Off to Ubud. Bali Indonesia 5

Off I go.  


I am creating a new hashtag. #countercontent and here is why.  

Funny enough, I missed my departure from Alindra Villas by a day. I had to evacuate in a few hours pretty much since I was off by 24 hours. It was a mad rush to pack up things and clean out the fridge to the best of my abilities. Pack the laundry up that my bro had left, saying he will be back. When, I am not sure, but his stuff will be clean at least.  

I am taking off to Ubud with two backpacks and whatever fits under the seat of my scooter since I am travelling light. I will eventually get around to buying a car. Now I am much more comfortable using a scooter and it sure cuts down on travel time.  

I bought a few things such as a tripod and a phone holder so I can record a few more things for social media content. The same content I complained about in the earlier episode, but… I am going to call this counter content. I just came up with that as I was typing and I kinda like it. #countercontent that is not about what the foreigners see. It is content aimed at what the locals see about foreigners. How they see their life, business and how things have changed.  

How will it all go? 

I have no clue. I know that locals find it interesting when foreigners speak Bahasa, the local language. I know locals find it funny when the Bule people eat spicy food and all. But I am going to try and interview them and that is a bit of a twist.  

Calling it #countercontent is all about how they live versus the content of sightseeing as a foreigner. Thus, I may fall flat on my face, but we shall see how it all ties together. I am going to set up my friends for content and see if they want to join. Being asked questions by a foreigner is something they are used to, but we are not shopping and haggling. Since I have a few friends in Jimbaran, Kuta, Ubud and Kintamani areas, I am going to start with them.  

Getting settled.  

One key thing to know about Bali is that nothing is far by kilometres/distance. It is far by commute times. It may be 14 kilometres, but you will take 30 minutes to get there. Yet today Bali the traffic is a fraction of what it used to be. I laugh at people complaining about travel after COVID since pre-COVID it was 10 times worse.  

I am staying 10 minutes outside the hustle and bustle of Ubud and as I settle in, I’ll let you know how things are going. So far, I know the air conditioner is working and I have hot water for a shower. I know, I know, I am Canadian, but I hate the cold. Call me a wimp, I don’t care.  

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Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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