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Data Roaming with Singtel

I had to attend a 3 day conference in Bali last month. So as to avoid the massive backlog of email when I got back, I had to find a way to get at my email and stuff. I didn’t want to lug my notebook, and I didn’t want to pay the hotel’s ridiculous WIFI fees.

I decided to pack the iPad2 (newly updated to iOS 5 so I could use all the new multitouch gestures), sign up on Singtel’s 3 day unlimited Bridge DataRoam service and give it a go. My iPad doesn’t have 3G, so I’ll tether the connection from my iPhone. Oh, pack the charger too.

You’ll have to read the fine print. The unlimited service is on a per operator per day basis. I flew to Bali via Kuala Lumpur, so didn’t have access to 3G while in Malaysia. Thankfully though KLIA’s WIFI service is quite good.

For 3 days (well, 1.5 days really), I did all my stuff on the iPad. Surfing, checking and replying email, referencing PDF’s. I have to say it did well as long as I didn’t have to produce any Word or Excel files. There are apps for that, but I’m too cheap. Best of all, it booted instantly so I could get at whatever I wanted whenever. Fast too.

The Bridge DataRoam 3 day Unlimited plan came in at $38. Once in to the hotel room, I locked the phone to Telkomsel and signed up for it via SMS. I got this in return.

Service was fast, and accessible even outside the hotel’s WIFI zones. Advantage of tethering via iPhone is that the phone can use 3G too for apps like Wassap.

Now almost a month later, the bill arrives!

Holy cow, that’s almost 6 grand rack-rate for 263MB of data! And at the bottom of the bill, this.

Whew!

Other things to do in Bali

Take advantage of the low setting sun to shoot pictures of your shadow

Take advantage of the low setting sun to shoot pictures of your shadow

Have some Nasi Campur and Gado-gado, although not necessarily at the same time, on the same plate.

Have some Nasi Campur and Gado-gado, although not necessarily at the same time, on the same plate.

Ayam Betutu and Ikan Tekor very good at Tekor Bali. Near Double-6 beach. Not a good idea to walk to Kude Ta afterwards

Ayam Betutu and Ikan Tekor very good at Tekor Bali. Near Double-6 beach. Not a good idea to walk to Kude Ta afterwards

Kick back at Kude Ta and listen to the waves

Kick back at Kude Ta and listen to the waves

Whoever you guys are.. Not sure if you noticed, your footprints stayed in the sand long after you had left. Drop me an email if you see this...

Whoever you guys are.. Not sure if you noticed, your footprints stayed in the sand long after you had left. Drop me an email if you see this...

We stayed here at Casa Padma. If you need a driver, give Nyoman Budi a call at 62-812-3987490. Good guy, good English, no pressure. Safe.

We stayed here at Casa Padma. If you need a driver, give Nyoman Budi a call at 62-812-3987490. Good guy, good English, no pressure. Safe.

Ask Nyoman to drive you to Ubud, and visit Ibu Oka. She looks like a hard woman. But man can she cook.

Ask Nyoman to drive you to Ubud, and visit Ibu Oka. She looks like a hard woman. But man can she cook.

This is Babi Guling. Marinated and roasted pork over an open fire, served with rice and some vege. Ibu Oka sells out 8 whole pigs a day.

This is Babi Guling. Marinated and roasted pork over an open fire, served with rice and some vege. Ibu Oka sells out 8 whole pigs a day.

Green School, Bali Indonesia

We were lucky enough to be invited as guests to view the Green School campus while in Bali. You can get the posh pictures from the website, but here are some of mine…

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*Almost* everything is made of bamboo and sustainable materials…

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Relief cutting (is this the proper term?) and pins to hold everything together. Notice the quality of the roof thatching. Good for 10-15 years, I should think…

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I am told that bamboo and this construction method is traditionally Balinese, but the architecture isn’t. Looks amazing.

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Cool on the inside too, given the high ceilings…

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On to the technology… Pee and Poo management. All in-house. If I remember correctly, pee goes to watering plants, poo to the compost heap.

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Water vortex power plant, under construction

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Reverse osmosis of water from an underground river feeds all their needs.

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Sports hall. Wait a minute, no thatched roof here. In all fairness, this was built in 3 weeks. I wonder what the cow does… We saw a bigger one under a shelter. They call him bu-le (Bahasa Indonesia for Foreigner) because he’s got blonde hairs…

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Celebrities galor. Guess who was here? ;-)

Thanks again to Niki and Risa who showed us around.

Uma Sapna, Bali

As far as villas go, i think this is pretty good value. Hiding away in a side street in Seminyak and walking distance to “eat street”, and the beach.

Narrow street leading to the villas, you'd miss it if you didn't know what you were looking for.

Narrow street leading to the villas, you'd miss it if you didn't know what you were looking for.

Common pool area. Immaculately maintained.

Common pool area. Immaculately maintained.

Private jacuzzi in our villa.

Private jacuzzi in our villa.

Got burnt here when I fell asleep with the sun overhead and a hat on my face :-)

Comfy bed, light and airy ambience. Aircon works. Well.

Comfy bed, light and airy ambience. Aircon works. Well.

Open concept bathroom. Sinks for both of us. To the right of this picture, the shower and tub

Open concept bathroom. Sinks for both of us. To the right of this picture, the shower and tub

Some long exposure shots...

Some long exposure shots...

Pool is lit at night too...

Pool is lit at night too...

Attention to detail. If I'm not wrong, this floating petal arrangement is refreshed everyday.

Attention to detail. If I'm not wrong, this floating petal arrangement is refreshed everyday.

There's also a spa. The villa gives a complimentary 15 minute welcome massage.

There's also a spa. The villa gives a complimentary 15 minute welcome massage.

Ris’ mom works at the airport!

On the way to the airport this morning, reading the Saturday paper in the MRT. This column writer.. Stanley/Eugene? What’s his name… laying claim to all manner of awards including the Nobel Prize, taking potshots at Ris. That’s boomz and all, but maybe SPH should take a poll and find out sarcasm is lost on how many percent of the population. I wanted to enjoy the article, but I couldn’t help but wonder…

So I think I spotted heard Ris’ mom working at the airport, saying yes, no problem, they had “freshlie squee oleng joo”

Not to slam the service staff. Customers are just as bad. “You give me 2 coffee, 1 kaya toast…” Fuck off! “May I have” and “please” please. If I had been the guy at the counter, I’d tell her I can’t “give” her ANYTHING. But then again, I’d get fired.

OK. Blood pressure heading up. The point of this trip is to relax. Bali!

Pictures coming up..