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Living on Bali for $900 a month or less

Discussion in 'Bali News - Indonesia News' started by balinews, Jul 31, 2017.

  1. balinews

    balinews Member

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    Expat Judith Gold, 68, never runs out of places to explore on Bali, the tropical island she calls home. "I love to go to all the different waterfalls. It seems to be never-ending. I hear about new ones all the time," she says. "You're hiking through the jungle through papaya and mango trees, and your guide is handing you leaves that are every type of spice that you can imagine. It's amazing. I enjoy discovering what I call my 'secret gardens,' too. There are so many. The island has changed so much just in the time that I've been living here, but the old island that I fell in love with is still here."

    Bali, Indonesia is a place where luxury doesn't have to come at a premium. After rambling through the jungle, or meeting with friends along the beach, Judith returns each evening to the beautiful, 1,600-square-foot, two-bedroom villa she shares with her cat and two dogs.

    She has a private swimming pool in the front yard, a beautiful, well-tended garden, and plenty of tropical foliage throughout her 3,200-square-foot property. Her housekeeper leaves little handmade baskets full of flowers and fragrant incense around her home and pool, leaving it smelling fresh throughout the year.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/26/bali-luxury-tropical-island-living-for-900-a-month-or-less.html
     
  2. tintin

    tintin Active Member

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    Bohong!
     
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  3. matsaleh

    matsaleh Super Moderator

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    She doesn't say in the article if her $900 (US or AU?) includes her rent or leasing costs.
     
  4. spicyayam

    spicyayam Well-Known Member

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    I think you can presume that is US dollars, but still the article seems like it is missing a few important details, like her accommodation. Also many people say the insurance is much more than this for people over 65. She is likely underpaying her staff unless they are only part-time.

    And I am sure many people would like to know the name of the place where you can get "$4 for all the food you want".
     
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  5. JohnnyCool

    JohnnyCool Well-Known Member

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    Unbelievable!
    I don't believe any of it.

    Maybe she sustained more injuries than she thought after her car accident.
     
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  6. davita

    davita Well-Known Member

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    I also think the figures are undercounted.

    My wife is 10 years younger and I cannot get that kind of medical insurance for her for $1500. Last premium from Cigna, when she was 56, was quoted $2470 and included a $650 deductible but didn't include evacuation. We now have locally purchased Allianz Insurance for her which is more reasonable.

    Our part-time staff are paid considerably more than she suggests...if we paid less they'd move on. I think it may depend on the job required and the location of employ....i.e. size of garden, size of pool and how many hours spent. Our maid spends about 4 hours/6 days and gets $150/month and some benefits like gasoline for her motorbike etc. and she gets paid overtime if returning to help at a dinner party. Our poolman, 8 visits a month, gets $40. We pay our driver more as he is permanent 24/7 and also does the garden and other chores.

    However, I know that $4 is plenty for a decent lunch...I had one packet of mee goring yesterday for less than that.
    Our most expensive item is wine...:D
     
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  7. tintin

    tintin Active Member

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    So is mine! ;-)
     
  8. lush4111

    lush4111 Member

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    Sounds like she hit her head pretty hard!

    Definitely off with the fairies - in her secret garden!

    Maybe they pay for the rest of it!
     
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