Random Cultural Observation #1
Indonesians will frequently use “…” in their texts. In the U.S, an ellipsis in a text message usually implies a tone of confusion or passive aggressiveness like “Is it okay if I borrow your new dress?” “I guess it’s fine…” However, in my experience thus far in Jogja, an ellipsis is just a casual way of ending a text. I am so used to sending exclamation points in all of messages so that whenever others don’t include them as well I assume they’re in a bad mood or mad at me. I was so worried that I had done something to upset my Indonesian friends after I kept receiving texts like “Okay…” but I’ve come to learn that it really doesn’t mean anything. It’s good life lesson actually: you can’t overanalyze things all the time or take things too personally.