Basa Bali, the language of the Balinese has some similarities with Bahasa Indonesia. It is though, a separate language in its own right. For people coming to Bali, or living in Bali, is learning Basa Bali worth the effort?
Cockfighting is part of the Balinese landscape. Anyone who drives around the island, especially on Sundays, will see large whicker baskets contains the fighting cocks at the roadside. This is to get them used to loud noises.
Living in Bali I know what my impression of the place is. You get to hear it everyday, changing its degree of positive / negative, depending on what has gone on in the last 24 hours.