It’s been nearly 10 years…
Since the last time I set foot on the Land of The Gods aka Bali aka paradise.
10 friggin years, people!
I still remember vividly how it was the last and the first time I was there for a short weekend.
I was still working in Jakarta at the time in 2004 when I got an offer to fly to Bali for a job interview in a hotel. Me, a girl who never been to Bali? Of course I jumped at that opportunity.
So off I went on an evening flight after work one Friday back in August 2004. As I stepped out of the plane, I inhaled deeply. Taking all the fresh air in. Away from crowded Jakarta for a chance. The hotel sent a driver to pick me up. He showed up with a board with my name on it. That felt strange but exciting at the same time.
They had prepared a room for me in the hotel. When I checked in, they said the the initial room for me will not be ready until the next day so they put me up in a twin bed room. Still quite a nice room actually and I didn’t mind at all. It was all free after all!
The next morning, after an early breakfast and not enough sleep from all the excitements, I was whisked away to downtown Denpasar. A psychology test awaits me. The test took all day long to finished and I knew I flunked it even long before I found out. It was the most extensive psychology test I had ever taken.
When I returned to the hotel, they informed me that I can now move to the room they had assigned me to. It was like a private bungalow. It was beautiful and very quiet. Fabulous!
But I had things to do…hey, I was there for a job interview! So I spent the rest of the day in and out of interviews with some of the hotel’s managers.
It was a long day.
Yet they made it memorable, the hotel. They invited me to enjoy their famous Balinese performance while I enjoyed Indonesian buffet dinner by their lush beachfront garden.
Before I arrived in Bali, I told myself to give my best and I thought I did just that on that long Saturday. Exhausted but realizing that’s the last night I had in Bali, I braved myself and ventured out for a stroll alone after dinner. The hotel is in Legian Kuta area so I just took a walk and look around.
The next day felt like a ‘bonus’ for me as they allowed me to just enjoy my last day there. So to the beach I went.
I sipped some gin and tonic playing tourist. Took some more stroll around the area before I flew back home to Jakarta.
So there you go…my very short unforgettable visit to Bali.
I didn’t score the job but it sure was an unforgettable experience.
Maybe it is time to plan for a real vacation time in Bali? Hmmm….