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gugelhupf



Joined: 24 Jan 2004
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Location: Jabotabek

PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2004 5:26 pm    Post subject: Visa runs Reply with quote

Just curious to know why everyone unfortunate enough to have to do a visa run goes to Singapore. Surely you can stay in KL for half the price, and chew gum? Flights cost about the same if you shop around.

Am I missing something really obvious here?
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Chester



Joined: 15 May 2004
Posts: 383
Location: Australia

PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2004 3:11 am    Post subject: Brunei Reply with quote

Singapore you can get visa in 4 to 6 hours thru an agent, then fly back to Indonesia the same day. Brunei I have not found an agent, so stay overnight in the most boring city on the planet.
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everybody_loves_chandler



Joined: 22 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2004 3:07 am    Post subject: Visas take 3 days to process Reply with quote

hey there

last time I was in Singapore making a visa run they were in the process of changing the time it takes from 1 day to 3 days. I was lucky enough to get through as I made some calls back to Palembang and get them to contact the
Head Dip (he's from Palembang Smile ). I recommend the next anyone goes for their visa in Singapore to take some pempek .

DoC
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El Llama



Joined: 12 Jul 2004
Posts: 70
Location: The Big Durian

PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2004 6:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Officially it takes 3 days, but don't forget that this is the Indonesian embassy. An extra "processing charge" and you can be done in a few hours. This effectively doubles the cost of the visa, but is still cheaper than spending 2 nights in Singapore and watching your rupiah go up in smoke.
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guruengerish



Joined: 28 Mar 2004
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Location: Australia

PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2004 10:23 am    Post subject: books in Singapore Reply with quote

A huge advantage in going to Singapore, apart from the agent doing all the leg-work, was that you could buy all the English language books you could afford, either new or 2nd-hand, just around from Orchard Rd.

I always seemed to end up in places in Indonesia where English language books (I'm not talking about English grammar here) were hard to find, expensive or dead boring.

Also, books were at least half the price they were in Australia. You have a 20kg baggage allowance - use it! Wink
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Winmar



Joined: 11 Feb 2003
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Location: Melbourne

PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2004 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Danau Toba is a bad place to look for a cheap book. The guy in the shop there had no idea.....
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guruengerish



Joined: 28 Mar 2004
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Location: Australia

PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2004 3:46 am    Post subject: more on cheap books Reply with quote

Can't say I'd thought of trying there for a cheap book Wink

Speaking of which, I bought a very handy Oxford Beginner's dictionary in S'pore (S$15.00). A few months later, I saw the same book on sale in Perth, for three times the price. I checked insde the cover, and it was printed in the same place. Hence my comment about books being cheaper in SIN.
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Winmar



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2004 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hehe it's not exactly the first place I'd think of either! Smile I was just passing through there, and in desperate need of a cheap book. Actually I was trying to do a swap, and he was saying how good some crap glossy freebie from a women's magazine was. I ended up swapping for the best of a bad lot, and it ended up being the worst book I've ever read.
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guruengerish



Joined: 28 Mar 2004
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2004 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did a similar thing in Bangkok. I ended up with the only English book in the store, but I was desperate to read something. I ended up with "A History of Ghosts".

Took it back to Indonesia, and had to fight off the local staff who all wanted to read it! The students loved me reading a few short stories to them.

Thank heavens for Amazon.uk. I used to get books from them, which still worked out a reasonable price, even with airmail postage.
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