Indonesian vs Malaysian Culture: Differences and Similarities

Wayang Golek - Indonesian wooden toys used in pupet shows

Wayang Golek – Indonesian wooden toys used in pupet shows

“Same same but different” – this how people from Sumatra island explain things. Indonesia and Malaysia are similar in many ways, but in the same time this countries have tremendous differences.

The Language

Long time ago Malay people inhabited Malaysian and Indonesian islands. That’s why Malaysian and Indonesian languages are so similar with about 80% of identical vocabulary. However Malaysian language use more Arabic words, and Indonesian – more English and Dutch words because of the years of colonization.

Political System And Social Life

Development of both countries was dependent on colonizers. Malaysia was colonized by British and Indonesia by the Dutch. Continue reading

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Trying snake's blood in Indonesia

It happened 365 days ago. It’s how I spent my last B-day 🙂
3 snakes were killed in front of me and I tried kobra goreng (fried cobra) and snake’s blood that was mixed with alcohol.
I can tell that cobra’s meat has the most incredible taste in comparison to others I had chance to tried (dog, bat, frog). It looks like chicken but tastes like fish.

Moving to Indonesia: Survival Guide

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When I was moving to Indonesia for a year in August 2013 I knew so little about this country. I new that: many people are Muslims, it’s a developing country, there are volcanoes and earthquakes and that Bali island is main holiday destination. And also I knew one Indonesian girl – Mala, whom I met during volunteering in India one year before.

Here is the list of things you have to keep in mind when planning to move to Indonesia:

1. City

Probably you imagine Indonesia as a paradise with white-sand beaches and palm trees around your hammock. But most of the times reality is different. As many others Asia’s cities, Indonesian urban areas are very crowded, air is polluted and streets are dirty.

First of all think what you need for the comfort stay in this tropical country. From holiday style Bali, to business centre – Jakarta, to remote and wild Flores – there is something for everybody. Continue reading

Happiness is the Path

 

or My Reasons to Travel

Some time ago, Viet – my friend from Vietnam asked me why I am so excited about travelling. At that moment I could not give him complete answer, I just said that it changed me a lot and made me a better person. Now I want to tell you why:

1. Places

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Natural spots: hike in Himalayas or enter volcanic crater, swim in natural hot spring in the middle of the rice fields or take shower in the waterfall in the middle of the jungle. This reminds that I am a child of the Mother Nature: careless, young and free. Continue reading

Martabak. A Bite Of Indonesia. The Documentary

I studied in Indonesia 1 year. During my studies I had assignment to make a short video about an aspect of Indonesian culture. Me and my friend Ola chose food, particularly Martabak, street food  that is popular in Asia. We tried to show that cuisine represents culture by being a huge part of people’s routine. That’s why learning about food, its preparation process and way of eating, is important for understanding culture in general. For example, Martabak is being made only during evenings in Indonesia and is being sold only as a take-away food.

We started from the idea: food as a part of everyday habits and culture of eating. Went specific to Martabak because it has interesting way and place of preparation and time of consumption. Continue reading