Irul comes from the Muslim city of Banyuwangi in East Java, just a ferry ride away from Bali. He is the younger brother of Hadi, who was the very first member of staff hired at Jari Menari 16 years ago. It took Hadi almost seven years to convince Irul to stop being a handy man at a local hotel and come and learn massage at Jari Menari instead; he has now been working as a massage practitioner for four years. He maintains, "I love living and working in Bali because the people are so friendly and I feel safe here". Irul's wife, who had previously lived in Taiwan, helped out at Jari Menari for a year, teaching basic Mandarin to the reception team. Irul's sister-in-law does all the sewing for the Jari Menari massage-table-linens and uniforms, and his brother-in-law is one of the cleaning crew. With extra assistance and late night classes from his brother Hadi, Irul has become another of Jari Menari's superstars. This is a wonderful example of Jari Menari's 'family' ethic.
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