A collection of short stories, essays, blog-posts and photographs from Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

The Really Old Bali Blog (2013-2015) « Nag or Stallion? Chinese Year of the Horse, 2014

According to the cream of Indonesia's phytobiophysicists and psycho-cybernetics experts, 2014's going to be a rough ride.

Among a rash of natural disasters, we're going to see more floods and volcanic eruptions across the archipelago – get out of here – and the dollar's going to hit 14,000 rupiah.

May and July are bad news for the accident-prone – and the 2014 elections in July will be a two-horse-race between no-nonsense people's-man 'Joko' Widodo and the grumpy old general Prabowo Subianto.

Property and food in Indonesia will do well; transport and farming won't. 2014 will be lucky for the Sign of the Dog, Tiger and Rabbit; ciong (unlucky) for the Rat, Horse, Dragon, Rooster and Snake.

I wander down to Ubud market for a more earthy appraisal – and bump into my sage, Ibu Ketut. She's seen some animals come and go.

– "I don't know about any of that," she says.

"But one thing's for sure. Every time Imlek" – Chinese New Year – "comes around, we get some awful weather up north. Maybe it's because so many orang cina ("chee-na", or Chinese-Indonesian people) live there?"

Blame it on the sunshine? Blame it on the moonlight? Or just blame it on the Chinese, as usual?

Anti-Chinese sentiment is never far from the surface in Indonesia.

Sixteen years ago, Imlek was still banned in the Republic – along with Chinese medicine, Chinese reading matter, the Chinese alphabet, speaking in Chinese, traditional Chinese arts & crafts and, well... pretty much anything Chinese.

Apparently, it was a Communist thing.

YotHorse 2565, or 2014 AD? Oh, who cares.

Saddle-up and hold on tight. We're in for a rough ride.


Old Bali Blog Posts

Mummy! West Balinese coffee farmer finds 2,300-year-old sarcophagus in coffee plantation

Whirlwinds and heavy weather hit Bali's Denpasar


☬ The Really Old Bali Blog Posts ~ 2013-2015



Bali Street Art, Graffiti & Murals ~ 2021


Street art graffiti of the Hindu elephant-headed God Ganesha outside an Indian restaurant in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Street art graffiti of the Hindu elephant-headed God Ganesha outside an Indian restaurant in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
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Portrait of the Day

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Old Balinese woman, Trunyan village, Kintamani, Bali

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Street art mural of a young topless 1930s Balinese girl using social media on a mobile cellphone painted by the street artist Wild Drawing in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

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Ubud Market ~ 2021 Pandemic Images

Pasar Ubud market during the Covid-19 pandemic in Bali, Indonesia
Pasar Ubud market in economic crisis during the Covid-19 pandemic in Bali, Indonesia
Pasar Ubud market in economic crisis during the Covid-19 pandemic in Bali, Indonesia
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Pasar Ubud market in economic crisis during the Covid-19 pandemic in Bali, Indonesia
Pasar Ubud market in economic crisis during the Covid-19 pandemic in Bali, Indonesia

Street Art, Urban Murals & Creative Graffiti on Bali

Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, depicted as a spray-can- and roller-wielding street artist in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

➤ Bali's Street Artists, Murals & Graffiti in the Wild ~ From Canggu to Ubud

Street art, graffiti and murals for the masses – the most public of Bali's urban art scene hidden in plain sight on the walls of Canggu, Ubud, Seminyak and Kuta.

Street art and graffiti murals at Batu Bolong beach in Canggu near Old Man's bar and restaurant, Bali, Indonesia

➤ AllCaps Park ~ Street Art, Graffiti and Mural Paradise in Canggu, Bali

Bali street art - Graffiti and Mural Heaven at the AllCaps Park in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

➤ Taman Festival ~ Ghost Town Graffiti, Murals and Street Art on Bali

Urban art, murals and graffiti galore at the derelict and haunted Taman Festival Theme Park in Bali

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Graffiti street art of a young 1930s Balinese girl looking at social media on her mobile cellphone in a mural near Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

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Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions in Bali & Indonesia Today

The volcano Anak Krakatau erupting in the Sunda Strait, Indonesia

Gunung Anak Krakatau – the infamous 'Child of Krakatoa' volcano – erupting in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra, Indonesia.


And finally, the weather

Fake styrofoam clouds over the main 'Cloud' stage at the 'Plastic-Free Gili Air Music Festival' near Lombok, Indonesia

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