Queen of the Bali Witches (Bali 2016)

Aug 10th About beach and witches, seashells and black magic. We do some more pool and beach in Sanur, have a nice dinner at Three Monkeys. I get a shave at The Billionaires Cut Barber Shop (which costs less then a euro) and buy some books in Ganesha Bookshop, which has an interesting range of books on…

Our bestial nature (Bali 2016, Nusa Penida)

Man, I am glad we came to Nusa Penida. This little island measures 257 square km and has some 60.000 inhabitants. Crowded doesn’t describe this place. The most ‘busy’ road goes around the isle, following the shore, passing villages as Pet, where we are at, and Sampalan, which has a rather groovy warung with a…

Bali is Ruined, I shan’t be back. Charlie Chaplin,1934 (Bali 2016)

Reading in Bali, Heaven and hell, a whole new image of this paradise island unfolds. The Balinese have been through some shit. There were brutal feudal wars between the Bali Kings in the old days. Same old same old stories of  haves and have nots, of envy, power, riches and horror.There was the colonisation by…

Why? (Bali, 2016)

And so it goes: off we go, one month with the monsters in South-East Asia. Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) and Indonesia (Bali & Nusa Penida). Those of you who read our previous ‘adventures’ might wonder …  Why back to places we’ve been a couple of times before? For one, it is ‘affordable’. We could afford two…

Peperdure crematies, weddenschappen en hanengevechten

In het dorp boven Sidemen is een groep mensen druk in de weer om de crematies, die plaatsvinden eind augustus, voor te bereiden. Overledenen worden eerst begraven, en dan, op een door de goden gunstig bevonden dag, verbrand. De lijken worden rondgedragen in een soort praaltoren, daarna in een buffel van papier maché gepropt en…