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‘Insya Allah’, the cliche in Indonesia

Almost all people in the hard working country like Japan or New York think that they should have everything planned out before they do it. Because they think, doing something without planning it beforehand, can be disastrous, especially when it is a crucial plan for something big.

Planning before implementing

Planning before implementing

But in Indonesia, as you might have guessed, most Indonesian people do not plan. The idea of planning something beforehand is considered ridiculous. Why? Because they believe that even though everything is planned neatly, the implementation might go awry or that the result is different from what is expected in the plan.

So, when you are in a team of wedding organizers, for example, you might be surprised with the answer “Insya Allah” even though the question demands the answer only between ‘yes’ or ‘no’. “Do you really believe we can get this stuff done on time?”. The answer to that question is only ‘yes’ or ‘no’. But often, you will hear “Insya Allah”.

‘Insya Allah’ means ‘only by God’s permission’ or ‘only if God permits’. In other words, it basically means that you let everything decided by God or by nature or fate.
It has become a cliche as it has been used so much that it has lost its real meaning.

If you ask an Indonesian to meet you the day after somewhere, most of them will not directly answer “Yes, I will come” or “Sorry, I can’t come tomorrow”. Rather, they would answer “Insya Allah”. Thus, you cannot really blame them if they do not come the day after because it is raining hard.

If you ever got asked by someone whether you can come tomorrow or not, you can answer “Insya Allah” if you are not sure.

A little comic about 'Insya Allah'

A little comic about ‘Insya Allah’

In the first box, the girl asks the green man whether he will go to a meeting or not, and the green man answers “Insya Allah”.
In the second one, the girl says “Okay, see you later then.”
After that, the girl is confused and want to ask again. In the last panel, she asks whether it is “Insya Allah yes I will come” or the opposite.

This habit of Indonesian people, let it be on purpose or not, does have a bad effect as it reflects that Indonesian people are not really people with planning. They let the nature of fate and adapt to the situation and condition. Maybe this is why Indonesian people are so panicky in most events.

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‘As long as it is enough’, not an Indonesian style

In Japan or other developing countries in the Europe (if compared to another part of Europe), the concept of living ‘as long as it is enough’ or ‘as long as they have what they want thus they do not need more’ are really the style of living for those people. People in Japan, for instance, some of whom are really prosperous in financial and yet they still choose to live in average.

A private transportation surely is better, but almost all Japanese people still choose train

A private transportation surely is better, but almost all Japanese people still choose the train

In Indonesia, the concept of living ‘as long as it is enough’ is also followed by those living far from the cities. But to those living in the cities or near the cities, there is no such word as ‘enough’. It is never enough.

They will always want more and more. More money, more luxury, more cars, more houses, more practical things, and more wives. Wait, exclude the last one unless the person is going for polygamy, which is of course, banned in Indonesia.

The richest in Indonesia

The richest in Indonesia

See another example in the Indonesian news that made it internationally these last two days. The workers in Indonesia commenced a two-day strike across all Indonesia. What they want is simple. They want a raise. In Jakarta, the demand for raising their salaries to IDR 3.700.000 (around $ US 350) was not fulfilled, but they should have been happy with it  because the Jakarta’s government has decided to raise the minimum wage to IDR 2.441.301 ( $ US 214 at the day’s rate). They are not satisfied at all, so they ask for more and more.

(See this video below about the strike or demonstration)

But then, will one ever stop and finally say “This is enough”?

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Just relax, the lifestyle in Indonesia

In Japan or New York, when people get tired from working, their friend or employer will say “Do your best” or “Good luck”. This shows that they are really hard workers, and thus brings great benefit to the economy of the country.

Office employees in Japan, working day and night

But in Indonesia, if you ever get tired from working or when you want to do something, you will not hear “Do your best” or “Good luck”.
You will hear “Just relax”. This is the reflection of lifestyle in Indonesia. The Indonesian people are pretty laid-back people. They do not work hard unless they are truly hard workers or that they get a big incentive. But then, even with a big incentive, they would still be lazy in working.

Playing chess while working

The solution for this, of course, is by assigning one supervisor that will supervise the workers and the employees. Of course, the supervisor must be someone who knows well the difference of working hard and relaxing. Because often, the supervisor is a laid-back person too and that affects all the employees supervised by him/her too.

Result when being supervised

(See this video about a factory where the workers work diligently although they are still having a chat while working)

It is not entirely allowed to have a chat while working because the concentration will be divided between the work and the chat. But still, human are social creatures, right?

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Motorcycle is the king in Indonesia

In most countries, pedestrians are the king of the street. Look at Japan or Singapore, even without traffic lights, all the vehicles will stop just to let one person cross the street. While in Indonesia, sometimes you need to have a traffic police accompany you to cross a zebra crossing.

Compared to Indonesia, motorcycle is the king. Not only because they can pass through the traffic jam easily (See this post to know more about  ‘Ojek’) and that they take the pedestrian street (See this post about them), but also because they can ride the crossing bridge made solely for pedestrian and that they have advantage in traffic light.

What is worse, though, is that when an accident happens, the motorcycle seems to always win even though it is clearly wrong.
For example, when a motorcycle is driving recklessly and got hit by a car, it is the car’s fault for not being careful. If the car driver is stubborn and saying that he is right, other motorcycle driver might help arguing that the car is wrong. Life is unfair, isn’t it?

So, whatever happens, never challenge yourself to beating motorcycle if you want to stay out of trouble. You have someone waiting at your home, and the quote ‘Slow but Safe’ is the virtue.
Nevertheless, investing in motorcycle industry is wise.

(See this video to see the irresponsible motorcycle drivers)

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Training your arm while taking a bath in Indonesia? Why not?

It must be nice to take a bath in Japan because they use a hot tub. Just imagine how refreshing it is to enjoy that after work, and sip a beer afterwards.
Or maybe, imagine the effortless way of taking a bath with a shower like most American and European. All you need to do is turn the shower knob and let the water wash you entirely.

Unfortunately, you won’t have the luxury of those in Indonesia. Instead, you will have to use a bailer or water scoop to scoop the water from the bath tub. Looking at it positively, think about training your arm to fill and lift the bailer at least 50 times per bath and for three times a day. That’s quite a workout, more or less.

(You will get the idea by watching this video below)

So this is what they do when they don’t have a shower head for ‘bathroom karaoke’ and hot tub to enjoy, huh?
But of course, you can still take a bath in a hot tub or shower in a hotel.
Investing in shower and bath tub companies might be beneficial, though.

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