Devoted Island

Have you ever stopped to think about devotion? It’s an interesting word isn’t it? Not exactly used every day, we talk about how our friend is “devoted” to his mother, or vice versa, but rarely apart from that. Devoted means having a dedication to something or someone, it means putting that objective above our own

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Ice-Cold Beer is Here to Stay

You may not know it, but Bali just averted a serious disaster: the banning of beer sales in minimarts and small outlets and informal sellers! This was proposed by the Minister of Trade to safeguard Indonesian youth from intoxication due to the ready availability of beer in the many thousands of minimarts, all over the

The Best Things to do in Bali

A year ago Trip Advisor’s 100 Best Things to do in Bali only had TWO genuinely Balinese things on it, the rest were western lifestyle nonsense including glass-bottomed boats, camel rides and bungee jumping. I wrote to them and asked them to think again, and wrote to every hotel I know asking them to ignore Trip

Is This Really What We Want?

I don’t know about you, but my idea of a paradise island is completely natural, with trees and grass all around, with little paths snaking through fields giving surprises and delights at each corner: a hidden stream with fresh flowing water, a huge tree with birds nesting in it, a serene temple standing in the rice

Love

This issue is about love. Why? Because it’s February and we celebrate Valentine’s Day! Most people don’t know that he was a saint, but he was, and he was remembered because of his great love for humanity, even forgiving his jailer when he was falsely imprisoned. How is your love for humanity? Are you depressed

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Artists and Artisans – What’s the difference between an artisan and an artist?

An artisan is essentially a manual worker who makes items with his or her hands, and who through skill, experience and talent can create things of great beauty as well as being functional. Before the industrial revolution virtually everything was made by artisans, from smiths (goldsmiths, blacksmiths, locksmiths, gunsmiths) to weavers, dyers carpenters, potters, etc.

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