Shopping

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…

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A beautiful mirror can transform the plainest of walls by reflecting light, opening up space, and adding a touch of instant style.  Like a piece of artwork, mirrors can be used throughout your home to create visually appealing focal points that can really take your breath away.

“Qubu Mirror” is a fave little Venetian mirror shop on Jl. Drupadi in Seminyak.

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Qubu Mirror has a nice selection of Venetian mirrors that they will happily pack for you in bubble wrap, box and string.  Packed so well in fact that if you are flying home, you can either send it through in your checked luggage, marked ‘Fragile’ or if it’s not too large, carry on-board your flight as hand luggage.

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I’ve done this on several occasions with no breakages, so far….touch wood!

QUBU MIRROR

Address:  Drupadi No 3, Seminyak

Phone: +62 81 338 121 346

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ONE STOP Seminyak Shopping…

BINTANG SUPERMARKET

Address:  Jalan Raya No 17, Seminyak

Bintang Supermarket is a handy one stop shop for all your holiday essentials!  Go here early in your trip to purchase basic necessities.  Always busy, this supermarket is the stock-up place for expats.

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It’s located on the main street of Seminyak, close to the Legian end. It’s large  and has two levels.  Mostly, I’ve found it stocks all the basics – and a few surprises too. You can purchase food, drinks, bathroom products (including sunscreens, though a little exy on the island), baby goods and many other supplies here also.  It really is a one stop shop!  Don’t forget to head upstairs for stationary, hardware and all your home bits.

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Bintang is great for imported as well as local goods. It opens early around 7.30am and closes 11pm.  Such a handy shop if you’ve forgotten to pack something!!  Some friends stock up here for supplies to take back home since they’re so inexpensive eg. toothbrushes, moisturizer, soaps, hand sanitiser, panadol, rubber thongs, bodywash, bandaids, shampoo….

HINT: I use Bintang as a a land mark that people and taxi drivers will instantly recognise.

HINT 2:  There is a reliable Money Changer across the road.

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HINT 3:  A fab PHONE SHOP for sim cards and data is located on the RHS of the Bintang Supermarket carpark.

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HINT 4:  If you are looking at posting goods back home, head to the POST OFFICE – also located on the RHS of the carpark.

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HINT 5:  Although Bintang Supermarket sells alcohol, there is also a specific LIQUOR STORE several shops along on the RHS of the Bintang Supermarket.

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For Home Interior Enthusiasts…

CARGA is a personal fave retail emporium choc full of homewares, crockery, cushions, candles, incense, soap, personal adornments, recycled boat wood products, vintage posters on wood panels, gift paper, furnishings…. The list is long.
You’ll see various traditional Indonesian made products here involving batik, double ikat and teak wood, and you’ll be inspired.
Allow plenty of time to peruse. I never, EVER leave empty handed!
Address:
Jl. Petitenget No. 886, Kerobokan, Badung, Bali, Indonesia 80361
+62 361 8478173
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TIP: After all your retail therapy, enjoy tea at the delightful Biku tea house – which is is right next door.
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How to pay for your actual LUGGAGE weight….

After numerous trips, I have learnt to pack light.  Unfortunately, this hasn’t t helped me reduce my Bali shopping whilst on the Island!

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Apart from filling your own 40 foot container to get your goods home (I’ve done this!) or paying for someone else for space in their container (I’ve done this too!), it is often useful to use a packing trick.

One handy tip I continually fall back on is to take with you at least 2 large, striped/checked shopping bags that you can purchase at “discount/bargain” shops in Australia for approximately $2.00.   I place soft goods that are unbreakable, like clothing or manchester inside these.

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I then place wide, strong tape around the stripey bag, both horizontally and vertically.  Also, tape the handles together to become one handle, for strength!  Make sure you label the exterior.

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These stripey $2 bags weigh nothing.  You’re therefore only paying for the weight of your goods, not the piece of luggage.  The bags are also strong – as evidenced recently when one of mine went missing on a flight from Bali to Australia.  Amazingly, it took 32 days before the stripey bag was delivered to my door.  The bag was all intact and had apparently traveled via Jakarta and Singapore!

It’s certainly not the most stylish piece of luggage, but I swear by them!

# Be aware that some airlines now only allow one bag to be checked in regardless of combined weight of bags.  Do check this before introducing a 2nd bag!

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Pre-loaded USB Flash Drives are the new DVD’s!!

DVD’s have been available for some time in Balinese DVD stores.  Some are ‘good quality”.  Others, not so good.

The going price is usually 10,000Rph each.  If you buy 10, you get 3 free; buy 20, get 7 free; buy 30, get 11 free etc.

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There is always a risk:  some are acceptable quality, others stop before the end, lose quality or shadows of people in the cinema are seen on film since the movies are literally filmed whilst in cinema.

Although DVD’s are still readily available, an improved solution is to buy movies on a portable USB flash drive.  This way, quality movies are purchased that are easily transportable.

Pre-loaded USB Flash Drives are the new DVD’s!!

A USB preloaded with 22 recent movies are now selling in DVD stores for approximately 450,000Rph.

Alternatively, you can provide a blank USB to the DVD store and 32 movies of your choice (from their list) can be loaded for approximately 300,000Rph.

No scratching, warping or weight of DVD’s to worry about!

Simple, lightweight and easy!

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Needing a new outfit for the kids for Christmas Day?

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I stepped into Indigo Kids on Jl. Melasti, Legian recently and spotted these gorgeous little dresses. Maybe something for the little girl in your life to wear on Christmas Day?

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The boys aren’t overlooked either with a great array of cool, little guy wear also.

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How about some new cozzies for the kids too?  It’s all available at this fab kids store!

Indigo Kids children’s wear is Australian designed and manufactured throughout Indonesia. It’s been created for children aged 3 months up to 12 years of age.

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INDIGO KIDS have numerous outlets on Bali. They have retail stores at these locations:
Jalan Oberoi
Jalan Seminyak
Jalan Pantai Kuta
Jalan Melasti

Their goods are also available in:
Centro, Kuta Discovery Mall
Coco, Bali Collection Nusa Dua
Waterbom
They also have an online store! Have a look at their website for more details: www.indigokidsglobal.com
If you have an enquiry, just email to sophia@indigokidsglobal.com

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FIXED PRICE Shopping Tip in Sanur:

TOOTSIES

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If you want hassle-free bargain shopping in Sanur, head to “Tootsies”. Tootsies sell clothing for adults and kids, handbags, shoes, jewellery, quilts, sunglasses, table runners….and more.

The glass-fronted shop is air-conditioned and nicely set out.  It’s not huge but has a good selection and prices are very good.  In fact, you can use them as a guide for other non-fixed market shopping,  Eg,  Roxy/Quicksilver/Billabong jumbers $10Aus, Vans $10Aus, Nikes $15Aus, Sunglasses/hats $2.50Aus.

There are PLUS sizes available also.  If Tootsie has not got what you’re after, she will get it in for you.

The easiest way to find Tootsies is to take a taxi to Jl Pantai Sindhu.  Walk towards the beach and when you get to the path that runs parallel to the ocean, turn left. It’s about 100-150m along the path that you will see Tootsies Restaurant sign. Her shop is directly behind the restaurant and is over 3 shops

Address: Tootsie  No 28, Sindhu Beach market, Sanur 

Phone: (0361) 285184

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Material Heaven!

JALAN SULAWESI, Denpasar

This is it. Jalan Sulawesi.

Look no further than Jalan Sulawesi and Jalan Gajah Mada in Denpasar for fabrics aplenty!  These two streets are dedicated to fabrics only.

Whether you’re after suiting, dress, curtain or soccer motif fabric these streets of remarkable fabric are a dressmaker’s heaven.  There are big savings to be made here!  For example: buy sufficient lengths  of  linen to suit your large, festive Christmas dining table, then have it hemmed at a local tailor for a quality tablecloth.

There is stuff for EPL fans.

Batik, silks, quilting material, ornate lace….the selections are endless and the prices are low, eg. fabrics that may be $20per metre in Australia, are just $2.50Aus on Jl. Sulawesi and Jl. Gajah Mada.

Go prepared as you will often be followed by persistent women wanting to make a sale.  Take your best negotiating skills with you and have water and hand sanitiser available.

I suggest you go early – before the true heat of the day since the markets are hot and you’ll have to barter.  Determination will pay off though if you’re on the lookout for distinctive fabrics at ridiculous prices.

These market shops open from around 9am until 4.30pm.

There are bargains.

HINT:  Taxi’s are few and far between in this location so either ask your taxi/driver to wait or ask a shop that you’ve purchased from to phone a taxi for you.  They’re often happy to do this when you’re ready to go home.

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How to have your clothing smelling like Bali….

If you’d like your clothing to smell as they do when you’ve had them laundered and ironed in Bali, then why not  purchase sachets of the fragrances the Balinese laundries use to bring home?
These fragrant fabric softeners are readily available from the shops of Bali including  Bintang supermarket, Mataharis and Carrefour.
Although there are several brands available, including Molto and Rapika, “KISPRAY Ironing Aid” is a firm favourite.
Kispray can be used as an ironing aid to produce smoother, fresher and softer clothing.  It also has a long lasting fragrance and contains an antiseptic (alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride) which they say kills germs. Kispray can be economical too since it’s available in sachet packs (great for bringing home in your luggage!)  You only need to add water.  It’s also practical since there are refill pouches available to refill the original spray bottle.
Kispray scents vary and can be purchased as:
1. AMORIS – floral, rose (powdery scents)
2. SEGERIS – green floral, jasmine (perfumery scents)
3. BLUIS – floral, fresh (clean scents)
4. VIOLET – various floral, rose (a little sweeter, fresh scents)
A gorgeous reminder of beautiful Bali!
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Where to purchase MANCHESTER bargains….

MANCHESTER BARGAINS 

You will find manchester galore and service plus at Matahari Department store in Kuta Square.

Photo Above of Matahari Department store in Kuta Square

Towels, tablecloths, bathmats, sheet sets, pillows…… You just have to look to find what you’re after.  With so many 40 and 50% OFF SALES happening, it is not difficult to secure a “bargain”.

This store, along with Centro Department store in Discovery Mall, are  my “go to” for quality bedding.  High thread count bed sheets and pillow cases can be purchased here at much reduced prices to what you would pay back home.   I also purchase luxurious pillows for sleeping here.  Again the quality is superb and the prices ridiculous eg. the quality of bed pillows that would sell for around $200-plus each in Australia, I purchase at approximately Rp400,000 each in Matahari or Centro.

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Photo above of Manchester Department in Centro, Discovery Mall

The sales people at these department stores are plentiful too.  (Myer and David Jones in Australia could take a leaf out of their book!)

*A word of warning with sheet sizes:  Do take your regular sizes from home and compare them with those written on the packets in Matahari since Indonesian sizes differ.   (I find that I can purchase King sheets that have more depth to the mattress, hence the fitted sheet has an easier fit to an Australian size mattress and the loose sheets too are more generous).

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HINT:  Watch the waves roll in over Kuta beach while you chill with a cool, cold drink at the restaurant on the same floor as Manchester in Centro at Discovery Mall, between shopping for bargains.

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