A devastating glimpse into dating that every Australian expat in Bali knows to be true


Australians romanticize Mexican Mojitos socks, blow bitter European Old Fashioneds, set their minds on Morocco’s Mahia, and swallow Bali Bintangs faster than an F1 racer drives a straight line.

We also tend to see Australia as one big boring slab of the Great Northern (or VB).

In other words: Australians romanticize vacations abroad.

But as we recently reported, the sun isn’t always brighter.

While you can romanticize the carefree moments you experienced in exotic destinations, guess what? The reason you had so much more fun wasn’t because of something special in the sand – it was because you were on vacation.

So while there is always a ‘grass is greener’ element in the travel industry (and that’s okay), it’s also good to know that there are some fun times too. to go where you live too – just look for people who are on a “let’s have fun” wavelength rather than a “don’t talk to me, I’m trying to sort out my admin life this week -end “.

Likewise, when you make the decision to live abroad rather than stay somewhere briefly, you’ll quickly find that many (if not all) of your dating problems in your home country have followed you.

While there are some benefits (a fresh start and potentially a feeling of greater freedom to be you, for example) to going out abroad, there are also new challenges.

As Canggu / internet mad anthropologist @thecanggupole recently revealed, if you choose to move to Bali, there could be a slew of new dating issues on your radar.

Why? Well, judging by some of the recent posts from @thecanggupole, the entrepreneurial, insecure, ambitious, selfish, creative and alluring spirit of digital nomads in Bali doesn’t just apply to their businesses.

As a recent image posted to the account’s Instagram story suggests (reposted by a pilates and yoga instructor @theomahafox), expats in Bali are fed up with and misleading singles who jump between dates faster than they do with “breakthrough” business ideas.

Image: @thecanggupole

“Single guys in Bali,” the post read.

“Chick who thinks they’re dating,” says the next caption, next to a can of soft drink.

“Another chick,” the following caption reads alongside another drink.

“Book the chicks from Tinder, Instagram, Bumble, Old Man’s, gym, yoga, friendzone, who he’s talking to,” the following caption reads, alongside four other unopened drinks.

Then finally: “Her ex, just in case. “

DMARGE spoke to Alisa (@theomahafox), who is from Russia but has lived in Bali for several years, who explained why she shared the meme in the first place.

“Well, a certain guy sent me the same picture twice in several days: ‘I just did this activity baby.’ I noticed him and realized he was saving the photos and sending them to many chats.

“So I’m on his damn mailing list.” “

“I even posted a poll of my close friends ‘stories, watched mostly by male poker players, and I asked them,’ Guys, how likely is it that I get the same content as a few other girls? ? ‘ The guys said the probability was 100%.

“Professional players are godlord fuckboys so they know.”

“There was a song: ‘I have a daughter in Paris, I have a daughter in Rome’, by Lou Bega. So the Balinese version is “I have a daughter in Ulu, I have a daughter in Gu, I send them the same selfies no matter what.”

“I think the guys are using this backup system because they are allowed to get away with it.”

“I’m not going to be someone’s replacement because as soon as I sense what’s going on, the guy is screwed.”

While there is no evidence for this exact phenomenon, Canggu’s Instagram geotag and hashtag pages give some idea of ​​the ~ cool ~ lifestyle many guys live and post in Indonesia.

The Canggu pole has also plugged in other aspects of expatriate culture such as false spirituality …

… As well as wearing a helmet…

… And questionable Instagram captions.

It’s also worth pointing out that Instagram accounts like @violetclair, which poke fun at dating trends in other parts of the world like New York, show that this “back-up” phenomenon is not unique to Bali, but is happening. in the whole world.

Bali isn’t the only place where expats have dating issues, either. New residents everywhere from France to Iceland have taken to the internet for advice, looking for a setting to re-evaluate the delicate new worlds of romance they find themselves in now.

For those looking for more information on the types of ‘expat dudes’ you are likely to meet in Bali, Coconut divides it into the following six categories:

  • The backpacker
  • The sexy surfer
  • The pupil
  • The exotic “cowboy”
  • The smooth expatriate
  • The raw organic hippe new age

You have been warned.

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