Sometimes some things just pass you by living here but while in Bali recently, I was looking to buy a cookbook written in Indonesian but with western-style recipes – as a Christmas present. Then I saw sudoku books in Indonesian. Forty US cents for a smaller edition – seemed a safe place to start.
For the moment, I am hooked. So today I go looking for a fresh sudoku puzzle book. I go to the new “Loja Livru Gracia” bookshop in Audian. Nope but I walk out with 3 copies of the “Time Timor” magazine written in Tetum. And yes, there are a number of cookbooks in Indonesian, the usual religious tomes, some language dictionaries (Indonesian-Korean). And a large rack of used PC magazines in Indonesian.
I had a few other little fiddly shopping chores to undertake and schmoozed through shops I had not schmoozed through for a while. It struck me that there has been a large increase in the number of clothing shops and a matching increase in shops offering clothing repairs and adjustments. Karaoke systems are now big as are numerous small stereo systems. Maybe I had not noticed the shop selling electric guitars. I did notice the absence of small electricity generators which have obviously moved from the front of the shops to down the back (where they ought to be since the reduction in power cuts).
Anyway, I called it a day and downloaded a sudoku puzzle generator instead.