Frugal – September 21, 2011

* Make your badminton net last longer: Preserve your badminton net so that it can be used outside year round. First have your local tukang besi (welder) cut two aluminum poles from a single six-meter long aluminum “1.5 dim” (3.5 cm diameter) pole which costs around Rp150,000. Have the welder fasten four hooks onto each […]

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Frugal – August 24, 2011

Electronic Row: On Jl. Hasanudin in Denpasar, right in the thick of the city, are four electronic shops which between them offer a huge selection of indoor and outdoor lighting, spotlights; desk, table and ceiling lamps; battery chargers, bulbs and all types of electrical fixtures and spare parts at very good prices. Several of them, […]

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Frugal – July 27, 2011

* Build your own fish pond: Do you want a constant and cheap source of animal protein always on hand? It’s easy to build a low cost fishpond (kolam ikan) in your backyard and breed nila (parrot fish), lele (catfish), karper and gurami (species of carp). An expensive fiber glass casing is not necessary. Just […]

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Frugal – June 29, 2011

Not just souvenirs: On Sunset Road are souvenir stores (toko pusat oleh-oleh Bali) with big tour buses parked out front. Popular with bargain hunting domestic and international tourists, these huge outlets sell all manner of goods at rock bottom prices. Prices are fixed so you don’t need to bargain as you do at other tourist […]

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Frugal – June 01, 2011

Gourmet food discount: Similar to the bright wholesome interior of a Whole Foods Market in the U.S.A., Pepito (Jl. Kediri 36-A, Tuban, tel. 0361-759-112) sells a vast array of gourmet food at fair prices. If you spend more than Rp250,000, bring your receipt over to the customer service counter, present your KTP or passport, then […]

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Frugal – May 4, 2011

Gardening: Millions of man-hours are lost each year by farmers, gardeners and laborers to substandard hand tools. Ill-fitting handles are the main problem with local Bali tools. Farmers waste valuable time each week fixing the wooden handles on their hoes, sickles and machetes which need almost daily maintenance. Sickle blades regularly fly off as handles […]

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