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When the going gets tough, just have fun!

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Jakarta   /   Wed, January 8, 2020   /  11:18 am
When the going gets tough, just have fun! Different kind of fishing: Residents of Kota Bambu in West Jakarta take advantage of the Ciliwung River's high water levels to collect floating goods to use or sell. (JP/Dionnasius Aditya)

As the saying goes, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”. We Indonesians put our own spin on it: “When the going gets tough, enjoy aja” (just enjoy!). The recent floods in Greater Jakarta have certainly been hard on residents who have been displaced, lost their personal belongings and homes, and a tragedy for those who lost family members to the floods. But instead of drowning in sorrow, people have also found ways to have fun. Disregarding the dangers of the disease- and dirt-laden waters, as well of the cobras and pythons coming up for air, the flooded areas became an instant swimming pool for kids. Others used these instant ponds to fish. One video showed a man in red shorts diving into his water-logged terrace, sliding back and forth from one end of the terrace to the other, using his bare paunch as cushioning. What fun! Indeed, In...

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