Published in Now! Jakarta, March 2009


Tante Betty Goes to Bali

Ubud in Bali has become Indonesia’s favourite town for book launches: the annual Ubud Readers’ and Writers’ Festival alone sees scores of book launches and readings.
Last month I helped celebrate the release of a collection of columns by this magazine’s regular writer, Made Wijaya. The venue was the colourful Warung Enak restaurant in Pengosekan, Ubud also designed by the author. Present were ‘Stranger’ enthusiasts from Bali, Jakarta and abroad.
The nice thing about Ubud events is the generous mix of people they attract: Indonesians and expats from all walks of life. And Made’s book ‘The Best of Stranger in Paradise 1996 – 2008’ is really about that too—unity in diversity (or ‘Adversity in Unison’ as he calls it).

Alistair Speirs, Nyoman Darsana, Erwin Indarto and Made Wijaya

Made Wijaya and Jamie James

Made Wijaya and Alistair Speirs

Ola Waworuntu, Akhmad Yani & Yaya Waworuntu

Bulantrisna Djelantik, Surya Djelantik and Roland Lickert

Jero Asri, Made Wijaya and Tjokorda Raka Kerthyasa

Vaughan Hatch (I Wayan Pon Semara) with his wife, Putu Evie Suyadnyani

Ni Komang Arnami and Agus Setiawan, the book’s art director

Nyoman Miyoga with his wife, Ni Ketut Ariani

Jero Asri and Rachel Greaves, the book’s editor

Made Wijaya and Pierre Poretti

Rio Helmi

Ngakan Apel, Made Wijaya and I Wayan Agustino

Puspadewi, Mangku Meme and Muliati

Dewa Juana and Bebek, the book’s illustrator

Mrs. Haryati, a director of Jakarta’s famous ‘Wayang Orang Bharata’ dance troupe

Mangku Meme (star of the Stranger in Paradise since 1979)

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