Ten years on from the outrage inflicted on Bali, the former top cop who led the investigation into the 2002 bombings says the threat from terrorism will always hang over the island.
"The world loving Bali," Made Pastika, now the governor of Bali, said on Wednesday.
"But we have to be very, very cautious all the time because not everybody thinking in the same way."
"Now we are safe but I don't know tomorrow. Nobody can guarantee that."
On Friday, he will join hundreds of survivors, as well as the families and friends of the many victims, at a memorial service in Bali to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks in Kuta that left 202 people dead and shattered many more lives.
The Sari Club was levelled when a massive bomb loaded into a van parked outside was detonated just after 11pm on October 12, 2002.
About 20 seconds earlier, a suicide bomber had detonated a backpack loaded with explosives inside Paddy's Bar.
The co-ordinated attacks, which were partly funded by al-Qaeda, killed mostly foreigners, including 88 Australians, and injured scores more.
Mr Pastika was stationed in Papua at the time of the 2002 bombings.
He recalled on Wednesday the sense of shock which overcame him as he sat in a hotel room in the remote province.
"Early in the morning, I watch CNN I think, and see the pictures. `Oh my God', I said, `What happened to Bali, to where I was born."
"It was a big shock to me of course."
The next day he was on his way to Bali via Jakarta after being assigned the job of leading the investigation and tracking down those responsible.
He would lead a 510-strong team made up of 400 Indonesian police and 110 international officers, many from Australia, including forensic experts in bomb identification, DNA, ballistics and vehicle identification.
The horror of what he saw that day 10 years ago, when he arrived at the site where the Sari Club had once stood, will always stay with him.
While he says there will always be those who want to destroy rather than live in peace, he has urged those affected by the attacks to embrace forgiveness and move on.
"Of course it is not easy to forget the big tragedy that cost a lot of lives, hundreds of lives ... and suffering among people here in Bali and elsewhere."
"But it's time now for us to forgive, to forgive and to start new life."
But even as he made the comments, it emerged that Bali's terror alert level had been raised following intelligence reports indicating a threat against dignitaries who will attend Friday's memorial service.