Guide to Sanur, Bali

In December last year, my family and I spent 2 weeks in Sanur on the southeastern coast of Bali. Some travellers call this place ‘Snore’ as it is more relaxed than the party towns of Kuta and Seminyak on the west, but here is what we found: Where to eat There are lots of local…

Skin

As I was reading on the summer lawn, a shadow passed across the pages of my book. I squinted skywards. “Is that real?” “Yes.” My boyfriend’s mother looked at my tattoo and quietly walked away. I felt as though I had let her down. I had my first tattoo when I was seventeen. It was…

The Beach Hustler

“What did you say your name was?” “Mahesul” I logged it as Hustle, which wasn’t so hard to remember given his next offer. “What is your plan tomorrow?” “Well…we…” “Meet me at 5am. I take you out on the water.” I raised my eyebrow at my boyfriend. The man had fiercely glittering eyes and a toothy…

Ant’s Eye View

Join this journey through MacRitchie Nature Trail from an ant’s perspective: We begin by scaling the boardwalk and marching across the wooden rails. A tiny but perfectly formed flower hangs suspended in the air as if by magic. A chorus begins around us to accompany our footsteps. What is that deafening sound? A beautiful emerald…

Chasing Dragons

A welcome committee sat waiting for us as we stepped into the village. The skulls were licked clean and mounted on rusted nails. Curved horns of water buffalo, the thin jaws of deer and curled teeth of wild boar revealed our predator before we had set eyes on it. As we stepped onto the jetty,…

A Monkey Mugging

I considered the carved coconuts in front of me. This one was the best size, but it was a little lopsided. I liked the shape of this one yet the design was not as intricate. I eventually whittled it down to two. The first had fine swirling leaves, whereas the second had birds of paradise…