Petulu Gunung – The village of a thousand birds

Every dusk, thousands of white birds roost in trees on the island of Bali. This bird mecca is found in the rural village of Petulu Gunung just 3 kilometers outside of Ubud in central Bali. Historically, inadequate roads left the village of Petulu isolated and poor. Many people left to work in other parts of…

How to deal with theft when backpacking

As some readers of this blog may already know, my laptop got stolen on a 10-hour bus ride from Probolinggo, Java, Indonesia while travelling to Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia. I placed my laptop in my bag with two security locks by my feet and kept what I thought to be a good eye on it. At…

Laptop Stolen #Sad

In true Canadian fashion, I’m apologizing for things that are beyond my control. Last week while on my way to Yogyakarta, Indonesia, my beloved laptop was stolen from me on a bus. Luckily, I had most of my work backed up with a few exceptions so it wasn’t the end of the world. However, it…