Indonesias best

What was easier in Indonesia, compared to Ireland ?

  • Learning and understanding the nations language (Indonesian vs. Gaelic)
  • Talking to a group of people and everyone was born in the country
  • Catch a good rice dish
  • Getting a nice teint
  • Knowing a person that has a not-yet-economized job
  • Take a picture of a monkey
  • Swimming in the sea
  • Crossing the street safely!
  • Become friends with the cat in the neighborhood
  • Going out for only one drink
  • Stumbling over a shopping mall
  • Getting soaked in the rain
  • Become hot during excercises

What is easier in Ireland, compared to Indonesia?

  • Knowing how to cycle on the street
  • Getting drunk for no reason
  • Spend a furtune in one evening, by taking the bus to a cinema and order a coke there
  • Laughing about different English accents
  • Climbing and bouldering the walls of the halls
  • Have a five-seconds conversation with a colleague
  • Go to bed late
  • Spend a day without sunlight

Anja and the strongest women in Semarang








…. which are among the strongest climbers in Indonesia!


Anja among the best teachers in Semarang

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Baby cats

almost everywhere we have kittens available for free hugs:











Even in the airport we saw a cute cat lately. Does the airport management let it linger between the passengers to calm their mood, when flights are late? Maybe not, we seemed to be the only passengers in the waiting hall, who were delighted to see it :-)


Sport in Indonesia

… is great fun! It’s so easy to sweat. Recently after the gym I was sweating right out of my little fingers and on the tip of my nose.
Sport in Indonesien


Bahasa Indonesia

The best about Indonesias language is, that it works almost without gramma. With these phrases you can survive quite a while :-) but be aware, that Indonesia has over 350 native languages currently in use throughout the country. So when you travel you will find a new style every few 100 km.

Terima kasih banyak (Makasi) = Thank you very much.
Tidak apa-apa = No problem.
Selamat pagi = Good morning. Punya anak-anak? = Do you have children?
Belum = not yet! (“no” is not polite enough)
Belum tahu = I do not know yet.
Sudah makan? = Did you eat already? (= are you hungry?)
Sudah makan! = I am not hungry :-)
Dari mana? = Where are you from?
Bule = White person.
Di mana kamar kecil = Where is the toilet? (kamar kecil = small room)
Hati-hati! = Be careful!
Ada macet? = Will there be traffic?
Berapa banyak? = How much?
Mahal! = Expensive!
Tidak ada = Not available.
Sampai nanti! = See you later! Sampai jumpa lagi! (formal for ‘see you later’)
Saya senang. = I am happy!
Boleh foto? = May I take a picture?
Tunggu saya. = Wait for me.
Ayo! = Let’s go!
Oleh-oleh. = Souvenir.
Putar balik. = U-turn.
Kopi = coffee.
Hanya gula. = without sugar.
Panas = Hot.
Tidak pedas sama sekali. = Not spicy at all.


Meet Miss “Mantis Religiosa”






Feeling rich :-)


200€ in 3€ notes…






The best things in life are the simple things


Rice is life – na, na, nanana!

In Yogja we had the change to follow the rice production from the sowing to the crop. It is an incredible work, at least during some time of the year. As people here eat rice three times per day, many probably have their own rice field for their family, or make some extra money by running one.
The seed is spread by hand. Once you can see the fluffy, light-green gras, they call it baby rice. The baby rice does not grow up, where it is born! By hand, the rice farmer takes a bundle and reimplants it on another field. This forms the nicely looking clusters and rows. When the water supply is fixed, the rice farmers can chill for about 3 months. The gras will grow, yield grains and turn yellow then. Now it’s time for the crop. There are machines for it, but many small farmers only have their hands for cutting the gras and beating the grains out of it. On one picture you will see a medieval, feet-operated machine for seperating gras and grain. The dry gras gives a good fire. For gaining the fine grain and seperating the peel there are machines. The peel will be pulverized and give good animal food. Rice can be bought on every corner. In a hypermarket it is hard to find a bag with less than 5 kg of rice. We have a 2 kg bag at home, but did not touch it for 1 week. Except of me, filling some rice into my new joggling balls.


OjekP1000841simplify your indonesian life

Not the best “product” for the environment but definitly one, that is irreplacable at the moment: Jakartas OJEK!
(word group: mobil = car, motor = motorbike, bajaj = motorised rickshaw, ojek = motorbike taxi)
In the city, there is no other faster way: let an ojek driver find you in the street, negotiate a good price, put on your face mask and helmet, slip on the back of the seat, close your eyes, breath and enjoy the wind in your face. Mostly, when there is traffic, it`s the only change to get to your date in time, just trust in your driver. You will see, your are not the only crazy person on the road:


Even more fun of course without traffic:














You have luggage like ladders or 150 eggs or children to bring with you? No problem:

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Fruits – our collection:



Nasi goreng – the unforgetable:


Let´s pick and write about something, that is one of the most exported product by Indonesia and sometimes people consume it without any clue where it’s roots lie: The unforgetable, unmistakable, super delicious NASI GORENG !!! Yes, nasi goreng is a nation wide dish, you can find at any corner. It simply means fried rice and basically you frie some ingredients in a pan, add the cooked rice and stir an frie and spice it. Spices are probably the key to success here! Indonesians do not care much about what the ingredients are, you can add everything. There is a Nasi Goreng called “gila”, that means “crazy”. Guess what’s inside? Everything and nothing special, but very likely meat. Be careful with Nasi Goreng “spesial” – this includes chicken liver! Indonesians like to combine Nasi Goreng with fried snacks and pickled vegetables and in 99% it comes with a fried egg on top. If you try this recipe, please send us pictures! :-)

Nasi goreng

1 tsp             pepper (crushed)
4 cloves        garlic   (crushed)
5 cloves        red onion/shallots (crushed)
2                   red chili (optional)
½ clove         bombay onion (thinly sliced)
2                   leeks/scallions   (sliced thin)
1 tbs             oyster sauce (here: Saori saus tiram)
1 tbs             tomato sauce
1 tbs             chili sauce
1 tbs             soy sauce/ketchup (here: kecap manis by Bango)
1                   medium plate long grain rice*
Vegetable oil

*Tips for the rice: Fluff the rice with spoon. Cool to room temperature, cover and refrigerate for about 1 hours before cooking.

Additional ingredients:

1                   sausage (sliced)
¼ pc             paprika or chili pepper (sliced)
1                   egg ( make an omellete)
2                   meat ball   (sliced)
1                   chicken liver (cut in small dice)
½ pc             sliced tomato
10                shrimps
Fried shallot


  • Heat 5 tbs vegetable oil in a wok. When the oil is hot, add sausage, chicken liver, shrimp and meatball – fried until a bit crisp, then add paprika. Set it aside.
  • After that, add 1 tbs of vegetable oil and pour crushed pepper,garlic and red onions – stir regularly, then add bombay onion and stir-fry for 1 minute or until aromatic.
  • Add rice, and stir it regularly (including the additional ingredients) in a wok. Add soy sauce/ketchup, tomato sauce, chili sauce, salt. Stir-fry regularly for about 3-4 minutes until the rice is heated through a bit dry.
  • Turn off the stove, then keep warm
  • To serve, spoon the fried rice into the center of plate. Sprinkle over the crisp fried shallots. Top with crackers and serve with the pickled cucumber.

Serve with fried emping crackers (Bakwan Jagung Udang (Corn and Shrimps Fritter) and Pickled cucumber and carrot. Selamat makan!





Here is room for all our crazy (out of context) thoughts and pictures we want to share. Let´s start with a monkey! :-)




The Bintang Tree




Bintang (Star) is the famous beer from Indonesia. Christmas!!! Drinking!!! Awesome!!!
Sorry for the blurred picture :-)






Why developing country?

lets make a list, why Indonesia is recognizable as developing country.

– dishwashers haven’t yet replaced maids.
– so far, not every service is taking charge for, people in shops s.t. only like to help you.
– some services are too ridiculous to pay for them, but you do not know who to blame, so you nod and pay.
– nature comes last.
– some good ideas are so young you almost cannot believe they are there (e.g. “Lets go green Jakarta”).
– energy is subsidised, mostly electricity and fuel
– there are prohibitions (e.g. “Do not throw rubbish in the river.”), but no penalties yet.
– no sign of a clear waste management system and poor public transportation options.
– many people like every product and trend, that comes from the U.S.
– many people buy, when they can afford it.
– “the more” is usually “the better”
– a lot of plastic signalizes good service
– all children wear school uniforms
– white skin colour attracts attention and is highly adorable (most soaps and lotions have a strong whitening effect)

 let's go green jakarta IMG_3347



– This one actually referes to the other article about the world toilet day: If people do not have a toilet, can they know exactly how to use it? … so in order to assist in the right moment, the airport of Semarang holds this instruction ready:












Premium parking

Yes if you don’t have a bad-ass car you can’t park here. Equity goes out the window here, if you’re rich you’re a better person. (note that if you’re white they already see you as a better person, so rich and white and you’re God).



Five smart phones and a tablet at dinner
Yesterday three indonesians met with their six divices on the table next to us. We see that everyday here. Statistics show, that Indonesia is super well equipped in terms of smartphones. Only China and India are better of:

As part of my adaptation here, I recently had to followed the trend. I got myself a smartphone and today I will bury my good old Sony Ericsson mobile:

I am really sad, that you couldn’t hear my last words anymore. Here they are:
Thank you for your physical strength over 5 years.
Thank you for shutting up, when it was time to shut up.
Thank you for never telling me to get the recent updates or the newest app.
Thank you for your awful picture quality, that made sure, that I was looking at the world with my one eyes.
Thank you for offering the strongest battery and lowest costs I will ever have, for the rest of my life.
Thank you for fitting in my Jeans.
I still love you! R.I.P.

Jeff: Zur Smartphonebeerdigung. Du arme!!! Das Handy selbst war total Schrott, nur das Konzept, kein Smartphone zu haben war gut. Jetzt haben wir beide Smartphones, wir müssen uns noch 2 kaufen…







smartphonesThis pic was taken in another restaurant, when we had our phones ready for documentation!
People seriously eat and talk with their eyes on a smartphone all the time (b.t.w. this was in the german restaurant “Die Stube” in Jakarta)

I also saw women going into and out of the toilet with their phone in one hand, and I thought: “Are phones our new toiletpaper?”
Oh shit: It is already true, that more people have a mobile phone than a toilet:


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As if it weren’t bad enough to have an unsecured electrical cabinet in the middle of an airport, they couldn’t find anything else than to replace the broken built-in fans by a general-purpose unit blowing from the top. Whaaaaaats????


Anja inspired by Indonesia

The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our sensens to grow sharper. (W.B.Yeats)



Indonasian transport ways must be very dangerous. But thanks to the industries, which care a lot for product safety. Every product that may not be properly safe until it reaches it’s destination, is well suited in a bit of extra plastic. This bit of extra is sometimes so strong, it holds everything together and can be really hard to remove. Sometimes even people cannot open the plastic sealing around a water bottle or a yoghurt. Could this be for customer safety? :-) Anyway: “life is plastic… it’s fantastic!”

Another favourite of mine: drinking fruit juice with ice or eating meatballs with sauce out of a plastic bag. “FASTic FOOD”. :-)


Seen in Yogja :-) I guess, that describes best, how hot YOU feel, when you walk the streets on Jawa.


 Dari mana?

The question “dari mana?” (Where are you from?), is always the first, whenever we talk to somebody. It’s comes so naturally, and this is no wonder, if you look at Indonesias history. The islands experiended storms of traders and conquerors from so many different nations… When I say “Germany” to 100% the answer will be “oh, jerman, ya?! World champion!!!” :-)) YES! Since Germany is Fußball Weltmeister, and Indonesians are reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeealy crazy for soccer, you can also – almost everyday – see one Indonesian guy with a german tricot. Of course, that gives us a huge smile everytime. Sometimes we just cannot help but ask: “boleh foto?” (May we take a picture?) So this is to show you, that we have a lot of fans “down here” (not only that there was a big sales offer of german tricots with three stars :-))



Monkeys could fill a “crazy-page” on their own! Yesterday in Singapore, Mac Ritchie Reservoir…

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