Guide at a Glance
Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Heritage-History Tour, Sightseeing
I am a sightseeing guide and co-owner of a transportation and tour company. I am in business with an experienced tour driver and my best friend. The company is named after us as we both carry the name Adi. The word ‘Adi’ in Bali also means little brother or sister and ‘Melali’ is an official pastime for a Balinese, which basically means ‘going out somewhere’.
I was born in a small village called Sidemen, in the eastern part of Bali. My hometown is famous for beautiful views and creative people who produce the famous Songket sarongs. It is a place where the rice terraces still can be found surrounding the village, where the hills are green and clear water flows in the rivers.
The Balinese culture and traditions are still alive in my village, which attracts many tourists. When I turned six, I became very interested in becoming a part of the tourism industry when I first noticed the tourists here. My friends and I would often try to attract them with childish antics on the way home after school. I have always dreamed of one day becoming a multilingual tour guide so I can communicate with people from all over the world.
Since then, I have always tried to learn to speak English. I would befriend tourists just to learn the language. I attended Bali Hotel & Tourism Training Institute in Nusa Dua and majored in Tours, Travel Management and German. I learned how to conduct guided tours, gained a greater understanding of Balinese culture and also of my own heritage. I graduated in 2000 and started preparing for my future. I started my career in Baruna Candidasa where the clients were mostly from Germany. I loved my new job and gained new and valuable experience in scuba diving.
On October 12th 2002, two bombs blasted in the heart of Kuta. The tourism industry in Bali collapsed. No more tourists came to visit and the dive shop where was I working, closed. I had to find another job. I worked as operational staff in a local travel bureau. After five years in this industry, I started to move forward by starting my own business.