The Roosters Win!

The Rooster Update!

As you know, I ran a four-part blog on this rooster incident here at my apartment. A lovely old American asshole wanted to get rid of the roosters across the road because they were making a racket. Yes, they were, and they still are.

I have gotten accustomed to it, but I do use earplugs at night. At times it can be irritating but then I need to remember that I am the visitor here and they are the locals. Which is the way I treat all things in Bali and Indonesia in general. It has worked for me for decades and should work for decades to come. Now I have an update on the rooster situation and it goes like this.

The American Jerk.

First, I need to admit that I do not know the man. I have seen him out and about a few times. In the Bali heat, he always wears a plaid shirt and jeans. I have yet to see him in shorts and I have no idea what he does here.

The point is, he had the balls to take on the local Balinese and the long and short of it is… He lost. He lost because his bull in a china shop way does not work here. One cannot come in and cause trouble, stir up shit, and try the good old American way. If you think the US Congress needs lobbying, try buying a piece of land from a local… Walk on eggshells, earn their respect and then you can possibly enter their turf and make a deal. Even then you are still an outsider because you are.

As you know…

I was against this rooster hunt from the beginning and did not sign the petition. I was against this because it was wrong. Furthermore, I was against it because of the way he went about it. I was bothered by immigration and so were many others.

I do not want to ruffle any feathers, no pun intended. I even did a promo video for the chickens! I Used one as a prop in my video On TikTok as well for an English lesson. So, the chickens and the Balinese won this battle. There will be more to come with the massive influx of tourists as the post-COVID situation continues. Prices are rising and so are the tempers, everyone hangs on for a bumpy ride! The moral of the story is… Be careful what you wish for. People were so desperate to get tourism back to Bali that I am sure many rules were bent due to financial and political pressure. Everyone got what they wished for a whole lot more.

As for the Roosters

Well, they are still out and about on the street and Wayan the owner still has the 30 some chickens in his small yard. Since that is a hobby/business for him, I hope he thrives and continues despite the American asshole who tried to shut him down. Way to go, chickens, roosters, and the Balinese. One battle has been one. Stayed tuned for more.


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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