lukereg

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lukereg posted on the thread Raids on expatriates homes on the Indonesia forum

They have been doing raids forever regardless of where but its all of sudden news. Jacksa is always an easy target and immigration camping out in foyers of Apartments again is nothing new but clearly the newspapers have nothing else to report about Indonesia so that must mean all is well everywhere else.

lukereg posted on the thread Raids on expatriates homes on the Indonesia forum

Nothing like a good witch hunt and shifting the attention away from Indonesia's real problems by always reporting immigration raids or stories about expats. Surely the press has something better to report, not just sensationalised limited stories with limited news content.

lukereg posted on the thread I need travel help on the Indonesia forum

Thats the joy of travelling. Just make sure you have the first nights accommodation booked and go from there. Exploring Indonesia in itself will be an amazing experience. If you want to do it even cheaper then join couch surfing and go and stay with the locals all over the country. Enjoy

lukereg created a new thread on the Indonesia forum

Where are you reading this post?

Hello everyone,

Something a little less intense than normal and absolutely no reference to visas or cost of living (yet).

So where are you now while you are reading or writing posts on this forum?

I am sat in Dunkin Doughnuts at The Post Office next to the Istiqlal mosque in central Jakarta.

lukereg posted on the thread Visa Requirements? on the Indonesia forum

Roy, does that make you munchkin or the tin man?  I think I would be a good scarecrow.
Mental health? Lives in Jakarta? Theres a paradox if ever one existed.

lukereg created a new thread on the Indonesia forum

No beer in mini markets from this week.

Forget visa issues. This is more depressing. As from some point this week mini markets etc are banned from selling beer. Cigarettes can of course be sold legally to anyone and it's still ok to take a 10 year old to any movie you like. But bless those dear lawmakers for banning bintang and anker from the local indomaret.
Thoughts?

lukereg posted on the thread KITAS Processing time... on the Indonesia forum

Tom, this is happening all over the place. As I put previously "Getting the telext and stamp in the passport is one thing but getting Immigration to make your Kitas is another."

There are hold ups all over the place. I have now been told I have to have a medical check up as part of the kitas process but no one knows why, where or when or what kind. But this is at the start of the process for me, not even got to the telext stage yet. I am in deep trouble over the health check, what being in two minds over things, often heartless and have a tendency to turn a blind eye as well my funny bone losing its sense of humour. I will tell them I was bitten by a werewolf but I'm alright noooowl  :D

lukereg posted on the thread Still rainy season on Java? on the Java forum

Yep pretty much. The rain currently in Jakarta comes and goes but it has been raining for a bit every day for the last week or so but its all gone by 2. As for the rest of Java, not too sure but we are supposed to be entering the drier season.

lukereg posted on the thread KITAS Processing time... on the Indonesia forum

I have heard up to 12 weeks. Keep calling and pushing your employer to find out whats happening. Getting the telext and stamp in the passport is one thing but getting Immigration to make your Kitas is another.

lukereg posted on the thread Expat wife can work ? on the Indonesia forum

Many international schools recruit western teachers, Philippine teachers, Chinese teachers etc depending on their skills and qualifications then these teachers are often expected to teach other subjects based on their ability. The right qualifications will get you quite far here the rest is sheer luck and a good wind. With the tightening of visa rules and regulations for those working I feel its pot luck if you can get a kitas or not.

lukereg posted on the thread Hiring a domestic maid on the Jakarta forum

Tom, the rates are all different and it depends on how much they can get from their employer. We pay twice as much as the going rate in our area because I can but we have to keep it quiet. Nonsense but that's market forces for you

lukereg posted on the thread Need Trustworthy Nanny on the Jakarta forum

I concur with ieltsband7. They are hard to keep, hard to trust and harder to replace. In 2 years I have had 5. Good pay, good working conditions, just care for my son and make sure the house is occupied and the floor is clean ( pretty much all required ) and still they come and go. My current one will stay until July but I dont know from then.

lukereg posted on the thread International Divers License on the Indonesia forum

A SIM C is for a motorbike. Best to ask the local Balinese people how apply for one, I am sure that they will be able to give you a name and more help as I am not in Bali.

lukereg posted on the thread International Divers License on the Indonesia forum

Whilst not an expert I think it would be more prudent that you get a SIM A for a car or C for a motorbike. The international driving  licence is useful but there are some policemen who would not recognise it or understand it, and perhaps insurance companies too. The SIM is easy enough to obtain as long as you have the correct paperwork.

lukereg posted on the thread Changes in Kitas regulations on the Jakarta forum

No offence taken. The market has always been open to interpretation of the law and how use it to get what was needed. The sudden crack down is not an ideal situation for so many people who come here to work from backpackers to company directors as everyone is receiving the same treatment albeit with differing outcomes. Currently I can't see any end to this kitas issue and I see how it is beginning to impact on people who came here and settled because back then they could and now they are not so sure about what is next. The standards set now by the Indonesian government are very very strict and with a one size fits all it will prevent nearly of all people to come here to work especially when South Korea or Taiwan are easier to gain entry into.
There is still a feeling of hope that this situation will change as this issue has happened before although not for such a long period of time. Personally I have no intention of returning home without exhausting every option but just sometimes it does get become a major worry and the nonsense I have to resolve because of it completely unwarranted or needed.
I can only hope a brighter future for Indonesia results in a more flexible approach to those that want to remain here but are not from here.

lukereg posted on the thread Changes in Kitas regulations on the Jakarta forum

Its just one big annoying stressful mess. The Indonesian language test is too vague, the rules are contradictory but the country still wants things to go the same for them. The government is reducing the number of countries which need to buy a visa to enter Indonesia as long as this is reciprocal in the welcomed countries. I can't see the UK dropping the visa requirements for Indonesia due to this nor the USA and the fact that Australia is not on the list speak volumes. Clearly there are too many cooks spoiling the soup and far too many mixed messages. To be honest with all this visa restriction, lack of clarity and hard work to get anything sorted here at the moment I am getting to the stage where if it was not for the family I have here I would pack up and go.