|For the rich and powerful in Jakarta it is.|
The amount of buying one can do here is in the upper levels of ludicrous. By Indonesian standards my wage is very good. Compared to other foreigners, my salary is pretty low (middlin for teachers but teachers are much lower than the oil and gas group, the financial clan or any business men). That being said, I rarely have a budget. I pay an ojek driver for daily rides, I take more taxi rides in a week than I've taken in my lifetime in the US and I have a maid. I go out to eat and drink with my friends without a second thought. I don't buy many things, but lots of groceries. Salon trips happen at least twice a month most of the time. I travel a lot. The "quality of life" as its often termed here is high. There are lots of things I'd like to do that I can't from here, but there is very little here I can't do. I can buy or do nearly anything. In the US and Spain I had to watch my pennies so to speak. I wouldn't splurge $25 for a pedicure in Seattle, but here when it costs $4-8 I can't see a reason not to. Definitely unreality.
Other than putting up with lots of irritations, life here is pretty easy. You can pay people to take care of almost anything for you. Every business is over staffed, though the service isn't usually great. The traffic is enough to make you lose your mind. Sitting two hours in a car to go 30 km is mind-melting. The monotony of the weather is a bore for me, and the torrential afternoon rains that will be starting soon are a huge inconvenience.
Bule (foreign, especially white) men can get women half their age and hotter than anyone they'd get at home simply because they are white. Old, fat, hairy, lazy, grumpy, ugly men routinely being chase by young, fit, good looking Indonesian girls. Girls who bend over backwards and put up with lots of shit because these guys buy them things and might provide an better life. If this is reality, I'll tune out.
|He might look something like this, but about possibly older|
|and he'll be dating someone like this.|
|The pollution makes for great swimming opportunities|
|Floods then move all the trash about.|
|An average day in traffic|
|Take a nice big bite when you leave the house.|