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When Gilbert is snapped out of euphoria by a bad bladder infection, she goes to Wayan for help. As Wayan treats her for the infection, Gilbert questions her briefly about her progress on buying a home. Wayan shushes her, saying she needs to focus on feeling better. Then she entertains Gilbert with her stories about helping couples deal with sexual issues. Some of her methods seem quite extreme, but she always gets results.
When Felipe asks Gilbert what she has learned about Wayan's progress in house-buying, she responds that nothing much is happening yet. He cautions her to "make sure she actually buys a house."
Gilbert turns 35 at the end of July, and Wayan throws her a birthday party. As she dresses Gilbert in a traditional Balinese birthday suit, Wayan tells her how wonderful she thinks Felipe is and takes credit for bringing him to her through her daily prayers. Gilbert thanks her.
Everyone at the birthday party is dressed in their finest clothes. There is a dance performance, and although the party includes an odd assortment of people, they get along just fine. As Gilbert describes it, it was "definitely the strangest—but maybe the happiest—birthday party I'd ever experienced in my whole life."
Gilbert has given readers several mini-lessons about the unusual way the Balinese culture operates. The birthday party should remind readers that Bali really is a place that outsiders cannot fully understand. Felipe seems to always keep this in mind. As he tells Gilbert, "I've lived in this country for five years and I know how things are. Stories can get complicated around here. Sometimes it's hard to get to the truth of what's actually happening." This comment is made in the context of Wayan's failure to make progress toward buying a home and it foreshadows difficulty. It also reminds the reader that Gilbert's memoir is about both her own journey as well as the story of those around her. Her spiritual healing takes place within a specific context, and if things become difficult for Wayan, they may also become hard for Gilbert.