Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hotel Grya Sari near the Hot Springs in the hills above Lovina

One of my favourite little hotels in the north of Bali is the Hotel Grya Sari which is right next to the Hot Springs. It's a lovely little place and the charming owners make you feel like family.

A German, Frank Köhler, also fell under its spell and recorded this video clip (there was a time when my English sounded like Frank's ☺).

Next time you visit Bali, follow Frank's and my example and stop at the Hotel Grya Sari near the Hot Springs in the hills above Lovina. You won't regret it!

P.S. And you won't need to book ahead because Grya Sari is such a well-kept secret - for how much longer? - that you'll always find a beautifully appointed bungalow waiting for you.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Frank Köhler in Bali


I have never met Frank - although we are now in email contact - but his video clips of Bali are well-made and worth bringing to the attention of a wider audience.


Monday, June 17, 2013

Island-sitting anyone?


An American friend, who owns an island in the Kingdom of Tonga, is looking for someone to island-sit the place for the next six months. It's a breathtakingly beautiful place with a breathtakingly beautiful residence.



As my friend says, " The pay is small $500 for the six months, although the benefits of staying on the island at no cost and access to all houses and boats is a plus. "



Interested? Email me at riverbend[AT]batemansbay.com.



Friday, June 14, 2013

Theo Zantmann


Years ago, on one of my Bali trips, I met Theo Zantman who's been living and painting on Bali since the late 80s. As well as painting portraits, abstracts and nudes, his most characteristic works are his kampong and rice field paintings which, in their vibrant colours, are very evocative of Bali life.

Kaki Lima
Kaki lima are mobile carts from which food vendors sell a variety of local snacks such as bakso (meatball soup), mie ayam (chicken noodle soup) and rujak cingur (spicy vegetables with peanut sauce). They're called kaki lima because they've got five legs (kaki = leg, lima = five); well, sort of - two wheels, a backstand, and two legs on the guy pushing it.

Warung Baru
A warung is a small shop or café'; baru means new; thus 'new shop'

Theo Zantman likes to be known as Bali's Van Gogh. Next time you visit Bali, look him up and let me know if he still has both his ears ☺