Sanur by the sea

Every so often we feel the need for a break from the jungle to smell the sea air. Sanur is the closest destination, about an hour away, and we always enjoy the change. Sanur is hotter than Ubud. It’s also less chaotic with excellent shopping and dining. Some like to call it ‘Snore’. Party animals, […]

Behind the scenes

​We returned to the ‘bazzar‘ last night. It was definitely dress-up night for the children, especially the little girls in their pretty party frocks. Quite the crowd in attendance and at one stage a party of at least 40 people turned up, mostly men, all wearing identical outfits. Tables were pushed together to accommodate them […]

Bazzar (yes, ‘Bazzar’)

The banners all proclaim ‘bazzar’ so I’ll run with this spelling too. I’m not sure if it’s an Indonesian thing, or just a Bali thing, but it sure is a busy thing. Every couple of years a village will stage a fundraiser (or ‘funraiser’* as it is often spelled – very appropriate) that involves everybody […]

Who’s for noodles?

Ifemelu wanted to lie, to say that she cooked and loved cooking, but she remembered Aunty Uju’s words. “No, ma,” she said. “I don’t like cooking. I can eat Indomie noodles day and night.” Huh? The cheaper-than-chips noodles found in every supermarket and convenience store in Indonesia? Literary stardom on page 85 of Chimamanda Ngozi […]


It’s rubbish day. Around noon we will put the bin out the front of the compound and it will be collected and replaced by another. Not such a big deal where you are perhaps, but here it’s taken a while to get organised. Rewind. For too long we have been turning a blind eye to […]