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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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Public transportation in Indonesia has its level increased

Public transportation anywhere in the world has always been praised for being advanced, practical, and clean. Those three features, after all, are the ones that make people choose to ride public transportation rather than driving with their own vehicle.

But when you come to Indonesia, specifically to Padang, West Sumatra, you will be awed by a new level of public transportation which does not boast about its cleanliness and practicality.

Padang, West Sumatra

Padang, West Sumatra

What you will see is art. The public transportation there, the ‘angkot‘ (‘angkutan kota’ / town transportation), has a paint job and vinyls here and there, making it look like a racing car. They also have TV, sound system, and speakers or subwoofers, colorful lights, to make the vehicle become a moving place for disco. All of them are designed for customers to enjoy the ride.

The downside of this is that they have to fill or change their accumulator because it surely wastes a big amount of it by turning on the TV, subwoofers, and the lights. However, considering the amount of customers they could get by this modification, a little extra money spent for the accumulator is not really a big deal.

(See this video below about the ‘angkot‘ in Padang)

It is so hilarious that you can’t help but being curious, right? Well, that’s another uniqueness of Indonesia.

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Modified transporter in Indonesia

We all know now that in Indonesia, the best transportation would be ‘ojek’ or motor taxi, because it can slip past the traffic jam quickly. You can read this post to know more about it. At most, they can bring 2 to 3 people at once or some things.

But do you know that somewhere in Tasikmalaya, there is a modified transporter? It is an ordinary transporter but they can bring many people at once like 7 – 10 people, and they can even bring  many woodblocks.

Cipatujah, Tasikmalaya, Indonesia

Say hello to these brave people who risk their lives and their motors to transport these people and heavy woodblocks.

Usually, they are paid for IDR 150.000 – 250.000 ( US $ 15 – 25 ) per trip, but is it really worth the danger? How would they turn their motor? How would they brake and have the woodblocks unmoved when they brake in a downhill slope?

They reflect the needs of efficiency for Indonesian people. They realize that to transport many people or things, they need to go back and forth several times, and that is a waste of gasoline. Then, they take the market opportunity to transport all at once or in one trip. Pretty uniquely clever, right?

(See this video about them, they can even go through bumpy roads and still keep their balance)

Well, Indonesia is really a place with countless uniqueness, right?

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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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Ciiit! The DKI transportation agencies block the running car in the tire valve raid

The running car

The running car

Jakarta – The tire valve raid for vehicles which are parked randomly continues. This time the DKI transportation agencies are not turning on the siren, they just get to the cars and take the tire valve directly. There is a surprised driver and run away that needs to be blocked. It was full of tension!

The monitoring by detikcom, the DKI transportation agencies of east Jakarta that were consisted of 2 cars and 10 personnel raided the random parking started from the Pemuda street on Friday (27/9/2013) at 14.15 (GMT + 7)

Yesterday, the DKI transportation agencies did the convoy by turning on the siren, but this time the car is going quietly and fast. Before they know it, the officers come down and getting to the cars, then directly taking out one tire valve.

There was a driver inside some of the cars which were parked randomly. There was a surprised driver and directly ask for forgiveness to the officer.

The officer was unmoved and kept taking the tire valve, then attach a clue sticker of where to take the tire valve back.

There was a car that runs away after the tire valve is taken out, and the car was moving with a tire that deflated slowly.

The tense one, there was a car on which tire valve is not taken out yet, but the car was already running away. One of the operational cars blocked it. Ciiit! The car was blocked, and the tire valve was taken out.

It continued until 14.55 (GMT + 7)

Source : news.detik.com

‘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.

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The confusing welcome from Indonesia

When you go to other countries like the European ones or Hawaii for vacation or business purpose, you will be greeted properly and warmly.

But if you come to Indonesia, you will be greeted differently inside the airport and outside the airport.

When you  want to take your luggage, you will find it hard to find because it is so crowded and sometimes the luggages take too long to be put on the conveyor belt. But, since most tourists are taller than Indonesian people, you won’t find it that hard to locate your luggage.

Getting through the custom is a different issue. Sometimes, some tourists bribe the officer directly so they can pass through easily.
But that would waste the greeting, wouldn’t it? If you are lucky, you might have a little chit-chat with the officer. Be mindful though, because sometimes they will ask for ‘oleh-oleh’ or souvenirs.

Then, when you are finally outside of the airport, you will find the true hell. It is so loud with people chatting, car horns, and taxi drivers offering you a ride. The taxi drivers are the worst. They will pull you while offering to enter their taxis. “Taxi, Mr?”, “Taxi?”, which are said while pulling your hand or offering themselves to bring your luggages. It can really be confusing if 5 to 10 taxi drivers are doing that. They really don’t want to throw the market opportunity.

(See this video about the Soekarno-Hatta airport)

Despite all the bad things, you can still enjoy the Balinese unique carving and the Indonesian style park.

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Park in Soekarno-Hatta airport

Welcome to Indonesia, where the uniqueness can be felt right from when you just arrived.

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Jokowi will apply study curfew

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TEMPO.COJakarta – The governor of DKI, Joko Widodo, will apply hours special for studying for the students. The goal is to minimize the negative acts that can potentially be done by the students, like skipping class and ends with brawl.

“But this is not a night curfew, it’s different.” said Jokowi, his close nickname after attending the religious interpretations chamber meeting in the Istora Senayan with the Vice president Boediono, Ahad, September 15 2013. The point of this program, Jokowi continued, is how the students can be disciplined.

For instance, as he gives an example, when it’s class time, a student is forbidden to be outside without a good reason. “It does feel ordinary like the one which has been applied now,” he said. It’s just, Jokowi affirms, that this study curfew will monitor the students outside.

The existing rule is still considered loose. Students can still wander outside at the class time. They are just caught if they do make mischiefs or there was a raid.

But, Jokowi does not want to be in haste to validate the study curfew program.
He said , his party must ask first the opinions from all parties. “(We) need to talk with the Education Office, also the school committee and the parents”, he said.

According to this Gadjah Mada University of Forestry faculty graduate, students must be trained to struggle. He asks that parents should not spoil their children.

Source : http://www.tempo.co

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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Another way to enjoy coffee in Jakarta

People love coffee. This addictive drink is believed to wake you up from sleepiness, or help you stay awake in the late night.
Basically, coffee consists of caffeine which tastes a bit bitter. The caffeine itself has reaction to stimulate brain’s work. As a result, the drinker would kind of having more energy or battery.
Moreover, there are some ways people choose to enjoy the coffee.

In Indonesia itself, many coffee shops can be found to fulfill the urge of coffee lover and comfortable ambiance within the time spent on. This offer a tempting option such as free Wifi, and friendly barista/waiter/tress. However, for some people, enjoying coffee does not need to be that complicated. In certain coffee lovers’ eyes, differentiating a tasty coffee is a simple problem. No need to go to a big and famous coffee shop such as Starbucks or Coffee Bean, which actually cost a lot more expensive.

So what to do? An artisan coffee with bicycle and complete coffee stuffs is the answer. As simple as the equipments they bring, the process of making the coffee will not let buyer wait too long. It costs less expensive, as well. Regardless of the coffee, the artisans prefer to use local coffee which is sold per sachet. Look at that, Indonesia still holds #1 on coffee taste around the world.

This kind of artisan coffee plays a pretty important role in Jakarta. As it is well-known that Jakarta is crazy at a traffic jam, the artisans can sell their coffee to those who is in a need for a cup of coffee during gridlock. Thus, they do not have to visit those famous coffee shops to enjoy the coffee.

Nowadays, the business of artisan coffee is growing. It can also be seen since the demand is also increasing. We can look for the artisans in busy or crowded places where people passing at most of the time. Supardi, one the artisans, has once been interviewed on TV about the business. He said that to run this coffee business, it only cost less than IDR 50.000 (around 5 US$) for the equity each day. The income he could earn is around IDR 20.000-30.000 (around 2 – 3 US$), depends on the occasion happens around their place. He also confessed that the target of buyer is certain. Most of them are in a hurry or waiting for traffic and news (applied to media people). If it can be counted, there have been more than 100 artisan coffees in Jakarta spreading throughout protocol areas.

(See this video to see the coffee drinking habit, and the artisan coffee with bicycle)

At the end, there is always a side option for enjoying coffee, isn’t it? The taste with those famous coffee shops can be compared in particular aspects, especially on time effectiveness and cost. Drinking coffee from the artisans is somehow interesting anyway. Since it is sold in the street, the drinker can witness some moments while drinking the coffee. Thus, we only waste our little energy to catch our coffee for boosting energy. Coffee is a coffee? Yes, indeed. The effect will be the same, so why we do not choose to buy coffee from the artisans?

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