I was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, but spent my childhood years in Pekalongan, Central Java and Bandung, West Java. I spent 14 years in the United States, going to high school in Plattsburgh, NY, then went onto college at The University of Texas, Austin receiving my BS EE and BA in Japanese. After working for a few years in Hayward, CA as a web and database manager, I returned to Indonesia in 2003. I worked with a few non-profit organizations in Jakarta as IT consultant before joining GNI in 2010 as webmaster and programmer, managing and designing websites for GNI.
My personal interests include comics, cartoons, gaming, and technology.
Five Questions for Dommy
1.) Dommy, what do you do for Good Neighbor, and how does your job help non-profits, charities and/or individual travelers?
I am the programmer and webmaster for GNI. I make sure that the information regarding insurance and travel are shown as clearly and beautifully as possible without hogging too much Internet bandwidth.
2.) What does “Good Neighbor Insurance” stand for to you?
We have a term in Bahasa Indonesia that is called “gotong royong” which means mutual cooperation. A good neighbor will always be ready to help one another in order to do something great.
3.) Where have you traveled to/lived? What did you like about it, and what has it taught you?
I spent more 14 years in the United States moving from place to place. I spent my high school years in the New England area close to the Canadian border, my college years in the heart of Texas, and worked for a while in San Francisco Bay Area California. Just like Indonesia which consists of many cultures, there are many different “American cultures”. Back during my high school years, I visited both the English and French side of Canada quite often, learning that the culture are different from one another.
I have also traveled to many Asian countries, such as Thailand, Singapore, China, Japan, and South Korea. Each country has its own sights and culture, which I find fascinating.
4.) Your Bucket List: What are the next three places you’d like to go, or things you’d like to do, if money were no object?
I would like to go around Europe, especially the British Isles and the Scandinavian nations. Also, I also want to visit Australia.
5.) Tell us your best travel tip, or bit of expatriate advice, to help those traveling or living overseas:
Research as best as you can about the place you are going to travel: where to go, what to do, and how much they cost. Also, always prepare more money than you need while traveling. There is nothing scarier for me than stuck in an unknown place without any money.
Name two things you are grateful for?
1.) I’m grateful for the new president of Indonesia. He seems to be very different from typical Indonesian politicians. If he can endure the upcoming 5 years of being attacked by his opponents, then Indonesia will have a much brighter future.
2.) I’m thankful for a job that is flexible enough for me to work from home, and useful enough to serve others in the in the nation of Indonesia and around the world.