Tips for You

Balinese Names

Posted in The Bali Buddy, Tips for You on May 31st, 2011 by admin – Comments Off on Balinese Names

Balinese like to name their children by the birth order, forget real names ( it’s a little like the American Jnr) in our culture but a little more complex.  They go through fourth born and then just start again at first.  So everyone shares names.  So don’t shout out Wayan in the street, every one will come running…..

Doesn’t matter whether your born boy or girl  first Born Wayan, second born Made, third born Nyoman, and the Baby Ketut.

Over 4 million people live in bali with 12 languages spoken.

Learning the Lingo

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Hallo = Hello

Hallo – Upa Kabar = Hello How are you

Sibuk = Busy

What time is it? = Jam berapa

Where = dimana

Who = siapa

Quick = cepat cepat

Shower = mandi

fat = gendut

towel = handuk

Glasses = kicamata

smile = senyum

Can I have = Bisakah saya dapatkan

C inta = Love

Lihart Lihart = look look

Barong  = By many (all)

Permisi = Excuse Me

Murah – Cheap

Baik Baik = Just fine

Mah   aaf = Sorry

Excuse Me = Permisi

Big = Basaar

Wine (very important) = Agruu

Light = Sinar

Star = Bintang

Selamat Pagi = Good Morning

Selamet Sore = Good Afternoon

Selemat malan = Good Evening

Good bye = Sampai jumpai lagi

Delicious – Enak

Selemat Malam = Good Night

Terima Kasih = Thanks You

Terima Kasih Banyah = Thanks you very much

Sama Sama = Your Welcome

Tidak Teriam Kasih = No thanks

Ya = Yes

Maafkan Saya = Excuse me

Bog Bog = Rip off

Malung = Clouds

Makanan = Food

Drink = Minuman

Cold = Dinghan

Hot = Panas

One Cold Beer = Satu bir dingin

Umbrella = Paung

Your name= Siapa nama

See you later = Sampae umphanti

Mahul = Too expensive

Kasa Sita Bill Teramaksu Bunya = Can I have the bill please

Guru = Teacher

cha chut = Disabled People

Isteri = Wife

Lucky lucky = Son

Anak = Daughter

Please = tolong

Please come in = silahkan musuk

Its nothing = kembali / sama sama

I’m fine = kaba baik

Turn Left = belok kiri

Turn right  = belok kanan

Ketut’s Car & Moto Bike Hire

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For Car, Motorbike Hire, Flight Bookings and Tours

Contact Ketut Yudiana 08123683295, Ketut is honest and runs a very professional business. For as little as $5 per day you can hire a Motor bike and helmet from Ketut .  It is the law to have your International License (available from the NRMA before you depart)  Always wear a helmet or  you will be fined from the police.  Please Please don’t drink and drive. This is where you come unstuck and yes there have been many deaths.  Tip:  When driving your moto have 50,000 in your pocket.  If approached by the police (they will ask for money) you only have 50,000.  So pay it, its not worth the argument.  Also try not to be the first at a set of traffic lights.  This is where the police will approach you.  Only hire if you are a confident rider.  If you wish to have the thrill of riding around Bali on a bike get on the back of a one. Just ask any where (transport transport) and they are only too happy to take you where you wish to go.

Ketut also Hires cars from as little as $20  a day and can assist you with all your domestic flights and tours.


Nanny Service / Baby Sitting

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Bali Baby Hire  is a amazing Bali Company run by a beautiful Australian Women named Megan.  She has two young children and is married to a Balinese High Priest. Not only does Megan run Bali Baby Hire (look under this BB post ) or visit  she runs a very professional Nanny service in Bali.  The Girls who work for Megan have all nannied for Australian women so are very used to western ways.  or phone 08980076460  081999488656

With the ever increasing request for families travelling to Bali requiring Baby Sitting Services and understanding the importance and challenges to find quality care, Bali Baby Hire was prompted to establish a team of local and International cares/ sitters who could offer the same professional, dedicated child minding that you would find any where in the world.
All our Bali Baby Hire  carers/ baby sitters are friendly, reliable mature adults aged between 18 – 50.  They all have a range of experience with children and are known by Bali Baby Hire personally.  Most are mothers themselves and so enjoy a special rapport with children in their care.  Many hold childcare qualifications or have nursing or teaching experiences.

The babysitters Bali Baby Hire refer meet strict criteria before they are accepted as part of the team.  They are personally interviewed and police checked.  They are all professional people and have experience and qualifications ranging from:

English Speaking, Professional , reliable, prompt and courteous,  Associate Diploma in Child Care and Child Services, Group Leaders, Local Teachers, Teachers Aids, Nannies , Nurses, Mothers, First Aid and CPR Training.

Carers will come to your hotel and or villa to allow you some special uninterrupted time to reconnect with your partner, so some shopping, sightseeing, visit on of the many day spas, relax around the pool or beach, enjoy a romantic dinner or simply have a extra pair of hands to help you out….

All Bali Baby Hire Carers arrive with a magic bag full of toys appropriate to age and to keep the children busy and entertained.. The Magic bags contain such things as, toys, play dough, craft activities, games, painting, puzzles,  bubbles, stickers, colouring in just to name a few.

Our Carers can also accompany you on day trips or to theme parks  just to give you that extra set of hands.

So wait no longer and email the Bali Baby Hire and book your Sitter now…  Rates are approx as follows:

Per Hour (min 3 hours)  = IDR 65.000

4 hours = IDR 250.000

8 hours = IDR 500.000

Beware of Timeshare

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Be aware don’t be gullible and taken in by time share. You will be offered a winning ticket on the street. The Balinese know who is new to Bali or just arrived by the colour of our skin. Tidak Terimakasi Bunya (No thank you).

Dogs and Cats in Bali

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Don’t touch them.  BAWA ( Bali Animal Welfare Association)  BAWA love dogs so they want there to be less of them in Bali.  Because less is more. More Food. More Care. BAWA mobile clinic conducts up to 40 free sterilizations a day.  The Ubud Vet Clinic also perform sterilizations and arrangements can be made for Indonesians who  cannot afford to pay.  BAWA rescues puppies and kittens from the streets and cares for them until they are old enough to be re-homed. On average they have up to 50 animals at their clinic waiting to be re-homed.

Because BAWA’s policy is to leave mature street dogs where they are found, they have a program providing medical care and feeding. BAWA staff and volunteers prepare over 100 meals a day and deliver them to areas where underfed dogs are known to live.  For BAWA to continue their programs donations are urgently needed.   You can help… Every cent helps contact call 0361981490 or visit BAWA at their care centre.

The Memorial

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A  questioned often  asked. Do the Balinese speak of the Bombings?. The answer is YES. This is mostly in a political sense, as the Balinese need to and  want to  reassure us that it wasn’t them. The Memorial is a place where of course I feel sad and always walk away crying and have the feeling of how lucky we all are to now be here in paradise sharing special moments with the ones we love. Visit the memorial, take some flowers and of course think of those that we have lost.


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Henna Tattoos Real Tattoos

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Henna: Personally Don’t. Just tell the sellers you are allergic and they will leave you alone, however if you really have to have one, do it once and don’t allow them to top it up before the end of your trip. This is where infection sets in. If infection does set in use Betadine and rub the area with lime or orange juice. If itchy use an antihistamine.


Cleanest tattooist in Bali

Gold Coins

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The Balinese love Gold Coins as they use them to melt down for their own wedding jewellery. Take some with you for the end of your trip. If you see the kids on the streets asking to change there gold coins.. Its up to you but basically they are only after 10,000 rup if they have a $1 coin or 20,000 rup if they have a $2 coin.


Posted in Tips for You on May 12th, 2011 by admin – Comments Off on Laundry

The Balinese wash in Hot water so if you do not wish to have most things shrink, ask for your washing to be done in cold water. It works sometimes. However they do magic with your whites. I like the Laundry in Legian just down the lane before Kevins shop on Padma Ultara called Anna’s . Very very reasonable and a one day service.   If using laundries that weigh your clothing be careful and don’t put wet gear in to be washed.. Wet weighs more…  Take your left over plastic bags to the Laundry so they can be re-used and more plastic bags dont have to be bought.

Toilets in Bali

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Not many people are aware until you experience it your self but the plumbing system does block up at times in Bali.  So to save the plumbing system in Bali,  Ladies please when you do a number 1 put your toilet paper in the bin next to the toilet.  Number 2 of course flush it.  Like in Oz any other items are wrapped up and put in the bin.  Believe me this will save your loo from over flowing…