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These monthly updates are meant to inform you about Ubud, about living here and making the best of it. In April the Balinese have Galungan and Kuningan as major religious and traditional events to celebrate. I guess everybody knows at least about the basic background for the ceremonies, same as Balinese have a general understanding what Christmas is about. To me it seems as if each year the penjors become more artistic and sophisticated. ‘My’ village up in Tegallalang looks absolutely beautiful with each family having their penjor proud in front of their home, transforming the village road into a much photographed attraction. There is only one Bali and hey, what a bliss, we are part of it.

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Ogoh-ogoh

15 March 2017

After a long night out and upon the first glimpse into the mirror the next morning, some of us may sigh: “ogoh ogoh!”. However, there is little or no connection to the namesake Balinese Tradition on the evening of Nyepi day, 27 - 28 March. This tradition and the amazing peace on the next day will be the issue this time. As seasoned Bali friend you may already know that the Ogoh Ogoh parade and connected rituals have only been added to the Nyepi ceremony in 1980. Back then there was some uncertainty if under Soeharto this may be accepted and permitted to continue. Over time it became a standard event for which some people, mainly Japanese, even specially travel to Bali.

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February had at it’s highlight the Valentine’s Day. Anyone out there who did not receive chocolate or at least a peck on the cheek? Same as Mother’s or Father’s day the value of those artificially created events is that we have a special reason to think about the meaning and benefit of close relations. However, it is beyond me, why we are supposed to say ‘Happy Valentine!’ when history tells us about Saint Valentine of Rome who was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. Before his execution, he signed a letter with "Your Valentine”. A rather unhappy ending for a good man, but sure a lovely business opportunity for the greeting card- and sweets manufacturers, and consequently dentists too.

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The Safest Investment

16 January 2017

Although 2017 is already slightly used up, let me still say this: You probably heard often enough ‘Happy New Year!’ so you won’t get that from me too, as you are already well equipped with many hopefully well working wishes. What I am would like you to enjoy is a healthy and prosperous year with plenty on the plus side. Well’ get to that in a minute. Since from all areas in Bali you have chosen Ubud to focus on, we should start the New Year on a happy note and look at all the good things to see and experience in and around Ubud. However, a promise is a promise, because in the last newsletter I said I will finish the review of some mainstream investment options by looking into investing into Ubud’s properties. Therefore there will be not much on culture and happenings this time. Maybe next month.

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Season’s Greeting to you! When you read this you may be in preparation for the holiday season or end of year celebration. “ Why Celebration? ” “Who in his right mind would be partying over the dreadful speed in which this year has passed!” John Lennon actually got it right: Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” Well, it is not all that bad. I heard once: “try to find in every sad thing 5 or more good aspects, then write them down. That puts the problem into perspective.” This is indeed a 100% working cure without unwanted side effects. Just try.

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