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In response to a request to look at and define bule* as an acronym — and the creative juices started flowing on the Expat Forum! All in good fun!

Bule — The Good

  • Beautiful Unlike Lots Elsewhere - Beck
  • Brilliant Uncorruptable Likeable Experts - austasia
  • Big Undiseased Likeable Egghead - ms
  • Better Uninhibited Lovers Each - Dave
  • Beauty Under Light Exterior - merapi
  • Bold Unbelievable Life Expanding Experience - Dani
  • Bosses Unabashedly Learning Euphemisms - ms
  • Brave Unfearful Learned Expat - Dani

Bule —The Bad

  • Boozing Uncontrollable Lying Extraverts - BULE in Blok M - austasia
  • Boozing Uncontrollable Lying Egomaniacs - ms
  • Bare Underdressed Loud Egotist - BULE in Bali - austasia
  • Bastards Using Lewd Expletives - Big Harley
  • Bloody Ungrateful Lazy Expensive - Colin
  • Bitchy Unpleasant Lazy Elephant - ms
  • Boozed Up Loud Englishman - Colin
  • Brash Usually Loaded Egocentric - Dave

Bule —The Ugly

  • Bald Ugly Lazy Easy (money) - in Blok M (working girl's opinion) - austasia
  • Balding Ugly Loathsome Entity - beck
  • Bizarre Ugly Looking Expats - AL
  • Butt Ugly Lonesome Expat - AL
  • Best Undressed Lights Extinguished - ms
  • Big Ugly Lard Eater - TC
  • Big Underwear Leggings Elephantic - TC
  • Blubber Uncontrollable Like Elephant - ms

And Sometimes a Mixture of Them all

  • Bold Unfaithful Lovable Extravagant - firewall_del
  • Braveheart Understudy Lingham Exposed - TC
  • But Unfortunately Less Exotic - ms


*Bule ... a negative slang term meaning foreigner. Its actual meaning in Bahasa Indonesia is albino!

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