In mining terms, your swing is the number of days you work compared to those you don’t. A standard week for most is 5/2: Monday to Friday with weekends off where people generally work for about 8 hours per day equating a 40 hour week. For those who work in mining, we are often stationed out on mines which could be a long distance from a town, our friends and hobbies so time off when on a mine is not as useful as time at home. As a result, our working hours differ from the norm. I’m currently on an 8/6 roster working 12 hours per day which means I work two full weeks in just 8 days. As a result I get to have my two weekends together plus an additional two days to balance the hours on site.
So what to do with these 6 days when my beloved is in Los Angeles? Well with being stationed near Perth, Australia, it is actually about 2 hours closer to fly to Indonesia than to return to Brisbane so for this swing I’m staying at a lovely place called the Michi Retreat near Ubud, Bali. It is about a 90 minute drive from the airport in Denpasar and cost $25 in a taxi. Once here, I was delighted to find I had been upgraded to a homely bamboo room and after settling in I was asked if I would honour the Balinese maid by meeting the professor. I had heard about him as he was the owner of this artists retreat, however I was unaware I would get the fortune of meeting him. And what a delightful professor he is.
From north east China and Mongolia, he has a strong Japanese influence; I spent a few hours with him last night discussing Hong Kong in the 50s to 70s, Japanese history, the invention of the pot noodle, wisdom, cheating ourselves, life and some of my ideas about delivering my learnings to those who want to listen. He invited me to run some of my workshops here which I’d love to do, and although she doesn’t know yet, I’ll be putting it out to Georgi Mack whether she’d like to run a joint mind and body experience by me delivering some mental content whist she does the yoga as there is a yoga studio as well as artists area.
Today I delighted in Nasi Goreng for breakfast, then jumped in the pool for half an hour of exercise and stretching before a delicious massage listening to the waterfall from the rice paddy across the tiny valley from me. Amazing to think that for the cost of a good massage in Australia I could be massaged here for 8 hours as it is only $12/hour! After lunch I had a siesta (and dreamed of drinking the snake juice they have in an Absinthe tapped glass container in the restaurant area and watching the waitress suck in tentacles and small frogs as she consumed it telling me it was fine) and am now sitting by the pool writing this. Time to sign off as it’s dinner time then back to see the professor 🙂 .
PS Happy Birthday Granny – today would have been your birthday 🙂 xx
PPS The professor last night said he’d get me a glass of the snake juice to try which is alcohol based with Korean Ginseng, ‘special herbs’ and snake for strength! WTF!