Indonesia round 2, the throwback post.
I’m currently writing this from Indonesia (round 3) before headed back to the States of America that are United under the pursuit of life, love and happiness. Home. I realize “home is where the heart is”; but every time I come back to Indonesia I feel my right atrium being more and more full of Indo blood. The US of A will always have my left ventricle though.
Indo round 2 was a fleeting month from mid-September to mid-October. I parted ways with Ryan in KL, shed some tears on the flight, and was then comforted by a beautiful view of “Airport Lefts” surf spot while landing in Denpasar (Kuta Beach).
Directly from Kuta, I headed to the island of Lombok to meet up with Matt “Abacabar Pop Star” Rowland, a soon to be lifelong friend and STN connection who charges waves, charges life, and charges his soon-to-happen shoulder surgery on his credit card (no thanks insurance). Matt and I were going to spend a couple weeks in Banko Banko (Desert Point), where he was previously doing humanitarian work. To make a long story entertaining to read, he tore his shoulder (badly), and was now staying with Howie Antrang and Co. Matt and I spent a week with the Antrang family where we relaxed, ate tempe (my new favorite), ate fish curry, ate, ate, and had a jubilee time. The Antrang’s were extremely hospitable! (that is an understatement) I can’t wait to go back. From Lombok, Matt flew home to Hawaii, Howie stayed home, and I headed back to Kuta solo.
My solo-dolo time was spent around Kuta beach and Uluwatu, where I experimented with being (semi)productive while in a vacationer’s paradise. The result was the creation of this blog, as well as the pursuit of other business ideas (yet to come, God willing). Through my frequent trips down Poppies One Street (on my way to “the office” a.k.a. free Wifi and 20 cent ice cream cones at McDonalds) I was able to establish and affirm some great relationships with the ever smiling, greeting, and friendly locals. This helped ease any thought of loneliness as well as continue to hone my skills in Bahasa (Indonesian language).
Personal highlights from this time are:
1. The MBA crew: “Bagus” Agoos, Loy “the Lobster”, “Hulk” Hogan, Dekrit “Schwartzeneggar”, “Casi”Opik“ia”, “Luca” Toni, and more
2. My McD basketball friends: Dharma and Adi
3. The Beach Boys: Patty, Sigala, Simba, Tom, Waves, Reef, and Sand
4. The 5 o’clock Footballers: names never matter (or get remembered) here, just faces, feet, shouts, and playing styles
5. The Fruit Ladies: Pudu, Putri, Dia, Kaka, and Ade
6. Thomas’ Family
My last week was shared with Emily, who arrived unbeknown to Indonesia, ready for adventure, psyched for the beach, carpe-ing the deim, smashing volleyballs, scootering lazily, and smiling the whole way. I’ve had a few questions from people about “the girl in the photos”, so I figured I’d give you all the details:
Emily Lyn Carle
Weight: 130 lbs
The rest is just pictures so please enjoy.
Love and Friendship,