Alone in the Darkness.

Moving about in the dark.

During the recent Nyepi, (Silent day) celebration in Bali, I had a chance to sit in the dark.

This would not be considered normal for me. Here I was on Nyepi in a villa that was situated in Nusa Dua almost the southernmost tip of Bali. It was a bit out of the way but perfect for the Silent day celebration. However, there were rules. One light on in the bedroom at max or one light on anywhere in the house at a time. This seems simple enough… Yet we are used to lighting our way as we go. Kitchen, living room, bathroom and so on. Trying my best to adhere to the local standards I went back and forth with one light on at a time and on occasion using my phone’s flashlight. This is easier said than done. Get a glass of water, grab a snack, or use the washroom all with one light on at a time. Kind of like a game as I went from room to room.

Sitting in the dark.

I was told the internet may or may not be working. However, for the most part, it did. There were minutes here and there when the system was probably overloaded more than anything.

Now I did have a pool… But a pool in the dark was a little scary. What if something is in the water swimming beside me and I didn’t notice? The light on the phone was adequate but made it feel like a horror movie.

It is a great time to think and sit back. Chill, relax and get settled in for a night of little to no communication with the outside world. It was nice. Nice to disconnect and not worry about content to post or the next blog to write and no TikTok live to think about. Don’t get me wrong, I love doing all of that. Today was great to reconnect with the world on social media but it was good to have a break as well.

The villa.

I took the picture in this post of my room in the villa. It is the living room and dining area of the villa I rented. I love this place because it was better than the pictures.

Something rarely exceeds expectations but here I was. In this wonderful spacious place that I had for 3 days and two nights. It was a great place that felt airy, light, and homey. It was completely private and quiet, except for one bird that seemed to not shut up all night. I don’t know what it was, but it was the only thing that bothered me.

What I loved about the space was that it was light airy and comfy. The air conditioning worked, the water was hot and the toilets worked.

The crazy cooktop.

The only other thing that was odd was the cooktop. This over-engineered piece of crap always needed the pot on it. I assume it was an induction unit and was so complicated to use that even engineering gave up on trying to get one side to work.

Turn on, turn on the heat while tapping on this plus sign and raise to temperature to 1000, degrees Fahrenheit or whatever level, and hope for the best. One side had a concave featured spot for a wok, but no wok was to be had in the villa.

Unless the metal was touching you would get an error message. A useless contraption and if I could remember the name of the manufacturer, I would certainly mention them here. But the night was peaceful and I had what I needed so there was no need to be upset. What I love about this photo I took was that my night was complete, quiet, and very peaceful. many people cannot live without sensory input… Or think they cannot. Yet I am and I was completely okay with not being anywhere online for a night and chilling in this wonderful space.


Published by Zsolt Zsemba

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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