Personal Perspective

The Importance of Space : Overdevelopment on the Island

Personal Perspective | Jul 26, 2018

In this Personal Perspective, Publisher Alistair Speirs discusses space and how the overdevelopment in Bali is making it more and more difficult to enjoy what space there is: When the voice of Captain James T Kirk of the Starship Enterprise said, “Space, The Final Frontier”, so many years ago, he was of course referring to […]

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“Package Tours” and the Growing Threat of Bali’s Waste

Explore Bali | Jun 25, 2018

There was a time when we all went on package tours. They were great! You got the hotel, airline tickets, meals, tours, museums and visits all “packaged” together for less than you could buy the airline tickets for. It was amazing value, and many people still use these travel agent created holidays to this day. […]

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The Magic of Bali: A Real Bali Traffic Jam

Explore Bali | May 21, 2018

The traffic stops, you look around, there’s nothing in sight, just a line of cars and motorbikes stretching into the distance. The line grows longer, the engines get turned off and people start getting out of their cars for a cigarette, a stretch and a chat. No-one seems very upset. You walk forward to find […]

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The Circle of Life

Explore Bali | Apr 19, 2018

Just a generation ago Bali was a rural farming community where the seasons dictated life, where the connection with nature – and God – was direct. People lived simple lives, understood their community, their religion, their role, and were relaxed and happy. Then came the opportunity to make money, to jump on the bandwagon and […]

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The Bitter Lessons Experience Teaches Us

Explore Bali | Mar 22, 2018

The recent (gentle) eruptions of Mount Agung have taught Bali quite a few lessons, which I hope everyone has learned. The first is so obvious, and so often repeated: ‘don’t put all your eggs in one basket’. Bali is very, very dependent on tourism, and when the tourists stopped coming, there was universal pain around […]

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Uniquely Bali: Creating a Balinese Business

Personal Perspective | Feb 18, 2018

There are so many things “right” about Bali, even in its current state of “perpetual preparedness” for the expected big bang from Mount Agung, but I do just want to reflect a little on not the encroachment of “western culture” and values on Bali but the attitude which so many of these bringing it to […]

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There is a Reason for Everything

Explore Bali | Jan 16, 2018

The last few months have been a very bad time for Bali. The eruption of sacred Mount Agung while not actually endangering any major part of the island’s tourism industry, still reduced it to a devastating trickle, threatening businesses and more importantly jobs as cash flows reduced to unsustainable levels. Introduce the word “sustainable” here […]

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New Years Resolutions: Getting Better All the Time?

Explore Bali | Dec 13, 2017

What have you achieved this year? Have you become more environmentally friendly? Have you become fitter, faster or better at something? Have you done something you are really proud of? Helped poor people? People in difficulty, people in crisis, people in hospital? Have you been a good father? Mother? Sister? Brother? Son? Daughter? Are you […]

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The Importance of Food

Explore Bali | Nov 13, 2017

I was recently lucky enough to be introduced to a Swedish initiated but worldwide foundation called “EAT” which is dedicated to creating a global sustainable food economy. A huge ambition. This foundation, which is backed by world leaders, academics and top companies, is about to have their first Asian Conference in Jakarta as I write […]

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Killing the Golden Goose: When Development Should Stop in Bali

Explore Bali | Oct 12, 2017

There are some things that perplex me, some that annoy me, others that leave me totally astonished, and finally those that seem to make no sense whatsoever. The latest “Canggu Conundrum” is one. I have long been a student of tourism development and served on two planning committees of Indonesian tourism and spoken at around […]

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