The first days in Tabanan. Bali Indonesia 30 

The first days in Tabanan. 

If you have been following my journey in the past few months you will have noticed that I am in Bali Indonesia. You may have also noticed that I have been putting quite a bit of effort into keeping things focused on the locals.  

I feel this is important as it is considered a developing country. At the same time often, I need to wonder if it should be considered as such. From my point of view, it is almost as if we don’t need to make it any more westernized as it is.  

Bali is… 

Bali is not equal to the rest of Indonesia. Bali has to be the most western-influenced province of Indonesia. Many foreigners often do not know that Bali is not a country of its own. It most likely could be and it would most likely survive and thrive on its own.  

Bali grows its own crops and has plenty of foreign currency coming in. It would most likely not have enough resources as far as raw materials to keep the building industry going. Not without destroying Bali itself. 

I am in the Tabanan area this month. I have chosen this area because it is quite remote and I get to live in a village setting. I wanted to experience that. In Indonesian, it is referred to as a Kampung which means village.  

Off to the village, I go and my first two days have been amazing. The sights and places I have seen have impressed me even though I have been coming here since 1998.  

The lush vegetation, the large gorges, and the rocky rivers are a thrill for the senses. They make you question life and admire such beauty that pictures and videos do not give nature enough credit.  

Meeting more people. 

This has also been part of my journey. To meet more and more locals. Such as the man who has 50 hives of bees and lived here in the village all his life.  

The Balinese way is as such. The eldest child, especially the son must stay with the land and house he inherited. He cannot sell the main house, it must remain in the family.  

Now check this out and see how this all makes sense. The house and the land have been paid off generations ago in most cases. The family that I am talking about has a few hectares of land that is worked. There are so many fruits and vegetables here that I have been eating bananas for two days and I still have some left. Life is different here. People live life and do not chase positions on a business level. They live a simple life and yet we call them a third-world society.  

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Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, 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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