iTube is the Place for APPLE in BALI! They are WIZARDS!
When my Macbook Air crashed during the first week of our journey, I had visions of angels bringing me a new one. George and I were sure that it’s only future use would be as a bookend. First I saw only the gray screen with the spinning wheel of death; then the battery refused to charge. That was a bad sign.
Who breaks their new toy so quickly? I blamed myself for trying to add new features but it turns out that maybe other issues existed. Once I stopped being angry at myself, and two mac specialists said someone would have to touch the computer to fix it, we started to look for an Apple Store.
Online I found a place called Macbali; I read a few expats had been there. We were returning to Kuta for a few essential errands including fixing the laptop, so I found the business’s address and hoped for the best. When we walked into the store I did not feel relieved. No one seemed to know much about Apple products except an absent technician. At least they said we could call him.
Wandering the streets, we turned essentially the wrong way and saw a sign, iTube. I thought this is the place. We walked into the store. There were apple products and signs everywhere. Several large iMacs and every other Mac product I could think of sat on the shelves. An employee named Gede introduced himself and I showed him the errant computer. He opened it and we saw the so-called spinning wheel of death. He got a special “recovery hard drive,” did a few magic computer things, and said, “Three days.”
I replied, “Three days?” He said, “Three hours.” I said, “Hujan besar,” which means big rain but really, tears ran down my cheeks. He said, “Tida Appa Appa,” which means, No worries. I said, “Berapa Harga,” or, How much? For 350,000Rp (about $40) he said he would back up my files and re-install the OS (operating system) and all would be bagus or good.
With an invigorated step, I filled out the paperwork and handed over the computer and twenty-four hours later I had a working laptop! It seems my Air port was not updated, so the USB I tried to install made a mess. Gede proved himself a magician and later showed me a few new tricks.
If you need any Apple or Mac help in Bali, definitely go to the wizards of iTube. I highly recommend this store if you want to buy something Mac or Apple-related or have a problem with your Iphone or other hand-helds.
And me, I should be all set for rest of the year, or at least until my next computer crash.
Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is a speaker at the Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Dallas Travel and Adventure Shows for 2023. Her podcast, “Make Your Own Map,” has been watched in more than 11 countries on 4 continents. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster.
You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have nearly 2 million views.
With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club.
As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries.
For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.
Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals
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National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards
2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out”
2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver”
2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art
Southern California Journalism Awards
2022 Finalist: Book Criticism
2021 Winner: Technology Reporting
2021 Finalist: Book Criticism
2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt”
2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature
2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway”
2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile
2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers”
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2 responses to “iTube is the place for APPLE in BALI!”
Awesome that you were able to save it and find some Apple pros in Indonesia! My MacBook Pro suddenly stopped working when I was in Laos a couple months ago. Had to get a new one when I went back to the states. Sounds like you are picking up some of the language over there – how great!
I am living in Indonesia and itube is now my best option, whenever unluckily I faced this issue.