In my experience there are 4 types of buyers. Buyer number one is the first time homebuyer and quite honestly, you are my favorite. You are often eager, excited and you still need a lot of help and advice from me. You often look at me like I have all the answers and you appreciate all that I do. It’s a joy to hand over the keys to you and watch you transition into a first time homeowner.

Buyer number 2 is a regurgitator. You like to recite statistics and talk about articles that you came across during your home buying research. You wait to see if you can outsmart me with your knowledge and are often disappointed that you can’t. I like you because you always keep me on my toes and push me to delve into the vast crevices of my brain to keep up with all the information you throw at me.

Buyer number 3 has done this home buying and selling thing many times and is a pro. Everything from the paperwork to the inspection is no big deal and you could practically do it with your eyes closed. You are a pleasure to work with because you are mainly interested in the bottom line. You don’t need a lot of updates and handholding; a phone call to tell you when it’s done is plenty for you.

Buyer number 4 is type A. They want to read every line of every piece of documentation and may ask for clarification a time or twelve. They call to say, “I have one small question” which turns into 7 very detailed questions followed by 7 more semi-detailed questions. Sometimes I don’t know where I stand with you because you are more interested in details and less interested in chitchat and relationships. I like you because you do not usually get emotional and tend to only stick to the facts.

You are also very intelligent and no matter how many fancy words I use, you comprehend everything I say. No matter what type of buyer you are, you can definitely count on the fact that I will work extremely well with you and work my butt off. It doesn’t matter to me if you’ve never bought a home or are currently buying your 4th home. I also don’t care if you ask me a million questions or none at all.

At the end of the day I just want you to be satisfied with the purchase of your new home or the sale of your old home because that is my number one goal. If you or someone you know is looking for a good agent, send them over to my Sidcup branch website or to my Tumblr page.

Among the foreign residents at least, the only real cause for concern in Bali in the 1930s was the prospect of war in the Pacific; a threat which suddenly became a reality in December 1941. Japanese troops then began their march down the Malay Peninsula to capture Singapore, the key to the whole region, including the dangerously exposed, weakly defended Indonesian archipelago.

The Japanese invasion forces made Bali an early target of their campaign in the Indies, sending in a small expeditionary force several weeks after they seized the Moluccas and several weeks before they invaded Java. On the morning of Feb. 19. 1942, the Japanese landed about 500 troops on Sanur Beach, the traditional point of debarkation of military expeditions, and marched unopposed into Denpasar. In the next few days, they assumed control of the entire island and installed administrative offices in Denpasar and Singaraja.

The Japanese did not perpetrate atrocities in Bali comparable to those common in other areas, but they almost immediately acquired the reputation of being arrogant and obtuse. The one word which they immediately taught the general population was ‘bakkaro’. It meant. “You stupid beast!” and was usually accompanied by a kick or blow.

The Kempeitai military police force of Japan was soon activated and began making arrests, especially among persons closely associated with the Dutch civil or military establishment. But even Kempeitai tactics in Bali were almost singularly gentle.

One positive development of the occupation was the emergence of military and paramilitary resistance movements opposed to the Dutch presence as well as the Japanese. One of the prominent leaders was a young military officer named Gusti Ngurai Rai. the son of a warrior caste family of Badung. He proved to be a charismatic hero and martyr for whom the occasion called — a military leader who relied not upon tactics and logistics but rather upon intuition and indeed at times upon mystical guidance. His slogan was “merdeka atan mali”. “freedom or death”, and he put it to the ultimate test.

Ngurah Rai created the Tentara Keama-nan Rakyat. or TKR. the People’s Security Force. hi time, he merged it with most of the other paramilitary movements and commanded what was regarded as a Balinese people’s army.

Meanwhile, major events occurred in the outside world that would have great impact on Bali. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed. The Japanese High Command capitulated.

The Balinese persuaded the Japanese to withdraw into self-imposed seclusion on Oct. S. 1945. and the new Balinese officials occupied the provincial offices and residences.

The Dutch eventually drove out the Japanese once and for all. But they also arrested Balinese officials and attempted to re-establish a Dutch civil administration on the pattern of pre-war days. Ngurah Rai and his companions saw to it that they did not.

Ngurah Rai devised the grand strategy of the “Long March to Gunung Agung.” He rallied all available men in west and south Bali to concentrate them in east Bali withsafe sanctuary on the slopes of the sacred mountain, hoping to lure Dutch forces into areas vulnerable to guerrilla attacks. The strategy proved both heroic and tragic.

The Dutch forces surrounded the encampment of Ngurah Rai and his men. Initially, they escaped annihilation only by climbing up and over the volcanic peak and across formidable mountain terrain to Tabanan. But in Tabanan on Nov. 16. 1946 the Dutch again surrounded them.

Called upon to surrender and negotiate, Ngurah Rai asked his men to join him in a suicide attack upon the heavily armed Dutch. Ngurah Rai and 95 of his men were killed. The site of the “Margarana Incident” as it is known, is now a national heroes’ cemetery.

With Ngurah’s defeat, Balinese military resistance had been effectively broken. But in the ensuing years, continued attacks against the Dutch in neighboring Java finally led The Hague to concede Indonesian independence in 1949. Bali became part of the Republic of the United States of Indonesia on Dec. 29 1949 and later a state in the Republic of Indonesia that was declared in 1956.

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