Why most of my schoolmates do not go back to my hometown?

I wonder why most of the classmates who studied in Jakarta never go back to our hometown, Padang. I was born and grew-up in Padang for 17 years and continued to live in Jakarta for my undergraduate study. Although I am living in Jakarta recently, I would like to give and overview of reasoning my schoolmates prefer to stay Jakarta than back to hometown. Three main things that make Jakarta and Padang are the vast difference, namely entertainment, work opportunities, and lifestyle.

The first difference between two cities is a pleasure that the town offers for the society. In Jakarta, most of the people would like to go to the mall or amusement park like Ancol, café to doing chit-chat. People can spend a whole day in the one place to do several activities. Otherwise, individuals who live in Padang would like to go to the island, beach or mountain to enjoy the nature. Sometimes, they prefer to go to their friends’ house to socialize. The entertainment such as cinema was just building last year namely Cinema XXI or café to young people for hanging out.

The second difference is work opportunities that have many options for the young fresh graduates to explore. There are many types of the company operate in Jakarta starts from small-medium enterprises (SME), national, multi-national, non-profit organization (NGO), public and conglomerate company. If we can compare to Padang which is a small city in West Sumatra, most of the people had their own business and mostly is SME. If people back to hometown, we tend to assume he or she need to continue his or her family business.

The third difference is how the community lives in their daily life. In a big city like Jakarta, people tend to be an individualist. They can express themselves well to do what they want, and enjoy life in their way. For example, single ladies are not worried too much if they are not getting married yet or married woman who does not have a child. It will differ if we stay in Padang, which is people love to update about their personal life. They will ask if you do not still on the stage of many people do.

Two cities like Jakarta and Padang have the necessary facilities that support people around them to live such as a hospital, school, and supermarket. However, once people are starting to enjoy residing in the city that they are comfortable, they will prefer to stay there in the long-term. Three important things like entertainment, work opportunities and lifestyle can change people to choose their place of living although it is a far away from their home, families, and friends.











18 Motivational Bible Verses

  1. And this patience is proof that we are strong. And this proof gives us hope. And this hope will never disappoint us. We know this because God has poured out his love to fill our hearts through the Holy Spirit he gave us. -Romans 5:4-5 (ERV)
  2. You might call many people your “friends”, but it is hard to find someone who can really be trusted. -Proverbs 20:6 (ERV)
  3. There is  a right time for everything, and everything on earth will happen at the right time. -Ecclesiastes 3:1 (ERV)
  4. Any of you who want to be my follower must stop thinking about yourself and what you want. You must be willing to carry the cross that is given to you for following me. -Mark 8:34b (ERV)
  5. But the Lord said, “My Grace is all you need. Only when you are weak can everything be done completely by my power. ” -2Cor 12:9a (ERV)
  6. In all the work you are given, do the best you can. Work as though you are working for the Lord, not any earthly master. -Collosians 3:23 (ERV)
  7. No one has ever seen, no one has ever heard, no one has ever imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. -1 Cor 2:9 (ERV)
  8. I forget what is in the past and try as hard as I can to reach the goal before me. I keep running hard toward the finish line to get the prize that is mine because God has called me through Christ Jesus to life up there in heaven. -Philippians 3:13b-14 (ERV)
  9. A song for going up to the Temple. I look up to the hills, but where will my help really come from? My help will come from the Lord, the Creator of heaven and earth. -Psalms 121:1-2 (ERV)
  10. The Lord’s words are true and pure, like silver purified by fire, like silver melted seven times to make it perfectly pure. -Psalms 12:7 (ERV)
  11. Then Jesus said to her, “Remember what I told you? I said that if you believed, you would see God’s divine greatness.” -John 11:40 (ERV)
  12. Faith is what makes real the things we hope for. It is proof of what we cannot see. -Hebrews 11:1 (ERV)
  13. We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him. These are the people God chose, because that was his plan. -Romans 8:28 (ERV)
  14. Anyone who live the way God wants can pray, and great things will happen. –James 5:16b (ERV)
  15. Remember what I told you? I said that if you believed, you would see God’s divine greatness. –John 11:40 (ERV)
  16. But in all these troubles we have complete victory through God, who has shown his love for us. –Romans 8:37 (ERV)
  17. “All things are allowed”, you say. But not all things are good. -1 Corinthians 10:23a (ERV)
  18. I know what you do. I have put before an open door that no one can close. I know you are weak, but you have followed my teaching. You were not afraid to speak my name. -Revelation 3:8 (ERV)