One Hundred Euro

When coming from Indonesia where one hundred euro costs one point five million rupiah the expectation of what one hundred euro should buy in Ireland, can be high. In Jakarta it would be somewhat difficult to spend one point five million rupiah on entertainment for three children for one day.  Soft play centres cost between…

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…

Mosquitos Bite!

Everybody knows that a trip to the Far East, Indonesia not Wexford, requires vaccination against various diseases and infections.   Prior to my voyage east, my awareness of the severity of these illnesses was limited. I imagined that worst case scenario was a dose of vomiting and diarrhoea which would last a couple of days and…

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…

Good Friday in Jakarta

Indonesia, fair play to them, recognise all significant days in the calendar. Muslim days of significance, obviously, as Indonesia is 80% Muslim and home to the largest Muslim community in the world, along with  Hindu, Buddhism, Catholicism, All –Irelands, County Finals, come one, come all. So I wasn’t surprised when I learned that Good Friday…

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…

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…