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because my life’s for living…

I was doing a bit of freelance work last week for a company who wanted to interview me and have me write an article on how I live my life and what its like being a digital nomad. First of all I had to, a little pink in the cheeks, ask them… ‘uh… what is … Continue reading

Hot off the press!

As of today the Lonely Planet Blogsherpa group, of which I am a very proud member, launched their very first photo ebook. Barefoot Inked is one of 40 featured bloggers who are involved in the program and I am very excited to be involved in this wonderful project. Lots of hard work went into this … Continue reading

Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore…

It was a normal sunny afternoon in Batukaras, and we were finding a little solace from the heat by lying on the cool tiled floor of our little village house. ‘Thuck, thuck, thuck…’ The noise stopped, so I ignored it, closed my eyes again… but… ‘Thuck, thuck, thuck…’ There it goes again. We got up … Continue reading

just another week in paradise…

Living here certainly has its ups and downs. A man walked into my house last night with a toddler (they don’t stand much on ceremony here), because the baby wanted to see a white person… the baby then preceeded to cry as the man tried to push her closer to me. It can’t help but … Continue reading

When the world is pure and blue and quiet…

The world as I once knew it has shifted, it is undeniable the change and it is unavoidable the changes that it has made on me as a person. Batukaras has been a whirlwind for the two months that I’ve already been home. There have been ups and downs, there have been tears and laughter … Continue reading

Later, Dude…

We lost our village dog yesterday, he died on the chocolate sand of his home beach, in front of the restaurant that we frequent, next to the board racks he dutifully waits for us by. Dude was a good dog. He knew how to shake hands and his propeller tail and howled greetings were always … Continue reading

On a dusty day, a union formed…

We were out of place right from the beginning. It was clearly us and them. We are different, there is no doubt about that, from what is the norm in this small dusty beachside town. A white girl marrying a local boy… is more than enough to encourage a few raised eyebrows and a lot … Continue reading

Who needs words, when pictures tell a thousand…

An Australian Summer… An Aussie barefoot…

So, it’s 2011… How did that happen?

A new year rolled in and was celebrated with much laughter, dancing and drinking by the beach of our village home. I made the trip back from Australia on Boxing day and was greeted in a way that words cannot express. Settling in, getting used to the slow internet connection and photo upload time again… … Continue reading

2010 in review… bagus dong

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow. Crunchy numbers A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2010. That’s about 26 full 747s. In … Continue reading