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

The Really Old Bali Blog (2013-2015) « Bootleg 'arak' kills three in Buleleng, North Bali

Three die and 34 fall seriously ill in Buleleng Regency after drinking a bad batch of super-arak - with the emphasis on 'soup'.

The vicious, 80%-proof brew is often mixed with methanol and mosquito repellent to give it a kick. Blindness, kidney failure, excruciating death, etc.

On Bali, it's called oplasan. Do not go near it.

And unless there's a big, one-off death-toll from a single sitting, it's usually only foreigners' deaths that make international headlines.

Since 2010, there have been dozens of poisoning deaths in Indonesia blamed on methanol and fake drinks. Among the victims are New Zealand-born rugby player Mike Denton, Irish tourist Roisin Burke and Swede Johan Lundin.

Be careful what you drink on Bali and Lombok's Gili Islands - getting blind drunk has a whole different meaning when you hit the spirits here.

Maybe just forget the cocktails and stick to the Bintang beer.


Old Bali Blog Posts

A lion named Michael: Another animal dies at the Surabaya 'Zoo of Death'

Bad timing: Frenchman arrested for cocaine possession in Kuta, Bali


☬ 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.
Photograph by © 2021 Ubud High.


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Portrait of the Day

Portraits from Bali by Ubud High
Old Balinese woman, Trunyan village, Kintamani, Bali

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The Ubud Handbook by John Storey

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The Ubud Handbook ~ by John Storey

THE UBUD HANDBOOK ~ Your free guide to living in Ubud and Bali in an online nutshell.

The Ubud Handbook

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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
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
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

Today's weather forecast for Ubud, Bali, Indonesia ⇨