My Compound Life

July 5, 2010

Farewell to the Compound

By Hannah Black The other day I woke up singing the 1980s super-hit The Final Countdown. Now I don’t like to overanalyse, but I think the fact that I’m leaving – Read More...
June 28, 2010

Playing the Solo Waiting Game

By Hannah Black The past week I’ve hardly seen my husband, Ongky. Ceremonies, his work and my newly rediscovered social life (since I finished work) have kept us away from – Read More...
June 21, 2010

Preparing for Departure

By Hannah Black In Bali, like every other holiday destination in the world, the majority of residents have to work. Of course there are the retired and the disgustingly rich, – Read More...
June 14, 2010

Back to Driving on the Wild Side

By Hannah Black I used to think buzzing around on my 125cc scooter was really the best thing in the world, but oh how my feelings have changed in the – Read More...
June 7, 2010

Operating in Fear and Frenzy

By Hannah Black My very tough, hardworking mother-in-law fell ill last week and was taken to three different doctors before landing in hospital on Friday morning. I was told when – Read More...
June 1, 2010

The Festival Whirlwind

By Hannah Black I’ve just had one of those weeks that everything seems absolutely unmanageably crazy; but looking back on it, I can’t really pinpoint what happened. It felt so – Read More...
May 25, 2010

A Bizarre Bazaar

By Hannah Black Galungan holidays are lovely, but when you’re married into a Balinese family there is a lot of making offerings, going to temple and generally being in the – Read More...
May 17, 2010

Blessed in Bali Marriage

By Hannah Black My husband Ongky’s brother and cousin stumbled down to our house to collapse on our front porch in drunken giggles (and see if we had any more – Read More...
May 11, 2010

The Great Outdoors

By Hannah Black This week I introduced my niece and nephew Kaka and Dara to wonders of the Sony PlayStation. A colleague at work was selling an old console off – Read More...
May 3, 2010

Tuned Out but Searching for a Signal

By Hannah Black When news of the volcanic eruption in Iceland broke last week my mother immediately called from the other side of the world, opening the phone call with – Read More...
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