New members of the Indonesia forum, introduce yourselves here - 2019

Hi all,

Newbie on the Indonesia forum? Don't know how to start?

This thread is for you ;)

We invite you to introduce yourself on this topic, to share with us your expat story if you are already living in the country,
or to tell us more on your expat projects in Indonesia if you are planning to move there.

It will enable us to help you better but above all to wish you a warm welcome.

Welcome on board!

Hi There
I'm heading to Bali in May and this will be my 3rd trip but this time I will be staying for a few months at least. So glad I found the Expat site .

brissygirl71 :

Hi There
I'm heading to Bali in May and this will be my 3rd trip but this time I will be staying for a few months at least. So glad I found the Expat site .

I hope we can be useful to you - Welcome aboard

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Hi all,

I'm a Londoner and am about to move to Bali in early April, with my Beagle (Macy).

I'm setting up a new AR game studio, so will be busy trying to recruit a load of talent for my tech start-up.  Apart from the obvious business  assistance, I'm keen to hear any recommendations for yoga studios and surf schools in or around Sanur - as well as get in touch with any like-minded entrepreneurial types.

Looking forward to getting over there.

Best,

M.

Have they lifted the ban on bringing pets into Bali? I thought it was still running
Good luck with your move

Thanks!

Flying into Jakarta and then driving in.

M.

Rabies is becoming an issue in many parts of Indonesia so if you are allowed to bring pets make sure they have the correct vaccinations.

You are driving from Jakarta to Bali? Nice. That is a great road trip.

martinotoole :

Thanks!

Flying into Jakarta and then driving in.

M.

Almost all toll road now, no bad thing as what used to take two days now takes more like eight hours.
The first section as far as 'chicken peck' will probably make you swear a lot, but it's plain sailing after that.
Watch out for :
Atrocious lane discipline including randomly switching lanes for no reason

Keep an eye out for vehicles with an erratic path as the driver is likely tired so could fall asleep as you pass (Yep, seen it)

Tailgating and other idiocy is normal, just get out of their way as smoothly as possible and leave them to crash into someone else

Watch out for uneven roads, especially around bridges. The bumps are rough at speeds and many people oversteer then crash (You'll see the skidmarks after these bumps)

Hi everybody,

I'm a Belgian researching a move to Bali currently for about a 1 year period.
I'm a functional analyst and IT project manager with experience in webdevelopment projects. I'd be looking to work remotely. My girlfriend is an architect and would love to work with the local population on disaster relief projects. Of course all still hypothetical and still figuring out if this would be possible with VISA and work permits and all.

My dad is already living in Bali and has the Indonesian nationality (is a native but moved back from Belgium a few years ago). He is marrying an Indonesian woman this summer.
Would the fact that my dad is Indonesian give us more possibilities?

Thanks!

PAHA!  So easy riding, yeah?   ;)

Sounds like a combo of Italian and Malaysian driving (done a fair amount of driving in both countries), so I feel marginally prepared at least!

M.

We should hook up in April.  I'm setting up an AR mobile game studio...

M.

Fret not!  She's all jabbed and has the right paperwork.

Looking forward to the road trip!  Gunung Padang is high on the list...

martinotoole :

Sounds like a combo of Italian and Malaysian driving

Imagine Malaysian driving but without any brain activity and you have it.
I saw an idiot do a U turn on the toll last week, and that's nothing like the worst thing I've seen.

lthoeng :

Hi everybody,

Hi

lthoeng :

I'm a Belgian researching a move to Bali currently for about a 1 year period.
I'm a functional analyst and IT project manager with experience in webdevelopment projects. I'd be looking to work remotely.

That strictly needs a work permit but as you'll be spending loads of money on the island and taking work away from nobody, you might get away without. Be honest with immigration or simply don't tell ANYONE.

lthoeng :

My dad is already living in Bali and has the Indonesian nationality (is a native but moved back from Belgium a few years ago). He is marrying an Indonesian woman this summer.
Would the fact that my dad is Indonesian give us more possibilities?

Maybe as he can sponsor any visa applications that don't include work.

*Starts looking for local driver to do the hard yards to Bali* .

martinotoole :

*Starts looking for local driver to do the hard yards to Bali* .

Garuda have excellent drivers and they really know how to avoid traffic jams.
TIP - You'll see bugger all on the toll roads anyway and non-toll road driving will kill you - even if you have the required SIM A to keep you legal.

Fly to Jogja then take various slow trains to the ferry port Ketapang.
Seat61.com has lots of great details.

Very much worth it

I had in mind to pick some mega destinations to stop off along the way.  All recommendations welcome!

I can take you, if you are interested, and have plenty of time to visit a special place

I'm living with my Indonesian wife in a small housing complex in South Tangerang not too far from BXC mall, where I also visit Gold Gym 1-2x per week. i do some graphic design on my iMac and due my wife's 2nd job I'm mostly alone on Saturdays. She takes the car with her in the morning.

That said, I would love to meet more expats nearby for a chat, drink, movie. My Bahasa Indonesia is not that great, but I speak English, Dutch and I can understand German. I had a beginner's course at SIB to teach me some Indonesia while I lived elsewhere. At the new location no teaching location. Previous I was taught with 2 others at an American Club at lunch times.

For a teacher at home I need to have a maid present. they won't sell and mail me the dictates without a teacher. So, it's okay to be alone with a female maid (we don't have one), but not with a female teacher.

Loads of expats in the Bintaro/BSD area so finding a few should be easy enough. All the local national plus and international schools have English, American, and/or Australian staff (including a couple of very naughty illegally employed foreign teachers).  Even the Japanese school had 2 English gentlemen working there up to last year (Probably still have). The private courses in Bintaro 7 have bule as well.
Last I heard, the bar in BTC was a hangout but I don't booze so no first hand experience.

Martin,

Java has lots of mountains and heavy traffic on bad roads. You're in luck if you're an English driver we drive on the same side. Well, normally. People here don't use indicators when they switch lanes. 30% is in a big hurry that will pass you by left or right or give you light signals to let you know you should move out of the way. There is almost no police on the roads nor are there any cameras. And if you do see police pay the fake fine...

If you don't take the toll roads you have the scooter plague that can come from any direction, 30% is not insured and even when you don't hit them and one of them falls over, all will attack you. I have seen this happen. Motorcycles are not allowed on toll roads and trucks won't stick to the slow left lane.

I don't know if your international driver's license is valid here. I had an AB European driver's license which is worth nothing here. Official you need to have a new theoretic exam in Jakarta. They give me the English version that is half Indonesian. Basically they want foreigners to fail so they will pay up.

Taking the train will cut time, but it's not very comfortable and it can be very crowded. There some mini vans and buses traveling to cities, but little leg space and hot. You also might hire a driver and pay for his fuel. If you really want to do some sightseeing, he might know the ways.

Looking for Carpet Dealers who will be able to help us to export carpet and carpet coverings to Indonesia.

JasonAtkins :

Looking for Carpet Dealers who will be able to help us to export carpet and carpet coverings to Indonesia.

You'll have stiff competition from well established Indians, Pakistanis, and Iranians.
There are loads of them at it and prices reflect that.

Yes, I understand but at the same time, we are very persistent on getting Indonesian carpet market. Especially if the prices of ours are on a very competitive level

Hii,


Share your moment in Bali please on May. I live in Bali now, and if you need some help, it's my pleasure to help you out.


Cheers,
Elli

Asslamwalikum

i need help i like to stay in Indonesia what i have to do i am from Nepal and i get marry already in Indonesia and i like to stay with my wife for ever give some advice for me
Thank you

Hi. Primary school teacher almost a year in Surabaya. I've seen better.

ollieteaches :

Hi. Primary school teacher almost a year in Surabaya. I've seen better.

Hi - Perhaps you could explain the issues you're facing

Asslamwalikum elli

i need help i like to stay in Indonesia what i have to do i am from Nepal and i get marry already in Indonesia and i like to stay with my wife for ever give some advice for me
Thank you
Ajay sharma

Ajay kishor sharma :

Asslamwalikum elli

i need help i like to stay in Indonesia what i have to do i am from Nepal and i get marry already in Indonesia and i like to stay with my wife for ever give some advice for me
Thank you
Ajay sharma

Feel free to start thread with specific questions, but take a look at the advice thread first as many of your questions are likely to be answered there.
You might also want to use the search box on the Indonesia main page to find subjects you're interested in.

https://www.expat.com/forum/viewtopic.p … 06#4309122

The food in Indonesia is the worst in Asia- too much deep frying, lack of fresh vegetables and food hygiene is questionable.

The wine is super- super taxed and very ordinary. The only beer is Bintang which is lightly alcoholized water. And for a country producing such much coffee, the actual making of coffee is pretty poor.

In Surabaya, the main leisure activity is shopping in malls. The lack of sidewalks, parks and other community centers that aren't mosques also mean a lack of public activity.

If you are someone who is looking for a cultural experience, then Surabaya is not the place.

The food is the best in Asia - If you like it - I do
My wife loves the easy availability of fresh veg.
As most people don't drink and aren't interesting in boozing, alcohol doesn't tend to be in many shops but, if that's your cup of tea, a wide selection of beers and stouts are available in many places, especially hotels and better quality bars. Stella Artois has a distribution centre over there, I think it's called, "My wine". If you feel you're unable to function without alcohol, you might want to contact them http://www.mywine.co.id/
Coffee is easy to get hold of, and comes in a million delicious varieties.

Hello
I am Peter. I am a newbie who did some overseas aid work for 9 months in Vietnam during 2016-2017, and about to take off to Jakarta and Makassar for 3-6 months commencing 29 April.

I have no experience with Indonesia, so any ideas or tips or contacts would be greatly appreciated.

You can message me either through here or via my email which is ***

I live In Carseldine, Brisbane and am a retiree who loves travel and embarking on projects which give back to the world rather than sit around enjoying a lazy retirement, letting old age creep up on me.

I look forward to hearing from members, particularly those who either live in or have lived in Makassar.

Kind Regards

Peter Button

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hello together,
I am living since last year in Semarang and would like to know, if I may find any Expats living or working here in Semarang?

Hi all i will be staying in labuan bajo for a while is there anyone here stay in there? would like to know people and communities in here.

Hi
Will be moving to Jakarta next month.  Looking for a 1BR apartment in Jakarta central.  Need recommendation or good agent's contact.

Hello

French mom expert in art, legal, brand , marketing looking for a job or business partner.
dont hesitate to contact me

cheers

Hi, I am by now 15 days old in Jakarta, I have travelled to Bali a year ago for vacay
Now accompanying my husband here. I have been heading and consulting firms on marketing and business growth through branding for more than 11 years. Now in Jakarta so utilizing my time in networking socialising and settling in, whilst looking for a winning working association as well

Regards
Yagika Madan
From Delhi, India

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