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)
– 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:
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.
This 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: http://water.org/water-crisis/water-facts/sanitation/
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.
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…
Here is room for all our crazy (out of context) thoughts and pictures we want to share. Let´s start with a monkey!