It’s Joe Déjà vu @ Bali, Indonesia

Written by @curiostraveller
(Photos by @curiostraveller & @joehairie)


It took some time for @joehairie to finally gave in his ‘piece’ of his mind about Bali. Bali is like our second home. We made a point that we must visit Bali at least once a year. It’s a beautiful place with so many good foods, amazing culture and nice people. After so many visits to this mystical land, he recently told me about his inner thoughts, his Déjà vu and I decided that I must write about that. Writing about our ‘tour’ is something common and people do that all the time, all of em’ are in google. We want to write things about Bali, differently. I experienced the presence of an entity and Joe on the other hand experienced the thing named as  Déjà vu. 

A beautiful temple at Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

Déjà vu is the phenomenon of having the strong sensation that an event or experience currently being experienced has already been experienced in the past. The word itself is French, literally means “already seen”. Most people experience this deja vu thing. One will say. “oh, it think I have done this before in the past, but I can’t remember the details”. “Oh I have seen that before, but where?” or the freaky statement ” I strongly believe, without a doubt, I have gone through this situation long before I was born”. So, you think you are re-born yeah? That is more to the Hinduism and Buddhism yeah? The problem is, if you are neither a Hindu nor Buddhist, how do you get yourself re born?”Perhaps you do sense and feel it sometimes! Remember when you keep saying, I think I’ve been there, but not sure (where in fact you haven’t).

Joe told me he was here @ Batur Mountain, long time ago!!! 

Enough with the 101 of Déjà vu. Let us talk about something that really happened to Joe during our first visit to Bali. Now, we have been to Bali for so many times, and he told me that he believes that he was living in Bali like 100 years ago. Whenever he listened to Gamelan Bali (refer the video below), he will say, “it reminds me of who I am 100 years ago”…He remembered walking the street wearing only his Sarong and doing chores. Well, luckily now he is not, he is a Malaysian and a Muslim.

What did Bali looked like 100 years ago? Joe will tell me again and again on how much Bali was way beautiful 100 years ago. He told me the first time, after I purchased the tickets…(That time we never set foot on Bali)..He said that the first trip to Bali was like coming home, going back to his roots. Did I believe him? Yes, 100%. Though we are both not Hindu, I myself believe in such thing…my instinct told me that centuries ago, I lived in the Amazon, in a tribe that I can’t remember its name.

According to him, this Tanah Lot was his playground a century ago!

So, back to Joe. Yes, I believe him. However, we both agree that whatever happened in the past, is past. We both accepted the destiny (Takdir) that we are now in another Country with a religion. We have faith in our religion. Those Deja Vu are just being mentioned for us to learn how life is supposed to be and be grateful plus thankful with whatever we have now. Bali for Joe is kinda a history, something to be remembered and laughed about. So was he super excited during the first visit to Bali? Of course he was and still is, about Bali. The minor incidents in the ‘not so good experiences’ will never deter us from being in Bali again.

A Sacred Temple @ Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

The first visit to Bali was on an arranged tour. We had our own driver. Each time the driver turned right or left, wherever it was in Bali, Joe said he knows this place, oh I have been here, oh I walked here before for  miles..but long time ago not now. That explained why I had and still have to become the living GPS for him in Bali. He was an expert for Kuta, Denpasar, Nusa Dua, Seminyak and so many so other places/areas, BUT that was for 100 years ago. Remember? If we are to come back again to Bali, he will not be sure of the streets in Denpasar. But ask him, what it looks like 100 years ago..he will tell you the answer. Ask an elder in Bali, is it true what Joe said? You will be amazed.

@Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

What about you guys? Have any of you got this Deja Vu thing before, during or after visiting Bali? To those who keep coming back to Bali, again and again, try to ask yourself, what is the main reason for keep coming back? Is it really because of your love to its surrounding, culture, people and so on? Why Bali? Why not other places? Some will say, oh we gonna buy a piece of land in Lovina and build a house because the area is so green and hilly with mountain views and so on. Yes, but why Bali? Ask those who have never been to Bali, “would you like to go to Bali”, most of them will say, “perhaps, but ain’t there are so many tourists over there?”..They will start finding some excuses not to go, but once they set their foot in Bali, they will come again. Why? Because of its cheap accommodation and food?

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan-Amazing and beautiful structure!

Joe can accept the fact that he is now a true Sabahan. He lives and work in Sabah, His family is in Sabah. But what about his family history? Owh, he has this Banjar blood (an ethnic originates from Kalimantan, Indonesia) and his family, especially his mom, speaks Jawa Language pretty well…did I trace his root like the previous 10 generations? hmmmmm I dont dare to do so. What if I found out that one of his ancestor, actually lived in Bali in 500 years ago and decided to move to Kalimantan and another ancestor of his moved to Sabah? Freaky huh…..but if that is to become a fact, that is the Takdir (Destiny), I am pretty sure that Joe will say that..Bali-shall we go again Joe? Oh yeah, we did it again recently and shall we go again end of this year (2016)? Fingers crossed…

So, what’s your Déjà vu?


@Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, recently re-visited, why again and again?
@Nusa Dua and Uluwatu 



2 thoughts on “It’s Joe Déjà vu @ Bali, Indonesia

    1. Yes @healthyindiankitchen indeed Bali is a very beautiful place…we visit Bali like at least once a year! hehehe, we hope your visit to Bali will be the most memorable one, enjoy the food, culture and places…amazing Bali!

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