Monkey Forest Road

Man, there is a forest FULL of #*@$%*! monkeys here…and people actually go to look at ‘em ? Not me though, I’ve read “Me Cheetah” an epic tell-all roller coaster ride of an autobiography which lays bare the dark and hairy soul of these our simian cousins. Besides, there was more than enough wildlife to […]

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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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The Age of Aquarius

Also known in 1973 to the wags of Year 10 Purple (the opportunity class) at Christian Brothers College Wakefield Street, as The Age of a Hairy Arse. Plenty of Aquarian’s here in Ubud,  but not many hairy arses.  Possibly due to this sweet but mysterious process. I don’t know.  I’ve led a sheltered life, Adelaide […]

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Ubud 7 am

Early morning in Ubud.  My complimentary breakfast (it always looks up at me, winks suggestively and says something like “Who’s a pretty boy then” or “lookin’ good this morning Tiger”) wasn’t ready just yet. So  I stumbled onto the footpath of the Main Street to see what I could see.  This is what I saw. […]

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Beauty in Bali

It comes as no surprise to we Antipodeans that Bali is a magically beautiful place.   In addition to the many wonders and bounties nature has bestowed upon us is the fact that perhaps the most beautiful island in the world lies just to our north.  Here are some Balinese and scenes from Ubud I […]

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The Java Express

Toot toot !  Alllll Aboard ! I was very almost bodily carried from the ticket counter to the waiting room and from thence onto the train by these lovely Indonesians.  What fine, kind people they are. I’m sorry this is such a crummy shot but it took me by surprise when all the porters at […]

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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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The Love Boat

Peace and love reigned on the ocean wave.  Gorgeous folk posed. Exotic food abounded. Weird art was draped in the stairwells between decks, including this beguiling Javanese nose horn player. Boys and girls looked thoughtfully on. Tigers and peacocks also….what the….tigers and peacocks ?  What could possibly go wrong there ? The whole animal Kingdom […]

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