Once upon a time, someone told me that if you can make one thousand origami paper foldingcrane within a year, your wish will come true.
“One thousand?” I asked. That’s an expensive price to pay just to have your wish granted, isn’t it?
Well, not really. If you look at the task from a different point of view, that’s equal to less than three origami paper cranes per day. If you can fold three every day, you’ll finish one thousand before the year is over. And you will be an expert in origami paper folding, you know, the 10000 hours rule and stuffs.
The One Thousand Origami Paper Cranes Journey
The real question is, will your wish really come true? I tried to find out the answer and live up to the challenge back when I had all the time in the world. I failed. I stopped after a few months at the count of four hundred something. The reason: there was no more paper to fold. (And everybody was complaining about the piles of cranes that invaded their space 🙂 )
Finally, you are in Bali. Now what? You explore the island! You see the beaches like Kuta, Denpasar, Legian, interact with the Bali people. But your journey is not as easy as walk out of your hotel and start wandering aimlessly. Traveling in Bali is a dream for many, but you need a good plan to be able to make the most of your vacation, especially if you’ve never been to Bali before. And if you’re not part of any tour group, renting cars in Bali might be your best bet to enjoy the special holiday.
And why is that?
Since public transportation is virtually non-existent in Bali, your options to go places and discover new things are limited to taxi, car or motorbike.
Let’s look at the options and decide.
Traveling in Bali With a Tour vs Going Solo
The advantage of being part of one of the tours is that everything is well planned. You don’t have to worry about choosing hotels, deciding where to stay and where to go, searching for the best eating and shopping places, and everything else. After arriving at the Ngurah Rai airport, you just hop in one of the buses and enjoy the experience. This option is easier. Plus, you have the guide to provide information to enhance the experience.
But, where’s the fun in that? If you’re in an adventurous mood, it’s better to travel by yourself. You can let the spur of the moment guide you. Let the unexpected surprised you and have the time of your life – multiplied.
The downside of going solo is that you have to know what you are doing. You have to know where and how to go to the best places. Not to mention handling the traffic, adapting to the customs, and all of the unexpected. If you are not prepared, traveling in Bali would not be as good as you imagine.
Can you have the freedom of going solo while enjoying all the advantages of being on a tour? Yes, you can, by renting cars in Bali. To be exact, book and rent a perfect car with a great driver.
Why Traveling in Bali by Renting Cars in Bali?
Going on the motorbike ride might be the cheapest option, but it’s out of the question for those who are traveling in Bali with the family. You need a vehicle that is comfortable to hold multi passengers. That leaves you with either to find a taxi or find a Bali car rent.
While taxis are nice, it can be very expensive if your destination is far. By using Uber-like online taxis such as Go-Jek and Grab, you might pay fewer fees than regular taxis, but that option is also costly if you plan to visit many places.
The most reasonable option would be to look for a Bali car rental and hire a driver. The average price given by most Bali car rent company is cheap. But why not simply renting cars in Bali and drive it yourself?
The Disadvantages of Renting Cars in Bali without a Driver
If you decide to book a car and drive it yourself, there are several things to consider.
If Indonesia is not your home country, an international driver’s license is needed in Bali. You don’t want to go into trouble with the local police.
In Bali – as everywhere else in Indonesia, you drive on the left side of the road and the driver’s seat is on the right side of the car. You might need to adjust your driving. You also have to consider whether to rent a car with manual or automatic transmission.
You might not familiar with the area, especially for the first-timers. You don’t want to end up lost and stranded somewhere you don’t know.
The traffic is chaotic and confusing. Most signs are not clear or simply non-existent, there are many one-way roads, some wide roads suddenly squeezed into a narrow lane, there are food carts and street vendors everywhere making the narrow lane even narrower, and big-bad potholes are common. Not to mention that some roads are often closed for ceremonial processions.
And to add icing to the cake, motorists in Bali, especially in crowded places like Denpasar, have their own rule, which is virtually no rule whatsoever. If you get into an accident and the rental car is not insured, you have to pay for the damage.
All of these can add to unnecessary stress that will ruin your time traveling in Bali. On the other hand, by paying just a tiny bit more on the prices of booking an additional experienced local driver, you can eliminate all the disadvantages of having to drive the car yourself. You can forget everything on the list above and get a lot more on the deals.
The Advantages of Renting Cars in Bali with Drivers
First and foremost, you don’t have to worry about potholes, traffic, nor hellish motorists. If you rent a car in Bali and also hire the driver, you and your family can enjoy your traveling in Bali and let him worry about everything else.
And here are the additional perks of finding a Bali car rental with driver and let him do the Bali drive and organize your schedule.
You can use an online service to book the car. You will get a driver that will also act as the guide without any extra fee. You will enjoy your trip more.
The driver will be a Balinese who knows his way around the island. He can also suggest hidden interesting places and unique food. And if you still search for a place to stay, he can recommend you a good accommodation that matches your preferences and your budget.
The driver is speaking both English and Bahasa Indonesia, so he can help you get the best offers at the market, negotiate cheap and low prices, and communicate with people on the island.
He will pick you up and drop you to any interesting locations in Bali. He can even pick you up at the airport if you want to. When you book your car, you can arrange the pick-up point and he will find and welcome you.
All the drivers from local car rental are punctual. So you don’t have to worry about your schedule and be sure to make the most of your trip.
The drivers are polite and will do their best to fulfill your needs. They are also dressed in traditional Balinese clothing to include the cultural vibe. They are the best ones that you can find.
Most of the vehicles rented from local car rental will be in good condition and all are covered by insurance. But always check the car condition beforehand. There are some shady car rentals services that will give you a car in bad condition, and some even will charge you for pre-existing damages.
Do your own homework, compare the various car rental companies, ask around for recommendations. Find the ones that have been in business for years. You will get the best deals on car rental. You can book the available car for rent even days before you set foot in Bali.
Compare the Range of Cars and Services
If you are thinking about renting cars in Bali, find the ones that fit your needs and budgets. Here are some of the most common options:
Toyota Avanza – perfect for a group of 4+ with medium size luggage who’s on a budget.
Toyota Inova – perfect for a family who’s looking for comfort during their vacation.
Toyota Hiace Minibus – perfect for a group of 7-15 people who are looking for a high-class experience.
Limousine Service – perfect for those who are looking for a luxurious trip.
Bali Airport Transfers – perfect for those who simply want a hassle-free transport from the airport to the hotel or vice versa.
Safari Bali Tour – perfect for adventurous people who want to explore the road less traveled in Bali, away from the hustle and bustle of Denpasar and other common destinations.
Now imagine yourself traveling in Bali on a car trip. You can get the best of both worlds that most tourists don’t: the hassle-free vacation of a tour and the freedom of doing solo vacation. You can do that by renting cars in Bali with drivers using local services.
I was at the beginning of Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers” – an excellent read, highly recommended – when I heard about this so-called “The 10,000 Hours rule” (the 10000 hours rule). Scientific researches to successful figures reveal that to prepare someone for THE opportunity that one day will come, he or she should master the necessary skills. And to master a skill, the person should already have gone through a minimum 10,000 hours of practice. That amount is roughly equivalent to a 3-hour of practicing the craft every day for about ten years.
While the number might scare off most people, there are several things that we should remember:
First, ten years is nothing compared to the rest of your life.
Second, you can shorten the number of years by adding the number of hours you practice every day.
Third, you’ll gladly do something that you love for hours daily. So it’s important to focus on a skill that you like or try to enjoy the things that you do.
That being said, ten years of three hours of daily practice is still ten years of three hours of daily practice. This explains why only those who had the determination and able to focus on something will be successful, while those who jumps around from one thing to another will likely fail. Talent and Intelligence are just a small part of success and matter only up to a certain level.
The Irrelevant Number of 10000 Hours Rule
But where do the 10000 hours rule figure come from? Is it even scientifically legitimate? Well, in my opinion, whether or not the number can be proven with science is irrelevant. The important thing is if you want to be able to do something well, you have to be willing to spend your time and effort to practice it. And if possible, get a coach to refine your way to your goal.
Even those who are lucky enough to be born with the so-called talent won’t get anywhere with their talent if they never use it. But if you put your heart into something that you do, talent or not, you’ll get somewhere.
The Tale of the English Class
I teach English to non-English-speaking students, and many of them often ask me how long it will take for them to master the language. I always answer them with this joke. “I know someone who can speak English fluently, and he’s only three years old.”
And my students, mostly teenagers and adults, would ask, “Really?”
“Yes,” I said. “He’s British.”
Their answer would go more or less like this, “That’s cheating. The British speak English all the time.”
“My point exactly,” I concluded with a smile.
Some of them would get it; some others won’t. But the message is clear. You won’t get anywhere if you are only willing to practice a skill twice a week for less than two hours each time. That’s the schedule of their English class.
To master a language you have to use it all the time. You have to go beyond the 10000 hours rule.
Change Your Story
To put the story into your context, change “English” with any skill that you want to acquire (origami paper folding, for example) and adjust the other elements of the story accordingly. For example, ” I know someone who can play the piano like a master, and he’s only ten years old. He plays piano all the time, and not just once a week for a half hour.”
In the 10000 hours rule perspective, this ten-year-old pianist might have practice way beyond the so-called required time.
Bruce Lee once said, “I’m not afraid of a person who practice 1000 kicks one time, but I’m afraid of a person who practice one kick 1000 times.” Or in this context, 10000 times.
The best things in life – like time and life energy – are free; and as all other free things, normal human being – us – have the tendency to take them for granted. So no wonder why most of us loves wasting time and energy.
Take me for example. I belong to the deadlines tribe. I am barely able to escape through each and every deadlines, because I love to put aside my (cough – boring – cough)important tasks for (more fun) unimportant activities like reading comic books, playing solitaire, online and offline chatting, and all kind of ‘noises’ we are all too familiar with; and left my works undone until (or after) the last minutes.
Sometimes I even wandering around aimlessly not knowing what to do amidst the abundance of works and assignments that I have to do. They’re just soo much that I become blank instead. Sounds familiar?
While the complete cure to the noise addiction lies inside ourselves, there are treatments available. Here’s one alternative you can try.
The Simple Science of Getting What You Want
Simpleology is the title of a book and name of the self development program created by Mark Joyner. For those of you who has been connected to the internet long enough, you might have stumbled with the name before. He’s one of the pioneer in internet marketing.
Anyway, the one that we’re going to talk about here is not the book but the web course.
Either you realize it or not, want it or not, your mind is being manipulated and controlled by others each and every moment of your life. In fact, your mind is being controlled by me at this very moment. Wanted proof? You are still reading the text, aren’t you? That’s the art of mind manupilation – how to manipulate people’s mind.
Even though I tried my best to come up with the best title for this post, it could still be somehow misleading. So, before we go any further, let me set the limit to our discussion. No, we will not talk about voodoo-ish kind of mind manupilation. Maybe more like science-based psychological-ish kind. Not to the hardcore level of brainwashing, but simple tricks people use every day to their peers or even their larger environment – mass mind manipulation.
Another note that I would like to add, you might notice that there are many misspelled words: manupilation. I do this deliberately to go after that commonly misspelled word in search engine. So, I apologize, and please bear with me.
Experiments on Mind Control
You see, the human mind is full of loopholes. There are lots of scientific experiments conducted to proof this. One of them is Solomon Asch experiment in 1957. For those who are curious about the experiment, a quick search will tell you more. But here’s a YouTube video to give you a picture. There are tons more from where it came from.
People who know how to manipulate people’s mind and understand about this, can (and surely will) take advantage of their knowledge. While the unknowns are sitting ducks – ready and able to follow every ‘command’ given to them. From a simple ‘do this’ to the level of ‘kill them’. Some for the ‘good cause’ (or at least that is what the doers believe), some for ‘other causes’.
I have demonstrated one of the mind control tricks clearly from the very beginning. If you are reading this far, then the method works. They say curiosity kills the cat, but this time, it keeps you reading.
Emotion is the easiest pick. Make people (believe they would be) very happy and they would do anything for you. Make them feel guilty and they would do anything for you. You can also use fear – fear of losing or fear of not getting something they want – to achieve the same goal.
Everybody has their own authoritative figures: parents, kings, an ugly boss who always shouts, religious leaders, celebrities, cool guy on the basketball team, society, gods, prophets, Bill Gates. You can use people’s obedience to authoritative figures to make them taking – or not taking – some actions. No matter how absurd it is.
They usually go something like, “Build the pyramid!”, or “Finish this 3 thousand pages report by tomorrow morning, you @#$%^&*!!”, or “Love thy enemy.”. Other variations are “Don’t hang out with them. Those geeks will not have a successful life.”, or “Everybody else uses this bloated – resource-hogging – virus friendly OS, so you should too!”
I’m not a commuter. Not anymore – thank goodness. But my wife is. Every day she spends few hours to go to work and another few to go home. If we do a short calculation, multiplying the hours she spent every day on the road and the number of days she’s been doing that – almost fifteen years, we can reasonably say – as my friend put it – she’s getting old on the road.
Wasted Time, and Money
Curiously, I did the calculation and came up with an amazingly annoying result. So far, the number of hours she spent on the road – only for going back and forth to work – equals to more than two years. If a person spends those amount of time to practice classical guitar, for example, he or she would be a world-class classical guitar player. Another way to see it is this: if my wife’s hourly working rate is only a dollar, she has lost about twenty thousand dollars on the road. And the number keeps on growing every day.
What about people who spent twenty or thirty or more of years of their life commuting?
A man walked into an antique shop and seemed to be fascinated by the big glass display. There were three items which looked like human brain inside it. So, he asked the shopkeeper curiously, “Are these human brains you are selling?”
“Yes, Sir.” The shopkeeper replied. “Rare collectible items if I might add.”
“Really? But the price tag is a bit pricey, don’t you think?”
“Worth every penny.”
“I see. So, whose brain is this?” Asked the man while pointing out to one ‘item’ tagged one hundred thousand dollar.
“Newton as in Isaac Newton?”
“Wow…” The man was more fascinated. He then asked another question, pointing to the second one, “And this one, the one priced at five hundred thousand dollar?”
The man’s jaw dropped. His eyes almost popped out of his head. After a few moments of shocking silence, he speechlessly pointed out the third brain, wondered whose brain was that, expected to hear the greatest name in history of human kind. The third brain was tagged a million dollar.
“That one sir, was my mother in law’s.” Said the shopkeeper.
There’s a long moment of silence.
The man confusedly asked, “Why is your mother in law’s brain more expensive than Einstein’s?”
The shopkeeper answered, “It’s in mint condition, Sir. Never had been used.”
One of the most popular quotes about time is “Time is Money”. The meaning is simple: time is valuable. You and everybody else in this world have the same share: 24 hours everyday. No more no less. You waste it, you lose it. It won’t come back. Ever.
The funny thing is, there are times when you feel a day last longer, and there are times you feel the other way around. Some people struggle to find more time to be able to finish their works, yet some seems to have too much time that they have to struggle to find things to do to fill their seems to be neverending supply. It seems as if time were stretch-able.
Well, is it stretch-able? Can we get extra time? Can we lose extra time? We’ll let the scientist answer that questions as they are too complicated for us common people. Time is one of the most abstract concepts in human life – along with love, afterlife, alien life form, angels, and the thought that Zune can outsell iPod.
But scientist or not, everybody knows that time flies when you really enjoy what you’re doing, and time crawls when you feel the opposite. So, if you want more time, try to hate everything that you do. :). Kidding!
But if you want to get ‘bonus’ time, say, six more hours everyday, you could try this following self hack.