Always so refreshing to meet helpful customs officials when you have inadvertantly overloaded your bags with duty free. We were close, well 5 litres over but who's counting? Nearly got through, but then they wanted to see in the bags and that cold "banged up abroad" feeling comes over you. I asked whether they wanted to keep it as in that split second I'd decided to become a teetotaler. Imagine my surprise when I was offered a "solution" to my problem! I now call it the $20 solution. I was so impressed that I'll probably take it up next time. If wine wasn't so expensive over here I wouldn't even bother bringing it in. Anyway, smooth clean solution to what might have been a problem - thanks officer!
8 posts | Started 6 months ago by Balirickman | Latest reply from Balirickman |
love your definition of 'inadvertently'.
welcome to the 200K club. among other things, i've had it for booze, a push lawn mower, an electrode for a salt water chlorinator...
on the reverse cycle, has anyone/what's the experience of bringing back a carton of fags to australia since the new regs came into place?
Rickman, good story! Pray tell, how did you slip it to him? We were 1.5 liters over in October but got through OK (and BTW from deplaning to back pickup took only 20 minutes!).
There's another route, which has been used but not tested--filling a 1.5 liter plastic water bottle with vodka. If it's not water, then it's not vodka, but a rubbing solution for my sore feet! A blogger long ago (maybe eagle?) advised it's best to just bite the bullet and pay the duty....
Yeah liquor prices there are nuts. A half bottle of "whiskey" in Seminyak Square set me back RP90,000. It was marginally better than Mansion's, but just.
I was a bit concerned about slipping the reddies and basically just asked, here or somewhere else? He said it's fine here so I held it low down near the suitcase and passed it over. It was a split second thing, but initially just said, you have the stuff which of course they didn't want. Dudded 'em with USD as well. Classic stuff and my first introduction into the world where money talks. I skipped out of there like a boss and kept walking. I'm in Ubud at the moment and wine and spirits are really expensive. Luckily I have a few litres to go and won't need to purchase for a while. Been doing the happy hours with the miss us and half price mojitos are cheap and tasty. Buy one for 35k, get 1 free. Sorry Shortly, don't know about smokes but i think you're only allowed to bring 50 cigarettes in now.
Oh, yes putting Vodka in the water bottle is a goodie. Did that at Waterbom Park once and forgot about it. Got back to the room and dying of thirst threw the contents down in one gulp. The kids still talk about it to this day. Vodka coming out of mouth, nose and sprayed all over the tele. On the plus side the sinuses got a good clean out.
Cool and good to know. The market/store next to Casa Luna (near Ari's and the Periplus store) has the cheapest hooch in Ubud and they are open late!
Thanks Islander, i'm heading up that way today i'll have a look. Going to the Happy Buddah juice bar which we managed to find with some help yesterday. It's opposite the post office and it has a great juice menu. I'll do a review if it's any good. It's not far past Ari's if my bearings are right!
Most people know the duty free alcohol limits need a huge overhaul. One litre of beer, wine or spirits is so antiquated it's a joke. 4 litres we brought into Bali was Vok Mojito that's 6%. The limits need a big review because 1 litre of beer does not equal 1 litre of spirits. Maybe it should be on alcohol percentage - 6 litres beer, 3 litres wine or 1 litre spirits?
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