So I went on two holidays in the last month… tough life, huh? 😉
In this post, I’ll be talking about the first holiday in Bali. Mr B and I went for a friend’s wedding. We’ll refer to him as Bunghole.
Destination weddings seem to be in the thing, at the moment. I don’t think it’s any cheaper than having it at home in Australia, however your money would go further overseas – in an asian country. You get more bang for your buck!
I’ve never been a fan of Bali – but I popped my Bali cherry last year when I decided to go on a surf retreat – Escape Haven (previously Surf Haven Bali). It’s not cheap, but everything is organised and done for you, so you don’t need to worry about a thing! During the first time, I avoided Kuta, which is the busiest part of Bali and it also happens to be a classless shithole :/
However, I was unable to avoid Kuta this time round, as the Bridal Party was staying in Kuta and it was where the wedding was being held. The wedding was good fun and the food was pretty good too (which I didn’t take any pictures of! 😮 )
I have a few gripes with Bali. One is the people that come here – the Aussie bogans/derros/low brows that think there are no rules when they visit Bali. Just because you can’t street drink in Australia doesn’t mean you can do it overseas. And acting like idiots doesn’t make it any better either.
The locals think Aussies are idiots when they see the way we behave. And they feel embarrassed for us. Hell, I feel embarrassed!
I’ve seen images on Facebook of people lying in Bali supermarkets and establishments half naked – seriously, you’re being disrespectful.
And those people that try to bargain a price when it comes to already cheap massages – why on earth are you bargaining / asking for discount which equates to 50 cents? Really? These locals work their asses off for very little money already and people have the nerve to ask for a discount. O M G.
Why I don’t like asian countries in general…
It’s hot, it’s sweaty, it’s smelly… but it makes you appreciate what you have at home, especially if you live in a country like Australia.
The food overseas may be cheap, but you pay when you get sick. Imagine having diarrhoea for two weeks of your holiday – I can vouch that it is NOT fun. Food hygiene in most asian countries is pretty much non-existent – they don’t have government departments and health inspectors – in some third world countries, it’s unheard of!
I’m not a fan of the locals trying to sell shit to you on the street. I get a bit wary as they may try to con you or try to pick your pockets. Must be careful, because these people are doing all they can to SURVIVE. They are not bad people, but they do all they can to make a living.
It’s not as cheap or cool as people make it out to be…
That’s right – especially places like Singapore. It’s totally overrated. It’s freakishly controlling – and it’s fucking expensive. Well, expensive for drinking, if you want to party.
We went to Ku De Ta in Marina Bay Sands (I know, I know) and we saw someone pay SGD$40 for 2 tiger beers – their local beer. Seriously, what the fuck? And charging entry to the clubs around Clarke Quay. AND people have the nerve to say Perth is expensive? The most expensive round of drinks was bought in Singapore. 5 shots of cock sucking cowboys SGD$150. You can get that for AUD$50 – $10 a shot.
Taxis to get out of Clarke Quay was also pretty fucked up… Miss AL and I could not find a taxi to take us back to our hotel (it wasn’t far, but I wasn’t about to walk around Singapore in the dark at 4am – it’s not as safe as everyone makes it out to be, especially with the asian gangs that exist). There were plenty of taxis, none of them were taken and they didn’t want an easy fare. We asked about 10 taxis before we got one.
And another gripe – the casino – closes at 11pm Monday to Thursdays. Really? Singapore is cool?
Visiting all these places make me appreciate home more and more. Every time I go away and then come home to Perth, I fall in love with Perth again.
We should all be grateful, that we don’t have the struggles these people in third world countries have. People take for granted that we have nice homes, that we can afford to go on holidays, buy nice things and eat good food. People take for granted that we still have “supposed” freedom. We take for granted that we have so much and don’t even realise it.
So I guess the message of this blog post is to be grateful for what we have. And have respect for those less fortunate. Especially when you are in a foreign country. I’m out and over…