Things I Miss From America

In my brief times living in America my heart had fallen in love with that country and here are just some of the random things that I still miss to this very day:

The clothing size:

Don’t you love a place where there is a place for every curve in fashion? Well over there I don’t have to struggle finding the right size. Just last week I saw an online seller from Jakarta stating that the blouse size is loose. What the heck? This has been one of my motivation why I need to lose more weight but yeah it sucks big time being a big boned-curvy-gal in Jakarta.

The comfort foods:

Oh those southern foods are the best! Fried ocra, gumbo, crawfish (with Louisiana seasonings) , Red Lobster!

The seasons:

Autumn and Spring has to be my favorite times of the year. Those snows are pretty but just not my thing!

Autumn's color 06Creative Commons License photo credit: nicolorion

The freedom:

Like the freedom of speech, guarded by their constitution. I just love how people can voice their opinions no matter how bad it is. Some other countries still doesn’t have this kind of freedom. Freedom to be yourself without being judge by society. Freedom to wear whatever you want without being accused of looking for trouble.

The books:

I love books and it is so much cheaper to get books back in the States than in Jakarta. Imported books are expensive here.

The TV shows:

Some are not aired here and can’t watch it online because apparently there are some countries who are not eligible to watch online streaming. Yes – I had tried Hulu to no avail –  so if I really miss Chelsea Lately or The Soup, I’ll have to count on Youtube to watch it.

Online shopping

OMG how I miss shopping at Ebay, Amazon, etc! Yes, some seller will ship to Indonesia but of course at your own risk and our post office are notorious for their bad services and the rip off tax systems our beloved government have here will cause a dent in your wallet. Online shopping in Indonesia have different method. You have to transfer the money first then they’ll ship it to you.

Retails therapy:

I cringe when I see GAP, Guess, etc and their prices in Jakarta. They made it look so very upscale here and the price tags are twice – maybe more than back in the States but there’s no way in the world that I’m going to pay over $150 for a pair of Gap jeans! Did I tell you how much I miss Target, Macys, TJ Maxx. Btw, I love strip malls!

Garage Sales & Consignment Store:

The real ones! Most people still have the concept wrong here. They are selling new stuffs with discounts and call it garage sales – there is a group here that has been changing and educating people about what a garage sale really is. I totally miss consignment stores too like Salvation Army, Goodwill etc.

Discount Coupons:

I remember how fun it was doing to the coupon things. Scouring the Sunday paper to collect the coupons. Sorting them out and the happiest part? It saves me at the grocery stores. I’m hoping there will be more coupons using stores here.

The BBQ:

Nothing beats BBQ-in by your backyard with family and friends.

Customer Service:

Indonesia’s customer service sometimes still feels like in a stone age, plainly, we sucks as a nation for customer service. I just love how companies actually care about your complaints and try so hard to please you! Customer is king there but here the attitude is: “If you don’t like our service, feel free to find other company.”

Equal Opportunity:

Without being asked about your age, your marital status, your religion, you have rights to get a job! I’m hoping when will our Indonesian ID Card will ditch those Religion and Marital Status columns.

Do you have anything that you miss from a country you used to live?



  1. July 9, 2011 / 10:06 am

    I thought you can watch The Soup at E!?

    I love Macy’s too, the quality is good and the price is really cheap compare of what you get in Myer in Australia.

    We get to enjoy online shopping in Pohnpei because we have US postal code so if we buy stuff from Amazon & it’s cheap and fast!

    • July 9, 2011 / 10:01 pm

      Not here Ecky 🙁 I guess they didn’t think it would fly very well with the Asian people.

      Oh you guys are super lucky! I miss shopping at Amazon, I used to buy my books there but most of the sellers doesn’t ship to Jakarta.

  2. July 9, 2011 / 1:33 pm

    I have never lived out of the state, much less the country. But I am so glad you posted this because it reminded me that there is so much that I take for granted. We think about the big things, but not those little things that we enjoy so much.
    Come visit Florida, I will cook Southern food for you and we’ll go thrift shopping and garage sale-ing! =)

    • July 9, 2011 / 10:03 pm

      Awww…aren’t you the sweetest? Like they say back in AL “Bless your heart, dear!” One day if I get to visit FL again, we should definitely do all that and more, girly! I’m so with you about thinking big and sometimes missing out on the little things.

  3. Juragan sambel
    July 9, 2011 / 1:38 pm

    What I miss from a country I used to live are: the food, cheap salon & hanging out with my Indonesian family and talk to them in Bahasa 🙂 But for sure I don’t miss Jakarta traffic & polluted

    • July 9, 2011 / 10:04 pm

      Hahaha yeah I tell you, Jakarta’s pollution is getting soooo bad!

  4. July 9, 2011 / 4:08 pm

    Not to mention Deep-dished Chicago Style Pizza, Klondike Ice Cream, Gourmet See’s Candies Chocolates, Mexican salsa, Macaroons, German Chocolate Cakes, English Muffins, King Crabs…. oh I can go on and on with the list!

    But the thing that makes my jaw dropped is actually 7-11 stores! Just recently I found so many 7-11 stores here in Jakarta packed with people who buy overpriced coffees and popcorns! I mean, come on, it’s 7-11 for God’s sake! What’s so special about 7-11? But here in Indonesia, they make it as a big deal, just because it’s foreign-named store!

    • July 9, 2011 / 10:06 pm

      Aaaah King Crabs omg I could so lick my monitor right now hahahaha. I love, love, love them!

      Oh yeah 7-11 is in every corner now huh? I’m so with you on the overpriced ‘imported’ brands. It’s just ridiculous and people just ate it all up because it’s hype or something.

  5. July 9, 2011 / 7:40 pm

    I love Cajun foods too. Nothing can beat fried okra if it is done right. I love BBQ too, in my opinion the best ones are usually the mom-n-pops’ ones, not the franchise. Haven’t been garage sale shopping for ages, too lazy to drive around. Sometimes I could get good deals for brand new stuffs at the stores. Been living over here for almost 15 years, I am missing a lot of Indonesian foods…. but I know, should I live somewhere even for a short time I would start missing a lot of things here. So far, I love this country!!!!
    I heard that there are ‘cheaper’ Gap clothings over there in Indo? I shop at Gap a lot for my boyz, specially when they’re little. They have cute clothes. I also shop at Dillards a lot.

    • July 9, 2011 / 10:08 pm

      I’m so with you Sylvia, deep fried okra done right is just heaven! There was one place in Dothan that have that kind of mom-n-pops BBQ place and OMG they are finger-lickin-good. Did you mean the factory outlets for Gap here? I love their kids line but meh in Pondok Indah they are selling $80 for a pair of boy’s short! Such a rip off hahaha.

  6. Tracy Watson
    July 9, 2011 / 10:21 pm

    Maureen, I love this, it is true there is nothing like southern comfort foods and yard sales……lol and yes the freedom is wonderful. Hopefully one day you will be able to come back and visit your Southern families and know we will cook anything you want….well except for the seafood, but I will take you to Red Lobster I love their garlic bisquits……mmmmm. I know your family is thrilled to have you home with them and getting to watch Alex grow up. We miss you terribly, but are so glad to see you on Facebook thank goodness you have that there…lol You know if you want something from over here all you have to do is let us know and we will be happy to send it…….Hmmmmmm…..trying to figure out how to send fried okra…… Love you guys and miss you something fierce…

  7. July 10, 2011 / 6:55 am

    I’m jealous of you for having all of those delicious meals there. Nothing beats Indonesian food for me..haha. But there would be so many things I’d miss if I lived there, like online shopping. Books and magazine subscription are crazy expensive there! I would miss that..oh and fast internet and streaming Netflix:)

  8. July 12, 2011 / 11:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story with us. I know we have it good in America, and still we find things to complain about.

    Though the shopping stipulations sound ridiculous, I can’t believe your ID has to state your religion and marital status! That’s just crazy – it’s nobody’s business. Like in Japan, recently, neighbors are afraid to turn on their air conditioners for fear of being called an “energy Hog.” Senior citizens are dying from heat exhaustion and burglaries at night are up because everybody’s sleeping with open windows – appearances are more important than safety!

    Well, I hope you have better luck finding cool threads.

  9. July 13, 2011 / 11:26 am

    Man, I feel like I’m not taking advantage of this whole living in America thing – I’ve never even tried half of those foods!

  10. July 15, 2011 / 12:06 pm

    This list is awesome Maureen! no matter how bad some of it is for me, i never realized i would miss it if i left, but i can see where you’re coming from . . .

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