Author Archives: Vanda

An Island Goes Silent for a Day

This year April Fools Day and Nyepi – the Balinese New Year – occur on the same day, so while the tricksters and jokers abound in the western world, the island of Bali goes silent for a day of personal … Continue reading

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I have a whole new appreciation for editors and publishers – I thought I could quickly pull together a few sample pages of my proposed book – was I wrong.  I wouldn’t bore you with all the angst and details … Continue reading

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Rebuilding the Tambaks (fishponds) in Aceh

The 2004 tsunami that devastated most of the coastlines of Asia also destroyed the livelihood of millions.  Here is a look at one small village in the Province of Aceh, Indonesia where the traditional fishponds, or tambaks as they are … Continue reading

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In the Studio with I Made Budhiana

We introduce to you……….one of the foremost contemporary artists in Bali. It is our third attempt to meet up with Made (pronounced mah-day) Budhiana, and I’m getting a little nervous.  His studio is in the capital city of Denpasar, about … Continue reading

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Faces Around Bali

  From kids to contemporary artists, poets and musicians, and from the farms in the mountains to the spectacular ceremonies, the faces are as diverse and dignified as you would find anywhere on earth. Enjoy this short slideshow ……… [easyrotator]erc_96_1379005433[/easyrotator] … Continue reading

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Ogoh-Ogoh Monsters

There is rap and hip-hop blaring on the neighboring street of Jalan Sugriwa in Ubud, but this is somehow incongruous with the normal sounds of scooters, horns, gamelan bands, roosters and barking dogs.  A group of teenage boys are rocking out while … Continue reading

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La Noche de Rábanos or The Night of the Radish

La Noche de Rábanos These radishes aren’t for eating – they are mammoth, gnarly roots that are carved into elaborate sculptures depicting everything from the Virgin de Guadalupe to gazebos, whimsical grasshoppers and entire village scenes. Welcome to Oaxaca, Mexico! … Continue reading

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Back in the Sonoran Desert

We don’t always have to travel to far lands to find compelling stories – they are all around us. “Cuisine of the Desert: Foraging for Cholla Buds”, starring Tucson ethnobotanist Martha Burgess, as she leads a workshop on one of … Continue reading

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