Abby Travels To Bali

Oct 13 – Sunday

Checked in an hour before flight and even after breakfast, all I want to do is nap. That is what has become of me.

Dunno if I’m getting skinned alive but cabfare from Denpasar to Jalan Kajeng, Ubud is Rp.300,000. That’s almost like RM85. Hurm.

Quick Mas Cabbie. I need my kretek feed soon!

Quick! Quick! Veet!!!!

Waze is helping me to make sure cabbie is on the right track.

I saw McDees. Saya lapar. Famished.

Saya mahu makan nasi, Elaine … 😦

Lunch at Ingus.

Roomie practising her poem for tonight’s slam.

Just signed up for the poetry slam tonight at #UWRF13 … A chance I gladly take now that I’m here. And gonna do it in Malay! Jom Elaine!

Did my poem in Malay at the #UWRF13 and so glad people who doesn’t understand it thanked me and told me they like it. :-))

Oct 14 – Monday

Started the day with a house tour by the owner of the HanSnel bungalow, his widow Tante Siti. She was a model back in the 50s.

And so I’m still working despite taking a break that I’m supposed to. Hurm..

“A major part of writing in any form is rhythm.” – Robin de Crespigny at the Big Picture talk in #UWRF13

So many too smart writers at #UWRF13 makes me feel like whatever that I know now is far from being enough. The exposure is good to humble you.

Having said that – I don’t see many M’sian writers here and it’s sad. So near home but we are not allowing ourselves to participate in this.

Gonna walk streets of Ubud alone now. Bliss.

#Jalanan was awesome. I don’t know how Daniel Ziv directs it, whether it’s the least direction or the most – whatever it is, I cried. Bless.

Oct 15 – Tuesday

Baiklah pengikut-pengikutku di Twitter. Selamat Hari Raya padamu. Dah berkorban untuk Sang Pencipta Dewata Raya? Nama-Nya di Batu Bersurat.

And enough of this hijabster jeebuz. Takpe kalau kita bermadah dalam bahasa sendiri. Lebih afdhal jika berkata benda yang kita mengerti.

I learn to love my language even more everytime I step my foot in Indonesia. Bahasa budaya bangsa. Tuhan itu Maha Memahami.

Saya bacakan puisi “Jantung dan Udara” di depan penonton yang tidak memahami Bahasa Melayu di #UWRF13 . Ramai berterima kasih atas keindahan.

Keindahan bahasa dan kemurnian hati itu penting. Usah risau yang tidak memahami. Yang penting isi hati.

Sarapan berharga Rp.71,500. Dalam nilai Ringgit, lebih kurang RM 25. Agak mahal. Kayak sarapan di La Bodega.

Pada hari ini, kata En. Shah, pegawai HR di tempat kerja kedua saya pada 2006 terngiang-ngiang di kepala. “Abby tulis blog. Sungguh indah.”

Final #SeronokUbud lunch with the team! Been a swell time at #UWRF13 .. Planning a tour next year!

Overheard a lady advising her friend not to go to the toilet. Looks like I have to pee in the air.

#notetoself The further your boarding Gate is from the common area, altho is far to reach, the toilet is always cleaner. #airportblues

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