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Bali Shopping Spree Part 1

 

Souvenir hunting around Bali, plus tips and tricks along the route. I didn't have any plans as I thought I'd proly gonna be holed up in my room with a hangover from the partying from the night before since it was the weekend. Just that, I didn't go partying. 

So I had all day to plan again what to buy for souvenirs for my colleagues. It's a company tradition. In fact, most of my money I brought to Bali went to these than buying things for myself (everything else was paid in advanced prior to my arrival). Here's a few places to look at for great buys, tips, and tricks to spend wisely in Bali, especially after that unforgettable rip off USD$20 palm-sized elephant from Day 1

 

Photos taken using Sony NEX-F3. No edits except cropping. Click on the images below to expand. Disclaimer: The photos herein and all other albums associated with Bali Sojourn are by no means a documentary. They're all touristy snapshots.

 

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Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

After staying in Bali for a week, it gets to you when everything in the street doesn't come with price tags, and your worry of being cheated is exceptionally legitimate. Introducing Krisna Oleh-Oleh, a wholesale of everything you can find on the street but at fixed cheap price! There's a few branches around, so look for the one along Sunset Road so it's easier for you to get back to the town center. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Whatever you find on the street, you can find them here. Stocks are literally from wall to ceiling. How that guy got up there is beyond me. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

How cheap are the stuffs here? Well, let's recall my first day tour to one of the wood carvers. I bought each of my colleagues a small elephant at a price of US$20 each. Here, to my bleeding heart ache, was only US$2 each. TWO DOLLARS. Sonofabitch. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Split to two sides, the other part of Krisna are all fabrics of all kinds. It's not easy to find two of the same design. I bought my sarong on my first tour for almost 100,000rp (US$10). Here the most is only 50,000rp (US$5)!!! ARGHH! And the quality is good and since the place is air conditioned, the stuffs you find are somewhat cleaner than those you bargained on the roadside. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Bought my stuffs and then tried a departmental store next. Along the way saw all the many other surfing brands' shops supposedly selling original stuffs but knowing Bali, you just wanna be a little cautious. One can't tell which is which. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Matahari, one of the few departmental stores selling boutique and branded stuffs like any other typical mall in any other countries. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

The entrance through the 1st floor you'll find more souvenirs to chose from. Chances are you'll see the same thing here and the ones at Krisna. There's only but a handful of stuffs that may not be the typical souvenir stuff you could consider. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Unfortunately, since it's a mall, the price, although fixed, is of course higher. But it's an option for those who doesn't necessarily know of Krisna. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Your usual Adidas, Nike, the works... all can be found here. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

On a hunt for another mall called Discovery, I walked pass the Wake Bali Art Market. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

More stuffs! Not cheap. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

The sarongs and parios here are slightly cheaper than Matahari but not anywhere near the mouth-watering price of Krisna though there's more than one with the same design. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

If you are observant enough through these three shops so far, you'll find that there'll definitely be some stuffs that's unique to the shop that the others don't have. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Waterbom covers almost 4 hectares so coming here should be a full-day programme. I did not go in so perhaps on my next trip to Bali, I would. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

The most famous of all the malls in Bali perhaps due to its location is the Discovery Shopping Mall is somewhat a little upmarket for most of the locals' taste. Many of the more famous international chains set up a shop here. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

The only few visitors I saw were mostly centered along the concourse watching a stage performance. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

...While shoeless mannequins stood lining up along most of the shops awaiting molesters to touch the clothing on them. There's more mannequins around than the people that passes by. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Chatime bubble tea, where you'd see queues of people lining up to get their bubbly sugar fix in Singapore and Malaysia, ironically empty in Bali. One goes to another country I'm certain one won't go for the familiar stuffs anyway. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Then again, who goes to Bali and shop for suits and ties even at a bargain? Walking back down towards Waterbom, saw a small lane in front and decided to be a little adventurous. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Along the path you'll see remnants of ancient tombs well taken care of. Ancient because that swastika-like symbol is actually of a Hindu burial ground, and the Hindus today in Bali believe and practices cremation. The Balinese Hindu (and Japanese Buddhists if I recall) uses the Swastika logo long before the Nazis. Who knew? © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

And who knew too, that the lane opens up to the actual front end of Kuta Beach closer to the airport! © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Since the magnificent view of the weekend before was still fresh in my mind (check out the album from Day 6) and there's a lot more clouds than before, I decided to not walk the whole length again, especially with my loots from Krisna and Matahari. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

The only difference with this side of the beach than the ones in the middle of Kuta Beach down to the far end was that this side's rubbish were mostly dead corals. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

But there's still abundant tourists and locals at just about any side of the beach even on a Monday. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

...and sunsets, no matter what day of the year it is in Bali, is still magical. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Walking back to civilization behind the high walls that separate the beach and the town life behind it, was suddenly shocked to find myself zig-zagging between Monday evening traffic! That wall surely did its job well by muffling out the sound of traffic at Jalan Pantai Kuta!! © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Got me a cup of Starbucks latte before continuing on my walk along Jalan Poppies, I found myself strolling through a small lane away from all the traffic. Throughout the whole street from one end to the other side back to the famous Jalan Legian you'll see shops like these all over. Click below to be redirected to Part 2. © Evan Hwong Photographs

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