One of my favourite places to visit is Bali. I find joy and peace in her beaches, culture, simple life styles and kind people. Sure, I can see they have challenges like the rest of us, but they seem to have attain some inner peace which eludes the rest of us. Perhaps it is their strong belief in their religion where about about 90% of the population practise Hinduism.Every morning, the women will make offerings in a tray containing little plates weaved from coconut palms and filled with fragrant chopped screw-pine leaves and colourful balsam flower petals together with lighted joss sticks.
This little girl has already learnt the art of making the plates by cutting and shaping the palm leaves with the large blade. She is so young yet she has learnt how to handle the blade so carefully and expertly. When there is a need, kids grow up so quickly. Looking at her, I realise how protected city kids are with our kid-safe knives.
These offerings are carried out without fail every morning and the streets are lined with palm leaf trays, flower petals and joss sticks.