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The Magic of the Beach: What Does The Beach Mean to You?

There is so much magic associated with beaches. Almost everything in life is able to be dramatised and magnified by those magnificent links between land and sea. Our childhood memories are full of sandcastles and playing in the waves with our parents, the picnics and the beach games, the kites and the buckets and spades.

Bali’s Places of Worship

This message is in relation to NOW! Bali’s May 2018 issue, called “Ten Temple Tales”. It is a continuation of our efforts to remind everyone , especially first time visitors, of the importance that religion has in the life of the Balinese. Unlike many western countries (and some eastern as well) where religion has been relegated

The 3 Best Parts of Bali’s Countryside

The expression “The Countryside” is very British don’t you think? I don’t think that the French or Germans think really in the same way, the Australians certainly don’t with their outback and bush, the Americans have their prairies and mountains, the Russians their “steppes” and the South Americans their pampas, but it is the British

Wellness in Bali

The Benefits of Being Well

Welcome to Bali, not only a place of spiritual tranquility but one of the world’s great “wellness” destinations. Yes, I know this word “wellness” doesn’t sit well on everyone’s ears as the older generation thinks more about health and “wellbeing”…. both of which fall nicely under the “wellness” title, but wellness is more than that.

Mapeed : A Balinese Ritual Procession

One of Bali’s most iconic ceremonies is the Mapeed – or sometimes mepeed – where lines of Balinese women walk together as ritual. Our contributor Ayu Sekar shares more: Out of the squalor and chaos of the market, a stream of waving long bamboo flagpoles or penjors start to appear. Accompanied by the sound of

The Hidden Truth About Bali’s Tourism

In many ways the disruption caused to Bali’s tourism industry by the continued volcanic activity has put a number of things into perspective. While I am really sad for the employees who have been laid off, the small businesses that have suffered, and the thousands evacuated from the danger zone, I have to say, seeing the

The Forces of Nature are in Control in Bali

It is so wonderful to be in Bali in the sunshine when there is a balmy breeze blowing and the waves are breaking gently on the shore (but strong enough to surf on of course!). But hold on, not every day is like that and – guess what – nature is still completely out of

The Importance of Public Transport in Bali

Welcome to Bali, formerly the island of the gods, now the island of motorcycles! For those of you who come from countries where motorcycles are a rarity, Bali’s population of Honda/Suzuki/Kawasaki/Vespa/Lambretta/Motoguzzi/BMW/Harley’s may come as a shock, and indeed as your holiday rolls out you may even get a bit frustrated at them blocking, turning, polluting,

Give Yourself a Sporting Chance

It’s a funny thing that we human beings need to have sporting pastimes to both keep fit and to release our stress from everyday life. We were originally designed as “hunter-gatherers”, and had to work very hard to survive chasing down wild animals in prehistoric times; then later in the middle ages, cultivating the soil.

An East Bali Roadtrip

Everyone wants to travel at one point or another to cool off from life’s routine worries and hard work. But travelling is not only about visiting from one place to another, it is more about satisfying one’s inner yearnings for taste and class. Many people assume that travelling to the far east of Bali is

Music, The Food of Love

Famous British playwright Shakespeare started it all with his memorable lines from Twelfth Night, “If music be the food of love, play on”. And it is! Music is the food of love, the author of emotion, the stirrer of memories, the instigator of passion, the cause of sorrow, the source of joy and the balm

Seres Hotels & Resorts to open in Ubud

Blissfully nestled amidst luxuriant valleys, rivers, waterfalls, and ensconced by Bali’s iconic rice paddy fields in Singakerta, Ubud, SereS Springs Resort & Spa is a sumptuous and sedate five-star getaway that is culturally-inspired by Bali’s ritual-rich traditions and practices to deliver an authentic and unique experience beyond compare. Set to open this year in October,

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