The Soul and Spirit of Indonesia – A David Metcalfe Exhibition

The Soul and Spirit of Indonesia - A David Metcalfe Exhibition

No one can deny the world’s largest archipelago is indeed incredible, however few have captured the sheer beauty of this country and the diversity of its populace than long term Bali resident and internationally acclaimed photographer, David Metcalfe. ‘Dayak Dave’ as he is affectionately known due to his continuous efforts to preserve the culture of indigenous Indonesian tribes such as the Dayaks in Kalimantan, has been a resident on the island for over 9 years. During this time he has travelled extensively throughout the country, his photographs providing a visual travel journal for those of us yet to discover the true extent of this nation’s heterogeneity.

An accomplished writer, he has already produced three books on Bali, Borneo and Indonesia and last year opened the Taksu Photo Gallery in Ubud. It’s a centre designed to bring photographers together from around the island and beyond to share their craft and learn from one another.

The Canggu Club and Bistro C Bali are honoured to have the opportunity to host the official opening of David’s newest photographic exhibition – The Soul and Spirit of Indonesia from 5pm on Sunday November 27th. Join them for a unique photographic journey through Indonesia and hear a personal account of David’s travels over the past ten years throughout some lesser known areas of the archipelago. David will also provide commentary on a few of his favourite images from this new collection.

This is a free event commencing from 5pm at The Canggu Club. Make an evening of it with traditional Sunday roast available from Bistro C and live music providing entertainment from 5.30pm onwards. Canggu Club Gold, Platinum and Silver Cardholders are eligible for 50% off food and beverages from 5pm and kids are also welcome with a free movie screening in the air conditioned Kozy Kids room from 6pm.

Presentation of David’s new exhibition will commence from 7pm, at which point he will lead discussion about some of the key photographs from the exhibition then open the floor to invite any questions from the guests. This is a unique opportunity to speak with David about his extensive travels throughout Indonesia and to purchase a Metcalfe original from his latest exhibition along with a few photographs on offer for this particular evening only.

In an effort to continue his fundraising efforts for some of the programs David is supporting in Kalimantan, such as the establishment of a floating library and Dayak teacher training at Bali’s Pelangi School, The Canggu Club will be auctioning off a few of David’s prize pieces. Other items will be raffled on the night and David will also have a supply of his books, cards and 2017 calendars available for purchase. Now there’s a great idea for a Christmas gift! Raffles and auctions will take place at 8.30pm, proceeds going in full to these incredible ongoing initiatives in Kalimantan.

This promises to be an exciting, entertaining and culturally rich evening and one not to be missed. Subsequent to the evening’s official launch of the new exhibition, works from The Soul and Spirit of Indonesia will remain on display at The Canggu Club for a predetermined period and are also available for sale. For any further details about the evening, please go to the website:

Bali Barong Swim Team Brings Home the Medals

Despite being in their infancy, Bali’s newest junior swim team is already enjoying considerable success in the pool! The Bali Barongs is a team formed by trainer Luisa Striani and keen swim school students from the Junior Sports Academy. Though it may only boast minimal numbers at this stage, their recent results at the last two national meets indicate there are even bigger things yet to come!

Participation from a small contingent of the team at a recent meet in Yogyakarta on October 22nd and 23rd produced outstanding results including 3 gold medals, 2 silver and 2 bronze! Congratulations must go to Eva and Laura Pet and Claire Joy Forrer for their incredible performances throughout the event.

Just over 2 weeks ago, another group of hopefuls made the trek to Jakarta to take part in second meet, some of them competing on a national level for the very first time! Perseverance, training and a positive attitude clearly paid off for youngster, Olivia Kerr Muir who, participating in her first ever swim meet secured 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.

Esdra Setianto, Cooper Todd (1 Bronze medal) Alexander Renwich and Rogan Pinto all produced sensational performances with Laura Pet securing a silver and a bronze and Claire Joy Forrer taking home an incredible 5 gold and 3 silver, the third best female for her age group in the competition.

Second in her age group for the meet was 18 year old Eva Pet, a recent student of Canggu Community School. Now graduated, she is currently enjoying a gap year and is focusing intently on training to secure a scholarship for study in the United States. Clearly the hard work is paying dividends as her performances in the pool have already caught the eye of a number of college scouts from the US. The talented 18 year old also brought home a swag of medals from the event, adding 3 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze to her trophy cabinet!

Performances by the team on the whole were outstanding with everyone posting new personal bests for the meet! Irrespective of the small amount of competitors, (the Bali Barongs team formed only recently) they still managed to achieve 6th ranking in the competition and look set to be a force to be reckoned with for the future!

The Bali Barongs is looking for new members to join this already successful team! Everyone is welcome and training is on every day for every level at The Canggu Club pool. With the inter school swimming carnival fast approaching, it’s time to kick your training up a notch to see success in the water. Being part of a team like Bali Barongs means making new friends, building strength, success and camaraderie. Get your cozzie on and get ready to join this winning team in the pool!

With another meet scheduled for November 26th and 27th, I’m sure this is just the beginning for this talented group of swimmers. Stay tuned……..from little things, big things grow! For more information regarding the Bali Barong swim team, email Luisa Striani: or email the Junior Sports Academy team on:

Time to Tidy and Tone Before the Festive Season


Dare I say it, Christmas is only a little over two months away and soon will begin the endless round of parties, cocktail evenings and festive season events. It’s time to take advantage of the amazing range of treatments on offer at Body Temple Bali to ensure you will look fabulous as a precursor to party season. Their range of November specials have top to toe pampering completely covered!

Starting at the top and working our way down, check out Body Temple Bali’s Organic Smoothing Hair Treatment. Perfect for long locks that have become a little frizzed and fried by our island’s sun, surf and seriously hard water, this treatment will leave your hair smooth, straight and impossibly shiny for just Rp525K++. Starting with a professional consultation to survey the damage and decide on a the best course of action to repair your hair. The treatment includes a shampoo followed by an organic oil moisturising treatment (no nasty chemicals here!) a vitamin shot and blow dry with smoothing finish. Result? Spectacularly straight and with a super shine!

Moving a little further South, smooth out a few of those unwanted wrinkles with their Face and Body Tightening Package. Who doesn’t want smoother skin without having to resort to needles or surgery! This two and a half hour treatment helps to gently tighten the skin resulting in a gentle smoothing effect that will leave you feeling revitalised and youthful. Begin your pamper session with a one hour coffee & mint scrub and wrap that smells so scrumptious you’ll be tempted to ask for a taste! This is followed by 90 minutes of bliss with the Themae Original Beauty Facial. An indulgent experience, consisting of a gentle cleanse, exfoliation and steam, followed by a facial massage involving nouat naa, a traditional Thai technique focusing on facial stimulotherapy. That’s two and a half hours of pampered bliss for only Rp900K++ At that price I might just book two!
Now It would be remiss of me not to mention Body Temple Spa’s special offer for a little lower down…… Never fear, they’ve not forgotten about your legs, tootsies or toes. After all, these guys get the biggest workout of all! Much more than a pampering pedi, the Ultimate Feet Treat incorporates a half leg wax, thirty minute foot massage and a splash of colour to finish off with a coat of OPI Polish for sparkling toes.

November’s specials at Body Temple Bali leave you with no excuses not too look your best for the upcoming social season. No day pass is needed to make an appointment at Body Temple Bali. Simply contact them to make an appointment on
+62 361 4741019 or +62 361 8483939 or see the staff at Canggu Club reception and they will escort you to the spa. For the full range of their luxurious treatments visit the website November is time to treat yourself. After all, Santa is just around the corner!

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How High Can You Jump?


It’s time to take those trampoline tricks and tumble turns to a whole new level. Gymnastics coach, gold medal gymnast and trampolinist and trainer to Cirque du Soleil and Nirtro Circus, Greg Roe is returning to Bali later this month to conduct another trampoline training camp right here at Bounce Bali.

His high level of trampolining skill is almost unparalleled throughout the world and his workshops offer his unique brand of coaching to support kids to be their best. With a background in gymnastics from an early age, Roe focuses on form and technique in order to minimalise the risk of injury. He maintains the importance of building the correct skills from the outset so that students have a solid base from which they can develop their acrobatic skills, gaining even more height to their jumps and adding extra twists and turns safely.

The training weekend is scheduled over three days from Friday November 25th until Sunday November 27th inclusively. The camp will include training and coaching sessions, physiology, psychology, risks and biomechanics of acrobatics and tricks, athlete development and nutrition.

Held in the entirely safe and secure environment of Bounce Trampoline Centre, coaches and staff will help all trick progressions ensuring safety and peace of mind.

Sessions run from 9am until 5pm daily and all levels are welcome to join in the workshops. Participants have the opportunity to attend just one or all three of the days as well as a ‘sleepover’ at Bounce Bali on the Saturday evening, complete with bowling and pizza party at Strike Bowling to really get into the spirit of an athlete’s training camp! The sleepover is fully supervised by Roe and the trained team from Bounce. Kids can attend the sleepover only without having to participate in the sessions and there are meal packages available throughout the weekend for everyone to refuel and refresh. Following the camp there will be a Bounce Freestyle Competition on November 28th which is free for all camp participants (Rp200K for non campers) and an opportunity to showcase all of the new tricks and skills participants have learnt throughout their intensive training sessions!

In addition to the group workshops on offer, Greg Roe is also available for hourly private trampolining tuition classes. Running on alternate dates to the camp lessons can be booked from November 22nd -24th and again on the 28th. Private tuition is Rp1.200,000++ per hour and you can book for more than one hour at a time if you wish.

After the success of his last trampoline weekend at Bounce, this training camp is sure to be an even more popular event, especially considering the recent renovations at Bounce Bali. Following a brief closure last month for a mini overhaul, the island’s only indoor trampoline centre has reopened with even better facilities than before! Replacing the foam landing pit is a brand new air bag offering an even safer and more hygienic landing platform. Two more elite tramps have also been added in addition to an extra vertical running wall! With these new features already in place there’ll be further opportunity to test out new tricks and tumbles during the training weekend!

Trampolining is somewhat of an extreme sport. In an effort to maintain safe training practices, spaces for the camp must be limited and, based on the popularity of the previous camp, spots will fill fast. To register for camp sessions and to find out more about the additional packages available throughout the weekend, contact the team at Bounce Bali Reception or book online at: Don’t forget, Canggu Club members and JSA Gymnastics and Trampolining students enjoy 20% off camp tuition fees too!