They "switched" to bules because they became disappointed with the narrative they were served when they were younger.
Many Indonesian girls expect that their boyfriend will provide for them.
It is therefore quite natural for a girl who is a devout Muslim to look for a companion of the same faith so that she can actually marry him.
Many Indonesian girls who date foreigners complain that they are called names when walking the street with their foreign boyfriends, or that they must face derogatory comments.
Considering this, I can really understand why some girls would avoid dating expats. Most people are told from an early age about what should happen to them in the future and they stick to the plan.
A few were even getting cars and nice apartments in downtown Jakarta (those who were dating married men).
If you look closely, the most beautiful Indonesian girls are rarely dating foreigners because they know that most of them would never pay for those things.
Not everyone is a fan of our hairy legs and big nose.
They also feel more connected with someone with the same background, the same culture, the same values and the same objectives. I also think that if you grow up watching local actors, singers or models, you will probably want a boyfriend who look like them and behave like them.
They will choose a boyfriend who will give them a better status.
They also tend to summarize some of the points mentioned above: Many will stay virgin until marriage and they are high-maintenance.
The law regarding interfaith marriage in Indonesia is complicated.
As of today, the Indonesian Office of Religious Affairs forbids Muslims to marry people from different faith but allows it for Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists and Hindus.
Let me rephrase: Only 5% of unmarried Indonesian women between 20 and 34 living in Greater Jakarta were sexually active in 2010.