It has been 6 months of me living in Bali! Time flies. Here is some highlight of my half a year living in Bali!
I do enjoy my work, it is in line with my passion for development. There is a room for improvement. The working environment is very friendly. Working hours is fair. People are helpful. I travel often for work too. Also, I keep myself busy with my side projects: write a book, organize youth camp and mini property business.
I was in a relationship 3 weeks after I arrive here. However, it only lasted for less than two months. Neither of us was ready for a relationship. He had to leave Bali and I was emotionally not ready. I still go out on a date sometimes but tbh I enjoy my solitude time. If the right person comes along, it is great but nothing to rush on. It will come at the right time. Meanwhile, I am on a self-improvement progress.
When I used to live in Australia, I speak English most of the time. My former partner’s native language is English, most of my friends are non-Indonesia, and my courses were delivered in English. I barely speak Indonesia. Returning to Indonesia, I switch speaking English and Indonesia all the time. The good thing is Bali is very international setting and my working place is somewhat international. Thus, switching language is unavoidable.
I make some new friends here, whom I enjoy hanging out a lot. The first few months, I partied a lot with my new friends! Now that I have got the hang of Bali, I am ok to chill at my room on Saturday night. I still go to party sometimes, but I prefer to chill on the beach, watch the sunset, dine out and drink in some random bars or go explore more of Bali (its never ending!)
It is not something I am proud of, but the truth is I have not cooked any single dish since back to Indonesia. Bali is a melting point and it has all sort of dish you could imagine: western, eastern, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Indonesian, Balinese. On top of that, it is fairly cheap (esp compare to Australian price). As a foodie, I could not resist to not eat outside every day! 😉
I pick up some hobbies and positive daily routine. I play the ukulele now, meditate and practise yoga regularly. I go to gym 3 times in a week. Listen to the podcast and read books more frequent. And I have a new profound love to aromatherapy which happens to be good for my mental wellbeing.