Well, your itineraries for the day were set. You just walked out of your vacation rental toward where the chauffeur was waiting when suddenly it started raining. Since all of your itineraries’ settings for the day were outdoor, you couldn’t help but to mutter some profanities.
The next day was the same. You saddled up your rented scooter when, after you pushed the ignition button, you realized your scooter engine wasn’t the only thing that started. Tiny drips of water started falling from the sky before shifted into a full-blown, heavy, tropical rain.
Welcome to Bali! Rainy season version, which, I bet, has a slight difference from Bali, post-card version.
Geography 101: As a tropical country, Indonesia has two seasons only, dry and wet. Bali is no exception to this. Dry season in Indonesia lasts from March to October and the rainy season, from October to March, give or take one month each season.
That’s in theory, however.
In reality, the climate has been acting a bit weird in the past few years (global warming anyone?). So weird, that even in December (2015), which is always the second wettest month after January since time long forgotten, I didn’t see much rain in Bali. Not until the next month did I see more rains, which brings me to the topic of this post.
This is the question a lot of tourists visiting Bali have asked in forums and social media. Nope. You won’t get the same things you can read in other blogs here. Forget about the boring stuffs. Here’s the real deal.
1. It’s Gadget Time
You’re aware of how vicious people can be when they see you are so absorbed with your gadget while they expect you to enjoy the scenery (or whatever tourist traps you’re at). Now that those staring, judging eyes are gone, you can fully unleash your gadget-craving routines.
2. Indoor Activities That Don’t Suck
3. Read and Write
Travel is the perfect time to read or write or both. Check my other post about the books you should read while travelling.
As for writing, well, given that most people require a quiet environment while they write, why don’t you use it to write something up? And by something I don’t mean your Facebook status or Tweets. I bet Elizabeth Gilbert spent more than one rainy day when finishing her chapter about Bali in Eat, Pray, Love.
4. The stuffs everyone else suggests and does while it’s raining in Bali:
Hit the mall, go to cinema, get pampered at the spa etc…You know, the basics.
And then of course there’s something else.
5. Be like the locals
So what do the locals do when it rains? They embrace it. It doesn’t even stop them from what they’re doing. Not even from driving their bikes, hence the colorful raincoats you see on the streets.
Rain is the giver of life for those born in the tropics. We love rain. Far from being regarded as gloomy and sad, it fills you up with this pleasant feeling so good you crave for something that gives you comfort, just so that you can enjoy that feeling more: reminiscing a sweet old memory, a cup of hot coffee (strong as death, sweet as love and black as hell), or taking a good nap. Nothing is more satisfying then to hit the pillow while the sound and the chill of the rain drift you off slowly and lull you to sleep. But that’s just me.
“In the rain, there’s a song that can only be heard by a yearning heart.”
So, start to listen to it.
Pic source: shokoshock.deviantart.com Quote source: Yoana Dianika, Freely translated from Bahasa