Hints and Tips

Capturing precious memories in PAINT…

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With the assistance of our average phone cameras these days, we’re easily able to capture special photos of loved ones including family, friends and pets – and holiday snaps too!

Have you ever considered having these photos transformed into paintings?  A favourite photo or memory captured forever in paint.

There are a number of artists on the island of Bali who do these. My all time favourite however, is Julio at Julio’s Art Gallery in downtown Legian.

He has artfully captured the essence of my children on canvas, from photo’s and I adore his ability.  I really do recommend Julio highly!

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Just take a photo for him to paint and depending on workload, a painting will be ready in about 3-4 days.  They’re a  fabulous keepsake for your family and something that can be passed on for future generations.  I have seen family pets, loved ones who’ve passed, wedding moments and special family portraits there all captured by Julio in paint.

Examples of some of his in-shop art work below of well know celebs for sale…

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JULIO Art Gallery (All Painting Specialist)

Address:  Jl. Legian Kaja No. 466

Kuta 80361

Phone:  (0361) 752 567

Email:  julio_arts@yahoo.com

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MONEY, MONEY, MONEY….

The Indonesian rupiah (IDR) is the official currency of Bali.  Australian dollars are readily exchanged in most of the tourist areas.  Foreign currencies like the US dollar, UK pound, Euro and Singapore dollar are also readily exchanged. Major credit cards are widely accepted too.

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If you’re seeing the rocketing dollar before travelling and wanting to get in while it’s hot by buying some foreign currency, don’t get stung with a stingy rate.  Best buy for the currency is definitely at Australia Post.  The Australia Post rate will equal the best of the banks and no commission on top

If you use Travelex, always order online, lock in the best rate and pick up the cash at a branch since the prices will vary between airport and shop outlets.

Visa on Arrival

Don’t worry if you haven’t changed money to pay the $35US VOA.  This can be paid in Australian dollars (allow approximately $45AUS at current rates) and change will be given in Rupiah.  So handy to have a few rupiah to pay your taxi driver!

Or, if you wish to take US dollars, purchase from your Australian Post Office with no commission.  It will take 3 days and there is a minimum spend of $200.

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Changing Money at Hotels

While hotel exchange may seem convenient, beware of high transaction charges. Generally experts advise avoiding exchanging money at a hotel unless you have no other choice.

Exchanging Money via Credit Cards

Generally credit cards offer the most favourable exchange rates for changing money, since credit card companies have access to better rates than individuals. Be careful when using the credit card if your home currency is falling.  Since the transactions are not converted instantly, there is a possibility that you will end up with a less favorable conversion rate a few days later.

Money Changers

Money Changers are everywhere in Bali.  Unscrupulous Money Changers are common:  if the rate on a board seems too good to be true, it likely is!  Always change money at Authorised, reputable dealers.   Generally speaking, Kodak shops and Western Unions and banks are reputable.

It has been said that the best day to change money is a Tuesday between 1 – 2pm since it coincides with the US stock exchange commencement of trading.  I’ve never been pedantic enough to check this, but maybe you will?

Don’t run all over town trying to get the best rate! If you’re only changing $100, the difference will amount to a couple of dollars at best.  Best to change your hard earned dollars in denominations of $100 dollar notes for ease of calculating the exchange too.

Here are some of my recommendations as to where to change money:

Kodak Shops

Fuji Shops

Airport Money Changers – maybe a slightly lesser rate, but usually trustworthy

BMC Seminyak PT Bali Maspintjinra (opposite Bintang Supermarket, next to Sip restaurant on the Kuta side.)

PT Bali Maspintjinra, Head office Jl Raya Seminyak No 16A

PT Bali Maspintjinra, Sanur, Jl Danau Tamblingan No 18

PT Bali Maspintjinra, Kuta Jl Sriwinjays No 16A

Note:  An Authorised Money Changer must be formally authorised and identified with distinctive markers.  All Authorised Money Changers are obliged to use a logo, they must also prominently display their registration number provided to them by Bank Indonesia on their signboard. If there is no logo and registration number then they are NOT Authorised Money Changers.

DO NOT use a Money Changer at the back of a shop, down an alley or laneway.  Always count your Rupiah before handing over your dollars.

DO NOT accept small denominations as it is often a sure sign they will attempt to short change you. (50,000 and 100,000 are best).

DO NOT rely on their calculator as they are sometimes rigged.

DO NOT rely on the person counting out the Rupiah in front of you as their hand is sometimes quicker than the eye.

DO NOT hand over your dollars until you are satisfied they are giving you the correct amount.

DO NOT be distracted or intoxicated either when you change money.

You get the picture!  Be wary.

Having said that, the Balinese are fundamentally honest and helpful people. There is a reliable chain of money changers called PT Central Kuta (blue signs with white writing) that also give good exchange rates. I only change money at PT Central money changers. You will also see signs at the KODAK shops with PT central money changers written on them. These are also safe. Your driver should be able to show you where these shops are.

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* Pic above is: BMC Seminyak PT Bali Maspintjinra (opposite Bintang Supermarket, next to Sip restaurant on the Kuta side.)

 

Hotel Safes

Remember to use the hotel safes or safety deposit boxes for your money and passport.  I divide up my $100 or $50 Australian notes into envelopes containing $200 each.  I label the envelopes 1, 2, 3 etc.  This way I know how much I have left and whether anything has been tampered with.  Hotel safes should be without reproach, but I have sometimes heard stories otherwise.

ATM’s

ATM’s are available.  You can nominate the language you want the machine to use, and it will usually say on the ATM what note and amount it dispenses.  Always be sure you don’t reveal your PIN and be careful that  you do not leave your card in the machine.  ATM’s are handy to use if you would rather not carry large sums of cash and are a convenient way to obtain local currency at a reasonable exchange rate. Keep in mind that your withdrawal may be subject to a nominal fee for an international transfer, so check with your bank before leaving home. The other point to note is that your bank may freeze your card if out-of-the-ordinary transactions (such as withdrawals in 4 different countries over the course of a week) appear, so keep a copy of your bank’s contact information on hand.

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Travellers Cheques

Handy if you are taking a large sum of money since it is insured when you purchase this style of currency.  Downside:  Not as good an exchange rate.

Lastly, have fun and spend up.  Bali relies on our tourist dollar.

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Serious Shopper Alert!

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Bali can offer a menagerie of shopping: from one-off designer items to market gear!

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If you’re seeking bargain priced summer and beach fashions including great leather wallets and bags, dress jewellery and shoes, head to the markets at Seminyak (known as Seminyak Flea Markets).  Here you will find a good selection of market type purchases.

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Although you may pay a little more than Kuta or Legian, the quality and design is often improved and more varied, and still at discount prices.

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Don’t forget to bring a half empty suitcase to fit in all your purchases.

Happy shopping! Xx

Seminyak Flea Markets

Address:  Oberoi Road, Seminyak

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HINT:  It can get rather steamy under the shade cloth market roofing, so call in at La Sicilia, Seminyak located next door for a cool drink after all your fab shopping purchases.

La Sicilia, Seminyak, Bali

Jalan Laksmana (Oberoi) 151, Seminyak

Tel:  +62 813-3876-9698

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A ladies getaway focused on fun, food, shopping, pampering and cocktails!

During your stay enjoy a fully hosted tour inclusive of:

  • Fully escorted shopping in air-conditioned vehicle

  • Private Airport Transfers

  • 6 nights Luxury Beachfront Accommodation 

  • Welcome Pack

  • Welcome Cocktails

  • Breakfast daily

  • Daily Happy Hour

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi thoughout the resort

  • Complimentary use of Gym Facilities

  • Complimentary scheduled shuttle to Kuta and Seminyak

  • Fully escorted shopping to handpicked designer retail and wholesale outlets

  • Guided Central Bali wholesale shopping 

  • 4 hr Brunch at a 5 star resort inclusive of select premium red/white wines & cocktails

  • Delicious High Tea

  • Indulgent Spa Session

And still plenty of opportunities to grab some ‘me time’ or relax with some like-minded ladies.

Come along with your bestie, your mum or your daughter or be very welcomed as a solo guest.

Dates are from 1-7 November, 2016

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Road Name Confusion?…

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Road Names

It is easy to become a little confused with road names since the roads in Bali often have several alternate names.

Below are a list of main road names, with their alternate names:

Jalan Arjuna = Jalan Double Six, Jalan 66
Jalan Raya Seminyak = Jalan Raya Basangkasa
Jalan Dhyana Pura = Jalan Caplak Tanduk
Jalan Laksmana = Jalan Oberoi, Jalan Kayu Aya
Jalan Pantai Legian = Jalan Blue Ocean
Jalan Mertanadi = Jalan Penjara

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Ultimate Homewares Tour November 2016

ULTIMATE HOMEWARES TOUR

A ladies getaway focused on fun, food, shopping, pampering and cocktails!

During your stay enjoy a fully hosted tour inclusive of:

  • Fully escorted shopping in air-conditioned vehicle

  • Private Airport Transfers

  • 6 nights Luxury Beachfront Accommodation 

  • Welcome Pack

  • Welcome Cocktails

  • Breakfast daily

  • Daily Happy Hour

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi thoughout the resort

  • Complimentary use of Gym Facilities

  • Complimentary scheduled shuttle to Kuta and Seminyak

  • Fully escorted shopping to handpicked designer retail and wholesale outlets

  • Guided Central Bali wholesale shopping 

  • 4 hr Brunch at a 5 star resort inclusive of select premium red/white wines & cocktails

  • Delicious High Tea

  • Indulgent Spa Session

And still plenty of opportunities to grab some ‘me time’ or relax with some like-minded ladies.

Come along with your bestie, your mum or your daughter or be very welcomed as a solo guest.

Dates are from 1-7 November, 2016

Note: This tour will be kept small and exclusive. Numbers are strictly limited!

Email your expression of interest to exclusivelybali@gmail.com

Do you speak the lingo?…

Have you mastered the art of speaking Bahasa?
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Bahasa Indonesia is considered the official language of Bali.  It’s interesting to note however that Indonesia consists of more than 17,000 islands with over 300 native languages and over 740 spoken languages.
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English is so widely spoken in the tourist parts of Bali that in my opinion, the only words you really need to get you through your whole next holiday to Bali are:
  • Terima kasih – Thank-you (pronounced Treema kasi)
  • Tidak – No
  • (So, Tidak terima kasih is used often)
  • Sama sama is a response to Thank-you.  It means you are welcome.
  • Permisi – Excuse me
  • Jalan Jalan – Walking (This is handy to use if being hounded by Transport people on the streets)
A few other basic conversational skills are:
  • Apa kabar? – How are you?
  • Baik – Fine/good
  • Baik, terima kasih – Fine, thank you.
  • Maaf – Sorry
  • Tidak/Ya – No/Yes
  • Nama saya – My name is…
  • Selamat Pagi – Good Morning
  • Selamat Siang – Good Midday
  • Selamat Sore – Good Afternoon
  • Selamat Malam – Good Night
  • Sampai Jumpa Lagi – See you later

If you spend a little time with the locals, just about all will be more than happy to give you impromptu lessons during normal conversations to help you advance your language learning.

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Balinese Offerings to the Gods…

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Daily offerings to God, also known as canang sari or blessings, are a fundamental part of every day life for the Balinese.  Canang Sari are usually made every morning.

Sukawati markets

The Hindu Balinese believe offerings appease the spirits and brings prosperity and good health to the family. It is a duty and an honour at the same time.

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The placing of offerings can be seen daily on beaches, footpaths, at temple steps and shrines.  It is a daily ritual of giving back what has been given to you by the Gods. It is believed to be a sharing based on gratitude for the privilege of existence.

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When Hindus devote their offerings and prayers, it is believed God’s universe is recharged and continues its existence unaffected. To not observe this responsibility is to bring disturbance upon the Balinese and their world.

Offerings are made on a daily basis crafted from the natural kaleidoscope of beauty found in Bali’s forests, farms and general vegetation.

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In need of a Doctor or Apotik in Seminyak?

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Med Mart & Pharmacy, on Jl Raya Seminyak is located just to the left hand side of Bintang Supermarket (at No 17) and directly next to a Silver shop.  A wide selection of medicinal needs are available here at a fraction of the cost of Australian prices.  Note:  If you’re unfortunate enough to be sleeping with a “snorer”, this Apotik DOES sell ear plugs!

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A Medical Clinic is conveniently situated at the rear of this Pharmacy.  Here you are able to wait to be seen by a Medical Practitioner.

NOTE:

There are numerous Apotiks in the tourist regions of Bali.  Personally, I always find them easy to locate if they’re near a “landmark” as this one is, near Bintang Supermarket.

If in Kuta, head to Matahari in Kuta Square for a reliable Apotik situated on the ground floor, opposite the Supermarket.

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