Who needs to be a Balinese millionaire?






In Bali, it’s straightforward to really feel like 1,000,000 bucks. Really, it’s extra like 1,000,000 rupiah, which is the native forex. In the mean time, one U.S. greenback buys you about 15,500 Indonesian rupiah. The most important invoice I’ve seen is a 100,000 rupiah be aware—about six {dollars} in Yankee bucks. In sensible phrases this implies two issues:

  1. We’re Balinese millionaires

  2. My pockets is stuffed

That will help you visualize what I’m speaking about, I took the cash out of my pockets and, like a gangsta, threw my cabbage throughout the mattress. For sure, Christina was impressed; she even began calling me Huge Daddy Warbucks.

2.4 million rupiah, or about $150

With a lot cash burning a gap in our pockets, we determined to hit an area flea market. To get there, we took a Seize, which is Indonesia’s reply to Uber. The experience took about ten minutes and value 43,000 rupiah, or simply below $3. Really, the experience, together with taxes and Seize’s platform charge, was solely 28,000 rupiah, however Huge Daddy Warbucks is a beneficiant tipper.

“You need to transfer to Bali,” our driver advised us. “Foreigners like it right here as a result of it’s so low cost.”

“However what would we do?” Christina requested.

“Open a nightclub,” he stated. “All of the nightclubs are owned by foreigners.”

“However there are already quite a lot of nightclubs,” I stated. “It could be a troublesome market to crack.”

“No, straightforward,” our driver stated, pointing to a rice paddy. “You should buy that land low cost and begin a nightclub.”

I doubt we’re going to maneuver to Bali to open a nightclub, however with the best way issues are going again dwelling you by no means know. So, for shits and giggles I requested Christina what she’d to name our hypothetical nightclub.

“Attractive Enjoyable Occasions,” she stated.

I assumed that was a very good title as a result of everybody loves horny enjoyable instances. But when we’re expats on the run from fascism, I need a traditional title like Rick’s Café Américain. After all, Bogart gave up the love of his life for a noble trigger in Casablanca, so perhaps calling our nightclub Rick’s Café Américain is a foul omen for our relationship. I’ll must noodle on it—when and if the time comes.

Within the meantime, the Seminyak flea market was quite a lot of enjoyable. After some good-spirited haggling, Christina received herself a “phenomenal deal” on a wicker tote bag. I attempted to barter a deal on a friendship bracelet, however the man promoting it needed 400,000 rupiah, and I felt bizarre attempting to purchase my very own friendship.

Ultimately, the flea market gave option to a industrial district with a mixture of stylish native outlets and western model names. Christina discovered just a few extra “nice offers,” however for causes that escape me, you’re solely anticipated to haggle over the value if the proprietor sells their wares from an open-air institution; inside a brick-and-mortar retailer, you pay the record worth. However all commerce in Bali—from model names like Polo to mother & pop stalls within the flea market—have one factor in widespread: Canang sari.

Canang sari: a every day providing made by Balinese Hindus

At one of many outlets we stopped at, I requested the proprietor in regards to the choices.

“It’s to say thanks, to be glad about all you’ve got,” she defined. “While you begin your day, you make an providing, however this providing is outdated and doesn’t look excellent as a result of my day is nearly over. The subsequent particular person will make a brand new providing.”

The choices differ, however they’re all the time housed inside small sq. baskets.

“This one has flowers, fruit, and sweet,” she stated.

“And a cigarette,” I added.

“Sure, however these usually are not like actual cigarettes. They’re particular for choices.”

“Particular how?”

“They’re low cost,” she stated. “You don’t smoke them.”

“However the sweet and flowers are actual?”

“Oh sure. You provide no matter you’ve got, however sweet and flowers are finest.”

I don’t know a lot about Hinduism, however it appeared to me that the Hindu gods have their priorities so as: faux cigarettes, actual sweet. Perhaps once we get dwelling, I’ll take up the observe. Lord is aware of I’ve received to do one thing with all our leftover Halloween sweet.

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