretty on Jalan Oberoi Sea Circus looks scrumptious from the outside alone. Inside, the white interior with vibrant turquoise accents and touches such as flowers in old bicarb of soda cans lends a carefree, beachfront feel, though the spot is off the beach and doesn’t have any ocean … read the full post

Jan 29 2011

A good dentist and optometrist in Bali

Published by under Health & safety

On holiday in Bali and want to get a dental or eye check up? Even if you don’t, it’s good to have contact details on hand for a good dentist and optometrist while travelling just in case something goes wrong – and the prices are great! Dr Retno has a neat, nondescript office that’s easy … read the full post

Jan 28 2011

Stuck in Bali? Here are some options

Sometimes there is nothing worse than getting stranded on a tropical island — the boss is never going to believe your concoction about some volcano on Java blowing its top … he knows what really happened. Anyway, if you’ve found your Jetstar flight from Bali to Australia to be cancelled or delayed, here are a … read the full post

Jan 23 2011

Bali Ramblings on Gili Trawangan

Published by under Gili Trawangan,Video

We know this is a Bali-focussed blog, but just across the Wallace Line from here, set off the coast of Lombok are the Gili Islands. While there are a few of them, the best known is Gili Trawangan and it is easily reached by fast (or slow) boat from Bali or Lombok. It’s certainly not … read the full post

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