In between the dives sitting on the boat Kutut & I did more talking which is when he explained the economic collapse of 1997 that they experience. 20000-40000 Rupiah used to be a United States Dollar, which is 2 to 4 times more than what it is now for my mathematically challenged friends :) He also explained things like how people who owned banks had been bailed out by the government only for many of them to take the money & flee the country. We talked about his view of other Asian countries, many about which ones would become powerful & where Bali imports/exports products to. I learned the
Our second dive was much better as I did great with my breathing. I had 500 psi left & it was my longest dive ever, 52 minutes. We also saw cuttlefish & garden eels plus a sting ray up close. I was trying to last over 50 minutes on the breathing for this one, but to have 500 psi left (I started with 2700psi) was something I was really happy with. I felt so comfortable it made up big time for the previous dive, plus I didn't have any problems with my mask on this one which was good, because I was using my own mask & didn't want to have to buy a new one.
After the dive we caught lunch & got hassled by people trying to sell me things. We also talked to a Japanese guy who had did one dive & was underwater for only 15 minutes :) He was funny plus he explained his views of countries, dislike for Korea & China especially & that he liked Australia & America. Kutut was surprised by this because of the bombing of Japan by the US in WW2, but like the guy explained to Kutut, this is in the far past & now the US is Japan's #1 ally. I knew this all from my time with Sayoko as I had talked with her about it, but it was new to Kutut. After that we got everything loaded & headed towards Ubud where I would spend the night.