Saturday, March 2, 2019

When Terry Met Bali

It all started back in 2000 when I, a native Long Islander - New Yorkah and hardcore summer surfer, following my bliss of surfing and doing some personal inventory and soul searching, traveled to the exotic surfing epicenter of Bali, Indonesia. After surfing my brains out and bintangs galore and after a lot of soul searching, not only did I find God (coming to Christ), but I also started a new business called 1 World Sarongs! I guess I owe a lot to Bali because another great thing followed all the above. While travelling back to Bali, I found the love of a lifetime, and married my dearest darling, a beautiful Indonesian angel named Deby.

Check out the photo of us getting married in Yoga Style Traditional Indonesian Sarongs (King and Queen for a day)!

Queen Deby and King Terry wearing traditional Yogya style sarongs for wedding in Java 

When I traveled to Bali, I had no idea that my love for surfing would lead to so much. Finding God first and foremost, starting 1 World Sarongs, marrying my beautiful wife Deby and starting a new family.

We support the Orangutan Foundation in Los Angeles. Say NO to Palm Oil! 

Why the name 1 World Sarongs? I liked the sound of it. It had a nice ring to it, and it also spoke of the 1 World Family (humanity), which is all of us on this amazing planet called Earth. As the famous 15th century poet John Donne once wrote and I paraphrase: “Anyone's death diminishes me, because I am involved in humanity, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee." and “No one is an island, entire of itself; every one is a piece of the continent.” What does that mean? I believe it means were all connected. Even if you live in Hawaii or Ireland or New Jersey or Bali or France or England or Russia or Columbia or Puerto Rico (you get the idea), we are all connected and so that’s why we are 1 World. Maybe there is a little bit of hippie or idealist in me but I just have this dream that together we can workout our problems together. Peace now!

1 World = 1 Love 

As for our company, 1 World Sarongs, has turned out to be more than a business, we are a family. We have been so fortunate to build a great team both here and in America. We have our ups and downs like every family, overall, I can say it’s been a great journey so far and I’m thankful to all those we have worked with in the past and present to create such an amazing company and bring so much joy to our customers!

Humbled to be working with this artist and sarong master! 

Moreover, 1 World Sarongs has been blessed and has supported many artists and their families throughout the years. As you know, most if not all of our products are handmade through batik or screen printing or hand drawn or stamped, embroidered and beaded etc etc. We are so proud of that and want to keep it going in this age of technology and machines.

1 World Family! Amazing people! Future for Children 

Thankfully, 1 World Sarongs has also had the ability to contribute to the Rotary of Bali Canggu, Rotary International, Solemen, Future for Children - Muntigunung, American Red Cross, Oceana, Orangutan Foundation, Habilitat Hawaii, Surfrider Foundation, Union of Concerned Scientists, most recently World Vision among others.

"Bua Hati" Children - The fruit of our love

Today, 1 World Sarongs is proud to be fulfilling it’s mission of creating joy and happiness and continuing it’s support of the arts, dance, music, family, community and the environment. Plus, Deby and Terry now enjoy the fruits of their union with their little “bua hati” (fruit of love - children)

Kids Sarong Party

Future for our children. Once you have kids you start to think about what will this beautiful creation called Earth look like in 20, 50, 100 years? We all know that the effects of humanity and our increasing consumption (especially fast fashion) of clothing and the true cost of making and producing clothing and other products is starting to have a big impact on our Earth. As a result we all need to start thinking and taking action towards sustainability of the planet and it’s resources like air, water and the precious life of plants and animals. 1 World Sarongs is increasingly turning our eyes more and more to sustainability. This means doing our very best to take care of our
family, community and the Earth, while maintaining our customer driven mission to bring the finest sarongs and beachwear possible in as sustainable manner as possible. So my hope is that you will support us as we focus more on our path of sustainable prosperity.

Love love love! All you need is love!

Who would have guessed that following my bliss of surfing has given me so much to be
grateful for! It’s been an interesting journey so far and I’m certainly looking forward to the future years of making new friends in Indonesia, around the world and on the internet (we are so connected).

Mahalo nui loa!

We are truly thankful for all of our customers support and we look forward to many more years of serving you and who knows, maybe even catching a wave together!

To be continued...


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