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“Real Bali” Shopping Experience

Soapbox | Oct 28, 2013

Welcome to Bali! It’s time to do the Festive Season shopping and in this issue we guide you to the best places to shop and the best things to look for! One of our guiding principles is to focus on “real Bali” and that includes the shopping experience. Why would you come to Bali to buy […]

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Nature Conservation: Sometimes it’s Best to do Nothing

Soapbox | Sep 28, 2013

For those of you in Bali during the APEC conference, part of Bali will disappear as security tightens its noose around Nusa Dua, to protect the world leaders gathered there!While there will be disruption for many – including a total closure of the airport I believe – hopefully the benefits will outweigh the challenges, as […]

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Welcome to Bali

Soapbox | Aug 28, 2013

Welcome to Bali and an amazing opportunity to enjoy a culinary holiday like no other.  You may think I’m joking, but I’m not.  There are some destinations where they say you should bring an empty suitcase and take it home full with shopping. This is an island where you should bring an empty stomach! Thirty five […]

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Welcome to Bali

Soapbox | Jul 25, 2013

For many, August is a “party month” and is probably also “high season,” whatever that is nowadays.  The tourism year used to be very clearly divided into high and low seasons with, of course, higher prices for the high season due to high demand. Now, like the rainy and dry seasons, there seems to be […]

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Spoilt for Choice

Soapbox | Jun 28, 2013

Welcome to Bali and to an island so full of tourist attractions, hotels, beaches, shops, restaurants, spas and clubs that you are literally spoilt for choice. During your holiday, no matter how long it is (and I hope it is long!) you will not be able to scratch the surface. What a great prospect, but […]

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The “Indonesianisation” of Bali

Soapbox | Apr 29, 2013

Welcome to Bali. I really hope you have a great stay and enjoy some good interactions with the local people who are very charming and welcoming. But when you are speaking to them, especially for the first time, don’t assume they are Balinese. Better ask them where they are from first. Indonesia comprises some 13,000 […]

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Green Matters

Soapbox | Mar 26, 2013

Over the years as marketers have discovered that “green” sells, they have totally undermined the concept by “green washing” everything. So if you see a housing complex called “Green Eco Village” you can probably bet your bottom rupiah that it’s a concrete monstrosity masquerading as eco-friendly. So watch out for “Forest Hills” and “Leafy Space […]

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The People of Bali

Soapbox | Mar 26, 2013

In some parts of Bali they are hard to find now. You can drive around the villas in Petitenget, and Canggu, and only see white faces. Cycling, walking the dogs, driving their SUV’s, and increasingly zooming around on motorbikes.

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Welcome to Bali – Welcome to Magical Moments

Soapbox | Mar 01, 2013

This magazine is dedicated to visitors to Bali, whether you are here for a week or a month, we are here to try to help you have a good time. But I’m afraid you are going to have to work a bit harder than you used to, that is, if you want to have a […]

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