Hello, it’s been almost a year since I arrived in South Korea. It feels like I’ve just started to study Hangeul and suddenly 1 year has passed. Time surely flies!
During all these times, of course, there were numerous times in which I felt so homesick and wanted to go home because I could not get or see something that I could easily find in Indonesia.
So, if you want to study or live abroad (for this case is in Korea), here are 7 things that you will miss from our beloved country, Indonesia.
Of course, FOOOOOOD! From various types of savory tasted porridge and soup, satay, nasi goreng, rendang, bakso, until all the oily yet delicious street snacks, I love them all! But unfortunately, I cannot eat all of that unless I go to an Indonesian restaurant. Here in Korea, they sell different types of herbs so we can only find Indonesian herbs in Asian food mart or Global market and some places like that. Even so, they were sold pretty expensively, so if you are planning to cook Indonesian food here, don’t forget to bring the herbs also!
Not as difficult as it is to find Indonesian Food, Halal food is pretty common in Korea because many middle east people also live here. What I mean by halal food does not mean that the restaurant got halal certification from KMF. Instead, they are either cooked by Muslim or said as Muslim friendly restaurants. Usually, Indian restaurants are labeled as Muslim friendly also. The problem is actually… the price. In Daejeon, the average price for one meal is 5.000 won, but for one plate in a halal restaurant, they usually priced around 10.000 won. I could not even live here with the KGSP allowance if I go there every day. So usually I only go there in special days. For reference, Korean chickens are not properly slaughtered. My teacher said that the chickens are beaten first and then are put into boiling water. Well, just to let you know…
As we already knew, mosques are not common in South Korea where the majority of people are atheists. You would not hear adzan prayer as we have in Indonesia, you would have difficulty to pray because here and there are not clean, or perhaps you would just feel uncomfortable because people are looking at you. If you do not have any place to pray, look for a clothing store and pray in the fitting room 🙂
Yes, I am referring to traditional language, not Indonesian language. Here you could find many of our people so you would not have any problem to speak in Indonesian. But if you do dear your traditional language, you might need to adapt yourself to just hear Indonesian and not Javanese or Sundanese (and the other language). And make sure you do not speak in your traditional language if your conversation is not also native to that language because they might interpret it differently (happened to me and my Indonesian friends like numerous times).
Cars are not expensive here, you may say they have similar prices as in Indonesia. But what makes Korean people prefer to use mass transportations is the high tax they need to pay every month for the car they have. My Indonesian senior told me that if you have a secondhand car (ex. 500.ooo won), then you need to pay another 500.000 won every month for the tax only.
Family and Friends
We could not agree more about this. Family and friends always play important role in our life because they are people who surround us. Therefore by the time we decided to move away, we know that we will miss them.
Actually for my case, thanks to Video Call feature, I still feel so close with my family and friends, like they are only one hour away from me. But what cannot be denied is, we miss the moment with them on special days such as Eid Al Fitr, Eid Al Adha, birthday, and also weddings. ㅠㅠ cannot help but cry inside.
Cabe Rawit (The Real Chili)
Even tho they put so many chili pastes in Korean food, it tastes different. Don’t expect it as the real spicy, as one of the characteristics of Korean food is actually sweet and spicy. Of course, you could still find spicy food here, but just don’t expect it will taste like Ayam Geprek or Sambal Bawang. So, don’t forget to bring your own sambal from Indonesia if you go abroad.
Those are all the Indonesian things I miss as I live here. I actually want to make an informative post but ended up sharing stories from my point of view.
I hope this post could give you insight about living in South Korea 🙂