Indonesian, 43 years old, lecturer

1. What’s the average earnings and basic living costs of food?

Average salary 4-5 million Rp/month $300-373
Milk, 1 liter 20 000 Rp $1.5
Rice, 10 kg 100 000 Rp $7.5
Chicken, 1 kg 30 000 Rp $2.2
Pork, 1 kg 50 000 Rp $3.7
Beef, 1 kg 80 000 Rp $6
Egg, 1 piece 1 200 Rp $0.09
Mango, 1 kg 20 000 Rp $1.5
Watermelon, 1 kg 5 000 Rp $0.4
Pineapple, 1 piece 5 000 Rp $0.4
Durian, 1 small piece 25 000 Rp $1.9

2. What celebrations and festivals do you have in your country?

Independence Day 17 August
Christmas 25 December
New Year 1 January
Hari Raya Nyepi (Silence Day) 28 March
Hari Buruh (Labour Day) 1 May
Hari Raya Waisak (Buddhist New Year) 11 May
Hari Lahir Pancasila (5 principles of Indonesia: belief in one God, just and civilised humanity, unity of Indonesia, sovereignty of the people, social justice) 1 June
Sumpahpemuda (Declaration of fighting against Dutch) 28 October
Heroes Day 10 November
Hari Raya Different date every year

3. What’s the weather like in your country?

Raining season September – December
Dry season January – August

4. What’s the local cuisine and the dish of the day?

Every day food: rice, vegetables, fish, meat, eggs, milk, juice. And also:

  • Nasi Goreng (fried rice)
  • Mie Goreng (fried noodles)
  • Lontong (rice cake with vegetables in coconut milk)
  • Ayam Goreng (fried chicken)
  • Soto (Indonesian traditional soup)
  • Grilled fish/chicken
  • Rendang (beef cubes with herbs, boiled in coconut milk until it’s dried)

5. What expectations do you have for your grandchildren?

I wish them to be better than me and their fathers & mothers, become successfull businessmen, doctors.

6. How did you furnish and design your place? Is your house big/small?

Modern style. Flat screens. Wooden furniture. Paintings. 2 stair house.

7. Is there anything unique created with people’s hands in this country?

  • Ulos (a long scarf for special occasions)
  • Batik (Indonesian traditional shirt)
  • Cupboard, frames for paintings, baskets, tables, chairs made from Rotan

8. What pension are you entitled to in this country?

The pension age is 55 years for both male and female.

Government officers (teachers, lectures), 60 years old 3 million Rp/month $224
If a male (who worked) died, then his wife (who didn’t work) gets 50% 1.5 million Rp/month $112

Sometimes when you get retired, you get a big amount of money and nothing afterwards.

9. How much would I be expected to pay for the following: land, house, apartment?

Land in a village 600 000 Rp/m² $44
450 m² (15×30 m) 270 million Rp $20 149
Land in Medan city 1.5 million Rp/m² $112
450 m² (15×30 m) 675 million Rp $50 373
House in Medan city 1.325 billion Rp $98 881

10. How much would I be expected to pay for an apartment + energy bills + internet + other utilities monthly?

House taxes 2 million Rp/year $149
Electricity 1 million Rp/month $75
Water supply 800 000 – 1 million Rp/month $60-75
Internet (unlimited) 400 000 Rp/month $30

11. What expectations do you hope to achieve for the future?

I want to serve people, share my knowledge/skills to students, create new comfortable facilities for students (restaurant, bar, kitchen). I want my students to speak better English. I want people to be smart.