My Guide to Ubud on Less Than $10 a Day = War with the Bali Tourism Board
Replies: 71 - Last Post: May 9, 2012 12:58 AM Last Post By: otabe
May 1, 2012 2:10 PM
May 1, 2012 3:18 PM
46Ah yes, thanks for reminding me about the languages one as well #43. Brought back to mind lynnekeys. Tim will remember her. Not only spoke 11 or 12 languages like a native but could speak Farsi with a regional accent. All learnt from CDs borrowed from the Islington library. One of the most opinionated braggarts we've ever seen on the TT. Sort of miss her and her mate Go_2 in a perverse kind of way.
May 1, 2012 4:00 PM
May 1, 2012 4:44 PM
48bonek - ah yes, lynnekeys... wakakakakakakak, as they say. That was an all-time classic.
She never did come back to tell us how she got on with her "easy language".
I'll never forget one of her specific pieces of foot-in-mouth braggery - I'd mentioned something called a schwa in an earlier post; she came bruising in saying that she "had no problem with schwas, as she could speak Albanian..."
Now a schwa might well have a wonderfully exotic name, and might sound like something you've never personally heard of, but could attribute to some suitably obscure tongue like Albanian, confident that no other poster will be able to call you out... but turns out that it's just a short E, like the one in the last syllable of "bottle"...
Incredible that she, with her "12 languages fluently" didn't know that!
What a twazzock (that's a Cornish word, that is; I'm sure she spoke that too)...
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May 2, 2012 2:35 AM
55Smart move though; banking on another ban presumably, and I guess it's good to have a second handle in reserve and ready to go. When are they going to come up with the systems to ban specific IP addresses rather than individual user accounts?
Or is that part of your contingency there already MISTER CAPITAL LETTERS? One on the home computer, one at work?
May 2, 2012 8:15 AM
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May 3, 2012 3:38 PM
59In my opinion the residents of Ubud were better off when the budget travelers were the primary travelers who visited and stayed overnight in the town. Now, the mass tourism has led to greed and has corrupted the very life style and thinking of the locals which used to make it so special.
The last "good year" there was about 1987.
Yes, the Balinese festivals and rituals still exist, but the locals who deal with tourists are greedy and have a different mindset that forcuses on MONEY, the once picturesque landscape in town (and within walking distance from the center) has been destroyed by too much development (rice paddies becoming guesthouses, hotels, cafes, shops, etc.), the center of town is a microcosm of Kuta with a loss of the quaintness quality, and so much else has changed for the worse. For the Balinese of Ubud, merely having more money in your pocket does not make you happier.
(4 star Hotel)
From US$109.40 per night
(5 star Hotel)
From US$118.18 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$53.93 per night