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