Monday, March 24, 2014

How Do You Say "Charge It!" In Indonesian

Jakarta Diaries 3:

Good news! The narrator on my Indonesian language lesson just promised me that by the end of the audio course I will be able to handle social situations with grace. I am pretty excited because I can't even do that in English!

I am now able to say in Indonesian: coffee, traffic, easy, and expensive. So I'm pretty much prepared for any situation.

Despite my obvious mastery of the Indonesian language I am struggling a bit with the currency. I have an app on my phone that converts rupiah to US dollars which helps, but it's when I hear the amount as opposed to seeing it written that really throws me.

Just this morning as Reid was on his way out the door he said,"I left ten thousand for you on the coffee table."

Ten thousand?! Instantly my head started swimming with visions of designer clothing and shoes. Mama gonna get her some Louboutins!
Imagine my crushing disappointment when I discovered ten thousand rupiah meant he'd basically left me milk money.


  1. Hahahaha! What a generous guy!

    1. Actually he really is! See my newest post above!

  2. I felt the same way when I was in Poland. It was 17,000 Zlotys to the dollar. I bought a pack of smokes and a newspaper for 50,000 Zlotys and my step father yelled at me for 10 minutes because he thought I was ripped off... nope, just spend three dollars! Our room was 1,000,000 Zlotys a night and that seemed like a major rip off.

  3. Janine I feel a little better now. I think I would have a harder time converting Zlotys than I do Rupiah!