Bali again, but last for the time being.

A pot in Bali

  • The above pot photo was taken minutes before the taxi arrived to take us back to Bali’s airport. We were anxious if he would turn up at all as we had arranged it the day before by someone who had approached us on the street in front of our stay. He was a delightful character who spoke very good English but also appreciated someone talking a bit of his language as well. He imitated sour tourists who would rush by as if possessed by a need to pack in the absolute maximum into their holidays. They had paid for the air-fare from Europe and accommodation and by Jo, they were going to get as much out of it as possible. They talk about ‘ the holiday of a life-time’ as if on a first marriage or  facing an examination for a possible doctorate or appointment to The High Court in The Hague. This delightful  Bali man than expressed this mania by some of those running tourists in Bali by pursing his lips in a very good and with comical disdain, the deadly frowning serious foreign tourists. 
    Gloriously beautiful Bali

    Gloriously beautiful Bali

    It was all a bit quiet in the taxi to the airport. We looked at the passing hustle and bustle, lives lived at full speed yet in calm consideration and seemingly without the concentrations of Aus. frayed nerves on edge. Who would know? But an observer such as myself gets an opinion based on picking signals. It is the best one can do, isn’t it? If not and observed totally wrong, what’s the point of getting old (er)?  There has to be a benefit or pay-off. “Have you got your passport handy, H asked me?”  ” Yes, I answered a bit curtly.”  We were dropped off at the front of the departure lounge. We shook hands with driver; selamat tinggal, terima kasih.
  • Bali


  • At almost seventy- five I just write down words and am glad they get read on WP. Actually more than glad, I am grateful for anyone to read them and respond by a ‘like’. That’s all I can hope for. I can’t take those words with me nor eat them. They will be finally found in a drawer when my descendants clear out my room. For anyone to actually have a book published is a feather in a cap of an almost unimaginable achievement. I stand in awe of those that have achieved the dizzying heights of ‘being published’. They can say with pride, ‘I am an author’. My writing started back some ten years ago and might have left it a bit late. I do print my bits and pieces and reached post Nr 712 a couple of days ago. Who would have thought? I love it.
    PS: I don’t know what those numbers are doing. They came here on their own accord!

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24 Responses to “Bali again, but last for the time being.”

  1. Carrie Rubin Says:

    For some reason, your #s 3 and 4 didn’t show up for me. Just empty spaces. But regardless, I’m sure it was difficult to say goodbye to Bali. So peaceful. Then again, it’s always a treat to get back to our own beds. 🙂


  2. Yvonne Says:

    The mystery of the stubborn numbers!

    I’m glad I stumbled across your blog, Gerard, you always have some interesting observation to put before us.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. bkpyett Says:

    The vegetation in Bali must be so lush! Love your descriptions.
    and your photos, Gerard. It is interesting how things change on WP all by itself, I wonder at it too! Selamat tinggal, terima kasih, sound so warm and friendly! Well done for sharing this culture with us too!


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Bali is so lush you put a stick in the ground and it will grow. The people also take great care in making things very beautiful. This is part of their Hindu culture. Everything is decorated but not just shoddy or kitschy, not a plastic flower or plant in sight anywhere.


  4. Curt Mekemson Says:

    You probably hit an outline button, Gerard. Or maybe one of the minor Bali gods hitched a ride and is playing tricks. Fun series! Thanks, Curt.


  5. hilarycustancegreen Says:

    Both feeling sad and laughing over this post. You are an Internet author, read by probably as many people as have ever read my novels!


  6. rod Says:

    I don’t think you have left it a bit late. Keep up the good work, especially on what is shaping up to be your autobiography.


  7. Julia Lund Says:

    You are an author. And you are publishing your work. And your readers love what you write. And you aren’t too late.


  8. Lottie Nevin Says:

    I think you write very well, Gerard. It’s never too late to write a book. My step-mother is writing her first novel and she’s the same age as you. Clearly you are both very on trend! I’m delighted that you had a happy time in Bali, have you thought any more about going to stay there for longer?

    Liked by 2 people

    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I will get going on my biography again soon. We will try and stay longer next time. ‘A dipping of our toes again’, after all the sad events over the last couple of years. It takes time!
      How are you both?


  9. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    Like, Like, Like. A wonderful trip and wonderful memory. I am grateful to have read about it and grateful to have you as my blogging friend.


  10. auntyuta Says:

    I love to read your posts, Gerard. I don’t always get notified when a new post has arrived. As usual, I did respond with “like” to this post, however it does not seem to open up properly. Some others do not open up either. Maybe they are going to rectify it eventually.

    I am impressed that you have 712 print outs of your posts. I stopped printing my posts a long time ago. I should really take it up again to make sure my descendants can eventually find what I have written.

    A book? There are already millions and millions of people to be admired for getting their writing published as a book. How many books are worth keeping in the long run? May the best books survive into the future!


  11. Master of Something Yet Says:

    Gerard, if you go in and edit your post, place your cursor on the lines that have numbers and click on this icon at the top for each one:

    That should remove the numbers (I hope!).

    I love your writing, Gerard. Published or not, you have made it as a writer.


  12. gerard oosterman Says:

    You are right the numbers have gone! Thank you for those uplifting comments. I really like and appreciate that.


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