Personal Perspective

Bali’s Traffic Woes

Explore Bali | Nov 10, 2019

I didn’t want to write about traffic again but after the last few days of chaos on the roads of Bali, I have to! Traffic jams spoil holidays and that’s what 6 million people come here for, a holiday, to relax and enjoy their precious free time. But that simply does not involve sitting for […]

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Three Causes of Well-Being in Bali

Explore Bali | Oct 11, 2019

Welcome to Bali where there are many traditions and cultural beliefs. One that I greatly admire and respect is TRI HITA KARANA which translates as “ Three causes of well-being”. No, they are not power, money and love! they are much more meaningful than that. They are: harmony with God, harmony among people and harmony […]

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Why is Waste Wasting So Much of our Time?

Explore Bali | Sep 09, 2019

The two current obsessions of Bali are linked (symbolically  at least). The digital/ social media frenzy, symbolised by www, and the garbage or plastic fixation symbolised by wwww (waste, water and waste water). Maybe the solution is to match them together to create ‘thewastewaterworldwideweb’ project ? Certainly we need to find a solution quickly because […]

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A Love for Art – Is There a ‘Right’ Way?

Explore Bali | Aug 25, 2019

I love art, but I can’t really define it for you since it takes so many forms. But if we stick to the main categories of painting and sculpture,  of literature and poetry, of song and dance, we already have wonderful ways that the human race can define itself and its existence here on earth.  […]

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Staying Fit for Life

NOW! Bali Opinions | Jul 26, 2019

Fitness and health aren’t the same thing – but they are closely related. You can be healthy without being fit, but you can’t be fit without being healthy! There are a lot of people who, for the moment are healthy but don’t do exercise, but this won’t last long. The heart needs to be exercised, […]

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Design for Living

Explore Bali | Jun 17, 2019

I was privileged to be part of a recent seminar on the circular economy which was headed by a Danish architect who talked about how we should design all of our buildings, infrastructure and all of our facilities so deliberately for the purpose for which they are intended so that they actually work! Seems obvious […]

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Getting Well and Staying Well

Explore Bali | May 19, 2019

The funny thing about the human body is that it may or may not tell you when something is wrong with it. We twist an ankle, “Oww”, we know it immediately, we have a cold “Aachoo” easy to spot. But for something more serious that you really want and need some warning on,  nothing ! […]

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Democracy in Action in Indonesia

Explore Bali | Apr 12, 2019

Welcome to crunch month, when the country decides who will lead it for the next five years. The debates are over, the pollsters are making money – sorry – predictions and forecasts, everyone has become an expert on government, on the economy, the leaders, the powers behind the thrones, the spouses behind the powers, the […]

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40 Years in Bali (Part 1) : First Contact

Explore Bali | Mar 11, 2019

Ten Years of NOW! Bali but Forty Years of Memories Part I (this is extracted from the speech given by NOW! Bali Founder, Alistair Speirs to the assembled tourism industry at the NOW! Tenth Anniversary Dinner on 13th February 2019 at The Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort and Spa) NOW! Bali has survived and thrived for […]

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Freedom in Bali: Too Much Can Be a Bad Idea

Explore Bali | Feb 08, 2019

Scottish Philosopher John Stuart Mill (1806 – 1873) first proposed the idea of “personal space” in his treatise “On Liberty”. His idea was at the time very far ahead of current thinking whereby he said that everyone has the freedom to do whatever they wish as long as it doesn’t interfere or disturb anyone else, […]

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