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.
Babi Guling is easily the most widely known Balinese dish and tourists have even been known to come to Bali just to sample it. The most famous place for Babi Guling would be none other than Ibu Oka in Ubud but it is it really the best? So far I have never known a Balinese person that says their favorite Babi Guling is the one from Ibu Oka and I would have to agree with them. To be fair, I don’t think the food at Ibu Oka is bad, it is a delicious selection of pork – I just think that as far as Babi Guling goes it is far from the best. Finding the best Babi Guling though takes a lot of work and perseverance however.
There is something new that has been causing panic around Bali these days. (And it surprisingly has nothing to do with terrorists being executed on the island or anything of the sort.)
The Tomcat as it is known in Indonesia (Rove Beetle in English) has been making a guest appearance throughout the archipelago in limited numbers over the past month. While resembling most other insects that you might not bat an eye at, the Tomcat possesses some unique characteristics that you should be watching out for.
One of the most successful online entrepreneurs and lifestyle bloggers, Sean Ogle spent the past two months in Bali and I had the chance to meet him and learn a whole lot about who he was and how he has been able to build such a successful business model. While in Bali, Sean launched his product called Location Rebel and anyone who is interested in making money in Bali or anywhere else in the world for that matter should check out Sean's website. Being "location independent" as he likes to call it, Sean has already moved on to his next destination, but was more than happy to do an interview with BaliManual about his time spent here on the island. He has volumes upon volumes of information that he can teach to anyone wondering how they could make a living from abroad. Let's hear more directly from Sean:
Although Indonesia is known for being far behind the rest of the world when it comes to technology, they are pretty up to date when it comes to mobile phones. Almost all Indonesians carry one, and a large majority of mobile phone users carry smart phones as well. Most people have their preferences for what their favorite smartphone platform is, but things are a little different in Indonesia and you might find yourself rethinking which smartphone to use in Bali. (more…)
This site is mostly dedicated to Bali and the positive things that go on around the island. Things are not always great though and especially when you find yourself outside of your base of Bali things can go a little awry.
The intent of this site is not to bash or slander anyone, but after an experience I had with a tour company in Lombok, I feel the need to share, so other people don’t fall victim to the same sort of problem. If you choose to stop reading here, make sure you read this: Stay away from Lombok Smile and GoKomodoTours!
Indonesia introduced the extension of the 30 Day VOA (Visa on Arrival) last year, which was to the delight of many travelers and people who come to Bali often. This can be very handy if you are making a last minute trip to Bali where you will be staying more than 30 days but don’t have enough time to make the appropriate visa beforehand. You will still go through the line for the original 30 Day VOA, only now you have the option of extending it once the time is up. The process of extending is often asked about so we will offer an outline here. Your experience may vary slightly, but most people have agreed that their experience was somewhere along these lines.
One thing that will need to become like second nature to keep your living expenses down will be the ability to bargain or haggle. Unless the price is clearly marked, like in a supermarket for example, just about everything in Bali is able to be bargained on.
Many people aren’t comfortable with this practice as we don’t do much of it in our home countries, but it is the way of life for people here.
If you already have an even rudimentary command of Bahasa Indonesia then things will be easier as well, as you will be perceived as a little more "in tune" with things.
Just like anything else there are some rules and guidelines to go by to make sure you don’t get ripped off and don’t offend anyone in the process.