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YouTube has over a billion users. Daily, people watch hundreds of millions of hours on YouTube, and in total five billion video’s are watched every single day. Every minute 300 hours of videos are being uploaded to this popular platform. Not that surprising because you can literally find something of your liking. And without the long commercial breaks. Although the ads somethings are annoying. One of the +billion users on YouTube is Andini Overfield.
If the stats on Socialblade are true, vloggers can earn up to millions with their YouTube channel. Also there not a surprise why the number of vloggers has increased over the last couple of years.
Among the billions of video’s, we found Andini Overfield. Andini was born and raised in Sunda, Indonesia. She later worked as an au pair in Dubai and from there she moved to England, where she lives for over 15 years now. Andini vlogs about here life in England, featuring her husband Dan and their gorgeous kids Max, Andre and Timmy. The vlog is in Indonesian (a good way to learn the language) with fragments in English.
What made you decide to open your private doors to YouTube viewers?
At first I just wanted to share my experiences with friends and family. But as I went along I started to see the interest from Indonesian viewers grow. From there I decided to make more useful content.
Is there a message you want to convey with your vlogs?
Yes, to be positive and go after your dreams regardless of who you are, what you are and what your educational background is.
What do you want to reach with your channel for the future?
To be financial independent, while having the satisfaction of sharing and learning with and from my viewers and subscribers.
Who do you want to reach with your vlogs and why?
My channel is all about sharing and learning. About helping each other. That is why my vlogs are for everybody.
You are married to an Englishman. What is the biggest challenge being married to someone outside of your own culture?
The biggest challenge is the difference in language resulting in misinterpreting or misunderstanding each other. For instance, when my husband calls me and my kids “you lots”. Like
“How are you lots doing?”. In the beginning I thought he was being disrespectful. But when I heard him saying the same thing to his mum and dad I understood it’s just the English way of asking how are you and the others doing.
Staying in your comfort zone seems easier and safer but that is not necessarily what you TRULY want.
What is the most valuable thing being married to someone outside of your own culture?
The most valuable thing to me is being able to learn from another individual on a deeper level. Understanding that everyone is different and at the same time learning to accept those differences.
You have lived in England for a long time now. What can English (or Western) people learn from the Indonesian culture?
We are very friendly, kind and helpful. We always smile to strangers, especially to people from outside the city or from a foreign country. We help if someone gets lost and if someone needs a place to stay we’ll gladly open our house even though we have no room available. Or helping friends and neighbours in need. If someone is ill (especially elderly) everyone chips in and gives whatever they can afford to.
What can Indonesian people learn from the English (Western) culture?
One thing we would definitely can learn is being disciplined with regards to TIME! Most Indonesian are accustomed to “jam karet” which is being late. Living here long enough now, it really annoys me when people are “late”. Being late is disrespectful in my opinion, because you’re wasting somebody’s time, effort and maybe money.
Another thing we can learn is straightforwardness. Often Indonesian use the word “InsyaAllah” which means “God willing” or “if God permits”. But the majority of Indonesians (muslim) use that same word if they cannot commit to telling the truth. I think we Indonesians sometimes cannot say no or reject something because we find it rude. So we think it’s better say yes or InsyaAllah, rather then no or being straightforward.
Indonesian people are often perceived as modest people. A bit shy and not as direct as most Western people. What is your view on this?
I agree. Being able to step out of our comfort zone is to just be our true selves, without thinking too much of what others might think. As long as we don’t harm others in any way, shape or form.
Staying in your comfort zone seems easier and safer but that is not necessarily what you TRULY want. But I think the younger Indonesian generation nowadays strive for success. That makes them willing to step out of their comfort zone.
You can find Andini’s YouTube channel here.
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