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Introducing Culture of Indonesia

Hey! Hey! Its’ Reni Again! 🙂

So, I have been in Metlika for over one month already. I have experienced quite many things especially the culture. So, in this post, I would like to share about the culture of Indonesia. So, you guys have some ideas what’s out there. 🙂


(Kids from Bali. Photo by:

flores people

(Kids and old man from Flores. Photo by: wikipedia)

The People

As you can see from me or Okky, our skin are dark, mostly brown. But, many people have fair skin. Some are because of their gene, some because they are using whitening lotion. They want to be white. They think, having white skin are more beautiful – not for me though. So, if you come to Indonesia, you will be the most beautiful person! 😛

Since Indonesia consists of over 17,000 islands, the faces or the people from one to the other ones are different. You can see on both photos above.

We smile all the time and very friendly, but sometimes we are shy. If we meet new people, we are curious and ask a lot of question about them. Where are you from? Where are you going? What do you do here? We even ask private question such as: How old are you? Are you married? Not because we want to know your business, but this is what the normal questions to ask… just to begin a conversation. 🙂

We are very welcoming. We won’t hesitate to invite anyone/strangers to our house, serve them foods or offer them place to sleep. Of course without expecting anything in return. We just like to do it. 🙂


The Language

We speak more than 300 languages but we have national one, which is Indonesian. Indonesian Language is very easy. We don’t have complicated grammar like English or Slovene. 😛 We don’t have feminim, masculine or neutral words, we only have one kind. We don’t have past or future, we only use present form with adverb of time. It just Subject – Predicate – Object rule.

One language to others are totally different, some are similar, however, if we don’t understand each other, we speak Indonesian. I speak 5 different languages. Both my parents come from different towns, Java and Madura. So, I speak fluently Madurese and Javanese. I live in Bali for more than 20 years, so I speak Balinese. And, of course I speak the national language, which is Indonesian. Last but not least, I speak English too. 🙂


(Indonesian Rupiah. Photo:

The Money

Our money/currency called Indonesian Rupiah. We have big number notes. J 1 Euros equals IDR 15,000. We have notes of IDR 1,000, IDR 2,000, IDR 5,000, IDR 10,000, IDR 20,000, IDR 50,000 and the biggest one is IDR 100,000 which equals with Euros 6,65. So, if you are in Indonesia, and have just 100 Euros, you are a millionaire. 100 Euros equals IDR 1,500,000.

(Nasi Campur: mix steam rice with meat, chicken and veggies. Photo by: forktheroads)

(A few other kinds of Indonesian foods. Photo by:

The Food

We are rice eater. We love rice very much. There is nothing that can replace rice. J Normal meals for Indonesians are steam rice with other dishes that contain fish, chicken, or meat and vegetables. We can eat this kind of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We also love spicy foods, we put chili sauce in anything, even when we eat western food like Pizza or Pasta. 🙂

(Different kinds of chili sauce from Indonesia. Photo by:

We don’t normally cook everyday, especially for young people who live alone. We can eat at restaurants 3 times a day, because most of the time it is cheaper to east outside than cook at home. But of course depends on what you eat. For an example, a plate of fried rice with chicken and vegetables costs as cheap as 1,00 – 1,50 Euros. You can get really good meal easily for 3 Euros in a restaurant. So, why bother to cook and waste your valuable time? 😛

So, what do you think about Indonesian Culture? If you want to know more about it, feel free to ask me.