My Compound Life

February 13, 2009

One Very Big Happy Family

By Hannah Black The Bali Times SILAKARANG ~ When I tell people I live with my Balinese in-laws in their family compound, I generally get one of three reactions: most – Read More...
February 20, 2009

A Return, and a Departure

By Hannah Black The Bali Times SILAKARANG ~ In early January my husband Ongky, 10-month-old daughter Lola and I came back home to Bali after a five-and-a-half-month stay in the – Read More...
February 27, 2009

Balinese Are DIY Masters of the Universe

By Hannah Black The Bali Times SILAKARANG ~ It seems the Balinese can turn their hands to just about anything, including construction projects around the compound. Over the past couple – Read More...
March 13, 2009

A World of Contentment, Right at Home

By Hannah Black The Bali Times SILAKARANG ~ Day-to-day living in a Balinese compound isn’t an especially exciting experience – people do a lot of sitting around and a lot – Read More...
March 20, 2009

Offerings Offer More than Devotion to the Gods

By Hannah Black The Bali Times SILAKARANG ~ The upcoming hat trick of Hindu ceremonies, Galungan, Nyepi and Kuningan, has breathed new life into my compound. Slowly, slowly even the – Read More...
March 27, 2009

Close Quarters but Very Separate Lives

By Hannah Black The Bali Times SILAKARANG ~ One thing that continues to puzzle me about the compound I live in is the family dynamics. In the Balinese tradition, my – Read More...
April 10, 2009

That Old Black Magic

By Hannah Black The Bali Times SILAKARANG ~ Sitting one afternoon with my mother-in-law and husband, I catch the gist of a conversation in Balinese about a crocodile spotted in – Read More...
April 24, 2009

Western Conveniences Are Not all That Convenient in Bali

By Hannah Black The Bali Times SILAKARANG ~ My life here is simple: no hot water, no air conditioning, no cable TV, no oven and until very recently no washing – Read More...
April 30, 2009

In Bali, Under Watchful Eyes, Tots and Tykes Thrill and Delight

By Hannah Black The Bali Times SILAKARANG ~ Childcare is a major issue for so many of my friends today. The price of childcare in the UK and the US – Read More...
May 8, 2009

Prescription: Take the Great Balinese Panacea 3×1 with a Dose of Que Sera Sera

By Hannah Black The Bali Times SILAKARANG ~ Last week my husband, Ongky, daughter Lola and I all came down with the sore throat and hacking cough that strikes once – Read More...
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