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Indonesia is designed for Indonesian

A country is its people, or its people is the country? Nevertheless, every country has their everything designed for their people. In countries like the United States, for example, the design of its door is tall and wide. This is because most people living in the United States are tall and most are fat.

It is fine if you are shorter than most people living in America because you do not need to worry about getting head bumps when you enter a door.
But if a tourist from the America or Europe comes to Indonesia, then you have to watch out a little.

Another thing to know is when you use public transportation like a bus. If it’s crowded, then you will realize that you are either too big or too wide to sit in the chairs designed for 1 person for each chair.

The size of the chair might be too small for non-Indonesian

The size of the chair might be too small for non-Indonesian

This can be a rather big issue for the Indonesian government especially the one who deals with tourism. Surely, the chair size fits most Indonesian people and thus it is efficient as it can carry as many people as it can, but the possibility of tourists using it must have been considered too.

But then again, there is always alternative instead of using the public transportation. Tourists can always use a taxi or rental car as it will prove to be more efficient and not tiring if compared to traveling in a bus.

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Indonesian people are very tolerant, or too tolerant?

In many countries, if you are late to work or if you make a little mistake, they can be very intolerant. They will scold you immediately and harshly. All of them seek perfection from their workers or employees.

In Indonesia, however, if you are late to work because you got stuck in a traffic jam or you make mistakes, you won’t get scolded directly even though it depends on who your boss is or whether he/she is a temperamental person or not. This is because Indonesian people are very tolerant. They realize that people make mistakes and it really is not their place to scold those people as they surely make mistakes too once or twice in a while.

Motivating employer

Tolerance, after all, is one of the Indonesian’s best traits that will make all Indonesians proud wherever they are. But the bad thing is that if those things are tolerated too much, the people might be so laid-back. They become a person who would not worry at all even if they make a mistake. Maybe this is why Indonesian people are so relaxed and laid-back. It is because they are not afraid getting scolded by their bosses.

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National strike day is equal to national financial crisis day

In so many countries, October 31st is the Halloween day. People wear terrifying costume, carving pumpkins, and children playing trick or treat in their neighborhood to get candies. Families getting together in the living room with a fireplace because it is getting cold as winter is just around the corner.

But in Indonesia, today is not a Halloween day as Indonesian people do not celebrate Halloween. Today, October 31 2013, Indonesian people especially the workers are celebrating the national strike day. It is not a real designated day, of course, but rather just a day acclaimed to be one.

Workers from all around Indonesia are having a strike, They stop working and start demonstrating their demands to the government. They basically want their minimum salary to be raised. This causes the national financial crisis day because almost all factory and office stop operating today. Why does the office stop too? Because they afraid that the strike and demonstration will get uncontrolled and too anarchist.

The strike alone is enough to cause the companies suffer great loss financially. If the workers’ demand is fulfilled, then the owner of the factory will surely get into a financial crisis and have to fire some of the workers as the owner cannot afford to hire them all with such high salary.

Courtesy given to those in the descriptions

If that is not bad enough, the strike does not go for 1 day only but for two days. Imagine the profit and time lost of two days worth.

(See this video about the strike and demonstration)

This demonstration, even though it succeeds, will turn out bad in the end because the only way to raise the workers’ salary is by firing some of the workers.

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The sharp trap of hell in Indonesia

There are many markets or business opportunities that are still unseen or hidden from most people’s eyes.
Indonesian people, however, are very keen on seeing them.
Like an artisan coffee seller with bicycle, not long after that, there comes an herbal drink seller with bicycle.
Or the growing-to-be-famous online shop with unique stuffs.

But, there are some people who create the opportunity in the wrong way, like these people mentioned in this post.
Flat tire issues do not always happen, so these people are actually experiencing a great deficit.
So, what do they do? They scatter nails on the road or the street not far from their patch-up places.

The nails collected by officers from the street

The nails collected by an officer from the street

Try to drive in a 30 km/hours, and pay careful attention to the street.

If your vehicle got the nail, don’t panic and try to pull over after you are sure it’s safe, and take the nail. If you insist on driving, the tire can tear and become worse.

When you get your tire patched up, watch carefully because often they will sabotage your tire and make it worse. Thus, you have to pay more to change to a new tire with the price ranging from IDR 30.000 to IDR 45.000 ( $US 3 to 4,5).

The officers from a community once collected 300 kg worth of nails just in the area of Central Jakarta.
Some streets that are usually scattered in nail are the Daan Mogot, Hasyim Ashari, Medan Merdeka Utara, Senen market area, Pulogadung area, and Cawang area.

(See this video below about the nails scattered on the street to Soekarno Hatta airport)

Sure, it is great to be able to create the business opportunity which means more income or benefits. But doing it with this kind of act is really unacceptable, isn’t it?

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The most sacred word in Indonesia : traffic jam

Punctuality has always been one of the main keys to be successful in work or business. In Japan, for example, 1 minute late can make you have to apologize here and there to your colleague, partners, employers, and clients. I am sure you know the feeling of waiting, right? Like how the plane got delayed for another hour or so.

But if you are in Indonesia, relax and don’t worry because there is a phrase that can let you pass the day without getting scolded even if you are late.
The phrase is ‘traffic jam’. Indonesian people, especially in big cities like Jakarta, are used to traffic jam. It is a real wonder that they can get by those daily heavy traffic jams.
The point is, if you are late, just say to everyone that you got stuck in a traffic jam. They, instead of getting angry and scold you, will let it go because they understand that traffic jams can really delay your arrival.

So, if you are working in Indonesia, don’t worry when you are late. Just say “I got stuck in a heavy traffic jam”, and there you go. No scolding sessions, no pay cuts. Just one suggestion, though, don’t abuse it.

(See this video about the new issue of Low Cost Green Car in Indonesia, will it increase the amount of traffic jam?)

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Cross the street anywhere you want

In most countries, you cannot cross the road anywhere you want because it is dangerous and you can get fined by a traffic police. Besides, surely there is a crossing bridges or zebra cross around for pedestrians to cross the street. Even though sometimes it’s not convenient when you are in a hurry, using the zebra cross or crossing bridges is far safer. So why take the risk?

BUT in Indonesia, no matter if you are in a hurry or not, you can cross the road anywhere you want. You don’t need to look for zebra cross or crossing bridges.
For car or motorcycle drivers, you need to be extra careful because who knows if there is any people crossing the street or not.
Furthermore, traffic jam in Jakarta is often caused by many people crossing the street in any way they want. Hence, the cars and motorcycles must stop to let the people cross.
But then again, looking at how pedestrians’ rights are taken by the other irresponsible street users, maybe it’s not that weird.

(See this tutorial video to see the danger of crossing the street in Jakarta, Indonesia)
To cross the street, you need to be very brave. You need to look for the delay between the traffic. The cars and motors will hopefully notice you and slow down their vehicles.
Well, this is Indonesia. A unique country where you need a tutorial just to cross a normal street.
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Batik, informally formal business outfit

I am sure most people anywhere in this world are dressed formally when they are working. Even though the fashion for business outfits varies nowadays, the theme seems to be in uniform. Either it is a shirt with a tie and a coat, or  just a shirt. I bet most of them are bored as they always wear the same model but only with different colors every day in their office. Not to mention, the suffocating feeling of buttoning your neck or the stiff shoulder due to limited body movement. This, of course, can make working in the office become so tiring. But if you are lucky, you might be working at a formal place with informal outfits.

Well, if you wear that in Indonesia and using public transportation, get ready to sweat a lot and making your formal suit becomes a lot more uncomfortable.
The hot temperature added with pollution and crowded public transportation is not really the situation you would want to be in with your formal suit.

BUT do you know that there is an informal suit that can be worn formally in Indonesia? Even directors can wear it.
‘Batik’ is an Indonesian native cultural heritage and it is the identity for Indonesia itself. Because of the design and color, batik is a unique clothings with patterns different from other clothings. The batik clothing is more refreshing if compared to typical formal suits. The material is thinner so it is suitable for a tropical country like Indonesia.
When you wear it, you also don’t need to button your neck so it is not suffocating. It also comes with short sleeve or long sleeve, a very refreshing companion to be worn in a hot country.

(See this video below about how to make Batik clothings)

Too bad most Indonesian people think that the Batik clothings is not cool and therefore they don’t use it.
The way to appreciate and love our own country is begun from small and simple things like wearing batik as an example,
But they don’t really need to appreciate it. Clothings are meant to be worn, not appreciated, and it is never wrong to wear Batik because it is, after all, the same level with the formal suits.
Now you can see the business opportunity from having a Batik clothing business, right?

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Riding a bus in Indonesia endangers your life more than a roller coaster

As we know, bus only stops at bus stops and the bus arrives in specific time according to the schedule. Japanese people are known for their integrity and punctuality. If the famous bullet train or the bus is late for even 1 minute, the authority must apologize to all the commuters.

However, here in Indonesia, buses are violating every rule that has been made for them.
For example, the stopping-everywhere system enabling you to get into the bus easily at anywhere you want. That will disturb other vehicles because sudden stopping everywhere can cause a traffic jam or even accident. Another consequence of this system is the buses’ arrival is not certain. Sometimes the arrival time between buses is short, but sometimes you have to wait for the longest time for them to arrive.

The other downside of the buses in Indonesia is the driver of the bus. The driver often speeding, smoking, eating, and drinking while driving, and even stopping just to have some chats with another bus driver in the middle of the street that makes the traffic stuck instantly. Another risk of rule violations is, of course, accidents with pedestrians, cars, or motorcycles.

Most buses operating now are old buses. They are used every day from day to night with minimum maintenance. Therefore, broken chairs and doors are not a rare sight anymore for Indonesian busses. The doors are opened to make the passengers get in and out quickly, and for the co-driver to see if there is any person who wants to get on the bus or not. These opened doors allow the bus to have more passengers too, so it is a normal sight when you see an overcrowded bus with people hanging on the edge of the doors in Indonesia.
Furthermore, the buses’ engine often breakdowns in the middle of transporting the passengers, they need to be moved to other buses then.

Other than being neglected, passengers have no time to sit first. The bus will always go after the passenger’s foot is on the step, even though their body is not fully inside the bus. Moreover, there is no way for handicapped people to get on the bus, as there are no facility for them at all. You may see a space for handicapped people inside Transjakarta buses or busway, but there is no access for them to reach the bus stop.

There are also many other threats inside the bus besides the bus and the drivers’ factors. There are criminals inside the bus. Don’t ever trust people you just met easily. They can hypnotize you and take your valuables without you being conscious of it. There are pickpockets too, they usually work in a group or alone and using distraction tactics to steal your wallet or phone. For women, it is a must not to wear anything that shows too much of your body as the sexual harassers are everywhere. The most extreme criminal is the gangsters. They bring sharp weapon and threat every passenger on the bus to give their valuables to them.

Nevertheless how bad it is, many Indonesian people still use this public transportation, either they like it or they have to because they don’t have motorcycles or cars.
Or is it because the new ‘kopaja’ is around? It has a new look, installed with wifi services.

(See this video below to see the new ‘kopaja’)

But still, for international tourists, you really have to think several times before you decide to ride a bus in Indonesia.

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Jakarta’s other name is Venice

Venice is a city in northeastern Italy located in a group of 118 small islands which are separated by canals and connected by bridges. It is famous for its beauty of its setting, architecture, artworks, and atmosphere. It is a very beautiful city worth a visit.

BUT do you know that Indonesia’s other nickname is Venice? Usually, Jakarta changes its name to Venice once or twice a year.

Indonesia has only two seasons, dry and rainy. Rainy seasons used to come in months that ends with –ber like September, October, November, and December, then added with 2 months which are January and February. But due to the global warming, the weather is now pretty confusing. It can be raining so hard in the dry season, and can be very hot and humid during rainy season.

Furthermore, do you know that there is a job in Indonesia that only appears when Jakarta is flooded? They are the Indonesian version of the Italian gondoliers.
The Indonesian people are good in seeing business opportunities. They are helping people in need of passing through the flooded area, and of course, charging money for it.

Most people living in suburban area do not really care with their health. They will play with the water, let their kids play, eating and chatting as if they are in a swimming pool. If you think that is safe, please think again. It’s not safe at all. You can get diarrhea if you play around with the flood water.
You also need to be extra careful because an unexpected animal might be lurking from the water.

Crazy, isn’t it?

(See this video to see the flood in Jakarta)

Flood has become really familiar with the Indonesian people. Every year, especially when entering the rainy season, Jakarta is always greeted with a flood.
The government seems to overlook this, thinking that this is a natural disaster. Well it is, but human causes it.
But well, this is Indonesia, a place full of uniqueness.

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The real meaning of traffic light in Indonesia

The meaning of traffic light has always been the same everywhere in the world.
Red means ‘stop’, yellow means ‘careful’, green means ‘go‘.

Traffic light

Traffic light

BUT in Indonesia, there is another meaning of the traffic light.
Before it goes to red, the yellow means ‘go as fast as you can before it turns to red’. This makes it so dangerous for other drivers. Who knows whether other drivers will stop or not.
And before it is back to green, the yellow means ‘go because it’s only 1 second left before it turns to green’. This, of course, endangers the pedestrians who are crossing the street.

So, remember this, you must cross the street only when the traffic light shows red. If it’s not red yet, don’t cross.

Two other things you need to know are that some traffic lights in Indonesia are somewhat hidden. Sometimes you can’t see it clearly and before you know it, you are ticketed by the traffic police.
(See this post to know what you can do when you are ticketed, only as a suggestion though)
The second thing is that the red time is different for every traffic light in Indonesia. Some are quick like 30 seconds or 2 minutes. Some are very long like 4 to 5 minutes.
You can even sleep for a while and have the car horns waking you up.

Nevertheless what the meaning is, traffic light has always been useless if there is no traffic police around as what you will see in the video below)

(See this video to see the useless traffic light in Indonesia)

Well, this is Indonesia, where a traffic light is just a street decoration.

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