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.

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