Who is Wiki & Ilona

Who is Wiki & Ilona

Actor / American / Animal Welfare / Art Director / Artist / Athlete / Australian / Austrian / Barista / Blogger / Actor / American /
Animal Welfare / Art Director / Artist / Athlete / Australian / Austrian / Barista / Blogger / Actor / American / Animal Welfare /
Art Director / Artist / Athlete / Australian / Austrian / Barista / Blogger / Brazilians / British / Business Consultant / Business 

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I was actually looking to work in Bangkok. I was looking for a restaurant manager or hotel manager there. Then a friend of mine who is a chef was working in double sic plantation grill emailed me on Facebook and offered me a job opportunity there. I accepted it, loved it, loved the restaurant, loved the team, loved the gm and signed the contract straight away. It was very easy and quick.

There are plenty reasons why I love working in hospitality. But it really comes down to my love in food, cooking, wine, the wine and restaurant culture. I love to see restaurant that is full of people which everyone is having a great time, enjoying thear meals, laughing, chatting, and spending money of course. To me, restaurants are for celebrations, it’s a time to get together and have a good time.

I’m very grateful that I have a chance to stay and work in this beautiful island. The food on the island is world class truly. It’s mind-blowing how competitive the island is. There are high-end restaurants, the middle end, and of course the warungs. All of them serve the best food.

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My name is Jamie, 42 years old and most of my background is in hospitality. I worked in the coffee industry for about 20 years. I was kung fu teacher for a little while. I moved form Australia in 2013 to Dubai. I had been living in Dubai on and off till it just got to the point where I want me and my family to not get trapped inside air conditioning all the time. It was the time for us to move to Bali to have fresh water, a bit of greenery, and some nature.

Me and my wife always thought about setting up a retreat somewhere where people could come like a reset button on their life. We always wanted a place where someone like that could go and just focus on getting healthy and better again. Turns out that Bali is the capital of the world for that, especially in Ubud. That is why we have a business providing for facility to do some retreat in Ubud, Naya Ubud.

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I Grew up in Papua New Guinea. I went to live in Australia, Brisbane. I worked for an airline in marketing. Then I worked with languages in a university. After that I got cancer and my relationship wasn’t going very well. So I took a time off and came to Ubud. Initially I took a sabbatical but then I realized I wanted to stay in Ubud longer so I resigned from my job.

While I was in Ubud, I was already pickup cats, kittens, and dogs from the street. I was helping at BAWA. Then we set up a cat section in BAWA. Then it had grown so large so quick. That is how Villa Kitty started. It is a sanctuary. It is a shelter. Here, we must be so careful that the way we clean is hospital grade due to preventing all sorts of viruses, diseases, and skin problems.

I am a vegan and I believe humans could live alongside animals if we could stop being so egotistical for a second. I am trying to change the attitude towards animal and just try to be kinder to all living being.

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Getting to know me My Exclusive Interview with I Choose Bali 0:00 What does the volunteer do to the dogs? 0:30 Why was the thebandanalove created? 1:03 Why in Bali? 1:37 How did the project targeted from Bali to the world? 2:01 Were you able to see the results of your work? 2:39 Why do […]

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Hi, My name is Erin. I'm a coach and a healer and I've been working online for nearly a decade. I help people in many different areas mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. I help them find out who they truly are, learn to love who they are and how to share who they are with the world.

The thing I love about Bali is that, there are so many people in my situation. They are entrepreneurs or they are creators. They are making things happen and they are all looking for
connection and support. So I feel like I could sit at any café in Bali and get along with nine out of then people that sit next to.

Being in a community is a fantastic way of expanding a social circle. Also because I care about supporting my community and making sure that new people to the island also know where to be able to get this or that. My friends call me the mayor of Bali.

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Getting to know me My Exclusive Interview with I Choose Bali 1:50 How he finally agreed moving to Bali 4:30 Kenya-France-england-Australia-Bali 7:16 The journey of becoming a photographer 10:50 First 6 months in Bali 13:30 He becomes a real photographer again in Bali 15:10 Similarities and Differences between Bali vs Perth as a photographer 17:36 […]

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Getting to know me My Exclusive Interview with I Choose Bali 1:00 How did she end up in Bali? 3:36 Transformation of her arts 3:35 Artist has the same mood just like a writer 5:21 Bali has surroundings that support her 6:50 How she build a daily routine 9:23 The constant tropical climate of Bali […]

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Getting to know me My Exclusive Interview with I Choose Bali 0:50 Professional from Australia 5:32 The India trip inspired her to be dog rescuer 12:09 Rescuing dogs 15:59 Building community in Social Media 22:40 Animal deserve to be loved 28:08 Rescuing animals is building character 36:43 Dogs have the same behaviour like human 43:19 […]

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Getting to know me My Exclusive Interview with I Choose Bali 0:45 How he has pursued a music career in Bali 8:29 About the Balinese Songs 11:06 Study and learning Bahasa Bali also composing Balinese Songs 14:23 Ubud is his home 16:36 Inspiration in Bali 18:00 Ubud is a great place to start 21:00 Wishes […]

Christine Hingston

"The constant tropical climate in Bali and the surroundings stimulate me to keep producing arts"

Digital Nomad

"It’s simple but happy life in Bali"

Yevhen Molodkin

"Living in Bali is a way of being honest with myself what I really want out of life"

Mio Yamaha

"I love Bali’s relaxing vibes. My travel blog invites Japanese to visit Bali!"

Business Owner

"To keep active and fit are really important to me, and Bali is such a perfect place to have healthy lifestyle"

Anna D

"Bali has many mysterious side. There’s still plenty to explore and to discover. And the real Bali is on the north side of the island"

Daria Bylina

"I just love the diversity of people whom I met in Bali. And I hope Bali choose me to reach my dream"


"I believe everything made from nature will come out good. Bali is a great art marketplace"

Business Owner

"My past experiences shaped me to be who I am today. And Bali welcomes me for my new journey"

Alessandro Frosali

 "I came to Bali to look for inspiration for my film script, just one song on youtube made me famous in Bali"



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