The Most Popular Professions in Indonesia

College student in Indonesia surely want to have their dream job after they graduate. Most of them had already planned about their goals in the first time they start college until graduation time. But from what I’ve seen, most of them almost have the same dreams, I think it’s because the progress of modernization and globalization in Indonesia affect the young people to take higher education after they graduate high school, so most of them looking for a fit job in the future which means has to match with their major education in college or to be simple, their profession. Like law student for example, most of them wanted to be a lawyer and notary. Based on that fact, I can take a conclusion that the most popular profession in Indonesia are…

The first one is absolutely Doctor.

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Since a long time ago ‘till now, be a doctor is like a pride according to our parents and  society. Beside being a doctor is really hard and difficult from its passing test ‘till you become a doctor, being a doctor is also noble profession because it’s all about helping people’s life. So that’s why being a Doctor is one of the most popular profession in Indonesia. Because doctor is very needed in life. Every medical faculty student don’t have to be worry about being jobless, because their education has already guarantee their good life in the future.

The second one is Lawyer.

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Ever since the faculty of law in Indonesia established, most of the law student wanted to be a lawyer. Because, Indonesia is a state of law, so law is like the highest commander in this country. Every law profession is very needed in this country like notary, advocate, judges, prosecutor, and other law profession especially lawyer to give the people and society legal certainty for every act that may cause legal consequences.

The third one is Journalist.

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Journalist is like a spearhead of every media in Indonesia. Their challenge is to find an exclusive news to be the first news in media, so the duty of journalist is huge, because they expected to be faster to get a news and the accuracy of the news itself has to be accurate. That’s why being a journalist is challenging and also fun, even they always being chased by the deadline, the salary of journalist is high. So that’s why this profession is one of the popular profession in Indonesia.

The forth one is Marketing.

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Marketing is also one of the popular profession in Indonesia because be a marketing is not stagnant, for the marketing people they could increase their income if they could reach the company targets. Beside that, being a marketing is flexibel, they are not only stay in the office to partnering or get customers but they can go outside to meet with some people from different company and do the market. The salary of marketing could be higher than any other staff like administration, accounting, auditor, or finance because they could have a big comission if they can reach the targets.

The last one is Civil Servant.

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According to me, Civil Servant is the most popular and most wanted profession in Indonesia, because I can say that being a civil servant is very guaranteed. Civil servant will get enough salary and any other annuity also pension fund. Every year, the government will open the recruitment of civil servant, and Indonesian people start to compete each other to be a civil servant. As we know, civil servant contains of various category start from IA category ‘till IVE category. With those career steps which classified into categories, make a civil servant profession is to die for.

 

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It’s Harlem Shake!

The world now mesmerized by the Harlem Shake crazy dance. In television, internet, radio, and all over the world, people talk about this kind of dance. So, that’s why every people must know about this kind of phenomenon because it’s like every people in over the world did the Harlem Shake dance then they uploaded it to the youtube.com in purpose. So, everyone could see the various themes or styles in the video when another people do the Harlem Shake.

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For the readers who have no idea about how this Harlem Shake goes like. Well, this dance shows a person dance by his/her self in the beginning of the video, mostly they are using helmet, mask, or anything that could cover their face while they do the dance. The unique thing in Harlem Shake is, a person start to dance in a place full of people in their boredom time such as in the office, school, bus station, etc. In the first frame, only one person who dance crazily in a place with crowd people in it, then when the frame changes, all the people in that place dance with their own style.

At the beginning, this dance called Albee at Harlem, New York in 1981 because the man who started this dance named Al B. Al B is a drunker who will dance on request. Because of the founder, that’s why at the beginning this dance called Albee in Rucker and Harlem, but then it well known as Harlem Shake. In its early appearances, Harlem Shake already famous in other city and became very popular in music video. In 2001, G. Dep showed Harlem Shake in his music video called Let’s Get It.

Al B said that this dance is a style of drunker when they shaking, fantastic shaking. The dance came from ancient Egypt describing the mummy when they have to dance with their body wrapped, they cannot dance but just shake their body. Harlem Shake based on Ethiopian dance called Eskista. Al B did the Harlem Shake since 1981. On February 2013, Harlem Shake officially be popular in youtube.com with Harlem Shake song made by DJ from New York named Baauer. He uploaded the song to the youtube.com in May 10th 2012.

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The first Harlem Shake video made by 5 guys from Queensland, Australia. The video viewed by 11,4 million people. In Indonesia there are about 400 Harlem Shake videos in youtube.com and Harlem Shake videos in youtube.com has reached about 67 thousands videos. Harlem Shake as a single from Bauuer now become number one song in iTunes in America, second place in UK and also Australia.

After Gangnam Style exploded in all over the world, now Harlem Shake turns. By the way, there are some similar things between Harlem Shake and Gangnam Style. The first one, either Harlem Shake and Gangnam Style used the name of district in each country. The second one, both of them became popular through youtube.com. The last one, Harlem Shake and Gangnam Style have unique style of dancing.

 

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The Story Behind Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day on February 14th 2013. I know some people in Indonesia might celebrated this Valentine’s day because they think Valentine’s Day is a right day to share the love to each other, express their love to their lover, and maybe the chance to treat their couple romantically. But there are some other people in Indonesia who even doesn’t care about the existence of Valentine’s Day because they think Valentine’s Day is just a west tradition that they don’t have to follow. Well, for the people who’d love to celebrate Valentine’s Day, do you know where this Valentine’s Day came from and what’s the history behind of it? Well, let’s find out…

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There are so many versions of Valentine’s Day history , but generally most people know about one history that related to the emersion of Valentine’s Day. In a long time ago, Roman peoples celebrated a big day every February 15th called Lupercalia. Lupercalia is a purification ceremony on February 13th until 18th in ancient Roman times. The first two days were used to devoted to the God of Love, Juno Februata. On February 14th, there’s a tradition where the boys pick up one name of the girls in town from a glass box. The name of a girl who has been chosen should be his couple for a year just for having fun, but there are some couples who finally fell in love with each other for real and then they made it to the wedding. On February 15th, the boys will prod their couple with animal skin, it believed will increase the fertility for the girls.

When catholic christianity became a state religion in Rome, the Lupercalia festival developed and the Roman clergy combined the festival with catholic nuance. At one time, Roman peoples had a war that made King Claudius II decided to order every guy to came and fought in that war. But, most of the guy didn’t want to fight in a war because they didn’t want to live their couple and their family. So King Claudius II made a rule, to cancel all of the wedding in Roman, so the guy will sacrificed themselves to fought in war. The decision had many disagreements from many people include Pastor Valentine.

Pastor Valentine still running a wedding ceremony clandestinely if there any couple came to him. When King Claudius II found out, he was furious and angry, he ordered to got Pastor Valentine arrested and cut his head. Pastor Valentine died on February 14th 270 C. to commemorate his death, name of Lupercalia Festival changed into Valentine. Then finally, February 14th remain as Valentine’s Day to people in Europe and America, the first Valentine’s card made by Esther Howland. By the time goes by, now some people in Asia such as Indonesian, Japan, Thailand also celebrated Valentine’s Day with their family or their couples. For me, share the love to each other not only in Valentine’s Day but everyday. We have to spread the love everyday, it’s better than just doing it for a day in a year.

 

 

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Balinese Exotic Drinks

We would like to share some popular drinks from Bali,yeah we called it Balinese Exotic Drinks, Here are the Balinese Drinks, the taste is very fantastic ! Check it out below the Balinese exotic drinks:

Arak Bali

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Arak is an alcohol drink fermented by coconut water and other fruits, it could be made from rice or glutinous rice through a process called ‘pentapean’. Arak is similar with palm wine, and it contents 37-50% alcohol. In Bali, arak is kind of a drink which use for serving together with brem and palm wine on ritual ceremony. On ritual ceremony in order to honor the god, arak will be poured on banana leaves and then arak will also be splashed to the people through the flower. We know that the production of liquor already banned in Indonesia but in Bali, arak become one of the gift for every tourist who come to Bali. Beside its function to be used for ritual ceremony, arak Bali is also can be a warmer to relieve itching.

Brem

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Brem is a Balinese drink made from glutinous rice or glutinous black rice fermented with tape yeast. At the beginning, brem is a part of ritual ceremony in Bali, but now brem become a welcome drink for the guest or tourist or even a souvenir to bring home. Another privilege of brem Bali is brem Bali uses natural ingredient. Sine 1976, the making process of brem didn’t use preservatives or dyes in order to keep the taste. The tourists love brem Bali especially tourist from Japan, China, and other tourist from European countries.

Daluman Ice

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Green grass jelly is well-known by the name ‘Daluman’ in Bali since Japan colonialism. This traditional drink contains of green grass jelly mix with coconut milk and palm sugar. It’s very tasty to relieve the thirst in dry season. Beside its function to refresh our throat, it also useful to resolve constipation without consume any laxative. The difference between Daluman ice in Bali and another grass jelly in other place is its making process. Daluman ice making process is still traditional or we can say that we can do the process in our house. The coconut milk obtained from roasted coconut, so the taste is very authentic and more original. In its development, there’s an improvisation of making Daluman ice, like the syrup replacing the palm sugar and there’s another additional material to the ice.

Loloh

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There’s another unique drink in Bali that people rarely know. The name is Loloh, Loloh is a traditional drink for the noble in Bali in a long time ago. In Bali, Loloh means herb, but not the bitter herb. Loloh is very tasty and the taste is very unique because when you taste it you can feel the spicy, sour, salty, and sweet taste become one. Loloh contains of cem-cem leaves which already crushed and mixed with warm water and also cinnamon, betel leaf, other leaves, and serves with coconut water and palm sugar. So, you know why the taste is very fantastic. You cannot easily find this kind of drink in all of the area of Bali because the most existence of Loloh is in Bangli. Why? Because this area is a source of the main ingredient of Loloh. Loloh could help the people to lowers blood pressure and it’s very good to the breastfeeding mothers.

 

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Balinese Tasty Food

Here are some Balinese Tasty Food, you have to try guys !
Betutu Chicken

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Betutu chicken is Bali original cuisine from Gianyar. But people can also find Betutu chicken in any restaurants at Ubud or Denpasar easily. Before you enjoy the deliciousness of Betutu chicken, better if you order the chicken a day before you come to the restaurant, because the making process of Betutu chicken needs more time. The taste of Betutu chicken is very unique because the taste of Balinese spices in the chicken are very unexplainable. The chef eviscerate the chicken and replace it with the spices and vegetables, then steamed it. Guarantee, the people who had tasted Betutu chicken will come back again and addict to it because it’s very tasty.

Jinggo Rice

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If you looking for a cheap food but still tasty, you can try Jinggo Rice. You can find Jinggo rice so easily in the roadside, although the portion of Jinggo rice is not much, but it can fill your stomach when you’re hungry in the middle of the night. Jinggo rice is wrapped by banana leaf and consist of a handful of rice, grind chilli sauce, fried noodles, some shredded chicken or fish, vegetables, peanuts, and soyfood. A wrap of Jinggo rice only Rp. 2000.

Balinese Seafood Satay

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This kind of satay has so many specialties. The skewer made by lemongrass stem which is add the aroma of the satay. This satay made of fish mincemeat which already seasoned and then the mincemeat is twisted to the stem. The satay is very rich of spices and mixed with grated coconut so it’s very tasty. Beside its deliciousness, this satay also very healthy to consume because it’s made by fish, so guarantee the satay contains low fat then rich of proteins. If you like shrimp, you can also find the satay which its mincemeat is a mix from fish and shrimp.

Lawar

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Lawar is like a Balinese salad because it’s a mix of seasoned vegetables and mincemeat. Every people in Bali has to serves Lawar in their own house. Lawar made by vegetables, mincemeat, grated coconut, and even blood from the meat. The name of Lawar itself could be variative, it can be Pig Lawar if they use pigmeat, Chicken Lawar, Turtle Lawar, etc. The making process of Lawar itself being a tradition for generation to generation, and it’s related to the traditional or religious ceremony in Bali. Because of it, Bali people believes that Lawar will never be extinct or lose its prestige.

Jukut Ares

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Jukut Ares is a dish made from young banana stem mix with bone with a little bit meat stick with it, it could be pig bone, chicken bone, cow bone. Usually Jukut Ares always be a main dish in some events, feast, wedding event, even when Galungan and Kuningan. Jukut Ares is very famous in Bali and Lombok. Jukut Ares always served for the family and all the people who has a role in preparing the religious ceremony. You should try Jukut Ares,  because only by try Jukut Ares you can find the deliciousness of cooked young banana stem.

 

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The Most Favorite Tour Places in Bali

The Most Favorite Tour Places in Bali

Tanah Lot

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Tanah Lot located in Beraban Village (about 45 minutes from Kuta), in Tanah Lot there are two temples which located on a big rock. Tanah Lot’s temple is a temple in the middle of the beach, the place to worship the god of sea guardian. At low tide, then the sea level is not more than our knee, we can still cross the sea and reach the temple. This place is highly recommended by every tour guide in Bali if the tourists want to see sunset, so it’s better if the people come to Tanah Lot when the sun will goes down.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Monument

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This place located in Unggasan Hills, Jimbaran. Garuda Wisnu Kencana is a cultural monument park in Bali, there will be a huge Dewa Wisnu (God Vishnu) statue riding Garuda, the height of the statue could reach 150 meters, beat out the height of Liberty statue in America which only reach 120 meters. But, ‘till now the making process of the god Vishnu statue hasn’t finished yet. If the statue is completely done, the people could see the statue clearly from Kuta, Tanah Lot, and Sanur. This statue would be an icon for Bali. This statue is a masterpiece by I Nyoman Nuarta, the famous sculptor in Bali.

Bedugul

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This place offers a beautiful natural scenery in mountain areas and lake, located at an altitude of 1240 meters above sea level. In Bedugul, there’s a Bedugul Botanical Garden as protected forest in Bali, this place is always cold and foggy. Another tour object in Bedugul is Beratan lake. The people could rent the boat to ride around the lake. In the middle of the lake, there’s a temple called Ulun Danu temple, a place to worship Sang Hyang Dewi Danu as a giver of prosperity.

Sangeh

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Sangeh is one of the famous monkey tour object in Bali which located in Sangeh Village, about less or more than 45 minutes from Denpasar. Sangeh is also a protected forest which has 14 hectares area and about 700 grey monkeys (Macaca faciculais) live inside of it. There are some rules before you enter this area, you have to dress properly, be careful and watch your luggage. In the past time, the monkey in Sangeh is very famous because they were very wild and always take visitor’s thing from their pocket. But now, the monkey is not very wild anymore because they are well taken care of.

Sukowati Traditional Art Market

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This market is the most famous traditional market in Bali which located in Gianyar. There are so many merchants who sells Batik clothes with Bali ornament, traditional craft, Balinese pants, traditional necklace, bracelet, and other things that you can buy as a souvenir with friendly price even you can still bargain about the price with the merchants. There’s a little secret for you, the fix price in Sukowati market is 1/3 of the price offered by the seller. Better if you come to the market in the morning because Bali people believe that if they just open their store in the morning and then in couple minutes they’ve got the buyer, then it will bring luck for them.

 

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Bali Island’s History

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Many foreign people talk about Bali because its wonderful beach and scenery. And also they said that Bali is a right place to spend the holiday, because there are so many destination tours with unique traditions inside of it in Bali. But unfortunately, some of the foreign people or tourist who have been to Bali haven’t realized that Bali is a part of Indonesia. They thought that Bali is a country, not a province in Indonesia. So, to prevent the nescience about it, the article in this time is about the history of Bali island.

The first man that came to Bali was a person who migrated from Asia in 3000-2500 BC. But the first European men who successfully found Bali was Cornelis de Houtman from Holland in 1957. Bali culture had strong influences from India, it can be seen from the most religion in there which is Hindu and also the form of temples in there. The name Bali (Balidwipa) found in various inscriptions, one of the inscription is Blanjong Inscription in 913 C. Around 1343 Century, almost all of the people in this archipelago is Hindu. But when Moslem people came to spread Islamic teachings, Islamic kingdoms in this archipelago ‘causing the downfall of Hindu Kingdom, Majapahit. Because of it, there are so many nobleman, pastor, and the rest of other Hindu people moved from Java island to Bali.

As I said in the first paragraph that Cornelis de Houtman was the first men from Europe who found Bali. After that, Holland through VOC (Veerenidge Ost Indische Company) started its plan to colonize Bali. Started from North Bali, since 1840, the Dutch attacked Bali through sea and land in Sanur then Denpasar. Bali lost in amount of weapons, but Bali people never gave up, they fought back until the Puputan War begun. About 4000 people died in that war include woman.

In World War 2, Japan took Bali, at that time the military officer named I Gusti Ngurah Rai made a force called Fighter of Freedom. Following by Japan’s surrender in Pacific in 1945, the Dutch came back to Bali to maintain their colonialism authority again. In November 20th 1945, came the battle called Puputan Margarana in Central Bali. Colonel I Gusti Ngurah Rai lead his army from east Bali to attack Dutch army. But sadly, all the member of Bali’s army were dead, and made this attack as last resistance of Bali’s army. To be noted, the name of I Gusti Ngurah Rai now immortalized as the name of airport in Bali.

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In 1946, Bali became one of the 13 regions of East Indonesia country by the Dutch. But then, Bali putted in one of the region in Republic of Indonesia Union when Netherland admit the independency of Indonesia in 1949. In 1950, Bali officially left its alliance with Netherland, then legally became one of the province in Indonesia Republic. So it’s totally clear ‘till now Bali still one of the province in Indonesia. I hope there will be more foreign people realize that Bali is a part of Indonesia.

 

 

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