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  • ross1948 05:49 on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Aqua, , Coke cans, , transitt,   

    WH Smith, Once Merely An Outstanding Bookstore… 

    When I was at university, years ago, I often browsed in WH Smith’s bookstores, and appreciated their extensive stock of good reading material.

    To say they’ve diversified would be an understatement, after a stop-over in Bali recently.



    They have a bright and breezy outlet in the international terminal at Ngurah Rai airport. And there’s nothing wrong with diversification.

    But there’s a lot wrong with rip-off prices!

    On the morning of my departure, before I left home for the airport, I had to run round to the local minimart in Jakarta, to buy some bottles of Aqua, bottled drinking water, so my dispenser would not be dry on my return.

    I got two and paid about Rp.10,000 – not each, for both!

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    • Imagine my horror in transit, when the prices at Smith’s amounted to approximately FIVE TIMES that figure.

    Coke ( a regular can) which I can get for between Rp.5K and ( at the very most!) 10K anywhere in Jakarta, was available too – for Rp,25,000!

    • What kind of extortionate pricing policy is being operated? And not – in fairness – only by Smith’s. Other places in that airport were just as bad.  
    • Of course, if you have time in transit, you could take a hike from the airport to the nearest Circle K, Alfamart or any of the other little shops that price items fairly.
    • But not every traveller has time, and many won’t know how handy to the airport these shops may be.

    More on my Bali airport experience coming soon, relevant to how quickly you must drink any of those expensive liquids if you’re mug enough to buy them.

    Oh, by the way, if you are transiting from Jakarta to Oz, DO NOT follow the signs to ‘Transit’ when you disembark. They are utterly misleading. Just follow the throng towards Baggage.

    And take a trolley.

    I am no slouch at hoofing it, but it took me nearly twenty minutes hauling my heavy bag to International. No escalator, short-cuts or travelator – just a long, long slog.

    Still more to come. Next week. 

  • ross1948 13:37 on April 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aqua, , Bottled water, , , , , , , tap-water, Water   

    First They Came for the Beer…Now It’s the WATER? Jakarta Jitters… 

    ‘Incompetent’ Ruling Threatens to Leave Indonesia Without Bottled Water





    If the headline turns out to be prophetic, yes, indeed, because if you choose to drink the tap-water here…

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    • Well, it’s true that God gave us the water, but He probably meant us to use our brains to ponder what’s in store if we don’t make it drinkable before we drink it. It remains to be seen if the JG story really does mean our  Aqua deliveries are under threat. 


    But after the latest infantile prohibitionism we’ve reported…

    Bali Beer Ban Looms – Why Pander to Intolerance? 


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    ‘Creeping Shariah,’ Warns Prof. Muhammed, As Jakarta Dims! 

    …it’s gonna be tough to find anything to slake our thirsts…


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    …especially if you’re a good conservative.

    Jangan Ke Starbucks Lagi! Tolak ‘Gay’ Marriage! (Bahasa Inggris/Bahasa Indonesia) 

    Best to look for coffee in your local warteg.  


    It’ll be a lot cheaper too!

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