Today, we broaden our horizons and speak with Caterina Hapsari, an Indonesian fashion designer based in Bali, who speaks about her passion for batik, fashion, Indonesia and Bali. I’d met Caterina previously through Rotary. I’d watched her journey the last 18 months and knew she was someone I wanted to learn more about. So this … More Network. Opportunity. Attitude
Driving out through the back of Ubud to a Balinese wedding yesterday gave me the chance to give the purpose of Bali Soul Journals more thought. Sometimes a sense of importance, of urgency, comes across as being arrogant. But what we are doing is really important. All of us. Collectively. We drove from Canggu ‘the back … More Tourism…the road less travelled. Please.
When Bali Soul Journals was born, it was as sibling to another book, Things you need to know about Bali. As author, I had felt there was ‘something missing’, the ‘je ne sais pas’. It wasn’t until I chatted with Jack Canfield, author of the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul series, that the penny … More What is a Conscious Traveller?
Once upon a time, not so long ago, I was cynical about some tourists in Bali. Not all of them, and not everything about them. But they would gush stories about how they loved such and such a Balinese, that they were family, after knowing them for ‘years, which would amount to about 10 weeks … More A Balinese baker’s story
Part Two of Weaving in Bali “The doors of awareness are opening.” These are the words of a veteran expat who inspired me greatly with his words last week when Trish and I visited him. And these were the words I carried with me as I ‘set sail’ to Nusa Penida on Saturday to visit … More Weaving magic on Nusa Penida Bali
A day in the life A seaweed farmer in Bali can never have a typical day. The cycle of seaweed farming is set by two key aspects. One, the ebb and flow of the tide. Seaweed can only be farmed when the tide is low, so if it needs to be cropped and the low … More The Soul of Seaweed Farming in Bali
“We’ve got to pick our battles. If everyone who could help did help, what a difference we would make in this world.” Natalia Perry is not your typical ‘save the world’ Samaritan, which is perhaps what makes her authentic. There is no ego, no desire for thanks or fanfare. She simply gets on and does … More Giving children language
Meeting Jack Canfield was on my list of 100 things I wanted to do before I died. I’d even photoshopped myself into a photo with Jack at a celebration evening for a Success Principles course! So when the email came through inviting me to spend five days with Jack and Patty Aubery in Bali, it … More Jack Canfield’s Bali Odyssey
It’s a little known fact that weaving has a strong heritage in Bali but, unlike wood carving or painting, it is rapidly losing its footing as a household skill. This spells the potential loss of part of the fabric of Bali’s heritage but thanks to one foundation in Nusa Dua, there is hope for the … More Weaving hope for women Part I
I had buttons and Bali on my mind when I first entered the unassuming, quirky button shop in Kerobokan, Bali. I was asking myself…how, why and who would dedicate such a huge space to selling zillions of little buttons? Was this person Chinese, a Westerner or Balinese? What made someone get up in the morning … More Bali, Bankruptcy and Buttons
Bali is a place of smiles and welcomes. Balinese are gracious hosts, and while you may feel intrusive visiting a ceremony, as we found today, you will be warmly welcomed. Follow their prompts, such as if you should remove your shoes. You will not be allowed to enter a temple without a sarong. If uncertain, … More Smiles and ceremony
An office with a view Surely this has to be one of Bali’s best kept secrets? Most surfers will know the beach, but many tourists seem to be missing this piece of heaven! This is where we found ourselves today at Echo (also written as Eco) Beach in Canggu, sipping a drink and listening to … More Bali’s best kept secret?