Party culture and inequality

Something I have been think8ng a lot about is the mixture of fun-loving, crazy and outta control pursuit of pleasure in America and the growing wealth inequality in America.

There used to be service-oriented jobs and younger people or wives tended to work these lower paying jobs. Now everyone does. A huge percent of America does qualify to pay income tax because they make less than the minimum amount or they are below the poverty line. Then you have Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z singing about suit ‘n’ tie events, truffles, and luxurious life. Even Lorde singing about all the wealth glamorized in pop culture, such as in socialite reality TV or celebrity news.
In history class, I heard that the Roman Empire put on circus performances, battles, and gave out free bread in the Colisseum as the empire began to crumble. And Marie Antoinette was vacationing in her garden residence putting on plays when she needed a break from the decadent jewels, cakes, and fashion in Versailles,  until the government was overthrown by the working classes.

I feel like the working classes are grasping at pleasure as fast as the wealth try to find sufficient pleasures to defeat their boredom.

Also, the generations born in the 80s have been described as childish and unwilling to grow up but most people I know live at home, don’t marry, or wait to have children because of employment and financial considerations.  When someone who is 26 can’t make more than someone who is a teenager, living a different kind of life is very difficult.

Professional jobs probably have the same competition other jobs do, and just finding an office job that pays decently is difficult.

This and our nation’s own debt, make me wonder where our nation is headed.

The federal government used to tax alcohol makers and it was more than half of the federal budget … then teetotallers got a federal income tax … but when some people make 8 dollars an hour and other people make 500,000 dollars a year … I guess, it is frailty of the psyche and the desperation of those with the least which should move us to change something.  Because if the culture of fun is just an escape, how long can we ignore what is tearing apart our communities and nation.

Indonesia, <3 U

I went to Indonesia in January, 2012.  I visited Jakarta and Bali.  Here is my top ten list of what I experienced during my holiday in the Southeast Asian archipelago.

10. The mall!  Okay, one mall out of the four I went to!  It was the perfect mix of America/global brands and layout with Asian charm!  It had all the best shops.  I knew then that if I lived in Jakarta, I would go to shop there.  And I wouldn’t miss America when I went to that mall.  I would be in shopping bliss instead!  But … can’t remember which mall it was.  Just the malls it wasn’t.  ^.~   Oh well!

Chinese New Year! ^^

9. The amazing weather!  It is so warm year-round!  Now, I went during winter, which is traditionally rainy season.  The rainy season means quick, heavy showers!  I miss rainy days in America being universal to all the seasons, but having a rainy season has its own quirky charm.  But during my stay, there was hardly any rain!  It rained twice maybe!  Sunshine follows me where I go. ^^ Maybe I am a princess?!

Flowers! I love summer!

8. Street vendors!  And the bustling streets!  You can buy all sorts of yummy food from morning until night in Indonesia!  It feels so friendly and active to have breakfast on plastic chairs outside in the morning heat (always hot).  The food is amazing, and everywhere someone will sell you food or clothes or souvenirs.  It is kind of sad, realizing the relative poverty compared to my Western homeland, but it’s an exotic experience.

7. Karaoke rooms are awesome!  They have computers!  They have fancy drink and food menus!  Maybe I just got to go to the nicest, least creepy places because my tour guide knew what he was doing, but being able to sing songs from all over Asia is awesome!  Karaoke is better in Indonesia! ^^ Love to sing!

6. Sweet tea!  Okay, I am not a Southern gal.  But sweet tea in Indonesia is indispensable.  Best drink to match your nasi goreng.  So yummy!  And it’s in a glass bottle!  Exotic!

Cool and Refreshing! Hey, that's not Cola!

5. Nasi goreng, tidak pedas!  I love fried rice!  Indonesian fried rice!  Hold the durian and hot sauce, but Indonesian food is amazing!  I love fried rice there.  I ate it almost everyday.

I was too scared to try to eat something with legs still attached! Break them off, one-by-one!

4. Secluded islands with white sand beaches!  Being one of a few tourists on a beach in a famous tropical spot like Indonesia is amazing.  Being on a clean, warm, beautiful beach is always amazing!

The ocean at Jimbaran!

3. Pizza Hut!  Sure, it’s American, but the price and menu is better in Indonesia.  And the taste is still classically Pizza Hut.

Pizza? I don't want pizza. Wait, Pizza Hut? That's different!

2. Going into a Korean make-up store and being told, “Welcome Princess!”  Sure, R had to translate it and they probably say the same thing in Korea, but R was so excited, I pretty much couldn’t stop blushing.  Yes, I am a princess.  I really do want guys to carry my things, open doors for me, and pay for everything on a date.  And guys that carry my purse and go shopping for earrings, hair bands, and nail polish with me make me feel like a princess! *^^*  It made Indonesia the best country (although maybe just for that brief moment).

1.  R’s smile – It’s free!

^_^
The beach at night! It was amazingly beautiful! Perfect beach holiday!