The many faces of Made Part 3
So he was fired.
And so was his wife.
Again…the Balinese prefer not to
give you any bad news.
And for them,
we are money trees.
Even after all of this,
I kept Made’s mother on my Virtual Tourist
Tips as a contact for a Garment Factory.
I came across a message
on one of the forums,
of a girl desperately asking for help
resolving problems she had had
with a garment factory.
They had been late in
producing her cloths line,
she left the country and
gave them money for shipping.
But after delayed replies,
they just said that
they needed more money.
So she sent some more,
but later they kept asking for more.
But still no delivery.
Now that I am in Bali,
feeling guilty that someone had
so many problems with
a referral that I gave,
I took on the helping request
of getting the box of clothing
and sending the stuff myself.
Once he knew I was back in Bali,
he had the nerve to
go to a friend of mine,
to say that he wanted to
become my friend again,
because he has been unemployed
and hoped that I could help him get work.
I have now deleted his mother from my pages,
and it is confirmed….karma does come back.
Too bad the Balinese
don’t seem to understand that.
Even though it is part of their religion.
So be aware…behind those smiling faces,
it may not be what it appears.
My story is one of a dozen
in this mystical land.
LAUGHING LOUD AND GETTING ANGRY!
OUR GUIDE WARNED US THAT LAUGHING LOUD AND GETTING ANGRY! WAS NOT ALLOWED NEAR TEMPLES AND OFFERING AREAS . HAVING LIVED IN INDONESIA MYSELF, THAT WAS NOT A PROBLEM FOR ME.
BUT LATE ONE NIGHT, MY SIS AND HER FRIENDS WERE LAUGHING ALOUD WHILE WALKING TO THEIR HOTEL ROOM IN THE GROUND FLOOR AROUND A GARDEN, AND SUDDENLY THEY ENCOUNTERED A FLYING MINERAL WATER ( THE 1.5L TO BE PRECISE) WHICH WHIZZED OVER THEIR HEADS AND ALMOST HIT THEM FROM AN UNOCCUPIED BALCONY A FLOOR ABOVE THEM. BEING A CURIOUS AND BRAVE BUNCH , THEIR SEARCH AROUND THE VICINITY DIDN'T REVEAL THE SOURCE OF THE PROJECTILE!
A WAS CONSULTED ABOUT THIS INCIDENT...... BUT HEY! JUST HEED THE GUIDE.
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The Limited Water Supply
On an Island where it is common
to use wells as a source of water,
ground water pollution is
becoming a major problem.
In most cases,
it is caused by water waste
which is not processed
by correct septic tanks.
Then with more and more
structures getting build,
like the unneeded 17 Hole golf course
the already limited supply of water
is being put under much strain.
It seems that there are plenty
of developers out there,
willing to make a profit,
but not to many are considering
in contributing to an already
very, week infrastructure.
Those who will probably
pay the price at the end,
are not only the Balinese,
but those who buy into the projects
created by these greedy developers
My dog is gone!!!
The disappearance of dogs here is common.
No, I am not talking about the sick dogs on the street.
I am referring to the dogs owned by expats.
At first, I thought the main reason
why dogs would disappear is because
they would wait for the reward sign to go up
before releasing them back to their owners.
Then I read the following article:
Dog Gone or a Dog of a Different Color?
The many Faces of Made Part 2
Made showed up with all sorts of apologies,
but with no firm response to
why not calling to let me know.
The Balinese prefer to avoid you,
than to deliver bad news.
I later then found out that he was married,
when my friend the owner
who owns the luxury villas,
hired his wife as a
baby sitter for her guests.
Mind you…I had NO romance with this guy,
and on several occasions joked about
finding him a Balinese girlfriend.
Why did he hide the fact he was married?
Maybe you men can give me the answer.
After the visa episode,
deceived as I was,
I had already decided not to have
any dealings with him or his family.
The I scratch your back,
and you scratch mine policy
doesn’t seem to apply to them.
So my friend continue using
his services as a driver,
even after I warned her that
I felt that they were not honest.
She decide to search for a
large piece of land in Tabanan.
And Made was her salaried driver.
After she finally did lease the land,
she found out through her contractor
that gave her the lead,
that Made had asked for a commission,
and he had received 5,000,000 RP which,
is a lot of extra money
for someone who is not
only a salaried driver…but also for a Balinese.
But he then had the nerve to go back to the contractor,
and ask for 10% more of the cost of land.
The contractor finding him greedy,
told my friend about the episode.
When she questioned him,
he looked at her directly in the eyes
and said he had not received
or requested anything.
So she grabbed the phone,
called the contractor on the spot,
and asked who was lying.
It was Made.
The Banyar Experience
The Banyar is the so-called major
of your village.
'Totally in Love with Bali Period',
when I thought the grass was
greener on the other side,
that I found paradise on this earth,
reality hit me like a slap on the face.
I was renting a beautiful
'Boulet' house at the time,
and eager to share it by inviting
a few friends over for dinner.
Lets say about 20 or so.
After a days of hard work of,
preparing, cooking, organizing,
the guest began to arrive.
Wih their vehicles parked
outside the house.
Let?s call this a sign.
After a couple glasses of wine
and finally relaxing with my guests,
knock-knock...guess who's there?
Your friendly Banyar!!!
Since I wasn't familiar with this situation,
I sent my Indonesian friend to deal with it.
She came back saying that
he wanted $$$$!!!!
500,000 RP to be exact.
Hmmm....at this time,
I didn't agree with corruption!
Now I know it's just a part of living here.
So I told her to use her sex appeal,
and just simply say NO.
She Blah! Blah! Blah! him,
for an hour or so....
telling him that this was not a party,
but a dinner with children,
which was the truth...
and to come in and
take a look himself.
At the end....
the Blah! Blah! and
sex appeal worked.
For the moment that is.
The Banyar again.
What do you want?
Would you have a bottle
of liquor to give?
Now that took the cake.
I offered him a juice
and just told him....go away.
just so that you know,
the Banyar is someone
you do need to have on your side,
if not they can simply make your life hell!
They have a close relation
with the people of their village,
hence if you go away on a trip
and no one is there,
well they may ask plenty of that.
depending if they are rich or not.
Try to hire at least one staff
who is from the local Banyar
and active with the local
ceremonies and activities
if you own a house.
It's a way of being on good terms.
And try to keep a low profile by
not making too many parties or
get ready to pay!
It's not as easy as you think
It never seems to amaze me
those who come saying that
it's easy and cheap
to built something in Bali.
They should probably do
some homework and
inform themselves properly.
Read some of the esperiences of others.
From the Forum]
Half of the construction supplies are missing!
If you are building
on a budget, bear in mind,
that it is important to either
have a staff under your payroll,
or you personally to be there
when they deliver construction material,
or slowly but surely a lot of the supplies
It's easy for someone to take a bucket here
or a bucket there of cement or other materials.
When you have a set contractor's fee,
i.e. $300 per sq. m, it is up to them
to assure that the job gets done,
no matter what.
Including the material.
Just make sure it is stated in the contract.
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When having the electricity installed,
make sure you hire someone
with a good reputation of work.
Because of frequent power surges here,
it happens every here and there,
that a house burns down!
There are different wattages that can be installed,
such as 2200 watts, 3500 watts, 4500 watts, etc.
It all depends on if you make a pool,
how many light switches and electrical plugs
you plan to install, along with
the kind of appliances you plan to use.
e.g. a washing machine
But do bear in mind,
the higher the wattage,
the higher the electrical bill.
Weather you consume or not,
there is a base fee according to
the amount of power watts
that you have installed in the house.
If you do require a lot of power
and do not have sufficient watts,
for sure power jumps will be common.
I have 3500 watts,
I am conservative with electricity
and pay around $50 a month.
When rainy season comes
it is needed that you
pay close attention to
items and furniture,
especially in open houses
or rooms with no air-cons.
Mold and mildew
will soon invade your home!
And don't expect your staff
to be aware of these things.
It would be good to give them
a crash course of 101 Biology and fungus.
If you plan to lease or construct a home
installing a dehumidifier or an air-con
can help you fight this problem.
You need not have it turned on all the time,
but once or twice a week,
leave the air-con on for a full 24 hours.
Or when the sun does come out,
take the items or furniture in direct sunlight.
If you d happen to get invaded
and decide to clean it out,
make sure that cloths and body
are thoroughly washed and have it dried properly.
Use gloves when cleaning.
Avoid contact when cleaning,
of other items without washing your hands,
or you're just spreading the fungus to other places.
Just remember...you are living in the tropics.
Saving a cent can cost a lot
It baffles me how,
some foreigners come to Bali
to invest a large amounts of money
setting up a business and
trying to save money
by not getting a lawyer.
The laws are very different from
what we are accustomed to.
So, spending a bit more, to secure your acquisitions,
or company, would be a pretty wise thing to do.
So…how to go bout this?
Your best local legal representation in Bali
depends on what Regency in Bali is your business,
and thus where your legal needs are located.
Most foreigners believe that all is a-ok by hiring a lawyer in Jakarta,
which can be true up to a certain extent, such as:
you are caught with tons of drugs,
or you have been accused of murder since,
in that case, as your criminal case
would be held in the Provincial court of Bali, in Denpasar
Business matters are handled on the Regency level,
so, you need the best in the appropriate Regency,
an attorney who is well known and respected.
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Is Bali shaking?
Ever since I started living here,
I have felt a tremor here
and a tremor there.
Then a few years later,
there was that famous tsunami.
….and then a few serious earthquakes
in other parts of Indonesia.
If you’re curios enough to find out what is happening,
well then take a deeper look into the earth.
Bali is on very shaky grounds!
In fact, it’s right on the Ring of Fire.
To be precise, Bali is right on a
smaller plate known as the Sunda Plate.
Sind the Australia Plate is moving northwards
at the amazing speed of 6 cms a year
it pushes and pushes the Sunda Plate from underneath it.
The line where these plates meet is just south of Timor,
South of Sumba, then along the West about 250 kilometers south of Bali
and Java until somewhere to the west of Yogyakarta
(where there was a strong earthquake just a few years ago),
and then it turns NW and runs about 22o kilometers
off the west coast of Sumatra and up through the Andaman Islands.
To the south of this line is a deep trench
in the sea bed known as the Sunda Trench.
This is where all the actions is…
on of the most unstable areas on the planet!!!
If things seem to be pretty peaceful for a while,
don’t be fooled…because that is when stress
in this area has been built up between the plates
and we can expect the earth to take on a strong shake!
In terms of seismic hazard the most dangerous area is
But this does NOT leave Bali out of a high risk earthquake area.
If you would like further information on this, visit:
We were there in mid-March. We were harassed by the roadside vendors or shopkeepers in most places, especially in Ubud. The tour guide was embarrassed too. I was not happy when my husband shouted in a rude manner to the souvenir vendor at the famous Rice Terrace in Ubud. But he had never done this. The kids were so frightened. We were happily enjoying the view, snapping picz, I was telling my kids about the paddy field, etc... The 3 or 4 vendors kept interrupting us, pushing the postcards, carving, wood cutlery, etc to our faces! The kid vendor kept begging, "Pls... very very cheap, see see..." We tried to ignore them, the moment we turned and walked to another corner, there they were, blocking us, pushing the stuff to us again! The whole 3 to 5 minutes! My husband lost his patience, bought a carving, shouted at one of them to ask them to leave us alone. You know what? The others kept coming to sell their stuff, my husband shouted at them again and got all of us into the car and left the place. It's such an ugly experience. When we went to Tirta-Empun, the Holy Spring, the lady vendors pulled me into their stores, one after another. I politely told them I wanted to have a good look first but they kept showing me the blouses, one after one. I then dared not walk near any stores all the way out to the car park. Kuta, not this bad. They were persistent, but would not block our way or pull our hands.
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BE CAREFULL WHEN YOU CROSS STREETS
I HAVE SEEN TWO ACCIDENTS BETWEEN PEDESTRIAN AND MOTOBIKES AROUND LEGIAN AND KUTA BEACH IN MY BRIEF STAY OF 5 DAYS. BOTH ACCIDENT CAUSED BY FELLOW TOURIST WHO HIRED MOTOBIKES. THE SECOND ACCIDENT INVOLVING AN ELDERLY TOURIST WAS BAD , WHICH LOOKED LIKE A FRACTURE AND WOULD HAVE NEEDED HOSPITALIZATION.
SO PLEASE BE CAREFUL IF YOU HIRE A MOTOBIKE.
WHILE I WAS CHECKING THE TRAFFIC BEFORE I CROSSED THE ROAD IN LEGIAN/KUTA BEACH , I NOTICED THAT THE MAJORITY MOTORCYCLIST DONT DO LIKEWISE AND JUST ZOOM BY !! , ESPECIALLY LATE EVENING.
Power outlet at the domestic departure terminal
The new domestic departure terminal is new, nice and clean.
But, I went around the entire terminal and did not find any wall outlet for my charger. I talked to the operator of the luggage wrapping service and was allowed to plug my wall-hugger on their extension cord.
And, complaining that there was no wi-fi signal, I was told that the old terminal has a strong wi-fi signal which is absent in this new terminal (yet).
(This tip is dated 20 September 2014)
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