Category Archives: Current Columns

October 11, 2017

Flashlights. I already have more LED flashlights than makes any sense but am still tempted by the awesome selection at where one can order anything you could ever dream of, including dimmable LEDs. Free shipping by Hong Kong post. There’s also DX.COM.ID, which is all cellular stuff. Nice flashlights can also be found at Gramedia (Jl. Dewi Sartika, Denpasar) at the same counter with the fancy pens. If you’re using high intensity flashlights you should be using rechargeable Lithium ion batteries that can be bought inexpensively locally. UltraFire 6800 MAh batteries are for sale about 50 yards before Pasar Satria, ... [ Read More ]

October 11, 2017

PREPARING FOR THE BLAST As I write this, we’re still waiting for Mount Agung to blow his stack, and all our Balinese neighbours are praying in their temples that he won’t, or at least that he’ll be gentle with the island. Despite those prayers, the eruption may have already happened by the time you read this. All around us, we’re seeing what often happens when disaster threatens; people are pulling together. No one knows exactly what’s going to happen, but we’re helping each other get ready. Many long-term Ubud expats remember the first Bali bomb – 15 years ago this ... [ Read More ]

The Misperceptions of Positive Judgment

   I was always told as a child to think the best of people, because people are at their core good. It became my modus operandi to live this way and as I grew older I never questioned that this way of being would actually be at the root cause of my perpetual state of confusion and disappointment with many of the people I got close to. Maybe some of you who are reading this are too young to remember the show: ‘Leave it to Beaver’? I remember watching this show when I was a very little girl and thinking, ... [ Read More ]

October 11, 2017

Dora and Friends Party (15 October) This is a very special themed party hosted by the Cubby House and children are invited to join Dora and her friends for an afternoon of fun.  The afternoon includes chicken schnitzel, French fries and a water melon skewer and watermelon juice.  The activities include a Dora puzzle competition, Dora colouring and musical chairs together with all the excitement and fun down at the Cubby House.  A lovely time is planned for children that will take up the whole afternoon.   When       :  1 pm – 5 pm Cost         :  IDR 200,000 Where     :  Cubby House Kids Club, Finns Recreation Club West, Jl ... [ Read More ]

A German Meat Feast!

Extrablatt returns to Nakula. Many regular customers were very sad, a few years back, when the little German warung, Extrablatt, closed on Jln. Nakula, There were only 4-5 small tables and a front bench on the terrace but the place was always busy. Guests, often from the Rumah Manis hotel, which was across the road from Extrablatt at that time, had made it their first stop for a hearty meal. Well, Extrablatt is back, bigger and better than ever. A large site it has both an inside and an outdoor garden area as well as a comfortable bar for the serious drinkers. ... [ Read More ]

Dr. Hendry Luis: AIDS Prevention in Bali by Bill Dalton

Dr. Hendry Luis was born and grew up in Medan, North Sumatra. He attended Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta where he graduated in 2008 with a degree in medicine and a specialization in STDs and HIV. His first job was at Bhakti Ibu Mother and Children Hospital in Yogyakarta. In 2009, Dr. Hendry moved to Bali and worked at the Anggrek Clinic inUbud and Kimia Farma Clinic in Sanur. In 2015, he joined the staff at the non-profit Bali Peduli foundation. Dr. Hendry is currently the Executive Director of that organization, which is tasked with the vital job of preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS in Bali.   What inspired you to take ... [ Read More ]

October 11, 2017

Pinktober is Upon Us! It’s pretty in pink for Body Temple Spa at Finns Recreation Club this month as 10% from all of October Spa specials will be donated directly to the Bali Pink Ribbon Foundation. October is typically Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it’s an opportune time for us all to focus on breast cancer and its impact on those affected by the disease in our community. Breast cancer remains the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in women the world over and with every treatment you have this month at Body Temple Spa you can feel secure in the ... [ Read More ]

Teach somebody how to read, they’ll have that for a lifetime.

The Rotary Club of Bali Lovina is an English-speaking Club with enthusiastic members from several countries. Our club holds biweekly meetings every second Wednesday from 10.00 am till 11.00 am in the Tempo Doeloe restaurant, Jalan Binaria Kaliasem-Kalibukbuk Lovina (near the dolphin statue).  We are involved in projects primarily aimed at assisting the less fortunate people of Buleleng Regency (North Bali).  As the only club in Buleleng we have a lot of ground to cover! Currently we are running two major ongoing projects: The Eyeglasses for SMP/SMA students which the BA Rotary News corner reported on earlier this year, and an extensive literacy project. Why and ... [ Read More ]


The possibly imminent eruption of Mount Agung in Karangasem regency has created thousands of refugees and it is remarkable how Bali’s residents have all pulled together in solidarity for locals affected by this geological event. In addition to the humanitarian effort, Bali’s main animal welfare groups have been working flat out to rescue and feed animals that were abandoned by their owners during the evacuation. Bali is exceptionally lucky to have the amazing folks from Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA), Bali Adoption Rehabilitation Centre (BARC), Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN), Bali Rumah Singgah Satwa (BRSS) and others helping our four-legged ... [ Read More ]

The Benefits of Trashing the Garden

‘Dear Garden Doctor, I want to use natural fertiliser but don’t have the patience for a compost, do you have any ideas for other easy ways to give my plants a natural kick with organic fertiliser. I’ve heard that banana peels can be used in the garden from vegetable gardens to flowers, palm trees and even thrown in the tops of staghorn ferns. Do you have any other easy ideas for natural fertilisers that can be made from ordinary household scraps that would otherwise end up in the rubbish bin? Rafa from Ubud’ Adding any sort of organic matter to the ... [ Read More ]