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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Jakarta?

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We asked people in Jakarta if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"I asked for a "berak" necklace...instead of Perak (silver). I'd actually asked for a "shit" necklace. Amazing what mess you make with a B instead of a P!!," wrote a member who made the move to Jakarta, Indonesia.

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"It is important to be mindful of cultural differences when visiting Jakarta. It is important to dress modestly and to avoid public displays of affection. It is also important to be respectful of religious beliefs and to avoid discussing sensitive topics such as politics or religion. Additionally, it is important to be aware of the local customs and to avoid pointing with your index finger as this is considered rude. Finally, it is important to be aware of the local language and to avoid speaking English in public as this may be seen as disrespectful," explained one expat living in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Jakarta?

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