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  1. ProducerDeb 🐝 Helfrich
    The Life Altering Power of a Roadtrip
    The Life Altering Power of a RoadtripAnd The Game of β€œI'm Healed” I'm not quite sure that everyone will need a full 7000 miles of driving to effect change in their lives, but I am certain that the open road is a fantastic healing frontier. It is an ever-changing, often surprising...


    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    02/07/2017 #19 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I love the idea that you are chronicling your journey along with the life you faced and what you face now. Long journeys can be eye openers. Even if you travel with a partner like I did, you still have a lot of quiet time to think about a lot. I will say, at least I had someone to share the driving part with, much easier on my body.

    How did your body feel when you returned home?

    I think it's great that you spent time 'unprogramming,' that was I'm sure, a necessity.

    I'm going to bet the more you write, you will find out "how to do differently." You are a creative person who's mind is always thinking and I believe it will guide you in the proper direction. Thanks for sharing this @Deb 🐝 Helfrich and KUDOS to you for such a long trip. There are many people, myself included who couldn't do it. I say that with complete honesty. That's resilience and strength at it's best.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    02/07/2017 #18 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #12 In so many ways, although a shorter than intended trip, I was filled up with care, concern, love, and all sorts of marvelous interactions.

    We shared a special morning, that I won't forget.

    Even with all that you face and remember, find your own little reminders of joy, or health, or financial vitality and create for yourself little pockets of feeling the pleasure of being alive. It occurs to me that your moments of motherhood are prime for reliving, often, and with all of the senses you can bring to the oxytocin party.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    02/07/2017 #17 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #10 I had to spend a day just marinating in this poignant comment, @Sara Jacobovici. I was simply wonderstruck.

    And I want to keep passing that energy around.

    Although, so mightily intuitive to mention sleep. It is integral to allowing us to live our best life, in both physical and mental aspects, we are designed for these nightly pauses, as they prepare us so thoroughly to take appropriate action in our waking state.

    It is a playful world out there and we can join in, if we just chose to.
    Tricia Mitchell
    30/06/2017 #16 Tricia Mitchell
    #15 your description reminds me of the time i desperately needed a miracle. As soon as I asked God (Source/the Universe) for a sign, my next car pulled up in the petrol station, I was about to walk past, & the private registration plate bore the name of my friend, who swears he has a 24/7 hotline to God in his head. Yes, he had a mental breakdown some years ago & I have my own point of view about that, yet when he delivers messages, they are accurate.

    I received my miracle with open arms.

    We continue to attach meaning to things that are significant to us & filter out that doesnt fit neatly with our biases.

    I'm really pleased with the results people are reporting with using the audios. Once people commit to themselves to change, the possibilities are beautifully endless.

    I'm grateful of the mention @Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    30/06/2017 #15 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #9 Numbers, a letter, colors, a shape..... The power that I want to make sure doesn't escape anyone is that we can chose whatever message we need to hear and devise a strategy for using any sort of simple, sure to be repeated cue, out in the world, as a tool for bringing our focus to the exact words we need to hear to heal, create, achieve, or simply be.

    Guaranteed, our subconscious will take over, that is its job. To consciously direct change, we need all the supporting tools we can find.

    Including using audios like you have created, @Tricia Mitchell, to reprogram the subconscious mind.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    30/06/2017 #14 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #8 Thank you for such a tremendous compliment, @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. I hadn't quite elucidated it for myself, before, but as much as I am a philosopher, I don't write simply to generate thought. I write to stimulate the pairing of thoughts and emotions, in a uniquely insightful way.

    I am grateful for your words for they are buoying my energy of possibility!
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    30/06/2017 #13 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #7 So profoundly true, Pascal. The mind in motion is calmer and more likely to fire in a completely new way.
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    30/06/2017 #12 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    "This is the crucial part, the lesson that just keeps arriving. Which is, well, we never arrive. We never arrive at a destination of mind. Our mind is always on a roadtrip. "

    I envy you your insight. I wish I had more time to spend with you when you were here. I never got to know the "real" Deb with our one encounter. I learn more about you in your writings.
    Sara Jacobovici
    30/06/2017 #11 Sara Jacobovici
    @Deb 🐝 Helfrich writes, "for thoughts to be actively effective they must circulate through the world, into other peoples minds and hearts and souls." I am proud to add to the circulation of her thoughts. A must read.
    Sara Jacobovici
    30/06/2017 #10 Sara Jacobovici
    Boy am I grateful to @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee for bringing my attention to your buzz @Deb 🐝 Helfrich. I would have been very upset to have missed reading it. You're awesome Deb! And I'm not saying that because I share in the number experience and am not embarrassed to mention it in public. the whole field of mathematics, the abstract language of numbers and more, is something that I am trying to learn more about and each time I learn something it reinforces the awe. And this is what you do so well Deb. You are self-reflective, insightful, intelligent and awe inspiring. All the power to you. Just remember, because, "Our mind is always on a roadtrip. Every single waking moment. ", we need to make sure we sleep properly. It's part of my healing experience.

    The whole piece flows perfectly and taking something out of context is not a great idea, but I wanted to highlight the very human process you describe: "I lost myself in regret a few times. I battled impatience more times than I could count. I grieved for past time unaware..." Most importantly, you brought your awareness of this process to the present and in this way are making a difference for your future. Wishing you continued success Deb!
    Tricia Mitchell
    30/06/2017 #9 Tricia Mitchell
    I'm reading this @Deb 🐝 Helfrich The way you anchored those intense feelings. The repeated numbers, some would say that they are angel numbers, containing messages they wish to convey to you e.g. http://sacredscribes.blogspot.co.uk/p/angel-numbers.html Others would say you've trained your Recticular Activating System to pay attention to that which you've focused on.

    "This is the crucial part, the lesson that just keeps arriving. Which is, well, we never arrive." There's so many nuggets in here and I love your driving metaphor. So well explained how the mind is a mental cage.

    I love your tenacity and courage to face your future dancing through the freedom within and without.

    I look forward to seeing how your new business venture unfolds, connecting with the hearts and souls of those who need your expertise to get their message and work out into the world.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    30/06/2017 #8 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    @Deb 🐝 Helfrich- this is a great buzz and you really stirred my heart and emotions while reading it. It has so many deep meanings and it is hard for me to pick one. Examples include:
    "I am being confronted, daily, right now, with how much I built a cage around what is possible. And the only way out of these patterns of mind, is to, well shut down my mind. In order to let the dancing flow. Let the playing emerge". Great meanings in stating "Let the playing emerge". Good heavens and many of us have thought about playing this way? Deb- please expand on this one in a buzz
    "I cannot easily describe the energy of possibility I generated within myself"- I love your use of the energy of possibility and this is a buzz on its own.

    "And then there is driving while present. Living while present". I gave in my last buzz an example of a driver blinking for a second and what the cost of this second could be. Yes, we have to be living while present; else it could turn into ?dying or crushing while present.
    I shared this very enlightening buzz because you aren't the author Deb; I shared it because you wrote one of the most importantly buzz. @Sara Jacobovici- I know you shall enjoy it.
    Pascal Derrien
    30/06/2017 #7 Pascal Derrien
    it is fascinating how the mind functions when in motion :-) @Deb 🐝 Helfrich and it works every time
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    30/06/2017 #6 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #4 I'm so glad you pulled out the wisdom in your comment, @Joel Anderson

    And I will keep driving, writing, and dancing to my own tune.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    29/06/2017 #5 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #1 "but the possibility of presence begins with the gift of awakening whole" Such a marvelous way to underline my key point, @CityVP 🐝 Manjit.

    Awakening to the present is a capacity we have even after irreversible damage. We continue to bear the scars, but we don't have to choose our actions in this moment, as a scarred person. And that is often what travel unlocks for us, an environment where no one else continuously points out our scars. And from this pause of the story of our lives, we can awaken whole.
    Joel Anderson
    29/06/2017 #4 Joel Anderson
    @Deb 🐝 Helfrich Oh my goodness. Thank you for the dedication. I am truly humbled by your act of genuine kindness and the insights from this post.

    "...I need to challenge myself to do more with my thinking equipment. I find meaning and joy in the simple exercise of my thinking equipment. This is the crucial part, the lesson that just keeps arriving. Which is, well, we never arrive. We never arrive at a destination of mind. Our mind is always on a roadtrip."

    Drive on and keep making a difference. The joy of the journey (aka "roadtrip") and the dance to enlightenment. Despite the challenges, despite the hardships it is a journey well worth taking. In opening our minds, it is not a static undertaking rather an ongoing continual activity of movement, action, change and discovery. Well done, indeed
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    29/06/2017 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Imagine waking up being whole, not feeling whole but being whole. Then begins the process of thinking and this draws out the hammer of memory and in that brief moment of wholeness, memory makes all one's life's fractures appear.

    The extent of brokenness can be extreme and sometimes the damage irreversible but the possibility of presence begins with the gift of awakening whole. Whole includes the scars and not an air-brushed version of whole.

    Driving I do agree takes us to new places, which is the same as waking up being whole - for what is this awakening if it is not a mind capable of embracing the NEW.

    For 7000 miles when one has left the place where the volcanoes of memory create the greatest heat to encounter the new and sometimes in that journey, we view actual ground that is undisturbed and virgin to the machinery of society - and the air is fresh and even the memories are new because our senses are birthing new mind, spirit & body.

    So travel does a great service of opening up our perspective and in embracing this journey renewing our spirit as long as we welcome this travel as a blessing. Equally a strange place where our being is replaced by space is where people can feel lost and that is the difference between entering the strange and entering the new.

    The moment we enter the new - in that PRESENCE we shall find that we have entered as a whole being found in that presence. The challenge is how we renew ourselves rather than our being reflect prior journeys of being lost. The travel here is an account of being found.
  2. Simon Paul

    Simon Paul

    Have you ever longed to go back to the same place?
    Simon Paul
    Stari Grad
    niume.com Stari Grad, meaning 'old town' is located on the Western side of the island of Hvar in the Adriatic.It's current name befits that fact that it is the oldest town in Croatia, dating from 384 BC, the same year that Aristotle was born. The town's...
  3. Nawab Ahmad

    Nawab Ahmad

    Swimming with the Fishes, an underwater expedition at Charna Island
    Nawab Ahmad
    Swimming with the Fishes, an underwater expedition at Charna Island
    www.bebee.com "Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore." – Andre Gide Date: 13th November, 2016 As a travelling...
  4. Nawab Ahmad

    Nawab Ahmad

    Day 2: Saiful Muluk Lake (Naran)
    Nawab Ahmad
    Day 2: Saiful Muluk Lake (Naran)
    www.bebee.com From South End to North End of Pakistan, Karachi to Khunjerab [-12ft to 16,200ft] Day 2: Saiful Muluk Lake (Naran) Date: 16th September 2015 Naran...
  5. Nawab Ahmad

    Nawab Ahmad

    Nawab Ahmad
    From South End to North End of Pakistan, Karachi to Khunjerab [-12ft to 16,200ft]
    www.bebee.com Travel log of approximately 3000 KM Journey with my family from Karachi to Khunjerab, The South End of Pakistan to the North End. The beautiful...
  6. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    Ten Things You Should Consider Before You Decide to Become A Travel Writer.
    Ten Things You Should Consider Before You Decide to Become A Travel Writer.I read somewhere recently that Mick Jagger and Cate Blanchette were once asked what other profession they would of pursued ifΒ they hadn’t done what they currently do. Without any hesitation both answered, β€œ We would have been travel...


    Paul Walters
    02/03/2017 #40 Paul Walters
    #37 @Robert Cormack Thanks for stopping by Robert. Travel has been my 'passion' since I first 'set off' at age 16 and really I have never really stopped ! i guess I have been fortunate to have lived my life this way . So much to see....so little time!!
    Paul Walters
    01/03/2017 #39 Paul Walters
    #38 @Randy Keho I bet ....on my way!!!!
    Randy Keho
    01/03/2017 #38 Randy Keho
    We have a different definition for fixer where I come from. If you ever travel to Chicago, I'll introduce you to one.
    Robert Cormack
    01/03/2017 #37 Robert Cormack
    Good piece, @Paul Walters. One of the things I've noticed about travel writers over the years is they're passionate about travel. The good ones, anyway. Passion seems to exude in a piece, bringing that excitement to the words and the information. To just say "it's a good gig" won't make you a travel writer. Passion is everything. Thanks for the post.
    Paul Walters
    09/09/2016 #36 Paul Walters
    #35 Thank you @Lindsay EmBree Gilis are as you say far away even though they are no longer the 'hidden gems' but one must take from them what one needs !
    Lindsay EmBree
    09/09/2016 #35 Lindsay EmBree
    #34 I was in Bali a few years ago and loved it! I didn't make it to the island you wrote about but did go to the Gili Islands. I certainly wasn't alone on the island but I felt very... far away from everything. It was great and a little strange all at once. I'll be sure to read your posts as a part of my studies.
    Paul Walters
    09/09/2016 #34 Paul Walters
    thank you @ Lindsay Embree much appreciated. I write for several travel journals and once published I now post them to this wonderful site beBEE. My latest piece ( published today) is all about a small island off the coast of Bali. Enjoy!
    Lindsay EmBree
    09/09/2016 #33 Lindsay EmBree
    I loved reading your article! It is great to read about the possibilities and think there is hope for a career change. The tips were great, and I will keep them in mind. Can't wait to read more :).
    Paul Walters
    09/09/2016 #32 Paul Walters
    #30 Thank you @John White, MBA much appreciated
    John White, MBA
    08/09/2016 #30 John White, MBA
    Congrats on a buzzworthy post, @Paul Walters. The bees and I have promoted it to beBee's social media pages (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook).
    Yogesh Sukal
    08/09/2016 #29 Yogesh Sukal
    Good one, Thank you for this read paul
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    08/09/2016 #28 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    Life does impose on us all, @Ken Boddie, but I feel like travel is this little bubble in which we can break free from who we have to be in the context of our lives, so that we can re-invent ourselves into the next phase.

    If travel does nothing else, it can remind us that there are so many, many varieties beyond the standard commute and cubicle route to livelihood.
    Ken Boddie
    08/09/2016 #27 Ken Boddie
    #5 This is an impossible question, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, for a lady to ask a gentleman, especially since I am aging so disgracefully. In my case, however, the transition from 'Casanova' to 'scribble-over' (refer #2 below) has been imposed upon me by old age rather than wisdom, fueled by a receding hairline and a grizzly grey metamorphosis.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    08/09/2016 #26 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #23 I vote for you @Paul Walters!!
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    08/09/2016 #25 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #24 Am sure it is Paul. How does one go about finding one quickly?
    Paul Walters
    08/09/2016 #24 Paul Walters
    #19 thanks @Praveen Raj Gullepalli finding fixers isn't that hard ...finding good ones is the challenge !
    Paul Walters
    08/09/2016 #23 Paul Walters
    #20 Thanks @Deb 🐝 Helfrich good idea.... pick me, pick me!!
    Paul Walters
    08/09/2016 #22 Paul Walters
    #18 Thanks @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher you're a gem!!!
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    08/09/2016 #21 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #20 wow great thought @Deb 🐝 Helfrich...building a support community hive that way! Am sure some local writers would prove great Fixers too ;)
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    08/09/2016 #20 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #19 Maybe we need a Fixer hive, @Praveen Raj Gullepalli.... that'll be a great little side earner for a service available on beBee!
  7. ProducerDeepak Patel

    Deepak Patel

    Plan Your Trip To Jaisalmer This Season For A Marvelous Travel Experience
    Plan Your Trip To Jaisalmer This Season For A Marvelous Travel ExperienceIf you love to visit the place of historical importance in India and looking for a prominent site with untouched historical beauty, Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is a place of interest for historians; it offers you a wonderful trip and spirit to live. Here...


    Deepak Patel
    23/08/2016 #2 Deepak Patel
    #1 @Catalina Serrano Thank for your feedback on my post. Yeah, Jaisalmer is awesome city to explore for one who interested in know more about the India tradition & culture.​
    Catalina Serrano
    18/08/2016 #1 Catalina Serrano
    Thanks for sharing that post! I loved Jaisalmer, the golden city, an also the safaris with camels on the desert!
  8. Karolina Patryk

    Karolina Patryk

    Did you know that caning is a popular punishment in Malaysia? CLICK to read more interesting facts about this country:
    Karolina Patryk
    Malaysia interesting facts – 10 fun facts you didn't know about!
    karolinapatryk.com Malaysia interesting facts. Fun facts you didn't know about Malaysia! What is special and unusual about this...


    William Davis
    24/06/2016 #1 William Davis
    Interesting facts! The one about the ringgit being called dollar makes me curious.
  9. ProducerPurnima Menon

    Purnima Menon

    My Knights in Shining Spanners!
    My Knights in Shining Spanners!It was a moonlit night many moons ago, as Dad & I were driving back from a late night program in New Delhi. It was getting to be really late, I was driving through a particularly lonely patch of the road, not very safe, and the traffic was...


    Ken Boddie
    20/06/2016 #2 Ken Boddie
    These are the stories that maintain faith in mankind, @Purnima Menon . Bad day, good knight! πŸ˜„
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    20/06/2016 #1 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    @Purnima Menon, It is good to remember your blessings. Thank you for sharing.
  10. ProducerDean Owen

    Dean Owen

    Bucket List Destination  -  The Land of the Thunder Dragon
    Bucket List Destination - The Land of the Thunder DragonNestled in the South East Himalayas rather uncomfortably between China to the North and India to the South lies a Kingdom relatively untouched by modern society. With a population estimated at just over 750,000, Bhutan occupies a land area of...


    Dean Owen
    14/08/2016 #12 Dean Owen
    #11 Thanks for stopping by @Savvy Raj. Much appreciate the comment.
    Savvy Raj
    13/08/2016 #11 Savvy Raj
    Very insightful post with some great tips thrown in. Thank you for the insider view of this fascinating country @Dean Owen
    Catalina Serrano
    16/06/2016 #10 Catalina Serrano
    It looks like a very nice destination, fantastic history and very cool pictures Dean!!!
    Dean Owen
    16/06/2016 #9 Dean Owen
    #8 Thanks James. Like I say, not easy to get to, but well worth it.
    James McElearney
    15/06/2016 #8 James McElearney
    Wow @Dean Owen, those pictures are incredible! You make Bhutan sound an amazing place. Really hope I get to see these sights one day
    Dean Owen
    15/06/2016 #7 Dean Owen
    Thanks for sharing @Oliver Moloney!
    Gerald Hecht
    15/06/2016 #6 Gerald Hecht
    @Dean Owen whoa! Thank you for sharing this!
    Dean Owen
    15/06/2016 #5 Dean Owen
    #4 Yes that picture brings back such good memories of a fun day. Those kids have nothing. They walk 2 hours to school on dangerous mountain roads. Their toilets are holes in the ground. But they were so happy, always smiling. Thanks "Cat"
    Dean Owen
    15/06/2016 #3 Dean Owen
    #2 I do hope you have the chance to go one day "Cat". Not easy to get to, but worth it. Yes, that is me, and did you spot me at the back of the classroom (when the teacher walked in) :)
    NoΓ«l De Castro
    15/04/2016 #1 Anonymous
  11. Karolina Patryk

    Karolina Patryk

    Okay, after almost 3 years of traveling we got really tired of hearing that 'Poland' is actually 'Holland' or that we speak Russian. WHY OUR HOMELAND IS SO UNDERRATED?

    We wrote a self-promotional post about the beauty of our country. Poland is literally the best place in Europe. Check out why:
    Karolina Patryk
    Travel Poland. 10 reasons you should visit Poland!
    karolinapatryk.com Travel Poland. 10 reasons you should visit Poland! Why it is the most beautiful and the most underrated country in the...
  12. Karolina Patryk

    Karolina Patryk

    The ultimate guide to Beijing
    Karolina Patryk
    Beijing guide - top 10 tourist attractions in Beijing!
    karolinapatryk.com Beijing guide - top 10 tourist attractions in Beijing! Things to do in capital of China. Best travel tips for visiting...


    Kimberly Lewis
    09/06/2016 #2 Kimberly Lewis
    This one looks like such an adventure @Karolina Patryk and the tips are great! It is a fact that Beijing has a terrible reputation when it comes to traffic and everyplace being so crowded so than you for clarifying. That Summer Palace looks like heaven!
    Michelle Wright
    09/06/2016 #1 Michelle Wright
    For any of us wishing to visit China, @Karolina Patryk has put together ane expensive tourist guide to Beijing.
  13. Karolina Patryk

    Karolina Patryk

    China is definitely one of the most fascinating lands we have visited. Did you know that China is the owner of all pandas in the world?
    CLICK to read more interesting facts about this country:
    Karolina Patryk
    China interesting facts – 20 fun facts you didn't know about!
    karolinapatryk.com China interesting facts – 20 fun facts you didn't know about! What is surprising about People's Republic of...
  14. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    When Settling Into A New House Can Sometimes Involve Inhaling The Neighbours!
    When Settling Into A New House Can Sometimes Involve Inhaling The Neighbours!A few years ago we decided to leave the familiar behind and settle in a new country, Indonesia. We chose the island of Bali and so far so good, Β we feel truly blessed. For me it allows uninterrupted periods of complete sloth while I attempt to...


    Randall Burns
    12/03/2017 #18 Randall Burns
    HaHa! great post, I love Bali, it is a fantastic, magical place and yes, I think the right perspective is to think that you are "blessed".
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    04/02/2017 #17 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Great post, great house, great locale. I just hope "tinkling fountains" describes the sound they make, not what one does in them. (heheheheh)
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    04/02/2017 #16 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Don't quite know how to respond to this post Paul...:-) Inhaling your neighbor! Now that's an entirely new take on being neighborly. UGH! Though some culture do (or did, don't know the status of cannibalism these days) believe that 'taking in' another passes their strength to you. At 2 to 3 a week, you should have the strength of the Incredible Hulk by now! I would just turn green. hahaha
    Paul Walters
    18/01/2017 #15 Paul Walters
    @Ian Weinberg sorry, have to put my reply into context ...just read your piece on death !!!
    Ian Weinberg
    18/01/2017 #14 Ian Weinberg
    Great piece. Thanks for that @Paul Walters . Best wishes from 'Dr Death' https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ian-weinberg/on-the-matter-of-death
    Paul Walters
    18/01/2017 #13 Paul Walters
    #12 Always welcome for a visit @Jim Murray The slacker bit is a myth . The weather here is always warm ( read hot) , the beers always cold , and we have heaps of room !
    Jim Murray
    18/01/2017 #12 Jim Murray
    So really are a writer. I was convinced you are a world class slacker. Just goes to show you how wrong you can be sometimes.
    Cheers, jim (from my new house, not in Bali, dammit)
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    31/05/2016 #11 Don 🐝 Kerr
    Brilliant perspective.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    31/05/2016 #10 Don 🐝 Kerr
    What a lovely perspective @Paul Walters Thanks for this.
    Paul Walters
    31/05/2016 #9 Paul Walters
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    Catalina Serrano
    30/05/2016 #8 Catalina Serrano
    I only saw the cremations in India, but never in Indonesia. Are they still happening next to your house? That's a great story, I guess you felt a little weird, but now you have another story to talk about. Fantastic house and, as @Ken Boddie View more
    I only saw the cremations in India, but never in Indonesia. Are they still happening next to your house? That's a great story, I guess you felt a little weird, but now you have another story to talk about. Fantastic house and, as @Ken Boddie says, a good place to find inspiration! (Because you are living in Sanur and not in Kuta, right?) Close
    Ken Boddie
    30/05/2016 #7 Ken Boddie
    Ah, the smell of the Orient?!? πŸ™Š I had the good fortune to marry an Indonesian lady and am therefore a regular visitor to the Spice Islands and occasionally Bali. I hope you have settled well into the Indonesian lifestyle and have come to accept the often proffered "besok 'aja, Tuan", which, for the benefit of other readers, can too often mean "why do today what you can put off until tomorrow". πŸ˜‰ I also hope that you have not settled too close to where too many of my fellow Australians, unfortunately, tend to behave badly on a regular basis, with little or no thought for local culture. I wish you inspiration for your writing, and, surrounded by an island of natural craftsmen and artists, how can you not be, mas Paul?
    Oliver Moloney
    30/05/2016 #6 Oliver Moloney
    There's a story in there in itself! I can see it now - 'A breath of fresh heir' some people are born into royalty, others inhale the prince's ashes. Great post!
    Oliver Moloney
    30/05/2016 #5 Oliver Moloney
    When a breath of fresh air includes the neighbours, you know you're in for an interesting stay!
    Pascal Derrien
    30/05/2016 #4 Pascal Derrien
    I did not se it coming what a story (what a house too) :-)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    30/05/2016 #3 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    @Paul Walters, your home looks beautiful. As for the ashes you literally inhaled, you now have a soulmate for life. I'm not sure if I'd want to meet my soulmate in that manner, especially if it was sneaking into my nose and being inhaled into my lungs. ;)) It sounds quite festive outside your front door even though they are celebrating a loss.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    30/05/2016 #2 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    @Paul Walters when you confessed ''so far so good'', i presumed the next thing you'd say would be something akin to Wakin up the Neighbours (Bryan Adams surely wouldn't mind that reference ;) ...fitting in with the moving in bit. But hey what you described after that unobtrusive intro is a macabre tale! You are breathing in the neighbors! Takes me back to years ago when I had to commute through a lane adjoining a cemetery/crematorium. I know that barbecue on the spit smell only too well. Believe me, I used to hold my breath (for a good 3 minutes) until I passed the overhanging miasma of fire-consumed flesh and then gasp for clean air. No offence to the dear departed, but nothing should tarnish their memory of their vanishing into air, not even this experience of smelling them or inhaling them as you put it, as they forever go, leaving behind a trail of smoke and grease. Electric units for disposing the dead ought to be adopted more, saving wood, fuel and the atmosphere from that added effluence. Talking of afterlife, I hail from a family whose ancestors believed in burying their dead, sitting up or tied into a foetal position in a wicker basket and lowered into the womb of Mother Earth just that way. Symbolic yes. Non-polluting too. But somewhere down the line things changed, and in these days for those in my community, life is a trial by fire (literally) even after! That said and conveyed, your ''olfactories'' dear Sir, have earned my respect! :)
    Dean Owen
    30/05/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    Bali is very much a part of you now - literally! Love this story!
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    Paul Walters

    And This Years Award For Outstanding Bureaucracy goes to…….
    And This Years Award For Outstanding Bureaucracy goes to…….It is that time of year once again when Indonesian law compels me to renew my Kitas (visa). This vital, credit card sized document is actually the only thing that secures my, I have to say, rather idyllic lifestyle on the island of Bali. Without...


    Gert Scholtz
    10/03/2017 #13 Gert Scholtz
    @Paul Walters You make a bureaucratic office a carnival of fun. Love β€œthe quo that lost its status”. Good one Paul!
    Paul Walters
    10/03/2017 #12 Paul Walters
    Given that a year has passed since I wrote my FIRST post for beBEE I thought it prudent to re run the piece as I have just this minute returned from the dreaded ministry of IMMIGRASI !!!
    Paul Walters
    23/06/2016 #11 Paul Walters
    #10 Thanks @Brian McKenzie Having lived in several countries its the same everywhere. I guess grin and bear it and if possible learn the language...and thats another story
    Brian McKenzie
    23/06/2016 #10 Brian McKenzie
    I was only supposed to be in Ukraine for 90 days, and then exit the country; and come back in - after the first round of this - the hostilities heated up - and leaving / getting back in, became out of the question. I had heard upon exit that there would be a huge fine. My friend paid close to 5k to get out...... I sat with a Customs Official for an hour before they let me off - and out - scott free. * It helps if you speak the local language. ;) And yes - I hate the Visa process too, but clearly there must be some way to keep the riff and the raff out {Of course what is in the US is pure window dressing on idiocy}
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    09/05/2016 #9 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Thanks for the chuckle, Paul Vinccent Walters. It could have been worse. The card could have read Walter Paul Vinccent...LOL
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    09/05/2016 #4 Javier 🐝 beBee
    Welcome to beBee !
    Juan Imaz
    09/05/2016 #3 Juan Imaz
    Welcome to beBee @Paul Walters!
    Ken Boddie
    08/05/2016 #2 Ken Boddie
    Pelan pelan, tuan. πŸ˜€ Tunggu sebentar lagi. 😴 πŸ’€
    Dean Owen
    08/05/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    Ohh the joys of being an expat. That whole process is worse than China. Is it the same process on Java or unique to paradise central? I have always loved Bali, been going now for 25 odd years. Loving it less now what with Planet Hollywoods, Carrefours and the Starbucks invasion, not to mention the traffic from Ubud to Jimbaran Bay. I here there is a small but budding startup scene developing in Bali, with high speed internet etc. Any perspectives on that? Thanks!