"Take it with two hands" Tanjungkarang-Telukbetung Local Custom Tip by Assenczo

Dealing with the locals is a challenge because most probably they will not speak any European language. The Malay specialists aside this is a hurdle that is in the way of communicating your desires properly and effectively. The problem solver in this case on the Indonesian side is to gather at least six people, there must be a magic about the number six here, and they together are going to try to figure out what you want. Unfortunately, it is not that easy because the obstacles are insurmountable. The most attractive but no less puzzling problem is when in high end places with respective surcharge for proficiency in what is to be done there are unsatisfactory results. For example the trend is to hire beautiful girls who are very conscious of their worth balancing on high heels and bashing eye lashes but ideally it would be perfect to have somebody less attractive but being able to do the job that is required. Even teams of six do not always help in this case. Being white you turn into an instant star on a Hollywood scale and you are subject to all sorts of advances but unless you have some knowledge of Malay this obvious advantage to peer into the local psyche quickly disappears.

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  • Written Sep 13, 2011
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