Bali Food Tour

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Candlenut, tamarind, palm sugar, cloves, coconut and lemongrass. These heavenly flavours rock my world. They are the essence of Indonesian cuisine. Here's a little secret. People think I go to Bali for the warm weather and the delightful hospitality... but just between you and me, it's all about THE FOOD. I could eat Indonesian food every day Continue Reading

Bali Part 4 – I Dream of Jimbaran Bay

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When you're travelling with younger kids your holiday priorities change a little. One thing my kids really wanted was beach time. One thing I really wanted was a bit of luxury. And a rest... what parent doesn't want a rest?! Years ago I wouldn't have been fussed about luxury. But now I'm a tired mother who just wants to be pampered. I also want Continue Reading

Bali Part 3 – The Soul of Nature

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Right down the road from the Monkey Forest, on the edge of rice fields, in a quiet little corner of Ubud, lies a villa that I would return to in a heartbeat. Alam Jiwa is its name. Alam Jiwa means 'soul of nature' and it reflects the philosophy behind this retreat. It belongs to a family of small villa hotels where harmony with nature is valued. Continue Reading

Bali Part 2 – For the Love of Ubud

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Ah Ubud. It's got everything I love about Bali: art, culture, cafes, spas - all surrounded by luscious valleys and rice fields. This part the story marks when we moved from a stunning villa just outside of Ubud to another villa much closer to town. We thought it would give us a chance to explore Ubud at our leisure. Having said this, we Continue Reading

Bali Part 1- Welcome to Paradise

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It’s been a year! A whole year since we went to Bali! It was magic. It was a perfect family holiday, yet it was much much more. It was a return to the land of my birth and childhood. I loved sharing a piece of my history with my husband and kids. I wrote about my pilgrimage in a post called A Sort of Homecoming but I never wrote about Continue Reading

A Sort Of Homecoming

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  The frogs and the cicadas were so loud I thought they were at the foot of my bed. I imagined them hanging from the mosquito net, even though it was absurd. But anything seemed possible in this place. On the other side of the window the rice field gurgled like a giggling baby. Within this cheerful symphony I drifted off to sleep. It Continue Reading

The Life of Pi

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It's still with me. I watched the Life of Pi two days ago and I can't stop thinking about it. By night it flashes through the filmy velvet of my dreams. By day my head is a rapturous kaleidoscope of luminous fish and sweet Indian music. And my heart is still breaking for the tears of Pi. I read the book five years ago. Yann Martel not only Continue Reading

Do You Remember?

A memory emerges, naked in the luminous light. Warmly unfolding as fresh as the moment it first happened. I have many of these kinds of memories. Beautiful and crisp. When they are triggered in my brain it’s like mellow wine entering the bloodstream. They differ from the run of the mill recollection of details. Or the quaint or the comical.  The Continue Reading

Wild Bear

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When she was born I became a wild bear. She was my cub and I’d do anything to protect her. I guarded her day and night in the dark woods. It was then that it suddenly made sense. That my mother was a wild bear once too. Though her dark woods were so bleak and scary that I struggle to imagine how she did it. My mother raised her cubs in Continue Reading

A Good Man

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My Dad. Unique doesn't even begin to explain him. Let me try again: Honourable. Humble. Generous. Gracious. Confident. Eccentric. Hilarious. Clever. Other words that describe my dad: Without vanity. Without ego. Full of integrity. A good man. I'm thinking about him because today is his 70th Birthday. :::::: When Dad was 29 he took Continue Reading