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The Problem (and Solution) With Arak in Bali

The Problem (and Solution) With Arak in Bali

  Warning: Despite any comments in this post, whether positive or negative regarding arak, it is largely unregulated in Bali and should be consumed at your own risk. Have you ever wondered how they are able to sell cocktails so cheaply in Bali while liquor prices are through the roof? Or have you ever seen… Continue Reading

What’s So Bad About the Rainy Season in Bali?

What’s So Bad About the Rainy Season in Bali?

  Every year in Bali, usually somewhere in the months between December and April, rainy season hits. It is definitely not like clockwork and can fluctuate a few months in either direction or skip completely only to bring lots of rain during the months of June to August, but when rainy season does hit, people… Continue Reading

Alcohol Banned in Bali? Say It Ain’t So!

Alcohol Banned in Bali? Say It Ain’t So!

  Just last week, many expats, tourists and local boozehounds received a big shock when it was announced that there is currently a bill in place to ban alcohol in Indonesia. While definitely shocking, it is important to take a look at the facts before we start getting carried away, stockpiling bottles of Bintang or… Continue Reading

Soul-Searching and Outdoor Adventures: Bali is for Everybody

Soul-Searching and Outdoor Adventures: Bali is for Everybody

  This is a guest post from Jason Lowder at Internations.org   Ever since Julia Roberts went soul-searching in Bali’s paradise and managed to snatch up Javier Bardem in “Eat, Pray, Love”, the destination has gained considerable popularity. But whether you visit Bali for a vacation or quick get-away or are staying to experience life… Continue Reading

Christmas Day in Bali for Expats

Christmas Day in Bali for Expats

It is the Christmas season again and just like every year, Bali is CROWDED. Hotels are full to capacity, traffic is congested (even more so than usual) yet somehow it just doesn’t quite feel like Christmas. For North Americans traveling to Bali for Christmas this is due to the extreme heat and unsurprising lack of… Continue Reading

Moving to Bali Guide

EVERYTHING You Need to Know About Moving to Bali – Finally in One Place Eyes open. A warm morning breeze blows in from the ocean, bringing the salty scent and sounds of the crashing waves into your room. Another day of your new life in Bali begins. Outside on the balcony of your beachside villa,… Continue Reading

The Bali Balance – A Lesson in Instant Karma

The Bali Balance – A Lesson in Instant Karma

  The sense of balance that many people feel in Bali is one of the reasons that I would put above almost all others as a reason to be here. Despite the problems that affect Bali from all angles, the island is able to pull off an impressive balancing act that needs to be viewed… Continue Reading

Bahasa Indonesia SMS Abbreviations Explained

Bahasa Indonesia SMS Abbreviations Explained

  Bahasa Indonesia is said to be one of the easiest languages in the world to learn. While true for the most part, Bahasa Indonesia has its own unique challenges to be conquered on the quest to fluency. Many people will take a class and get to a comfortable level of fluency in the classroom… Continue Reading

Masuk Angin – The Wind That Infected an Entire Nation

After several years in Bali learning about the language and culture several of my friends like to joke that I’ve “gone native”. Everyone has a different definition of going native and whether it is a positive or negative thing but that’s all relative. Sure, I eat rice with my hand (right hand only) most of… Continue Reading

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