In the spirit of open dialogue and cultural exchange, we recently had the privilege of hosting a captivating Round Table Talk with two remarkable guests on 19th of September 2023: Helmi and Naish. Helmi is a former General Manager at Hotel Santika Group, former Marketing and Sales Manager at Club Meta, and currently working as an architect. While Naish is a developer hailing from O2OStays, the co-founder and also CEO. This lively conversation touched on various facets of life, travel, and culture, offering a delightful glimpse into their unique experiences and perspectives.
Uncovering the Mystique of Garuda Wisnu Kencana
As Naish began his journey in Bali, he was immediately struck by the enigmatic presence of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue. Intrigued, he inquired about its significance, and Mr. Helmi, a seasoned traveler and our resident architect, provided a rich historical context. Helmi explained that Garuda Wisnu Kencana represents the mythical eagle Garuda and the deity Vishnu, embodying the timeless struggle between good and evil. This cultural insight set the stage for a captivating discussion about Bali’s rich heritage.
From Galway to Bali: A Journey Through Climates and Cultures
Travel stories have a unique ability to bridge the gap between individuals from diverse backgrounds. Mr. Helmi shared his experiences of visiting Galway, Ireland, a place he explored during his extensive travels. This led to a lively conversation, as Dinda, who had previously studied in Galway, eagerly exchanged anecdotes about the city’s weather, temperature quirks, and the warm-hearted people that characterize the region. The exchange illustrated how travel experiences can forge connections between people, even when they hail from different corners of the world.
Mr. Helmi's Remarkable Journey: From Jazz Dancer to Architect
Helmi’s journey is a testament to the unpredictability and beauty of life’s twists and turns. He regaled us with tales of his early years as a jazz dancer, followed by a leap into the culinary world where he opened a restaurant in bustling Jakarta. Now, he has found his calling as an architect in Bali, where he combines his artistic flair with his love for design. His story serves as a powerful reminder that life’s path can take unexpected and fulfilling turns if one remains open to new experiences.
Celebrating the Beauty of Indonesia
Our conversation naturally veered towards the enchanting beauty of Indonesia. Naish and Helmi both expressed their deep appreciation for their adopted homeland, extolling its breathtaking landscapes, diverse cultures, and the warmth of its people. Together, they shared recommendations for must-visit destinations in Indonesia, such as the pristine beaches of Sumba, the otherworldly Komodo Island, and the aquatic paradise of Raja Ampat. Their enthusiasm painted a vivid picture of the country’s natural wonders, inspiring wanderlust in all of us.
Embracing Life with Courage and Principles
In the final leg of our discussion, we delved into the philosophy of living life boldly. Both Helmi and Naish emphasized the importance of living without fear, embracing one’s principles, and not letting oneself be bound by rigid rules. Their life journeys were testaments to this outlook, highlighting the rewards that come from taking chances and following one’s heart.
In the end, our Round Table Talk with Helmi and Naish was a rich tapestry of culture, travel, and life stories. It showcased the power of open-mindedness, curiosity, and a shared love for exploration and discovery. As we wrapped up our conversation, it was evident that these two individuals had not only left a mark on each other but had also inspired us all to embrace life’s adventures with open arms and open hearts.