Coffee Shop Assistant at Kuta

Name: Muksin
Age: 68
Occupation: Coffee shop assistant
Location: Kuta

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?

To be appreciative and to thank God every day.

What’s most important?

Having faith.

What advice would you give the younger generations?

I would advise younger them to thank God every day, during happy times and bad times.

Are you worried about dying?

I have never worried about dying. Sooner or later, everyone must die. I don’t know when I’ll die, but I do know that I’ve done my best to be a good person, so I’m not worried.

When was the happiest time of your life?

There isn’t a single event in my life in which I can claim to be the happiest because I am most happy whenever I pray to God.

And the worst?

The worst time in my life was when things weren’t going so well. The lack of development in a country can badly influence the quality of life for its citizens.

What’s humanity all about?

Humanity is about people appreciating one another.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Because good people get mixed up with bad people. Bad people influence good people.

Is a peaceful world impossible?

It’s almost impossible for a peaceful world to exist. People are always stubborn. Many times, people do what they wish to do without thinking about the consequences.

How old do you feel?

I am 68 years old now. I’ve been in Bali since 1973, but I have as much as energy as younger men do.

Is there anything you still want to do?

The only thing I still want to do is watch my grandchildren grow up.

Is one lifetime enough?

To me, one lifetime is enough. That’s what we’re taught in Islam.

How has Bali changed since you were a child?

I’m originally from Genteng, Banyuwangi, but I arrived in Kuta in 1973. Back then, there were no big buildings. Nowadays, properties have been developed all throughout Bali.

Has tourism been good for Bali?


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

We wear different clothes. We also have different levels of respect for each other. When tourists visit Bali, we respect them as guests, but many times they do not respect us in return.

Have you ever doubted your religion?

I will never doubt my faith.

What makes you so sure of it?

I am sure of it because my family has been Muslim for generations. We aren’t fanatics, though.

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