Our time was up, our plane was leaving for Darwin that evening, it has been an incredible year full of delights and surprises. Did Asia hold one last tiny surprise for us ? You bet your sweet bootie it did. We had treated ourselves to a few days at a resort in Ubud, very luxurious, […]Read More Last night in Asia
Well, kind of, Darwin anyway, but it sure feels like home to us. Big beautiful friendly flat accents all over the shop, Portuguese cab driver, American transit cop, Kiwis, black and white fellas of every shade. It feels cosmopolitan and relaxed and we are breathing it in in big delicious gulps. Here’s my lovely one […]Read More HOME !
Bass player in Ubud solos on Corcovado. Hello ! Kid accompanies him.Read More Corcovado
For many centuries the Prias and Wanitas of Bali loved nothing more than to stand about in their lovely gardens at home, the Wanitas artfully balancing enormous floral displays on their heads, the Prias enthusiastically banging drums and gongs and generally making a hell of a racket. What could be more fun ? Well, nothing, […]Read More Guns and Roses ? No. Gongs and Marigolds. Yes !
You’re all worldly men and women. We can be honest with you. Let’s look then unblinkingly at the good, the bad and the unusual. It’s a mighty strange place Ubud, chockers with tourists but also pulsing away with its own life. Here, within a few steps of each other on Jalan Hanuman, is a boy […]Read More lets (not) go and fly a kite
Always edumacational we present the story of the Luwak, the coffee bean ingesting, fermenting and ultimately expelling furry critter of Indonesia. “After eat he’s boom” ! The Coffee was actually pretty darn good, rich, round and delicious despite the drama of its journey. The Luwak (or Paradoxus) itself, has a pretty intense look about it, […]Read More The Luwak is a very smart enema, evidently.
Its not exactly my cup of arak though there is something to it. Also, alas, there’s no getting around the fact that the island was absolutely chockers with artist/kiddy fiddlers for many decades. Did they have some sort of network that passed the word around about Bali ? The two first works below are […]Read More Bali Art
Hopeful 90,000 ? Reasonable 70,000 ? How About 50,000 ? Another sale lost as two tourists mysteriously decide not to invest in wooden interlocked dangling monkeys. Meanwhile, poochies in pokie ? Hounds in the hoosegow ? Dogs in detention ? Puppies in prison ? Dingos in vile durance ? Coyotes in the […]Read More Ubud the Passing Parade and Pets in Pokie
Certainly I was overexcited. There’s no point denying it. After a month of being a shipwreck on the shore of the sea of life, only staying afloat due to very occasional uplifting encounters with mermen and mermaids like Mirek and Ksenija. (They have a truly excellent beautifully written and put together blog by the way, […]Read More Ubud…the Dancing Quince.
Kuta, Perth’s northernmost suburb, has been a happy playground for Aussies this last half century gone. It started to go off full tilt about the time the Americans landed on the Moon. Now the Jews have crashed onto the Moon and the Chinese are up to something inscrutable on the dark side and still the […]Read More Kuta…the Curate’s Egg