But among the nerve-recking situations at the office, these 2 small things help me deal with the stress....*I love Indonesia :) *
- There's a maid in the house
It is very comforting to come home after a busy day and find that everything in your house is spick & span because you have the maid doing your housework! Your laundry is done, there's food on the table & your bed is made up. All you need to do is relax....
It is a common thing for middle-class Indonesians to have a maid. The more wealthy households even have their own driver, nanny for the kids, gardener & security guards. A survey done by my office showed that 27% of people in emerging markets pay someone else to clean their house, while only 12% do so in developed markets.
Quoting my Executive director for Consumer Insights, Mike Sherman :
Although Indonesia needs to catch up economically, but cheap labour has its benefits!
In the same way that money cannot buy happiness, affluence does not necessarily mean access to life's luxuries.
- In a country where you have to sweep & mop the house everyday because of the dust, having a maid is a tremendous life luxury! -
- Pampering yourself at the salon is cheap
This is yet another consequence of the cheap labour cost in Indonesia. Hair salons, besides providing cutting & styling services, usually also provide various treatments such as hair conditioning treatments, manicure, pedicure, foot massage etc.....at a cheap price!
Just for an example, last weekend I went to the salon to get a hair conditioning treatment (we call it having a "cream bath", where they also massage your shoulders & back while waiting for the hair cream to settle in), manicure and pedicure for only Rp. 120.000 which is about 12 USD!
Of course you have the high-end salons that cost just as expensive as abroad, but why go there when you can get something similar at a far lower price....and just a small note: tipping the hair dresser is a "not must, but expected" thing to do.