The real Rhonda and Ketut

THE real life Rhonda and Ketut made their television debut on A Current Affair last night.

But for the Moree couple  who have been married for nine years, the publicity came as a surprise.

The Budiada family received a call after reporters in Bali covering Schapelle Corby’s release tipped off Channel Nine.

The locals were telling the reporters they knew the real life Rhonda and Ketut, and a family member working for Channel Nine confirmed the story.

Rhonda met Ketut (better known as Bobby) while on holiday in Bali in 1999.

Bobby worked at a local bar and made sure he was the one to always serve Rhonda her drinks.

When the couple first started dating they travelled all around Bali with Bobby using his local knowledge to impress. 

The pair dated for a few years with six-month or annual visits and plenty of letters and phone calls in between to "test the waters".

They decided it was a perfect match before marrying and Bobby moved to Australia in 2004.

It was a big change for Bobby who was originally from Lopina. Some of his family members are tourist guides but many are farmers or fishermen.

Bobby said when he first moved the cold winters were a shock. "I had my singlet, clothes, jacket and a heater, and was still cold," he laughed.

One of the biggest differences is not having the same family connection, and sometimes not even knowing your neighbours. "We are very close in our entire community. Everyone knows everyone," he said.

The loving couple have two sons, Austin (Gede in Balinese) and Jaxon (Kadek) and the family enjoys annual trips to the island.

"The boys love going," Rhonda said.

When the Aami insurance ads made their debut on TV Rhonda was often told she needed to find her Ketut, with most not knowing Bobby’s real name.

"Some people would even ring my sister every time a new ad would come out," Rhonda laughed.

She said she thought the ads were so successful because anyone who had been there could relate.

“They’re just so Bali,” she said.

"It's lighthearted and a bit of fun."

Rhonda said they filmed with A Current Affair for about six hours.

"We thought it would be a fun, feel good piece but we were a bit nervous," Rhonda said.

"I've never been in front of a camera that big," Bobby laughed.

Bobby and Rhonda at their Balinese wedding.

Bobby and Rhonda at their Balinese wedding.

The family on holiday in Bali

The family on holiday in Bali

The boys in traditional dress.

The boys in traditional dress.

See the A Current Affair interview here:


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