Over the last 15 years I have traveled to South East Asia on a number of occasions visiting 8 different countries, most recently Indonesia over Christmas and new years, and there is something that these countries have in common that continues to amaze me.
No, it’s not the fact that the term Occupational Health & Safety is more foreign to them than Polar Bears and Viking invaders. Anyone who has seen 12 story high bamboo scaffolding will vouch for that. I simply put this down to a widespread belief in reincarnation that causes them to care less.
No, it’s not the region’s rock solid commitment to smoking. I thought the Indonesian smoking baby was a one off. I’m pretty sure that was just a random snap at a daycare facility. If smoking were an Olympic event the region would have taken gold, silver and bronze since Athens in 1896. I honestly think it would be easier to fill the air with cigarette smoke and sell viles of oxygen for anyone chasing some relief.
What gets me every time is each individual’s innate knowledge of physics. No wonder Cirque de Solei spends so little time touring the region, there are more amazing feats being performed each day on every road in every city and every town. Their weapon of choice? The moped!!