Hands for Water

Beyond the lush vegetation of southern Bali, we bounce along a pot-holed road, dust flying into dried up rivers with floors of stone. This is a rain-shadow. Beyond the waters of the sea that flows to Java, is a village without water. Wake Water took me there to inspect three water tanks that were helping … More Hands for Water

Volcanic fury as Mother Nature shows her force

Mother Nature strikes in many forms and as humans, there is little we can do to control her. When Mt Raung began showing signs of increased activity on 29 June 2015, it was initially only felt by the 2,088 residents who were evacuated by the Indonesian Government. A few articles heralded the event and for most of us, life went on. Even while it spewed lava and ash 300 meters into the sky, tourists, and pending tourists into Bali, carried on life as usual. … More Volcanic fury as Mother Nature shows her force

Noah and his Ark

Every now and then, meeting someone causes me to pause, to check in with my soul and make sure that I truly am living a life of purpose. Last night, Dr Francine Neogo was one of those people. At 85 years of age, tears rolled down her face as she described a life of working … More Noah and his Ark

The history of the rice paddy (or, how a nonsensical term makes sense!)

A reader wrote on one of my blogs the other day. He was most affronted that I used the term rice paddy, and begged me to do my research before I hit the keyboard. It brought a smile to my lips. You see, had he done his research before hitting enter – and posting a … More The history of the rice paddy (or, how a nonsensical term makes sense!)

The Ego of Travel

What I would love to see, is more discussion about how as travellers, we can contribute to the health of tourism, rather than being drowned in guilt. Otherwise, we will need to take this same guilt across every single aspect of our lives. “I cannot buy anything imported from a developing country, because I am contributing to global warming.” There will be an argument for almost everything we use, if we apply the same guilt-formula. … More The Ego of Travel

The journey continues – The Bootongs of Bali, and some thank-yous

Writing a novel begins with an idea and a sheet of paper, as it did for me back in 2001 when we were holidaying in Bali. We had left our daughter at home with family to enjoy a belated honeymoon at our favourite resort. This year, they had introduced ducks to the pond that divided … More The journey continues – The Bootongs of Bali, and some thank-yous

The Bootongs of Bali is coming soon! Pre

The Bootongs of Bali is coming soon! Pre-order your copy and help it get printed faster! (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bootongs-of-Bali/590372881068120) The fantastic tale of a family of ducks and friends. Young Cheeky and his family, the Bootongs of Bali, are in a race against time to find their fallen ancestral palace in the Kingdom of Ducktopia and recover … More The Bootongs of Bali is coming soon! Pre

Loving Lovina

The road from Lake Tamblingan over the mountains to Lovina seemingly kicked the chassis of our car about like a tin boat in a storm.  Huge potholes were unavoidable, snaking across the road and marking the place of the river of rain that had created them the last wet season.

Lembongan Life

The little girl looks at me with large brown eyes, lashes gently touching her cheek when she closes them.  The rubber tube her mother has been using as a floating table for her basket while she collects seaweed, is casually flung around her neck, and she shyly raises two fingers in a salute as I click … More Lembongan Life

The Kingdom of the Lakes

Tucked away behind Bedugal, the temperate, ‘vegetable growing capital’ of Bali, there lays a mystical duo of lakes that are untouched by the touristic fingers of the South.  I ‘stumbled’ upon them on Google Maps 3D, my new friend in research, replacing the old ‘finger on the map’ method of choosing a place to explore.

Serving the Master

I coined the phrase “Serving the Master” in Bali Soul Journals when I was reflecting on where Bali is today.  Once, tourism was the servant, bringing a better quality of life for Balinese.  But now, that servant has become the master.  In some instances, Balinese have become slaves to establishments built on their land.  And … More Serving the Master