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UBUD SMILE AND PASSION One of Ubud’s brightest smiles is attached to stunner yoga teacher Helvi (Estee) Lystiani. This Jakarta-born angel has lived in Bali for seven years, growing her soul and expanding her knowledge of people and her craft. Now she’s available for classes every week, with a special one-day workshop also scheduled for this weekend at the Yoga Barn (9-3.30pm, Sat. April 3). Estee’s own mentors say she is at her ¿ery, passionate best for beginners, because she helps people begin their yoga journey with clarity, relaxed con¿dence and playful curiosity. That full day program is 450,000rp. Then you can continue the journey every Monday with Estee at Banjar Turiya in the Sopa Garden in Nyuh Kuning. She leads Intro to Yoga from 4-5pm (beginners) and Yin Yoga from 5.30-7pm (all levels). International & Local Expats, 50,000rp and Balinese students welcome by donation. EASTER IN UBUD Surrounded as we are by rich Hindu tradition, visitors to Ubud may wonder where we celebrate important Christian holy days such as Easter. The Bukit Shalom (Shalom Hill) church, just east of Ubud on the road to the Maya Resort, normally holds an English language service on Sunday from 9-10am, but will also have a Good Friday service on April 18, and celebrate the resurrection on Easter Sunday, April 20. Ridiculously, here where I write from Adelaide Australia, I’ve been able to buy delicious Hot Cross buns since midFebruary. Much better to save the special treat till Easter. Best in Ubud available from Good Friday at Kue Bakery and Casa Luna Restaurant on Jl Raya Ubud and at Kue 2 on Jl Raya Penestanan. Order in advance so you don’t miss out. Easter family traditions? The traditional Easter egg hunt was my kids’ favorite; I put tiny Easter bunny paw prints all over the house using a cardboard cutout, a sieve and plain Àour – and a vacuum cleaner later! This Easter, Uma Ubud Resort on Jl Raya Sanggingan will hold an Easter egg hunt on Sunday morning. Then your family can join other lunch guests for an Italian-inspired set menu (two- or three-course options). Phone Uma Ubud on 0361 972 448. Or join new and old friends at an Easter Long Table Lunch, downstairs at Casa Luna. You can feast on some of Janet de Neefe’s special festive creations and favourite Balinese dishes combining the ¿nest locally grown organic ingredients. The banquet will be served family-style and will include vegetarian and vegan options. reservations@casalunabali. com THE BAR’S A STAGE Prepare to be enthralled, to laugh and to cry when the works of Award-winning Australian playwrights, including Daniel Keene and Hannie Rayson, are performed at the Bar Luna Basement on four Monday nights at 7:30 from June 16 until July 7. Six professional actors, well known from theatre, ¿lm and TV will present readings from a different selection of plays each week. Come for cocktails and stay for a meal. Diana Greentree, coordinator of some very successful play reading sessions at previous Ubud Writers and Readers Festivals, will produce the free events. A SPY IN TOWN Valerie Plame, former United States CIA agent, is in town this week. Grab a last minute seat at the table at Indus Restaurant on Thursday, April 17, as she shares her extraordinary life as one of the world’s most famous spies “in-conversation” with Jakarta Post journalist Trisha Satori. Now that Valerie has swapped espionage for writing about it, she clearly won’t ever lack for spicy material to work with. The ¿lm, Fair Game, starring Naomi Watts, was inspired by her own experience of being used as ‘fair game’ in Bush’s campaign of misinformation, and her new ¿ctional Blowback saga is already a best-seller. If you are lucky, you can still
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book a place at the table, on-line at www.ubudwritersfestival. com. Tickets $20 (meal not included). Get there early for dinner, doors open 6pm and the main event is 7-8.30pm. Indus Restaurant, Jl. Raya Sanginggan. CHEAP AIRFARES Friends in Oz or other nearby countries? Why not suggest an instant holiday to Bali. Airfares are extraordinarily cheap at the moment. BUDDHA’S LARGER LAUGHS Sounds a bit quiet in Jl Monkey Forest at the moment because Laughing Buddha Bar Ubud is closed temporarily for the next few weeks. But they’ll be back soon with an expanded venue – thank goodness, dancing space for more than four peeps at once! Already missing their amazing live music seven nights a week - talented regular musicians and special event nights with guest Indonesian and international musicians. More info: +62 82145245199. DOUBLE VISION Now here’s a great idea, a series of ¿lm nights, featuring adaptations of great novels to ¿lm. With Gianluca Jandelli as host, we will see old and new thrillers, dramas and comedies come alive on screen, over the coming months, starting on Thursday May 10 with Rene Clement’s Plein Soleil, the1960 adaptation of The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. Gianluca is an accomplished multi-skilled professional with extensive experience in feature ¿lms and documentaries, special FX and TV programs, having worked in England, Italy and Australia. In the ¿lm-TV industry he held positions as ¿lm editor, scriptwriter and director, as well as marketing manager and producer, hosting at the same time various ¿lm workshops. INDIAN NIGHTS - AT KUE I’ve just heard that the delicious Indian buffet nights are starting up again at Kue Restaurant in Jl Raya Ubud, with great live music in the background. Scheduled for the last Friday of every month, they’ll be busy nights no get there early. Drop into Kue or visit their facebook page for information about the music ensemble and the feast!
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DEER GO NATIVE It’s often a tough job working to protect nature, but Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) staff say some days make it all worthwhile. The two tiny Barking deer – a protected species in Indonesia - arrived skinny and full of parasites at the Bali Wildlife Rescue Centre in Tabanan 18 months ago, after a rescue from illegal captivity. They were released back into the forest in the West Bali National Park last month. Staff and volunteers who have since visited the national park say that the deer pair - also known as Muntjacs - have already joined the local wild population and are adapting well. The Tabanan centre, funded by the Humane Society International (Australia), is one of only seven such centres in Indonesia and a vital link in the process of rehabilitating native endangered wildlife, mostly victims of illegal trading and poaching (currently 50 endangered primates and birds, including gibbons, macaques and eagles). Barking deer are the oldest known deer species in the world, now found only in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Southern China, Taiwan, Japan and India. More from 0361 977978 or info@ fnpf.org.
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