Poso, Sulawesi: A Story of Strength and Prosperity

Poso, Sulawesi: 27 Nov 2016 If I asked you to recount your most unforgettable experience, what comes to mind? For me, it would undoubtedly be the week I spent with the Badjao tribe, a migrant group of nomadic sea-dwellers that inhabit the Sulu archipelago. Late November, I travelled 17 consecutive hours from Jakarta to reach…

Esala Perahera – Four Hours of Fire Dancers and Tribal Beats

Kandy welcomed me with open arms. For those who keep bucket lists, witnessing a Sri Lankan festival should be in the top 10. Prior to my arrival, I had little understanding of what Kandy’s Esala Perahera festival truly entailed. From what I’d heard, I expected a small nighttime street fair with crowds, music and food vendors…

Sri Lanka’s Civil War: A Recent Tragedy

Ravaged by a devastating civil war, Sri Lanka’s 25 year long fighting between the Buddhist Sinhalese and Hindu Tamils only recently ended in 2009. Ethnic tensions between the two groups have significantly subsided, but traces of religious animosity still linger today. Interestingly, most stories I’d heard about the war seemed to victimize the Tamils and,…

Lyrical Lanka, A Small Island Paradise

16 August 2016 3 years ago, during a rather grueling 35-hour journey across oceans to India, I sat next to a traveler who was on his way to Colombo. Intrigued, I asked him what wonders he expected to find in Sri Lanka. He painted quite the picture, speaking of its jungles and nature, its rich cuisine…

Metik Metik Metik Cengkeh!

1 August 2016 Komang, the owner of Mom Natura farm in Ubud where I’m currently staying, is originally from the village of Unggahan deep in the northern jungles of Singaraja. Singaraja, Indonesian for “Lion King” (singa = lion; raja = king), is the island’s second largest town and was once the official capital for Dutch colonization in Bali. The vast…

Bali’s Endless Beauty

25 July 2016 I’ve been exploring Bali for a few weeks now, and I can’t help but fall deeper in love with the island each day. One of Indonesia’s 17,000 islands (!), Bali is a tiny, lopsided circle which sits right between Java and Lombok. While the rest of the country is predominantly Muslim, Bali…

Sustainable Farming: Consuming Only What We Produce

18 July 2016 Mom Natura farm, located just 6 kilometers south of Ubud’s Monkey Forest, is a small, 1 hectare family-run organic farm that grows a plethora of juicy fruits and vegetables. Komang, the 35 year-old farming rockstar, is a multi-talented individual who has managed to successfully convert the farm into a self-sustaining business while…

A Rough Start

15 July 2016 I’m very ill. I arrived to the farm yesterday afternoon, met new friends Komang and Kadek, and received a tour of the grounds. The farm itself is fairly small, no larger than 1 hectare of extraordinary beauty. Tall, fruit trees border the land and vegetables and spices grow abundantly within. We rode…