Travel Blogs from Jakarta
... We did a visit to the Wayang Museum which is famous for showcasing the Javanese puppets. We were given a tour by one of the puppeteers (i.e. stalked) who of course have something to sell but his work was very amazing and Shirley ended up purchasing two beautiful Javanese puppets. I purchased a small tree of life (Gunungan). Shirley's purchase of two wooden puppets was an excellent price of 500,000 Rupiah which is about 25$ each. They were beautiful. The market in the area ...
... After they were finished with the questions for the class (I assume), they asked if Tania was my daughter. Interesting. Everyone in this country thinks I am only 24-25 (average guess), but that day I'm old enough to have a 15yo daughter. Some people take this whole "adopt and be adopted" too seriously. Ha. We both laugh it out and tell them no and explain and the girl started to blush. I told her no worries and we left.
The other time was at Kota ...
... waste in
every canal. Within hours it was clear that Indonesians were going to
shoot to the top of my list of the most friendly nations on earth,
leaving Vietnam and Syria in their wake. Everywhere we went people were
coming up to us to meet and speak to us. I felt like Obama, who is a local hero in the city he used to live in. We drank Bali beer, got munched by mosquitoes, innocently underestimated the Islamic conservatism of Indonesia in our choice ...
... most picture-perfect mosque. It was directly next to a church though. Next to the church was another small park with a really cool monument with a guy breaking chains on top of it, representing freedom I guess. Next, I walked down a busy road through a business district, stopped to pose with a man who wanted to take a picture with me, went to a handicraft department store and to Jalan Jaksa, the main "backpacker area" but more of a dark road with some night-hawker stalls ...
... etc. Its amazing how muhc iv already learnt about the English language myself.
Teaching the kids about NZ
Yesterday I gave the kids a speech on NZ and Mr Jason translated which was great other wise the kids would of had no idea what I was on about. I told them about NZ history (maro and European) and NZ icons and myself. I also taught them the Haka which they loved to learn.
- Swimming pool
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- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center
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