A new word for our Indonesian language vocabulary
Armed with a list of requests from our refugee friends we met at Pejarakan Village in north-west Bali the day before. Along with the money kindly received from donations overnight, we hit the shops. First thing was to ask for a discount..... right?
So we need to explain to the store staff why we want a discount, the manager of Hardy's Supermarket in Seririt was stunned when this little-0ld fat white guy can speak Indonesian (not so many tourists round these parts), but after explaining our situation, she kept referring to Penungsi..... No I don't want Penungsi, I want Discount (Diskon)!
Well after much laughing all-round, the staff all joined in and helped us select the best clothes, towels & toiletry bargains in their shop along with a generous diskon of 10%. Well the diskon applied to everything on floor 2, but not on Floor 1.... we never really did find out why? But we must add that we have never received such good service at a Hardy's Supermarket as we did yesterday, everything was packed into boxes and hand carried out to our pick-up (ute) for us - thank you Hardy's Retail in Seririt, North Bali.
Then off to a bedding shop also in Seririt to get floor mats and floor mattress's, more pillows & Selimut (bed sheet for the elderley and babies). Here the parking inspector even came to help tie up the load and didn't want us to pay the parking fee. Next to an electrical shop to get two pedestal fans, and the guy who served us understood fully what we were doing. He carried the fan boxes down the road to our vehicle and climbed up to find a spot and tie them in. (Pretty good for a guy with only one arm!) We really like this new word Penungsi it could come in very handy? After a quick shop for more school bags, we are on our way west to drop-off the load to our friends in the refugee camp at Pejarakan Village.