One of my favorite things to do while traveling is talk to locals. This is Reza. He is 22 years old from Solo, a region in the Central Java region of Indonesia. Java, by the way, is stunning. Google the images and prepare for your minds to be blown. But I digress.
Reza moved to Jakarta for university, and attends school during the day, works in a restaurant until midnight every day. He has been saving for an iPhone and is planning to purchase one some time soon. Not the 6. Not the 5s even. He is excited for the iPhone 5. Right now, I don’t even know the kind of phone he has.
I didn’t want to ask him how much he makes, but according to Salary Explorer, average restaurant worker salary in Jakarta is 7,400,000 IDR a month (appx: $600 USD).
Reza is only one of the many people I have talked with, to further understand the Indonesian — well Jakartan — market.
We all know the population is high. The GDP is through the roof. I’ve questioned people’s excitement about Indonesia in the past, but after experiencing Jakarta, I must admit, I am now a believer in this market too.
Indonesian people rapidly adapt to new technologies and have a willingness to learn — even, if they cannot currently afford to own devices and such to get them online or make their day to days easier with technology. I am thrilled to be here and look forward to sharing more on the ground stories of Indonesia.