Useful Applications in Indonesia

QR Code Scanner

QR Code Scanner. This is a requirement in Indonesia. Not a recommendation. Not a tip. QR code scan app is definitely a must have. Luckily most phones already have this built in application. During Covid pandemic, Indonesia requires everyone in the county to download an application for tracking and a QR code scanner is required when entering public places. Everything is scanned by QR code in Indonesia. From restaurant menu, receipts, product information and others that you may not expect.

Translator

Language Translator. English in not widely used in Indonesia. Even in the capital Jakarta it can be challenging to to talk with an Indonesian unless you are within an international community. Translator application is useful when asking for directions, and assistance from locals. I use Google Translate and is also useful when translating labels and talking directly to the application to translate. Download the Indonesian language in order to use the application even without internet.

PeduliLindungi

PeduliLindungi. This application is required during Covid pandemic. Vaccine certificate is uploaded to the application. Public places such as shopping malls require visitors to be vaccinated. Using the PeduliLIndungi application a QR code is scanned before entering building and it will show vaccination status. You can be denied of entering establishment if you do not have the application and cannot provide proof of vaccination.

GoJek

GoJek . This application the Indonesian equivalent of Uber or Grab. Gojek offers more than just a transportation hailing app, it offers delivery from restaurants and groceries, cleaning and repair services. The good thing about Gojek is that you can navigate the application in English and pre-empt messages with driver have English translation.

GoPay

GoPay. This is an online wallet wherein you add money by connecting your bank/card. GoPay can be used restaurants, goods, services, groceries, taxi, utility bills and many more. The great thing with GoPay is that you can use it online and to pay at a physical store. Simply scan the QR code of the merchant, enter the amount you need to pay and that’s it!

Grab

Grab. Another transportation hailing app with several additional services. Grab and GoJek are similar in many ways it offer services. Through Grab you can order groceries, arrange a pick-up and delivery, and order restaurant delivery. The good thing about Grab is that the app is in English.

MyBluebird

MyBluebird. Bluebird is the official taxi service in Indonesia. Regular taxis are colored blue and you can use the application like Gojek. Inside the Bluebird application you have to option to book a fancier taxi called Silverbird which with vehicles such as Toyota Alphard, Toyota Camry and Mercedes E200

Tokopedia

Tokopedia. This application is the Indonesian equivalent of Amazon. You can find all sorts of product in Tokopedia from electronics, repair, household, entertainment, fashion and groceries. Option ranges from official brand stores to cheap sourced items. I prefer Tokopedia from Shopee and Lazada for the ease of use and bigger product range available.

Shopee

Shopee. Similar to Tokopedia. Navigating the app is more challenging. Customer service is less helpful than Tokopedia. Advantage of Shopee is that it has more option for fashion products such as clothes, shoes, and accessories. Shopee is mostly preferred by women.

Lazada

Lazada. Another all in online shopping application that is widely used in Indonesia. I haven’t used Lazada but it is commonly recommended. Original branded stores also have official Lazada account.

Happy Fresh

Happy Fresh. Mostly for grocery items. This application is useful for bulk buying of grocery items if you do not have time to go out. Delivery fee is higher and you have to pay for shopper fee. This is useful if you are looking for specific food products not available within your area.

Morocco: Spider Bite

Morocco has several spiders, bugs and insects that could be found in the city. Common house spiders in Morocco could bite.ย  ย House spiders in Morocco are not all harmless. The spider could crawl into your clothing or bedding and can bite. House spider are not deadly but if bitten and not treated it could spread infection. If spider bite infection is left untreated it could be eventually be threatening.ย 

Morocco: Public Transportation

Tips on Morocco public transportation.

If it is your first time to arrive in Morocco as a backpacker, tourist, or expat. You are most likely to take a public transportation. Unless you have an organized tour or someone to pick you up at the airport.

This is a helpful list of tips and advice on public transportation in Morocco.

Morocco: China Town

At Casablanca there is an area comparable to China town. There is no real China town in Morocco as the Asian community is small in the country. However, there is an area that sells low cost made in China items in shops and by the street at a small neighborhood. The vendors and shop owners are mostly Moroccans not like the real China town wherein most of the shop owners are Chinese

Morocco: Top Shopping in Casablanca

Top shopping places in Casablanca

Morocco: Electronics Repair, Buy and Sell

CASABLANCA: Where to go for a one stop place for electronics such phones, television, laptop, computers, camera, and supplies.

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