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.
- Business Travel
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.
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