Category Archives: Current Columns

Fabulous Frangipani

‘Dear Garden Doctor, I have a lawn and a narrow garden bed which is very bare except for the frangipani tree. I was thinking of filling in the bare space with a few more as they are stunning plants and seem low maintenance. I see them growing happily everywhere around and mine has been doing very well despite the lack of care. My neighbour says that if I cut the branch I can grow a new tree. I really have no idea. I am so excited about the prospect of growing more frangipani and filling out my yard because it flowers brilliantly.  Is ... [ Read More ]

Reggy Widjaya: Jakartan Architect

Reggy Widjaya was born and grew up in Semarang, Central Java. After earning a degree in architecture at Tarumanagara University in 1994 and a Masters in architecture at Khatolieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, he worked for 20 years in the field. In 1997, Reggy and three other architects took over a friend’s garage and established TETRA (“four” in Greek) that grew into an award-winning architectural and interior consultancy company. In 2007, he received the “Indonesian Architectural Construction Award.” Reggy is a member of the Association of Indonesian Architects (IAI) and ASEAN ARCHITECT.   Did your upbringing shape the work you do now? I grew up in a big old house that gave ... [ Read More ]

August 16, 2017

Bali prison escapee Shaun Davidson taunts police with wanted posters on Facebook Bali prison escapee Shaun Davidson has poked fun at international police on social media more than a month after he fled the notorious Kerobokan jail. Davidson shared a series of mocked-up missing person and wanted posters, emblazoned with his image, to his Facebook page last night. “Possible whereabouts: Not sure but we’re close,” one of the posters read. Another poster offered a “huge reward” for the Perth man’s capture, along with the text “straight outtta Kerobokan”. The posts followed a taunting message to Interpol Manila’s secretariat on Sunday ... [ Read More ]

For Love of Chocolate…How not to debase the Food of the Gods

It is a rare child who does not love chocolate and most of us carry that love affair into adulthood to some degree. Our tastes may become more refined as we age, but the love affair continues. As a child we’re really talking about milk chocolate. The dark stuff comes later. As a child too, there’s usually some female figure in our lives who baked the most unbelievably moist rich creamy chocolate cake. Cocoa as a comfort bedtime drink is another potent childhood memory. As a kid growing up in England in the 1950s it was the great Quaker chocolate houses that ... [ Read More ]

August 16, 2017

Just Cruising The cruise market is big and likely to grow further, so it makes sense for Bali to have the capacity to effectively service this element of the tourism trade. The port of Benoa is the logical place to site the infrastructure required, and it seems that moves to do this are under way. But people who choose to cruise the archipelago are not necessarily looking for the sort of artificial and determinedly kitsch resorts that dot other parts of the globe. Some may see the proposed Benoa Bay Port Excrescence, a real estate project by tycoon Tomy Winata, ... [ Read More ]

August 16, 2017

A Celebration of Song (19 August) The Bali Community Choir is a mix of local and expatriate members of the community who meet each week to sing and rehearse for concerts including their traditional Christmas event.  Their catalogue of songs is impressive, covering a wide variety of genres including Broadway, traditional and operatic.  The Bali Community Choir performed on the televised 10th anniversary of the Bali Bombing in 2012 and the Pan Am Memorial Commemoration in April 2014 at Padang Galak to their credit.  The community are invited to come and listen to the incredibly beautiful voices that make up the talented community choir led ... [ Read More ]


Rotary Club Bali Seminyak recently celebrated its 15th birthday and we’re proud to have 50 members with more joining us on a regular basis.  Our club is one of five English speaking Rotary Clubs in Bali and we invite YOU to come and have lunch with us at the Trans Resort. For meeting dates and times, please check out our calendar at  You would be most welcome. Doing good in the world is what Rotary is all about and Rotary Club Bali Seminyak is doing its part.  You’ll find our club at work in many Regencies of Bali and on other islands as well. ... [ Read More ]

August 16, 2017

Indonesian flag etiquette. To show respect for Indonesia’s Independence Day (Hari Kemerdekaan) on August 17th, place flag in front of your house or apartment. Roving vendors sell small flags at red lights for only Rp. 5000-Rp. 7000 or buy at the pasar for Rp. 25,000 to Rp. 100,000 depending on the quality of the fabric (cotton is the most expensive).   Money sense. Buy your early bird ticket to UWRF 2017, only available now until release of their program on 16Aug . 17, to save 20% discount to attend 72 events over 4 days. *It’s wiser to spend money to save time than to spend time to ... [ Read More ]

August 16, 2017

Happy Merdeka Day in Bali Celebrate the foundation of Indonesia as an independent nation with Independence Day celebrations this year at Finns Bali!  Merdeka Day, as it is known across the the country is a nationwide holiday observed annually on  August 17th to recognise the beginning of the country’s emancipation from Dutch colonial rule in 1945. Despite The Netherlands not officially recognising Indonesia’s independence until 2005, this year the nation will commemorate its 72nd anniversary of freedom from Dutch rule with parades, gatherings and celebrations across the country and patriots wearing their red and white with pride! Whether you’re an Indonesian National, a short ... [ Read More ]


I first had this dish at Brava’s in Healdsburg, California. Roasted garlic slathered on chunks of crusty bread were the perfect vehicle to layer on the marinated veggies on. Each bite was heavenly.  I couldn’t wait to get back to my Bali kitchen to try it out. It’s a perfect appetizer or part of a tapas offering and will give you a gold star rating with family and guests. Serves 4 Sherry Dressing Ingredients: – 1 clove garlic, pressed – 1 tsp. Sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar – 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice – 4 Tbl. extra virgin olive oil – sea salt and pepper to taste   Roasted Veggies Ingredients: – 2 large red bell ... [ Read More ]