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BALI and INDONESIA in Perspective
Spas and villas, wood carvers and masseuses... but there is another Bali, with a culture owing less to Hollywood
and more to history.
If you don't have a special love and understanding for Bali and Indonesia when you start Eleven Demons, you will when you finish...
Secrets of Deincarnation in Bali
"This court makes the finding that she abandoned her children."
- The Honorable Susan Lopez-Giss, California Superior Court, Pomona, 17 March 2009
Life goes on...
I didn't set out to write a book.
After obtaining a B.A. with High Honors from UC San Diego and starting graduate
studies at UCLA in—consecutively—Molecular Biology, Anthropology, and Business,
I was afflicted with a growing, restless desire to travel. A backpack journey through
Asia, and then another thorough Central America, didn't help. Somewhere along the
way I became briefly involved with film production, and I tried to write.
But I returned to Asia, where for six years I was the sole Westerner in a Chinese
family company— at the time a major corporation in the booming timber industry
in Indonesia. I fell in love with a Balinese girl named Ni Made Jati; we married
and moved to Bali, where we built two successful businesses in tourism—Uluwatu
Boutiques and Kori Restaurant. I became a businessman, an entrepreneur, a designer,
a father. I learned to speak Indonesian, entered the Hindu religion, and felt that
on the Island of the Gods I had found paradise and love and fulfillment.
And then my wife and her sisters launched our family into nightmare. Over the next
six years, circumstance forced me to develop an expertise in Indonesian law, and
in that peculiar institution known in Indonesia as the "law mafia"—in Bali as the
"Mafia of the Gods"—set up to deprive foreign investors like me of their properties,
and in my case even of my children.
The case—detailed at uluwatu.com—continues, but my children and I escaped Bali
and live safely and happily now in California, where I turned to a talent I knew
I had, but had never used. I could always write. Eleven Demons: Secrets of Deincarnation
in Bali is a hard-won story.