On my last day in Indonesia we drove out to the town of Bogor to visit Bonita's niece's house. I was on a mission: procure bamboo sticks. After driving around for a while, we ran into a guy who said he could get some. I ordered 100. We then went to the house and had our visit. Sure enough, two hours later he had them...freshly cut! I paid about $7 for them. In the US, bamboo sticks for stickfighting range from $5-10. What a bargain!
Bamboo vendors in Bogor
100 bamboo sticks: $7. US Value: $700

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