Selamat datang di Indonesia!

Selamat datang di Indonesia!

After a bumpy ride, I made it to Indonesia around 3 weeks ago. I’m still integrating and struggling with the language but my bowel system seems to have adapted to the local cuisine. Fingers crossed…

Some of our readers wondered where I ended up exactly. How is your life now? What changed and how is life different there?… Well, life is quite different here to say the least. The food, the culture, the people, the mindset, the habits. Many things for me to learn. Future posts will cover these bit by bit.

So I am living in the house of my parents-in-law. Located in a small village about 30 minutes south driving from Pekalongan. I was the first white foreigner (called “bule” in Indonesian) in decades coming here seven years ago to visit. People couldn’t believe their eyes why on earth would a foreigner come here, and they still can’t. Honestly, there is no reason to come here as a tourist, maybe only to see the real local life…

Let me show you around the house!

The entrance, taken from the inside.

Many Indonesian houses don’t really have doors but more like gates. Including this house. My father-in-law has a motorcycle and car spare parts shop so you can see where he keeps some of the spare parts. I will write another post about our project regarding the store later when things are more clear. Because now we are still figuring everything out.

When going through the entrance you arrive in the living room. Next to it you can see the garage.

Our room from different angles :

Next to our room there is the bedroom of mama and papa, no photo.

Going further through the living room, you will find the kitchen.

The washing place for the dishes, there is a washing machine but no dishwasher!

Bathroom number one. Bathrooms are very important in the tropics. People tend to shower 2-3 times a day because of the intense heat and humidity. As you can see it’s a shower with a small bucket. If you have ever backpacked around Asia you must have experienced this kind of shower. I kind of like it because you waste less water and eventually it’s just a matter of habit. This bathroom has only “cold” water (maybe around 20-25 degrees C). I find it pleasant and it’s the only time in the day that you’re actually cooled down. This toilet is a squatty one 🙂 I don’t use it much.

Bathroom number two. There is a boiler (not on photo), a bathtub and a western toilet. I use this toilet 🙂

In the backside of the house, there is a guest room with a fan. My mother-in-law sleeps there most of the time because Papa snores too loud 🙂 But when there are guests they can sleep here.

Behind the house there is a garden.

Some wildlife in our backyard!

One of my missions here is to transform this space into a tropical paradise garden. I already started to work on it so hopefully, in a few months I can make a comparison post and welcome you to our tropical paradise.

As you can see the place what I call home now is pretty simple and basic. But I believe it’s that simplicity that is essential. Functional, not nice to have. People here care less about things that have to look nice like we do in Europe. Especially in the villages. They need the basics to live their life and not much more than that…

Next time I’ll welcome you to the store, sampai jumpa!
If you have any questions or comments don’t hesitate to ask …

4 thoughts on “Selamat datang di Indonesia!

  1. Not that different from here I think, except for the urge that we have to replace everything with the latest greatest (creating a consumer and waste society). I guess newly built houses of young people will look more modern and have more modern appliances?

    1. Not necessarily, I haven’t been in too many houses yet but what I have seen is mostly pretty basic but decent (not always 🙂 ). There is no need to impress others. I feel in the western society there is. Regardless, people here are also aiming for a “better” life meaning more consumption and waste. They are striving for a Western lifestyle because they believe it’s the right path. Imagine this on a global scale but then again you cannot deny them the right to have comfort, right?

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