Sunday, August 24, 2008

A great night at Anza

We had a busy day yesterday, visitors, studying, lots of kids. Late in the afternoon my friend convinced us to come out for a BBQ at ANZA.

You know sometimes how all you want to do is have a quiet night with a wine and be in bed by 8pm........It was one of those days; especially as I had finally completed a big science last!

It is just as well my friend won't take no for an answer!

It was a great night and we met lots of interesting, fun new people.

We couldn't get a sitter so we took the kids and luckily other people had brought theirs as well so there was lots of kids having fun.

It is the end of the summer holidays here in Jakarta and most of the new batch of expats have arrived. We got a chance to meet a few new families; it felt strange being an "old timer" in Jakarta after 18 months. LOL

After a few wines and lots of chit chat I hear a OMG your JenJen!!!!!!!! I was recognized from this blog.

I felt very special lol!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

iPod Nano

I have mentioned before that we are not quick to embrace new technology....

I have about 7 hours of lectures a week to listen to as well as many hours of research at my desk.

My bottom is protesting......and spreading........ So GJ surprised me with an iPod.

Georgia is pea green with envy.

There is just one problem...oh my goodness there is no instructions...well there is, you have to go on line to get them and go from page to page following links. With the annoying little question all the time of "did this help/answer your question" LOL

Once I work out how to load it, I might be able to work out how to listen to it. Then I might be able to get off my arse!

MMMMM I wonder if GJ can build a desk on my treadmill???????

Friday, August 22, 2008

I have a new addiction...(one that I find time for and not feel guilty about LOL)

Monday Nights on the Australian Network channel I HAVE to watch Outrageous Fortunes.

I think I saw one episode in Australia before we left (I don't think it presently being shown on Australian networks).

This is show about a New Zealand working-class crime family where some family members are trying to go straight and some are still very criminal.

The family members are so trashy and I love them!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Failing to correctly mother a boy child

I have forgotten a vital piece of information in regards to Ben's education.

I forgot to lay down the law of putting the seat down when he is finished.

I hope it is not too late to retrain him in correct bathroom etiquette!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


I feel bad about not updating my blog...but in my mind how can I blog when I have essays and assignments due? Blog guilt......

I can't relax and enjoy a massage any more...not when TanTan is stuck in Sydney doing all the caring for my mum. Sister guilt......

(don't worry, I can still have a creme bath and blow-dry...I just take all my books LOL)

Lets not even start on the whole mother guilt thing...whether you work or don't work you still feel guilt!

Shopping..see #1 who has time???????

I hope I can balance it all out asap!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Indonesian Independence Day, 17th August 2008

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian mayor has ordered security officers in parts of the capital to go door-to-door on Independence Day to make sure people are flying the national flag.

Budiman Simarmata, acting mayor of South Jakarta, on Thursday cited a 1958 government regulation that it is the administration's right to urge residents to raise the flag, although there are no penalties for failing to do so.

"Residents should hoist the red and white flag three days before and three days after the Independence Day," he said in a phone interview.

Indonesia celebrates its break from the Dutch on Aug. 17, 1945, for several weeks each year, decking the streets in the national colors and holding concerts, fairs and parades.

Around 300 officers will be sent out in Simarmata's municipality of roughly 1.8 million people to persuade residents to show their patriotism, he said.

"We have to give the highest appreciation for our independence fought so hardly by our heroes," he said in a telephone interview. "I urge residents to report to the officers if there is anybody who did not raise the flag."

We won't be getting a knock on our door lol.

We love decorating for Independence day.

The streets are looking so vibrant this week. All the roads and buildings are covered in flags as well as all the colourful banners for the upcoming election. The city is alive with colour.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

A crazy thing

I have done a very crazy regards to my workload.
We have signed up for Bahasa Indonesian lessons twice a week, a total of three hours per week.
This in in addition to working and studying full brain is fizzing!

I have a huge vocabulary of Indonesian words but do not know all the joining words
EG want, it, is, in, all, now, the, all etc.
I can ask simple questions etc and make myself understood, but is not speaking properly, just stringing words together.
I want to be fluent.

Friday, August 15, 2008

School Sports Day

We had our school sports day this week to coincide with the Olympics.
The kids all had a fantastic time and I was on official photographer detail for the day.
I would love to show all the photos but can't due to privacy issues.
The heat was horrendous, I didn't realise how much I need some time in AC each day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The kids didn't seem to notice at all, but I was drained by the end of the day and feel like I have a hang over today...

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Oobleck, a Non-Newtonian fluid

This is one of the experiments I have been learning about in my science unit.
Oobleck, named from a Dr Suess book.
A non-Newtonian fluid is a fascinating substance that, depending on the force applied, will act like a solid or a liquid.
You can roll it in your hands and create a solid ball, but as soon as you stop moving it will turn back to a liquid and ooze through your fingers.

You make this by adding 1 part of water to two parts of cornflour with some food dye.

This makes a huge amount of mess, but it is a lot of fun.

This last few weeks of starting an university degree has been a huge shock to my system. The amount of work and reading is HUGE. I don't know what I thought it would be like but I know i didn't think it would consume so much of my time.

Full time uni+ part time work+ no nanny= not enough hours in the day.

All the lecturers have assured me that if you make it through the first five weeks you will make it through the four years!
I hope so!