Indonesia Local Customs

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Indonesia Local Customs

  • Jakarta is history and art all around

    Coming to TMI park is an eye opener for those visiting Jakarta, many times overlook by tourists but it has its charms. The TMI complex of park Inside having several muséums, zoo, lakes, rides and walk trails is just Worth it along. I love to walk to seeing wonderful history with the opportunity to be outdoors is a great 1-2 punch I will always...

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  • Bogor Botanical Gardens

    Opened 18 May 1817 this Botanical Garden has survived two world wars and a revolution. When Indonesia gained full independence, they took charge of the Garden and renamed it 'Kebun Raya' (Great Garden). In 1962, the Garden became part of the Lembaga Biologi Nasional (LBN) (National Biological Institute) and has been an important source of research...

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  • INVITED FOR DINNER

    When invited as a guest to someone's house remove your shoes upon entering. Normally there may be forks and spoons provided (knives are not normally supplied). Should there be no utensils then you must be careful to use your right hand only to eat with.

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  • Etiquette

    Never use your left hand for eating, passing food etc as it is considered unclean in a Moslem country, same as pointing your feet in someone's direction as the feet are considered the lowest part of the body. It is also considered very rude to point to somebody, should you want to call attention use your hand in a downward position as if scratching...

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  • ADAT- The Unwritten Rules

    In Indonesia there is such a thing as Adat which basically is unwritten rules on how you should behave, such as hiding their negative feelings to avoid confrontation, keep smiling and avoid arguments. Try to restrain yourself when you are annoyed , if not it is considered to be disrespectful.

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  • what gift to bring for friend in...

    unless you know what your friend's is like to (read, travel, cook, techy) everything uniquely represent where you are coming from will definitely accepted. small to medium size gifts are usually more favorable. indonesians are like to have good memories and often happily show it by placing mementos around the house. food will be a difficult choice....

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  • GREETINGS !

    Greetings can be a slightly complicated affair. ‘Selamat’ is the greeting word, but you must specify the time. • Selamat pagi = Good Morning• Selamat tengah hari = Good Afternoon (from noon to about 2pm)• Selamat petang = Good Afternoon/Good Evening• Selamat malam = Good Night I did have a grumpy policeman on a train just say ‘Pagi’ to me one...

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  • Nasi Kuning-yellow rice, special dish in...

    If there is some like birthday, special in Jakarta people like Nasi Kuning - it means yellow rice with spices and so on. So usually even in a office at noon at someones birthday there will come this. If you happend to be there as guest and they offer You the top of the yellow rice cone, it is a very special honour for the guest- see the photo!

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  • Traditional javanese sweet cake

    In every good restaurant-and even in the markets from the street sellers and in good malls you find it- and if a friend invites you to a cup of tea with shure he will offer it too- the traditional sweet javanese or indonesian cakes.Very nice, and it is recommend to probe- but of course- very sweet.Here in the photo it is just served after meal in a...

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  • Modest Dress for Women

    Due to Indonesia being a largely Muslim country dress should remain modest outside of Bali. Many female travellers come straight from Thailand and continue to wear revealing clothing and then wonder why they are being stared at by men. To avoid unwanted attention, particularly in remote areas women should have their shoulders covered. Simple...

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  • Give and recieve things with your right...

    In Indonesia and many other parts of Asia it is impolite to take or give things with your left hand. This is due to the left hand begining used to wipe when going to the toilet. You will also get strange looks for eatting with your left hand. When eatting with your hands you should always wash your right hand before you eat as well as after. There...

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  • CRAZY DRIVING

    ONE THING THAT SEEMS TO BE A CUSTOM IS ENTERING INTO THE WILD AND CRAZY TRAFFIC DRIVING ANTICS OF JAKARTA!!! : ) IF YOU DRIVE SAFELY YOU MIGHT GET HIT..?? !!!

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  • Ancient musical experience

    Gamelan has a very old tradition. Gamelan in Indonesia differs from the one in Malaysia, being that of 7 notes to the octave, or Pelog. While the one in Malaysia, it's slendro which is 5 notes to the octave. Gamelan is normally played to accompany traditional dances.

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  • THE ETHICS AND HOW TO ADDRESS THE LOCAL

    Every country has their own way to respect others accordingly, depend on their own culture. When you travel to Indonesia, knowing the ethics of local people could be helpful to enjoy your time more. The most important thing is RESPECT THE ELDERS. When somebody is much older than you (like your parents’ ages), you should not call him/her by their...

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  • YOUR 'PET NAME' BY THE LOCALS

    The guest will be the king for the host in Indonesia. The travel warnings and terrorists' attacks may lead you to the misinterpretation on how the Indonesians will react toward the Westerners. In fact, you will see many Indonesians welcome you with their generousity. Domestic tourists and the tourists from surrounding countries could be seen as...

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  • Adopting in Bali

    With several orphanages in Indonesiaone would think thatthe government would make it accessible for children in need to be adopted by foreigners and be given a second chance of happiness in life in a foreign country.Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.Adoption in Indonesia can be pretty difficult.Why?Well, here are some of the regulations:The...

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  • How are orphanages funded?

    The cruel paradox that strikes young Indonesians orphans is that if the government doesn’t allow them to be adopted, or does so with difficulty, it will not take responsibility for their welfare nor will it provide for their education.To make matters worse,they are also subjected to Islamic politicswhereby government grants aresolely intended for...

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  • Car drive from Right side

    In United State or European Country, generally the driver drive a car from the left side, but in Indonesia, as well as South East Asian Countries, the driver is driving on the right side and the vehicles take the left side lane of the street

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  • Indonesia Currency - Rupiah

    Rupiah comes from the Sanskrit word "rupya"= wrought silver.If you come to Indonesia, you will be an instant millionaire. You will be spending 100 thousands of rupiahs. 10,000 rupiah is almost 1 US Dollar (9,209 rupiah= 1 US$)Common currency bills: Denominations of Rp 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, and 50,000.New 100,000 bill is...

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  • Bahasa Indonesia

    The official and lingua franca is Bahasa Indonesia is similar to Bahasa Malaysia but different like UK English vs American English is accent and different words and phrases used. In Malaysia, you will used "Tuan" or "Puan", "Encik" or "Cik" for Sir/Madam or Mister/Miss.In Indoneisa, you will address as "Bapa" or "Ibu" (Father, Mother). For...

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  • Batik Art

    The Batik of Bali provides another venue of showing the artistic excellence of the Balinese people. Their beautiful designs, inspired by religious mythologies to everyday encounters, spread throughout the world. Originally stimulated by Javanese motifs, dominated by mythological characters, contemporary batik artists have also experienced artistic...

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  • Ask permission before taking a photo to...

    In Bali you should never take a photo of the locals without asking them permission. Many people don't like it and it happened to me.I tried to take a photo of a woman who was walking in the street with some little pigs on her head. She turned around, not letting me take a shot of her face. My guide then explained me that many people believe that if...

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  • Superstition rules Indonesia and its...

    According to the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI),released a survey concluding that the public had begun to interpret the natural disasters "mystically, irrationally, or spiritually."The LSI's executive director, Denny Ali, said to reporters that the president's political opponents were indeed pushing the idea that he had helped trigger the...

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  • Superstition rules Indonesia and its...

    Superstition and mysticism is an aspect in Indonesia.For the first time,the country has its first presidentthat has a visualization for what could be good for the country in the long term.Fighting corruption by,sending those who have had political power and have abused it in the past, to court.He has been trying to clean up a chaotic systemthat has...

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  • Chickens and the Bird Flu Part 2

    Here, one of the first things to do,is to educate this chicken loving culture,what to do with all their chickens that run freely, around in their homes,and to inform them a bit about the effects of science.Another issue is,that despite of the thousands of hens dyeing each month,farmers are being compensated well below the market price,only 2000 Rp...

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  • Chickens and the Bird Flu Part 1

    In reading the Economist,I viewed an article titled,“The Bird Flu Capital of the World”.To my sadness,but not to my disbelief, they were referring to Indonesia.It was written a week after Indonesia’s 43rd human death from the bird flu was reported.And at this time,it was the highest death toll reported from any country in the world.This is where...

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  • Mandi

    Most budget losmen do not have a running shower; rather, in the bathroom they will have what is called a mandi. This is the most common way for Indonesians to bathe, and it involves a large bucket or basin full of cold water and a small plastic bucket or scoop. You use the scoop to pour the water over yourself as you stand away from the basin. It's...

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  • Dress code for women, and possible...

    Indonesia has the most relaxed dress code of any Muslim country I've been to. Even in Muslim regions, the majority of the local women do not cover their hair, and you certainly do not need to unless you are entering a mosque. While I don't suggest wearing overly skimpy sleeveless tops or baring your midriff, short sleeves and even shorts are...

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  • Bali: Visiting Hindu temples

    Visitors are welcome to enter Hindu temples in Bali, but certain customs should be respected. In most cases you will be required to wear a sarong to enter a temple, whether you're a man or a woman. Some of the more often-visited temples will have sarongs at the entrance for tourists to borrow. Also, menstruating females are considered unclean and...

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  • Toilet without flush device

    In my opinion it's inconvenient to go to toilet in Indonesia. Except hotels, the toilets are all without flush device. We have to pour water into toilet with a scoop by ourselves.In general tip for washing room is RP 1,000. But anyway, if you are not in such a hurry, I recommend you to go to toilet in hotel (the most clean and convenient) and...

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  • Who is this?

    Peto Syarif,better known as Tuanku Imam Bondjol,born in 1772 in Tanjung Bunga in West Sumatra.He was born in a Muslim environment and was the leader in the Sumatra padri(Islamic purist) movement which opposed gambling, cockfighting,opium, alcohol, tobacco, andDutch rule.His village was eventually taken over bythe Dutch and he lived the rest of his...

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  • Who is this???

    It was Wage Rudolf Soepratman who composed Indonesia's national song,'Indonesia Raya' in 1924.He performed the song inOct. 1928 for Kongres Pemuda.he was a talented violinist and composer.he died in Aug. 17th, 1938 in Surabaya.

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  • Who is this?

    On the 100,000 Rp bill you will find two portraits.Dr. Ir. Soekarno who was Indonesia's first president. He was born on June 6th, 1901 in Blitar, East Java.he had 3 wives and 8 children,inclucing Indonesia's 5th president,Megawati Soekarnoputri.In 1927, he founded the political party, PNI,and 2 years later he was jailedby the Dutch for resistance...

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  • An Indo's philosophy on how to avoid a...

    As quoted by Bog Lastari, a local cleric and businessman,'There is no better way to preventa tsunami from happening,but to bring yourself closer to Allah.No scientist can predict whena disaster will strike.It is in the hands of God.As long as the sounds of people chanting still reverberate on earth,God will postpone the doomsdayeven let alone a...

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  • Share your husband

    At a moment when much debate is going onabout a Pornography Bill within the world's most populous Muslim nation,it may seem ironic that a new Indonesian filmtouching the subject of polygamy would come out.As quoted in the Khaleej Times on line,'It is a satirical drama,' director Nia Dinata explains to AFP. 'I show in my own way that these women are...

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  • Sedikit Sedikit Bahasa Indonesia!

    Outside of the main tourist areas, most Indonesias speak very little English. Taking some time to at least learn the numbers and a few key phrases in Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian language) will greatly enhance your travel experience. Fortunately, Bahasa Indonesia is very simple and easy to learn, even though the words themselves are very different...

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  • Give and receive with Right Hand

    It's the culture in Indonesia to give and receive things with the right hands if not both. Giving something to someone using your left hand is considered rude. The right hand is considered the "good" hand, which we use to give, receive, eat,... while for dirty things like cleaning up after finishing our business in the toilet, uses the left hand.

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  • making a promise

    In indonesia people expect you to always stick to your promise. Here in the west we sometimes are very casual with promises, but an indonesian person will feel truly offended if you promise something and don't stick to it. You can use this custom when you're in quiet areas where there are some pushy sarong sellers. Promise them to buy something on...

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  • Your Asian Bathroom

    Indonesia was my first exposure to the real Southeast Asia, and my first night I was fortunate to have my own bathroom (for a good price). As you can see from the picture, for the bargain price, I had a toilet/shower combo, which is not all that uncommon in Asia.I find it worth mentioning that although there may be a western-style toilet in the...

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  • Wear a Sarong

    When entered temples, be sure to wear a sarong. At the more touristy sites, there are rentals available, but since you need to have one, why not just spend some rupiah for one of your own?

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  • Bali wedding.

    At a wedding on Bali the priest is the most important person. A ceremony can take up to three hours...........

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  • Wedding on Bali.

    Friends of mine had a Bali wedding. He's originally from Padang bai on Bali and the bride is from Holland.

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  • Ngaji or Reading Qur'an

    Almost 80 % Indonesia people are moslem and "Ngaji" or reading Qur'an is daily activities in Pesantren or Islamic Education Center Boarding, where is almost 100 % region in Java Island covered and have a Pesantren. several famous Pesantren are Gontor at Ponorogo and Tebu Ireng at Jombang. Tebu Ireng is Abdulrahman Wahid's Owner, The fourth...

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  • Keep your camera handy in Bali!

    Bali is a particularly fascinating part of Indonesia. Balinese Hinduism is a uniquely attractive aspect of the island because it permeats every feature - from the way people act, to the everyday scenes you will encounter. Keep you camera handy because you never know when something amazing will present itself!

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  • Being dressed is worth taking seriously

    Specially ladies try to wear not only bathing suits on a beach if you are not in a very turist area. Local people are not used to see women dressed very deficiently.

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