Jepara is a city in south east asian country, Indonesia.
That’s the city where i was born. A small city in Indonesia, but very popular because of the furniture industry. For some of you, Bali island is probably well known than Indonesia. But in fact, Bali is part of Indonesia and the most beautiful island we have. I love Bali too, and how i miss it!
I spent almost 16 years of my life in Jepara. Born there, went to school, work and met my husband. This city is growing very fast, especially when Crisis and heavy inflation happened in 90ish, back then, the conversion rate from USD or any other stronger currency to Rupiah (Indonesian currency) was very strong and because of this, a lot of foreign investors came to Jepara and make this city’s furniture business growing very fast. It sure gave benefits to both Jepara society as well as the foreign investors.
You may think that my husband was one of these “foreign investor” but unfortunately he wasn’t He was too young for that At that time, he was still in his 20ish, I met him when he was 28 years old and i was 21.
I need to tell you facts that already well known among asian society or may be for you too. If one asian girl walks out with a foreigner or westerner or a white guy, most of people will think we are prostitutes! Hillarious indeed, but that’s the fact. I still remember how angry my family was, when i first brought my ex boyfriend (current husband) home. They were mad and probably ashamed because neighboorhood might think the same as others. But I didn’t care, i know me and my life.
I haven’t visited Jepara for about 4 years now, and i am sure there are lots of changes in this city. Which i can’t wait to see.
- Here are things what I like from Jepara, my beloved city on earth:
1.It has beautiful beaches, yes, i mention beaches . Will look for some videos to show you how pretty my home city is. It reminds me of sundays when i still lived there, always spending weekend to the nearest beach which can be reached in fiveteen minutes. Some people gives Jepara a nickname, “Jeparadise” which i agree!
2. Friendly and helpful people. Not to mention i am one of them, but i think i am ;D. My husband’s best friend as well as our neighbour spent lots of his holidays in Indonesia, and one time i brought him to my family home, you know what he says sometimes? he said, my family was the friendliest people he ever met. Of course i’m proud to hear this
3. Easy to find a job for native people. Because the furniture Industry has been booming, so people have lots of work chances. Besides, they can work in hotels, restaurants, especially for those who have good English.
- What i don’t like aka things which can be improved:
1. The bumpy roads. I hope one day when i come back, the roads will be better. Everything that can be reached in 15 minutes in Germany, it needs one hour in Jepara
2. Low discipline. I was one so i speak this about myself. Lots of people don’t wear helmet while driving motorbikes, neither did I. And it’s so wrong, especially for those who bring their kids in motorbikes. Plus lots of people don’t stop when the red lights are on!
I can’t stop writing this story about my city, Jepara in Indonesia, but i have to sleep. Good night!