Pollution is the number one trending topic on The Full Wiki, with over 11,600 views. As I sit, waiting for my latest book The Bootongs of Bali to arrive (which tackles this issue), it’s heartening that so many are interested in the topic. But, it is not new. In the west, we’ve been pondering pollution … More The Litany of Litter
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
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
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
Bali Soul Journals is made up of 14 journals – connections with locals and long-term expats that reach to the heart of Bali. This is my favourite, and today I share it with you in audio, reading this very special story that Ibu Murni of Ubud shares with me. For those who have the book … More The Spirit of Bali with Ibu Murni – podcast
The views are breathtaking. Waves crash onto the island, the energy of their fury roaring up the cliffs on the wind. Tall trees with spines as straight as a ruler and trunks as white as bleached bones guard the rolling plains. There is no sign of human life. Just a vibrant green expanse that needs … More The theft of Paradise
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!)
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
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-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
Bali Soul Journals is the first in the Soul Journals Series. Last week, I travelled into wild and untouched West Kalimantan seeking the next story, and I was overwhelmed with sensory beauty. While this website remains Bali Soul Journals, I will be posting my travels around the globe while working on a companion website, http://www.souljournals.com.au. … More West Kalimantan – Rays of Hope
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.
We can only be said to be alive, when our hearts are conscious of our treasures – Thornton Wilder Look for the beauty, it is in everything, even the back of a dusty old market in Canggu.
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
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.
The ducks of Ducktopia are on the march over and above Bali, looking for the hidden manuscript that may well save the planet. Launching soon, here is a sneak preview. Let me know what you think! I am having an absolute ball writing this, and am totally immersed in the lives of these ducks! Who … More The Bootongs of Bali – Sneak Preview
I was on the road to Gilimanuk that leads to the west coast of Bali, and the words of Maggie Thatcher of all people, were triggered in my head. Cars zoomed past both ears as I cautiously edged my way across to a temple that had caught our eye, nervously pleading with our golden retriever … More The road to Gilimanuk
Rows upon rows of tiles, and mountains of coconuts are unlikely inspiration for a conscious travel blog. But as I cycled through one village in Bali this morning, their persistent presence forced me to think, “What can you teach me?” Conversations in my head with other people were replaced by earnest curiosity about my surroundings, … More The village of tiles and coconuts
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
This morning, I took a walk through the streets of Canggu. Now that Bali Soul Journals is finished, I am contemplating my role in 2014, as a guest not just in Bali, but in Indonesia. Join me on my walk and in my thoughts. Let’s hope that in 2014, there is a greater awakening and someone, … More Who invited you to Bali.
When I sit down to write a reflection I generally turn up with a blank page. I am not one to consciously think about details. Mostly everything is off the cuff, I don’t sit and think “Oh, this is a moment, get ready for the light bulb!” However this year has been all about taking … More My 2013 Reflection – Stepping Stones
At the end of 2012, I held out little for the year ahead, I was going to let 2013 roll out in all its glory. But on 13 January, my husband and I were mugged, and I came very close to serious injury. Even today, I am amazed that I survived with only a 20 … More A new year begins