There are some moments when I feel like I miss Indonesia a lot. A pang of homesickness engulfes me sometimes when I remember these 1o things. The 10 things which never and never happen in Deutschland. And that makes Indonesia become special for me, and maybe for some others who have found their love to Indonesia. I know some of them.
1. Food sellers
My stomach knows no compromises. When it wants to rumble, then it will with no early warning. I do sometimes feel this strike of hunger at night. Does it mean that I don’t eat much at dinner time? could be. But anyway, I am not talking about the way I eat during dinner. When my stomach rumbles asking me for some more food, I eat joghurt, or chocolate or fruit, sometimes the left-over too. Back when I was in Indonesia, all I had to do was waiting for the food sellers to pass by my neighborhood, and right in front of my house. ‘What’s the fun of waiting?’, well, the best thing in life worth waiting :D. The kinds of food sellers who usually passed by my house were quite varied.These are just to name a few.
- Tahu Tek (Tofu mixed with eggs, and beansprouts enriched by shrimp paste sauce.) I know for those who are not used to this food will frown their foreheads. I tell you it’s yummy!
- Nasi Goreng! I don’t think I have the need to explain what that is.
- Boiled peanuts
I know, Indonesians ‘ snack is considered heavy, but it’s difficult to say ‘it is heavy’ especially when you all of a sudden struck by hunger at night when you even do not have more left over to eat.
2. ‘Becak’ pr pedicab ride
Oh yeah! this is way better than using public transportation on hot days. I find it relaxing sitting in a pedicab while enjoying the breeze, which I think now, is actually not that as fresh as some years back. I know too much pollution.We even have an Indonesian children’s song on this.
Saya mau tamasya
Berkeliling keliling kota
Hendak melihat-lihat keramaian yang ada.
Saya panggilkan becak.
Kereta tak berkuda.
Becak, becak, coba bawa saya
The good thing about riding on a pedicab when you are in a hurry is that you don’t need to worry to be stucked on a traffic jam, because the drivers usually take a detour to avoid the traffic jams. Awesome! If I could go on dreaming, I would want to have this pedicab in our home.
3. The morning call from roosters
Some people find it irritating to hear the crow of roosters, something like ‘ Arrgh, let me sleep! stop it!’ , but I have really never found it that way. Having grown up in Indonesia, and as an Indonesian myself, I was used to hearing them calling me to get up early. Oh yes, early! Most Indonesians are early birds, they love getting up early. ‘The early bird catches the worm’ in a sense that those who wake up early will find more energy to start the day, and be more successful, at least that’s what most people in Indonesia believe. In Germany, being lazy especially on weekends is not considered a ‘sin’.
4. Groceries sellers
Convenience is the right word to express it! and I have written about this Traditional Convenience
5 YEARS ago! Having such convenience is possible here in Germany that you place your order at a supermarket that offers delivery, then they will send all our order right in front of your door, however the cost to it, is expensive in my opinion, around 5 Euro. I know different kind of convenience from the convenience I miss about Indonesia.
5. Furniture builders
I know, sounds crazy! In Germany, almost all the furniture build-up are done personally, meaning without having them done by someone else. There is always extra cost for that, and that’s not cheap! Thus, we the buyers are ‘forced’ to do all this work by ourselves. All we need are reading the manual thoroughly, some needed working tools, and a lot of patience and energy! Everyone who has ever done this work by herself or himself knows how annoying it can be sometimes, especially when some of the screws do not work, for example. In Germany, we also have to consider about the time so that the neighbors will not complain because of the noise we make due to the working process. The time is called ‘Ruhezeit’ that starts from 1 PM to 3 PM. In Indonesia? you simply ask the right person ( from a furniture store ) to have this work done for you. All you need is just waiting excitedly at home, knowing your furniture is coming your way already in a perfect touch. Money is usually already paid when you buy the furniture. Oh, actually it never happens that you get the furniture in pieces and you have to build it yourself. Once you go to a furniture store, and you want that one desired wardrobe, for example, what you get is a desired wardrobe as a complete whole furniture.
6. The smell of wet ground
The rain’s just stopped, and I opened the windows wide awide to let some fresh air come inside the whole area of the house, and just as I opened them, I smelled something fresh, earthy smell, something very antoxicating. None has ever had any idea of what kind of smell I was talking about until you experience yourself. I only found out that actually rain that has a smell has a name called ‘Petrichor
‘ ( it is the earthy scent
produced when rain
falls on dry soil
.) It is basically also possible to happen here. The difference is that, it is often difiicult to smell this Petrichor here where there are mostly buildings up high, and paved sidewalks. Hmm actually not really sure why even though it has just stopped raining here, I barely smell the Petrichor here. It was more obvious , almost without effore that I managed to smell the petichor after rain back when I was in Indonesia. Another reason is probably, it is just too cold to open the windows too long right now in Autum, just to prove the Petichor is also right there outside.
I find it easy to find Asian ingredients I need for my cooking here in Germany. The thing is there are many asian shops available, many offer online shopping, so that answer the question on whether or not I manage to cook Indonesian food here. Even though, I theoritically can cook any Indonesian food I can, but practically there are some Indonesian food I am fond of eating but fail to cook them because I am not experienced enough in preparing them. When that failed moment strike, I often miss how easy it is to buy any food I like there in Indonesia, and eat it for as much as my stomach can hold. I’d say Indonesian food is among the best foods I am fond of.
I can’t think of any other things I miss about Indonesia (please exclude my family, of course I miss them, it goes without saying!) I do not mean to complain at all. I choose to be thankful for what I have had and experienced right now. I have not had so strong a pang of homesickness since I moved here. Anyway, when I have other things I miss about Indonesia, I will write them on a second part, but these 7 things are what came up to my mind so easily when it came to a question about things I miss about Indonesia.