Good to be Home?

Everyone than can, leaves Jakarta in summer, for a week, a month or for good. Arriving in Ireland from Jakarta is like, well it’s like arriving in Ireland from Indonesia.   The doors of the plane fling open in Dublin Airport and the fresh air envelopes us.   Glorious sunshine just about to break through as the…

Jakarta

Goodbye Jakarta

Like 99.9% of expat wives this week I was looking forward to going home for the summer months.   Delighted to be escaping the pollution and smog of Jakarta for a few weeks of fresh air and good food in vermin free surroundings I was beginning to daydream about the long evening walks, concerts in the…

Taman Mini Jakarta

Owing to the population density and massive pollution problem in Jakarta, much of daily life is spent indoors.   Although the torrential rain, thunder and lightning doesn’t start until about 1.45.p.m. the mornings can be unbearably warm and sticky making a trip to the swimming pool the only feasible outdoor activity for kids.   Forgot long walks…

Mice and Men

The butcher, the baker, the exterminator, all the usual suspects that make up a community can be found here in Jakarta. Unfortunately the exterminator has featured most in my life since my move to Indonesia. Not being from a background in Ireland that was used to living with animals, although I doubt even the most…

1974 or 2054

The lack of over-the-top rules and regulations in primary school in Jakarta, Indonesia, is refreshing to say the least. Unlike Ireland where having a child in national school suddenly heightens your awareness / paranoia of child abuse to mania level.    The teacher cannot tend to a sick child without there being a witness.   The teacher…

The Happy Hooker in Jakarta

To talk about Jakarta and not mention its rampant prostitution problem/habit/solution would be a lie by omission, of sorts. Prior to my move to Jakarta the word “Prostitution” always conjured up an image of a desperate situation.  A lonely, misunderstood man and a clapped out, down in the mouth lady, coming together as a consequence…