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gugelhupf



Joined: 24 Jan 2004
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Location: Jabotabek

PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2004 8:03 am    Post subject: What to bring? Reply with quote

Bayabule has posted a really useful article on the Indonesia Job Information Journal about items that people going to Indonesia for the first time should bring, and those items that there is no point in bringing.

Can anyone add to this? Bayabule writes from a woman's perspective - but what about the men?

This would be very useful for those of us planning to teach in Indonesia for the first time.
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Joachim



Joined: 01 Oct 2003
Posts: 309
Location: Brighton, UK

PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2004 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A decent Aftershave balm was very difficult to find.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
English books (usually only self help books, childrens books and classics are available in Indonesia)
Scentless underarm deodorant
Tea bags (apart from green Chinese tea or Lipton)
Silk Cut
Music - bring a large selection
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ls650



Joined: 10 May 2003
Posts: 3484
Location: British Columbia

PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2004 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Other than for a couple of used books stores on Jalan Jaksa, it is very hard to find English-language novels.

It's almost impossible to buy a cheap used laptop computer here, so if you like using a laptop, bring one from home.
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bayabule



Joined: 05 Feb 2004
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Location: East Java Indonesia

PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2004 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Embarassed Oh my God, I wrote that months ago when I was slightly drunk and bored and forgot all about it. Glad you think it's useful. Never thought they'd actually post it!

I came back to Indonesia at the end of March and haven't had a chance to log on since then, thanks to the rubbishy Indo internet connections.

One thing I want to add to my bit about motorbikes is that you really MUST bring an international driver's licence or get a local one. My friend recently had a very bad accident and there were major hassles because we couldn't find her licence. The police were demanding huge sums of money. Luckily we did find it and only had to pay half a mil to get the bike back.
Here in Sby it costs Rp700,000 to get a local one. Depends on the area. I am definitely getting one just as soon as payday comes...
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ls650



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PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2004 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bayabule wrote:
Here in Sby it costs Rp700,000 to get a local one. Depends on the area....


OUCH! Shocked I paid 150,000 Rp for mine! I guess I have a better 'agent'!
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bayabule



Joined: 05 Feb 2004
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Location: East Java Indonesia

PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2004 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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OUCH! I paid 150,000 Rp for mine! I guess I have a better 'agent'!

Lucky you! I might be better off paying the airfare to Jakarta and getting it there...
What kind of licence have you got?
I asked our school's head sec to find out for me and she said the police told her that bules aren't allowed to have licences for motorbikes only for cars (that's the 700,000 one ) and that the car one isn't acceptable if I get into trouble on my bike. She says the police told her that only poor people ride motorbikes and as bules are rich they only need car licences!!!! This is the first I've ever heard of this.
The problem is that I never got a licence in the UK so I have no Int licence. Basically she said that i can go ahead and get a car licence, but if anything happens on my bike it won't be any use. I don't think I'll bother now.
I'd be interested to know what you think about this....
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