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23 Things You'd Understand Absolutely Well If You Live In Jakarta

Aah, the joy of living in the capital city of traffic jam. And floods.

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4. Jakartans eat all the time.

Meetings would almost always take place in a restaurant. There are buffets in nearly every events. Restaurants and street vendors are open for 24 hours. Your mum would ask 298342 times a day if you've eaten, and if you had rice with your meal. If you didn't, they'll basically shove them on your face.

5. Street food is always better than 5 star restaurants.

Pictured above is the INTERNET - Indomie Telor Kornet (basically, Indonesian's beloved brand of fried ramen with fried eggs and corned beef) you can practically get them everywhere, and they taste better than everything your grandma made. Not counting all the Warung Sate, Soto, Seafood, etc. Plus, they're very cheap. But don't expect Michelin level of hygiene.

6. There's plenty of shopping mall, and they're all crowded 24/7

With roughly around 130 shopping malls in the area, the city is said to be the city where the number of malls/inhabitants ratio is bigger than income per capita. /exaggeration/

7. People knows local gossip better than the latest political issue.

Soap opera actors/actresses wedding is basically our version of royal wedding. But we might have zero idea that the political representative we elected might've had long-run history of icky backgrounds.

10. We call people fat before we properly greet them and it's socially acceptable.

"HAAAAI lo gemukan banget!! apa kabar?? baik baik aja??"

translation: "HEEY you've gained so much weight!! how are you??"

15. The pop music culture is rather unique.

View this video on YouTube

I mean, seriously.

17. Food hype.

Following the twitter hype, there will always be new type of foods that Jakartans would instagram the heck out of it. They changes every few months. For example, this former-hype Goods Dept Rainbow Cake of 2012.

21. Cops caught you driving on the bus route? No worries!

You have two options--spend a boring wednesday at the court, or bribe the nice cop with a goban. He's seemingly more interested with the latter choice anyway.

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