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Nyethe, one of many undiscovered culture in Indonesia

When you go to Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, then you will hear an unfamiliar Indonesian term which is ‘nyethe‘.
Nyethe‘ is an activity of painting the cigar’s body with coffee dregs. Yes, you always hear painter paints on a blank canvas or papers, but this is new and unique, right?

The culture is born in an ordinary local coffee shop, where people come to sip a cup of black coffee or ‘kopi tubruk’, or smoking, and have a chit chat. (See this post to know more about it)

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Some of the visitors have the skill to do the activity of ‘nyethe‘. He uses the coffee dregs and a toothpick to paint the cigar’s body. It looks easy to do it but it turns out that you need patience and creativity, or you will end up scribbling randomly.

You can now see the market opportunity too, right? The amount of smoker and coffee drinker in Indonesia is pretty high. Investing in the coffee is wise since one Indonesian can drink coffee as much as three times a day. You can count that by at least 10 million people.

(See this video about a person who do the ‘nyethe‘ with a spoon, not a toothpick)

Indonesian people can be considered to be very uniquely creative, aren’t they? They can invent such an activity of art with no big cost at all, but of course, the danger of smoking and drinking coffee too much is still there.
Well, that’s the uniqueness of Indonesia.

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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?

(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)

‘Delman’ or horse wagon, a for-fun transportation in Indonesia

Horse in some countries like London are used by the police, a very innovative solution to deal with the pollution.

But do you know that in Indonesia, horses are not used by police? Instead, it is used as a for-fun transportation.

These horse wagons are called ‘delman‘, but some people might call it ‘dokar‘, ‘andong‘, or ‘sado‘. They used to be a transportation in a neighborhood or between villages, but nowadays they are only used for fun. It is cheap, doesn’t make pollution, and unique, so what’s the loss? The unique thing about it is that sometimes they are brave enough to go to the main street in Jakarta.

(See this video below to see how riding a ‘delman‘ feels)

It looks fun, right? It is fun unless you are stuck in a traffic jam, though.

(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)

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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One way train system in Indonesia

The complex train system all over the world has always been confusing to those who are not used to it.

It is very confusing but at least, the train has a two way system which means that two trains can go back or forth easily and without disturbance.
Because in Indonesia, the train has a one way system.

The one way system is really troublesome. Some of the tracks have two way system, but most don’t have it.
So what happens if there are two trains that need to use the same track? It’s simple. One of the trains has to wait for the others to pass.

Furthermore, don’t be surprised to see many people on board of a train. Yes, it’s ‘on’, not ‘in’. This happens because the train surfers don’t want to buy the ticket as they don’t have the money.

If you are looking for a unique experience, try the free electric massage that is reluctantly believed to be beneficial for health, if not dangerous.

(See this video about the unique lifestyle of Indonesian people)

Seriously though, don’t try it. It’s not worth your time. My suggestion is find an official spa to get a good and safe massage, rather than becoming the tragic news of getting hit by a train.

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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?

(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)

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.

(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)

Keep getting on until there is no space left

Everywhere in the world, the bus has always been a favorite for traveling or commuting. It is spacious with comfortable sofas and no bad smells.

Meanwhile in Indonesia, there are some types of buses. The most comfortable, which has air conditioner and nice sofa, is busway or TransJakarta buses.
The medium comfortable type is the ordinary bus, and it has two versions, which are with and without air conditioner.
The least comfortable type is the minibus or ‘kopaja’, which does not have air conditioner and no sofa but hard chairs. It is also quite smelly.

You can guess the differences just be seeing the pictures, right?
The expensive one means better service, the medium is so-so, the cheapest one means the worst service you will ever get.

Well, you guessed it wrong. There is no good service at all in every type of bus. The only difference you get is the air conditioner and the sofa condition.

You will be waiting under the tropical hot sun of Indonesia, combined with air and voice pollution, and suffocated with the other people waiting for the same bus.
After you finally get on the bus, you are lucky if you can have a seat. Most of the time, especially during rush hour, you will have to stand up all the way.
Waiting in a spacious bus is fine, but waiting with no space to move at all?
The traffic jam is also the same everywhere, whether you take the ‘kopaja‘ or the TransJakarta.

At least, there is an officer in every busway or TransJakarta bus who will stop the people from entering the bus if it is already full.
BUT there is no such thing with the ordinary bus and the kopaja‘. In fact, as long as it can still fit, people will keep getting on.
You can guess how suffocated and dangerous it is.

Well, this is Indonesia. Better get used to the smell of sweat, smoke, and dust if you ride the bus.

(See this video about a thorough video on the ‘kopaja‘ or minibus)

(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)

Indonesian Street Vendors Seize Pedestrians’ Right even on Crossing Bridges

Street vendors are sellers selling their goods on the street sides. They are searching for places that is crowded with the pedestrians, so they can sell things fast. Not only that, they are also searching places that allow them to vend without paying for rent. Therefore, street side is the perfect place for them to vend their goods.

Jakarta is a perfect place for you to see those street vendors. As Jakarta is a big city where everyone dreams big about getting a lot of money there. You can buy things easily from street vendors, because they are, literally, everywhere. You can even buy newspaper, drinks, snacks, even a wooden statue for your house decoration from the street, without getting out of your car. They will come to you and start offering you their goods while you are at the intersection and the light are showing red.

Pedestrians can also buy many unique merchandise from pavements. The merchants are usually vending phone cases, watches, toys, shoes, and many more. They are selling their stuff cheaply, simply because they do not have to pay for rent. Unlike those big merchants at the mall, or inside a building where they have to rent a place and pay for it every month. Aside from getting many merchandise cheaply and easily, as one of the pedestrian you will also get annoyed by those street vendors existences. They are using half of the pavement that is specially provided for the pedestrians. Now, not only pavements used by street vendors but also crossing bridges. Crossing bridges are built for the pedestrians to cross the street safely and for them to get into the Transjakarta bus. However, this is seen as a big opportunity by the street vendors. As a result, they are moving to the crossing bridge to sell their things there.

The current governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo, had already successfully cleared up the street vendors at Tanah Abang. The next street vendors’ area to be cleared up is Kota Tua, Jatinegara, Pasar Minggu, and crossing bridges. The street vendors, with ID cards and have been selling there for a long time, will be relocated to a nicer and cheap kiosk inside a building. They are also given a 6-month period of free rent to make enough income to pay for the kiosks rent after the 6-month period. This is considered as a win-win solution by the government both for the pedestrians and the street vendors. For the time being, Jakarta, the heart of Indonesia, is being revitalized to be a better city with cleaner streets, pavements, and crossing bridges. Better public facility will make streets become free from traffic jams and enhancing people’s experience of public transportation.

Then, is Indonesia getting better? Or maybe it is just a temporary change? Nevertheless, the uniqueness of Indonesia have never gone out.

(See this video below to see street vendors selling on a crossing bridge)

(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)

Shoot the police to avoid the ticket!

In most countries, money does not really overrule the justice. If you are breaking the street rules, you will be ticketed.

BUT if you ever get ticketed by the traffic police in Indonesia because of these reasons :

  • You are in the 3 in 1 system area in Jakarta but you don’t have 3 people in the car including you. (Check out this post for more information)
  • One of your side mirrors is gone because it is taken forcefully. (Check out this post for more information and action)
  • You have a flat tire and you can’t find the nearest tire repairman or ‘tukang tambal ban’. (Check out this post to know what I mean)
  • You are riding a motorcycle without using a helmet, or maybe you pass the red light line. (See this post for more information)
  • You use the busway lane even though you are in an emergency. (Check this one to see more information)
  • Or many other reasons because the traffic police is usually ‘hungry’

You don’t need to worry because you can avoid the ticket. You don’t do that by running from the police, of course.
This practice has always been a controversial issue in Indonesia. Some believe that it is not right to the justice, but some are happy because they can avoid the ticket just by giving a certain amount of money.
Exactly, shoot the police with money. The term ‘shoot’ or tembak is used in Indonesia to replace the word ‘bribe’.

First, they ask you to pull over your car. Then telling you the reasons of why you are pulled over, or often they will ask you first whether you know your mistake or not.
Second, they will ask for your driving license, then give you the ticket.
Third, you can now choose 1 of the 2 options. Either you go to the nearest court from where you ticketed to have a hearing and take your license back by paying up some money to the justice.

OR you can just tell the police that you want to be in good terms like “Let’s just finish this with other method, sir” or “baik-baik saja lah pak”. Then the traffic police will name the price. It varies greatly from IDR 50.000 ($ US 5) to IDR 500.000 ($ US 50), and you can try to bargain a little.
Then you will get stamped in your hand sometimes. What is this for? It’s to show to the other traffic police if you get pulled over again. After that, you can continue your driving.

Pretty neat, huh? Well, this is Indonesia.

(See this video below about 46 vehicles getting ticketed because they entered the busway lane)

(See this video too about a face to face bribery interaction)

(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)

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