Bali Hai

I tried to think it over but the words got in the way These words say it much more better anyway. Most people live on a lonely island Lost in the middle of a foggy sea Most people long for another island One where they know they would like to be Bali Ha’i may call […]

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Balinese Honky Tonk

OK say what you will but I think that this restaurant troubadour is the Balinese combination of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, (except he sings better than the former and plays better than the latter.) Sorry about the image, I couldn’t lighten it.  

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Ascoutic Music ?

Yeah, that’s right, you heard me… Ascoutic. I was staggering around the back lanes of Ubud, which is incredibly touristy and over developed (there is a Starbucks), yet still somehow retains its charm and magical loveliness. Impressively turbaned Tuans were hanging on their scooters checking themselves out in their rear view mirrors. Yeah, Hi, there he […]

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The Happy Clappers

The Happy Clappers were aboard, or, as our cousins across the Tasman would call them, the Hippie Clippers. They were a happy bunch too, charismatic Christians from all over Indonesia, gathering in Jakarta to pray for the successful re-election of the current PM, Joko Widodo. There was, honestly, Happy.  A lovely guy, very bright and […]

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Singapore ? We adore !

Back in Singapore after almost a year’s staggering about in the near, and distant, north.  All of Asia is beautiful, the people extraordinarily enchanting, decent, kind, civilised and friendly. But Singapore is something special. We all remember reading about powerful city states in ancient times, Athens, Thebes etc.  Singapore is the spiritual descendant of these, […]

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