Jero Kajeng, 60, is from Sanur and sells soft drinks at the beach. She has three children and six grandchildren.

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
Life has taught me how to bring my children up and how it’s important that I sell soft drinks to have money to feed my family.

What’s most important?
My family.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
Look after the elderly.

Are you worried about dying?
I’m very worried.

When was the happiest time of your life?
I can’t think of any particular happy moment; it has been a happy life so far.

And the worst?
When I married my husband. My parents didn’t approve because he didn’t have any money.

What’s humanity all about?
It’s about helping each other and staying close to each other.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Because people want more and more money.

Is a peaceful world possible?
I don’t think so.

How old do you feel?


Is one lifetime enough?
It is enough.

How has Bali changed?

Before, there were not so many people. Now there are tourists everywhere and Balinese people now have a better quality of life.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

It has been very good. The more tourists the better. If there were no tourists I could not sell so many drinks and life would be harder.

What’s the major difference between the East and the West?
People from the West have more money so they can afford to travel and know new places. We can’t do that.

Have you ever doubted your religion?

I’m Hindu and I’ve never doubted Hinduism.

What makes you so sure about it?

I respect other religions but I’ve been Hindu since I was born, and I trust my religion more than anything.


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