A New Day is on the horizon

repost from February, 2018

I am sending you, my readers an abundance of New Years optimism. I know its late, however it’s always a good time to transmit good will. 

I am sending an affirmation to all, who will read this scribe, for every year to be superb, take a chance and enjoy your life. 

My blogging in the second half of 2017 was all about our active Volcano, Gunung Agung. I felt obliged to update my Community of readers regularly about our “Big Fella”,I became obsessed with the process of the Volcano.

Although I still keep a close eye on our “The Big Fella” I now feel calm, knowing that the activity of the eruption will follow the course of nature.

My interview with Mangku Bon  has left me feeling composed and focused on what is important.  My daily ritual of prayer and meditation continues to keeps me aligned. I believe that faith is a constant reality of truth.

I am joyful, my soul is filled with gratitude every day I wake up on this beautiful planet we all occupy.

It is my intention to inspire my readers, to seek out a positive outlook even when faced with the toughest of challenges.

I am optimistic and excited about the future for our majestic Island of the Gods, I feel blessed to be living in Bali at this time in history.

I was thrilled to be interviewed by news.com.au  about my fascinating meeting with Mangku Bon, additionally the story was featured in the International Business Times.

For now I will resign from my self appointed role, which was updating my blog on the activities of Mount Agung. Check the Official site MAGMA regularly for updates.

What I would like to diarize in this blog, is my enthusiasm and excitement I feel this year.

I envisage a fresh wave of confidence for the future. Reinforced by my creative muse Oprah and her unforgettable speech at the 75th Golden Globes Award Ceremony on January 7, 2018.

A New Day is on the horizon

There are so many reasons why the 75th Golden Globes Award Ceremony was one I will never forget. My admiration for the actress and activists campaign hit close to home, my own involvement in advocating for survivors of domestic abuse has also been phenomenal.

How incredible that A list actresses Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep and Laura Dern amongst others wore black as a sign of respect for victims and survivors of domestic violence.

The scene was dramatic, the world wide audience was made aware of the Time’s Up Campaign , an initiative which is raising money for the legal defense fund, this fund will provide support to victims of sexual harassment and assault.

The campaign also seeks inclusion, equality and parity for women and marginalized people across all industries.

A powerful moment in the show was when Reese Witherspoon accepted the Golden Globe for Big Little Lies, which won the Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television.

In her speech Reese gave thanks to the many women who had broken their silence, she reassured the audience by saying,

“Time is up, we hear you, we see you, and we will tell your stories”

Finally Oprah was welcomed to the stage by Reese to accept The Cecil B. DeMille Award, which is an honorary Golden Globe Award bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.

I was in awe, in fact I needed to find her speech on social media to play it over and over again.

75th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Season 75

Oprah began her speech by talking about herself as a little girl in 1964, sitting on the linoleum floor of her mother’s house in Milwaukee, watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best actor, which was awarded to Sidney Poitier at the 36th Academy Awards. She went on to talk about her Mum being bone-tired from cleaning other people’s houses.

It was incredible, the first page of my memoir starts in 1964 when my 21 year Mother was sitting on the floor with her baby girl. She was in her suburban home in Melbourne watching a small black & white television as The Beatles arrived to a frenzy of hysterical fans.

Could Oprah have read my book?

I don’t know the answer to that question yet, however what I know for sure is this. It doesn’t matter if Oprah has read my book, I now know that my heroine thinks like me. I am still dumbstruck by the similarities.

The rest of her speech was truly phenomenal, my friend Lisa Zimmer summed up my feelings perfectly when she wrote on her Instagram Post,

 Power~ Strength~ Truth~  by Lisa Zimmer 

Watching Oprah receive the Cecil B. DeMille award last night showed such poignancy to our nation, and to those watching our country.  We saw a woman with steadfast integrity, awareness and intelligence stake claim to the power of standing in truth. 
We watched as a country that currently struggles with truth and security, validate the importance of standing in integrity.
We saw that power and strength does not lie within a specific gender, but within truth.
We witnessed leadership in a woman
 who silently, has mentored millions, simply by showing up in authenticity. 
She has showed us that shattering illusions created to repress aren’t just possible, but applauded, because by speaking truth, we create positive change.
We saw a leader last night, a leader for all of humanity. God bless you Oprah for all you have created in our world.

I will sign off my first blog for the year and reiterate wise words from Oprah, the beautiful soul who continues to guide me in my creative accomplishments, 

“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have,  I want all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon”

Blessings always,

Sharon x


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Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT ….Now on Level 3 _Galungan dan Kuningan.

Updated 16.00 29 October at 16.00
URGENT UPDATE: 29 October 2017 The level has decreased Status of Mt Agung Bali from Level IV (Caution) to Level III (ALERT) On 29 October 2017 at 16.00 WITA. Communities around Mt Agung and climbers / visitors / tourists not to move, not climbing and not camping inside the Mt Agung crater area and in all areas within a 6 km radius of the top crater of G. Agung or at elevations above 950 m from sea level and added sectoral expansion to the North, Southeast and South-Southwest as far as 7.5 km. Communities around G. Agung and climbers / visitors / travelers are expected to remain calm while maintaining vigilance, not to be bothered by issues about Mount Agung’s unclear eruption. Source: PVMBG.

Life goes on here in Bali, Made is convinced Mount Agung will go to sleep.

Maybe he is correct, however we still need to go about our lives mindful of the fact that the “Big Fella” could very well erupt.

This coming Wednesday, November 1, we celebrate Galungan dan Kuningan.

Galungan is the day that our ancestors come to visit. We give elaborate offerings, pray and welcome them.

Our ancestors stay for 10 days and then we celebrate Kuningan.

Kuningan is the day we farewell our ancestors, the process will continue in 210 days time. This is a continual ritual.

Galungan dan Kuningan represents the victory of dharma (good) over adharma (evil).

It really is a beautiful time to be in Bali.

The Penjors lining the Streets are exquisite. I love the story Made tells. He believes the Penjors represent humility, the way he explained it to me is that the top of the Penjor represents the top the mountain.

Once you reach the top of the mountain you must remember to look back down to where you came from.


Beautiful Penjors line the Streets in Villages all over the Island of Bali, Indonesia

I love this story.

I feel respect for our ancient Balinese Hindu traditions, particularly at this time with our Holy Mount Agung still active and making his presence known.

I believe the uncertainty about the eruption has lead to soul searching for many of us here on the Island.

It’s a gorgeous day here at Tri Sandhya Villa.

I feel truly blessed to have an incredible life here in Paradise, the weather is perfect we look forward to welcoming you soon.

This is breaking news about Mount Agung, as soon as I hear more information I will let you know.

Blessings always,

Sharon x

see also Galungan dan Kuningan_April 2017


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Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 8_ Can’t people just be nice?

I had no intention of writing another blog about Mount Agung, however my shadow voices are urging me to reach out to my readers who have expressed their desire to be updated.

I am being sent messages of appreciation for being a voice from someone who is on the ground, this magnificent ground also known as The Island of the Gods.

I have been blown away by the negative feedback on social media.

Although things started out harmoniously, I am disappointed to note that personal agendas have caused all sorts of problems on facebook forums.

I have not hidden my feelings about being on an emotional roller coaster, why should I? I share everything else with you.

I felt particularly disappointed when I woke up this morning, I was convinced Mount Agung would erupt last night, so did Made.

I must note though our reasoning for our prediction was for no other reason than a feeling.

When I woke up this morning I felt weak.

I decided to crawl out of shell and record an Instagram story.

I felt so much better after declaring my anxieties to whoever was interested, even if nobody was interested it made me feel better.

I had a great day planning my next blog, which has nothing to do with impending eruptions of volcanos.

There has been a unanimous decision by the authorities that the time and date of an eruption of Mount Agung is unknown.

There has been a unanimous decision by the authorities that the Big Fella may not erupt at all.

We are informed.

We are still on level 4 High Altert.

Bali is open for business.

The reasoning that prompted me to write a blog update this evening was a facebook comment.

At approximately 7pm Friday 6 October 2017, a local expat on the ground in Amed posted these magnificent photographs of the Big Fella.


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The hypnotising Mount Agung.  Photograph by Michele Yoga


The mighty Mount Agung.  Authorities have advised we are on level 4 High Altert.  Bali is open for Business. Photograph by Michele Yoga

The below comments prompted me to rush to my computer and tip tap tap tap away at my keyboard,

Person 1: Wow, more gloom n doom

Person 2: I don’t see any doom and gloom, just factual pictures of what the volcano is doing

Person 1: This was all over the web last week with false reports when will it stop. Pictures of the volcanos eruption, flights cancelled but nothing yet. Let’s see when it’s actual.

Person 2: Our group has been showing pics of Mount Agung almost everyday, then in real time from Amed. Person 3 is on the ground there. We are not showing any eruptions, just letting member’s see the steam/vapour.

The above banter to me, sums up the mood on the Island perfectly.

People are conflicted, confused and in my case going slightly mad (okay, okay, I admit it, I am already slightly mad).

My little tanty is over.

I can go back to watching my marathon binge television fix of the series Westworld.

Can’t people just be nice?

Have a great evening

Blessings from Bali,

Sharon x


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Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 5

Okay, so it seems eminent our mighty Mount Agung will erupt soon…

I scrapped my blog from this morning, the national press have covered everything, there is no need for me to repeat the latest news on my blog.

This is my second attempt today to update my blog whilst I have been a passenger in the car.   Made insisted we go for a swim at our favourite beach in Sanur this morning.

I tried to protest and then I looked at my husband and realised it was necessary for both our sanity.

He continues to be his carefree self, although I have won the battle with my volcano ready check list and feel satisfied that I have put the necessary steps in place, to the best of my knowledge and as instructed by an amazing group of people on facebook.

Hands up who else on the Island feels anxious?

I want to send a big shout out to the local expat community. Your wealth of knowledge and comradery has been truly heart warming.

For up to the minute facts please check with local authorities as the best source of information.  MAGMA should be the first point of contact.

These people are angels. Behind the scenes, tapping away at their computers, researching, deleting trolls, taking personal attacks, all in the name of trying to help.

It’s 5pm and we are almost home, I will be truly relieved to settle in for the evening.

I have checked my list of volcano preventative measures and feel pleased, I said to a friend earlier today,

“It’s time, bring it on big fella we are ready”


Footnote it’s now 8.18pm and it seems activity is happening as I type.

Blessings to all in solidarity and love

Sharon x


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Bastille Day 14th July, 2016

I was intending to write my first blog about an enchanting monkey forest, which inspired me to name my website monkeybusinesswhispers.

This enchanting forest is inhibited by sacred monkeys, the forest has giant nutmeg trees reaching heights in access of over 40 meters, locals have told me tales of sneaking glimpses of a golden temple in the middle of the dense forest.

Another story is that a space shuttle has detected pure light from the middle of the monkey forest expanse.

This enchanting monkey forest is in Bali, the same location where I walk every morning with my husband and two dogs.

As I pass the entry to a wondrous temple, which is situated in the middle of the forest, I look at the monkeys protecting their newborn babies, today they gaze at me in curious wonder. It seems at times these monkeys not only inspire me to be creative in my writing, they also seem to read my mind.

My mind is twirling, spinning in a maze of astonishment, I feel gratitude, mixed with pain. I was awoken this morning to a message from my son advising me he and his girlfriend are safe.

In a sleepy trance I read his message again,

“We were just told by our Air Bnb host there has been a terrorist attack in Nice Centre, we are home 3 kilometres from the attack, we are safe”

I turn on the television to witness a scene, an image that seems to becoming a regular occurrence, people running in the Street, commentary from reporters announcing that a large truck had ploughed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the southern French City of Nice. Over 60 people had died, and 100 where injured.

I picked up my phone and called my son on facetime, when I saw his handsome tanned face I start blabbering words of which I cannot remember. I look over to his beautiful girlfriend, thanking her for having a cold and convincing my son to stay in and watch a movie. I hang up the phone, I say out loud in front of my small temple,

Thank you Gods, thank you for keeping my son and Lucy safe”

After a frantic phone call to my Sister, we resume our morning ritual, walking through our magical forest. I look at the monkeys protecting their babies, I was holding back my tears, as I have been all day. Today I have no inspiration, only sadness and happiness.

My first blog is dedicated to the victims and survivors of the attack in Nice, on Bastille Day, 14th July, 2016. My heart is aching for their loss, my heart is singing for my gift.

Blessings always



Bastille Day 14th July, 2016

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