Final 2 days in Bali
Trip Start Sep 24, 2009
69Trip End Apr 30, 2010
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Final 2 days in Bali
We really didn't have much in the way of plans for these last few days other than to get all the clothes through a proper laundry, to meet up with some friends and get organised for the onward trip to Singapore/Malaysia.
When I first arrived in Kuta nearly 2 months ago, I was approached several times by people with scratch-and-win type cards that offered the 'opportunity' to win a prize. All I had to do was sit in on a 1-hour presentation. And bonus for the guy that gave me the card – he would earn $50USD
On our first morning back in Kuta, we walked past this guy with a stack of these scratch-and-win cards. I immediately just said ‘no thanks, I’ve already seen it’ as they approach. Well, this one guy had a ‘special deal’. He was going to split the $50USD with us! Yeah, right!
We carried on walking. We then thought about it – our cash was running low and we really didn’t want to withdraw more Indonesia money from the ATM due the high transaction costs that we’re being forced to pay (good on ya, ASB.... (and all other NZ banks!).
So..... we went back to see this guy to find out what the real deal was. I was still very sceptical that there was even $50USD being paid to this tout, much less believed that he was going to split it with us. But sure enough, that is what the deal was!
The guy handed over 250,000rp (= NZD$36) before we even jumped into his nice air-conditioned car. We were also told that we would also receive 2 T-shirts at the end – or get a 75,000rp gift voucher to use in a supermarket. This is sounding better by the minute! On the drive there, he advised us the best way to answer all the questions. (We have been married for 10 years, own a house, have just arrived in Bali for a 10-day holiday, etc, etc!)
All in all – it took about 2 hours out of our day, we had a bit of fun – and earned a bit of money to keep us going for another couple of days – about $47 cash in the end! All in all, a good result! (The things you do for money when you are on a budget!)
Massage and sucker fish
Using our newly acquired cash, we decided to treat ourselves to some special treatments. I went for the back and foot massage, as well as a ‘cream bath’. The cream bath was essentially a shampoo and deep conditioner for my hair – and then she blow-dried it for me. It was bliss! (Usually I walk around with wet hair for hours after washing it....)
Alan had a massage as well – but he also opted for ‘sucker fish’ treatment. Basically you sit for 20 minutes with your feet and arms dangling in a tank full of these little black fish that come and nibble the dead skin off your feet. Alan said it was a tingling sensation. Hmmm...
Catch-up with friends
We met up with Stuart (from the Travelfish website that I use) and Fiona (a forum user that I have been corresponding with) for the afternoon. Stuart lives in Sanur and Fiona is travelling around Asia for the next few months, and our paths were crossing in Bali. Stuart picked us up and took us for an afternoon at a beach near Ulu Watu, followed by a fantastic seafood dinner at Jimbaran Bay. There are rows and rows of tables on the beach. All the seafood is fresh and you get to pick your dinner victims. We had an awesome dinner of king prawns, squid and fish. Yum!
Early start to the airport
We had a 7am flight to Singapore, so had to get up quite early, and left the hotel at 5.30am, missing the great breakfast that they provided. We get to the airport, and half hour later, they announce that the flight is delayed by 4 hours. Grrrr!! We could have slept in, had a decent breakfast and had a swim before leaving!
Oh well – Air Asia has a policy that they give out vouchers if flights are delayed by more than 2 hours. They don’t volunteer this info - and I had to contact them. But we got our 2 x 500,000rp (= NZD $75 each) vouchers to use on our next flights!
All in all, our couple of days in Bali ended up being financially rewarding!