Bad Hair DayTreespotter
has a post which leads off as follows: I read a lot of the expat blogs, they're also nice, with one distinct characteristic: most of them are miserable.
He continues - Expats in Indonesia are the most miserable people. I feel sorry for them, feeling strangers in strange land and turning into miserable smurfs all the time.It's about culture inequality and failures in understanding in a rapidly connected global world. (That sounds good, doesn't it?)
Actually I think it's a confused rant about some of us because, unfortunately, he seems to assume that those of us who blog about our life here are not only miserable but think that all Indonesians are racist.Oigal
joins in the comments, numbering 40+ the last time I looked, as does Indcoup
, who writes as follows:Hi Treespotter,
There's a lot of twisted convulted logic in your writing but some good ideas as ever. Even given me a few ideas for future posts!
But how do you deduce expats are miserable?
Just cos we question what is going on in Indonesia? Ever heard of critical thinking?
And if we were back in London (where Jakartass and myself come from) we would be criticizing stuff there too. Why be critical? Well, maybe we actually like Indonesia and want it to be a better place?
Or do you really prefer the "oh I love Indonesia, it's so perfect, Pram is just a great writer, and I'm having a collection for tsunami victims next month (and I love tempe)" type of bullshit?
So, that's three of the nominees in Indonesian Blog Awards beauty contest (see below) fulfilling a key criterion ~ they are active members of the Indonesian blogosphere.