Ni Made Ciri, 63, is a housewife and farmer from Singapadu

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To take care of my happiness as well as my health.

What’s most important?

What advice would you give the younger generations?

Respect the older generations and learn from them.

Are you worried about dying?


When was the happiest time of your life?
When all my children were small.

And the worst?

When my husband died, recently.

What’s humanity all about?

I’m not so sure. I have always concentrated on family rather than humanity.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

God tests us with conflict, to see how we deal with it.

Is a peaceful world possible?

My world is quite peaceful here in Bali. I’m not sure about the rest of the world.

How old do you feel?

As old as I am.

Is one lifetime enough?

I depends on how happy your life is.

How has Bali changed?

It’s much busier and has a lot more foreigners now than when I was young.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

I think so because we have more money now, but the environment has suffered.

What’s the major difference between the East and the West?
Westerners travel more and have more money to do things that we can’t do.

Have you ever doubted your religion?

No, never.

What makes you so sure about that?
It has been a part of my life from birth until now and it will stay with me after my death.

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