Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Bali High

DAY 3 (JULY 25, TUESDAY

Hello hello!

Apa kabar? That’s Bahasa for “How are you?”

Me? I’m having a blast in Bali!

It’s Day 3 of my stay in Indonesia and Day 1 of AirToo Booth in Circle K, Kuta Beach Branch. During our first hour, we had a lot of inquiries, from locals and foreigners alike. Katz and I had to smile and say, “Sorry, we don’t speak Balinese…” quite a few times, as the locals would start to speak to us in their language. I’m expecting that we’ll be getting a lot of that during our stay here!

We were able to make a sale – an Indonesian lady bought a 75 mL bottle so her Canadian stepson could get an AirToo. The boy’s name was Kyle, and his airtoo of choice was a huge dragon in red and black. Surprisingly a bad-ass design for a seemingly timid 10-year-old boy with sandy brown hair and glasses. He seemed happy with his tattoo. Good thing too because it was quite a production making it. Thank goodness for Katz and her steady hand and eye for color. Me – I held the stencil in place. Not an easy feat for a very intricately-detailed stencil!

AirToo is a novelty in this area so people are really curious about it. There was this one middle-aged European couple who wanted one but didn’t have enough cash with them. So we told them not to worry, we’ll be there tomorrow and the day after that, and the day after that…

Admittedly, it was a pretty slow day for us but we’re looking forward to the weekends when people will start pouring in.

The Kuta Beach Branch has a great view of Kuta beach. The waves were perfect for beginner surfers – steady and not too strong. It was fun to see surfboards – with and without their riders - bobbing up and down as the waves crashed against the shore. Before I leave, I plan to try and conquer the waves of Kuta beach. I’ll let you know when I do.

It was warm and sunny with a cool breeze blowing through the area all throughout the day. After packing up, me and Katz went to the beach for a quick dip. I was surprised to see how wide the shore was. There were people scattered along the shoreline - sitting on the sand, enjoying the sunset and the ocean view. Locals we’ve met here say that Kuta Beach turns into some kind of Lovers’ Lane at night – people making out and cannoodling on the shore. Perhaps before I leave I can see for myself if this is so. I’ll let you know when I do.

The water was cold and the waves were quite strong but manageable enough for swimming. Good ol’ King was kind enough to watch over our stuff and take our photo against the Bali beach skyline.

We didn’t stay very long. It was starting to get dark and cold. King escorted me and Katz to a taxi and told the driver where to take us. It cost us Rp65800, roughly Php 300+. It’s a 30 to 45 minute drive from our house to Kuta and back.

Tired. Sleepy. Happy.

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