What a Waste

Bless our cotton socks, we’re a great nation to get introduced to an idea and run with it. Thirty years ago, I was a sticky happy kid, sitting in the back of the car at the dump, watching people fling bags of rubbish out of the boot like it was a national pastime. Radios, leftover food,…

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…

Better than IKEA

When thinking of emigrating there are a few questions worth asking. Is there a direct flight to Dublin? Is it a Muslim country? Are women allowed drive? For all the obvious reasons each of these has significant effect on the life as an expat and can help you choose between say, Doha or Dubai.   But…

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…

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…

Grocery Shopping in Jakarta

Ok, so no-one ever arrived in Jakarta and expected there to be a well-stocked Super Valu with a clean and colourful fruit and vegetable section.  Or a neatly displayed meat counter hygiene certificates hanging on the wall and your reflection on the glass, a dairy corner that’s brimming with freshness and dry foods aisles logically…