Category Archives: Feature

GM Tales and Concierge Encounters By Ines Wynn

The people who manage big hotel properties and attend to the quirks and eccentricities of their guests have many tales to tell. From unusual, extravagant, barely legitimate (or not) requests to questionable, weird and outrageous behaviors, the sky is not even the limit for the yarns they can spin and the anecdotes they can dish up.   But they are discrete and therefore a few of the story tellers in this article declined to be identified to protect the good name of the properties they represent. Some names are fictitious but the stories are real.Enjoy! Jerry1 is an affable American who has worked in ... [ Read More ]


Singapore is notorious as one of the most expensive cities in the world, a place where a pot of tea could set you back about SGD9.00 and the original Singapore Sling at Raffle’s Long Bar is a whopping SGD31.00 a drink. We three mature-aged ladies from Bali, two Australians and a Canadian, decided to put the theory to the test during a week’s visit to the world’s only island city-state. We envisioned dollars haemorrhaging from our wallets in stacks of hundreds, flying into the hands of hoteliers, clothiers, restaurateurs and taxi drivers. But did it have to be like that, we ... [ Read More ]

Oz Bali, Part 2: Prominent Australians of Bali

Few Australians were among Bali’s expatriate community in the pre-war years, but starting in the 1960s the island became a popular stopover for young Australians setting out on the long overland hippy trail between Australia and Europe. Those early sojourners were followed by a diverse company of Australians seeking adventure, an exotic cultural experience, the low cost of living, the easy goinglifestyle or attracted by business opportunities. Donald Friend was the first illustrious Australian to take up residence in Bali in 1968. Controversial and passionate, this talented artist of homoerotica created his own universe in the Batu Jimbar community of Sanur. ... [ Read More ]

Oz Bali, Part I: Services and Organizations

For many Balinese, Australians are like family. The relationship between Bali and Australia has been a long love affair. Bali has over 30 cricket clubs, fish & chips and meat pie shops and imported Australian steaks are as authentic as they are in Old Country. The great Australian “Schoolies” invasion of high school graduates in late November is accompanied by vigilante groups charged with protecting the youths from harm. Australian Bikie gangs have chapters in Bali. The study of the Indonesian language remains popular in Australian high schools. Many high Indonesian officials took their degrees from Australian institutions. Miners fly from ... [ Read More ]

Bali’s Beach Clubs By Anita

Sunbathe by the pool, grab a few snazzy sundowners, let a world-class chef prepare your meal and party the night away at one of Bali’s ubiquitous beach clubs. Since Ku De Ta announced its opening in Seminyak in 2000, multipurpose venues offering bars, restaurants, entertainment and a host of beachside activities have been mushrooming all over the island. Below is our guide to some of Bali’s finest beachside hangouts.   Finns Beach Club The newest addition to Bali’s beach club scene, Finns opened its doors to sun worshippers in June this year. Constructed from bamboo – and featuring an alang ... [ Read More ]

Desserts with a Twist

From hole-in-the-wall bakeries to elegant restaurants that serve Michelin star-worthy desserts, Bali can deliver just about any sweet treat under the sun. Below are some of the island’s cafes and restaurants that offer more unusual takes on well-known and well-loved sugary delicacies.  Alchemy  Who hasn’t dreamt of guilt-free chocolate, healthy cakes and nutritious ice cream? In today’s world of sugar laden and fluro-colored confection, we have become used to thinking of desserts as unhealthy. One Bali restaurant is proving that it is possible to indulge in a mouth-watering dessert without compromising a healthy lifestyle. Alchemy – which proclaims itself as ... [ Read More ]

The Snakeman of Bali is a Fishman too…by ParacelsusAsia 

It is perhaps fitting that the man we know as the Snakeman of Bali, a man possessing a well-developed sense of humour matched by a keen scientific mind, has been written about best by that august body, the Herpetological Society of Ireland  (HSI). As any Irish person will tell you Ireland has no snakes because back in the 5th century AD Saint Patrick, who brought the island into the fold of Rome and, just as surely as he consigned the old Celtic Church to the dustbin of ecclesiastical history did, with his bishop’s rod, usher all the serpents of Erin into ... [ Read More ]

SINGAPORE: The Little Red Dot with A Big Attitude by Peripatete

You have a visa run coming up, and the best fare you can find will land you in Singapore. But, like many other expats living in Bali, you bemoan a trip to that city-state, a.k.a. The Little Red Dot. “There’s nothing to do in that city,” is a commonly heard refrain, “it’s just a concrete jungle.” If you count yourself among those who prefer to while away a day at Changi Airport, rather than exploring the lesser-known parts of this booming island nation (and not just because of the land reclamations), then perhaps it’s time to re-consider. As in: Consider spending a couple of ... [ Read More ]

Bali’s Sunday Brunches by Anita

Food stations, cuisines from around the world and plenty of style – this is Bali living at its best.  Not sure what to do this weekend? Why not try one of the island’s legendary all-you-can-eat weekend brunches. A portmanteau of the words breakfast and lunch, the term first originated in 19th century England to describe a Sunday meal for “Saturday night carousers.” Regardless of whether this sounds familiar, why not end your week with an indulgent feast.  From sophisticated to casual and child friendly, here is a brief guide to point you in the right direction.   Sunday Brunch at Boneka (St. ... [ Read More ]

Water– Bali’s holy tragedy

Key to life that bound spirit, humans and Nature since ancient rice farming began – Bali’s treasured Hindu water systems, World Heritage landscapes – and sustainability of the island, is now under serious threat. “Regarded as the ultimate origin of every spring and river” is Bali’s largest volcanic caldera, Lake Batur – a major freshwater catchment and home to Pura Ulun Danu, a holy water temple dedicated to the Goddess of the Lake, at the foot of Mount Batur. Dropped to unsustainable levels, the sacred waters are now polluted by toxic agricultural chemicals and illegal trash disposal. Listed for World ... [ Read More ]