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Ibu Ketut's late.

She's normally at my house by 10 in the morning: I'm the second job of the day. After me, she spends another eight hours cooking in the kitchen of a five-star hotel in Ubud until 11pm or so to support her seven children. She's a good woman.

Ketut starts sweeping, and I notice she's limping. I sit her down and see a deep graze and a wide bruise on her leg. She wants to carry on cleaning anyway: I stop her and ask her what happened.

She's reluctant; I press.

– "I got to the market at about 4am. It was still dark. I'd stopped at the side of the road and I was just about to get off my motorbike when two white girls on a scooter came speeding down the road. They were laughing and the motorcycle was going from left to right. Then they came straight towards me and crashed right into me. I fell off, and my 'bike fell over. It was strange, because there was nobody on the road except for us."

"I was kind of stunned. They got up, picked up their scooter and started to leave."

"I didn't want to stop them. I was already hurt. I didn't want the hassle. But a friend of mine heard the crash and rushed out to stop the girls from leaving. He asked them to pay for the damage to my motorbike. At first, they didn't want to pay. But my friend insisted, and they gave me Rp.250,000 and drove away."

"I went to the bengkel – the motorcycle mechanic – down the road after I finished work and I paid them Rp.500,000 to get my 'bike fixed. Then I went to the puskesmas – the community health centre – and I paid another Rp.150,000 for my leg."

She didn't go to work for four days, and her 'bike still makes a squeaking sound.

But I guess it's a small price to pay for a good night out.

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