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Alcohol Banned in Bali? Say It Ain't So!

by Steve Carrole

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Bali News


Just last week, many expats, tourists and local boozehounds received a big shock when it was announced that there is currently a bill in place to ban alcohol in Indonesia. While definitely shocking, it is important to take a look at the facts before we start getting carried away, stockpiling bottles of Bintang or studying ways to brew up our own alcohol at home in the bak mandi. 

Before we even take a look at the facts though, have another sip of your drink of choice, take a deep breath and relax. Of course it is easy to get a little worked up when we hear the words “alcohol” and “ban” in the same sentence, but at this time (and most likely forever) it is just a bill, meaning it would first need to be passed to become an actual law. (more…)

Soul-Searching and Outdoor Adventures: Bali is for Everybody

by Steve Carrole

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This is a guest post from Jason Lowder at Internations.org


Ever since Julia Roberts went soul-searching in Bali’s paradise and managed to snatch up Javier Bardem in “Eat, Pray, Love”, the destination has gained considerable popularity. But whether you visit Bali for a vacation or quick get-away or are staying to experience life in Bali, it is easy to get stuck in the usual routine of your holiday resort or workplace. The good news: Bali has a lot to offer for people who look to take a break and experience the island in a whole new way. (more…)

Christmas Day in Bali for Expats

by Steve Carrole

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Living in Bali

It is the Christmas season again and just like every year, Bali is CROWDED. Hotels are full to capacity, traffic is congested (even more so than usual) yet somehow it just doesn’t quite feel like Christmas.

For North Americans traveling to Bali for Christmas this is due to the extreme heat and unsurprising lack of snow. Australians and Europeans will notice the lack of Christmas-themed decorations which are present, but not in the abundance they are used to in their home countries.

For the average tourist in Bali for Christmas though, these things are not such a big deal. They chose to spend their Christmas away from home on a tropical island and more than likely they have their family in tow. For a visitor in Bali for Christmas, Bali IS their celebration for the holidays. (more…)

Moving to Bali Guide

by Steve Carrole

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Moving to Bali

EVERYTHING You Need to Know About Moving to Bali - Finally in One Place

Note: ebook updated february 2018.

  • visa section totally renewed
  • updated all prices
  • new chapters on residency /citizenship, taxes, ...
  • more info on finances
  • more info on looking for accomodation
  • expanded health & healthcare section...
  • 50+ pictures added
  • & more...

Eyes open.

A warm morning breeze blows in from the ocean, bringing the salty scent and sounds of the crashing waves into your room.

Another day of your new life in Bali begins.

Outside on the balcony of your beachside villa, the sun shines upon an ocean dotted with distant surfers riding cresting waves.

The scent of your breakfast being prepared by your maid (who you pay $120/month) leads you downstairs to your pool-side dining table. A delicious plate of fruits (picked that very morning, of course), a vegetable-packed omelette, bacon, and a cup of the famous Bali Kintamani coffee (totaling about $2 AUD) await you.


Today will be a good day.

After a $5/hour full body massage at the spa, you'll be meeting friends for a delicious Babi Guling (suckling pig, an Indonesian delicacy) lunch.

This afternoon? Maybe yoga. Or a book by the beach. Or shopping in the markets. Or climbing Mt. Batur. Or a night of dancing...you're really not sure yet.

You do know one thing though. Tonight, like every other night of your life in Bali, will see you collapsing into bed exhausted, smiling, and excited for tomorrow.

And this whole lifestyle: the beachside villa, the personal maid, the delicious healthy foods, the daily adventures...it’s all costing you less than $2000 AUD/month.


So you want to join us expats on the Island of the Gods? Great!

It's a good thing you've found this page.

You'll be living a life of tropical royalty. Delicious and healthy food, your own villa and staff, and a beach-going, coconut-drinking lifestyle.



It's not so easy to get set up here

Indonesian expat laws are a costly tangle of confusing rules and regulations that threaten to suck up your time, lighten your wallet, and stress you out considerably if you don't know how to navigate them.


Even basic questions have overly-complex answers…

  • Where should you live? In Ubud for the wonderful yoga expat culture? Uluwatu for the surfer's paradise? Kuta for the night life? Somewhere else?
  • When you do choose a town, how will you buy a home when non-Indonesians can't own land?
  • What Visa should you get? And how will you deal with the frequent renewals they require…avoiding the rules that ask you to leave and re-enter the country every few months?
  • Should you learn the Indonesian language? How?
  • Do you want to navigate the chaotic roads yourself, or hire a driver? Either way, how do you find a high quality and inexpensive way of getting around?
  • How should you deal with the corrupt Balinese traffic police (who will pull you over and ask for bribes, regardless of how law-abiding you are)?
  • What happens if you fall in love in Bali? If you want to get married?
  • What should you do in the case of a medical emergency? If you need medication, how will you find it here? Should you invest in vaccinations?
  • How should you manage your money? How can you make more of it? How can you avoid "Tourist" prices wherever you go, and pay what the locals pay?
  • How can you get the fastest home internet in Bali? And the best phone plan?
  • What should you bring with you on your move here? What is cheaper and faster to buy on-island?

These are not easy questions…and no one has ever organised their answers into an easy-to-use resource.

Until now.




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Five years ago, I stepped off the plane and onto Bali soil

Since then, I’ve made (or seen others make) nearly all the mistakes one can make in the face of these problems. I wasted a lot of time, endured a lot of stress, and got myself into legal messes more than once in the process of figuring out how to best answer them.


I've learned the hard way

But now I have a furnished three bedroom home for $1250 a year in my favourite part of Bali, a brand-new motorbike on rental, a Balinese girlfriend, an online-generated income, and a mastery of both Bahasa Indonesia and Basa Bali (the Indonesian and Balinese languages) that has earned me many local friends, connections and discounts.


Life is good now

My visa situation is secured and renewals are automatic. My home internet is 7mb down (fast enough for absolutely anything online to run smoothly).

I have a network of interesting and adventurous locals and expats that I spend my days with. I’ve even acquired a local license to cut down on police bribes!


Helping people to get set up here

I have helped over a hundred new expats set up their lives in Bali over the last four years. At first just friends. Then people referred to me by these friends. Eventually word got out and I became a go-to man for expats who needed help setting up and maintaining their lives in Bali.

Over the years, I condensed and refined the method you need to be completely set up in Bali, have all your questions answered (and know which questions to ask in the first place!), and be fully prepared to live in this island paradise for as long as you wish in any way you wish.

I organised and prioritised this method so well that I have been able to successfully and repeatedly get expats fully set up in Bali within 7 days of their first step off the plane.


At a fraction of the price for a consultation

And now I can do it for you… at a fraction of the price you usually have to pay people like me for consulting. All you have to do is read through and follow the easy and clear process I've created for you in The Ultimate Guide For Moving To Bali, and you'll be able to have yourself set up here in 7 days if you wish (or longer if you want to take it slow).


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Resource for a stress-free move to Bali

Have no fear of wasting your hard-earned money on problems you didn't know to expect or didn’t know how to avoid. I show you how to avoid the problems you can, and deal with the unavoidable ones as quickly and cheaply as possible.

Have no stress or worry about having to navigate the many rules and customs that confront us Balinese expats. I give you a guide of how to deal with both Balinese social customs and Balinese expat laws so you're not stumbling into trouble.

Have no time wasted running around town looking for solutions to problems. I've mapped out where to go, who to talk to, and what to pay for every single problem you'll encounter.


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In fact, I'm so confident in my tried-and-tested Ultimate Guide For Moving To Bali that I'm going to offer you a 100% money back guarantee.

Yup, if you don't absolutely love this guide for any reason at all, just email me and I’ll give you every cent you paid for it right back…! I'll even let you keep the guide.

If you're coming to join us in Bali…if you're even thinking about it…The Ultimate Guide For Moving To Bali will tell you everything you need to expect, and all that you need to do to make your move here as smooth, inexpensive and worry-free as possible.


It can save you thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours

In fact, it would be unusual if it didn’t.

And if it doesn't? Well then you get 100% of your investment back. Not a bad deal, eh?


This is your chance

Click the Buy Now button below, and you'll have the PDF guide on your screen immediately.

From there, just spend a couple hours relaxing and reading it on whatever device you like (it looks great on iPhones, iPads, Androids, Kindles, even computer screens). Then keep it to refer back to whenever you have a problems. And use it as your step-by step guide for what to do during your move to paradise.

And, hey, let me know when you land in Bali. We'll go out for a few Bintangs beers and chat about just how awesome life is here in Bali.

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P.S. Just in case you run into a quandary without a simple solution, or have a custom question you'd like a custom answer to, I’ve made myself easy to reach. All my contact info is listed in the back of the book, as well as on multiple pages.


The Bali Balance - A Lesson in Instant Karma

by Steve Carrole

Posted In:
Living in Bali


The sense of balance that many people feel in Bali is one of the reasons that I would put above almost all others as a reason to be here. Despite the problems that affect Bali from all angles, the island is able to pull off an impressive balancing act that needs to be viewed from a few steps back to be truly appreciated.

I have found that in Bali things just have a way of working themselves out in the end, and just about all of the bad experiences are counteracted by the good ones. (more…)

Bahasa Indonesia SMS Abbreviations Explained

by Steve Carrole

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Bahasa Indonesia


Bahasa Indonesia is said to be one of the easiest languages in the world to learn. While true for the most part, Bahasa Indonesia has its own unique challenges to be conquered on the quest to fluency. Many people will take a class and get to a comfortable level of fluency in the classroom only to find that the Bahasa Indonesia that they hear on the street is entirely different. Others will get discouraged from having learned Bahasa Indonesia, only to realize that none of their friends are speaking it – opting for Bahasa Bali instead.

Generally though the biggest problem people have is deciphering SMS messages in Bahasa Indonesia. Indonesians tend to SMS as if they are being charged per the letter – leaving out virtually all vowels and as many characters as possible. The result is something that is hard to read for those that are still learning. It can’t even be put through a translator as abbreviated Bahasa Indonesia is still not recognized. To try to help those that are still learning I will make a list of the common abbreviations and then the long form words. (more…)

Masuk Angin - The Wind That Infected an Entire Nation

by Steve Carrole

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After several years in Bali learning about the language and culture several of my friends like to joke that I’ve “gone native”. Everyone has a different definition of going native and whether it is a positive or negative thing but that’s all relative.

Sure, I eat rice with my hand (right hand only) most of the time. I also don’t bat an eye anymore as I hear someone talking about mystical events while they grip the latest model Blackberry. I have been here long enough to understand exactly why the Balinese and Indonesians do a lot of the things that they do. There is still one thing that I just can’t wrap my head around (or refuse to) and that is Masuk Angin. (more…)

Meeting Made in Bali - A New Short Film to Begin Production on the Island

by Steve Carrole

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Bali Today

By now most people that are interested in Bali have seen the Julia Roberts movie Eat, Pray, Love. While probably the most high-profile movie to ever feature Bali in such length, lots of real Bali enthusiasts left feeling like the movie didn’t totally represent the Bali that they have come to know over the years. Personally, I have to agree but it’s Hollywood and realism often takes a back seat to great shots and convenient storylines. A new short film is in the process of being created though and I am very excited that it will show a side of Bali to the world that has yet to be seen by the Hollywood masses. This is Meeting Made in Bali. (more…)

Bali Revelations - How Being Away From a Place Can Teach You More Than Being There

by Steve Carrole

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Living in Bali


At some point, every long-term, foreign resident of Bali eventually has to leave for one reason or another. In my time here I’ve yet to meet anyone who has spent a substantial amount of time on the island without ever having left, although that is mostly just a visa issue.

As I type this, I am sitting in a hotel room in Bangkok and have been away from Bali for 12 days, the longest period of time I have ever been away from the island since first setting foot there almost 4 years ago. With another 5 days to go until I am set to return home (I fully consider Bali to be “home” by this point), I can’t help but think about all of the differences - both positive and negative – between Bali and other popular SE Asian destinations.


Prepaid Electricity in Bali - The Advantages Over the Old, Post-Paid System

by Steve Carrole

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Tips & Tricks

The electricity coming into your house is going to be a big part of your happiness or misery while living in Bali. When everything is working as it should then you will be able to power your fans and AC to keep you comfortable as well as your computer, internet, TV and other devices for your entertainment purposes. If you have shoddy electrical wiring or you don’t have the appropriate electrical capacity then you will spend most days cursing the powers that be for your troubles. There is nothing worse than having to make sure you shut off certain appliances just so you can use others without your power going out. Unfortunately some houses are built and set up with insufficient capacities. A hot topic has been the prepaid meters and whether they are a good idea or not. Having just moved into a house with one, I want to document my experience with them.


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