May 2008. I moved to Bali as an ‘undercover agent’. From ‘somebody’ to ‘nobody’. A ‘hero’ falling from grace. That was pretty much how my situation was. I had a promising career as a college professor, got my MA and all, then…. BAM! Some illusionist turned me into no one. That illusionist was me.
It was not very easy to lead a life as an ‘undercover’. I wasn’t who I had been, because in this place, no one knew nor care of what I had achieved. And me? I lost the case completely. I lost appetite to even trying to prove myself. I sat on a throne when I was still teaching; I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I was superior in the eyes of my students. They believed what I had to say. Well… talking in general, of course! But in Bali, I was a rookie in the hospitality business. I was a rookie in everything Bali. I was a rookie in humbleness.
May 2012. I think I’m in control again. I hold my pen, richer in perspectives, yet humbler.