Monthly archives: December 2014

Gili Air Gita Gili Waterfront Restaurant Scene
DECEMBER 2014: Click here to read our Retirement Review. CROSS REFERENCES: Click here to read about my arrival in Gili Air and to get more information. TRANSPORT: There are no motorised vehicles allowed on the island. You have 3 basic options: walk, bicycle, or catch a horse-drawn taxicab. There are lots of bicycles and rentals are easy to find and fairly reasonably priced at about 35k per day. The island chiefs and ‘entrepreneurs’ are comparatively well off now and you are starting to see electric scooters on the island. These can be ridden by kids as young as 8 and can […]

Gili Air – Indonesia – Information

DECEMBER 2014: Click here to read our Retirement Review. THE FAST BOAT: My arrival in Bali went without any problems. I was given two prices: As promised, the minicab picked me up from my hotel in Kuta Bali at 07:00 on the dot. We spent another 20 minutes picking up others from other hotels until all 8 seats were taken. The drive from Kuta was uneventful and we arrived at Padang Bai at 08:40. There were just over 30 minutes to wait at Padang Bai; Which would have been plenty to sit down in one of the waterfront Warungs to […]

Gili Air – Indonesia – Arrival

DECEMBER 2014: GETTING THERE: I used CHEAPFLIGHTS.COM to book my flight from New Zealand to Bali. VISA ON ARRIVAL: After baggage scanning / security you queue up for your VOA. There are several counters so the process is reasonably stress free and speedy. The VOA voucher has US$25 printed on it. But, there is now a manual stamp on top increasing the price to US$35. It all looked very legitimate to me. I had some US$s with me that I have had for a long time; I have always taken US$ folding cash with me on my travels for emergencies… most […]

Bali – Indonesia – Arrival

DECEMBER 2014: Should I Rent or Sell My House? Are you going overseas for a while and wondering whether or not to Rent or Sell your house? Here is an actual, practical review of the Rent vs Sell option… How Do I Feel About It? My instinct tells me to SELL. If I come back to New Zealand, I won’t be coming back to live in this same house… that means that I am either going to sell it now or sell it later. That makes it easy for me because it is, now, just a timing issue based on a […]

Rent or Sell Review

DECEMBER 2014: What Is The Best Way to Get Money Whilst Overseas? Here is a practical review of your Travel Money options… THE OPTIONS: Between commissions, Credit Card surcharges, ATM Fees and other expenses, you will almost always have to pay a little extra for the privilege of exchanging one currency for another. When it comes to taking money overseas, the options are: Cash Traveller’s Cheques Credit Card ATM Card Debit Card Travel Card MY SUMMARY: There’s a lot of advice on the internet. CANSTAR do a pretty good job comparing both Credit Cards Per Se as well as NZ Rewards Cards. I’ve had […]

Travel Money Review