Selamat Hari Raya Galungan

It’s been a busy couple of weeks around these parts lately. We recently had the ngambe¬† ceremony for the new kitchen and office; Kiran’s first Otonan; My 32nd birthday and Made’s the day after;¬† Mama and both kids came down with fever and sickness...

Fire

It was a little after midnight last night. I was still up, working on my computer; Made asleep on the bed beside me. Suddenly, “Tock tock tock” – the sound of the village kulkul being struck. The kulkul is a kind of traditional bell used in Bali for...

Maya’s First Day at School

On Tuesday Maya started at a little local playgroup which she will be going to for a couple of hours, three days a week. I’d been debating putting her in the local international preschool which is lovely (but pricey!) but they don’t have the option of...

Rule of Parenting #1: A Quiet Child Usually Means Trouble

Yes, that is grass he’s eating. Side note: we had a small earthquake here in Bali last night – a 5.2 originating in Lombok. I was standing outside in the kitchen but managed to not even notice it and even had to ask Made why everyone was running outside...

Growing Up Trilingual

One of the best parts, I think, of being a multicultural family is that our children will grow up naturally speaking multiple languages. Here in Bali nearly everyone is at least bilingual. The national language is bahasa Indonesia and most television and books are in...