Like a lucky Dream
by
Jochen Kern


Bali 1985 - 1987

RETURN TO THE GODS

 

After 10 years, I returned to Bali, Island of the Gods, and the Bali Hyatt Hotel where I was deviously attached once. Business was much better now.


Mr. Batty made me Bailli (President) of Chaine des Rotisseurs for Bali

The management team was dynamic but the staff had been badly spoilt. This was mainly due to the ever prevalent industrial unrest issues. The capitalistic behavior of vendors was incorrigible. The hospitality from before had changed into money-making ventures. For example, taking the photograph of an inhabitant cost money, and so was watching cultural dance performances, viewing a local house and even friendship! Unbelievable.


still remember? ..the longest Longton in the world for Guinness book of Records

Time and tourists have evolved this beautiful island, like so many other places, into a drastic and cold business place. What did remain, however, was the fauna, crystal clear waters and floral beauty.


Buddy Jon Tek found the Sea......Eric Estrada liked that Coconut & Peter Graves found the Paradise

Maybe in the next 10 years, Bali will be no better than Pattaya, one of the worst tourist spots I have ever visited in Asia. Money itself remains unchanged but the people’s character undergo tremendous change through wealth.

The nicest recreation in Bali was to go diving and sight-seeing on the outskirts of the tourist area. Here, it remains undisturbed, and you can still find the Balinese people the way they were.


left the governor Chaine des Rotisseur Function at the culture museum & right a traditional Cremation

But the whole of Bali is slowly evolving to emerge as a tourist spot on the map and these "untouched places" are getting more difficult to find. Where are the Gods who should have saved this paradise?

Tuti, my secretary, was a little different. She wasn’t Balinese. Nice to remember her though. Residing in the Bali Hyatt Hotel was just great. The company of Marc, Piere, Frank, Thomas (even with his alcoholic problem), Max, Yon Teik and Romano will always be treasured and remain in my memory.

Recollections of the days in Bali: the Black Jack Nights with Telano, Christmas parties with live crabs, and New Year’s Eve will always be cherished. John and Cuci from the Swiss Restaurant in Legian and the longest lontong (Indonesian rice dish) will be remembered worldwide. Even the Guiness Book of Records is looking for a chapter a print this event in.


Bali Hyatt's...my Kitchen brigade with Max and Romano left, the same at night and golden at the beach

Fond memories return of early morning market trups when we were unable to obtain enough fish and had to walk on the beaches where the air was still clear of frust.

That was when God truly showed his face. Nothing artificial. The sunrise and the scenery; feelings on all these is impossible to describe in writing.

Yes, Bali is beautiful! If I had lived there 100 years age, I believe the beauty must have been perfect. But then, there were no hotels with air-conditioned rooms and maybe the mosquitoes would have change my vision.

We are never satisfied! Human vision is crazy! And so unstable at times...


Dolly at Tanalot , Mr. Buessemer with Bavarian praise and my bycicle from the Bali chef's for Beijing

 

The local Recipe

"a chicken tasty hot & beautiful like Indonesias Culturs"
a special Ayam Pelicing for Pak Jup Ave

 

A TASTY COCONUT / OPOR AYAM

CUT A CHICKEN INTO EIGHT PIECES, SAUTE WITH GARLIC, ONIONS, A LITTLE CHILLI, LEMON GRASS AND FRESH BAY LEAVES, FOR A MINUTE. ADD COCONUT MILK AND PRE-COOKED CANDLENUT. BRAISE UNTIL WELL DONE, OVER SLOW HEAT. SEASON WITH SALT AND PEPPER. SERVE WIT RICE.

COCONUT MILK IS CALLED "SANTAN" AND IS MADE FROM THE FIRST RINSE OF FRESHLY GRATED COCONUT.

 

 

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