The most popular religion is different depending on which island in Indonesia you visit.
Bali – Hindu
Every morning locals put out offerings of flower petals and other items in banana leaves in temples, restaurants, everywhere
There are many small Hindu temples everywhere! There was even one in WaterBom – Bali’s water park.
Lombok – Muslim
Many schoolgirls and women wear hijabs
There are mosques everywhere and you can hear prayers several times a day
Flores – Christian
On each island there are also aboriginal peoples which have their own dialects. For example, the Sasak tribe on Lombok.
To enter holy places such as temples, one must wear a sarong
Motorbike is the most popular form of transportation
Uber and Grab are outlawed in some areas. As a result, taxi drivers are like the mafia and will harass you and your Uber driver if they see you trying to get in their car. Beware!
The language of Bahasa Indonesia shares some words Malaysian
In Kuta, Bali no street food was sold
The fast/ food of Indonesia is Bakso (a soup)
Prices of most items and services and are negotiable
Indonesian currency has a lot of zeros and is slightly confusing. It took me a while to get used to it. $1,000,000 is $100 CDN
Some of the food is similar to Malaysia, for example Nasi Goreing and Mie Goring
Seaweed is a popular snack
Indonesia concentrates on serving fresh fruit juices/shakes at restaurants. Most of them are watered down and do not have as much sugar in them as Malaysian drinks
Desert is a rarity
People often transport goods by balancing them on their heads
Driving on a scooter is fun, but watch out and drive on the left. Road rules are virtually non-existent. For example, even though traffic drives on the left, sometimes cars and scooters will go right around round-a-bouts
Food I’ve tried:
Cap Cay – Indonesian curry
Amazing peanut butter!! It’s sweet and mixed with a soya sauce. It is popular to have on satay or barbequed meat
Ikan – Fish
Traditional “Tiapet” – rice balls with a peanut sauce and sprouts
Kari Sasak – A delicious style of curry from Lombok
The people are very friendly and always say “Hello!”
The men are very clean shaven
Many people offered to drive us places because the public transportation is so poor
The bus system is inefficient. Infrequent buses only cover a minimal number of routes. Designated stops and the ticket is only valid for 1 trip.
It is illegal to drink (unless you are a tourist and bring your own alcohol into the country)
In the downtown of Bandar Seri Begawan the streets are spotless, no music can be heard from the shops (because one must be able to hear a mosque from any point in the city), and the city streets are mostly void of people after 7:00pm
No building is permitted to be taller than a mosque
It seems like most socializing is done in people’s homes
There is absolutely no nightlife – the downtown core is deserted by 7:00pm
Beautiful mosques (although we did not have a chance to go inside because they are used so regularly for prayers)
Young girls, even 4 years old, wear hijabs
Even when swimming, one must wear conservative clothing. I witness a mother wearing a hijab in a pool.
The cuisine and beverages are largely the same as the rest of Malaysia