Respect – Indonesian Traveler Note No.2

Camberwell Road, London, UK, 28th June 2015
Camberwell Road, London, UK, 28th June 2015. Vehicle users have to respect bus lane and pedestrian crossings. No police around.

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Jakarta, Indonesia, nowadays
Jakarta, Indonesia, nowadays. Source: i5eng.blogspot.com
Jakarta, Indonesia, nowadays
Jakarta, Indonesia, nowadays. Source: tribunnews.com

Walking on the street in Indonesia just like a nightmare, except if you take a walk in a center of government houses, usually they provide appropriate space for pedestrian. But in other part of Indonesia? Prepare for the worst as a pedestrian.

Warwick Way, London, June 2015
Warwick Way, London, June 2015

In London, almost all of the road has pedestrian space. Sometimes pedestrian space wider than vehicle ones. And nowadays, London is still working to improve their pedestrian crossings. Thumbs up.

Around Kennington Park, London. June 2015
Around Kennington Park, London. June 2015

Meanwhile, in Indonesia.

The people are just too busy to criticize the importance of religion column in identity card. Make proud of their own personal business with God, while other country busy in improving their public facilities.

Sometimes I hear this short and a little too superficial statement,”Buat apa jauh-jauh ke luar negri kalo di negri sendiri ada.” (What for, travelling overseas if we can find it in our own country).

So, if our country has that kind of luxurious, why we still left behind from others?

What makes other country more comfort to visit rather than our travel  object?

If you are an Indonesian, just go to other city or other part in Indonesia, be a traveler in your own country, and feel that feeling, how difficult to be a stranger without any clear guidelines.

Going overseas will open our mind, and make us realize, how low our people level to understand and respect differences.

Respect – Indonesian Traveler Note No.2

Hard to Find Public Toilet in UK – Indonesian Traveler Note No.1

Restroom or as known as toilet is the first list to be easy to access for traveler.

And it’s hard to find public toilet in UK 😦

If we found it, usually it’s belongs to a restaurant/pub/cafe. We have to buy something first then use their toilet facility. Two weeks I have being here, just two times (till today) I found free toilet. Usually we would be charged betwee 20p-50p (Rp 4000-Rp 10000) per used. Do you prefer to cheat? They use automatic entering machine and they put cctv in every corner of the country, think again.

So, it’s good for you to use your own toilet before take a walk in the city. Good Luck!

Oh and I want to share some tips for Indonesian traveler like me, who can’t move on from rice in a long time.

No.1. Bring your own rice cooker (and some raw rice, if you prefer). It’s easy to find raw rice, but it’s hard to find ready to eat rice. You can buy eggs,can tuna, can salmon, fresh veggies, or other ready to eat side dishes in UK or Asian supermarket. They sell some microwave meals but they don’t provide any oven or microwave. If you would like to heat up your dishes, please see tips no.2.

No.2. If you love being able to cook your own dishes, it’s better to you to rent an apartment. You can compare the price from airbnb and enjoy their house like your own home 🙂

We rent an apartment for 3 days in Stepney Green, London, and it was the best place to stay as long as we were in UK 🙂

Debby's apartment in London
Debby’s apartment in London
Nice bed room
Nice bed room
Nice bath room
Nice bath room
Complete kitchen utensils
Complete kitchen utensils
Lovely kitchen
Lovely kitchen
It was cloudy and chill in London in the first week I came, but now it's hot and I can wear my shirt without additional jacket or scarf
It was cloudy and chill in London in the first week I came, but now it’s quite warm so I can wear my shirt without additional jacket or scarf

No. 3. Please bring this kinda ‘colokan’ to fit the electricity facility in UK.

Electricity facility 230V/50Hz
Electricity facility 230V/50Hz

No.4. Download free city map from free apps in your phone. For me, I use ‘Here’, and it really help because it can detect our position without any internet connection. But please to make sure, you download the map first, detect your location first (using internet connection), and for the rest of the day, this app can help us to walk around the city.

No.5. It’s hard to find ‘free lunch’ in UK. If there’s any free wifi, usually it doesn’t work (e.g wifi in Gatwick International Airport). Better to bring two phones. You can put UK local SIM card in the first phone and make your own personal hot spot. You don’t need to loose any data from the second phone and can connect with the world anytime.

Hard to Find Public Toilet in UK – Indonesian Traveler Note No.1