Indonesia My Homeland

Selamat Datang! Willkommen! Welcome!

Capital

Jakarta

Official language

Bahasa Indonesia

(Indonesian)

Independence

August 17th, 1945Acknowledged December 27th, 1949

Driving

on the left side

Motto

Bhineka Tunggal Ika

Unity in Diversity

Known as

1. The world’s fourth most populous country.2.The world’s largest Muslim population.

3.The world’s second highest level of biodiversity.

4.150 Volcanic active mountains.

e.g : Bromo, Krakatau, and Tambora

Five largest islands

Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan (the Indonesian part of Borneo), New Guinea (shared with Papua New Guinea), and Sulawesi.

Indonesiaโ€™s highest peak

Papua, Puncak Jaya

Climate

Tropical

Indonesia in my eyes:

There are just too many places to explore here. Each place offers me some new things to learn and for sure to miss. Indonesians tend to try to be open to new people, as a result they are often seen as way too friendly. For Indonesians, small talks over coffee, or breakfast, lunch, and dinner are indeed important. Indonesians often feel reluctant to be in a situation where conversation does not flow like tennis ball. In some cases, Indonesians are not discipline especially regarding time, and environment, yet this does not apply to all. Some of us do care, and are very discipline. Indonesia is rich of many kinds of cuisine; from the spiciest one to the sweetest one; The cuisines that I love trying and cooking.

Indonesia's Symbol

Here are some of the things to share about us. These are based on my being as an Indonesian:
1.In some cases depending on the food they are eating, Indonesians like eating with fingers- let’s go back to nature where spoons and forks or knives were not even imprinted in man’s mind yet.

2. We like small talks. What’s the most important for us is building a close connection rather than having a reputation as smart people who only talk about smart things. Many of my foreign friends say that we are silly, but in a fun way.

3. People here like to honk their cars so easily that some people may get annoyed.

4.Indonesian weddings are often big. When we have a wedding, we invite neighbors, family, friends, and relatives ( even for those who do not have close connection with us.)

5.We are friendly people : Our smiles are not expensive.

6. Sometimes when Indonesians say “No” while you are offering something. The first “No” is not really a rejection, yet it is a polite manner. It is advisable to offer them once again, but if the person really says “No” for the second time, it really means “No.”

I guess you can always google more about us if you wish. The comment part is open to welcome your comments about us. My deepest appreciation to you who have read this, and moreover to those who have shared their opinions about us.

Please tell us or me something about your country too!

Indonesia on world globe

Lu2Ar

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5 responses to “Indonesia My Homeland

  1. I like number 1 (I’ve done this!), 2 and 5. Here in America we eat with forks and knives (boring!), small talk is somewhat common, and friendliness varies from region to region! We like to move fast, perhaps sometimes too fast to crack a smile. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    -j.p.

    • You have done no.1? have you been here? or where are you from?
      Hehe,nearly 98% of restaurants here provide the combination of only forks and spoons,when non-Indonesians come here,they use the forks to scoop out the rice, because they think spoon is only for soup:-).We use spoon to scoop out rice, and the fork is like a friendly helper to push the rice or whatever that is on the plate, fit into the spoon:).
      If you like to move fast, we are the opposite. Although this doesn’t apply to all. Some of us are fast ( snap snap your fingers- quick quick!).
      Thank you for sharing about you and your experience, JP.

    • I’ve been told that’s the proper way to eat food in South India, so when I have Indian food, I use my right hand. No fork! Please! Unless I’m feeling lazy. It certainly is a different experience!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ And BTW, I’ve never been to Indonesia.

  2. yes, right hand is a good hand here:-). When a child is given something, he or she should take it with the right hand, if otherwise,they can be considered impolite.
    Seems that you enjoyed the experience! you must have the heart of a traveler:-)

  3. In New Zealand, we eat with a knife and fork usually, which is ridiculous cause we don’t actually usually eat food that needs cutting. Ever since I started going to a church that’s full of Filipinos and Indonesians and Malaysians I’ve switched to the fork and spoon method ๐Ÿ™‚

    Also, the traditional way for native New Zealanders (the Maori people) to cook is in an underground oven called a hangi. It definitely does give the food an earthy taste, but it’s yum ๐Ÿ™‚ Takes a long time to do though obviously, so I haven’t had it very often. Though I did last week discover a stall that sells pies with hangi meat in them, so I might have to try them!

    I found your blog cause you commented on my Man’s Supermarket post ages ago ๐Ÿ™‚

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