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The Feline Condition

Old Bro is 11 years old now. How many cats on this island live that long, especially ones born to die fast in arid squalor beside the Bypass Road on the way to Sanur, outside a nondescript cargo company warehouse? Not many people-or cats-live in entirely enclosed apartments in Bali, but this ginger glides between …

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A Social Visa For Long Stays In Bali, Indonesia: What You Need To Know

(UPDATED January 4, 2018: Please see the changes below for new requirements for getting an Indonesian Social visa aka Social Budaya in Bangkok: a Wage Freedom reader tells us that the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok requires 90 days to elapse between Social visas. I just called Ismail Hamdan’s office–see below, including his phone number–and as of …

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Indonesians do speak English

Do Indonesians Speak English?

Do They Speak English in Indonesia? Is it necessary to know Indonesian–Bahasa Indonesia–when you’re living in Bali or elsewhere in Indonesia, or can you get by just speaking English in Indonesia? Should you know some bahasa before you even arrive in Bali or elsewhere in Indonesia? I get variations of the question below a lot …

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move to asia

Considering Asia For A Work Break, Or Retirement? Take The ‘Move To Asia’ Test

Moving to Asia–especially tropical Southeast Asia–has never looked more attractive, either as a year-round or part-time option. A confluence of favorable circumstances today means a comfortable, healthy and interesting lifestyle awaits just about anyone looking for a change. If the biographies of the hundreds of expats I’ve met in Bali in the last 11+ years …

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