Name : Marikun

Age : 61

Occupation : Rice porridge seller

Location : Sanur Village Market

What’s the greatest lesson has taught you?

I have learned that sometimes I have to struggle to make money to support my family, especially my lovely children.

What’s the most important?

It’s very simple: having a happy family. We live together in my small house but it is always full of smiles.

What advice would you give the younger generations?

Don’t waste your time. If you have the opportunity to go to school or any other kind of formal study, do it. Studies will determined your future and help you make a better life.

Are you worried about dying?

No, I’m not worried at all because I have God inside my body.

What was the happiest time of your life?

When I was an orange farmer more than 30 years ago. I was very succesful and had plenty of money. I bought a motorbike and clothes for my wife and children, which I had never been able to do before. I was very proud to be able to be such a good husband.

And the worst?

When I was a tree logger. I never had the chance to go home to visit my parents. I had to sleep in the jungle, and never changed my clothes. It was a very difficult experience.

What’s the humanity about?

Humanity is a struggle to be able live together peacefully.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

People are getting smarter now, so they don’t want to be controlled by someone else. They want to take care of their own interests.

Is a peaceful world possible?

It’s possible if all of us live in perfect harmony.

How old do you feel?

I never feel old, because I am still hopeful that I will be able to see the world develop and bloom.

Is one lifetime enough?

I think so, because it is not possible to be born twice.

How has Bali changed since you were a child?

I’ve only lived in Bali since 2006, so I don’t know much how Bali has changed.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

Yes, tourism is a source of money for living.

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

The difference is to do with safety. In the East we feel more comfortable and safe.

Have you ever doubted your religion?


What makes you so sure about that?

It is my belief.

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