Neli, 65 and from Legian, is a mother of seven, grandmother of 11 and runs a souvenir stall close to her home.

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To live your life and work as much as you need to.

What is most important?
Making enough money to survive, family and religion.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
Go to school and stay there and then use your education to get a good job.

Are you worried about dying?
No, I have lived a good life.

When was the happiest time of your life?
When I lived with my big family. I live alone now that all my children are married and my husband is gone.

And the worst?
I can’t really think of a worst time. I have had a happy life. We’ve struggled sometimes but we have always been able to make it through.

What is humanity all about?
Living with people, and their faults and their good qualities.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Because people don’t follow the rules of their religion and their society.

Is a peaceful world possible?
Not as long as people keep breaking the rules and doing things that cause disruption to other people’s lives.

How old do you feel?

I don’t feel older or younger than 65.

Is one lifetime enough?
It depends how you live it. I have lived well, but of course I would like a chance to do things differently in my next life.

How has Bali changed?
The tourist industry has made a huge difference to the people and the land in Bali. Legian used to be just another village and look at it now.

Has tourism been good for Bali?
I make my living from tourism – so, yes, it’s a good thing.

What’s the major difference between people in the East and the West?
Westerners are louder and busier. People from Asia are more reserved and keep more to themselves.

Have you ever doubted your religion?
No, never.

What makes you so sure about it?
It has always been part of my life and will continue to be after I die. It is what I have always believed in.

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