Last day at Bali (for now) selamat tingal?

Our place in Ubud. (Monkey Forest Rd.)

Our place in Ubud. (Monkey Forest Rd.)

The melancholic task of packing and paying the bill would be known by many.  The return flight has not been checked as yet, and will be delayed. Still an opportunity to listen to the rooster next door and greet the wayan and ketuts standing immobile between the palms with the broadest of smiles. Don’t fool yourself, get ready for the derisive remarks, the banalities of home and pettiness of the shopping malls, the huge silent bodies shuffling and eating in desperate isolation.

There is still time to again go past all the bikes packed with kids both at front and back,all laughing or at least smiling endlessly. The chatting by friends squatting on the broken bits of pavement. Amongst all the chaos a couple of boys playing chess on a board of which the black and white squares have almost worn off.  Would you like to play a game, one of them asked?

Just stay a while, but we can’t. we will be back.

34 Responses to “Last day at Bali (for now) selamat tingal?”

  1. Yvonne Says:

    Sigh, is it over already?

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  2. 8 Degrees of Latitude Says:

    Selamat jalan Gerard. Kembali cepat!

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  3. petspeopleandlife Says:

    As they say, Gerard, all good things must come to an end.🙂 Don’t know how true that old saying is but, that’s how life goes or something to the effect.

    The grandkids and Milo will be happy to see you and Helvi and the vacation in Bali will soon be forgotten until the next time when you need a respite from Abbott.🙂

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Oh Abbott and the inanities. It is all flooding in. Shall I start throwing my lower legs outwards? Tell farting jokes and scowl, give the 2 finger salute? Look over Aldi,s catalog?

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      • petspeopleandlife Says:

        Ha-ha. I feel your pain since the politicians over here are all jokes and crooks. Well, maybe there is an honest one here and there in the bunch. You should see the ever increasing list of GOP candidates (republicans) who want to be president. A good many of them or spouting “their Christian values.” ( There is at last count 17 people who have thrown their hat in the ring). That is a total opposite of how the constitution was written. There is supposed to be separation of church and state but these buffoons apparently are writing their own version of government.

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        We have been back a few hours. Arrived in Sydney with 9c greeting us, but at least very sunny. The man selling us the train-tickets at the airport asked us ‘children or adults’ with his mouth at twenty past eight? Helvi said ‘ it’s for us’, have a look!
        We are knackered, and will have an early night in own bed. Milo is happy to see us. Made many friends at the kennel. He always does. I am sure his spirit or previous life is from Bali.

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  4. Julia Lund Says:

    Your time in Bali sounds to have been idyllic and soul-replenishing. Thank you for all the insights and experiences you’ve shared with those of us who’ve stayed at home. How lovely to have grandchildren waiting to welcome you back. Safe journey.

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  5. bkpyett Says:

    I’m sure those warm and happy thoughts will permeate and fill your home on your return. Lots of lovely memories. Safe journey!

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  6. Lottie Nevin Says:

    Start planning your next trip! or, even better, go and live there🙂
    There are plenty of places to rent and I can put you in touch with people to help you. When we left Bali, we had to find someone to take over our house – they were an Australian couple who were thinking about moving permanently to Bali but wanted to rent for a year first to see if it really was for them. They are still there……..:D

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      You have a place in Bali? Wise move Lottie! I am intrigued. What made you get a house in Bali? Gee, is there is no end to your world discoveries? Have you read about the weather in North Europe…brrr.
      How did you get to have a house in Bali?
      What are the legal issues to owning? I read rapports in newspapers about Javanese crooks muscling in to take over foreign owned properties.

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      • Lottie Nevin Says:

        Gerard, we had a house for 2 years in Bali which we gave up when we moved back to Europe. We rented and we also rented a field which still has 3 years left on the lease! If you are interested in renting somewhere, I can give you the name of the lady who helped us. As far as I’m aware, you can’t buy property or land there without an Indonesian ‘partner’ – I may be talking out of my a$%3 but I’m pretty sure that’s still the way that it is. I can find out for you if you are interested?

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        Thank you Lottie. That is very much our understanding too. Many Australian retirees live in Bali claiming it is cheaper and the pension goes a lot further in Bali. The only trouble is the visas which has to be renewed every 6 weeks although I heard that 6 months visas are also sometimes allowed.

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  7. auntyuta Says:

    Safe journey home, Gerard and Helvi!🙂

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      We are in Bowral already. A very cold trip in the train with police walking up and down Campbelltown’s rail platforms with dogs!
      Seeing the kids this week-end. Look forward to meeting up with you two soon.

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      • auntyuta Says:

        Welcome back, Gerard and Helvi. We see some family too this weekend. Peter is planning to bake a cake for the weekend. We’re looking forward too to meeting up wit you soon.

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        Thank you Auntyyuta,
        Yes, baking a cake is always a good thing. Glad to be home but should not have switched on TV. There was the gloomy countenance of the Minister for immigration, Peter Dutton making threats of withdrawing nationalities. Any question put to him was met, “No, this is an operational matter”.
        Dear, oh dear…

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  8. Dorothy Brett Says:

    Oooh Yes. Gerard and helvi do it, rent tho for a year and rent your place out.
    I know exactly what you mean about the differences between Aus and other places in the world. I have noticed it here.
    Wonder if I’ll like Paris as much as Venice.

    love Dorothy

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      It takes less time to go to Bali than it does to go to Byron Bay, so…now that we got the hang again of a holiday we will go more often. I would think Venice or Paris a lovely retirement to ponder over.

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  9. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    Safe home Gerard and Helvi with many happy memories.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Thank you Kayti,
      Great to be back and have a normal keyboard and of course…Milo? Early night, flew in at 6am this morning, freezing cold and not just in temperature. The after-holiday feeling!

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  10. hilarycustancegreen Says:

    Is home so bad, or is it that Bali is just so good?

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  11. Curt Mekemson Says:

    It is always good to leave with things left to see and do, Gerard. It makes the return all the sweeter. Thanks for sharing your visit. –Curt

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Thank you Curt and my pleasure. I will be able to post some pictures now that I have a computer that doesn’t put words before I have even written them.

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      • Curt Mekemson Says:

        Looking forward to the photos, Gerard. And I agree on the computer. I always have to reread what I have written to make sure the computer hasn’t decided to put in something else. –Curt

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        Yes, photos will be coming. I could not post them from Bali on my tablet. I don’t mind innovation but this tablet seems to dominate the conversation with predictive capability. I like unpredictability and am fiercely opposed to predicting. We just did not get on.

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  12. Patti Kuche Says:

    Just catching up now with your delightful Bali tales, can’t help wondering where June went to!

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