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Queue is not a word for Indonesian people

Queueing is normal. It happens everywhere in the world. Most people from any country would respect to the unwritten norm to queue or wait in line, and never ever take someone’s turn.

In Indonesia, however, there is no such thing like queueing. You are lucky if you can see Indonesian people queueing.
Indonesian people can often be so impatient. They don’t like to wait in line unless they are forced to, like in supermarket cashier or in a bank. Yet, often they do not queue in the bank.

This bad habit of Indonesian people really needs to stop. It is a shame to other country who sees it. In the event like the local government giving out free ration to those who need it, the rations are enough for everybody. Yet, those people still do not want to wait in line or queueing. They do not realize the danger of not queueing.

(See this video to see the danger of not waiting in line)

Yes, the kids got the danger. They are, strangely, queueing in the crowd with their parents knowing their bodies are small compared to the adults. Thus, they get pressed and kicked around in the crowd. Not to mention, there could be a thief in the crowd.
Indonesian people really need to realize the importance of queueing. It might take a longer time than not waiting in line, but it is worth the wait.

For supermarket owners, a queue can actually be very helpful for the business. People waiting in line will get bored, and thus a diversion might be useful so the customers do not get too bored while waiting. The diversion, fortunately, can be those little groceries or chocolates or candies that they don’t usually buy. Putting those things in the display near the cashier can be beneficial as they tend to buy what is on the display.

(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)

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The downside of convenience stores in Indonesia

Convenience stores are now everywhere and in every corner of the world.

Indonesia can now be said as a country with a million mini markets or convenience stores, and in the future will be a country with a million malls.

They are everywhere in Indonesia. Well, they are convenient but the convenience come with the downside.
It is that the service is too rigid and formal. People come in, take what they need, go to the counter, and pay for them. There are chit chats sometimes, but it feels like it’s just for formality.
It is the same with malls. The service is no different compared to convenience stores. What is worse, they are growing rapidly in numbers. It’s not weird to see two competitive convenience store side by side.

Though, it’s not that weird to see the growth since they are quick to pick up the trend in Indonesia. The convenience stores use the concept of mini market and a cafe. Indonesian people welcome it as youngsters love to hang out with their friends.

But, the formal and rigid service really wastes the kindness and warmth of Indonesian people. You can not find this kindness in those malls or convenience stores.
If you want, you can find it in a ‘warteg‘ (warung Tegal or Tegal stalls). Basically, they sell food and drinks with a very cheap price if compared to convenience store and malls. Fried rice, instant noodle, coffee, iced sweetened tea and other kinds of food can be found there with a fair price.

It is here where you can find kindness, having a chit chat with Indonesian people. The food is not bad too, although you might need a stomachache medicine like Norit because your stomach need to get used to Indonesian food.

(See this video below about a ‘warteg‘)

Sadly, the numbers of ‘warteg‘ are decreasing. It seems Indonesian people are moving towards efficiency rather than socialization. Such a waste for Indonesian’s kindness, isn’t it?

Going to a picnic without lunch box? No worries

Going to a picnic in a mountain or simply to a park nearby must be fun, especially if we bring our own lunch boxes.

But do you know that in Indonesia, there is no habit like that? Indonesian people do not bring their own lunch box or picnic bag. Many reasons cause it, such as lazy to cook and prepare it, not enough ingredients to cook, and probably the most affecting reason of them all is that they prefer to try the local cuisine.

There are a wide variety of cuisines in Indonesia. Fried rice and fried noodle are not the authentic ones because these are from China originally. Some of the authentic ones are the Padang, Sundanese, Makassar, and Javanese food. Travelling to somewhere for a picnic means coming to a new place. Coming to a new place means different cuisine.
This difference in food encourages Indonesian people to not bring their picnic bag or lunch box, but instead taste the new and unique local cuisine.

Bandung, one of the local and international tourist spot in Indonesia, has many local cuisines to offer.

So, if you want to go to holiday or have a picnic in one of many Indonesia’s tourist spots, you don’t need to bring a lunch box. Enjoy the local cuisine, meet the new and friendly Indonesians, and meet the unique local culture.

(See this video below about a culinary destination in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia)

It’s far better than bringing your own lunch box, right?

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Street at day, restaurant at night

All streets in all countries are only streets all day long.  There is nothing except city decorations, pedestrians, beggars, and hawkers or sellers.

But do you know that in Indonesia, a normal street at day can be changed to an open-air streetside restaurant at night?
Malioboro street in Yogyakarta is one of those unique streets. The street is the center of Yogyakarta’s largest tourist district which is surrounded by many restaurants and hotels nearby.

If you are a souvenir lover, this street is your heaven. The street is crowded with small stalls selling variety of local goods like batik, silvers, leather puppets, rattan ornaments, bamboo handicrafts, blangkon, miniature of traditional vehicles, key chains, and other accessories. If you are good at bargaining, you can buy these items for a very cheap price. Try to bargain for a 50 % cut.

At night, it is another heaven for culinary lovers. A very unique culture of eating in the streetside restaurants is ‘lesehan’ or sitting on the ground.
When night comes, most of the streets will be closed by several mats, tables, and food stalls. The hygiene is not too good because it’s on the streetside, but the unique experience of eating in ‘lesehan‘ style and enjoying the street band can only be felt in Indonesia.

(See this video about the Malioboro street at day)

(And this video about Malioboro street at night, and ‘lesehan’ style)

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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.

(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)

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)

(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)

“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.

(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)

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