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Jakarta’s other name is Venice

Venice is a city in northeastern Italy located in a group of 118 small islands which are separated by canals and connected by bridges. It is famous for its beauty of its setting, architecture, artworks, and atmosphere. It is a very beautiful city worth a visit.

BUT do you know that Indonesia’s other nickname is Venice? Usually, Jakarta changes its name to Venice once or twice a year.

Indonesia has only two seasons, dry and rainy. Rainy seasons used to come in months that ends with –ber like September, October, November, and December, then added with 2 months which are January and February. But due to the global warming, the weather is now pretty confusing. It can be raining so hard in the dry season, and can be very hot and humid during rainy season.

Furthermore, do you know that there is a job in Indonesia that only appears when Jakarta is flooded? They are the Indonesian version of the Italian gondoliers.
The Indonesian people are good in seeing business opportunities. They are helping people in need of passing through the flooded area, and of course, charging money for it.

Most people living in suburban area do not really care with their health. They will play with the water, let their kids play, eating and chatting as if they are in a swimming pool. If you think that is safe, please think again. It’s not safe at all. You can get diarrhea if you play around with the flood water.
You also need to be extra careful because an unexpected animal might be lurking from the water.

Crazy, isn’t it?

(See this video to see the flood in Jakarta)

Flood has become really familiar with the Indonesian people. Every year, especially when entering the rainy season, Jakarta is always greeted with a flood.
The government seems to overlook this, thinking that this is a natural disaster. Well it is, but human causes it.
But well, this is Indonesia, a place full of uniqueness.

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Indonesia, a country full of free music

In the European countries like Venice, Italy, Florence, Germany, Netherland, and Vienna, you can always hear a sweet musical tune anywhere.
There is always a musician or bard here and there, trying to entertain the crowd while hoping for a few cents.
Well, they are worth the cents because they do play the music beautifully and very entertaining.

In Indonesia, we also have those kind of things which, of course, are not entirely the same.
The first difference would be the place. They are not just playing on the street, but also in the public transportation and cafe.
But here, there are too many bards. So what do they do if their market share is so little?
That’s easy. Although it is not enough, they simply divide the area. So, don’t be surprised if you meet two or three groups of bards in one public transportation.

The second difference is the method. While bards in other countries use a more polite method, Indonesian bards choose to use a forceful method.
If there is one same thing about Indonesian bards, it is their forceful method. Wearing punk clothes, earrings, and tattoo, they politely apologize for disturbing your peace.
Then, after they finish playing, they ask money directly by opening their hand to you, often in an intimidating and forceful way.

The last difference is, sadly, their voice. Seriously, from the first time I meet a bard until this post is published, I have never met even one bard with a decent and not-too-damaging voice. No wonder that they have to use the intimidating method. They must have realized that their voice are not good enough to be paid even for a cent.

(See this video about them)

It is quite sad to see those children who are supposed to have a bright future but end up becoming bards, right?
Well, save your money and sympathy because what they get is not actually what they earn, and since it is dangerous to meet these bards, especially for tourists, I would suggest renting a car and hiring a driver.
I’ll tell more about these in the upcoming posts later.

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