Rants, Ramblings and Nothingness

A messy collection of random stuff really!!

Love and Hate

We, Indonesian, tend to complain about almost all things. From the government, the corrupt practices, the polluted city, the traffic jam, this and that, basically we can complain about anything 🙂 Well, try to be an expatriate and you will find something different. As much as the life here in Singapore is much better in terms of security, orderliness, convenience and some other things, but for me I still plan to return to my homeland one day to spend the rest of my life.

It’s funny that during my school days, me and my classmates don’t really like to do “upacara bendera”… uhhmm… what’s the term for it in English? Well, basically we do it every Monday mornings and every national days. It is to commemorate our national heroes and the founding father. It’s purpose is to give us the sense of nationality and belonging to our country, but when you do it every Monday morning, specially for students, it is definitely something that not everyone might enjoy. So, where’s the funny part? As much as I hate those ceremonies, after I came to Singapore, sometimes I can hum some of our national songs. I guess when you’re far away, you will realize how you miss something/someone, but when you’re near them, you can’t really appreciate the feeling.

For Indonesian expats, enjoy this song!  Many thanks to Widibrata2 for putting it up in youtube!

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February 16, 2008 - Posted by | Indo | , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Hi!

    I’m from Singapore as well and I’m doing a little research on social media in Indonesia. I was just wondering if things like blogging or facebook are popular in Indonesia or widely used?

    Comment by Daryl Tay | February 17, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hello Daryl,

    Blogging in Indonesia has gained momentum for these few years. In fact Indonesian bloggers is one of the most active in the region. Last year they managed to organize Indonesian blogger gathering which was also endorsed by our Coordinating Minister for Information and Technology. You can check the event here: hxxp://pestablogger.com/. Too bad it is not fully in English, but you might be able to find something from these bloggers that were the members of Pesta Blogger 2007 steering comitee(in English):
    hxxp://theunspunblog.com
    hxxp://enda.goblogmedia.com/
    hxxp://www.budiputra.com/
    As for social networking website, friendster is still the more popular one for Indonesians. Hopefully this helps your research Daryl, nice to have you dropping by 🙂

    Comment by fuermischung | February 17, 2008 | Reply

  3. Hi thank you so much!

    I’ve found so many interesting Indonesian communities on Facebook, Friendster, Flickr and LiveJournal. I’m finding it really exciting to be discovering so much about what Indonesians are like without visiting the country!

    Are blogs a big thing? or things like youtube?

    Are businesses in Indonesia using the internet as a platform?

    Once again thank you so much. many blogs are in Bahasa so I’m having problems reading them, so it’s nice to have someone who blogs in English to talk to.

    Daryl

    Comment by Daryl Tay | February 18, 2008 | Reply

  4. I don’t have the numbers, and I don’t normally look for it, but I do believe that things like blogging, youtube, social networking communities, flickr, etc have been embraced by a lot of Indonesian internet users. Although blogging is quite new compared to those other activities, it is catching up in popularity(although a lot of Indonesians aren’t used to writing).

    As for business side, it is not as progressive compared to personal usage. Again, I don’t have the figures, but if I want to buy something in the internet, I’d prefer not to use Indonesian sites as for now. Things are getting better, but there’s still a lot of room for improvements for us 🙂

    No need to thanks Daryl, I’m happy to share. My view is very subjective though, and definitely not an expert in this subject 😉

    Comment by fuermischung | February 18, 2008 | Reply


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