Wednesday, 30 September 2009

The last day of September

Wow, Its October tomorrow. Living in Jakarta all that really means is that it is getting hottter and maybe a little closer to the rainy season but other than that not much. For the northern part of the world seasons are changing, feelings are changing and there should be christmas in the shops by now. Here. We just have got passed Idul Fitri and now not much really happens until Christmas.
It is however like I said getting hotter. It did rain on Fridaay night I am sure I wrote about that. The pollution seems to be less or I have finally learned to stop breathing all the way to work and back but I doubt it.
Pretty tough day today mainly cos of the power cut at school as the electricity board plan a rolling series of blackout through the city. That simply does not help.
We had total blackouts on Sunday and even Taman Anngrek apartments went into total darkness for a while which was fascinating to see. It lasted 2 hours here and so that was no fun. I had just woke up from my afternoon nap (such a tough life) and got the tv on and then bang tv off and in dark we were. Saved by beer and a charged Ipod I survived the darkness chilling out on the balcony. Luckily enough the apartments have backup power and so I there was light but that was not really needed as I had nothing to do anyway.
There seems to be a lot of blackouts at the moment through the city, it could be lack of fuel to power the generators, it could other people stealing power, stupid people digging up cables by accident or the huge fire at a generating station in the city either way no enought to go round.
Monday morning again a power out in the apartments but the elevators worked so I went to school where there was power so that was good.
Back to the school after a week away. Some good news, all the teachers were present and even chirpy. That was good. Many students had returned also so that helped.
So lots of planning and discussion about things and what we needed to do for the week. Did not take long to get back in the swing of it. And with exam week upon us, the week hoepfully was panning out for an easy way back into work.
Going to the gym. Now that is a concept that I am still not sure about but swallowing pride and holding it all in off I went. Gold gym is a global brand apparently. Still it full of meat heads and fat wobbly women. I have seen muscle bound men on tv but this lot in the gym are astounding. I however quite like my British and comfy living figure however, following doctors orders I am doing in the gym.
Indonesia is great. I can walk into a gym and someone smiles helps me the least and then points me into the changing rooms and thats it. I am a faceless member. The spider has caught the fly in its web and so I now must take what comes.
Oh how it hurt.
I endured 50 mins of sweat and burn. But the hot showers were nice and needed and 10 minutes later I was home stuffing down pasta and water a plenty.
The goal - get cardio fit, get weight loss by 5kg, sort out some muscle tone where practical. Maybe see my toes without breathing in!!!!
Anyway it was ok really.
Nothing really happend Tuesday. Except the internet in the apartment went from slow to dead stop. Not Frustrating more pick up objects and hurl them around the place. But I gave in and went to sleep. Hey its only email after all.
And so that brings me to today. It is never a good sign to get to the motorbike park and get a handwritten ticket as that means.... yep power cut. So today the school had no power. Now that always sucks and makes  the armpits even more steamy. 3 hours for me. I did convince the boss to have the air con turned on in the teachers room for the teachers which the generator that was running could run so that helped a little.
Quite a eventful day for me and only me is what I will write about. Thats cryptic but so what.
Had a huge postcard from Ma so that was good I enjoyed receiving that. Did some teacher reviews and they went well and actually spoke with Venny today. Something that I must remind her we need to do more. I dont  like not talking every day with her and the team.
Choices choices, choose the gym over beer again and a very good thing too.  Rode for 10km and the threw some weights about and then ended up on another machine. 50 mins of good pure sweat and hard work. IT does refresh the brain and body I have always believed that bit about the gym, and I also believe it will do me good in the long run. I want to feel some burn and the ache and feel different and also hopefully feel different.
The builders are back knocking banging and generally making more concrete skeletons to my left as I look out of the apartment. The men are back from holiday. So the noise has gone from 0 to a lot and I am not sure which one I preferred the most.
21 days to go now before I fly away to foreign lands (well Thailand still same part of the world ) and that is great. Now need to find a way to get to the UK next year for a visit. Dreams are amazing when those in them are trying not to strangle you............
Right thats all. More soon.
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