UPDATED 19th JUNE 2008…
Continued From Part 1…
Day 3: Pasar Seni & Visiting the Gods
We had Kevin Riley joining us to Pasar Seni Guwang Sukawati, where a rich variety of local arts and crafts are for sale.
I came to learn that bargaining with merchants is huge part of lifestyle and survival here in Bali (and for most parts in Indonesia as well). Unlike most other countries, one usually doesn’t pay the price pasted on the price tag. Heck, most of the things for sale here don’t have price tags! It can be good and bad – you either walk away with a bargain or pay more than necessary.
This is also where being able to speak some Malay pays off. The Bahasa Indonesia shares many similiarities with Bahasa Malaysia, which makes going around and communication among the Balinese easier for a Malaysian. 🙂
L-R: Kevas, Balinese Merchant, me, Kevin, Balinese Merchant #2, Ladan.
After having lunch, the group went to the airport to pick up both Jimmy Chen and his girlfriend Stephannie Chin, both who also hail from Malaysia.
Shortly after, we went to visit the Gods of Trinity… carved on statues of course. 🙂
This guy (who works here) told me an interesting tale about the three Gods that the Hindhus believe in. They echo familiarity about the things I used to read when I was in school but my mind was too relaxed and focused on having fun in Bali I forgotten most of the tale. 😉
Kevin: “What? You want my autograph?”
We also visited the Monkey Island where hundreds of notorious monkeys live life on the edge, pick on tourists and get cheeky before stealing valuables from unsuspecting passer-bys. 🙂 Perhaps this is what inspired a computer game of the same name?
More New Peeps…
More and more new faces and former acquaintances from last year started to show up in the hotel lobby at night… Lyna Murray and later her sister Maria (new), CW Teo, Alan Cheng (new), John Mann (new), Kevin Brown (new), Shahfir Ahmad… and my two buddies from Australia, Aurelius Tjin and Frank Bauer!
With Aurelius Tjin… my PLR Secrets Exposed! partner, and I’m his #1 affiliate (that’s what he says!) 🙂
With Frank Bauer… German dude with strong Australian influence! 🙂
Day 4: New Peeps and Group Tour
Finally! Now everyone in the group had already arrived to check into the Sanur Beach Hotel. We were chilling near the beach, outside the hotel before we embarked on another group tour on the island.
Meet Alan Cheng, the British speaking Chinese from Hong Kong.
And hey hey, look who’s here? It’s Cornelius a.k.a. Sugeng! 🙂
Lynna Murray a.k.a. Galadriel a.k.a. Kak G.
Just when I thought the Singaporean Internet Marketers registered a ‘no show’ suddenly CW Teo shows up! 🙂 Shahfir Ahmad from Singapore came too. These two guys appear very frequently in most seminars and Internet Marketing events that I’ve been to in Malaysia and Singapore for the past two years. Very hardworking! 🙂
Group Photo. L-R: Kevin Brown, Jimmy, Ladan, Dee, Frank, me, Alan, Kevas, Aurelius, John Mann, CW Teo, Lynna.
Buying Souvenirs and Going Down Monkey Forest
Crazy Slingshot Gadget
This slingshot can catapult two people 50 meters into the air in just 3 seconds. I have to admit I was very intimidated when I saw the words ‘Kiss Your Arse Goodbye’ printed on the steps to the wicked gadget. And the thought of replaying the freaky scenes from Final Destination 3 didn’t help but feed my fears of height. I still have a long life to live and few more Product Launches to pull off. 🙂
Still, Ladan and I were the first to climb into the catapult.
That’s me signing the papers. *gulp* So, we climbed into the ball and had ourselves strapped for blast-off.
(Thanks to Frank Bauer for the video.)
And yes, we survived! 🙂 So it wasn’t as scary as I had thought. Okay okay, I was still scared (only a little bit) and I could feel like legs turn to jelly when I was back on the ground safe again. Man, Ladan sure was brave and I realized I did most of the screaming when we got slingshot into the air. Still, we got to enjoy the view from the top for less than a minute and the people and curious on-lookers suddenly looked like ants.
Now it’s Jimmy’s and Alan’s turn. Kiss your butts good bye. 🙂 Final Destination, anyone?
The four of us who climbed into the slingshot… and survived. 🙂
Having Dinner at a Chinese Seafood Restaurant
To Be Continued in Part 3…
3 thoughts on “The Bali Experience: Part 2”
Starting next week there will be a month-long Bali Annual Art Festival, will be a good chance for tourists to see all Bali cultural heritage in one place.
I sat that slingshot reverse bungee too during a rave at A Famosa Malacca many months back.. It was quite fun, but it costed me a hefty RM50 (ripoff!) – how much was this one?
You can also actually try it at KL Tower if I’m not mistaken (not sure if its still around). Can also ride this in Singapore, they seem to have it permanently fixed there..
BUT I don’t remember having to sign any indemnity form though.. lol
If RM50 is a rip-off then I must have had it worse? I paid 200,000 rupiah (US$20.00 so do the math in Ringgits) 😉 Anyways it was still money worth spending for the experience.
Yeah that gadget can be found anywhere like in Singapore but doing it in Bali made it special. 🙂 The four of us who sat the slingshot all signed the forms, though. The thought was intimidating but then it was no longer that scary three seconds into the air; the suspense had been killed. 😉
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