Near death, work and hiv

Trip Start Apr 13, 2011
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Trip End Jul 11, 2011


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Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Saturday, September 10, 2011

don't worry, this time it wasn't from a motorbike accident or anything of the like! after staying at the villa, we headed down to padang padang beach, it was absolutely amazing!  real paradise. we just stopped for some photos then headed to uluwatu.

ramadonna (pepey's best friend) was rather concerned about me walking down to the beach as there was heaps of steps and he knows my history of falling over things, but me and samantha held hands the whole way down, and miracle had it i didn't fall. there were some pretty scary parts, and the steps are at least double the size of a normal step, stone and uneven with most of the time no handrails! we went and walked through a cave which leads into a cove on the beach, it is absolutely stunning. we sat for a while and admired the view while a group of local kids played soccer.

when it was time to head back up to the bikes, i knew the walk back up would be tough, but i didn't know just how tough! the steps are over a foot high each, and it felt like we were walking up a million of them! sam and i had a couple breaks (she's a size 8 and more unfit than me) while the boys just sprinted on up, we then headed off home, and went to a cheap local restaurant for tea where we had huge hamburgers with the lot and a milkshake for the princely sum of $4.50 each. western food craving satisfied!

on monday sam left to thailand for a week or so, which totally sucks! so now i am the only bule leftt in my kos. i met up with joseph, and met up with some of his new friends - two girls from russia, one from switzerland and a guy from aruba, which is an island in the caribbean. we hung out at the small bar then went home.

at work i now have a work schedule, which is monday, wednesday and fridays. we are busy trying to promote the shop to get more customers in, as it is in quite a secluded location and not easily seen from the street. sam has over 8 years in marketing so when she gets back she is going to help us. yesterday i did two piercings on two aussies so it was good to make some money for myself and david!

pepey finally got back on wednesday night which was good - he was surprised at how much healthier bob is looking. i'm pretty sure i have mentioned bob, but if i haven't he is my gorgeous god knows what breed puppy that another bule left with me. when we got him he was skinny, sad and posisbly had mange and his hair was falling out. now his mange is gone, he's fat and energetic and his hair is growing normally! the change is crazy. all we have done is love him and feed him. his original owner wants him back when she comes back here in november or december, but after everyone suggesting i should keep him as he was neglected before, i am going to delete and block her off facebook. i kind of feel bad because i am essentially stealing her puppy, but what else can i do?

today i headed into the hiv clinic for the saturday morning support group. only four girls showed up today, one who is younger than me an absolutely stunning. she was forced into marriage when she was 12 years old, and divorced by the time she was 13. she was then sold into sex work, and had contracted HIV by the time she was 17. a sad story, but thanks to kerti praja she is on antiretroviral drugs so she can live a happy and hopefully full life

i was lucky enough to have my parents buy me a fridge as an early christmas present, and am looking forward to going grocery shopping today to stock it up with coke zero, red bull and fruit! also ice so i can make my favourite ice teas.

not a lot else to report, going to the small bar tonight to meet nana's friends from jakarta which will be good, then back to work monday!

hope all is well, miss everyone and WYWH!! xxx

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Miss u!
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