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…