I dropped my iPhone and the screen got cracked…pretty badly. I was gonna update my FB status and took a screenshot…which is not cracked, of course.
I think I’m not the only one who did this. lol
I moved from Ubud to Amed, which is a coastal village in North East of Bali.
When Kiki (from Kiki’s Delivery Service, one of my favorite Ghibli movies) was asked by her friend where she would move to, she answers “I will find somewhere I can see the ocean!”
So do I. And my dream has come true!
This is where I live now. I always wanted to live somewhere like this, overlooking a vast ocean!
But who can imagine a place with this sign offers such a beautiful room?
After some negotiations, I got this room only Rp.900,000 (USD 68) for a week. No, I’m not kidding. And that includes fast Internet (the fastest and the most stable one I ever experienced in Bali), breakfast, room cleaning every couple of days, and this sunrise view from the terrace! It’s too good to be true…but again, I’m not kidding!
My room is on top of the hill where I can enjoy the best ocean view.
Now is off season, so next door is always empty (I sneak into a terrace of next door sometimes :P) and basically there are not many people staying in this place…very quiet. When I was in Ubud, I woke up every morning with the voices of roosters and dogs and sometimes Balinese chanting, which was actually nice because I could feel I’m in South East Asia. But here all I can hear is the sound of waves. (…the problem is it’s too quiet and I cannot wake up in the morning.lol)
I enjoy total privacy here. I sing a song with nothing on or turn all the lights off and look up the starry sky enjoying Bintang beer. I seriously wanna buy this room.
Sounds like I’m having such a gorgeous life? But the truth is I’m a nomad worker who is operating at a loss.
But in Bali, everybody sings “Everything’s gonna be alright!,” which makes me feel like so. Now I came back from my morning scuba dive and I’m writing this blog listening to Jazz at my terrace.
I will show you some of my “offices” so that I can prove you that I am actually “working.”lol
When I was living in Ubud, I was based in Hubud, a wonderful co-working space. A bamboo house with high-speed Internet and free self-service coffee. Freelancers and entrepreneurs who work here were all attractive and inspiring!
I sometimes worked at home. I loved spending time there seeing a pretty garden, but the problem was…no Internet. (But it was good for me. I could be offline at least while I’m at home.)
I explored dozens of cafes in Ubud.
Sometimes I was working in the woods.
Sometimes in the rice field.
Sometimes by the coast of Candidasa, which is East of Bali.
And I draw cartoons at a restaurant by Amed beach.
A tragedy happened.
I was drawing cartoons at a super cozy cottage surrounded by green…then it happened. A shit was falling on my cartoon! （；＿；）I guess it was from a lizard…
Then, a cat came to read my cartoon.
After she read, she stepped on my cartoon and left. I think she didn’t like it.lol
This is how I am working.
I think working environment is very important. Sometimes I focus on my work so much that I forget to have lunch. (No, it’s not because I’m too lazy to go down the hill where I stay right now to have lunch…or maybe so.)
One of my Nepali friends told me: “Japanese people work too much. It’s like hardworking-ness is in their blood.”
Even I, who is one of the laziest, most optimistic Japanese, am working in front of this beautiful scenery.
Maybe what he was saying is right…
There was a couple of big earthquakes hit Kyushu area, Japan, on April 14th and 16th. Lots of people are affected and they still cannot go home as a series of aftershocks are hitting the area.