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

Soapbox | Jun 04, 2018

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. […]

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Bali’s Places of Worship

Soapbox | May 01, 2018

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 […]

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The 3 Best Parts of Bali’s Countryside

Soapbox | Apr 03, 2018

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 […]

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The Benefits of Being Well

Soapbox | Feb 28, 2018

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. […]

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Learning to Love Bali, the Right Way

Soapbox | Feb 01, 2018

The English Heritage Society created a really meaningful “virtuous circle” which really appealed to me. A virtuous circle as opposed to the opposite, a downward cycle of destruction, is a process of self-improvement and positive reinforcement. This circle was something they had figured out worked for the appreciation and preservation of historical and cultural sites, […]

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The Hidden Truth About Bali’s Tourism

Soapbox | Jan 02, 2018

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 […]

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The Forces of Nature are in Control in Bali

Soapbox | Dec 01, 2017

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 […]

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The Importance of Public Transport in Bali

Soapbox | Nov 01, 2017

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, […]

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Give Yourself a Sporting Chance

Soapbox | Oct 03, 2017

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. […]

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Music, The Food of Love

Soapbox | Sep 04, 2017

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 […]

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