Tag Archives: Bali

Preparing for Nyepi in Bali

Yesterday there must have been 100 incense sticks sending their dancing plumes into the air around our home. The fragrant softness that is now familiar brings a sense of calm energy and reflection in the space, causing you to inhale the aroma and enjoy it fully. The offerings, each one made by hand from local […]

Lake Brata- Bedugal, Bali

Road Trip to Freezing Bedugal, Bali

We’re freezing. I’m not sure how it can be this cold so close to the equator, but we are wearing the warmest clothing we have, including socks. The view from our not so child or adult friendly cabin is stunning. Lake Bratan has dark waters on this cloudy day and the horizontal line of mist […]

Why organic gardening is important to us

We are no strangers to organic gardening. Having space for a garden is high on our list of ‘wants’ when we look to live somewhere for an extended period of time. It’s important to us to be able to grow our own food. Even though organic produce is easy to find in Ubud, having a […]

The Roulette of Driving a Motorbike in Ubud, Bali

At first glance, driving in Ubud looks like a game of roulette. In the casino game, numbers spin in one direction while the ball travels in the opposite direction. This analogy is translated literally to driving in Ubud. Cars going in one direction while motorbikes spin around, pass or travel in the opposite direction. It […]

Applause for Life (and Chocolate)

I just got home from a sexy chocolate party at Alchemy, a raw food & juice hangout for all the health food eclectics in Ubud. They were celebrating their one year anniversary and the party was a packed, smashing success. There was dance music, acro-yoga performances, raw chocolate, cold pressed coffee and multi-faceted people expressing […]

Matching Men.

Temple Ceremony in Ubud

When our nanny, Jero, offered to take us to a temple ceremony in Ubud we had to say yes. I was curious to experience the ceremony, but I really wanted to wear the beautiful clothes that are required for entry. We were in for a treat! Ceremony is the lifeblood of the Balinese culture. Bali […]

Special flowers for the offerings.

Kuningan – Life is an Offering

I’m in love with the Balinese Hindu culture. The people themselves are beautiful with celebrity worthy smiles, wide eyes, perfect posture and endless patience. But it’s their reverence to the natural and supernatural world that amazes and endows me with a fortunate feeling to simply be among it. The Balinese are always preparing for a […]

And we got creative too...shot from inside of a carved coconut candle holder.

My super freakin’ awesome Thursday

Days come and go and most of the time I have no clue if today is Wednesday or Saturday. I definitely know when it’s Sunday because that is the day that my cook doesn’t come to work. Today is Thursday. It doesn’t matter to me. The sun rises and sets and it’s a day. What […]

Barong, freaking G out!

Celebrating with the Gods: Galungan in Bali

The Balinese gods are visiting. Every 210 days the Balinese gods visit Earth and leave 10 days later on Kuningan, the last day of the holiday. Galungan begins one of the most important religious ceremonies in Bali. Balinese Hindus honor the creator of the universe and the spirits of their ancestors. Business stops and schools […]

The colors in the salad are just mesmerizing!

Why I Love Having a Personal Chef

It’s Sunday and we’re a little nervous. We have no idea what we have in the pantry or fridge. This morning we woke up to 1 egg, no oatmeal and some fruit in the pantry. Mr. King put together a little breakfast from it, but it was hardly par for the course. Wow…Sundays we really […]

Zen Mama with her baby.

Visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest

Monkey Forest is a lush forest sanctuary of nature right in the heart of Ubud. It’s hard to miss and provides a nice break from Ubud shopping and dodging motorbikes. We visited it our first week here and recommend it for adults and children. The Monkeys The obvious attraction to this forest for visitors is […]