Indonesian Arts and Crafts: A lesson in ugly Batik

Boiling wax and our 'Cantings'

Hot wax and wax pens

I have a weird obsession with wax. It stems from my love for candles which is a direct by-product of my love for the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. The unique thing about this festival beside the variety of great music, delicious food and friendly people is that at night the entire hill lights up by way of candlelight. Edmonton is often dragged through the mud, but I happen to think that the instance when darkness falls and candlelight starts to brighten the night sky is one of the most beautiful moments in the world.

My point to all of this is that when I was looking for things to do in Yogyakarta, I became intrigued at the idea of learning how to create art with the use of wax in the ancient Javanese tradition of Batik. Continue reading


5 Do’s and Don’ts of Angkor Wat

Ankor ruins can be fun!

Angkor ruins can be fun!

Ahhhh Angkor Wat. The worlds largest religious site and the most overwhelming and awesome part of Cambodia. My first trip was back in 2010 sans camera. I loved it then and I love it now, but it certainly has changed.Wooden steps and handrails are plentiful and restoration and construction are ever present as time takes its toll on the beautiful ruins. Exploring Angkor Wat and its surroundings can be a daunting task and I’ve made some mistakes. Here are some tips mostly on how not to do it. Continue reading