I stole this picture from Rijksmuseum’s invitation. It’s a charming picture, right? This picture is also used as front page of this book and its English version. You’ll see more in this post.
“So, do you think Indonesia’s better off occupied by The Dutch?”
One evening, my Dutch friend asked me that. It was clearly a joke. Yet, it got me thinking. The Dutch’ occupation of Indonesia did leave a very important mark in the country’s history. And it colored my point of view towards Netherlands as well. Don’t get me wrong, I do like this country and its people. I don’t think that Dutch people are rude. Okay, some people are, as rude as an immature child trying to make a statement about something. But I can’t help feeling bitter about Utrecht’s Oudegracht or this event from Rijksmuseum.
One friend once remarked that this beauty was constructed out of money from spices and such. Picture from Wikipedia.
One man’s junk is another man’s treasure, indeed. And sometimes, all it takes is just a closer look or one right question.
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Have you ever heard of BPJS Kesehatan? It’s one benefit of being Indonesian citizen. Basically, it works like insurance, albeit an affordable one. With under IDR 30K permonth, people can afford third class hospital services, including surgery, drugs, and hospitalization, in public hospital (Rumah Sakit Umum Daerah/Rumah Sakit Umum Pusat). Anyone interested could access its website and read their FAQ (good luck with finding it, though).
All that with one price. It only works in public hospital in your town/city/province. If you need medical treatments that only available in large hospital (such as RSHS Bandung or RSCM Jakarta), you will need two references: from primary health care (Puskesmas) nearest to your home adress and from public hospital in your city. And only God knows what kind of administration steps one have to complete in the target hospital.
I know it means a lot of (messy) paperworks. But, since the cost of my medication is similar to Macbook Pro Retina (and I’m considering of investing one in near future), I decide to brace myself and charge forward. Stick with me and look what I’ve found. Beware, though, that it will be one looooooooooooooooooooong post to read.
I’m not normally interested in politics. But recently, I was deeply intrigued with the latest huge political event: JW’s decision on presidential candidate (14/03). It was controversial, indeed, because just months before, JW himself claimed that he’ll work on improving Jakarta first, then consider the elections. This raises two opposite reactions: people who cheers on him, and people who clearly stated their “dissapointment.” Last time I checked, an unverified source on Twitter claimed that #JWberkhianat is Trending Topic on 16/03.