This is my List for Indonesia in no particular order. Again, these are just personal observations which have no real value except to me haha.
1. It was nice to hear other languages besides Englishee and Korean. There were so many other tourists from other places that as a lover of languages, I appreciated to variation.
2. Friendly people? As we arrived, people would randomly approach as to 'help us.' They would ask things like "Have you seen this or that? Have you tried...?" They would then proceed to lead us to the destination or give us directions, free of charge. At first, I thought to myself "How friendly and helpful of them." However, it all seemed too fishy. By our third day in Jogya, I figured it out. The same guy from day one approached us to ask us the same question (I can't remember what it was, but something about seeing or trying something). We told him that we had already talked to him and just walked away. Duh, this was his job: to take tourists to see/try something, so he can get a commission.
|A 'batik' place we were led to|
One time, a guy approached us to ask us if we wanted to check out some student art. We like art, so we said yes. He explained that the student art center was only opened on Sundays because since it's ran by students, they have to go to school during the week. We were leaving the next day, so we thought we should check it out. He gave us directions to the art center. The people there were very friendly, and again they told us that they were students. We bought a few pieces which were really cool, and cheap too. When we went back to our homestay, our host told us that it was a scam. That it's not ran by students. That it's open all the time. And that what they sell can be bought in other places for a cheaper price. I wonder though how does the guy that gave us directions benefit from this? Did he called the center and told them we were on our way? Was he a friend of the owner? Who knows...
This kept happening everywhere we went. Sometimes we would agree to it because it sounded interesting, which sometimes it was and sometimes it wasn't, but at some point it just became annoying. I'm not saying that everybody was trying to make money. Who knows? Maybe some of them were actually trying to help.
|A loewak coffee shop we were led to|
One thing I noticed was their short and sometimes bent tail. I first thought people were chopping them off like some people do here in Korea. But as it turns out, these cats are a total different type of cat. They are descendants of a small jungle cat, not your normal domestic cat ...or something like that. Neat!
4. One of the main religions of Indonesia is Islam. There are mosques everywhere, and their loudspeakers can be heard throughout the day. Sometimes you hear a mosque's loudspeaker in the middle of the night or super early in the morning which creates the problem of sleeping well. Seriously. Kind of annoying sometimes, especially when a mosque was really close by.
5. One cool thing I got to see was veiled women going swimming and snorkeling. My ignorant ass had always wondered how veiled women enjoy water activities. Same as anyone else, just with a veil. No problem.
6. Pink beaches. The first one we saw was in the Komodo Islands. It's not like pink pink. It's pretty much white sand mixed with red sand. Pretty cool.
7. Overstaffed businesses. I thought this was interesting because our trip was during the wet season which means less people. If you're a business owner, wouldn't you also have less staff? Not here. A lot of places we went to had way too many staff members who just seemed bored out of their mind cleaning an already clean table. What's the deal? Are they expecting to suddenly have lots of customers? Are the customers hiding and I never saw them? Weird.
8. Five people on a motorbike. Yup. FIVE PEOPLE! Usually two adults and three children, or an adult and four children, sometimes three teens and a kid. Crazy! I saw this in Cambodia too, but it's just too funny!
9. Bali's main religion is Balinese Hinduism. Totally different from other islands. One aspects of their religion is to make offerings to their gods. The offerings are usually a little basket filled with colorful flowers, incense, and rice. You can see these little baskets everywhere. Most business and homes have an altar where they place the offerings. Taxi drivers put them on their dashboard. Some interesting ones where from Burger King. They had the basket near the bathroom, and inside the basket they had put french fries as an offering, cute! I also saw cigarettes, candy, and crackers in other baskets in different places.
|French fries for the gods!|
11. Bidets are very common in Indonesia; more common than toilet paper I think. Korea also has bidets, but I rarely use them simple because it's something that I did not grow up with. Anyways, I had to use bidets a lot in Indonesia, and I gotta say, I'm cool with them now. I even think that they are way better than using toilet paper. My future house will have one.
12. When I went to Cambodia, I got a serious case of the mudbutt. Ew, I know, but it happens to everyone! I was expecting the same thing to happen in Indonesia, especially since I was there longer. I even prepared and took medicine just in case (something I didn't do for Cambodia). In Cambodia, the stomach aches were so bad that I couldn't sleep. Surprisingly, this time it wasn't as bad. No stomach aches, yay! Of course my stomach had to adjust to the new 'bugs' from there, but it did a much better job. Yay, stomach!
Haha, great way to end my post, ey?
Oh and I finally made it below the equator! Yay!!