Business priorities for Ben are pulling us increasingly toward spending more time in, like a LOT more time in …
This is not so much a change of plans on our Sri Lankan adventure, as much as it is an additional layer of complexity.
Indonesia is a thriving economy in the fast growing Southeast Asia region, and due to both its geographic location and make up as an archipelago of some thirteen thousand islands, with 5 or 6 very large primary islands, Indonesia also happens to be poised to play directly into the South China Sea narrative, where US and Chinese wartime forces are inexorably drawn toward some form of confrontation.
Indonesia is also the world’s largest Muslim nation, that stands, far away philosophically and geographically from all the Jihadism of Muslim countries of the Middle East.
OK, so Ben starts to rev up his professional engines with a slew of meetings in Jakarta, the capital, on the island of Java. It may be that one grows to like Jakarta. But, for now, our very limited exposure to Jakarta translates into traffic, traffic jams, cement, more traffic jams and malls as a destination for some relief from the congested streets.
Jakarta may become the focus of Ben’s professional endeavors, but we are clearly not going to be spending extended time here, be it sequentially, temporarily, sporadically or any other adjective that may convey a sense of limited exposure to the intensity of an over-populated urban megacity.
Since Ben considers taking a plane akin to taking a bus, let him take the “bus”. I’ll find us a nest in a more serene environment, which is nonetheless within sufficient proximity to Jakarta that day trips are fathomable.
That brings us back, yet again, to Ubud, (Yay!) on the culturally and religiously distinct island of Bali, the Southeast Asian epicenter for creativity, yoga and plant based food.
Or maybe it is the other way around.
Ben asks me, “Where else in Asia would it be fun to be based and live for a while?” There are many places of interest, but spending time in Bali, based in Ubud is something akin to idyllic, for me, from a sense of health and wellbeing.
Not a bad view to wake up to… fields of rice paddies, in an early stage of new growth. This is the environment of the first place we are staying at. Tranquil and quiet, with the only downside being that one needs to “shuttle” into town, whereas we are more the motor scooter types, but with rainy season a 15 minute steep curvy road is not ideal. So we start out here…
One of the many spas we frequented over a span of 4 days for a variety of massage treatments for our travel weary muscles and brains. Price point is between $15-$22 an hour.
Every day everywhere aesthetic beauty abounds in the form of the Buddha.
We have had quite a hectic week… of many flights, hotels and for Ben, meetings. Having a few days hiatus from big cities and being on planes, is quite the treat before we continue on to Singapore for a day and then Hong Kong for two days (more meetings.) Stay tuned..
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