June 20, 2018

TED Ed. With millions of channels, You Tube is the biggest media platform in the world. Devoted to products, how-to, personalities and educational subjects that are often aggregated into “verticals” containing similar content. The Ted Ed channel features an ever growing library of video collaborations between talented educators and animators that is highly rated by […]

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May 23, 2018

U.S. Citizens Corner. Low income U.S. vets and their families are eligible for a non-service connected supplemental tax-free monetary benefit under “Aid & Attendance” on the Veteran’s Administration website. You must be honorably discharged, over 65 and served at least 90 days during the Vietnam war era (but not necessarily in combat). The application process […]

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April 25, 2018

Bali Car Boot. Don’t make the mistake of parking your car all night on Ubud’s main road, Jl. Raya Ubud. Aimed to ease traffic congestion, parking on a number of the town’s traffic arteries such as Jl. Cok Sudarsana, Jl. Hanoman and Jl. Monkey Forest Ubud is now illegal. This new rule also applies to […]

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March 28, 2018

Boost your power! Adding more power (daya) to your existing electrical service is not difficult to arrange and doesn’t take much time. A certified PLN contractor needs to do the installation. He will work for PT. Adi Putra, CV. Karya Mulya, CV. Karya Indah Teknik CV. Pancar Electric Kusuma Teknik, CV. Maha Putra Engineering CV. […]

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February 28, 2018

Travel Mask. Been to Jakarta, Chiang Mai or Siem Reap lately? Face masks are now essential for travel in the unhealthy polluted cities of S.E. Asia as well around the Mt. Agung danger zone. Extreme air pollution can damage the mucosa and lead to a bacterial infection. High quality masks are available online. Lazada sells […]

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January 31, 2018

Affordable organic. Canggu Shop sells healthy, fresh food at low prices (Rp26,000-Rp96,000): dried fruit, nuts, seeds, local cheese, coconut sugar, coconut flakes, homemade hummus, flavored kombucha teas, fresh almond milk, probiotics-filled kefir and other specialty items not easily found in Bali. Located Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong 23A, Canggu, Kuta Utara, hp 0859-5378-0775; opening Mon-Sun 9 […]

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January 3, 2018

Kitchen helpers. Of immense and welcome help to expats and cooks in home kitchens are two books published by Jakarta’s American Women’s Association (AWA): A Jakarta Market (Rp100,000) is an easy to understand guide to local markets with descriptions of vegetables, fruits and spices listed by their Indonesian names, their common English names and their […]

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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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