Bali, Indonesia

I went to Bali, Indonesia for five days with a personal charter service to get around the area.

The Balinese guide spoke very little English, but his Japanese was top-notch. The driver was Balinese as well but he never said anything. This was a two day service that we paid for, useful for up to 12 hours per day. Well worth the money.

Here are some things that I found interesting…

  • The street vendors are seriously desperate for your money; they will put their arm around you and call you buddy, boss, pal, amigo…
  • You can see families of three riding on scooters; husband in front, wife in the back, newborn in the middle. There is heavy bike traffic in Bali, these scooter bikes outnumber cars at least 10:1. The way these people drove had me anticipating an accident, but luckily I didn’t see any, even when scooters took 90 degree turns at 60 km/h.

  • The locals are laid back and spend a lot of time just sitting around outside on the streets … kind of like the steps back home. I liked this. In Japan things are so busy and nobody has anytime.
  • The women have an exotic touch, dark skin and eyes, slim bodies with slight curves and natural skin. At the massage parlor an attractive woman gave me a full body massage but her hand strength was like the Hulk. Such a delicate looking woman with such power.
  • There are temples and stone sculptures everywhere. If you’re interested in sightseeing ruins, here it is. The beaches are beautiful, and crowded with¬†Australians. The Japanese are into sightseeing. I’m into chillin’.

  • Everything is cheap. This was amplified by the fact that I was coming from Japan. Japan is the type of place where people pay $6 for a cup of coffee; where watermelon is $40 and smaller than a basketball. In Bali you can get a fresh coconut filled with different kinds of 100% natural fruit juice for $1; a meal with a good size steak for $6.
  • Wild monkeys that steal from people in the parks. There’s this forest near the edge of a cliff, the drop is about 30 m down into the water (in some places rocks). The monkeys like to run around this area and mess with people.

  • My hotel was 10 seconds from the terrorist attack site of 2002-10-12 which over 90 Australians and 100 locals were killed. Like most monuments, it draws loiterers. It’s a great place to sit down and chat because it’s next to a busy street. Lots of people passing by and lots of things to see while sitting on the steps.

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