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.