Friday, February 27, 2009

Left Austin in New Orleans

Austin was great! But we didnt really do much garden-raw stuff.
We only had two days there, so it was mostly centered around
hanging out with friends at home.
But we WILL be back.
Boggy Farm was mentioned by Linda in the Raw,
and we really have to see some other spots out there
like the hot spring pools and the rivers.

Very nice though..I can see why people like it so much.

I drove 9 hours yesterday to New Orleans. We missed
all the traffic jams around Houston by about an hour,
and pulled into N.O. by 9pm. We crashed by 10.

I listened to NPR the whole way through pretty much.
Makes the drive so much easier.
I listened to THIS EPISODE of "This American Life"
and THIS EPISODE of "Fresh Air".
Im sure you'll enjoy both.

Happy Thursday! Wheatgrass is good!


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Raw on the Road...

Getting some sun on the new wheatgrass tray on I-35...

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” - Seneca

Well...back on the road.
I have to say, I like driving. I like seeing the country
and listening to good audiobooks and music and having
good conversations. I don't mind the extra time it takes,
because I actually enjoy the things that go along with car travel.

And when you have a car, you sure can pack a bunch more
food and supplies along as well. be on the road with the vita-mix.
To have a green smoothie while driving through Kansas City!
What an unknown pleasure.

Im attempting to grow wheatgrass while traveling.
With a car, this is possible. I've got 7 trays going,
and all are doing well. Again, doing the no-soil method
with highly mineralized water makes this so much
easier and mess-free. I will never use soil for wheatgrass
again. There is just no need for it, and it only costs
more and makes MUCH more of a mess.

We brought a cooler for smoothies, and I brought
some other new discoveries along that have made
the snacking far more pleasurable.

Foods Alive is making some amazing flax crackers
and their flax oil dressings are now one
of my favorite things to put on avocados
and sprouted wild rice. They use GOLDEN flax oil too.
I'm very happy to have these on the road with me.

We are in Austin right now, and will be visiting
the Farmer's market tmrw (wednesday) and
maybe even visit an organic farm out here.

Austin is a lovely town...very nice people and the
weather is a dream. We are here for a little longer,
then off to Miami. Not sure how that will be, but
we are giving it a week to check it out.

The mobile wheatgrass grower is off to bed.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Dome-Permaculture Update

A very happy kiwi vine.

All in all...good news.
The tropical trees that I ordered from Clifton's arrived
in MAGNIFICENT shape. I was floored.

I planted them carefully, and they were doing well,
but they got shocked hard by the cold, dry weather
in December and January. I wasn't prepared for the
December weather...but it came fast and COLD.
Like...-30F cold. The dome reached down
to about 24F, but that is just too cold for
guavas, mangoes, and most avocados.

This was the beautiful Mexicola Grande
that arrived back in October.

It got all dried out and the leaves were all dead. :(
But the base is still alive, so I cut it back hard and brought it inside.

This was the Mango:

For those doing greenhouses...don't forget
about humidity as well as temp. Just as crucial.
Minnesota is drier than a popcorn fart (dad's quote).
The dew point is like...negative 2 I think.
In Bali...the air was thick. The trees were thriving there.

Again, I had to top off the mango.

It totally pained me to do this.

But was still there, and now the tree
should be more compact and shorter overall.
Let's hope it recovers from the cold snap.

Check out this video about planting a tree.
I learned a lot from these guys.

And for those with limited space
but large intentions...

Good stuff, right?

I laid out some more bricks for the wall,

and situated some grapes for transplanting later.

In place of all the tropicals, I put in the:

4 Persimmons, which are budding out early,

2 figs...which are looking very happy also,

and eventually, the pomegranate.
Look at what a difference some more warmth makes!

They are going to stay there,
so that way I won't have to heat the dome,
and the tropicals can stay in the house where
its warmer and not so dry. If you can
keep them under 8ft, you'll be ok usually.

Remember the Black Sapote seedlings?
Check them out...still small but healthy.

The compost pile is doing better than I expected.
It is not super hot...just warm and LOADED with worms.

They were really everywhere. I couldnt believe it.
I cant wait to spread this all over the garden in 6 weeks.

So thats about it. I was spending a good deal of time up there this week.
I would turn off my phone and go up there and play some music
and just fall right into the zone. I was in there from 10am
till about 4pm and didn't even eat yet. Just too focused and busy.
You know...that is the sign to look for. When time disappears.
When you are doing something that you enjoy, and
time just melts away, you know that you are on the right track.

I was upset to leave it again, but there isnt much else to do for a while.
I just feel like I am doing something real.
Something that is honest and has purpose and meaning.
Modeling has never given that to me.
How could it? Purpose? Umm...not on a deeper level.

Being in the garden and helping things come to life just
fills me with so much happiness. I can never go back.
Its really that simple. Once you've felt it, you are done.

Spring is coming! You can start seedlings indoor really soon!
Check out some sites to get excited.

Seriously. Plant some edibles. ANYWHERE. Send some pics.


Friday, February 20, 2009

New High Speed Rail Plan Released

Courtesy: US Dept of Transportation.

Is this not a visualization board?
With the stimulus passed recently,
8 BILLION US Dollars are going to fund
a mass transportation high speed rail in the US.

I've dreamt of this. I daydreamed about riding
a hassle-free train all the way to NY from Minnesota.
Reading books, watching some dvds on the stress.

Hopefully this will manifest sooner than later.
And hopefully, it will be more affordable than flying.
Often in Europe, it seems cheaper to fly on a discount carrier
than take the train. Im axiously waiting.

This can connect us even more...great news to see this today.


Monday, February 16, 2009

A Good Idea for these Times...

Courtney Pool sent me this...great stuff.

Make your voice heard and suggest this idea to friends and family.

Deb from Debbie Does Raw did a great post
about our day in LA together...check it out here.

Its great to be back in Minnesota.
Im doing some brick-work in the dome,
and transplanting the tropicals into the regular house.
They need some TLC, and the cold nights are just too hard for them.
The persimmons, figs, and pomegranate are budding out already,
so that shows that they are definitely happy. I am joyous.
Growing trees definitely teaches you patience. Watching day by day...
the little buds pop out, then the flowers...lots of waiting and watching.

Im going to let the bees hit the trees that are budding in the greenhouse
earlier so I can collect the single variety pollen. Cherry pollen anyone?
Persimmon pollen?? Guava pollen? Fig? Think of the possibilities...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Misadventures in Noniland...

The one fruit that I always wondered about was Noni.
I always saw the painfully-priced juice at the store,
and heard many raw food people talking about it.

I couldn't even find a fresh one.
No one would sell them in the continental US.
Now, I realize why. They would stink up the
entire produce section, and I do mean STINK.

I always found the durian critics amusing.
Complaining about the smell as if it actually pained them.
I found their complaining somewhat endearing,
partially because I absolutely love the smell myself.

But noni...a whole different puzzle.

There were loads on the tree. Most still green.
Some had fallen though, and those I tried.

If you are in Ubud, Bali, the map above will lead you
to the um..."treasure". Its just a little south
of Kafe on your right hand side.

I ended up eating one a few days
after this, and it didn't seem AS bad,
but still...there was nothing appealing about
it what so ever. Nothing. SORRY.

I would love to blend it with a sweet fruit
and shoot it down to hopefully feel the effects,
but that time will have to wait.
Unless they start selling them fresh in the US.

And a note about the juice. The juice is dark red.
How is that? And its sweet. How is that?
Do they ferment it until sugars are formed?
Is there added sweetener?

If anyone knows, fill me and anyone else in.

Im glad I finally tried it...just wish it would have
been a little more tasty. Maybe thats the point
of the healing power of Noni.


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Bali Update

I got a picture of the Gamelan cd I would
recommend buying if you are interested.

The guy at the shop recommended this one,
and when we listened to it in the car,
it was really great.

(I had a hell of a time trying to rotate this image,
but you get the idea)

Gliving contacted me this morning and told
me that they used the Bali post on their site.

Ive done some posts for them in the past,
but since moving out of NY and being on the move
its dropped off a bit. This renewed me though.
Check out the post HERE.

After being in Bali, Bangkok really seems dismal.
There are so many artistans in Bali,
making unbelieveable works.

Walking on the Khao San road was
just a big bite of bad vibes.
I don't know if Ill come back to Thailand,
there are just so many other places to see.

Check out this great wood bowl I found.

I would love to start making these in MN
from reclaimed wood...I can totally see myself
getting into something like that.

Anyways, check out the cd.

Flying to LA tonight, 14 hours on the plane.
Hopefully I have no problems bringing
cacao, honey, and cashews home...


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Bali: Everything a Conscious Traveler Needs to Know

The grand opening party for the Little K,
the very raw friendly cafe situated below Yoga Barn.

So here is the scoop for all you lucky souls
out there considering a trip down to SE Asia.

Just a sidenote:
Those of us born in the "developed" world have
so much to be thankful for. We were born rich.
Most people that you will meet in SE Asia have never
left their own country. When you feel down because
of your tax bill in april or because your computer keeps
shutting down unexpectedly, take a deep breath and
regain the awareness of how UNFATHOMABLY lucky you are. we go.

If you are going to Bali, you will likely want to just stay in Ubud.
The island is relatively small, so you can do day trips from Ubud,
which is centrally located. The beach is an hour away,
the mountains are an hour away...all easily reached.
When you are ready to hire a driver for the day, avoid
all the guys that hassle you on the street yelling
"Transport?" "Taxi?"
You will have to negotiate with them,
and it can be a bit maddening at times.
Use these guys for quick trips around town
if you don't have the time to go on foot.
be afraid to walk away. There are many more of them
down the road, and this bold move will usually get them
to accept your offer. For a quick drive around town,
expect to pay about $2, maybe $3 if its rainy or late at night.
When you are going to do a day trip, call this guy:

Astra: The number one driver in Bali.
Super cool guy, and so flexible.
I swear, he didnt eat or pee the whole time we
were with him, which was over 9 hours.
He translated for us at the cacao farm,
and told us so many insightful things about the island.
Contact him at +62 81 2393 3468 outside Indonesia,
or once you've landed, 081 2393 3468.
8 hours should cost about $32 US, 9 hours $35.
Tell him that Anthony and Dawn say hello.

Where to Stay
We were planning to stay in Ubud for a while, then go somewhere
else on the island, but after realizing how much there was to do
in Ubud, and how easily accessible organic food is there, we decided
to stay put and just do some day trips instead.
We stayed at Lumbung Sari Cottages, right on Monkey Forest Road.
The website makes this place look AMAZING. Its ok, but after
looking at the website we both had a good laugh.

This place is not the Four Seasons, but its pretty decent.
It was very clean, had a nice pool, had air-con and cable tv,
and was located very centrally, despite it being very quiet at night.

We stayed at the Honeymoon Guesthouse 2 the first night we
arrived, and although the place was nice (despite the ants),
there was a VERY active rooster closeby that would not shut up.

Not their fault, but still, you wouldnt want to stay there.
So we moved to Lumbung Sari the next day and ended up staying
there for 13 nights.
We negotiated a good price ($41 a night) because we stayed there so long.
If you are staying longer in Bali, you could find a month to month place
for about $300 a month, but don't count on A/C or a bug free area.

Thats the thing. We always hear about these $10 a night bungalows,
but it depends on what you are willing to deal with.
Sure, if I was alone, I would probably go to one of those places,
but as Ive found recently, traveling with a woman becomes
much more expensive than traveling with a guy friend.

Everywhere else we checked was about $60 a night for a room
with A/C, and many didnt have breakfast included.
Lumbung did, and we had a fruit plate every morning with
watermelon juice (with NO sugar).
Remember...always stress the "NO SUGAR" part.
Bring your own agave or honey along to sweeten it yourself
if you want it like that. Usually it will be just fine without.

Places to Eat

We didn't know of one good place to eat until we looked around.
The more we wandered, the more we found.
Ubud is full of conscious eateries, making it so
much easier than thailand to eat healthy.

Juice Ja Cafe
Our first discovery was Juice Ja, which
is on Dewi Sita road (which connects Monkey Forest Rd
and Hanoman Road). They have good juices, wheatgrass,
coconuts, and some semi-decent food.
Better for just the juice and coconuts.

There, we asked about another place to check out
and a very nice expat lady told us about Sari Organik.

Sari Organik
Its an organic farm, that also has a restaurant on site
so its more profitable for the farmers. GENIUS.

Its located on the west side of town, and you have to take
a walk through the rice fields to get there.

You get to see stuff like this, so its an enjoyable walk.
If you have a mobile, then can come and get you, but
its really nicer to walk.

The place is owned by Nila, who is SUPER nice
and really cool. She is married to an Israeli guy
who has US citizenship, so she has been to the NYC
and LA farmer's markets a bunch in the past.
This inspired her to start the Organic Farmer's Market
in Ubud every Saturday from 930 to 2pm.

The food here is really good. Service is a bit slow,
but thats ok because you have a great view and the
place is really cozy and relaxed. So try not to stress if
it takes a little long. Order a coconut with limes, and
reflect on where you are in the world at the moment.

Raw friendly items, wild mountain honey, and good juices.
Big green coconuts, and if you eat bread,
you'll be amazed at the freshly baked stuff she puts out.

You can buy fresh produce there too, and they
also deliver, usually within 3 hours.
When they get your order, they go and pick it. NICE.
You can wander around the garden too, no problems.

Bali Buddha
The third place we found was Bali Buddha.
Located across the street from the post office
and the office of Wayan from Eat, Pray, Love.

This place is also super cozy. And the menu is HUGE.
Lovely juices and smoothies, and one good salad.
We were always dissapointed with the other items
on the menu though, as were other people we talked to.
Best to go there for juice and smoothies. Maybe dessert.
They have wi-fi too, as do the other restaurants listed here.


We checked out a place called Terazo,
which we read had really good reviews.
They had a great beet-carrot-ginger juice
that was hard to beat.
Nothing really raw friendly though.
Spinach Tortellini was amazing, Dawn ordered it twice,
so you know thats a good sign. I ordered it too, and was glad I did.
We were also impressed with the Balinese wild ferns
that they sauteed and served in a big bowl.
Surely worth a try if you arent aiming for 100% Raw.

Little K

We knew about Little K from Leah,
who we met at he WLIR meetup in DC last fall.
She spends a good amount of time in Bali every year,
and came up with the menu for Little K.
Its located behind Yoga Barn, in a wonderfully landscaped
area that I simply couldnt get enough of.

We ordered a green super smoothie, and it was really nice.
Could have used a little more time in the Vita-mix...but still great.
The raw tacos are wonderful, as are the curry chips and thai spring rolls.

We only found out about this place 3 days before we left.
People mentioned it, but we assumed that they were talking
about Little K, not knowing that Little K was the offshoot
of the much larger Kafe.

Alexandra from
took us there, and we were really happy with it.
Look at their juice menu!

(click to see better...add one zero and that is your price in dollars. WOW.)
I had the belly juice many times, and will
be making it at home often. LOVE the turmeric.

Here is the map to get there, along with the noni
tree I discovered while walking to the market.
More on that in a later post :)
GPO in the upper right corner is the post office,
Bali Buddha is right across from there.
Juice Ja Cafe is just past the soccer field in
upper right corner along Dewi Sita.

If you wake up early, head to the Traditional
Market on the corner of Monkey Forest Road
and Main Street, its where youll find fruits and veg.
But after 9am, those vendors leave and the clothing
sellers take their place. Its a good place to find
things to take home, unless you can contact the
artists themselves, in which you will save for sure.

Spas and Massages

This post is getting super long, so Im going to
make this short and sweet.

Daily massages: We found a place called Kenko Reflexology
which was right in front of our hotel on Monkey Forest Rd.
This place gave a MEAN foot massage, for about $3.50 for 1/2 hour.
You can get the full body, which is 1/2 hour body, and 1/2 hour foot,
and that will cost you 75,000 rupiah, or about $7 US.
We left that place feeling VERY good. And at $7, it should be a daily
occurence to stop in.

Special Massages.
Special? What kind of special? No...not those.
These massages Im talking about are the ones that
are pretty intense, and much longer (2hrs-3.5hrs).

There were two places we tried, and both were great.

Bali Botanica

We did the "Good Morning" Package,
which included the 2.5 hour Ayurveda Chakra Dhara massage
and a body scrub, with a soak in a bathtub filled with flowers.
They used SO much oil...and really worked me. I felt amazing
afterwards. They pick you up at your hotel, and bring you back as well.
For 3.5 hours, it cost about $45 US. WELL WORTH IT.
You can do the "Good Morning" Package in the afternoon too,
they are very accomodating.
They have a great ginger-cinnamon tea as well.
Note to the timid: they will rub you everywhere except
your lower private parts. Prepare to have your glutes totally rubbed down.
Ladies, it is certain that you will have a woman therapist,
but she will definitely massage your chest muscles unless you tell her otherwise.

Taman Rahasia: Bali Secret Garden

Leah turned us onto this place.
If you go, get the "Intuitive Massage"
with Dharsa. He is an older Balinese healer
and he WILL work you.
He was trained at the Esalen Institute
and really knows his stuff. He uses his
own oils that he makes only during a full
moon, and prays over each batch. Very cool.

Here is the map. Most taxi drivers will know how to get there.
You can even call for transport, and they will pick you up.
I think it will cost around $ biggie.


Candi Kuning (Largest Market in Bali...Bring $$$)

Mount Batur...go on a sunny day, otherwise you cant see the top.

On the way up to Batur, you will see lots of Agritourism places
on your left. Stop at one or all of them. You don't have to buy
anything...just check around and say hello.

Monkey Forest...bring some fruit if you want to get
hassled by some VERY friendly monkeys.
Bring a camera.

Go with Westi on a Bali Herbal Walk.
Youll learn allot about the rice culture too.
Bring sunscreen and water.
The more questions you ask, the longer the tour. :)

Ubud Sari
This is the detox spa that serves raw food.
We did colonics there, and I had a good one
but Dawn got really sick after hers, so I would
recommend that you do more research.
You can get a day pass for the infrared sauna
and whirlpool for $5 or $7...cant remember.
Those items are included if you do a sauna.
Bring a scrub glove so you can really release the skin toxins.

Visit the "White Sand Beach" near Candidsa.
This is the best beach in Bali,
but you'll need to rent a 4WD or hire
a driver that has one. Rocky road to the bottom.
Ask locals at Kafe, and they will tell you more about it.

Visit with local artists. You can take classes,
and get great deals buying directly from them.
Dawn did a great Batik class, and really enjoyed it.
I bought some nice wood bowls and
windchimes from the artists directly.
It feels good to support them instead of a middleman.

See a Legong Dance, or a Kekak dance.
Kekak is the one shown in the movie "Baraka".
Legong is the one with the girls pictured here:

By the way, this little booklet will totally get you on
the right track about Ubud and Bali. You can find
it in any of the resturants listed above.

Visit Nomad Organic Farm.
We didnt make it because it was only
available twice a week, and since we did
the Big Tree Farms tour, we passed.
But if I were back, I would do this.
They meet in front of Nomad Restaurant
every Wed and Sun at 9am.
The tour is like...6-7 hours and includes lunch.
Cost is about $25 US.

Visit the Botanical Garden.
You can walk there from town, but it will take about 30 min.
Drivers will know how to get there.
Really beautiful place, and super quiet.

My camera just died, so no more pictures,
but I want to recommend a great Gamelan
CD that one should buy if you like Gamelan music.
A great CD to listen to as you cruise through
the Bali countryside.

Bring a couple mix cds for the car rides...
Astra thought we might like "Monster Ballads"
so we ended up singing "Every Rose has its Thorn" by Poison.
Fun...but the gamelan would be better.

Alright. Longest post ever.
If you are going to Bali, please let me know
how it went and if my tips helped at all.
Some (Dawn) say the fun is in finding these places on your own,
but I would much rather prefer to cut through the mess
and get right to the good stuff while on vacation.
Time is precious, and shouldnt be wasted
on mediocre restaurants and massages.

This monster took me 3 hours to post!
This is what I am doing in Bangkok...yikes.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Big Tree Farms Cacao Plantation

A Cacao flower...the elegance of nature is unparalleled.

After pulling some strings and making some phone calls,
I was able to secure a meeting with the cacao division manager
at Big Tree Farms. The cacao farms are on the west coast of the
island, while the vegetable farms are found in the north.

Thats the beauty of Big Tree...different farms contributing
to the same ultimate goal: Sustainable Farming, and empowering
local growers with fair prices and eager buyers.

We met with Gede (pronounced G'Day) in the early
afternoon, and he jumped in our vehicle to show us around.

The road was steep and rocky. Fruit trees of all sorts lined
the roads. I saw guavas, mamey sapotes, cacao, and rambutan.
Little houses could be spotted down dirt pathways off the main road.

Beehives hung in the trees. Could you imagine what
honey would taste like if all the nectar came from the cacao flower?
Or the durian flower? Guava? Get a grip on the potential here...

We pulled over and stepped into the thick, humid air.
It slaps you in the face after riding in the minivan for 1 hour.
What a difference air-conditioning makes.
He led us down a path off the road, and instantly
I found myself in the shady undergrowth of
an organic balinese cacao farm. Wow.

The trees were everywhere. And lots of other plants too.
Thats the beauty of cacao. Its not like a palm-oil plantation.
It requires an intact forest to thrive.
Think about this. We can plant cacao trees in tropical
rainforests...thereby providing crops for local farmers
while keeping the forest healthy and vibrant.

It saddens me so deeply to see swathes of jungle
cut away for rubber trees and palm oil. Even
coconuts. There were some parts of Thailand that
were totally covered in Coconut trees. As cool as that
may by to us raw foodists, its really lame as far
as true biodiversity is concerned.

Indonesia is considering a proposal
to turn 2 million hectares of thriving rainforest
into a palm-oil plantation.
The ignorance of this
numbs me. Its so needless and destructive.
Lets help them realize that cacao is the answer
they are looking for.

So there I was, standing in the undergrowth.
Mosquitoes doing their thing, ants crawling all over the trees.

The ground was wet and messy.
Cacao leaves and debris everywhere. I read
somewhere that cacao likes the ground moist
and sloppy, but jeez... I had two really close
calls while filming Gede, but luckily I gained my balance.

We didnt stay all that long. He was busy, and was nice
enough to show us around. I took some more pics, and
he found a ripe pod for me to try. He said that it wasnt
that good of a sample, but when I tried it, I finally understood
what Chocolate girl was telling me about the fresh cacao.
It WAS good. The one I had before was not ripe yet.

This is the UNRIPE pod...

This one (which was yellow, not green) was sweet and creamy.
The bean was bigger, and more mellow.
Now I understood. To be able to blend a bunch of these
with some coconut water would be a huge breakthrough.

I was also lucky enough to be shown a pod that was attacked
by a fungus. Not super common, but it happens. He opened
it up for me and it was a brown mess inside.

They use compost from cow and chicken manure,
and he never heard of using diluted ocean water.
And seriously, we were about a half-mile from the ocean.
They should really look into that one.

The pods are harvested twice a year, where
they are then laid out to dry and ferment.

Gede told me that 1000 people work
together to make the cacao plantations work,
and I pondered the possibilties on the drive home.
And the cacao operation is just one of 25 that
work under the Big Tree Farm banner.

What can we do to spread this idea?
Can you speak with organic farmers in
your area and form a co-op? Can you
form a cool brand name and sell their products?

Whatever it takes to get local farmers to abandon
the chemical treadmill...give them the customers
and the knowledge that spraying poisons on their
fields only empowers the chemical companies, and no one else.

I am so grateful to be exposed to the genius of Big Tree Farms.
Only two months ago I was completely in the dark about them.
Now I see the implications, both socially, economically, and
environmentally. This model is the answer I believe.

Check out Ben Ripple's talk here on youtube to
get some more ideas. Its one thing to start your own
garden or farm, its quite another thing to get many
other people collectively farming and earning a living
by selling sustainably grown fruits and vegetables.

Let Ben inspire you:

Im so excited to get back home,
there are so many fresh ideas that need
some serious manifesting.

Oh! One more thing.
For all you brothers and sisters in the northern
latitudes...please PLEASE check out this wonderful
company based out of maine...they will get you started
right whether its fruit trees, vegetables, or biodynamics.

Fedco Seed Company


Thursday, February 5, 2009

More from Bali

This shirt says it all.

(note..these are all Dawn's pics...this comp
refuses to upload mine right now)

Word to anyone planning to travel here...
DO NOT do the tourist day trips.
They will just cart you around in a tight minibus
and bring you to overexposed places with lots of
people trying to sell you things.

Your best bet BY FAR is to just hire a driver
(about $5 an hour total) and plan your own
itinerary...this is a superior choice for those
traveler's with a difference taste.

We found the best driver ever yesterday too.
Ill give more info about him on the next post when
I upload his picture.

A very common site around Bali...part house, part temple.

Check out the details in EVERYTHING here.
Its really inspired me. I have a flood of ideas
rushing through my head at all times now.

The ideas are everywhere...just have to tap into them.

More inspiration...this is behind Yoga Barn in Ubud.

The Balinese really think
you need an SUV???
100mpg...think of the savings.

The daily Balinese offering...placed in front of every
home and business. The dog and monkey's favorite morning snack.

Here's another pic of the 63 year old
climbing the coconut tree. Upping the ante
of what is possible once we get older.

Happiness can be found HERE.
Just your average road-side stand in Bali.
I had the best durian of my life yesterday.

I saw this rice terrace in the outstanding film "Baraka"
and it was a total joy to see it in person. Really jaw dropping.

More to come once I get my pics uploaded.
We visited Big Tree Farm's vegetable farm
and cacao plantation yesterday and it was great.