December 6, 2017

Techie corner. Free basic home user versions of complete security suites: Sophos, Avast, AVG, Bitdefender, ZoneAlarm. *A cellphone’s clock doesn’t gain or lose a second in over 300 million years of operation. *For Indonesian consumers, the price of 4 pirated DVDs equals the cost of a monthly subscription (Rp. 40,000) that gives access to 20,000 […]

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November 8, 2017

Serutan onion slicer. Bawang merah kecil (small red onions OR shallots) are an indispensable ingredient in a whole array of Indonesian sauces and dishes like soto, gado-gado, bakso, satay, nasi goreng, etc. The flavors of the big red and white onions popular in the West just don’t cut it. Ordinarily, shallots are a bit difficult to […]

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October 11, 2017

Flashlights. I already have more LED flashlights than makes any sense but am still tempted by the awesome selection at DX.com where one can order anything you could ever dream of, including dimmable LEDs. Free shipping by Hong Kong post. There’s also DX.COM.ID, which is all cellular stuff. Nice flashlights can also be found at Gramedia […]

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September 13, 2017

Gardening. To get rid of rhinoceros’ beetle (kumbang badak) use the chemical insecticide Sevin (Rp8000 per pack) or pour tobacco juice into the top of the brownish infestation of the palm. *Baking soda removes the slickness left in vases of cut flowers. *Dried flowers, bouquets, reeds and grasses sprouting out of ceramic vessels are very striking, […]

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August 16, 2017

Happy Merdeka Day in Bali Celebrate the foundation of Indonesia as an independent nation with Independence Day celebrations this year at Finns Bali!  Merdeka Day, as it is known across the the country is a nationwide holiday observed annually on  August 17th to recognise the beginning of the country’s emancipation from Dutch colonial rule in 1945. Despite The Netherlands […]

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July 19, 2017

*Budget shopping. Denpasar’s Jl. Gajah Mada is the island’s mother lode for handicrafts and Jl. Sulawesi in Denpasar is the premier specialty center for fabrics. *Like to buy stuff? Think again after watching the stark, depressing overview of consumerism at www.storyofstuff.org. *Caveat emptor when shopping at Carrefour. If they choose to, they can beat everybody’s prices, […]

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May 24, 2017

*Money. *Fire Cash BCA is a fast, easy and safe way to withdraw cash from Indonesian BCA branches in Saudi Arabia, Brunei Darussalam, Hongkong, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, UAE, Bahrain and USA by simply showing the sender’s PIN and your proof of identity. *Pos Indonesia’sWeselpos Instan money transfer service has 4,500 cash-out points in post […]

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April 26, 2017

*Bright Gas. Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) are fossil derived fuels used in cooking, heating water and lighting a gas lantern. Even though “Bright Gas” LNG tanks are not subsidized by the government, they are still a less expensive source of fuel than your standard LPG tanks. Bright Gas LNG tanks hold […]

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March 29, 2017

*Important Nazava update! Since we bought our Nazava Bening XL Water Filter three years ago, and reported on how frugal a source of clean safe water it is in this column, we have learned how to use it, information that is only available in Bahasa Indonesia. Installing and cleaning instructions are in the manual and on […]

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