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Travel > Still in Bali ... ... .
 

Still in Bali ... ... .

One
of the great things (among all the other great things) about Bali is
the exchange rate.  Australia is enjoying a terrific dollar value right
now for tourists and this is the first time in all the years I've been
visiting Indonesia that the Indonesian Rupiah to Aussie dollar rate went
over 10,000 rupes to one Aussie dollar.  

So even if you're on a budget, you got heaps more value for your dollar which makes eating out and shopping  very economical.

The
exchange rate never went below 10,000 rupes to one dollar for the two
weeks I was there, and a couple of days it actually went up to 11,000
rupes to one dollar.

 
One of the indulgent things to do with that kind of exchange rate is, you can afford to go to spas with a difference.  
Here's
one I decided to experience just once and I have to say, the first
couple of minutes it felt really, really gross!!!  But after a while,
when you get used to it...it became rather pleasant.


You sit on the edge of a tank full of these tiny little fish and they give you what can be termed as "exfoliation"...lol.

What
they do is, they nibble at all the dead skin cells and your skin comes
up nice and clean and fresh and feeling really smooth and silky. 

You
sit with your feet in the tank for half an hour while the little
fishies do their job and then they towel dry your feet and legs and
apply a rich beautiful cream onto your skin.

It was an experience I didnt think I'd enjoy, but I did.
 
Eating
at the better restaurants was economical too.  I have always loved TJ's
Tex-Mex Restaurant located in Poppies Lane and I always have at least
one meal there every time. 

This
day I decided to pop in for lunch rather than dinner and as usual their
guacamole was to die for.   So much so that on my way out, I decided to
order a serve "to go"...lol.

The Restaurant/Bar is very pretty, it has a koi pond right in the middle of the restaurant.
This
is the bar area where you can have drinks before a meal or you can just
sit here and listen to Mexican music while enjoying a couple of
margaritas or a tequila or two.


 
This is the large koi pond right in the center of the restaurant.

It
does look like you're sitting outside under a forest canopy but I
promise you are sitting inside a building that is beautifully designed.


 
This is the table I sat at....

And this is what I had for lunch....

I
didnt think I would have room for an entree as well as a main meal so I
ordered two entrees instead.  The best guacamole in Bali served with
cornchips and Spicy buffalo wings with blue cheese dressing.  Very
yummmy!!!

 
While
on the subject of restaurants, here's another one I used to frequent as
it was right around the corner from my hotel and it's a popular hangout
for Aussie tourists. 

I
cant for the life of me remember the name of the restaurant right
now....it will probably come to me sometime tomorrow...lol.  

What
I wanted to show about this particular restaurant is, they have these
"bongs" (glass smoking apparatus with water) and you purchase a sachet
of "tobacco" and you smoke it from this apparatus.

Unfortunately
the picture is a bit dark but maybe you can just make it out.  I wonder
how many people actually used marijuana in these bongs....lol.


Can you see it? The apparatus on the table, left hand bottom corner of picture.
This
restaurant is right on the main shopping strip where you have designer
clothes, perfumes, shoes and handbags and lots of other little eateries
including KFC and McDonalds.


 
The inside of the restaurant....

And this is what I ordered for lunch this day....
Yummy spicy, garlicky char-grilled squid with a side of  plain paella intensely flavored with saffron and had raisins in it.

The squid came out still sizzling in the hot pan and it was delicious!!!!
 
On
the way home, I pass this hotel entrance with the most gorgeous turtles
and I had to take photos because they are just soooooo cute.

 

 
 
Are you sick of Bali yet?????......lol.

posted on July 27, 2013 11:42 PM ()

Comments:

lol..I didnt think there was a difference between appetizers and entrees....appetizers might be an "American" thing.
comment by aussiegirl on July 29, 2013 7:38 AM ()
Appetizers are things you order first -- like soup, or 6 clams on the half shell "to whet your appetite". Here, the entree is the main dish. Sometimes people like to order 3 or 4 appetizers because they can be very interesting, and not order a main dish at all. Because I watch the amount I eat, I usually just order the main dish and skip all appetizers, which tend to be very caloric anyway. Then I have to leave calorie room for wine, or the evening is a total washout.
reply by tealstar on July 29, 2013 7:51 AM ()
I have always wanted to get a fishy pedi. I think they are banned here. Not sure why.
comment by nittineedles on July 28, 2013 10:20 PM ()
maybe it's a "health" issue, not that I can see anything unhealthy about it. I think westerners are a little bit paranoid about things like this...lol.
reply by aussiegirl on July 29, 2013 7:35 AM ()
Pix are just fabulous. You are very personally adventurous. I would skip the whole pond/foot cleansing experience because I would dream about it forever after and not in a good way. I am sensing your visit is drawing to a close and your carriage will turn into a pumpkin soon. But your stay seems so very satisfying -- it should carry you through anything that comes after.
comment by tealstar on July 28, 2013 10:57 AM ()
I'm going back in October and I plan to keep going for a while and maybe even move back to Indonesia and live in Bali permanently. I would really love it if I could do that.
reply by aussiegirl on July 29, 2013 7:36 AM ()
"I ordered two entrees instead." I think you meant 2 appetizers---now I would order 2 entrees!!!
The restaurants look beautiful--first one we go to is the one with the fish pond in the middle--I use to go to a bar & restaurant here in Fort Lauderdale where the bar was a huge u-shaped aquarium--the more you drank the more fish you saw!!!
comment by greatmartin on July 28, 2013 9:37 AM ()

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