Welcome to BaliBlogger

September 30, 2013 at 10:35 pm  •  Posted in My Bali diary by

Hello, my name is Stella and I am the author of this new blog about Bali.

I moved to Bali couple of years ago and I started with a blog about this island in my native language (which is not English).  Since then I’ve contemplated (almost 2 years!) whether I should launch an English version of my blog. I could never make a decision constantly weighing the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’.

English is not my native language and writing in English means it’s not going to be perfect.  I have several blogs in Russian (my native language), one being about Bali (BaliBlogger.ru).  Can I handle one more?  There are already so many sites about Bali in English and I’ve constantly debated if I should create another one.

There are several reasons as to why I’ve decided an English translated version of my BaliBlogger.  For more than two years, my Russian version of BaliBlogger became the #1 blog about Bali in Russia.  Every time I was trying to find something about Bali in English, the information wasn’t there, or it wasn’t presented in the way I would have liked it to be. In addition, all my non-Russian friends were eager to read my blog, but couldn’t do so because Google translation is not so good ;).

All though I am still unsure if this is a good idea, I decided to give it a try.  So welcome to my BaliBlogger!

If you are interested to know more about my story, how a Russian girl ended up living in Bali and writing blogs about this place, check out ‘About‘ page.

If by chance you know Russian, I suggest you check the russian version of BaliBlogger – it’s more full so far.




  1. Johny B / October 21, 2014 at 12:48 am /

    Great blog about Bali!

  2. Chelsea / March 29, 2016 at 9:38 pm /

    Thanks for you blog! Love it!

  3. Gina / April 13, 2017 at 10:47 pm /

    Thank you for making an English version! It is very helpful!

  4. Gina / April 14, 2017 at 11:21 pm /

    Hello! We have a trip planned this year to Bali, and the travel book we read makes it sound like you will die of Dengue if you get a single mosquito bite. We wondered if you could write about mosquitos, and what to do if we get Bali belly. Thanks! And we love your blog!

    • Stella / April 15, 2017 at 2:42 pm /

      Hey Gina, no it’s not that dangerous with Dengue here. Sure I would take all the precautions and apply mosquito repellents in the evenings but that is not something that happens to everyone. I don’t really use repellents myself and I was never sick with Denge (more than 6 years living in Bali). Out of all my friends who travelled to Bali to visit me none got a Dengue. I know bunch of expats who did have dengue but i guess that is just bad luck.

    • Stella / April 15, 2017 at 2:47 pm /

      As of Bali Belly: just bring some med with you. For example my californian friends usually bring PeptoBismol (when it gets bad) and Tums (for mild stomach aches). Based on my experience people who get BaliBelly are the ones who get too careful. I mean people try to avoid any bacteria so hard so their stomachs get too sensitive. Sterilizing your hands every other hour and similar stuff is not doing you any good: your body has to be exposed to bacteria to be able to fight it off. Washing hands with regular soap is more than enough. But wiping everything with dettol or rubbing alcohol is too much ;)

  5. Gina / April 17, 2017 at 8:28 pm /

    Thank you for your reply! It’s very helpful. I think you’re right, some exposure helps your body build immunity. We are also going to make a homemade bug repellent with neem oil and just use that instead of harmful chemicals. Most of all, we are going to enjoy our visit and not worry too much! Thanks again!

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