Category Archives: Locals

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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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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Ni Komang Juniasih

When I started to write this story I was sitting in the waiting room of the RSUP Sanglah – Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar, Bali. Koming had just been wheeled into the operating theatre where her right leg would be amputated below the knee. Koming’s father, Pak Wayan Susilo, was sitting beside me.  He is…

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A Cup of Coffee and a Slice of Brownie with Iwan Raus

“As usual bro…long black, less acid and bolder.” My request for a cup of coffee to the coffee expert of Kahiyang coffee shop,  Mr. Iwan Raus. After my shop closed, I start to distribute my “Namusland’s” brownies to Kahiyang. Situated at Jl.Sriwedari no:6, Tegallantang  and at their other  shop at Jl. Andong, behind the Arjuna’s…

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