10 things most Indonesians find weird about foreigners


  1. Foreigners eat fruit for breakfast, most Indonesians don’t. Their bodies are not use to the high fiber content first thing in the morning and they will probably end up occupied the same way we would if we were to eat a spicy sambal. Breakfast is either a simple rice dish or a coffee with a side of cigarette as is the choice with most Indonesian men.

  2. Foreigners use toilet paper most Indonesians don’t. They prefer to wash with water as they believe it to be more hygienic.

  3. Foreigners don’t eat rice for every meal. There is a saying in Indonesia that if you haven’t ate rice throughout the day, then you haven’t ate all. Don’t forget the rice…….

  4. Foreigners like to sleep in too much. Indonesians, especially Indonesian women will wake up at the break of dawn to get the day started. You should try it next time your on holiday here, the sunrises are stunning.

  5. Foreigners eat with both hands. In Indonesian culture the left hand is reserved for the dirty jobs and the right hand is reserved for giving, receiving and eating.

  6. Foreigners show too much of their body. In Bali it really is alright to walk around in your denim cut-offs and tank top but if you venture to the other Islands, say Java do not expect to be taken seriously or welcomed warmly. In the end we are visitors to this country and we should be aware of certain customs.

  7. Foreigners think tanned skin is beautiful. When on holiday here you may notice some Indonesian women driving around on their scooters’ looking like they’re about to hit the slopes. Actually they are just trying to cover up from the sun as having white skin is considered the height of beauty.

  8. Foreigners like to argue too much. Majority of Indonesians are passive people and do not like to make scenes.

  9. Foreigners go the doctor for everything. Going to the doctors in Indonesia is more of a last resort. The locals prefer to try traditional remedies before consulting their GP.

  10. Foreigners aspire to be thin. In Indonesia if you are fat it means you are happy and probably rich

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