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Indonesia Bisa! Thoughts on a Thursday morning YOGYAKARTA - It is just past eight in the morning local time when the tukang arrive. They were indirectly hired by me to take care of packing all my stuff. You can assume from me that it is quite a lot that has to be moved to Lippo Cikarang, my new living environment in a few days from here, so I am glad that there are some people helping me here.

Just last week, before I left for the Netherlands for a few days, I arranged for someone to take a look and make a price estimate for moving all that stuff to my new place. It took days to get decent contact with them, but a friend recommended them to me, so it felt like worth while trying. At the end I received a price estimate that ran towards nine million Rupiah. A mere 600 euro's but I immediately felt cheated, so I removed the telephone number from my contacts so I could invest my time in a better offer.

I found that when I called ibu Yuli, which is also a recommendation - you don't need a website for social networking here - everything is still reasonably priced. She would pack, load, move and unload everything from the house that I needed to bring for less than half the price of the first offer. That was more like it, no harga Bule and a lot of initiative from her side. Wonderful to see that this is 'on sale' in Indonesia as well.

One day later - yes I made the deal yesterday - they are packing my stuff with some 18 hands. Everything is properly wrapped, and put outside on the veranda - oh, I will miss that one in my new house. There I have to to it with a much smaller garden and a terrace of a mere six square meters. But it should be enough though, the house is bigger than the current one as compensation.

I am enjoying my last day here in Yogya as a resident I suppose, an my last nights sleep I already had since my bed has been wrapped already. With my laptop and wireless internet connection of Indosat M2 I sit outside in the shade typing this story. And all of a sudden I realize again that Indonesia is just fine as it is. Not everything is perfect, or maybe even 'nothing is perfect', but when you make the best of it for yourself and for the people near you, Indonesia is just fine.

Thank you ibu Yuli and the 16 other hands that are currently working to make my life easy. Thank you for your hard work done already and thank you for making me realize once again how wonderful this country in fact is.



Posted in General @ 04 June 2009 05:24 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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(Edited) Posted @ 04 June 2009 06:51


..and thank you for making me realize once again how wonderful this country in fact is.


And thank you for posting a positive comment on Indonesia. It seems I don't have to fight the Yogya-Balis single-handedly.



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Don't worry about the good comments about Indonesia. There are much more positive notes to be made about this country, in contrary of what many people like to think or what people are forced to think. But that is for later, now I'm 'being moved' as we speak.



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