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Monday, 10 April 2017

Bikes

Well, I have been away for a while and now I think it is time to come back. Perhaps, soon I might even tell you why, but for now lets talk about Motorbikes.

I have just received the licence plates for my latest motorbike or matic. A Honda Vario 150 matic. It is heavy, black and fast. We changed up from the MX because Jeremy has school this year and so it will be easier to ferry him about and also shopping is simpler on a bike like this.



However, we had to wait a while for the plates. We have been messed about by the dealer and a few other things but the bike is great and I think it will be a change to use a matic rather than a clutch or kick down one. 

Also it is a Honda. I started out on a Honda back in 2008 but then changed to Yamaha.


My clutch red Yamaha MX was fantastic and true joy to ride and with its bigger wheels made puddles and holes in the road a little easier to pass. 



My Black Yamaha MX was also great but it was a kick down which was a different ride to the Red one. It had 4 gears not five but it was a great bike.



My first bike, was a Honda Supra Fit 1lt and was second hand but well looked after and it taught me the basics of riding in Jakarta. Slow and prone to stalling it was just about able to ferry me around. I was not sorry to see it go when it did, however it was a great starter bike.

For those that see large bikes, fast bikes in their country, Indonesia just isn't the place for large MotoGP bikes. 250cc bikes are fast and loud and available and twice as much as a 150cc. 

150 cc is the largest sized engine you can have for an automatic here and it is a step up from the 135 cc Yamaha's that I had. 150 cc are normally bigger bikes such as the Yamaha Vixion or Honda Mega but there are so many bikes to choose from, you need to pick wisely. 

Motorbikes are the number 1 form of transport for nearly all as they are cheap, reliable and easy to use. So with the amount of bikes on the road there is no sense in having a bike with a larger engine (unless you want to show) because the average speed is around 30 kph on the way to work and on the way home 15. 15!!

Jeremy already has a helmet and will be wearing when out and about and off to school and he is already learning how to behave on a bike. This means no jumping up or down or sudden movements and the hold on to me and he likes to go on the bike so that he can see more buses, trucks and things as we ride about but I don't like to take him far because whilst fun, its not that safe not that good as an idea.




Tuesday, 10 January 2017

10 Years later

It was a cold rainy morning when I left my parents house back in January 2007 to get the bus to the travel lodge at Gatwick where first thing the next morning I would board an Ethihad plane and fly to Jakarta, stopping in Abu Dhabi for a bit before the long stretch across the Indian Ocean and then arriving in Jakarta.

Back in 2008

10 years ago, phone in hand

Since then I have returned to the UK only twice and whilst I perhaps should have returned more often, I have been more than happy here. Knowing that the future here is more cloudy and uncertain than being in England adds an edge to life and also has taught me how to cope and accept what I have rather than what I think I need.

I also got married and we now have a healthy if not a large overly energetic 3 year old who will be starting school this year! 

July 2013
July 2012




















My work has seen me move from being a teacher to a senior training manager (its a title) and from Cengkareng by the airport to Puri Indah by the toll way. My job is as diverse and challenging as ever and the grey hairs it has given me are probably all down to the fact that I take what I do seriously and want to succeed.  My home has taken me from shared teachers houses to apartments to small housing where I was robbed to the current over valued house I am in now. But where we are is great for Jeremy because he is near all Yovita's family and so that helps him grow and be among people who care for him. 

Ten years in Jakarta and despite a cough and the odd stomach bug I still believe I am strong and fit although running upstairs is often a challenge but that might be because I am not used to it. I ignore the heat more but stay out of the sun. I eat more fresh food and less processed food but never turn away junk food. 

With Jeremy (almost the same height)
10 years later phone still in hand
Me and Jeremy 2017

2017 will provide hopefully less stressful work related challenges and more new family experiences and with a fair wind and a strong sail the storms that the year will bring will be weathered pretty easily.