Despite the slight improvement for the past few years, it is undeniable that bureaucracy in Indonesia is notoriously bad and confusing. I guess part of it is due to the constant change of rules and the lack of socialization among departments or whatnot. The motto of Indonesian bureaucracy: “If you can make it more difficult,… Continue reading 10 Steps for Dealing with Bureaucracy in Indonesia
The leaves are changing colors, the warm weather is slowly disappearing, then on the scarfs and gloves and jackets (and sometimes umbrella!). That’s when I know that it is time for my favorite holiday in the US: Thanksgiving. Typical rich shade of fall. Source: Odyssey. I had my first American Thanksgiving experience during my second… Continue reading Gobble Gobble Gobble
You’re pregnant, aren’t you? Ever since I had my enormous weight gain, I have been asked this question many times in Jakarta, mostly by my Uber drivers. For some reason, some of them felt the need to verify my fertility before they took a great care in navigating the uneven pavement of the big… Continue reading Mbak, lagi hamil ya?
What do you know, it’s been more than eight months since I’ve been back in Jakarta. As I’m getting more and more used to life here, I’m also starting to miss my life in Davis. Davis is my second home. It’s a city where I experienced independent adulthood for the first time. Well, I did… Continue reading (Reverse) Homesickness
Small talks in Indonesia, be it with someone you just met, someone you haven’t met for a really long time or just anyone in general, typically goes in sequence. It lasts throughout your entire period of life as follows: When are you going to get a boyfriend? When are you going to get married? When… Continue reading Life Lessons from My Grandmother’s Sisters
Following the first and second pieces, this is the last part of my living with parents saga – for now. Surprisingly, writing about my family life is actually a good therapy. It helps me analyze the situation and look deeper into why things are the way they are. Reading people’s comments (on Facebook – I… Continue reading What it’s like to move back in with your Indonesian parents – Part 3
I’m glad to see that my first post about moving back in with my parents got really positive responses from dear readers. Thanks for laughing on my misery, you horrible, horrible people 😀 Other than syncing up our eating habit, another challenge we have to face is related to how we manage chores and housekeeping.… Continue reading What it’s like to move back in with your Indonesian parents – Part 2