As I am writing this blog I have yet to even touch down in the Island of the Gods. That being said, my journey towards Bali thus far has been quite the process full of anticipation, eagerness and frantic scrambling to wrap up my life back home… Since receiving the life changing news about winning The Best Dive Job in the World my life has been anything but relaxing.
The past few months have consisted of quite the variety of things ranging from rewarding and memorable moments with friends and family as well as some emotional ones. In those months however my life has had a certain sense of ease to it knowing that I will soon be living in paradise for the next 7 months.
As I awaited my departure date I looked forward to things like my spread in The Mag, a local Bali magazine, an article in a local newspaper as well as a huge event at a nearby nightclub which was quite the night from what I remember. Of course it was not all fun and games. I wrapped up working my final days as a cook, a job I have had for over 5 years and although I will greatly miss the people and relationships I have built there, I can confidently say I was happy to leave all the frantic cooking and kitchen stress behind.
Luckily the great people of Blue Season Bali said it was ok for my long-time girlfriend Danielle to come along with me so the next step for us was moving out of the apartment we just seemed to finally get settled in. Although moving out is always hard, the thought of starting a new life in Bali was reassuring enough to wash away any feelings of disturbance. From there I basically gave away half my wardrobe sold my car, dirt bike and anything else I could get some cash for. In many ways it was the Kenzo Kiren’s everything must go sale which looking back on, I think many people benefited from.
The next step before departing from Vancouver was to get the proper visas in order. Due to a couple complications I had to go to the Indonesian consulate 3 separate times, however, that part of the process made it that much more gratifying when they finally gave me the stamp of approval. As for the actual journey from Vancouver to Bali, originally our plan was to fly to Japan and spend a week or so visiting some family and reaffirming myself with the Japanese language. Unfortunately those plans fell through so we started looking at flying through Australia.
Both my girlfriend and I have never been to Australia so we thought it would be an enjoyable start to the whole experience of moving across the world but after missing out on a special flight deal we had to scratch those plans too. In the end we caught a wicked deal through Hong Kong. Three movies, a couple TV shows, an onboard street fighter arcade game, a couple airplane meals, a little nap and 13 hours later we touched down in Hong Kong International Airport. From here it’s just a “quick” 17 hour layover before we catch our flight to Denpasar! That part of the journey has yet to take place so that part of the story will have to wait for another day!