• Thursday , 17 August 2017

Indonesian Stereotypes

Some people use to say that Indonesians smile all the time, even at sleep. We can judge by this picture.

Obama's freaky Indonesian lookalike

Obama’s freaky Indonesian lookalike

Here’s a list of Indonesian stereotypes

  1. fearful
  2. neurotic
  3. extroverted
  4. conscientious
  5. warm and friendly people
  6. lazy
  7. live for today – who cares about tomorrow;
  8. no planners;
  9. religious;
  10. family-oriented;
  11. supportive;
  12. invented the rubber-time/rarely on time;
  13. corrupt;
  14. superstitious;
  15. slow;
  16. inferior;
  17. polite;
  18. lacking discipline;
  19. use feeling not logic;
  20. do not follow rules;
  21. hypocritical;
  22. resistant to change;
  23. tolerant;
  24. low profile;
  25. unwilling to confront or give ‘bad news’;
  26. silent in meetings;
  27. can’t swim

Some good reasons to live in Indonesia…

  1. The people in Indonesia are some of the friendliest, most pleasant people you’ll ever encounter.
  2. Jakarta has the best Hard Rock Cafe in the world.
  3. If you gain the trust of Indonesian people, they may be willing to open doors for you that you never imagined could exist.
  4. Indonesia has more pretty girls per square meter than anywhere else, with smiles that will melt your heart (if you’re more interested in guys, you’ll have to judge for yourself).
  5. The language is fairly easy to learn, and there are about 200 million capable teachers eager to help you.
  6. Nobody minds if you want to smoke in public.
  7. Religious or racial intolerance are concepts that are not understood here. Most people (86%) are Moslem, the remaining 14% are Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist and Hindu. Whichever of these religions you practice, you’ll find that you’re accepted and respected by everyone else. People will often refer to you by the colour of your skin (the black guy, that pink girl, etc.), which seems odd at first but usually carries no derogatory intentions. The acceptance and respect afforded to anyone of different religion or race is something the rest of the world needs to learn from Indonesia.
  8. You can forget how a washing machine or an iron works. Your household staff does all that stuff for you.
  9. You’ll never need to put on an extra sweater, unless your visiting the mountains.
  10. You can buy 30 packs of cigarettes for the same price as 1 pack in England, and 22 litres of gasoline for the price of 1 litre (but you need a truck-load of money to pay for anything).
Some good reasons to live in Indonesia...

Some good reasons to live in Indonesia…

Some reasons why you might not like living in Indonesia…

  1. If you’re loud and aggressive, you’ll suddenly find you’re invisible (which is fine by me).
  2. Jakartans in particular don’t seem to notice rubbish in the streets, and there’s lots of it.
  3. If you’re western, everyone assumes you’re very rich, and tries to charge you accordingly. Always go shopping with an Indonesian friend to get the right prices!
  4. The police may try to find any excuse to get you to give them money.
  5. The traffic in Jakarta is terrible and the air is very polluted in the dry season.


Activists carry an Indonesian flag in Jakarta (Stringer/Courtesy Reuters)

Activists carry an Indonesian flag in Jakarta (Stringer/Courtesy Reuters)

do you agree?

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    • Chandra Septiadi
      January 27, 2016 at 2:11 am Reply

      nope, i kinda disagree there

      it sounds like you’ve only been to the big cities like Jakarta, Bandung (which is very clean right now).

  2. Jen
    May 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm Reply

    Hell yeah.

  3. Wylie Lulan
    June 29, 2014 at 10:49 am Reply

    I guess you haven’t visited East Indonesia 😀

  4. Wylie
    June 29, 2014 at 10:51 am Reply

    I guess you haven’t visited East Indonesia 😀 it should be heaven in earth,

  5. Mesa Hartoyo
    October 19, 2014 at 12:44 pm Reply

    I am Indonesian dude! And those are not really true -_-

    • oyabun hiver
      February 28, 2015 at 6:58 am Reply

      maybe you think that is not true but I’m an Indonesian chick who have been travelling around, I’m not considered pretty in my own country but foreigners seems to think otherwise 😉

  6. Og Jamir Ramos Juraidini
    February 11, 2015 at 5:42 pm Reply

    Kinda sounds like Mexico….

  7. Abdillah Adhi Sam
    March 13, 2015 at 12:37 pm Reply

    Really? thanks for info.

  8. Amalia Diena Nurhayati
    April 21, 2015 at 1:06 am Reply

    Oh man…

  9. Gagas Ezhar Rahmayadi
    July 7, 2015 at 9:53 pm Reply

    Yes I agree! 🙁

  10. Wayan Rezaldi
    July 26, 2015 at 4:25 am Reply

    Sad but true

  11. Fadel Rama Ditya
    September 13, 2015 at 5:51 pm Reply

    We can’t swim, we are fearful no way
    do you see our country is made of islands of corse we can swim (mostly). we are not fearful

  12. Gery
    October 9, 2015 at 3:35 am Reply

    This is banter hahaha.. i live in England and many asked why i always smile when i don’t think i was even smiling. But yes we’re friendly even much more friendly than those friendly Liverpudlians.

  13. Ellenoir Malvina
    October 21, 2015 at 10:32 am Reply

    … trash problem is not only in Jakarta

  14. Dharmawan Hasta Purnomo
    May 22, 2016 at 3:01 am Reply

    as native i guaranteed this is 100 % true

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