A different way of life. Bali Indonesia 31

Life in Tabanan update. 

Certain things in life are a given. Love, death, happiness, sadness, joy, tears, and heartbreak would also be on the top of that list.  

At the moment, I will confess I am in the joy part of my journey. Part of that has to do with experiences. Being in a foreign country and scooting around on my scooter from place to place has given me insight into a very different world. 

While I would say this is a personal journey, I also feel it is an enlightening one. Mostly because I am welcomed everywhere. I must say that I get such a kick out of this… Sometimes I say hello to the grumpiest looking man. However, when I say hello to them in their language they smile and suddenly, I am accepted. 

Welcoming people. 

While I will blog about this later, I was invited to a temple by my Airbnb host. I wanted to experience the local ceremony, so I took the chance, more on that later. 

Yet the best part was that once the word got around that I can speak the local language I had several people come up to me and we chatted.  

At the end of the ceremony, Pak Agung came up to me and said, “you are now part of the family” While the little voice inside my head went to “So are you going to charge your family rent.” I of course thanked him so much for the opportunity to take part in the ceremony. 

Not like church. 

While this is religious, and I had to wear a sarong and do the prayers with the locals it was very different than a church. Yes, there is a dress code. Sarongs are a must and women cannot enter during their menstrual cycle.  

The vibe is calm and relaxed, welcoming, and children along with dogs run around the temple. The families do not seem artificial and pretentious. There is a calmness about them and with the ceremony. Not preaching, God this and God that and Jesus this and all the commercialized aspects of the religions I know.  As I chatted with locals, they warmed up to me quickly and random people came to talk to me. 

One little girl. 

One of the locals was taking care of a young girl who is 13. She spoke to me in fluent English and a slight accent. Her parents work on a cruise ship and travel around the world. She is taken care of by her grandparents and of course, misses her mom and dad.  

Locals sometimes do this, I will have a similar story on another person I met at the ceremony as well. This little girl is without her parents for nearly 6 months at a time. Yet she knows and fully understands that her parents are working to provide for her. This is also made possible by the Balinese way of life.  

Living in large compounds with several small buildings on them, the Balinese live a very simple yet structured life. They do not fall into the many traps that their North American counterparts do. 

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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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