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Part 2. 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

Across the road you'll see either shopkeepers... © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

...or hagglers awaiting customers. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

And at certain times, shopkeepers will be putting out their daily offerings to their Gods, while beer bottle openers and penis keychains hung *cough* colorfully from the walls or ceilings. Yups, those are one of the signature souvenirs you should consider bringing home but only as a decorative ornament. You don't want wooden splinters up your royal pink bits. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Massage services as cheap as US$6/hr (55,000rp) line up the streets, while local surf school attendants balance their boards intricately on their head as they return to their shops to have them waxed. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

If you're white, all eyes are on you. I'm exotic, nobody cared. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

ARGH pity this shot was blur! Saw some "nice" shirts I would've bought if I have the guts to wear them in Singapore. Saw one that says "I'm Not Gay - But for $20, I can go down on my knees for you" © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Every now and then you tend to wonder if you're in a territory of porn stars. Beefy hunks and svelte women pass you by, and some even gotten themselves in a near brawl coz of the over-eager locals trying to sell them stuffs. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Surf schools and surf boards for rent are two of the more sustainable business models you don't quite need to fight for with your neighboring shops. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

One HUUUUUGE tip: do NOT change your money in ANY of the hundreds of such shoddy conspicuous money changers all over Bali. Please do so at a reputable one nearby your hotel/villa by asking the staffs. Some of the dishonest ones have fast slight of hands; you might see the person counting correctly in front of you but when you get your money back, and if you don't counter-count it again yourself, you might end up with a few thousand of rupiahs missing. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Stepping back out to civilization and onto Jalan Legian, Kuta's famous street for shopping, I found myself back at the 2002 Bali Bombing Memorial site again. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Everywhere down Legian Street I wonder what else I could buy for my colleagues. I've gotten them sarongs, elephants, some shirts, some wooden paraphernalia, a puppet or two, some keychains, an ashtray.... I lost count. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Apparently the sellers on a Monday evening weren't as pushy and demanding as those on weekends. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

A satay seller cooking up some chicken sticks... One would've mistaken him as a Malay but I saw his menu comes with pork satay. Waitaminute... © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

More local junks... Saw some chewing gums. Thought against it. Not sure how long its been there. Singapore is the only country that bans chewing gums so you can imagine how eager I was to chew some after walking all day long. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Same old same old as I've seen all day at either Krisna, Matahari, or even at Wake. But three times more expensive. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

There's also temporary (up to 2 weeks) to permanent tattoo parlors around. Tempted to ink up my left chest all the way to my back shoulder blades for only US$80. Would rather spend that on food. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

I didn't manage to angle it right nor at the correct time but if you look closely, she's carrying arm bracelets and keychains, awaiting to sell them to alighting cab passengers. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Bali indeed is a souvenirs haven. If you wanna learn the art of haggling, then come to places like these. No harm nor obligation to buy anything, but be polite when you decline. If you don't intend to buy, don't even do eye contact with anybody, else it'll be a mess to get out of. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Oh here's an example of a more decent money changer. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

....Then suddenly, out of the oasis of cheaters along Legian Street... a "100% Genuine Fake Shop"!!! © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

SERIOUSLY!! THEY'RE NOT KIDDING!! The website's link is expired unfortunately. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Hurhurr... I concur. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

There's one thing about bargaining stuffs that doesn't come with price tags. There's another when you do so with stuffs that do. But here everything is fake, and everything comes affixed with a label and a price tag. BLISS! © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

So apparently a fake sarong can go up to 30,000rp.. or US$3. A typical one along the street can go up to US$10 to $15. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

While one corner of the shop has various clothes, caps, sunglasses, pants... another side offers everything at 20,000rp (US$2) each. Like Singapore's Daiso. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

...and bought myself the famous Bintang Beer singlet. Finally. Got the beer itself to go along with it though till today I never gotten the chance to open the bottle. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bali Sojourn - Day 7
Bali Sojourn - Day 7

Here's just a few of the loots I had to buy for my colleagues. I hope they liked it. © Evan Hwong Photographs

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