Mount Agung VOLCANO ERUPTION …. The “Big Fella” is a STAR

Our mighty Mount Agung continues to surprise us.

Living on the Island and documenting my feelings has certainly been an interesting exercise.

It’s hard to believe this is my 18th blog since my first live stream on the 24th September, 2017.

I tried to stop writing about “The Big Fella”…. (I wonder when I decided to call him that?), it is impossible though as he has enticed me hook, line and sinker.

Our Holy Gunung Agung is a powerful addictive drug and I am at his merci.

I am flattered that members on facebook groups are also using his nickname I coined affectionately “The Big Fella”.

Some argue that he is not a man, he is a woman.

Some argue that he just a bloody Volcano, why talk about him like he his is human? They may have a point, however I feel as though he is a man, just as the Balinese Hindu Religion believes he is the masculine Holy Mountain and that Mount Batur is a female because she is surrounded by water and is smaller in size.

Our man of the moment has woken us up and I am now sitting in front of the computer frantically searching, scanning, researching and seeking information.

In addition to Vlogging and hobbling beside Made (my toe is still not 100%) on our morning walks to take live footage of Mount Agung.

This week has been intense.

I believe most people here on the Island who have been following the progress closely believed our guy would have fully erupted by now. He has not.

Monday evening after scanning through my twitter feeds I discovered Mount Agung was the leading story on the The New York Times twitter feed.

I was so impressed I took a snapshot and posted it on my Instagram page.

The following morning I was sleuthing online when I discovered the source of the magnificent photograph the New York Times featured.

I also read on Made Nagi’s Instagram feed when a reporter from Reuters contacted him to ask permission to use the photograph.

What an instantaneous world we live in. I was so captivated by Made Nagi’s image which prompted me to write a caption. I felt as though Mount Agung was sending me a message.

Black and white, Hitam dan Putih, Saput Poleng, good and evil, truth and lies. I believe the answer we are looking for is hidden in our Mighty Mount Agung. Which side do you choose?

Black and white is significant in the Balinese Hindu Religion.

If you look around you will notice the black and white check cloth called Saput Poleng draped around temple, statues, trees and worn by people. The spiritual aspect of Saput Poleng signifies good and evil and somewhere in between.

The air we breathe is different now.

When Made admits there is a change in the air then I know it’s serious.

It was confronting looking at a visual of our beautiful Island covered in red when I read an article written by Earth Observatory.

I decided I should wear my mask more frequently, even on a cloudy day some satellites excel in detecting components in the atmosphere that are invisible to human eyes, such as sulfur dioxide (SO2).

I refuse to worry or give into fear, I was a smoker for years. I reckon my lungs can take toxins for a while.

I refuse to be vindicated for speaking the truth about how I feel living through this phenomenon on the most magical place on Earth.


The most magical photo I have seen of “The Big Fella”… a true Star Photo Credit  Kyle Kesterson

The seismic monitors have been going berserk, inside the Volcano a powerful cocktail of molten rocks, fluids and gases move from deep within the earth to the top.

We have seen spectacular photographs of images showing thick plumes of steam and ash being bleached out. I have been following Dr Janine Krippner who is a Volcanologist on twitter, her fabulous description of what is transpiring on the mountain has been reported worldwide this week.

Yesterday something else emerged, there have been reports of groans and noise coming from within the creator. We have also had reports of the earth moving unlike an Earthquake. A friend posted on facebook,

“OMG Just had a burst rumble from underneath, not like anything I have felt before. Like a pressure cooker lid blowing off”

Approximately 100,000 people have been directed to leave their homes and relocate to evacuation Centers.  Kopernik, Mount Agung Emergency response fund has been set up. Please give generously.

For up to date official warnings, please go to MAGMA Indonesia.

Bali’s only airport was closed. Then it was open. I cannot report on the status of the airport or flights, everything is at our fingertips now. The answer to these questions can be found out 24 hours a day online.

The only thing we cannot find is when our “Big Fella” the star on the worldwide stage will do his final performance.

As one of my friends reminded me, in 1963 Mount Agung took 12 months to fully erupt…. is this a mini series or an epic movie?

Stay tuned.

Blessings always

Sharon x


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After such a crazy week breaking a toe and having my teeth filed… yes I am serious, I had my teeth filed by a Balinese High Priest known as a Sulinggeh, in an epic 30 hour Metatah ceremony.

Here is a sneak peak before we talk about the “Big Fella” and his grandstanding in the last 24 hours.

We awake early every morning (it’s impossible to have a lazy Sunday when you live in a Balinese family compound).

I was scanning social media when I noticed a post by a friend on facebook, the caption read, “6am Bali time…. It’s pumping”.

The photographs and video footage was astonishing.


The images online were astonishing. Mount Agung Volcano Eruption, 25 November, 2017.  Photo credit via Facebook I Kadek Putra Yasa

I jumped out of bed trying to ignore my aching toe, I yelled out to Made to wait for me before he took off to walk our three dogs (did I mention we have another rescue mutt?). I needed to check out Mount Agung in reality.

I couldn’t quite believe it when I saw a huge plume of ash billowing high into the sky and spreading.

I was hobbling behind Made while I was trying to record on Instagram in addition to scanning updates online to reassure myself I wasn’t hallucinating.

Today has been sensational, almost surreal. It’s hard to believe after all this time our “Big Fella” is finally erupting.  Follow MAGMA Indonesia for official updates.

Most people want to know two things.

  1. Is Bali safe to visit?  I can confirm that according to a tweet by Mr Sutopo that Bali is Save… oops Safe outside the exclusion zone.  Sutopo2.jpg2 .Is the airport is open?

I can confirm that Bali’s only airport which is called the Ngurah Rai in Denpasar is open, however you will need to check with your airline as there is a tremendous amount of confusion about flight schedules.

I am not going to write about the technical details of our “Big Fella”, he is putting on a spectacular show.

Mount Agung is the star, the experts are busy analyzing data, observing and waiting.

I will sign off with a tweet by Mr Sutopo before I upload this blog.


Fire and light reddish on the smoke when the eruption of 25/11/2017 at 23:00: influenced by the lava is coming out of the crater of Mount Agung. Since last night is a magmatic eruption type continues to the present.

Let’s wait and see what the next exciting development may transpire in our extraordinary real life stage called Bali.

Blessings always,

Sharon x

 CAUTION MOUNT AGUNG, increased from ALERT STATUS TO CAUTION Mount Agung eruption continues to increase. The rate of eruption of the Great Volcano now rises from the phreatic to magmatic phase (since the observation of the fire at the peak at night on 25/11/2017 at 21:00 WITA.) Until today the magmatic phase eruption accompanied by constant thick ash of ash reaches a height of 2,000-3,400 meters from the peak . Continuous ash puffs are sometimes accompanied by explosive eruptions accompanied by a weak sound that sounds up to 12 km from the summit. The rays of fire are increasingly observed in the next night. This indicates the potential for a larger eruption is imminent. To anticipate all possibilities and risks of disaster, PVMBG has raised the status of Gunung Agung from Alert (level 3) to Awas (level 4) starting from 27/11/2017 at 06:00 WITA. Status Beware is the highest status in volcano status. Mount Agung observation post in Rendang sub-district of Karangasem Regency reported that the visual visuals of the mountains are clear. Cold-pressure crater smoke is observed in gray with a thick intensity and height of 2,500-3,000 m above the top of the crater. Observed eruption with 3000 m high and gray smoke color. Visible light rays. Non continuous harmonic tremor amplitudes 1 – 10 mm (dominant 1 – 2 mm). Communities around Mount Agung and climbers / visitors / tourists not to be on, do not climb and do not do any activity in the Danger Estimate Zone that is inside the crater area of ​​Mount Agung and in all areas within a radius of 8 km from the crater of G. Agung and added sectoral expansion to the North-Northeast and Southeast-South-Southwest as far as 10 km from the crater of G. Agung. Estimated Zone The dangers are dynamic and continuously evaluated and can be changed at any time following the most recent / latest Gunung Agung observation data. BNPB coordinates the national potential of TNI, Polri, Basarnas, Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Transportation, SOEs and others to assist the Local Government in handling eruption of Mount Agung. National Counseling Posts have been activated in Kabupaten Karangasem. BPBD together with other elements continue to perform emergency eruption of Mount Agung. People within a radius of 8 km and 10 km of expansion are urged to immediately evacuate in an orderly and calm manner. Some people have been self-evacuating since 25/11/2017 night following the eruption of Mount Agung. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho Head of Information Data and Public Relations Center of BNPB

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Bali Unseen

Repost from June, 2017

Okay so I am married to a Balinese man.

I live in a Balinese family compound, I live a blessed life. That is true, however my true fascination with Bali started long before I met Made.

How do I even begin to write a short article about my obsession with Bali.

Yes I have written about Bali in my memoir Scarlett Voices in the Shadows, although I have just skimmed the surface about my insatiable craving for this incredible Island.

I guess the best way to sum up my feelings at this point as I tip tap on the keyboard is to attempt writing a short fascinating, entertaining scribe about my feelings and Bali.  Although only one word sums it up:

“Niskala” the Balinese word for Unseen

Let me put it another way.  There is NO word. The addiction I have for Bali is unexplainable.   Off the top of my head here are a few examples that kind of gives you a picture.

Bali creates a feeling

Bali creates a knowing

Bali creates magic

Bali creates mystery

Bali creates fascination

This morning I felt elated after my morning walk, the natural beauty of my surrounds, the infectious smiles of the farmers in the rice field and the workers at the monkey forest.

I felt elated after witnessing what we thought were wolves in the forest.  I felt elated by the musical sounds coming from the monkeys, who were obviously as happy as we were.

I felt elated by the miraculous spectacle of Mount Agung as it was waking up, the sun rising above its vast splendor, luminating its all powerful presence.

I was going to write this blog about some of the Villagers, the farmers, or the characters we meet and talk to everyday.

I was going to write this blog about some of my experiences living amongst the many layers of my Niskala community.

I couldn’t decide, the task was too difficult.  I believe a much better idea would be if I commenced my next book about my extraordinary life living in Bali.

So I will wind up this little scribe with a short poem I wrote on Instagram after we returned home this morning.

We live in a world of magic and wonder

My affirmation this day and everyday is for love, nature and kindness to win

Its time to unite

We must dismiss fear, hatred, anger and violence


My life has taken on a different type of rhythm since returning from Hollywood.

Only the Gods, Goddesses and my universal spiritual guides will know where my next chapter will steer me.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Blessings always

Sharon x


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Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT level 3 _aerobics and jiggling chandeliers

Most mornings I crawl out of my bed at around 5.30am and walk our dogs with Made.

Some mornings I give it a miss, I justify this to myself believing that last night’s vigorous aerobic work out was enough exercise.

I was sipping my coffee, flicking through the international news on my television when the shaking started.

The quake shook my tiny house, the chandelier jiggled, the windows rattled. I was thinking,

“Wow this quake is big, maybe I should go outside?”

By the time I crawled out of bed and walked onto my balcony it had stopped.

I looked at my family who were attending to their normal activities making offerings.

They looked at me and said,

“Linuh … (pronounced linoo) the Balinese word for Earthquake”.

By the time Made returned I had scanned social media to ascertain what had just happened.

PGR 3 Bali:
An earthquake occurred with the following parameters:
Strength 5.0 SR
Date 09-Nov-17
Earthquake Time 04:54:18 WIB – Jakarta Time
Latitude 8.26 LS
Longitude 115.57 ET
Depth 10 Km
Bali Region, Indonesia
11 km northeast of KARANGASEM-BALI
30 km northeast of BANGLI-BALI
40 km northeast of GIANYAR-BALI
60 km northeast of DENPASAR-BALI
999 km southeast JAKARTA-INDONESIA
This earthquake did not trigger a tsunami

I’m not about to go into technical language as I am not an expert.

In an article written by, according to PVMBG Devy Kamil Syahbanam who is the Head of Mega Monitoring Division of Eastern Volcano, Devy advices that,

“ Gunung Agung has not been completed yet, there is still a lot of energy,”

Please follow the link to MAGMA Indonesia who are doing a fabulous job keeping us updated daily.

Mount Agung is still on Level 3 Alert, today’s movement may result in a new wave of sensationalism about what will happen next, or maybe not?

The “Big Fella” is consistent in keeping us bewildered.

I look back on my initial blogs and laugh. Life is exciting, I have embraced the Balinese philosophy,

Kehendak alam (the will of nature)

It’s really silly, however the Doris Day song Que Sera Sera comes to mind,

Que sera, sera

Whatever will be, will be

The future’s not ours to see

Que sera, sera

What will be, will be

Life is still the same here in Bali.

I am writing, advertising our gorgeous Villa and enjoying the quiet time here in Paradise.

I am also spending a considerable amount of my time advocating through social media.

I am bewildered about the horrendous situation that is unfolding on Manus Island where 600 men are starving because of a political nightmare, in regards to their human right to  seek asylum as described in a article written by the New York Times.

I have been following the progress of the refugees for years, admiring the humanitarian work by the not for profit organisation, ASRC, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre .

I feel an overwhelming sadness at the unfathomable circumstances that can be allowed to transpire in today’s age.
I wholeheartedly agree with Russell Crowe,



Made is busy preparing for Kuningan on Saturday in addition to hosting two guests from Western Australia who have booked a spiritual tour tomorrow.

It really is a fabulous time to be here in Bali, there is always something extraordinary happening.


There is always something extraordinary happening in Bali. Photo credit Greg Newman

Please send me an email or check my twitter updates if you have any questions.

Blessings always

Sharon x


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