Indonesian Expatriates Forum: Looking for Contributors Around The World

Hello everyone,

I just start creating a forum dedicated to all Indonesians living abroad. This forum, called Indonesian Expatriates Forum, is developed based on my personal experience.

When I moved to Scotland over 6 months a go, I was not well informed about the city’s what, who, where, when, and how. I had (still have) to work hard to find my own surroundings, build my own network, and find new friends. Yes, I start meeting new people and have found that there are at least 100 Indonesians living in Aberdeen. But this effort took months and I could say that I’ve found Indonesian fellows by accidents.

Feeling how hard it was to start a new life here in a foreign city with no one to turn to, I have tried to find Indonesian Expatriates Association, anywhere in the world, but couldn’t find any. There are several organizations dedicated to mixed-marriage couples, most of them are based in Indonesia, and mostly their mission is to share information and overcome any issues about the mix Indonesian and non-Indonesian marriage. There are many student associations, work’s outpost communities, and religious communities, but of course the membership would be solely, exclusively to their fellow friends.

Therefore I decided to start one. And I need help, big time, for all Indonesians living abroad. I’m looking for contributors, those who, together with me, would and could develop a comprehensive website which features all necessary information needed for Indonesian who live (or about to live) overseas.

So if you:

  1. are Indonesian
  2. are currently living in a foreign country, or have lived in one
  3. are student, partner, parent, volunteer, professional or simply are free spirit or traveler
  4. have similar forums, communities, or associations
  5. are keen to share your experience, have a lot of information regarding your city or country
  6. love to write and love to help other fellow Indonesians

Please email me at for sharing more details. Mind you the blog has just been created today, so there is nothing there, yet. English is chosen as the main language for a greater exposure, and if your partner is non-Indonesian, s/he could contribute as well!

For those of you who could give me suggestions or informations about Indonesians living abroad, please don’t hesitate to contact me at above email.

Wish me luck and see you at Indonesian Expat Forum!

Update, 20 January 2008

  • Andie Summerkiss from Medan, Indonesia (soon will move to the Philippines), agree to contribute
  • Anyone else?


  1. Andie Summerkiss says:

    I would love to contribute. I am going to be living in the Philippines (most probably Micronesia afterwards) and lived in Adelaide a bit longer and Penang for a short time.

    Email me more, please ..

  2. Finally Woken says:

    @Andie: That’s really great! However I couldn’t find your email address in your blog. Please kindly email me at so we could discuss more. Talk to you soon!

  3. Anna Rochanti Madden says:

    Hi Finallywoken,
    Nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to share my experiences with you. I will send you an email and if you have questions I will be happy to help. Btw, it’s freezing here: 20 degree F. Stay warm!

  4. says:

    Anita, sorry I can’t join now. Thanks for your patience, hopefully I can help after “the shackles” have been opened. :)

  5. Great and helpful work, I believe all universe will help u.
    Thanks for visitng me…

  6. hi Anita… thanks for dropping by my blog and for inviting me to be part of your forum. i love to contribute, however, i don’t think i can make a commitment about contributing (regularly)…. occasional contribution is possible, though. i have written many travel stories in my blog anyway… so perhaps i can republish them in your forum, if it’s ok for you.

    in any case, i am glad you found me. arizona in winter is wonderful… just perfect temperature…. wonderful weather.


  7. BecauseI’m not qualifying I only can wish you luck.

    And I do! Enthusiastically.

  8. Finally Woken says:

    @all: Thank you for positive response. The forum won’t work without everyone’s help and participation, so please keep spreading the news about the forum

  9. Hi Anita, I remember Aberdeen, it is the city that is constructed all with gray brick correct? I remember it well because it had such an interesting look to it. My travel partner and I met a whole bunch of people that lived there and we ended up having the best time, kind of unexpectedly. Anyway, hearing that you live there brought back some memories for me. I was thinking about your new forum. Since everyone is so spread out you could try using video conferencing to help connect everyone. There is a new company, ooVoo, that allows six people to conference at once, and you can all see each other. You can also send free video messages via email. Since you’re an expat I thought you may want to try staying connected with your friends and family this way. Feel free to contact me with any questions!
    Have a great day in Aberdeen!

  10. Hi Anita. Just read your message on my blog. I’d love to contribute but can’t commit to do so regularly, as I blog only when I have time. If that’s OK with you, we could perhaps integrate several other things, like the Indonesia Global Network that I’m currently administering. Thanks!

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