Saturday, September 11, 2010

Shop 'til you drop!

Buying DVDs in Bali is as addictive as Balinese massages!

I bought several more DVDs which sell for Rp.10,000 each (approx. AUS$1.10):

Samson & Delilah
The Road
The People Speak
The Pursuit of Happyness [sic]
Goodbye Bafana
Faith Like Potatoes
Eyes Wide Shut
Letters to God
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Gran Torino
What Lies Beneath
The Last Station
Meet Joe Black
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (as a spare for our "Riverbend" guest cottage)
Pope Joan (as suggested by Nick; never knew there had been a female pope!!!)

Also bought several cup cakes, a dozen chocolate-and-apple buns, and a chocolate-coated vanilla icecream, all for Rp.15,000 (less than AUS$2).

I think I skip the fancy hotel-dinner tonight which is all appearance and no substance and just read one of my books!

On the subject of exchange rates, cash is much better than travellers' cheques; however, the best rate yet is via the ATM as Nick demonstrated when he drew on his Australian bank account and received Rp.8,330. In Indonesia, a mere AUS$120 makes you an instant millionaire.

Australian banknotes give you a mere Rp.8,000 for each dollar, and travellers' cheques come a poor last at Rp.7,700. I thought I just mention this for the benefit of anyone who wants to make their cheap Bali holiday even cheaper!