Category Archives: People

Liz

Liz

Liz Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert still holds a great fondness for Bali despite the fact she doesn’t get here as often as she’d like. Andrew Hall – who is in EPL as “the witty former Australian journalist” (oh how times have changed) – caught up with Elizabeth for a chat about what she’s […]

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Austin

Austin

Austin A young genius has left us … writes Erik Bigalk. WHEN the news rippled through the Ubud community that 11-year-old Pelangi School student Austin Turpin died tragically in a scooter accident, it left many in a state of shock and disbelief. On March 16th Austin had travelled to Kuta for a day of exploring […]

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Selamat Jalan Dear Batuan

Selamat Jalan Dear Batuan

Selamat Jalan Dear Batuan By Lawrence Blair. I was lecturing on a cruise ship off the coast of Cambodia when I was gobsmacked by a text message informing that Batuan had just died. Can’t have, I thought. Only saw him six weeks earlier, at his house in Pengosekan. He was happy as a Santa Claus, […]

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Altered states

Altered states

Altered states Ignorance is not bliss. Knowledge is an intervention … education a bridge between blithe acceptance and empowerment. Butet Manurung’s mission is to take the love of learning under the canopies of Indonesia’s forests and jungles so that young indigenous people are better able to make choices … and lead lives that march to […]

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Luca lesson

Luca lesson

Luca lesson He’s passionate about social justice, he’s a teacher, he’s hip-hop … poetry, he says, is a vehicle that can bring about positive change in the lives of those who are lost. Here begineth the Lesson. SO Luka, you’re an Aussie and the current Australian poetry slam champion, how did you get into slamming? […]

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A Return To Renaissance

A Return To Renaissance

A Return To Renaissance By Andrew Hall I have little contact with Europeans here, as they are only interested in politics and money, whereas I am more interested in woods and the beautiful eyes of the Javanese. – Walter Spies about the island of Java. Spies: An artist at living. Courtesy of John Stowell/Hans Rhodius. […]

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JFF

JFF

JFF Diana Darling reflects on the life and times of Jean-Francois Fichot. JEAN-François Fichot (1948–2011) was a French designer whose gifts blossomed in Asia. He began wandering eastwards in the late 1960s – as soon as he’d graduated from the École des Beaux Arts in Lyon – tracing the old trade routes of the Silk […]

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Wave Power

Wave Power

Wave Power Balinese orphans are being given a chance at a better life and along the way are becoming hot surfers and fighters in the battle for a cleaner environment. Words by Skye Laphroaig. The importance of a caring adult in the life of a child cannot be overstated, yet one in five children here […]

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Ayu Laksmi

Ayu Laksmi

Ayu Laksmi It’s not everyday we meet a woman like Ayu Laksmi, singer, actress, dancer, songwriter and producer … welcome to Ayu’s World. Where were you born? I’m 45 now, Balinese origin, from North Bali, Singaraja, married six years to a Belgian man. Did you ever imagine that we would be sitting together back then, […]

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Robin Lim

Robin Lim

Robin Lim Robin Lim is CNN’s Hero of 2011 for good reason. Robin Lim was named the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year on December 12 (Bali time). Her Yayasan Bumi Sehat clinics – on Bali and in Aceh – have offered free prenatal care, birthing services, and medical aid for literally thousands of families […]

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