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.
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