Personal Perspective

Do You Hear That? It’s Another Form of Pollution

NOW! Bali Opinions | Sep 13, 2017

The people of Bali are quite rightly concerned about the amount of waste that is accumulating, not only in the municipal dumps (which are turning into mountains!) but also on the river beds, the beaches, the fields, the mountains, its everywhere and continues to spread as consumerism and the conversion to plastic-packed foods continues apace. […]

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Bali’s Eco-Warriors Awarded

Explore Bali | Aug 14, 2017

I was delighted to be invited to two great events last month, by two very different organisations, but both headed by, shall we call them, “Champions of Sustainability”. Bali Adventure Tours’ new amazing complex, featuring the astonishing combination of Jungle Buggies and chocolate factory, just south of the Elephant Safari Park, is an example of […]

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Take Care On Your Holiday

Explore Bali | Jul 08, 2017

Sadly we start this issue with another tragedy, well more than one actually, with terror attacks in Manchester, Melbourne, Manila, London and Jakarta over recent weeks. And this long list of names gives us pause for thought and a realisation: it can happen anywhere, and it has already happened in the worst possible circumstances in […]

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Sustainability in Bali: For you or for the island?

Explore Bali | Jun 14, 2017

I am on a “sustainability” rampage at the moment and it seriously worries me why everyone else is not! Perhaps it is the word “sustainability” which puts people off. It certainly has so many meanings and is so misunderstood. At its core is the whole concept of “keeping going” which is pretty obvious but it […]

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Caring: An Overused Word in Bali

Explore Bali | May 09, 2017

It’s a lovely simple word isn’t it? Yet it conveys a great deal. People care for their families both emotionally and physically. We tend to “care” for older and younger people, the disabled, the ill, the needy, but also “care” about issues: politics, global warming, sustainability, traffic. Well at least we argue with people over […]

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The Strength of Belief in Bali

Explore Bali | Apr 13, 2017

What do you believe in? Well the great majority in Asian countries still believe in God, but sadly (for me at least) many Western countries have abandoned traditional religions and tried to replace them with a huge variety of spiritual and non-spiritual beliefs and practices to satisfy the human need to explain our existence (meditation, […]

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Diversity in Indonesia

Explore Bali | Mar 07, 2017

Indonesia has a great national motto: Bhinneka Tunggal Ika – Unity in Diversity. The Founding Fathers of this vast archipelago state certainly got it right, both with this fantastic statement and their much misinterpreted, but actually equally powerful State Ideology, Pancasila, the five guiding principles: 1. Belief in the One and Only God 2. Just […]

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My View on Views

Personal Perspective | Feb 17, 2017

In most countries in the world there is a very clear principal of town and city planning which allows development in specific areas and restricts in others. In some areas no development is allowed at all. In Indonesia, as in many developing countries, there is a combination of poor planning, very poor enforcement and a […]

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News from Bordeaux Saint-Emilion

Explore Bali | Jan 24, 2017

In my last issue I wrote about news from the area of the Champagne region in France. This was written because I went to France this year at the beginning of October. In one week visited in a way three wine regions; Champagne, Saint-Émilion and Haut Medoc. I was one of the few that were […]

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What is Today’s Bali?

Personal Perspective | Jan 11, 2017

This month, NOW! Publisher Alistair Speirs looks into the state of Bali today and how it compares to what is said online. Is it all true? A quick search of the internet’s 350 million Bali-related sites reveals that there are sharply contrasting views. From sun-drenched beaches to Bali’s rubbish problems, the range of opinions and […]

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