I love the restaurants here! I know it's the tropics and it's warm so they can have all these lovely outdoor places, but Bali does it in a way that most other places do not. Why not build a platform around a huge living tree and throw pillows and a table on there? Again, it's living in a non-litigious society that allows for this. What if someone fell off?- and then the whole lack of dexterity that our society exhibits is a major issue that Asia cannot get over. When I was in my early 20's living in Japan there were some guys my own age who could not sit in 'seiza' or on their knees or 'indian style.' It was so funny to watch older Japanese women who would stare in bewilderment as some westerner would be trying to reel in their own legs unsuccessfully and end up with one outstretched and one bent, back in a semi-circle. It is strange how inflexible we've become as a society.
note: the black and white check in Bali is like the ying and yang symbol of China. It symbolizes good and evil. As one of the young dancers said to me, "good and bad- always together."