Golton Island Ubud restaurant scene
In chapter two of Golton Island Richard and Max take a trip to Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Here is an excerpt from that chapter:
“Back at the hotel, they rested and swam in the pool during the afternoon, then that night decided to go back to Murni’s Warung for dinner. As they were concluding their meal, Murni herself came to join them at their table, having introduced herself first. In her friendly way Murni chatted animatedly about her restaurant and her life, a smile often crossing her broad, dark face, her eyes twinkling.
“What were things like in Ubud when you were a child?” Richard asked.
Murni smiled and said, “Oh, very basic. We had no electricity, no running water, the roads were dirt tracks. No-one had any money and we had to make do with whatever came along.”
“What did you do for food?” Max asked.
“We ate whatever we could catch or collect. As a bare-footed child, I would catch capung, dragon flies, with a sticky substance on the end of a long bamboo pole, and we would cook and eat them. Or I would catch eels in the rice paddies or shrimps in the river, which we would also cook. And there was always fruit like pisang, bananas, or durians or coconuts.”
“And now you’ve got this restaurant,” Richard observed.
“Yes, and I hope you have enjoyed coming here,” Murni said. “What else have you gentlemen been doing while you have been staying in Ubud?”
They told her of the various things they had done, including the cooking class, and Murni said, “Thank you for contributing to the economy of this town. We all need as much help as we can get.”
As Richard and Max walked back to the hotel it was raining lightly, and a car pulled up alongside them. The driver wound the passenger-side window down and called out to them, “Am I what you are looking for?”
Richard leaned in toward him and said, “No, we are all right for a taxi thanks, we are just going to that hotel over there. But, hey, I like your line! Nobody’s ever asked me that one before!” Looking up at Max, and then back to the driver, Richard added, “In a way, I’ve got what I’m looking for right here with me.”