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CultureShock! Jakarta

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CultureShock! Jakarta is the definitive guide to living and working in the capital of the largest archipelago in the world. This book imparts to readers essential tips for survival in this hot and bustling city. All you need to know about renting an apartment, getting a driver's licence, using public transport and other nitty-gritty details of everyday life are found in this humorously written book. Providing more than just facts and practical tips, the authors give insider knowledge that cannot be found in other books. Discover the diversity and richness of Jakarta and immerse yourself in the culture, traditions and lifestyle of the locals. If you are planning to live or work in Jakarta, CultureShock! Jakarta will help you hit the ground running the moment you step off the plane.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Map of Indonesia
  9. Map of Jakarta
  10. Chapter 1 First Impressions
    1. Terry
    2. Planet Jakarta
    3. Derek
    4. Airport
  11. Chapter 2 History, Geography and Politics
    1. Weather
    2. Heat
    3. Natural Disasters
    4. History
    5. Kampung
    6. Architecture
    7. Monas
    8. Westernisation
    9. The Cendana Clan
    10. Time of Crisis
    11. ‘Dollar Naik, Rupiah Turun’
    12. Acts of Rebellion
    13. The Electoral System
    14. The Present
    15. The Future
  12. Chapter 3 Jakartans
    1. Betawi
    2. Children
    3. Beggars
    4. Amateur Police
    5. Real Police
    6. Umbrella Boys
    7. Having Things Done
    8. Pembantu
    9. Everyone Else
    10. What Makes a Jakartan a Jakartan
  13. Chapter 4 Fitting into Society
    1. Faux Pas and How to Almost Avoid Them
    2. Titles of Respect
    3. Marriage
    4. Sex
    5. Bule
    6. Making Friends
    7. Hassle
    8. Privacy
    9. Other Westerners in Indonesia
    10. Corruption
    11. Vigilantes
    12. Getting into Trouble
    13. Transvestites
    14. Homosexuality
  14. Chapter 5 Settling In
    1. Visas and Immigration
    2. Accommodation
    3. Local Government
    4. Floors and Furniture
    5. Hotels
    6. Ailments
    7. Doctors and Dentists
    8. Hospitals
    9. Alternative Medicine
    10. Jamu
    11. Stress Relief
    12. Water
    13. Mandi
    14. Toilets
    15. Banking and Money
    16. Clothes
    17. Shopping
    18. Media
    19. Telephones
    20. Internet
    21. Harsher Realities
    22. Wildlife
    23. Sounds
    24. Smells
    25. Crime
    26. Drugs
    27. Getting Around
    28. Transport—Public and Others
  15. Chapter 6 Food and Entertaining
    1. Eating In
    2. Rice
    3. Fruit
    4. Coffee
    5. Eating Out
    6. Non-Indonesian Food
    7. Drinking
    8. Smoking
  16. Chapter 7 Culture and Travel
    1. Pursuing Culture
    2. Street Furniture
    3. Kites
    4. Music
    5. Highland Gathering
    6. Spare Time?
    7. National Holidays
    8. Weekend Retreats
    9. Photography
  17. Chapter 8 Communicating in Jakarta
    1. Language
    2. Learning the Language
    3. Swearing
    4. Non-verbal Communication
  18. Chapter 9 Doing Business
    1. Adjusting to Different Norms
    2. Overview of Recent Developments
    3. Indonesian Law and Legal Certainty
    4. In the Office
    5. The Local Community
    6. Contacts
  19. Chapter 10 Fast Facts
  20. Culture Quiz
  21. Do’s and Don’ts
  22. Glossary
  23. Resource Guide
  24. Further Reading
  25. About the Authors
  26. Index