Selamat pagi everyone!
Today I would like to talk about eating Asian food and thinks you need to know before you travel to South-East Asia. I think it is pretty common in the Western mind, that when you go to Asia you are going to be sick. Talking about food poisoning, diarrhea and illnesses like Dengue fever. All of this rumors as actually true, BUT if you try to prepare yourself a little bit in terms of getting mosquito repellent and this anti-mosquito joss spirals you should be fine. Here are some advices I would like to share with you how to stay healthy and safe:
- The mosquitos which pass on Dengue are called Tiger-Mosquitos and you can recognize them on their white stripes. They are active during day AND night, means try to cover your arms and legs when you sit outside. Getting Dengue is like having the flu, so it´s quite hard to identify if you have the disease. You should try to inform yourself a little bit before you come to South-East-Asia.
- Try to stay away from the dogs, monkeys and bats, even they look so cute. They might have rabies. In case you got bitten, just go to the doctor as fast as you can and you should be fine.
- When you go to the traditional markets you will see so many fruits and veggies you don’t know or rather you haven’t tried yet. Try it all, it´s worth it, but make sure you buy fruits and vegetables that you can peel like bananas, dragon-fruits or mangos.
- A lot of people are used to drink tap water, please don’t drink the tap water here! Go for the bottled water like Air Auqa (“air” means water in Bahasa). Avoid ice cubes when you order drinks at Warungs or in Restaurants. Maybe these ice cubes are made of tab water. You can recognize proper ice cubes on their shapes, if the shape is symmetric, it is possible they are made from drinkable water, but in case they don’t look standardized stay away from them.
- Left-side traffic, guys! When you want to cross the street make sure you look on the right side of the road.
- Stay hydrated and drink enough water! Don’t drink too much soft drinks (limo and stuff), due to the humid weather you will get even thirstier. Eat more salt. You will sweat more and according to this your body needs more minerals.
- If you have some veggies or fruits you like to prepare to eat, please don’t clean with tap water. Because the tap water might contain bacteria your body doesn’t know yet and you might get sick. If I want to wash my fruit and veggies I always precook some tap water and let it cool down and then use it for cleaning.
- Apply sunscreen every day generously, namely at least 30 SF.
- Be aware of drug trafficking, in Indonesia there is still the death penalty. Watch your luggage at the airport and don’t agree to people asking you to transport something for you out of Indonesia or into Indonesia. Speak in general: Stay clean!
All these advices were given to me to prevent from being sick and staying safe during my stay on Bali. I stick to almost all these tips, except the “just eat veggies and fruit you can peel” and I still feel fine.