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Indonesians’ mindset might be bad for the future

Complimenting others has always been a customary of socializing everywhere in the world. Abused by women, compliments can be honest or dishonest. It can be used to get the other person happy about us, like our boss or our partner in love.

But that is not the unique thing. The unique thing about being complimented is the reaction or the response. The American people, for example, will say “Thank you, I did my best” when they are complimented. Indonesian people, however, will not answer it like that.

Instead, they will say “Not really”. This shows that they do not feel arrogant. Of course, that does not mean the American people are arrogant.

This mindset of the Indonesian people, however, is actually bad for their future. Why?
One of many reasons that cause Indonesian people lose in international competition is this mindset. By saying “Not really”, it can also mean that they do not feel that good at doing what they are actually good at. It shows that they are not confident in themselves. It is as if they have lost the will to compete in the first place.

This must be why Indonesia moves forward slowly, and maybe a little too slow. The people work not to be successful, but to survive. They do not try their best but only so-so. They accept the routine of waking up in the morning, working from morning to evening, then reaching home just to realize the day is almost over.

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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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‘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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‘Kopi Tubruk’, the black coffee that glued Indonesians together

As I have mentioned in this post, the strong sense of equality and togetherness along with the tradition are what makes Indonesian people get together just to hang out and chit chat.
It is also the same reason to why Indonesian people gather at a local coffee shop.

Coffee drinkers are greater in numbers than tea drinkers in Indonesia. All around the country, the coffee market has been ruled by Starbucks, Coffee Bean, Bengawan Solo, and many other brands. They taste good, but something is different about those brands which cannot be felt unless you come to a local coffee shop.

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Yes, it is all about getting together and comfortable with your friends. Something you cannot do in a classy typical Starbucks place unless you want to be seen as a villager who does not know how to behave in a city.

Kopi Tubruk‘ (clashing coffee or colliding coffee) is the most favorite coffee to accompany them. The brewing is simple and fast. The price is also cheap, which is only about IDR 3.000 ( US $ 0,3 ) in a local coffee shop. They are made by pouring boiling water into a cup filled with coarsely grounded coffee and sugar, which then comes out internationally as black coffee, and yes, the dregs are still there. It is different, however, from an instant coffee that comes in a sachet.

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It really is all about getting together, watching a football competition in television, sipping the coffee while playing chess and having a chit chat.

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There is also no rule. The customers can freely lay down, playing chess or cards for hours, no dress code required (you can even come with no tops on), you can laugh out loud, or even sleep until the next sun rises and the owner wakes you up.

This culture of drinking coffee in Indonesia is thanks to the Dutch who introduced coffee in the 17th century. Indonesia was seen as a heaven for coffee plantation thanks to its perfect climate and soil to cultivate the bean. Now, Indonesia ranks the 4th for the largest coffee producer in the world.

(See this video about an Indonesian person making a ‘kopi tubruk‘)

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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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