May 10 2012

Getting a Thai tourist visa in Bali

Published by under Visas

Want to avoid the notoriously painful process of obtaining a Thai tourist visa in places like Vientiane, Penang, or Phnom Penh? If Bali is on your itinerary, obtaining the visa here is akin to gearing up for a long, dull day of school only to be let out of class after just 10 minutes of … read the full post

May 09 2012

Review: Villa Kresna Boutique Suites, Seminyak, Bali

Blindingly white with a small but glittering freeform pool, lovingly decorated Villa Kresna is hidden away on the beach-bound spur of Jalan Sarinade, a five-minute walk from the beach end of Jalan Abimanyu. A few years ago Villa Kresna lost around half of their land and a couple of years later it underwent a complete … read the full post

May 06 2012

Peekaboo Bali

Published by under Kids

Call me mother of the year but when I go to an indoor play area in Bali, I’m hoping for three things: good coffee, decent air-con, and five minutes’ peace. At still relatively new Peekaboo in Sanur, aimed at kids under nine, I mostly get all three — Mr 3 still wants me to play … read the full post

Apr 26 2012

Review: Warung Organic, Sidemen

Published by under Food,Sidemen

We spent last weekend with friends at Life in Amed, in one of our favourite houses in Bali and decided to take a scenic route home via Sidemen (home to another of our favourite places to stay in Bali). A friend had mentioned stumbling upon Warung Organic on a similar trip, so we kept an … read the full post

Apr 23 2012

Travelling by ojek in Indonesia

Published by under Java

We’ve recently covered a variety of different transport options across Indonesia including minibus (angkot) and train — here we focus on one of the most efficient forms, the motorcycle taxi which is known in Indonesia as the ojek. Like many other places in the world, the motorcycle taxi in Indonesia is an important part of … read the full post

Apr 21 2012

Where is Bali’s best babi guling? Part 3

Published by under Food

Setting an alarm for 2:00 — yes, in the morning — in order to meet up with someone you’ve met online, in a bid to hunt down Bali’s best babi guling: if I do say so myself, that’s dedication, dear readers. And it turns out that sometimes the people you meet online are quite normal, … read the full post

Mar 05 2012

Travelling by minibus (angkot) in Indonesia

Published by under Java

When travelling throughout Indonesia, visitors can choose from an array of different forms of transport such as bus, train, ferry, becak, minibus and ojek. Of all the forms of transport in Indonesia, minibus, otherwise known as angkot, seems to be one of the least frequently used by foreign visitors to the country — which is … 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

Published by under Photos

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:  

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