Call me Badfish. Or call me Tio. I’m about as far on the other side of the world as you can possibly get from being an interesting IT geek. I don’t even have a smartphone. I can’t create a table on Excel. I’ve never Skyped anyone. I just started using FB last July while traveling, I have maybe 8 friends. And I’m an absolute newby to blogging. I registered my blog yesterday, I wrote my first post yesterday. Today, I am suspicious that I totally messed up my site. It doesn’t look like a site. I thought I bought a private domain name, which miraculously was available, but it didn’t work, and I now have a domain name with WP in it. I can’t find the “comments” box. I can’t find my “like” button. I can’t find my dashboard. I can’t find my Admin Bar. And I’m a little freaked out because someone I don’t know is now “following” me. How did he know I started my blog? Cyberspace is a scary place.
Good news: I am also about as far away as one could get physically from where many of you are—I’m presently visiting the Island of Gods and Demons, Bali. I’m in Ubud, in the mountains where Elizabeth Gilbert found love after gorging herself and praying for it. I can show you the very place where Julia Roberts lived in the movie and where she almost got run over by that Toyota Land Cruiser while riding her bike.
Bad news: I don’t speak Indonesian. My WordPress site is in the Indonesian language, and won’t translate into English sometimes. Or when it finally does translate into English, and I try to type on the site, a box pops up covering the cursor and asks if I have a better translation to offer…from English to Indonesian.
More bad news: I’m sitting in the Yellow Flower Café waiting for this rain to stop drenching the land and creating all the outrageously gorgeous, green scenery. The Yellow Flower is pretty much an outdoor, open-air restaurant that sits atop the rim of a vertical ravine covered in lush jungle plants. This is the bad-news part here: it rained so hard the other day that all the plants (a 20-foot-high wall of plants) at the Yellow Flower broke and washed away.
Good news: now the view is of the valley and a few houses clustered on the rim on the far side of the ravine, and a ridge they call “The Dragon’s Back” running up the middle—which I may hike later today if those clouds disappear beyond the volcano.
Bad news: the view of the plants was a more agreeable, a more comforting,more relaxing and calming setting, with giant purple flowers and a palpable, tranquil energy emanating from the living wall of vegetation.
Good news: the sun just popped out, the rain stopped, and I’ve just finished drinking my hot ginger with palm honey and lime, so I’m outta here.
If you’re reading this, let me know if it looks like a site, or not. If there is a “like” button, it may say “suka,” Indonesian for “like.” You don’t need to like me, just let me know if you see a button, and whether it’s in English or Indonesian. That is, if there is a “comments” button.