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An Extraordinary Idea to Decorate Your House

When we move to a new house, of course we are very excited to decorate the house. Don’t think about displaying the Auratic Painting Blockchain on the walls of your house? And this is not only about decorate. It’s more then that.

Auratic Painting is an auratic painting created by combining technology, art and psychology into a beautiful work in digital form. Uniquely, the production is not supported by software at all, but with the Digital Ink Block Art technique. Even so, the results provided are very unique.

Why we should display this kind of painting in our house?

Because, there is not a single individual in this world who is free from the problems of life. In fact, often these problems are unresolved and piled up because they originate from the character of the self/group that is difficult to change. Therefore, displaying Auratic Painting can be the solution.

Where to buy Auratic Painting?

You can visit the Grahita Indonesia website. There you can buy Auratic Painting which can change the behavior of you or your organization instantly and significantly in the direction you want through painting and color media.

Eko Budhi Purwanto is the pioneer and driver of this auratic painting. Auratic painting is done with digital ink block technique (digital ink block art) without gradation, and without special software. The man who was born in Magelang on January 9, 1961 has pioneered this new genre of painting.

Some Auratic Painting that can steal your heart!

The Violin

Contoh Lukisan Auratic Painting Violin

This violin painting presents a very homy and warm aura. Can cause a sense of comfort and want to settle down. Very suitable for display in the bedroom

The White Tiger

Auratic Painting Sample Tiger

This auratic painting gives off a very powerful tiger aura. But with white color can also present the side of softness and beauty.

Liburan di Bali Mewah dan Murah Dengan Mobil Alphard

Liburan di bali anda tentunya akan semakin terasa berkelas dan mewah jika menggunakan kendaraan yang tentunya berkelas juga.

Salah satu mobil berkelas yang paling populer adalah Mobil Alphard.

Mengendarai mobil alphard dari luar daerah bali bisa jadi sangat melelahkan dan mengganggu nikmatnya liburan dan bisa jadi biaya yang dikeluarkan jadi lebih banyak.

Jika anda tetap ingin berwisata di pulau dewata dengan kesan mewah namun tidak ribet ada baiknya anda sewa mobil alphard di bali saja alih-alih membawa dari luar daerah.

Tak perlu khawatir, sebab biaya sewa alphard di bali sudah sangat-sangat terjangkau.

Contohnya Di CV Palugada Trans, mereka menawarkan biaya sewa mulai dari Rp. 900.000 saja untuk 6 jam sudah include sopir dan Rp. 2.000.000 untuk sewa seharian ( 12 Jam ).

Kalau ingin lebih leluasa dan lebih murah lagi, anda bisa request untuk sewa alphard lepas kunci selama 24 jam yang dihargai hanya dengan Rp. 1.900.000 saja.

Bagaimana? ini sih keterlaluan kalau ada yang bilang ini gak worth it.

Keunggulan mobil alphard untuk liburan di bali

Karena selain untuk alasan “Naik Kelas”, ternyata ada beberapa point yang menjadikan mobil alphard ini sebagai pilihan kendaraan untuk liburan di bali bersama pasangan dan keluarga.

  • Kecantikan dan kemewahan interior
  • Desain yang lebih radikal
  • Mekanisme baru
  • Semakin Nyaman dan Aman

Namun, jangan asal sewa ya.. ada baiknya anda mengenali dulu perusahaan rental mobil tempat anda akan menyewa mobil untuk menghindari penipuan atau layanan yang kurang memuaskan.

Berikut tips menyewa mobil untuk wisata di bali:

  • Pastikan perusahaan rentcar tersebut memiliki kantor fisik yang bisa anda sambangi.
  • Pelajari review-review tentang perusahaan tersebut di sosial media. Beberapa review mungkin dibayar atau diendorse, namun anda pasti bisa menyadari mana yang benar-benar review dari pelanggan.
  • Pastikan sopirnya profesional dan memiliki surat izin mengemudi lengkap.
  • Test drive dulu untuk memastikan unit yang akan anda sewa memang dalam kondisi prima.

Demikian tips liburan di bali mewah dan murah dari kami, semoga bermanfaat..

Lawar – A Traditional Food Of Bali

Lawar Bali Photograph by Tania Gordon
Lawar Bali Photograph by Tania Gordon

If you’re adventurous and have a desire to connect with traditional Bali, you may be tempted to try lawar.

Lawar is a traditional Balinese dish prepared for ceremonies and other celebrations.

Its main ingredients are meat and vegetables cut into long, thin slivers and mixed with spices such as turmeric, shrimp paste, ginger and coconut.

Lawar is often made in large quantities to feed crowds of over a hundred people.

The meat in lawar is traditionally pork or turtle. Lawar babi (made with pork) remains the most popular choice in Bali.

Common variations include lawar ayam (made with chicken) to accommodate Muslim palates and even meatless lawar made with jackfruit, melons, mango or coconut.

Vegetarians beware: an important ingredient of traditional lawar is blood which lends it a red hue, hence the name lawar merah (red).

Lawar with an abundance of coconut, on the other hand, may appear mostly white (lawar putih).

Sampling the delights of lawar from a street vendor or a simple warung will cost around 15,000 to 20,000 rupiah per portion.

A high-end version to tickle your tastebuds is served at Bumbu Bali Restaurant in Nusa Dua

Visitors can sample their lawar udang – a version made with green papaya and served with shrimp sate – or lawar kuwir with minced duck and duck sate. Both cost about 100,000 rupiah.

If you would like to try making your own lawar at home (without the blood), here’s a recipe from Bumbu Bali Restaurant and Cooking School.

Lawar ayam

  • 600 grams (1.5 lb) long beans blanched and cut in ½ cm slices
  • 225 ml (1 cup) grated coconut, roasted
  • 56 grams (4 tbsp) fried chilli dressing

Dressing

  • 250 grams (8 oz) boneless chicken minced
  • 28 grams (2 tbsp) oil
  • 177 ml ( ¾ cup) chicken spice paste
  • 118 ml (½ cup) chicken stock
  • 118 ml (½ cup) coconut cream
  • 28 grams (2 tbsp) lime juice
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper crushed
  • 1 bunch shallots

Preparation

To make the dressing, heat the oil in a heavy saucepan and then add chicken spice paste and sauté until fragrant.

Add minced chicken and continue to sauté until the meat browns.

Pour in the chicken stock and coconut cream. Bring to a boil and simmer for one minute.

Season to taste with salt, pepper and lime juice. Cool to room temperature.

Combine all the ingredients for the salad in a deep bowl and mix in the dressing.

Season to taste and garnish with fried shallots.

Desak Yoni: looking back | Inspired Bali

WRITER DESAK Yoni was born in the early 1970s and grew up in a small village near Ubud. She has lived, loved and learned in Australia and Bali.

Her cross-cultural training included two decades of living between the two islands and earning a Masters degree from an Australian University.

Since her return to settle here, Desak says she is able to put theory into practice here in Bali.

Desak’s new novel “Reflections of my Soul – The Story of a Balinese Woman” is based on her experience of love, marriage and sex.

The book highlights challenges that arise between different ways of life not only in faraway lands but also amongst the rapidly changing cultures of Bali.

Inspired Bali sat down with Desak to hear her reflections on love, relationships and traditions in Bali and the west.

What messages about love, sex and/or marriage did you grow up with in Bali?

Love grows once we live withthe person long enough and reconcile our differences,learn to accept one another and live everyday withoutany specific plans, just slogging along through asimple life.

Messages about sex – I grew up without any talk about sex. It was a taboo topic. There was no sex education at our schools.

(I’m not sure whether the schools offer sex education now in villages.) Growing up in the village, I learned that sex was more like a wifely duty to fulfill whenever the husband wants sex or having sex simply to have kids.

It was a man’s world in a patriarchal society in small villages of Bali. Men were getting their satisfaction from home and elsewhere.

The wife was to accept that extramarital affairs were normal in villages. Wives were even expected to agree to polygamy.

People were very open about who was having an affair with whom, as long as the affairs didn’t end up as a marriage.

Most wives tended to accept their fate in my village neighborhood.

What was your parents’ model of marriage and love?

My mother was more concerned about her duties as a Hindu woman than her marriage and love life.

Being from a poor family, she used to say, “I have two kids now. I’m happy as long as my husband feeds us.”

Mom and Dad used to fight a lot, as my dad would have an affair and spend his money on the affair instead of us.

If only the money was staying in the family, mom would not complain about an extramarital affair.

Now that my parents are old, I think they seem to be happy. Dad seems to focus on family, such as their grandchildren (my sister’s kids).

Mom is quite happy with day to day duties as a housewife such as taking care of cooking, offerings and ceremonies.

Love is devotion to her god. In their model of marriage, the husband is free to do whatever, as long as he brings food home for their children, ceremonies, and so on.

What were your mother’s teachings about love and sex? How (if at all) did she talk with you about these matters?

We don’ttalk about these things openly.My mom always said, “Let yourhusband have his way, and stayquiet for the sake of the kids.”She only ever talks about love towardsthe kids, never about lovetowards the husband.

I have neverseen my father and mother beingaffectionate towards one anotherin an open space. Balinesepeople don’t hug (my parents’generation especially), let alone kiss in front of otherpeople.

There is no emotional expression of love thatI can see. We often see other emotions like sadness,happiness and anger being displayed in the familyand surrounding neighbourhood.

My parents neverhold hands in front of me or my sister or anybody. I preferwestern cultures with lots of emotional expressionsof love towards one another.

We can hold hands, kiss in public, and be affectionate to our partners/husbands.

How have other members of your family coped with the developments in Bali around love, marriage and relationships?

There are a lot of challenges for younger generations like my little sister as she has been overseasbut continues to live in the village with my parents.

She has seen lots of western movies and westerners beingaffectionate towards one another around Ubud.

She wants to be affectionate towards her husband, but theyalso want to maintain culturaltraditions and respect in the village.

It is a huge difference from my life, as I no longer live with my parents but instead in my own private villa in the middle of rice paddies, away from villagers.

What has been your experience with extramarital affairs? HIV/ AIDS? Domestic violence?

Extramarital affairs alway createfriction for any marriage. Life isdifficult enough with all the usual daily activities, commitments,work that each individual has todeal with.

When a husband/wifeis seeking love elsewhere, thenthe marriage is broken.

There isno longer a bond in the relationship; the attention is being divided; the money is being divided; then the worry of catching HIV and trust disappearing.

It is very hard to keep the marriage together in onepiece.

It is one fight after another, which often turnsinto violence and rage, which is very bad for the children to witness.

It is dangerous for all involved and certainlyvery damaging for everyone’s mental condition.

The neighbours deserve some peace as well! Whenthere are extramarital affairs, then the marriage bondis no longer a solid commitment amongst two people with the same goals.

How do you or your generation cope with these differently from your parents and their generation?

Mygeneration is less accepting towards their husbands’affairs. Balinese women have careers and are ableto look after their own children financially.

I see a lot of them put up a fight in court these days to win the rights with regard to their children and their right to be respected as human beings.

Balinese women in my generation are becoming more independent and educated.

We’re working on compromise instead of simply following orders from men.

In my parents’ generation, there was no such thing as divorce. If the woman dared to leave, then they would never see their children again.

In some cases, if she was going to leave her husband’s family compound, her own original family would never accept her back.

What was the woman supposed to do, other than accept her fate? In my mother’s generation, most women couldn’t even read or write.

How has your understanding of yourself and your place in the world evolved?

We certainly have the strength tocontinue growing and understand the human dilemma.

I realize we are complex and evolving creatures.There is no way we can all conform to traditional culturalnorms.

Returning to my roots and revisiting my childhood in Bali certainly gave me some clues regarding my choices in life.

Looking at my mother’s blind devotion to spiritual and social matters helped me realize that I’m so lucky to have choices by being both an insider and an outsider at the same time.

I can live in both worlds in Bali – traditional and modern at the same time, each and every day.

I discovered forgiveness. I forgive myself in a lot of ways and forgive people around me and have a deeper understanding of why things are the way they are.

I have become more patient, less angry with the world and with people.

I feel less burden on my shoulders knowing that no matter what country we live in, there are always struggles to deal with.

“Renditions of My Soul – The Story of A Balinese Woman” is available from Ganesha Bookshops (3 branches in Bali: Ubud, Sanur and Kuta) and can be purchased from their website, Ary’s Bookshop – Ubud, Kafe – Ubud, many Periplus location, Books & Beyond (2 branches Ubud and Kuta).

An online version is also available from www.smaswords.com.

Top picks by Zissou | Inspired Bali

1. Waking up to the sunrise at Bonzu, my thatch and bamboo art/ design/home overlooking Mount Agung and the Ayung River.

2. Surfing Tugu (Batu bolong, Canggu) at sunrise ( or sunset ) with my mates, then breakfast at Canteen.

3. Hiding away in the Bukit for the weekend–check out Warung Indah at Balangan Beach.

4. Tuesdays are art-house movie nights at Petitenget Restaurant, Jl Petitenget, Seminyak.

5. Monthly ‘Disko Afrika’ beach parties–best tunes, best crew in Bali–music from Afro-beat to funk and hip hop.

Zissou, London is an artist and designer with a background in technology and a foreground in sustainability. And yes, his real name is Zissou.

Setting It Up | Inspired Bali

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IT was during a holiday on the island that I caught the Bali Bug; not the one that affects the stomachs of many tourists (that’s Bali Belly), but the madly-in-love and ‘can’t live or breathe without you’ kind of bug.

Bali is one of the few places in the world that I have visited where you get this hopeful sense that anything is possible.

Despite being half-Indonesian and half-American, I grew up in the United States so I had to relearn the language when I landed in Indonesia and take the time to understand the Balinese way of life.

For 13 years I worked steadily toward a childhood dream of building a socially focused fashion company that gives back to the community. I completed my Masters studies at London College of Fashion and London Business

School and worked for some of the top luxury fashion brands in both the United States and Europe.

However, when I arrived in Bali, I really had no idea how to start a fashion business.

I had created a business model during my studies, but that model was of no use to me when I first landed in Bali, when I was merely trying to survive.

There are so many things that you can only learn by doing when you are becoming an entrepreneur.

If you are considering setting up a business in Bali, I would like to share my insights in order to save you a few unnecessary headaches.

I have created a summary in the form of a SWOT Analysis, to highlight the key Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, along with my Top Ten Tips for Setting Up a Business in Bali.

SWOT Analysis

Strengths

  • Low cost: living, labor and property rents
  • Warm weather, beaches, mountains and rich culture
  • Fresh produce grown locally

Weaknesses

  • Slow and spotty internet
  • Limited legal protection
  • Health issues due to common illnesses in the region and poor hygiene
  • Heavy traffic jams and pollution
  • Everything takes longer than promised, which means longer wait times
  • Many religious ceremonies delaying business processes
  • Low level of customer service and business professionalism
  • Focus on producing lots of products at the expense of quality

Opportunities

  • High level of creativity amongst the Balinese people
  • Ease of customization
  • Production can be done in small quantities
  • Relative accessibility to Indonesia as a growing emerging market
  • Close proximity to other markets across Asia

Threats

  • Many legal limitations within the context of business. For  example, if your business operates outside the spectrum of the registration categorisation you could incur a hefty fine
  • Corrupt System – many officials are looking for a payout ‘bribe’
  • Owning land as a foreigner is not a straight-forward process and involves reliance on a partnership with an Indonesian co-signer. This process requires a certain degree of trust that could pose a problem in the future if the relationship doesn’t work out.
  • Temporary loss of key staff as the need arises. For example, when an employee’s relative is sick or team members have to return to their village, and a replacement is not easily found, this leaves the business vulnerable.Cutting corners is common when manufacturers or suppliers are looking to find a way to make a bit of extra money
  • Limited protection of your creative works – copying is a standard business practice on the island.

Top Ten Tips

1. Learn Bahasa Indonesia – Some locals speak English, but many don’t. I’ve noticed that foreigners end up paying higher prices when speaking English.

2. Learn to drive a motorbike – Traffic is a massive problem on the island so get used to spending lots of time on your bike. Be careful with your bags while on the bike, as there have been many motor accidents resulting from bag thefts.

3. Get a business visa – Although you can apply for a visa with an agent in Bali, you must leave Indonesia to process Once complete the visa allows you to stay on the island while you are deciding whether to commit 100% to setting up your business.

The visa is valid for one year but you must leave the country every 60 days. I would advise against registering your business in the beginning as it can take about 3-6 months. Moreover, your business idea may change over time.

4. From homestay to house contract – A ‘homestay’ is is a cheap form of accommodation, while still figuring out where you want to live. If you decide to stay, you will save you money in the long run to rent for longer periods like six months to a year. Prices are usually negotiable, so ask around with a local Indonesian friend in tow.

5. Learn the Balinese Hindu and Muslim Calendars – Mark your calendar for the key religious The Balinese Hindu have a large number of festivals and ceremonies throughout the year. Also factor in that the Muslim population fasts for an entire month during Ramadan.out where you want to live. If you decide to stay, you will save money in the long run to rent for longer periods like six months to a year. Prices are usually negotiable, so ask around with a local friend in town.

6. Have enough money to last you at least one year- Two years’ worth of funds is wiser and a safer bet. You can live fairly cheaply, but you may occasionally have to factor in unanticipated expenses.

7. Build Bridges with other Business Owners – In the early days of starting up your enterprise, you might want to seek out other business owners on the island who may be willing to help you.

8. Understand Indonesian Business Practices – Learn the Indonesian way of doing business by engaging with the local community so that the business can grow more Sometimes it’s easy to follow what you are used to in approaches to business, but be open to new perspectives.

9. Visibility through Social Media – I highly recommend using social media platforms to promote your business through video content, blogging and even a crowdfunding.

10. Spread Your Risk – Reliability and consistency are among the greatest challenges when it comes to dealing with vendors and Make sure to have a fall-back plan for all aspects of your business.

Looking back, this is the best advice I heard when I was starting out:When people start questioning your decision to move to Bali and they want to know how you will do it, just tell them: ‘I don’t know how I will get there, but once I have gotten there then I will tell you how I did it’.

I have documented the good, the bad and the ugly in a year-long blog called Bali Fashion Dream. www.balifashiondreamblog.com. My book, based on my blog, was released in January 2015.

Now it is up to you to dive into your dreams. No one else can do it for you. What are you waiting for? The greatest journey of your life awaits… See you in Bali!

History Of Bintang Indonesian Beer

IT’S REFRESHING, alcoholic and bubbly, and has fuelled many a party on the island over the past 80 years.

Many visitors to Bali may already be familiar with it before they even set foot on the island, thanks to the beer brand’s iconic logo that adorns the T-shirts, bags and cup holders favoured by many globetrotting tourists.

If you haven’t yet been acquainted with Indonesia’s local brew, Bin­tang, then now is the time.

Despite being synonymous with Indonesia, Bintang is actually a legacy of Dutch colonial rule.

The company that started making it, Nederlandsch-Indische Bierbrou­werijen, was founded in 1929 in Medan, Indonesia, when it was still a colony.

Since then the parent company’s name has changed multiple times but adopted its current name, PT Multi Bintang Indonesia, when it went public in 1981.

So what does Bintang actually taste like? Although popular on the island, Bintang is not popular with beer connoisseurs who bemoan its faintly metallic taste and texture.

Among the comments on the beer rating web­site www.ratebeer.com, is that Bintang “tastes a bit like cardboard” and is “bland and boring”

These views don’t seem to bother many drinkers, how­ever, who have clearly developed a taste for the beer.

Bintang has retained its dominant market share and sells 50 million litres of beer annually, making it the number one drink in Indonesia.

That may sound like a lot but it’s easily dwarfed by the amounts drunk by some European countries.

While locals have been known to enjoy the occasional swig of Bintang, it’s not a big part of the local scene.

Indonesians are not big drinkers and the high tax on alcohol makes drinking a relatively expensive choice.

But despite Indonesia’s lowly position in the global beer drinking stakes, beer is still more popular than liquor con­sumption, which is amongst the lowest in the world.

The drink may be relatively popular amongst Indonesians but it’s probably fair to say the biggest fans of Bintang on Bali are the island’s tourists.

The Facts:

  • One glass of Bintang beer is the calorific equivalent of two slices of bread, 150 grams of meat or 85 grams of rice. So go easy if you want to keep your figure svelte.
  • Bintang is 4.7 per cent alcohol, making it relatively strong but not as strong as Heineken, which has alco­hol content of 5 per cent.
  • The beer is made of barley malt from Australia and Europe, hops from the UK and Australia, yeast from Holland and water from an Indonesian well.

Price range:

A small Bintang costs 13.000RP or 25.000RP for a large bottle at supermarkets like Delta or Minimart.

If you are looking for a stunning view at a beautiful spot, find a seat at the Westin in Nusa Dua where a Bintang will cost you 70.000 RP.

Top picks by Sook Fun Chen | Inspired Bali

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Sook Fun Chen

  1. Chinamoon on Monkey Forest Road has authentic Taiwanese noodles and a must try banana red bean yogurt.
  2. Spending half a day at Swasti Eco Cottage in Nyuh Kuning for organic meals, swimming in natural salt water pool and visiting farm animals. It has a beautiful vegetable garden.
  3. Daily coconut water at fruit stall on Jl. Raya Nyuh Kuning. Variety of seasonal fruits and Ibu Badung knows and can tell you lots about her produce.
  4. Great “getaway” at Hotel Harris Jimbaran. Wonderful staff and breakfast is amazing. Incredible value for money.
  5. Sang Spa 2 on Jl. Jembawan, Ubud has great rooms and ambiance. Love their fresh fruit snack.

Sook Fun is a Pilates teacher and owner of Movement Matters. www.movementmatters-bali.com

Top picks by Emily Kuser | Inspired Bali

Emily Kuser has been involved in a ridiculous amount of fun and weirdness over her five years in Bali. She teaches yoga at Yoga Barn.

  1. 5:00 a.m. solo motor bike rides north to Kintamani – the place to go for mindblowing volcano and sunrise views. Follow up with a walk along the Batur Lake lookout trail with the voodoo temple.
  2. AWESOME twenty minute Denpasar airport reflexology session at Nu Prasada Reflexology, next to Terminal 7 – best with Junie (or any of those kids). There are times I just get to the airport too early, ya know?
  3. One hour from Ubud, splashing around in the Air Panas Sengeri (hot springs)accompanied by radical views, amazing fresh bread and delicious soups at Village Above the Clouds in Munduk Andong.
  4. Surprise “ooohey goooey” visits to my fiancée at Hubud, Ubud’s very cool co-working space.
  5. Sunset tea and wine dates with old friends (and new) at our home on Sayan ridge. The view? Let’s just say I can see dinosaurs roaming.

Cashless at Green School Bali

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RECENTLY, in the wake of an initiative to improve the nutritional value of American school lunches, my newsfeed has been bombarded by pictures of gross-looking American school lunches with the hashtag: #thanksmichelleobama, protesting against the change.

While I cannot relate to my school lunches being disgusting, I can relate to something drastic happening at my school which seems out of my control.

In the fall of 2014, Green School switched from a place that is cash-friendly to one that only accepts a cashless card.

As students of a progressive school, we get used to things changing every now and again.

However, as with any new drastic shift, it is not always easy to adjust right away. The teachers and high school students were given the cards a week in advance to try out the system.

At first, there was much resistance, and complaints were made such as: “It’s not fair, we did not have a say in this change,” and, “this is just so inconvenient.”

There were meetings held to try and get more justification on why the changes were made.

I believe that most of the turmoil around the subject was due to a lack of communication from management to the rest of the school community as to why the system was changed.

After all, it is much easier to protest something that does not seem justified.

To be perfectly honest, I was not instantly swayed by the new cashless system either.

It did not seem necessary, and I was spending far more money than I had before (as I could just swipe a card and get my food).

Sometimes, half of my lunch time periods were spent waiting in a line to get money put onto my cashless card, and it was much harder to lend out or borrow money for lunch if somebody forgot or had lost their card.

Being the “Green” School, every new idea that is brought to the table must be assessed on an environmental level.

There was some criticism about how “green” these plastic cards really were. However, this issue has been resolved as you can now simply say your name or give a PIN number to get your food.

From talking to other members of the school’s community questions were raised about other related issues, such as: “What do we do at bake sales?” or, “What happens when four groups come to visit the school?”

However, it is simply a fact that such struggles are normal when trying to adjust. I decided to talk to our head of school to further understand the rationale behind the new system.

From what I gathered, there were many reasons why we made this switch. First and foremost, going cashless enabled the school to track all financial records and purchasing trends.

The management could see where all money was going, and track the most and least popular foods.

Other reasons for the change included: hygiene (touching money and touching food is not a safe mix), and lost or stolen money.

However, it could be said, if we do not trust our students to not steal or treat others with respect, what does that reflect about the community as a whole?

This new system also closely resembles how money is dealt with in the “real world,” and introduces students to the experience of handling their own electronic accounts.

The cashless system is a fairly new concept, though it has recently been implemented in some schools in the United Kingdom.

Many schools have contacted Green School about our system, inquiring about its successes and implementation.

Now that some time has passed, the entire turmoil over this change is starting to feel more and more like a distant memory.

Likewise, the #thankmichelleobama posts are few and far between. People adjust, but there are many ways to implement change, and some are more effective than others.

Also, after being at Green School for some years I have seen how many conflicts are created just out of differences in people’s definitions of what “Green” means.

There are a lot of approaches you could take. One being that the cards are plastic – which is unsustainable and perhaps an odd choice for Green School to use.

I suppose we do not know for sure where the future of money is going, but Green School is going somewhere, and other schools are following.

Some say that money in itself is unsustainable, so if we are a leading “green“ school perhaps we could find an alternate method of payment altogether!

There are so many unique and progressive things occurring at the Green School. Stay tuned, as much happens here and the world is watching us.

Shanti is a current Grade 12 student at the Green School. She is an aspiring journalist and world traveler.

Here is a link to her blog and website: www.tulisan.greenschool.org/author/shanti-pockell www.shantibalam.weebly.com