Saturday, February 26, 2011
Beautiful Bali: Invitation to Bali
After visiting Java and the Celebes, you'd think I would stop visiting Indonesia for a while but then I had received a call from Ah Heng. His friends in Malacca had planned to visit Bali and asked if I would tag along. Indonesia comprises 17,508 islands and Bali is not just one of them- I have read in a local entertainment magazine, Galaxie, about Peyton Place's star, Barbara Parkins , visiting it in the 70s and taking a bath in a stream there- naked even- like the local Balinese women. And there is this tune from Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific called Bali Ha'i which kept hammering into my head that Bali is an exotic place to be in. Never mind if the Bali in Bali Ha'i is not the Bali in Indonesia but more of Ambae or Aoba Island in Vanuatu - I had just to be there in Bali, Indonesia! I would have to put up a night in Ah Heng's house (inset) in Kampung Slim, Perak and together, we would meet up with his friends in Kuala Lumpur before making our way to Bali. Beautiful Bali - Hai or rather, Hi! We are coming!