Friday, March 21, 2008

Surf's Up

A friend of mine, Imran, went to Bali for holidays a few years back and got me three balinese surf boards that can decorate my fridge. Sadly, I lost one of the trio.

Bali is one of over 13,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago and is located just over 2 kilometres from the eastern tip of the island of Java and west of the island of Lombok (once upon a long ago I had one maid, Som, who is from Lombok. She quit before completing her first 3 months but is now inCheras and still comes back to my mother in law's house during her off-days). Bali has varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides provide a picturesque backdrop to the colourful and deeply spiritual culture of this 'Island of The Gods'.
Bali has been the scene of lethal terrorist bombings in 2002 and 2005, both waves of attacks targeting nightclubs and restaurants popular among foreign visitors.The Balinese who depend on tourism for their livelihood, deplore the bombings and the terrorists behind them for the terrible suffering they have caused on this island. But guess what? Statistically, Bali's roads are far more dangerous than even the deadliest bomb.

Where from: Bali, Indonesia
Where now: The blue/purple is at home
the red surf board is in the office
Who: Imran Hamid
When: 2006
Number: 162 & 163

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