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

Sharon Karyasa © 2016