As the title suggests I foolishly left my bank card in an ATM between Denpasar Airport and Canggu... at least I think that's where I lost it. The ATM's are different to Australia in the sense that they don't spit the card back out until the end of the transaction and I think in the excitement of getting to my Villa I left as soon as the cash dispensed. I'd only realised late last night after a few drinks and running low on cash that my card wasn't on me.
I didn't immediately freak out as I hadn't used it since getting cash out after landing and thought it would be floating around in my Villa somewhere. It wasn't. There wasn't much I could do at 12am so I slept on it and dealt with it this morning. Before going to bed though I checked my bank account online to see if my funds were still all there and they were. I transferred my money from the main account to the sub account incase anyone found my card and tried to use between now and the morning.
This morning I called Suncorp (my bank) to notify them my card was lost and needed to be cancelled. This was a really quick and easy convo. All they asked me was to I.D myself over the phone, roughly what time I'd lost it and what country/area I was in when it happened and where I would be so they could send me a temporary card to use.
Then I had to call VISA international and repeat what I'd told Suncorp plus give them my (lost) card number- luckily I'd made scans before heading overseas so had it on file. I also needed to provide my contact details and the Villa owner's details- postal address and phone number. Suncorp said there would be a $50 fee to send me out a new one and it will arrive to me in 24 hours. What a world we live in, in 2017 where you can lose your card abroad and have a temporary one express posted to you and in your hands in 24 hours!
So today I have been on a hardcore budget as I've only got $40 AUD (40K IDR). I had a late brunch and went to Ithaka Warung's in Canggu. A friend had recommended this cafe to me so thought I'd check it out. The food was delicious and prices for main meals are between $2-8 AUD.
I realise this blog post so far sounds pretty bleak but in the few days I've been in Canggu so far I've had an incredible time! I have tee'd up a little job taking photos next Saturday night at a high end restaurant/bar through the owner of the Villa I'm staying at and potentially another job in Lombok if I venture there. Brendan is an absolute legend and runs a magazine over here called My Lombok and also www.myguidebali.com. Check them out!
I spent all day yesterday scootering around the streets of Canggu completely lost but found some beautiful rice fields and eventually made my way back to town. I managed to rack up $100 in data roaming fees yesterday from turning on my maps so often. Rookie error! I think I'm going to purchase a local sim once my new bank card arrives so I don't get slapped in the face with a big phone bill.
Last night I decided to go for drinks by myself for the first time and man it was daunting! Like, really daunting! This is not something I would normally do back home, ever. But I got chatting to 2 different groups of people and had a really great night out. I was pretty impressed with myself because I almost caved and went back to my Villa out of fear of rejection. How ridiculous, but true. This is the kind of thing I was hoping to get out of this trip. Push my limits and boundaries, meeting new people, saying yes more often and having some quality 'me' time.
I've got a lot more to look forward to I think :) I'll write another post in a few days.