I Nengah Srijaya, 63, is a watch repairer living in Denpasar

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
Appreciate everything in your life and always thank the Gods for what you have.

What advice would you give to the younger generations?

Just one piece: be disciplined.

Are you worried about dying?

Sometimes, yes.

When was the happiest time of your life?

When I finally able to buy a small house for my family, in 1992.

And the worst?

In 1983. My first son was born with problems and had to be kept in hospital for three months.

What’s humanity all about?

It’s about opening up to people, sharing what you have with them and appreciating others.

Is a peaceful world impossible?

Yes, it is impossible.

Are you disappointed with your life or happy at what’s happened?

I am happy. I’ve always been satisfied with it.

How old do you feel?

My age: 63.

Is there anything you still want to do?


Is one lifetime enough?

Yes, it’s enough. But if I am reincarnated, I would like to be a rich man – at least richer than I am now.

How has Bali changed since you were a child?

It has changed a lot. There are a lot of changes.

Is it better or worse?

There’s good and bad.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

It’s been good.

What’s the major difference between the East and West?

The weather. Because of the cold weather in the West, Westerners love sunbathing. But in the East, the weather is warm and people don’t need to do that.

Have you ever doubted your religion?


What makes you so sure of it?

I feel happy with it.

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