Category: Bali

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CSI: Food

I have undergone some unpleasant eating experiences in my time. Decades have passed since I repressed my gag reflex to swallow rancid, sandy goat fat...

Sunset over Batu Belig beach, Bali.

41: A Difficult Birthday

As birthdays go, 40 was, surprisingly, OK. I think turning 40 is OK for most women, provided you’re vaguely “well-preserved”, simply because it sounds so...

Batu Bolong beach in Canggu, Bali.

Two Nyepi Resolutions

Tomorrow is Nyepi. That’s the Hindu day of silence on Bali, when everyone has to pretend they’ve left the island so Bali’s not terribly intelligent...

Balinese kris-maker Empu Nyoman Punduh with his masterwork.

Friday Photo: Balinese Kris

This is Empu Nyoman Punduh, a kris-maker in Kintamani, Bali, with his masterpiece. The Balinese kris is central to the culture. A young man gets...

The water temple of Tirta empul at Tampak Siring.

How to Spend 48 Hours in Ubud

If you’re coming to Bali, a night or two in Ubud, the island’s arts, culture, food and spirituality capital, is pretty much a must. So...