Power of differences

One of the differences between Indonesia and the Netherlands is these electricity lines. Here, in the Netherlands, everything is underground. Power lines, phone lines, tv cable. The sky in the streets isn’t cluttered with cables and transformers. When traveling, you’ll encounter things that are completely normal there, but of which you might think it’s strange, odd, or just different.

Normal. The Netherlands and Indonesia

* When I returned home, it was almost as hot as Indonesia. But unlike Indonesia, most houses don’t have any AC (Airco, Air conditioners), although all homes have central heating. I don’t understand why the AC is often set so excessively cold.

* Maybe not completely normal, but generally accepted are the security, or bomb checks when you enter a parking lot in a building in Indonesia. With metal detectors, they often open up the trunk, and sometimes even open passenger doors.

* In the Netherlands we drive on the right side, in Indonesia they mostly drive on the left side. We have (new) bike taxis in Rotterdam, but they’re not becaks. Bajaj are a Jakarta exclusive. In some cities we have the horse & carriage, but their purpose is purely for tourism.

* The church usually only has one service on Sunday, in Indonesia they have multiple (like 5-6 or so). Mosques in the Indonesia have prayers heard with loud speakers so the whole city can hear them. That’s not allowed here. It simply disturbs more people than it helps people. The Netherlands is a Christian country, Indonesia is muslim.

* I’m not sure, but I think Indonesia is the only country where there are parking helpers. In the Netherlands, when you park your car, you’re on your own.

* The amount of advertisements on television in Indonesia is insane. We already get annoyed by the commercials on Dutch television, but it’s really insane in Indonesia. Oh, I watched Indonesian Idol, but it looked really amaturistic, especially technically, because the audio was really bad (AFI was better, hehe).

* Indonesia is even more Americanized than the Netherlands. There’s more McDonald’s restaurants, Pizza Huts, Malls, Factory Outlets than there are here in the Netherlands. I mean, we don’t even have Starbucks (I don’t drink coffee, so I don’t really care). I also didn’t expect so many of the childeren there to be obese.

* Indonesia: Sunrise at around 5am, and it’s already dark at 6pm. The Netherlands: In July, sunrise at 5:30am, sunset at 10pm. Around new year: sunrise at almost 9am, sunset at 4:30pm. We do have daylight saving time (summer or winter time).

This is all I can think of right now. What do you think about your own country, what’s normal to you and what do you think about other countries?

Michelle: I forgot about that. The tanned/not tanned thing is really interesting, hehe. Bella: Do you mean the Angkutan? Karen: The weather in the Netherlands is actually pretty similar to the wather in BC. Same type of climate. jen jen: Food… When I was watching MTV Asia there, they interviewed someone and asked them what they wanted to say to their fans in Asia. They said “eat more food,” haha. Michelle: I think that finishing plate thing is slowly changing though. Can’t let it go to waste, all that precious food 🙂 Diana: But sometimes it is interesting. Or interesting enough to take a picture of it, hehe.

6 Responses to “Power of differences”

  1. Diana says:

    Your pic and post reminds me of my own thought weeks ago. I suddenly realized the electricy lines make the view less interesting. Not to mention that birds sometimes sit on he wires… About moslems praying with loud speakers, it’s said that they do it in order to give blessings to everyone who hears it.

  2. Michelle says:

    Oh! The burping thing! I forgot about table-manners 😀
    In Asia, when you burp after dinner it’s a compliment to the cook…in the west, that’s just rude, indeed 😉 AND! When you don’t finish your plate in Asia, that’s considered as a compliment too: means you had pleeeeenty to eat and that you’re satisfied….if you do that in the west, they’ll slap you for not finishing your plate because they think you didn’t like your food!!!

  3. jen jen says:

    Normal in Indonesia: friends to take your food without asking first. In the US, that would be a complete no-no… at least say “may I have this, please?” or something. In Indo, everyone is treated like family – so there’s really no strong sense of material belonging….. even with food. I was really surprised by that when I first got to Jakarta. But after a year or so, I got used to it. And, oh yeah! Burping outloud in public in Indonesia is completely okay.. in the US, it’s a little embarrassing and kinda ewww rude.

  4. Karen says:

    oo over here where I live, most people don’t have air conditioning as well.. but we don’t really need it coz it’s rarely super hot here.. ..That’s cool that you visited Indonesia!
    Thanks for commenting on my blog as well =)

  5. Bella says:

    OMG the whole tanned/not tanned thing is *so* true! Asians are so much less receptive to freckles whereas in the West it’s seen as cute and even desirable. *shamelessly proud of my freckles* 😉

    During my most recent trip to Indonesia I was pretty amused by the public transport (those minivans, not buses, but the Indonesian term for it escaped me at the moment)…passengers were hanging all over and seemed to be literally bursting out of the vehicle…quite an astonishing sight 😀 This kind of sight is just impossible to see in Australia.

  6. Michelle says:

    Oh! I know one 😀 In Asia, (especially) the girls rather have a fair skin as opposed to a tanned one… Whilst in the west, it’s the other way around 😉

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