Bule Gila atau Bule Bodoh

Posted on 25. Feb, 2008 by in Bule Behavior, Expat Experiences

I believe I’ve captured the Bule Gila (or Bodoh?) award for the week.

Tonight, after working 4 hours straight at a cafe on reports (after 9 hours at work), I picked up Novita and the maid from the front of the mall. After the maid finished loading some items into the car, we drove off. We were well down the street, when Novita turns to me, “Where’s Sri?!!??”. I exclaim, “Where IS Sri?!?”.

I hit the brakes and pulled over. In the rear view mirror I caught a glimpse of our maid running frantically down the street towards us. Apparently, I thought the car door slamming shut signaled Sri’s entrance to the car. I was wrong.

At least we were all able to laugh it off. But yes, I was “that guy” tonight.

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  • Emi

    Damn, you’re funny.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/balitraveller/ Juergen

    hahahaha funny

  • http://www.bananeira.net/stories Yasmina

    Hahahaha, itu namanya bule silly…

  • http://spruiked.com Brett

    I am that person! Except I would probably run her over backing up.

  • Priscilla

    LOL at how you say ‘maid’.. I guess that’s an Indonesian thing..
    My mother in law calls her’s “my serrrvant”. I would always hear my mother in law say “sembantu pusing banget”! hee hee.. Poor thing..
    I always had a hard time with service people.. You can tell they work very hard.. I was always too friendly with everyone too, therefore angering hubby.. I guess you’re not supposed to be too friendly with them or something.. Who knows..

    I guess when I think of a nanny or ‘maid’ I think of it as an honorable profession like Mary Poppins, Super Nanny, or a governess. The word maid to me sounds like a maid that cleans up a hotel room.. A maid like yours who serves as multi-purpose, in the states is usually called a housekeeper, even that sounds a little better.. lol

    The only way any Indonesian nanny or “maid” is getting near my kids is if they have the proper training. i.e first aid, childhood eduction etc.. Yeah I’m picky.. The only thing my friends “maid” was good for was carrying stuff around the mall, or carrying the kids.. lol Oh yeah my other friends are so funny they have a maid to cook and clean the kitchen and then another to keep the house tidy and then they also have a “manny” lol lol.. He actually isn’t quite bad. It’s funny to see them tote around their entourage. When we would go to the mall they would bring the driver, manny, and maybe a “maid” or 2. and even with all the help the kids (only 2) were still out of control. lol.. “I think I’ll stick to parenting my own kids thank you” I said to my friend. The last thing I need is my kids liking the nanny maid or whatever more than me. hee hee.. Call me a zen mommy..

    Okay my post is getting to long again..

    Take care B! Say hi to Miss Novita for me..

  • http://gjjakarta.blogspot.com/ GJ Jakarta

    At least she ran after you!! I suppose it is close to pay day though.
    Cheers GJ

  • panji

    Ah, that’s not too “gila”. A friend of mine (an Indonesian lived in Malang) once forgot his wife in a cinema. Got bored of the film he saw, he left the chair after half an hour or so. Only after she phoned him, mad off course, an hour later, he’d just realised that he did not go there alone!

  • http://sheillaluciana.net/thediary Sheilla

    Poor Sri, lol…

  • Jane

    My sister and I did that to our cousin. We found out he’s gone as soon as we got… home ha..ha.. We always have a good laugh everytime we remember it (my sis and I, of course, not my cousin hehe..)

  • uwie

    hey …
    you have many beautiful picture in here …
    I like most of your picture …
    Just want to say that ..

  • kika

    You’re hillarious! What happened to my mom and aunts was the other way around. Our driver heard the car doors shut and just drove on, without my mom and aunties in it :P

  • http://web.me.com/brdavid Lightweaver2

    Laughed my ass off on that one. Good thing you still have a maid/housekeeper. Mine cried when I had to leave, of course partly cause she needed the work but also because I gave here some items like a boombox and some clothes I didn't want to bring back. Things she could never afford to buy for her kids. Single (abandoned) mom trying to put her kids through school. Great housekeeper too. I had to work nights and not once did she ever disturb me when she came in to clean. Would wait patiently for me to wake up on cleaning days and by that time had the laundry, kitchen and everything else already finished without hardly making a sound.

  • http://web.me.com/brdavid Lightweaver2

    Laughed my ass off on that one. Good thing you still have a maid/housekeeper. Mine cried when I had to leave, of course partly cause she needed the work but also because I gave here some items like a boombox and some clothes I didn't want to bring back. Things she could never afford to buy for her kids. Single (abandoned) mom trying to put her kids through school. Great housekeeper too. I had to work nights and not once did she ever disturb me when she came in to clean. Would wait patiently for me to wake up on cleaning days and by that time had the laundry, kitchen and everything else already finished without hardly making a sound.

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