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Why do chores when you can hire a housemaid?

The butler and maid system in England was a very magnificent yet luxurious system. Having everything taken care of without breaking a sweat at all feels so great, but of course, they are only for rich people as the cost for having a butler or a maid is very expensive.

BUT in Indonesia, you can have a housemaid with a far cheaper cost. They are called pembantu in Indonesia, and usually people hire the female ones. Their salary varies from IDR 1.000.000 ($ US 100) to IDR 2.000.000 ($ US 200).
They can do the same magic with the butler and maid in England.
When you get home, you don’t need to put your shoes neatly or in a shoe box. The maid will do it for you.
Then, you are getting in, realizing that the floor is clean because it has been swept and mopped by the maid.
Remove your socks, clothes, and pants on the floor or on the sofa. Leave them there and the maid will wash and iron them for you. Tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, they will be ready again for you to use them.
If you have a bathtub, ask your maid to prepare the water. If you want to eat, the maid can cook for you. This is why people hire the female ones.
If you want coffee, just ask for coffee and it will be served for you. After you finish drinking the coffee, just leave the mug or cup there or put it in the kitchen and your maid will clean it for you.
If you have a garden, they can tend the garden and water it everyday.
If you have children, they can babysit for you.

A unique thing to know is that you don’t need to worry if you don’t have a washing machine in your house, because your maid can be a washing machine.
The maid can wash all kinds of clothings with the washing board. All she needs is energy because it is powered by a human, and a washing board with soaps.

Washing board

Washing board

So, why do chores when you can hire a housemaid?

(See this video below to see a maid washing and cleaning)

Don’t worry, at least your maid won’t use the dirty water from the river to clean the dishes and the clothes.

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Metric system in Indonesia

In most countries all over the world, the people use the same metric system.
For example, when you want to buy a gallon of water, you buy it by saying the liter.
Or, when you are measuring something, you use inch rather than centimeter.
Or maybe, when you are on the road, you see miles rather than kilometers.

BUT, do you know that Indonesian people use a different metric system?
When they are measuring something, they use centimeters rather than inches, so most of Indonesian people are confused when they buy a TV because TV use inches.
Indonesian people don’t drink tap water (You can see why in this post). So, they drink from a gallon of water. They don’t say they want to buy 10 liters of water, they just say a gallon or 2 gallons of water instead.
When a mother goes to the market and want to buy groceries, she doesn’t use pounds or ounces, but grams and kilograms.
When you ask for direction to somewhere, they don’t answer with feet but with meters. Moreover, many Indonesian people seem to not really understand how to use this metric system.
Most of them always mistake 1 ounce for 1 kilograms, which actually 1 ounce is 0,1 kilograms.

So, be careful with this metric system when you are doing business with the Indonesian people.

(See this video about buying groceries at the market)

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Stay at your home for VIP culinary service

Most of your daily routine would be going to market to buy groceries every morning, cooking food for lunch and dinner, then repeat again for tomorrow, right?
So, what would you do when you are getting bored with the routine, or maybe you are too tired to cook?
You will try something new, you will go eat outside, have some dinner at some fancy restaurant or cafe, or trying the new local restaurant, or maybe just ordering pizza or Mcd or KFC to your house, won’t you?

Well, if you are in Indonesia, you don’t need to order food to be delivered BECAUSE the food will come right to your house.
Just wait in your living room and keep your ears open. Sooner or later, a sound like “tac tac tac” can be heard.
Satay, noodle, fried rice, kebab, burger, rujak (fruit salad), siomay (dumplings), batagor (fried tofu and meatball), pempekand even coffee so you don’t need to go to Starbucks.
All of them will come passing your house, and all you need to do is to call them by clapping your hands.

Furthermore, you can also see them cooking in front of you. A very VIP service, isn’t it?
One thing you must remember, though, is that you have to use your own cutlery. You must not use their plate, spoon, fork, chopsticks, or knife at all.
Why? Because they only use 1 bucket of water to clean all their cutleries over and over, so you can imagine the diseases like diarrhea, hepatitis, and others can happen any time.

Also, you need to have a stomach medicine because there is a big chance that you will not get used to Indonesian food easily.
(I suggest ‘Norit’ because my foreign friend got his stomachache cured quickly with it)

(See this video to see a pretty skillful fried rice seller, you might see this by your own eyes someday if you come to Indonesia)

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Banana leaves, more valuable than the banana itself?

Who doesn’t like the yellow fruit which gives many benefits like potassium for the sports enthusiasts, fiber that prevents heart disease, vitamins to protect eyesight, banana for banana split, and many other benefits.

BUT, do you know that actually banana leaves are more valuable than the banana itself in Indonesia?
Why? Not because it can be used as an umbrella. It is simply because the banana leaves can be used as a pad for food. Furthermore, the food seems to taste better when served on the banana leaf.

Investing in the banana tree field might be wise as the market is everywhere.

(See this video about the banana leaf used as a food pad, it does look tastier than just using a plate, right?)

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Chili and Crackers, so incomplete without them

I am sure some of you, if not most, are comfortable with eating food as it is.
Steak, fried rice, fried chicken, fried fish, pizza, spaghetti, noodles, seafood, all are as they are and without asking for other condiments.

Indonesian people can eat like that too, BUT they don’t feel complete. They would feel like the food could have been better if something else is added.
So, say hello to the two most looked-for and eaten, chili and crackers.

Chili, very well-known for its spicy taste, has been pleasing the Indonesian’s tongue for centuries. Without it, the food tastes flavorless.
Crackers, very famous for its crispy texture, has always been the complement for any food, especially fried rice.

(See this commercial video about one of the most popular chili sauce brand in Indonesia)

(Even the President of United States agrees that “the bakso (meatball), the nasi goreng (fried rice), emping, the krupuk (cracker), all are delicious)

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Indonesia, still a plastic country?

“Los Angeles Prohibits The Use of Plastic Bags”
“Plastic Bags Are Officially Banned in Switzerland”
“Starting Jan 1, Italy Bans The Use of Plastic Bags”
“Most Korean Actors And Actresses Used To Have Plastic Surgery”

Wait, the last one is unrelated to this post.

I am sure some of you have heard these big news. Many countries all around the world have banned or prohibited the use of plastic bags. China, French, Rwanda, Uganda, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Australia, and some countries across India have done it very well. Supermarket like Wal-Mart are now prohibited too and has to charge the buyer for each plastic bag they use, only if.

The once very popular mean of carrying something is now banned. No wonder though because no matter how efficient it is, the plastic bag is actually used for only 25 minutes on average and needs around 100 years to degrade.

MEANWHILE in Indonesia, the daily weather forecast is “Cloudy with a chance of plastic bags”. You can bet the forecast is always right because they are everywhere, literally.

Furthermore, when shopping in a big supermarket like Carrefour or Hypermart, one full trolley translates to 10-15 plastic bags. Well, this is Indonesia. No matter how hard the government tells its people to stop using plastic bags, they are still the most convenient. The only solution is perhaps to find another convenient innovation, which is surely not the ‘Bring your own shopping bag’ thing.

(See this video about saying no to plastic bags)

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“Finger Lickin’ Good”, not a mere KFC’s slogan in Indonesia

Who doesn’t know the KFC’s tasty slogan “Finger Lickin’ Good”? They utilize the ease and practicality of eating the fried chickens with hands rather than with a spoon and fork.
They needed to spread this slogan because people have always used spoon, fork, knife, or chopsticks to eat, and it is not easy to eat fried chickens with those things, right?

(Here’s one of the ads)

Well, in Indonesia, there’s no need to spread this kind of slogan because everybody is already doing it.
Most of Indonesian people have always eaten with their hands. Eating rice, noodle, fried chicken, salad, and any kind of food you can think of with their hands.
But, of course, they eat soup with spoon. If you are trying to fit in, just be sure to use your right hand to eat, even if you are left-handed.  Check this post to know why if you haven’t read it.

(See this video too to see it in motion)

But of course, you should not eat with your hands if you are working in the office. Indonesia’s food is full of spices and seasoning, so it will leave a smell in your hands or your nails.

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