Category Archives: The Community

Ida Bagus Wiryawan

“Cara lama rasa baru, digital ikuti budaya dijaga” (old way new feel, follow digital, keep culture) is a spirit of UHSA (Ubud Home Stay Asosiation) said Ida Bagus Wiryawan. UHSA is a place for homestay owner in Ubud to share anything about homestay e.g. how to improve quality, enter digital marketing etc.   “Through the trainings…

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Biking

It wasn’t until I physically arrived in Bali that I realized my plan to use a bicycle as my primary mode of transportation was a bad idea. Somehow, despite plenty of data showing it’s actual size, I held this idea in my mind that Bali – and Ubud in particular – was quite small. Perhaps…

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The Sacred Banyan Tree

From a tiny seed in a fig grows the giant banyan tree. For the Balinese, this majestic tree, with its enormous trunk, far reaching branches and its voluminous thick roots running deep into the earth, the banyan is a symbol of humanity’s potential for perfection. Humans are like trees: We walk up right with our…

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Rudolf Dethu, Musical Activist

Rudolf Dethu is renowned as the former manager of the Bali punk rock band Superman is Dead. He is an activist who has been the inspiration for many other bands. “I was born and bred in Denpasar’ says Dethu proudly where both his parents worked in the Tourism – Hotel and Airline – Industry.  From…

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My Grandmother’s Heritage

My Sundanese grandmother was what some people would call a penyembuh. She was a healer in her heart, and somehow – I guess through her ancestors – knew just what combinations of roots, herbs and rice would heal or soothe any health problem. When I would fall and cut myself, she would apply a mixture…

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Ibu Jero, Cook at the French Cafe Library

Is it right that your original name was Made but that since you married a high cast gentleman, it has now changed to Jero ? Yes, that’s right, this is the tradition in Bali, when a lady from the lowest sudra “cast” like myself marries a higher “cast”, she becomes a “Jero”; my husband is…

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