In Sanur, Lifeâ€™s a Beach
SANUR ~ In sleepy Sanur, a row of new warungs (foodstalls) have cropped up on the beach in the last few weeks, as former traders have been ushered off to make way for new ramshackle eateries constructed by the local banjar (community).
Novi (pictured making the spicy gado-gado dish of vegetables and rice) paid the asking price of Rp700,000 (US$76.92) and is struggling to make ends meet.
She uses scarce profits to pay school fees for two of her three children.
â€œIâ€™m stressed with the fees, which are Rp70,000 per child,â€ the 33-year-old told The Bali Times on Saturday.
She canâ€™t yet afford to send her youngest, a four-and-a-half-year-old-boy, to school, said Novi, whose husband is involved in making the warungs and who also works as a boat driver.
â€œThereâ€™s almost no one here during the week, when Iâ€™m lucky to make Rp50,00 a day,â€ she said.
â€œBut on Sundays lots of locals come to the beach, if itâ€™s not raining, and then I can make up to Rp200,000.â€
Behind the warungs, land has been fenced off to prepare for the eventual building of a luxury hotel. (BT/WJF)Filed under: The Island