Nusa Dua, Indonesia

Young Balinese women traditionally dressed

We met Kevin and Sue Chan for our last dinner in Bali. Kevin is Chinese born in Malaysia and Sue is Chinese born in Wales. They met in Hong Kong but now live in Singapore and escape to Bali as often as possible to practice their new love, surfing.

Our final Indonesian dinner included nasi gorang with fried egg and chicken, chili prawns, baked fish in banana leaves and chicken sate on skewers.

27 April 2001 – The aura and magic of Bali, at least in Nusa Dua, are commercialized so heavy-handedly that only people who enjoy package tours could revel in this place. So we're using our time here to enjoy a little down time swaying in the hammock, walking on the beach and even riding bikes in the fume-filled nearby town, but Nusa Dua isn't a place to which I long to return. Genuine Bali is far too removed from this hotel-packed compound to have any real learning experience or encounter.

On Bali, the people practice Hinduism but intertwine ancient local gods into the religion. Balinese Hinduism is a more mystical and less caste-decreed form than India’s Hinduism. Each morning, offerings to the gods of flowers, food and incense are placed outside almost every shop, restaurant and business. I love that the Balinese people believe so deeply in something. This is the most genuine ritual of Bali we witnessed at Nusa Dua.


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