Wednesday, 21 January 2015


Not the start to the year I needed, being sick for 2 weeks, not eating or sleeping well and still not right. Something dodgy was eaten and its not been good for me. But everything continues.

I have just completed another year of Indonesia and now I embark on my 9th year here. I  left merry ole England in 2007. I returned in 2007 and 2010 and thats been it. I guess I do miss the place and with a teacher there over Christmas just gone, felt a bit more homesick than normal, but then when I read the news and see the weather reports and the happy status updates that seem to never appear on Facebook, I am still more than glad than ever that I am still here. My new contract carries me into my tenth year away from England and so at some point this year, I can start to celebrate the end of the old and the beginning of the new. 9 years does not really seem that long but it is. So many things have happened and everything has changed but life outside of England is still amazing, if not the same but with the weather!!

As normal I decided to carry on working and did not rest between contracts. I never moved house due to the lack of houses available and I paid the rent for another year so thats that. I did achieve all the results at work and hit all the targets for the first time ever and that has made me very happy and shows what we can do with the right people. However, moving into 2015 the game is afoot as the targets and challenges have become harder and the challenge greater, all of which sounds like fun.

I also waved goodbye to my old Samsung Galaxy tab which I seem to have had forever and bought a new shiny Tab which is slightly smaller but super fast and fun to have. Jeremy now seems to have commandeered it and so when possible I spend some time a day playing Lego Duplo Trains and Fisher Price games on it and the way he is learning to play the games is astonishing because he is picking up the routines and movements to do things. The time he spend on the tab is limited to around 80 minutes a day because I think it is more important he does everything else and plays and explores and covers the world in ink and crayon, reads books and runs about. However the skills he develops can only aid him in the future and it is helping eye and hand coordination and also making sounds and identifying things.

Speaking of eyes, I took an eye test. I have had some headached and a little bit blurry eyesight now and again probably due to reading a lot on my tab and then switching to me phone which is small and my eyes are complaining. Apparently I am +1 which meants that I need to have some reading glasses. Clearly a sign of age. Glasses first and then buying some comfy cardigans in Next so that the  image of the kindly old teacher will come to fruition in time!! But I will have to think of getting some glasses soon. Interesingly you can go to any Glass store or Optics and have an eye test for free.

Other things which have happened recently include the non arrival of Christmas cards in England, which posted weeks before Christmas have failed to materialise and that has annoyed me. I have sent them but who knows where they are.

The price of fuel has fallen again which is good and the price is less than 40p a litre at the moment but the taxis have not dropped their prices but instead all are the same price per km now so there is no difference between them. Blue Bird interestingly though seems to have taken on a whole army of new drivers, all of which are unable to get the house, get to the big malls, know how to go from here to there without apologising and apart for that being annoying, waiting for taxis is a pain especially when they keep calling the house to ask where we are....

So to cheer us up, some happy snaps of Jeremy.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

2015 A new Year

Well 2014 has gone. It took with it lots more memories and a whole year of watching Jeremy develop and grow and become a little boy with his own ideas and imagination. It took a lot my sleep as well. It also took with it seeing my mum and auntie in Bali and their reaction to seeing Jeremy for the first time. 2014 was an emotional year. 
But its gone. And in its place a whole year of who knows what will happen. I like that. 

To wave goodbye and say hello to the 2014 and 2015 we went back to the Batavia Apartments for a few nights, so we could enjoy hotel living and enjoy views of the city and have a small vacation away from the house. If we could have gone to Bali or Lombok we would have, but Yovita had to work and the cost for 4 was too much. The housekeeper had also decided to go back to her home town so that put extra pressure and strain on us but it was OK.

The view of the city on a stormy day

The apartment was nice, however we were unable to swim due to the rain and the water was too cold for Jeremy, but he seemed happy enough playing with his toys and watching TV. Yovita had to work so it left me to amuse him all day and that was fun. I got to watch the rain for the day which was fun when you are higher up.

Nice start to the day

Storm clouds gathering


Watching TV in the Apartment

Jeremy decided to wake up at 10pm and fall back to sleep at 11.30pm on NYE so any chance of drinking the new year in faded fast as he was not sleepy and it took both of us to get him back to sleep and then all that was left was to watching the increasingly large amount of fireworks around us light up the sky, wish each other Happy new year, phone my parents and then get to sleep before Jeremy was awake again. 

Getting back home, the usual stuff continues to happen. We went shopping in Carrefour and to my digust the place was empty of everything we needed, which meant we had to go back to another store to shop again. That was annoying. The price of fuel dropped though which made up for it and Shell V power is under 10,000 idr at the moment and thats great news. The water stopped coming out the taps which meant we needed to find a plumber. All the taps it seemed were full of green algae again from where they had not been used and so that all needed sorting out. The price of electricty rose as well and so I get even less for 100k that before, however to make things end on a happy note, our housekeeper came back from her trip which delighted us all. So its not all bad. 

I'm now back at work and settling in again. The early mornings start next week so its long days ahead until May and back to daily fights with the traffic. But its a new year and lots to look forward I sure. 

The view from my school last night. You can see the mountains to the south (honest)

Its a bit late but Happy New Year to you. I hope 2015 is full of laughter, happiness and good health for you all. 

The boy in 2015

Monday, 29 December 2014

Christmas 2014

Not the Christmas I had hoped for, but then they normally arent. This year was very low key and not really a festive one as with Yovita working and the housekeeper deciding to go home for the entire holiday time I am off, really never left too much to do anything at all. But then spending time with Jeremy is always fun if not a lot stressful and tiring. The holidays are not over until the 5th of January and we are off to an apartment overlooking the city for new year tomorrow so that is good news.

I took Christmas eve off from work, as usual and spent the day going mall to mall, buying bits and pieces for Christmas and  I met Yovita after work and we went home together which was nice. I ended up buying a range of spirits as well for the holiday which also was nice.

Christmas Day saw Jeremy overloaded with gifts from Mum and us and he has a lot more new clothes that fit and more toys and books and has sensed something was up. He was dleightfully excitied and full of life has not stopping playing with the toys or asking for the books to be read to him. The best bit about Christmas, I think is seeing others happy and enjoying the day.

Yovita and I took off for lunch around 12 and ended up at Senayan City mall where we queued to buy tickets for the Hobbit movie and then ate large amounts of Italian food washed down by beer before watching it. The movie was so so and it did not seem odd to see a movie at a cinema on such a traditional family day (for the British) and the mall was packed by the time we left. Christmas here is really just the day, everything returns to normal the next day and like all other national holidays, everything carries on regardless what national or religious holiday it is. 

Posh Tree thing at Senayan City

The 26th was spent shopping and eating and then resting at home as have the last couple of days. Yovita went back to work today, leaving me with Jeremy all day. I am now exhausted.

Christmas Tree Gandaria City

Jeremy with 2 giant Christmas bears

So a small and quiet Christmas but lots of love and laughter for all and a nice time was had I hope, by everyone.