The Frugal Balinist

* Custom order! To a certain extent you are able to special order signature Indonesian dishes even at lowly rolling food vendors (kaki lima) and warung (food stalls). If you don’t see MSG (ajinomoto or micin) in a container in the warung’s cooking area, it means that it has already been added to the broth […]

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Free Internet calls Google Duo is a simple mobile app for Android and iOS which lets users make high-def video calls. This is computer to computer or smartphone to smartphone high quality telephone calling, different from WhatsApp and Skype because you don’t need a telephone number. You can also leave a video message if the […]

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Back to school tips Be warned that stalls that set up on school grounds or on sidewalks outside schools hawk teh gelas, chocolates, puffed corn, rice snacks and sugary powder drinks with high levels of fat and sugars and zero nutritional value. Bali’s international schools have their own canteens which serve healthier fare. *From mid-June […]

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Moneysavers View new movies online via putlocker9.ru/putlocker?rel=menu9 *Eating healthy food out doesn’t come any cheaper than the Rp50,000 all-you-can-eat buffet at Veggie Karma in Ubud. *Warung Sukun, on the main road in Desa Les on the north coast, serves grilled fish fresh from the ocean at local prices. *If you buy books at Ganesha Bookstore, […]

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Supermarket Savvy Learn how to read a food label to cut calories, increase dietary fiber intake and make healthier choices. A powerful lot of nutritional info is packed into the tiny “Nutrition Facts” panel. First check out the caloric intake of one serving, the amount of the product typically consumed at once. 2,000 calories is […]

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Live healthier cheaper Why battle traffic to visit doctors for health consultations that do not necessitate therapy or a medical procedure? Have you ever tried to contact a doctor by telephone? Thankfully, a growing number of Indonesian physicians are using social media, especially blogs and Twitter, to offer a wide diversity of reliable non-diagnostic health […]

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Terima Kasih! For those interested in learning Bahasa Indonesia more quickly and easily, check out Shaun and Cici’s “Learning Indonesian” website: www.learningindonesian.com which offers a FREE downloadable series of MP3 self-study guides along with some written guides following the lessons that are also free. You can buy the full premium package if you want but […]

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Online retailers update. Bali computer stores seldom display marked prices. Even after being “discounted,” parts are 200%-400% higher than the standard prices of the same items listed by a variety of Indonesian online sellers. These bricks and mortar shops make a killing off tourists with computer problems who unsuspectingly wander into the shops. Reliable online […]

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Razia Zebra Gabungan! Big police road blocks will be occurring every day around Bali from 9 am-12 pm, 2 pm-5 pm and 8 pm-12 am. Not just a few cops as in your regular razia spot checks, but multi-personnel checkpoints all across the nation will be set up on major roads checking for payment of […]

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Old Car Immunity. Our ancient, dinged up and scraped 2001 Kijang is King of the Road when it comes to right of way. Because so few people are covered by car insurance, motorists who have bought spanking new cars are deathly afraid of their precious gleaming chariot being dented or scratched. They frantically blow their […]

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