Category Archives: Our Life in Jakarta

Paris Hilton Brown Hat Red Flower Green Leaf – Hollywood, USA

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One thing dominants this Paris Hilton photo is the big green leaves. Even bigger than the red rose!

So much to a brown summer’s hat. We can only focus on the big green leaves for now. Is St. Patrick’s Day coming early this year?

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Beautiful floral hat on a hat day.

A Hat Day

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Girl and a floral hat, so beautiful and feminale.

Love the colours: pink, white, ivory, orange.

A girl can’t have enough flowers, and hats too. Love this hat.

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Pop Sent Prayers to Indonesia Flood Victims – Jakarta Snapshoot

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What a week in the flooded Jakarta! Even Pope Benedict XVI is alerted and has offered his prayers to the victims of floods in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Pope said “no one should go without the necessary aid.”

As we heard, every 5 years, there is a huge flood in Jakarta. Last year, we were lucky. This year the flood has affected a total of 74 urban wards in 31 sub-districts in Jakarta’s five municipalities. More than 97,000 houses as well as some of Jakarta’s main roadways were flooded.

Let’s see the Indonesia ordinary people affected by the Jakarta Flood in our Jakarta Snapshoots.

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Midnight Visitor Interview with Stumble Abroad

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Good morning, Salamat Pagi.

How’s the weather like in your city today? Hope you have a nice day!

We have done an interview with Ana from Stumbleabroad recently. Stumbleabroad is a fabulous blog about expat life in Jakarta. Ana has a regular column on Friday about real people living and breathing in Jakarta, both Expats and Jakartarans.

You might want to head over to Stumbleabroad to meet some of our own Jakarta people? To read our original interview, click here.

Or you can simply read below. Hope you like it.

{Fabulous Jakartan Friday}

Sarah, the Stylish Aussie Mom

Tell me more, tell me more

1. First, tell us a little bit about you. What’s your background? Where did you grow up? How long have you been living in Jakarta for? What does your family look like?

We are Anna (aka Miss D), John and Sarah from Sydney, Australia. We are an expat family of three. We lived in Melbourne where Sarah got her MBA in Monash University and John worked in a multi-national company.

When Miss D was a baby, our family moved to Sydney and has been living there ever since. We actually fell in love with Sydney because of its beautiful beaches and warmer weather. Sydney is also closer to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, which are our favorite holiday destinations during winter time.

One day, after we move back to Australia,  we might move back to Melbourne when we retire to join our extended families there.

2. Is Indonesia your first post abroad? What’s the hardest thing about being an expat in Indonesia? What did you struggle with the most?
Indonesia is our first post abroad, although we have traveled often in both of our working lives. We never thought we were ever going to visit Jakarta as a tourist spot back in Australia. Bali is much more well- known in Australia. Many of our friends have visited Bali before, not Jakarta.

The hardest thing for us as expats in Indonesia is being away from family and friends. Other than that the language barrier, the traffic jam, and the pollution all take their tolls.

We raised 4 beautiful chickens back in Sydney. Leaving them behind to come to Jakarta is one of the hardest things for us, especially Miss D. You can read our chicken story here.

Some days, on a gloomy rainy day like today, we wonder why we are here, in a strange city in Jakarta. But, most days, we try to live a normal, balanced life.

Do you want to see our emotional feeling about the city of Jakarta? Have a read of this poem we wrote: our city.

3.I love your blog Midnight Visitor! Why did you decide to start a blog? What’s the best thing that has come from blogging?

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Education and Schools in Jakarta – An article we wrote last year

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Good morning, as promised, here is the article we wrote for ExpatArrivals website about Indonesia education and school system. To read the article on ExpatArrival, click here.

But as our dear readers, of course you get to read it from our own midnightvisitor website.

What do you think? Hope it can bring you a somewhat complete picture about schools in Jakarta and we will be very delighted if it helps you in your school selection process if you are an upcoming expat to our great city of Jakarta.

Education and Schools in Jakarta

For Indonesians, compulsory education lasts for a total of nine years. This includes six years of primary school education, known as Sekolah Dasar, which begins when a child is six or seven. This is followed by three years of secondary school education, SMP or Sekolah Menengah Pertama, which begins at the age of 12 or 13.

After that students have a choice to either enrol in high school, SMA or Sekolah Menengah Ata, for another three years. Alternativley, some children choose to find a job and start work.

In general, students who have graduated from SMA will go directly to university, Universitas. However, due to either financial constraints or academic stress, some students drop out and opt for pre-university or associate degrees.

Within the Indonesian local compulsory education system, there are two kinds of schools: national schools and national plus schools.

National schools in Indonesia

In national schools the teaching language used is Indonesian. Every subject is taught in the Indonesian language by Indonesian teachers. Even English itself is taught by Indonesian teachers who speak English.

No dialects such as Javanese are offered in any of the schools in Indonesia, at least not in big cities like Jakarta.

These local languages are still used in remote parts of the country. The language barrier is one of the main reasons why expat children do not attend national schools in Indonesia.

National plus schools in Indonesia

National plus schools in Indonesia offer some international curricula and classes are generally in English rather than Indonesian.

The majority of these schools cater for Indonesian students with expatriate students often making up only a small proportion of the school’s student population. They do however accept expat children and are a good alternative for expats who work for companies that do not cover education fees.

International schools in Indonesia

Most expats in Indonesia send their children to international schools. This is the best option for those working for a company that makes a provision for school fees within an expat employment package.

There are many good international schools in Jakarta. The most popular international schools include Jakarta International School (JIS), the Australian International School (AIS) and the British International School (BIS).

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In Need of Gratitude – Jakarta Kids Swim In Flood Water

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This is how we feel when we saw picture below of Kids swimming in Jakarta Flood. So far, over 18,000 people are homeless, 11 are dead.

Let’s pray and put the sunshine and smile back on.

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Over 9,000 Evacuated due to Heavy Downfall in Jakarta

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It has been raining, raining, and raining.

This year’s wet season in Jakarta is a monster.

So far, over 9,000 people have been forced out of their homes in Jakarta. Some have lost their lives.

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The place we stay, south Jakarta is safer. But the center of the city, and the northern Jakarta areas are hard hit. Even the Presidential Palace is flooded.

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We feel so sorry for the local Jakartarans, especially the kids.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Rain, please go away.

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From pub to the Playboy Mansion – 1st home for Hugh Hefner’s New Wife

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We love a bit of gossip every now and then. We were shocked to see the picture below. Do you know what it is?

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Well, this is the first home of Crystal – Playboy boss Hugh Hefner‘s new wife. As you know, Crystal married 82 year’s old Hugh Hefner at a tender age of 26 in the new year.

Glamorous girl, humble beginnings.

If she were Paris Hilton, will she marry Hugh Hefner? Maybe it is not only money that attracts Crystal to Hugh, but it certainly plays a part. Quite a big one, we guess…

We were shocked even more to see the picture below. This could be in Jakarta. Looks so familiar and run down. No, sadly, it is the surroundings of Crystal’s first home.

Now, we start to understand why there are so many Indonesia boat people risking their lives.

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Don’t believe it? Have a look at the rubbish dump in Jakarta we took a while ago.

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Even worse one below:

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To see more daily life in Jakarta, read the D’s Snapshots here.

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Rain, Rain, Go Away – Nursery Rhymes and Lyrics

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Good morning and welcome to the New Year!

It is hard to believe we were still in China yesterday, watching snow falls and we are now back in Jakarta and watching the rain again.

It has been a great holiday, and the weather is on our side. Miss D has finally seen the first real snow fall in her life! She is beyond excited. Stay tuned for some snow pictures we took very soon.

Beside the snow, we have many other stories to tell. Gosh, where should we start? Below are a few stories we are going to write about our China trip.

  1. Miss D’s Awasome Question about China
  2. 5 Peculiar Things about China
  3. Rice Bubble Making the Chinese Way
  4. First Snow
  5. Taobao (Treasure Hunt) on the biggest China Online Shopping Website

Interested? These are only a tip of what we will write about our China trip.

Be patient, we will need some time to write quality articles. 😀

For now, we will just put up a good, old nursery rhyme about the rain. The raining season in Jakarta this year seems quite different from last year. It rained almost everyday. Dark skies, and bad traffic, how long will this last? Rain, please go away…

Rain Rain go Away

Rain rain go away,
Come again another day.
Little Johnny wants to play;
Rain, rain, go to Spain,
Never show your face again!

To read more nursery rhymes and lyrics, click here.

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A Serious Black Cat with a batman hat? Nanjing, China

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A Serious Black Cat with a batman hat? Nanjing, China.

Have a look at this Cat! This is no ordinary cat.

This is the original Batman Cat!

Have a happy day today.

Have A Hat Day!!!!!

Love. D

The Midnight Visitor By Robery Arthur

This is a short story by Robery Arthur. And the title is:

Midnight Visitor

Ausable did not fit any description of a secret agent Fowler had ever read. Following him down the musty corridor of the gloomy French hotel where Ausable had a room, Fowler felt let down. It was a small room, on the sixth and top floor, and scarcely a setting for a romantic adventure.Ausable was, for one thing, fat. Very fat. And then there was his accent. Though he spoke French and German passably, he had never altogether lost the American accent he had brought to Paris from Boston twenty years ago.“You are disappointed,” Ausable said wheezily over his shoulder.

“You were told that I was a secret agent, a spy, dealing in espionage and danger. You wished to meet me because you are a writer, young and romantic. You envisioned mysterious figures in the night, the crack of pistols, drugs in the wine.”

“Instead, you have spent a dull evening in a French music hall with a sloppy fat man who, instead of having messages slipped into his hand by dark-eyed beauties, gets only a prosaic telephone call making an appointment in his room. You have been bored!” The fat man chuckled to himself as he unlocked the door of his room and stood aside to let his frustrated guest enter.

“You are disillusioned,” Ausable told him. “But take cheer, my young friend. Presently you will see a paper, a quite important paper for which several men and women have risked their lives, come to me.

Some day soon that paper may well affect the course of history. In that thought is drama, is there not?”

As he spoke, Ausable closed the door behind him. Then he switched on the light.

And as the light came on, Fowler had his first authentic thrill of the day. For halfway across the room, a small automatic pistol in his hand, stood a man.

Ausable blinked a few times.

“Max,” he wheezed, “you gave me quite a start. I thought you were in Berlin. What are you doing here in my room?”

Max was slender, a little less than tall, with features that suggested slightly the crafty, pointed countenance of a fox. There was about him — aside from the gun — nothing especially menacing.

“The report,” he murmured. “The report that is being brought to you tonight concerning some new missiles. I thought I would take it from you. It will be safer in my hands than in yours.”

Ausable moved to an armchair and sat down heavily. “I’m going to raise the devil with the management this time, and you can bet on it,” he said grimly. “This is the second time in a month that somebody has got into my room through that nuisance of a balcony!” Fowler’s eyes went to the single window of the room. It was an ordinary window, against which now the night was pressing blackly.

“Balcony?” Max said, with a rising inflection. “No, a passkey. I did not know about the balcony. It might have saved me some trouble had I known.”

“It’s not my balcony,” Ausable said with extreme irritation. “It belongs to the next apartment.” He glanced explanatorily at Fowler. “You see,” he said, “this room used to be part of a large unit, and the next room — through that door there — used to be the living room. It had the balcony, which extends under my window now. You can get onto it from the empty room two doors down — and somebody did, last month. The management promised to block it off. But they haven’t.”

Max glanced at Fowler, who was standing stiffly not far from Ausable, and waved the gun with a commanding gesture. “Please sit down,” he said. “We have a wait of half an hour, I think.”

“Thirty-one minutes,” Ausable said moodily. “The appointment was for twelve-thirty. I wish I knew how you learned about the report, Max.”

The little spy smiled evilly. “And we wish we knew how your people got the report. But no harm has been done. I will get it back tonight. What is that? Who is at the door?”

Fowler jumped at the sudden knocking at the door. Ausable just smiled. “That will be the police,” he said. “I thought that such an important paper as the one we are waiting for should have a little extra protection. I told them to check on me to make sure everything was all right.”

Max bit his lip nervously. The knocking was repeated.

“What will you do now, Max?” Ausable asked. “If I do not answer the door, they will enter anyway. The door is unlocked. And they will not hesitate to shoot.”

Max’s face was black with anger as he backed swiftly towards the window. He swung a leg over the sill. “Send them away!” he warned. “I will wait on the balcony. Send them away or I’ll shoot and take my chances!”

The knocking at the door became louder and a voice was raised.

“Mr Ausable! Mr Ausable!”

Keeping his body twisted so that his gun still covered the fat man and his guest, the man at the window grasped the frame with his free hand to support himself. Then he swung his other leg up and over the window-sill.

The doorknob turned. Swiftly Max pushed with his left hand to free himself from the sill and drop to the balcony. And then, as he dropped, he screamed once, shrilly.

The door opened and a waiter stood there with a tray, a bottle and two glasses. “Here is the drink you ordered for when you returned,” he said, and set the tray on the table, deftly uncorked the bottle, and left the room.

White-faced, Fowler stared after him. “But…” he stammered, “the police…”

“There were no police.” Ausable sighed. “Only Henry, whom I was expecting.”

“But won’t that man out on the balcony…?” Fowler began.

“No,” said Ausable, “he won’t return. You see, my young friend, there is no balcony.”

A Clown, a comedia, a princess and 3 fancy hats – Jakarta Indonesia

This is a picture we took in PIM (Pondok Indah Shopping Mall) in South Jakarta. Look at the three hats the magician and his helpers are wearing, and their outfits. It can be in any other cities in the world, can’t it?

Oh, we have created a brand new blog for A Hat Day because it is focused only on Hats!!!

Check A Hat Day – Hatter’s Paradise now!!!!

Love. D

A Hat Day

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Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate – Jakarta snapshoots through D’s camera

From the food and recipes we put out on Midnightvisitor, you would agree that we don’t believe in diets or restricting ourselves in the D house. We love our chocolates, cakes, and anything yummy. But don’t get us wrong, we do believe in a balanced diet (or to a broader extend – a balanced life) so to speak.

We are so looking forward to Christmas, and one of our priorities for this Christmas is to eat all the decadent treats we crave! Think chocolate brownies, chocolate mousse, chocolate cookies, chocolate fudges…

Oh, my, our mouths are watering the moment we write this. How about a Jakarta Chocolate Roadshow for today? We can’t wait.

Of course, we will do some high impact cardio, a hot yoga and a soothing swim after this. That’s the secret why we can keep on eating this Christmas. 😀

Jakarta is not a sleepy fishing village any more. Those years are long gone. Jakarta is in fact a big metropolitan city today, and it has all the Chocolates in the world.

This week, the D’s camera is going to show case some of the best Chocolates that Jakarta is on offer.

Enjoy.

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So many chocolate cakes, which one to pick? So hard, yet so tempting…

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How about checking out the brochures first? That’ll get us going.

Cheese cake we bought.

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Smaller but better chocolate cheese cake!

We love our cheese cakes. And a chocolate cheese cake? That’s even better. This is the same cheese cake as we bought for Miss D. The only difference is it is topped with chocolate filling and laced with white meringue.

And the price? It is RP11,500 for the smallest 20x10cm cake, and runs up to RP1,220,000 for the biggest 60x40cm cake. (1USD = RP9,600)

How did we miss that the last time we went shopping? We love the topping! One more reason to go back.

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Another great chocolate cake, tiny but great. We always enjoy dark chocolate. The bitterness keeps us want more. Enjoy a great cuppa after this. We will add some coco on top, just for you.

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How about some chocolate ice-cream? Actually, any kind of ice-cream will be fine for us. After all, it is always hot in Jakarta, and ice-cream is so popular here. We won’t mind a truck load of it, in fact.

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Wait, we not only have chocolate ice-creams in Jakarta, we also have chocolate  cup cakes. They are smaller but taste as great as their bigger chocolate buddies. Why not give them a go? You might like them, too. Besides, the sales girls in Jakarta are super nice. We don’t want to disappoint them, do we?

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You won’t think that we would leave you empty handed after all these, would you? We can’t do that. Chocolate is for everyone, so here it goes, the shops where we normally get our chocolates and cakes in Jakarta. You’ll find them at the end of this article.

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Still, this is only the tip of the iceberg. We guarantee that Jakarta has much more chocolates on offer: in fancy restaurants, hotels, cake shops, chocolate shops…

If you really, really want more, you have to come over and see for yourself. And God knows, we might even put up a few more of our favorite chocolate shows before Christmas. After all, this is the holiday season, what more excuses do we need to enjoy Chocolate?

The chocolate/cakes shops we frequent:

The harvest

Jl. Arteri Pondok Indah, No.38E, Jakarta Selatan

+62-21-7201710

+62-21-7268409

Royce Chocolates Indonesia

Pondok Indah Mall 1

Awfully chocolate Jakarta

Plaza Indonesia
Level LB#31 Jalan M.H Thamrin Kav.
28-30 Jakarta,10350
T: (62) 21 3199 0205
F: (62) 21 3199 0208

Open 10am – 10pm daily

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D’s Bucket List and the end of the world

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We have only got till next Tuesday before the world is going to end. Scary stuff. Angles, arrows, guns? Which one to pick? Who to believe? Does anyone know the Mayas? How reliable these ancient people are?

Whatever will happen, we are going to stop blogging and spend all the remaining precious time with our family and loved ones. Actually we will be on a flight to Sydney as soon as Mr. D finishes his work on Friday. 😀

How about you? Is there anything on your mind that you must do before the end of the world?

We know, we have just published our Christmas wishes this week. But we can’t wait any longer, we are gonna publish the D’s Bucket List right now, until it’s too late.

So here is D’s bucket list:

  1. Skating in Antarctic with dogs
  2. Safari in Africa
  3. Check out the Caribbeans
  4. Go to New York and a few other metropolitan cities
  5. Diving at Ko Phi Phi
  6. Meet the Pharaohs in Egypt

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OK, this list is already too long, hope you have got the drill by now…

We have got an around the world flight to catch.

To complete these trips in less than a week, aren’t we ambitious?!

Last but not least, while we are on the airplane, we will eat all the chocolate we can possibly eat. No time to be wasted. Not until next Tuesday.

What is your bucket list? Do you have one? Time is running out!

Love. D

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New Baby Name

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The Royal baby name game has officially started. People are making royal memorial plates, cups, mugs to celebrate.

So which baby name will you pick? No, not for the royal baby. Our baby’s name, of course.

We will use the next 9 months to pick a Royal baby name!

For now, we have to pick a name for our baby: our new website, that is.

OK, we might just stick to the midnightvisitor name, but upon checking, it’s been taken.

How can that be?

We can have as many David as we like in real life, why can’t we have the same midnightvisitor name in blog sphere. So not fair!

That’s OK. We are not going to complain. Naming is our specialty, too. If you don’t know this already. We have beautiful names for our pets: our chickens, turtle, and cat. Miss D loves to name her toys. All her toys have their very own names: bluey, shinny, angle, Brenda, etc, etc…

Even funnier, if you are lucky enough to know us in person, we might have named you, too. You see, when we know 8 Davids in our house, it is very hard to tell who is who. So being creative as we are, if you are lucky enough to be the David we know, your new name might be:

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Errr…….. Actually, we will pick another name to show you how we do this naming game. We certainly don’t want to be offensive, and who knows, the David we are talking about might just be reading right now. 😀

How about Dumbledor, yeh, Dumbledor will do. Everyone knows Dumbledor, yet lucky enough, we have no real life friends named that yet. So here we go:

In the D house, if you are the Dumbledor we know, we might call you a million things:

An older Dumbledor – ‘Old man’.

A Dumbledor who likes fruits – ‘monkey’.

A tall Dumbledor? ‘bamboo’ sounds like a fitting name. 😀

For a Dumbledor who eats a lot, we name you ‘tiger’. Sometimes, we might call you HT if we happen to see you in action. Don’t know what HT is, it is short for Hungry Tiger, of course.

If Dumbledor was a woman (this is only a game, alright?), her names can be:

A Dumbledor who married a banker, that’s easy, her new name is the ‘banker’s wife’.

A Dumbledor who is from Spain – ‘that Spanish Girl’.

A Dumbledor who enjoys a bit of laugh like us? How does ‘Joker’ sound? Actually, we don’t like that. Joker is not a good name for a girl.

We like chocolate, so we named one of the Indonesia beauty queen after that when we saw her on TV. Indonesians are dark colored, but very beautiful, too. Chocolate is a compliment in the D house, OK?

Anyways, the new names are mostly for fun, sometimes can be a bit over the top, but nothing offensive here in the D House. After all we have to be good role models for Miss D.

So what about our new website name? Well, we have come up with a few different ones. We are still brainstorming. Stay tuned.

Oh, want to see the David in the D house? We actually have one.

Meet our very own David D. Miss D fell in love with this wooden doll in Ikea and had to have it. Miss D loves to draw and she wants to draw this doll as soon as she saw him.

And guess what name she picked for him?

David D.

So here is our David in the D house. We love him and he is a pretty good dancer.

Love. D

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Jakarta Weather Station

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We might as well change our name from MidnightVisitor to Jakarta Weather Station!

Yep, you got it, it rained again this afternoon here in Jakarta. Some places were flooded soon enough after 10 minutes of heavy down pour.

Can you imagine it is all started with this:

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Blue skies, white clouds, nice flow traffic (oops, actually no traffic in this picture! Well done, Jakarta, you amazed us again). Satu Lagi (means AGAIN in Indonesia Language. :D)

Mrs. D got really frustrated in the car stuck in the traffic on her way home after a lovely lunch in Pacific Place (a fancy shopping mall in central Jakarta). All the happiness from earlier of the day was slowly winding away.

She’s got a kid to take out of school and she was running late. There was nothing she can do, not even with a driver who knows all the short-cuts in South Jakarta. She was rather anxious. She really didn’t want to be late.

Sigh…

Until she saw this man:

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A rubbish man braving the wind and rain, treading in the flood, and just kept on going.

What’s going through his mind? Was he frustrated like us?

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We would never know.

Unlike Paris Hilton, Mrs. D would never stop her car and talk to a total stranger. Not in circumstances like this. Everyone has his own dignity. Who are we to judge? After all, it was not a street beggar she had seen.

Anyway, Mrs. D was much calmer and relaxed after this. No way she was going to turn herself into a banker’s wife, that’s Mr. D’s job. 😀

Happiness, isn’t it a strange thing? Have you figured out yours yet?

Love. D

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A Royal Baby

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No more rumors! Kate and William are having a royal baby!

Sorry to deviate from our normal Jakarta news. But what news can be greater than a Royal baby news this Christmas?! To say we are excited is an understatement. Any baby gets us excited, let alone a Royal baby! This is the best Christmas ever. Let’s celebrate!

Congratulations Kate and Will! Well done!

Now that the Royal baby is on the way, what about baby names? Oh, we love naming babies. The next 9 months will be spent on picking the best baby name for our Royal baby. Free entertainment. 😀

What about baby clothing? We love to buy cute clothes for new born babies. A batik dress for a royal baby girl, or a batik shirt for a royal baby boy? Oh, imaginations, ours are running wild…

For now, we will stick to our Christmas red. A red dress if we have a princess.

What if we have a prince? Well, we will have to do a prince outfit soon, don’t we? Stay tuned. 😀

How about you? Any baby names you like? Any baby clothes you gonna design? Good luck. See who’s the winner in 9 months time.

Love. D

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Why we can’t trust Google

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Here we go again. Can anyone tell us how this photo of ours have anything to do with the term:

medical assistant

Well, obviously, Google thinks this picture has everything to do with the term ‘medical assistant office outfits girls’ . In fact, this photo not only has everything to do with ‘medical assistant office outfits girls’, it is also one of the best photos for ‘medical assistant office outfits girls’.

Why?

Because out of hundreds of millions of photos for ‘medical assistant office outfits girls’ , this photo of ours is ranked on the 5th page on Google image search. That’s like ranking the top 0.00001% out of Google pictures for this search term.

How cool is that!

Actually this is not our best photo yet, check the other photo of ours.

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Look familiar? Well, this one has ranked on Google image search page No. 2 for ‘medical assistant office outfits girls’. Wow, now that Google mentioned it, she sure does look like a medical assistant to us. Cosplay in bright day light in a crowded Jakarta shopping mall. Is that even legal? What do you think?

We are really impressed by the genius behind the Google search team by now. They must have held double PhD degrees for what they are doing.Don’t believe your eyes? Why not Google yourself. 😀

Next time if you want to cheat on Google, just throw in some random pictures and put a nice title to it. You might hit your jackpot too. Google is an easier lover, he will be contented with just that.

Oh, we also like the photo below for our beloved search term ‘medical assistant office outfits girls’. This one ranks very well on Google image search. You can find it on Google search page 2, very close to our second photo above.

Talking about a mad hair (head) day? Here we go:

 

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Jakarta Factory Outlet – How to identify genuin clothes

One of the benefits of living in Jakarta is there are many factory outlets here. Every now and then, we will go there and do some treasure hunt. It is fun.

You would think we have paid the original prices for our winter clothes below:

jakarta factory outlet hoodie

Hack no, we won’t buy any winter clothes without checking out the many Jakarta factory outlets.

As we have said before, shopping in the factory outlets can be a hit and miss. There are lots of fake products in these factory outlets. So have we bought the authentic products?

Check out the actual hoodies and see the labels, textures, and feelings. What do you think?

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Are these genuine branded garments or not? We think they are. Our guess is these are current season genuine export clothes. For whatever reason, they are left behind and are now sold in the many factory outlets in Jakarta.

And this is what we paid:

A pale white coloured hoodie by Junk Food. On sale for USD 40, down from USD 80. Bought for RP99,000 (1 USD = RP9,600)

A grey hoodie by Aerie for American Eagle. USD 49.99. Bought for RP89,000.

A grey turtle neck long sleeve top . On sale for USD 19,99, down from USD 39.99. Bought for RP79,000.

Here is the picture of our grey hoodie from the AE website. It is called Aerie boyfriend sweat shirt:

AE Boyfriend sweat shirt

Upon close look, we have actually figured out why our sweat shirt ends up in the Jakarta factory outlet: it’s missing the tie at the bottom of the sweat shirt. Oh, well, guess we can live with that.

We have even seen the cover girl fur collared sweater below as well. It is on sale for RP99,000. But we don’t like the fur collar, and have passed it on.

hoodies and tops for winter American Eagle

Happy shopping.

Best Hot Woman In A Swimming Pool?

We have just reinforced that MidnightVisitor is a family blog, and we are quite sensible in not showing any not kids friendly stuff here. The next thing we know, we have landed ourselves in hot water, again.

How does this happen?

Well, after a day’s hard work, we are enjoying our peace and quiet and doing a bit maintenance on our blog. Guess what we found? Some strangers have landed on our blog via this:

If you not already know, this is a screen shoot of who’s who in the blog sphere. Basically it tells you how people find you using what search terms. Amazingly, someone found us through the term ‘best hot woman in a swimming pool’, among our Christmas lyrics and Christmas ornament and crafts.

How did this happen?

Being curious souls like us, we frantically put the term on Google. We love Google, right? Google sure will not fail us.

Guess we are wrong, yet again.

We searched and searched, but among the millions of pictures shown up, we cannot find anything that belongs to us.

To love, or not to love, that is the question. Now we are utterly destroyed. Our hearts are broken. If we can’t trust Google, who else can we trust?!

Since we are heart broken, we need to see a doctor. But, it’s already too late here in Jakarta. What to do?

We love jokes and we believe laughter is the best medicine. So instead of finding our ‘best hot woman in the swimming pool’, we have found someone else’s hot lady: in the swimming pool and naked, via our great trusty friend Google:

Don’t believe your eyes? Why not Google yourself? Put in our title for this article, and see how you fare. Google might as well surprise you. You might have some pool side fun along the way. You never know…

Who said we can trust Google?

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Jakarta snapshots through D’s Camera – Who is coming to town this Christmas?

We all know our Jingle Bells by now. Guess who is coming to town this Christmas? The town, of course, is our beloved Jakarta!

We have prepared a nice roadshow for you on another topic this week for D’s Camera. But our plan is not relevant any more as soon as we see this:

Yep. Obviously, this Christmas Hello Kitty is coming to town, and we’ll paint the city red PINK?

Not happy? Nor is our snowman here. Snowman and Hello Kitty? An innovation idea. Does it work?

Look at the snowman’s face, hint, hint, hint…

To make this Christmas the best ever in Jakarta, the marketing team has worked hard and even throw in a few goodies for us. How about a lucky dip by our very own reindeer? That would cheer us up in no time.

Or how about all the other relevant cartoon characters we like? We have the most popular ones here.

Alas, although we looked very hard, we couldn’t find Santa Claus in this fairytale land. Soz, nothing we can do.

Maybe we should ask those marketing people at the back stage? See, they are still busy planning. There’s still time till the big day, right?

Actually we admire this Christmas fairytale castle so much, we have even dug out some news for you. Curious to know who is the boss of this fairytale land of Hello Kitties?

We waited, waited and waited. Well, our effort didn’t wasted, here comes the BOSS (music and drum rolls here…)

Well out of this group of impressive marketing genius, guess who is the boss?

You’re right.

The Lady.

It has to be her. Now we understand — errr the PINK.

So what is NEXT? We’re a bit disoriented after all these pink. Haven’t see this much pink since Miss D was 5.

Gosh, time flies by so quickly!

How about a bit black and white? Our eyes need some rest after all these hello kitty…

This is more like our style. Feel better now? How about a bit more color, like RED? After all it is Christmas season we are in. Be sensible.

What? This is not sensible enough for you? Are you a 5 years old?

OK, OK, admittedly it’s a bit crazy. Christmas underwear? Not allowed here. After all this is a family blog. We want to set good examples for our kids, don’t we?

How about bring in some real Christmas magic? For that, we give you the magical moment! (with a price tag of RP32499.000, you will need to work out how much it is by yourself, you’re on your own on this one :D)

And just for our record, please don’t get Jakarta wrong. We have plenty Santa Claus here. We haven’t got the chance to show you any only because we are a bit dazzled by all the Hello Kitties we saw today. That’s all.

To end today’s show on a high note, we present you our very own Jakarta Santa Claus:

Umm… he looks pretty normal to us, just like any other Santa Claus you would have seen in any other cities around the world, what do you think?

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Book Cover – A Piece of Jakarta

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A great Tuesday morning and the sun is actually shinning. Have just got out of our pool. A morning swim is so soothing. We can enjoy pool side fun everyday. What a bless.

Just a quick note to show you the eBook cover for our 31 Days In Jakarta. Takes 10 minutes to make, not a bad effort, right? Hope you like it.

If you have any suggestions to change the cover, we would love to hear, all ears. Now the cover is out of the way. Only 200 pages more to go before we finishing the editing. 😀

Hurry up! We have a plane to catch before Christmas. We are recruiting an editor in the D house now. Anyone?

 

 

Photo credit: Miss D

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Jakarta Snapshot Through D’s Camera – Who Is The Boss

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Went to the Jakarta Immigration Office today to sort out the visa for the family. The Jakarta Immigration Office has moved to Kemang which is quite far from where we live.

We raised early this morning to make this important trip and boy it took 1 and 1/2 hours just to get there. Funny thing is, guess how long it took to come back? Half an hour!

Tells you a lot about Jakarta traffic, doesn’t it?

The trip was less boring thanks to the D’s camera. We got chances to be stopped in the traffic, and snap away! Well, it was a lot of fun in the beginning, but it petered out after this looonnnng trip. Miss D almost felt car sick at the end of the trip.

What we do to earn a living in this city.

Price to pay, friends.

Price to pay…

Anyways, we had some great shots, and the weather was on our side as well. Blue skies and white clouds. What a change from the crazy stormy weather yesterday.

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Love today’s Jakarta blue sky, not the ugly power lines though. Coconut tree is forever a street scene here in Jakarta.

So beautiful.

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Miss D was fascinated by this house. Look at the rooftop. Was it telling us a story?

Better be a good one.

The trip had just started, and we have 1 and 1/2 hours to go. (although we didn’t know at this stage, lucky or not?)

jakarta man with stall

How about some breakfast before we get started? It is a long trip after all.

And our very first man in action. This is what Jakarta’s breakfast shop look like. They only appear in the Jakarta streets in the morning or late afternoon. Maybe it’s just too hot during the day?

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Now that our tummies happy. We need to get going.

How about a bus trip?

It is crowded but it gets you to places. Besides, the service is superb. We will stop right in the middle of the famous Jakarta traffic, just for you.

Forget about bus stops, or traffic lights. Raise your hand now, that’s what locals do. And we will stop the traffic, no kidding, alright? RP 3,000 please, that will get you anywhere in Jakarta ( 1 USD = RP 9,600).

jakarta traffic becak

Don’t like the bus? How about a taxi? Our very own version of Jakarta taxi, that is. Look at them, the becaks. So flashy and bright. They get Jakarta very polluted as well.

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The conventional way to get to work is, of course, by motorbikes. And guys, you already are late. See the delivery man? This is his 3rd round this morning.

Early birds get worms.

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A very relaxing seller amid the whole traffic chaos. How can he be so calm?

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Love this wall. Great graffiti! And another man in action.

Where are you going, mate?

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A blind beggar, yet smiling. Must be because of the good weather.

No rain, no pain.

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And just when we start to think we know Jakarta traffic by now.

What is this thing?

Snacks galore, on a motorbike?

Call Circus De Soliel now. This man is who they need. How good is that balancing act? Definitely has taken the whole jiggling action into another level.

Truly amazing.

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Yet another amazing scene to show you. The famous garbage dumps of Jakarta. What legends are made of. True Jakarta style.

Haven’t seen anything like this before. Honest.

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But we ain’t seen no boss yet, mama?

Where do you think we live, son?

The moon?

It’s Jakarta we’re talking about.  Bosses are faceless man, anonymous.

OK, let’s show you some politicians. They’re bosses, too. And if you vote for us, we will throw in a good, old massage, just for you.

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We can’t show you any bosses. Sorry about that. To make it up to you, let’s show you one secret, OK?

Do you know why the bosses in Jakarta are so powerful? Well, obviously, they get help from a secret weapon.

Look at these shoes, they’ll empower any man, anytime. ‘Take you to any place you wanna be’, literally.

Seven centimeters? What?! They must be kidding! We went straight to our doctors after we seen this.

No, there is nothing wrong with our feet, or legs. We did check our eyes though. Some things are just too good to be true.

Remember: buy some shoes next time you are in Jakarta. They will ‘take you to the place you wanna be’, any place, hopefully. And shhhhh … don’t tell your bosses. That’ll get them very upset. 😀

 

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Christmas Ornament

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In true spirit of celebrating this year’s Christmas, we are starting a new project in the D house: the grand Christmas Ornament project.

  • Enter your web link (or your friend’s web link, or any link you like) for anything about Christmas: a craft, DIY, decor, fashion, recipe, tutorials via the comment button
  • A follow on Midnight’s blog is appreciated
  • A mention of our Christmas Ornament project on your site anywhere will be fine (use the Logo we designed) or link on your post
  • Be friendly and visit a few other blogs, you might find inspirations there.
  • Tweet your entry & let your Facebook friends know

Every week, we will pick one Christmas Ornament entry we like, and feature it on the Midnight’s blog here. Yes, the judgement is final and we have the say on which one to pick.

Unless, of course, you get lots of votes your way to say that you are the best Christmas Ornament for that week. Power to the people, or your family, children, friends, workmates, pets, passers-by, rein-deers and maybe even Santa Claus himself. 😀

Logo for our Christmas Ornament project is here:

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Come and grab the Logo now, and send your Christmas Ornaments our way. Your effort won’t be wasted. Your Christmas entry will be shared on our Christmas Page, with a nice picture from your blog and a link to the post you shared. Take a look now, there are already some great Christmas Ornaments there.

Sounds like fun? Why not submit your post now? It’s only one click away and the community will remember your contribution to this year’s Christmas and beyond.

Who knows, Santa might even pay you a visit for the good deed you have done. Worst case, anyone who enter will also receive a Christmas card from the Ds. And that’s a promise!

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Jakarta Ghost Story One

Good evening, dear readers. How are you today?

Have just finished ‘Jakarta Ghost Story One’. So happy! This will be our very first ghost story and will be included in our upcoming eBook: ‘A piece of Jakarta – 31 days in Jakarta’, remember?

This is a really interesting one, and definitely ghostly. It starts something like this:

One dark, stormy day…

Sounds scary already, isn’t it? Well, we wrote it this way partly because today is a dark, stormy day here in Jakarta. Not only dark and stormy, but also with lightning and thunders.

Today is a perfect day to tell a ghost story. God sent. And no, we won’t publish it here. You have to download our eBook to read that one. Haha. 😀

Just a clue, don’t tell anyone, alright:

This ghost story has something to do with Elevators. Not any elevators, but the Elevators in Jakarta shopping malls…

We love it.

Today is such a great day, with lots of traffic jams thanks to the heavy rain. We finally get the chance to take some great pictures.

Want to see some flood in Jakarta? Here we go.

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Cars driving in heavy rain.

See the flood? Jakarta cannot cope with the rainy season, a 10 minute heavy rain and road is already like this.

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More cars braving the heavy rain.

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Motorists, too. Poor guys.

Some of the motorists actually stopped and hid under crossing bridges where they got some shelters from the heavy rain.

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After all these, we deserve some ice creams, don’t you think? The best kind please.

We love Haagen-Dars. A truck load would really be nice.

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Interview With The D Family

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Just got the email from Catherine at ExpatArrivals. We did an interview with Catherine earlier this month and she advised us that the interview is now published. To see a link, click here.

We are so happy. We are going to share the whole interview with you right here this moment. We have to, there is no other choice. So why wait. Here is the interview in its full glory.

Hopefully, you get to know us and Jakarta better after you read this.

Interview with the D family – Australian expats living in Indonesia

Sarah and John from the D family are Australian expats living in Indonesia. They moved to Jakarta with their 10-year-old daughter, Miss D, when John was transferred there with his company. Although they miss their friends and family back in Sydney, they enjoy sharing their experiences and keeping them informed about their life in Jakarta through their blog, Midnight Visitor.

About you

Q: Where are you originally from? 
A: We are from Sydney, Australia. We love Sydney. We have so many fond memories about Sydney. Summer is the best time in Sydney for us. We go camping all the time. We love the beaches, the blue skies and the fresh air. Looking back, it is a luxury to have these.
Q: Where are you living now? 
A:  Pondok Indah, Jakarta, Indonesia
Q: How long have you lived in Jakarta? 
A:  One and half years.
Q: Did you move with a spouse/children?
A:  We moved to Jakarta as a family, a couple with one girl (10 years old when we first moved to Jakarta).
Q: Why did you move; what do you do?
A:  We moved to Jakarta because of Mr D’s work. Initially, Mr D worked on a few projects in Indonesia in 2010. This kept on for about half a year, and had taken its toll on our family life. Then there was an opportunity coming up for Mr D to work full-time in Jakarta and we took it up.
Besides, we thought it’s a good cultural experience for our daughter. Not every 10 year old got the chance to study in a foreign country and got to travel overseas three to four times a year. We hope our decision to move to Jakarta would enrich her life in a positive way and inspire her to live life to the full.

About Jakarta

Q: Any negatives? What do you miss most about home? 
A:  We miss most about Sydney is our families and friends. One of the reasons to start our blog was to keep in touch with them. Miss D was doing a monthly update email to her friends prior to the blog and all her friends, teachers and our family, neighbours loved it. So we gradually formed the idea of setting up a blog.
Our daughter loves writing and our blog name is from one of her winning articles in the Young Writer’s Award 2012. We want to keep her on the track to continue to write well.
Q: Is the Jakarta safe? Are there any areas expats should avoid?
A:  We were concerned about the safety side prior to moving to Jakarta. Bali bombing was headline news in Australia. The fact about drug smuggling Australians being sentenced to death here didn’t help either.
However, Mr D’s flying in and out experience told a different story. The city is actually quite safe and local people are very friendly. Hope it keeps this way. Touch wood.
Q: How would you rate the public transport in Jakarta? What are the different options? Do you need to own a car? 
A: We don’t use public transport in Jakarta. We don’t drive either. Expats are not recommended to drive here in Jakarta. Jakarta traffic is the second worst in the world according to a worldwide survey we read.
We have a company car and a driver. The driver speaks reasonable English and we are happy with the arrangement.
If we ever need to take a taxi, we would opt for Blue Bird or Silver Bird Taxi Company. These two taxi companies are reputable here in Jakarta.
Q: How would you rate the healthcare in Jakarta?
A:  We are covered by company health insurance and have been taken care of in this respect. Our doctors are trained in Western countries, speak good English and are fairly experienced in their trained field.
We are also quite lucky in that we haven’t been sick other than the occasional flu or cold. Other expats who got serious sickness or having babies actually can fly to Singapore and see the doctors there.
In fact, a lot of local rich Indonesians do the same. They fly to Singapore to see their doctors. It is a very common practice here in Jakarta.
About living in Indonesia
Q: Which are the best places/suburbs to live in Jakarta as an expat?
A:  There are two popular areas that expats live in Jakarta: the city, and South Jakarta.
Q: How do you rate the standard of housing in Jakarta?
A:  Jakarta is a city of vast difference in terms of housing. On one side, we have million dollar mansions in secluded suburbs (what we call gated compounds). These are way better than a standard three-bedroom house in Sydney.
On the other side, we have rubbish dumps where poor people with families living in. It was a culture shock for us to see the living situation of those people. We have a few pictures of these on our blog if you are interested.
Q: What’s the cost of living compared to home? What is cheap or expensive in particular?
A:  Overall, the cost of living in Indonesia is cheaper in Jakarta, especially on manpower. Local people were paid so little, it is shocking. For a newly college graduate, the starting salary could be as low as USD 100- 200 per month. No wonder all the young people want to move to Singapore or other countries to work. It is not fair.
However, anything imported can be very expensive. Actually they are usually more expensive than they are in their home country. We have a few price comparisons of Australia food prices vs Indonesia prices on our blog. You might be interested to check it out.
Q: What are the locals like; do you mix mainly with other expats?
A:  Locals are very friendly. But we mingle mainly with other expats due to language barriers etc.
Q: Was it easy meeting people and making friends in Jakarta?
A: We don’t have many local Indonesian friends. The places we go to tend to be full of expats. Local people stare at us, are very friendly, and we might exchange a few words either in English or Bahasa Indonesia. But that’s about it. We haven’t made many true lasting local friends yet.

About working in Jakarta

Q: Did you have a problem getting a work visa/permit for Indonesia?
A:  No. Mr D’s company used agents to help us get our visas. All we needed to do is show up, take the photos, and sign a few documents.
In fact, we jumped the queue thanks to the agents. All the other people who don’t have an agent have to wait for a long time.
Q: What’s the economic climate like in Jakarta, is there plenty of work?
A: On one hand, there are lots of investments and money coming into Indonesia. The economy is booming. Indonesia outperformed many other Asian countries in the 2009 economic meltdown. Indonesia also has very solid GDP growth in 2010 (6.1%) and 2011 (6.4%). For an expat, it is actually a good place to be in considering Europe and USA’s economic problems.
On the other hand, Indonesia has its own share of poverty and unemployment. Corruption is headline news almost every other day. Its traffic is notoriously bad, and the gap between rich and poor is astonishing.
Q: How does the work culture differ from home?
A:  Indonesians are not born hard working people. Has this got something to do with the hot weather? They are contended with their work but they don’t take it to the next step to make things better. This country needs a great leader to get rid of corruption and shape up the government.
Q: Did a relocation company help you with your move? 
A:  Yes.

Family and children

Q: Did your spouse or partner have problems adjusting to their new home?
A:  No.
Q: Did your children settle in easily?
A:  Yes.
Q: What are the schools like in Jakarta, any particular suggestions?
A:  There are many international schools in Jakarta. The American school, the British school, the Australian school, and the Singapore school, just to name a few. They follow their home country curriculums. No problem for kids from any countries to settle down here. Most likely you can find an international school that suits your needs.
But be prepared to pay the school fees, they are as high as any good private schools back in Sydney.

And finally…

Q: Is there any other advice you would like to offer new expat arrivals?
A:  Take your time to settle down. Living in a new country is not easy, especially moving from a developed country to a developing one like Indonesia. Look after your family, stay together and be strong. Keep a bit of sense of humour, that’s the best medicine.
Make friends through kid’s school, or church or an expat community. Read a few blogs. We learned a lot of things about Indonesia from blogs. It is one of our inspirations to actually start our own blog.

Most importantly, enjoy the experience. We won’t stay here all our life. We are mere passers-by in Jakarta. Someday, we will be back in our home country. Hopefully, our blog can help us to preserve the memories of our adventure in Jakarta.

~ Interviewed November 2012

Jakarta Snapshot Through D’s Camera – Girls, Uniforms and Street Fashion

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Sometimes we are really fascinated by what people wear in Jakarta. Today, D’s camera will show you the Jakarta street fashion and Jakarta girls in Uniforms.

It is easy to understand why we take snapshots about Jakarta street fashion. Everyone loves fashion. Every city has its uniqueness and has its own fashion style. It’s a great way to know our city.

But why uniforms? Anything peculiar about uniforms in Jakarta? Well, we are showing you snapshots about uniforms because we have seen so many people wearing uniforms in their profession in Jakarta, we think it’s a great idea to share some of these snapshots with you.

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Fancy some coffee? Come to Jakarta. Jakarta is very famous for its coffee (or Kopi in local language). What is the most famous and expensive coffee here in Jakarta? The Kopi Luwak. This is actually the world’s most expensive coffee. It is made of coffee beans eaten by cats. Yuck, you would think. But actually, this coffee has less bitterness and is one of the best coffee in the world. Strange, isn’t it?

Look at the coffee girl in red uniform. Very pretty and love her smile. Local people have the most adorable and friendly smiles in Jakarta. We are really lucky.

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Cosmetic sales girls in blue uniforms and matching headscarves. They look very trendy and fashionable with immaculate make ups and smiles. BTW, Waradah is an Indonesia cosmetic brand and is quite famous here. They make quality make up products and sell among other world renowned cosmetic brands such as Maybelline and Lo’real.

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Ticket sales girls in IMAX cinemas. The ticketing system is like anywhere else in the world. But the ticket prices are so cheap. For IDR 25,000 (1 USD = IDR 9,600) we get to see a movie. Sometimes, if we are really lucky, we can even get promotional tickets for as low as IDR15,000.

Where else can you watch a movie at such value? If you find one, please let us know. We are very curious. BTW, how much do you pay for a movie ticket in your city anyway? We would like to know as well.

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Want some snacks after the movie? How about some sausages? Indonesians love their meat balls and sausages. Such a happy cow. What’s so funny?

Again, sales girl in yellow uniform with headscarf.

How about boys? Do they wear uniforms, too? Of course, they do. But we are not ready to show you yet. Stay tuned. We need time to snap away, don’t we?

How about street fashion? Are you ever going to show us any? OK, how about a cute little girl? Girls start to wear headscarves at a very young age here in Indonesia. She looks so cute and concentrated because that’s a bowl of hot soup she is carrying. Watch out.

The woman in the background with the colorful headscarf is her mum. Very pretty as well. We love the aqua color of her outfit.

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Last but not lest, how about some normal, everyday looking office outfit right here in Jakarta?

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Look at this lady in shirt, skirt and high heels. She could belong to any other city: New York, Paris, London. Many office girls dress like this in cities all over the world.

To avoid any legal issues, we haven’t show you any pictures of fashions from the rich and famous here in Jakarta. Actually they might not mind that at all. But we are running out of time and haven’t got our pictures ready.

Use your imagination, think about the top brands in the world: Versace, Prada, LV,Gucci,  etc, etc. Anything you know, you would find it here in Jakarta. Even with a higher price tag to match. The rich and famous here can afford them.

Alas, such is Jakarta. Vastly different, yet people work and live together in a harmonious way, at least, for now.

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Pool side fun

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One of the best things about living in a tropical weather is we get to swim every day. Pool side fun, such a lovely pastime. We can swim anytime during the day. Take a swim in the morning, or early afternoon, even after dinner. There is no rules. Whenever we feel like to swim, we dip in and let the pool side fun begin.

Locals actually get more fun. The Indonesia kids get to swim in natural ponds. Remember the Field Trip In Bogor? Well, this was what the local kids were doing after school. They swam in a local pond and obviously they had lots of fun doing this.

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For us, we are contend to just swim in our swimming pool. We love our swimming pool. It is so beautiful, sparkling and dreamy at times.

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Unfortunately, sometimes things go wrong and we cannot swim for a while.

Like a few weeks ago. Look at our pool, or was it a pond? The pool was all green and murky. It was a painful few days, as swimming is really part of our lives in a city like Jakarta.

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Story was that somehow the pool maintenance company changed some workers and the new pool man came to our house wasn’t doing the same thing as the previous pool man. No wonder we were thinking why the pool man looked different the other day.

Of course, it was a new pool man!

Anyways, after a few days and some chemical balance, our pool is now sparkling again. Great to go back and take a few swims. How can we live without you, our dearest pool?

And yes, let the pool side fun begin.

Kids and Christmas

Santa Claus with a little girl Espera...

CHRISTMAS AND SANTA. SUCH A MAGICAL TIME FOR KIDS. What do kids think about Christmas? Have a look at these sentences written by school kids in their English classes. 😀

1. Christmas is :

Christmas is a holiday.

Christmas is a happy holiday.

Christmas is a very happy holiday.

2. Simple sentences about Christmas:

I love Christmas.

You love Christmas.

Everybody loves Christmas.

3. Compound sentences about Christmas:

I love Christmas so much that I want to have Christmas every day.

You love Christmas so much that you want to have Christmas every day as well.

Everybody loves Christmas so much that we all want to have Christmas every day.

(A groundhog day? Ummm...... sounds like the Jakarta 
temperature, 30 degrees, the same everyday...)

4. Subject first sentences about Christmas:

Christmas is very white.

Christmas is very happy.

Christmas is so very cool!

(Yep, we think Christmas is very cool, too)

5. Adjective sentences about Christmas:

A very happy Christmas to you.

A very cool Christmas to me.

A very white Christmas to everyone!

6. Adverb sentences about Christmas:

Quickly I devoured all the Christmas turkey on my plate.

Happily I opened my Christmas gift one by one.

Quietly I hide behind the Christmas tree and wait for Santa, but annoyingly  I fell asleep.

(Poor kiddo, do you kids do the same on Christmas Eve, 
waiting for Santa to climb down the chimney? We have 
our shares of Miss D waiting for Santa. :D)

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Tomorrow Never Dies

School Choir Jakarta

Miss D:

I can’t wait till tomorrow!

I can’t wait till tomorrow!

I can’t wait till tomorrow!

I can’t wait till tomorrow!

I can’t wait till tomorrow!

I can’t wait till tomorrow!

I can’t wait till tomorrow!

I can’t wait till tomorrow!

I can’t wait till tomorrow!

I can’t wait till tomorrow!

I can’t wait till tomorrow!

I can’t wait till tomorrow!

I can’t wait till tomorrow!

Mrs D:

I can’t wait for tomorrow to finish!

I can’t wait for tomorrow to finish!

I can’t wait for tomorrow to finish!

I can’t wait for tomorrow to finish!

I can’t wait for tomorrow to finish!

I can’t wait for tomorrow to finish!

I can’t wait for tomorrow to finish!

I can’t wait for tomorrow to finish!

I can’t wait for tomorrow to finish!

You must think we are mad in the D house…

Not really.

This conversation has been going on and on and on for the past week!

Why?

Because Miss D joins this awesome girls choir.

They sing every Tuesday, and 9 singers in the group are going to China in February next year!

Can’t wait.

BTW, last Tuesday was the auditions and the results are gonna be posted tomorrow!

So EXCITING!!!

Fingers crossed, hope that Miss D will make it!

And here we go again…

Can’t wait till tomorrow!

Can’t wait till tomorrow!

Can’t wait till tomorrow!

Can’t wait for tomorrow to finish!

Can’t wait for tomorrow to finish!

Can’t wait for tomorrow to finish!

… … …

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Jakarta Snapshot Through D’s Camera – Cat, Snake and Toileting

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How often do you see a snake while taking a morning walk in a metropolitan city?

Never?

Not in Jakarta. This is the snapshot of a snake we saw in the most excluded suburb in Jakarta.

Ummm….interesting.

Visiting Jakarta for a short trip is very exciting. Living in Jakarta for a few years is another story. It is even more exciting!

OK, this might not be true.  W are exaggerating. 😀

Living in Jakarta can be less than interesting. But hey, isn’t that true for living in any other places in this universe? Maybe even on Mars, we think.

We get our ups and downs no matter where we live. Life flows. So enjoy our ride, shall we?

Do you want to see the Jakarta we see every day? Not as a tourist, but as a local (half a local anyway).

Here are some snapshots of the Jakarta we see. We find these pictures fascinating. Hope you enjoy them, too.

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The infamous Jakarta Street Cat.

The Jakarta Street Cats are everywhere. So many so that Miss D makes it a mission everyday to count how many street cats she sees in that day.

Guess how many street cats does Miss D see the most in one day? 11. Yes, 11 street cats, of different colours, different sizes, and obviously different cat-personalities.

One common thing about these cats though: most of them don’t have long tails. Their tails are simply a round, short stump. Wonder why?

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What’s that next to the car? A tiny Kangaroo? No, if you enlarge the snapshot, you would find it is another cat.

This time, the cat is toileting!

But, wait, see the next snapshot:

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Yep, a grown up man doing the same business. Fascinating.

Luckily he didn’t know we were snapping away. Otherwise, we might end up in a Jakarta hospital? Who knows.

See the things we do for you, our dear readers. Where is our medal? We deserve one!

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Is this a temple?

No, it is not.

This is the front yard of a huge mansion in Jakarta.

Can you image how big the actual house will be? Who are those people living inside? How many maids do they have?

Questions, questions, questions…

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Want something modern?

Look at where this grand entrance leading to?An even larger mansion?

We think we are living in a mansion? We must be joking.

Egos, egos, egos…

We have none egos left after we see this grand entrance. Make people put things into perspective, isn’t it?

Don’t be shy, click to see the enlarged snapshot if you are curious. We won’t tell anyone. 😀

Hope you enjoyed these Snapshots, until next week.

p.s. This will be a regular on the MidNightVisitor‘s blog. What do you think?

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Christmas Carols We Love

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Back in Sydney, it was a family tradition for the D Family to attend at least one Christmas Carol Night prior to Christmas. So many families got together and sang under the moon and stars. It was magical!

Miss D had sung many Christmas Carols with her school choir and she loved it. She learned quite a lot about Christmas through these Christmas Carols. Each carol is special and has its own story.

We have gathered lots of Christmas Carols over the years and we love them all.

Here are a few of our favorite Christmas Carols. If you want to see the Lyrics, just click on the title.

12 Days of Christmas

Silent Night

Jingle Bells

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

We wish you a merry Christmas

O Holy Night

Joy to the World

Noel

White Christmas

What is this man doing with his bamboo pole?-Reveal

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Last week’s Quiz is hard to get. In fact, we don’t know what this man was doing until we went near and saw what he did.

He was picking cherries!

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One of the fun things in Jakarta is we get to see all kinds of tropical fruits along the streets. There are fruit trees everywhere. Mango trees, banana trees, pineapple trees, etc, etc… Remember the Jack-fruit tree in our previous post? It’s full of giant Jack-fruit. We wonder who are the lucky people that can pick these fruits. The fruits have to belong to someone, right?

Here are a few fruit trees we get to see everyday:

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Jack-fruit.

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Si Gua – this is a kind of Asia vegetable.

English: Musa sp. (banana tree)

Banana trees. There are banana trees everywhere in Jakarta. Even in front of Miss D’s classroom. Can you believe it?

English: A flowering pineapple on a tree that ...

Pineapple tree.

English: Picture of mango tree with fruits.

Mango tree. There are many, many different kinds of mangoes. For fruit, for cooking etc, etc.

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Hello From The Australian Embassy

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31 Days In Jakarta Day 30

Gosh, only 2 days left before the end of our ‘31 Days In Jakarta’. There are still so much to talk about this exotic city of ours. Have you fallen in love with Jakarta yet? Ours is a hate and love relationship.

Have to say hello to all our Australian readers out there.

Dear families, neighbors, friends, and workmates.

Miss D’s friends, teachers, sports coaches and singing buddies.

Shop owners at the corner of our house.  Thank you for the fresh milk we got everyday while we were in Sydney.

Your readership and support are what kept us going. 😀

‘The 31 Days In Jakarta’ won’t be completed without a trip to the Australian Embassy here in Jakarta. That’s literally our second home, a home away from home, right?

So let’s take you on a tour of our Embassy in Jakarta, shall we?

Well, actually we don’t think the Australian Embassy is open to public. It’s not the White House where you get to go in for a tour.

Unfortunately, we are no personal friends with our dear ambassador either. Not yet, but we are working on it. 😀

What you see is a glimpse of what a normal person gets to see while inside the Australian Embassy, OK?

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First thing we saw was this portable Police Station upon arrival at the Jakarta Australian Embassy. These handsome policemen almost became our friends when we finished our business inside the Jakarta Australian Embassy.

Why? Because the traffic was so heavy that we had to wait for over 20 minutes for our car. During that time, one of the policeman chatted to us in simple English, and ended up offering us seats inside their tent, and some mineral water. Really, really nice.

Jakarta Australian Embassy

We had to walk along this way about 25 meters to get to the gate of Jakarta Australian Embassy. And trust us, you aren’t see nothing yet. Going inside Jakarta Australian Embassy was like going inside a jail. It took at least 4 security checks and gates just to get in.

Guess it was the same as all the other Embassies here in Jakarta. Security is of the top most priority.

Jakarta Australian Embassy was bombed 10 years ago right outside this gate. The security guards died so as some of the people inside this building.

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Met some local office workers walking along this side way at Jakarta Australian Embassy. See the badge she was wearing. That’s what needed to go inside the Jakarta Australian Embassy.

Jakarta Australian Embassy

Once inside Jakarta Australian Embassy, we saw this memorial plaque. Sad story. Courageous people.

Jakarta Australian Embassy

Some familiar faces: Julia Gillard (Australia Prime Minister), Bob Carr (FOREIGN Affairs Minister) etc, etc.

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Opening Hours of the Australian Embassy.

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Brochures for free. Take one if you want to know more about traveling outside Australia or visiting Jakarta in particular.

Traveling smart, traveling well, travelling for families, travelling for seniors…

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Reception area. Take a seat while we security check you! 😀

Our visit had to stop here for you. We have to kill you if we tell you what happened inside these offices. Top secret. Concerning National Security.

But, can we have one last picture please? Pretty, please.

OK, one last picture, just for you.

Some every day building maintenance was also happening here in Jakarta Australian Embassy.

After all, we were only Human.

Jakarta Australian Embassy

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31 Days In Jakarta Day 29

There are some things that money cannot buy. Happiness is one of them.

Mrs. D goes to a lady’s group every now and then. She meets various interesting people there. Women from all corners of the world. It is amazing. A true eye opener for Mrs. D.

One day Mrs. D met a local lady, who wore a really nice dress, spoke good English and carried herself as if she was the queen.

‘What does your hubby do?’ Mrs. D was curious.

‘Oh, he’s a banker,’ the lady replied in a quite dignified way.

A banker?

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Ummm, interesting. Haven’t met this one before (unless you count the bank tellers or money managers in the banks back in Sydney).

But Mrs. D gathered by the way this lady talked and dressed that maybe her hubby owns a bank? Wouldn’t be surprised if he does.

Mrs. D knows a thing or two about banking. In her previous life, she dealt with finance all the time (no, she is not an accountant, she’s not that great with numbers. That’s one of Miss D’s strength. :D)

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‘How’s business?’ Mrs. D was a bit concerned. You know, with the financial crisis and the state of economies everywhere in the world, Mrs. D really wanted to know how banks are fared here in Indonesia.

‘Oh, it is good. But things aren’t as great.’ The lady replied and looked a bit sad and worried. Mrs. D really felt sorry for her.

A banker’s wife, yet unhappy, because of money?! That’s kind of really strange. Mrs. D can’t quiet comprehend this information.

So what is happiness really? If owning a bank still cannot make one happy, then the answer is simple: money doesn’t equal happiness.

It is the comparison of money that makes people happy!

If you have more money today than yesterday, then you are one happy person. Agree?

Look at Paris Hilton, when she visited Asia some time ago, she gave a $100 note to a beggar on the street in India.

OMG, this beggar must be the happiest person on earth that very moment!

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Look at this brand new owner of the $100 note of good old USA. What a lucky mum, what a lucky kid!

Or is this really the truth?!

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How about a billionaire? What if a billionaire today, somehow becomes a millionaire some time in the future? What would happen? Maybe he would commit suicide? Who knows.

Oh, the burden of being a banker’s wife, isn’t that a surprise?!

Photo credits: wallstreetjobreport

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What is inside this Bamboo Wrapping? – Reveal

Thank you for all the dear readers who put in the answer for last week’s Quiz.

Readers below got the answer right:

Doggy’s Style, Dorothy, Karron, and renxkyoko.

Send us your addresses and your Christmas cards will be on their way! 😀

Now, the reveal:

Inside this bamboo wrapping is: Boiled Rice!

Its Indonesia name is Ketupat. Ketupat also means the shape Diamond in Indonesia Language. So we figure its name referred to its shape.

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Actually we realized that our question is not totally right. Because it is actually not Bamboo wrapping! It is palm leaves or some other kind of leaves! Sorry, that’s what in a foreign country does to us. Sometimes, we thought we knew, while in reality, we might not.

Below is what we got from Wikipedia about Ketupat:

It is made from rice that has been wrapped in a woven palm leaf pouch and boiled. As the rice cooks, the grains expand to fill the pouch and the rice becomes compressed. This method of cooking gives the ketupat its characteristic form and texture of a rice dumpling. Ketupat is usually eaten with rendang or served as an accompaniment to satay(chicken or beef or lamb in skewers) or gado-gado (mixed vegetables with peanut sauce).

Local stories passed down through the generations have attributed the creation of this style of rice preparation to the seafarers’ need to keep cooked rice from spoiling during long sea voyages. The coco leaves used in wrapping the rice are always shaped into a triangular form and stored hanging in bunches in the open air. The shape of the package facilitates moisture to drip away from the cooked rice while the coco leaves allow the rice to be aerated and at the same time prevent flies and insects from touching it.

So there you go, what a learning curve! Open your eyes, and everyday life can be very fascinating. Enjoy your ride!

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Care For Some Lamb Tonight?

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31 Days In Jakarta Day 26

Good morning, dear readers. How are you today?

OK, it’s still early in the morning, maybe we shouldn’t ask. But we really want to know so we ask anyway. Do you care for some lamb tonight?

Lamb chop, Lamb shoulder, Lamb leg.

Lamb satay, Lamb steak, Lamb meatball.

Lamb soup, Lamb stew, Lamb roast.

Spicy Lamb, Curry Lamb, Herby Lamb;

Greek Lamb, Italian Lamb, Moroccan Lamb.

Lamb with potatoes, Lamb with carrots, Lamb with apricots.

The choices are endless.

Why do we ask? Because if we wanted to, we can buy a whole living, breathing, kicking, and screaming lamb from the Jakarta street. Today!

When driving around Jakarta, we noticed more and more lambs recently. People are selling them for Eid Al Adha (The Feast of sacrifice).

Want to buy some lambs? Come to Jakarta. This is the right place. You can afford it. For USD 100 you can buy a small lamb. OK, since we are nice and we have known you for some time now, how about USD 90, special, only for you? 10% discount, that’s what friends are. 😀

Too small, OK, how about a bigger lamb? For USD 300 you can have a big lamb. As usual we will throw in the 10% discount, special, only for you!

Today is a public holiday here in Jakarta. We will be enjoying our free time and have some lamb for dinner. How about you?

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31 Days In Jakarta Day 24

MidNightVisitor Quiz

Jakarta street food is a scene in itself. You don’t see many of the street food stalls during the day. From what we observe, these stalls come out twice a day. Once in the morning so people buy their breakfast. Then again in the late afternoon and last till mid night selling dinner.

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Street food stall galore. These stalls sell all kinds of Indonesia food. Many we have never seen or heard before.

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Es Podeng stall. Es means ice. So this is an ice-cream stall, we think. Never tried though. Hope it’s yummy. Looks like they serve all kinds of toppings here. Nice indeed.

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Sate Padang stall. They sell beef satay from an Indonesia place called Padang. Padang food is very famous in Indonesia.

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Drink stall. They sell all kinds of bottled or canned drinks. Mineral water, tea, orange juice, soft drinks, etc, etc. See all the motorbikes? These are the everyday transport people use to get to places.

One thing about Indonesia food is, they use lots of organic wrappings, such as banana leaves and bamboo leaves. The food looks somehow more inviting this way.

We really like the weaving bamboo wrapping of this food. So this week’s MidNightVisitor’s Quiz is:

What is inside this bamboo wrapping?

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We are sure lots of our readers in Jakarta or southeast Asia know it as soon as they see the picture.

Have fun and good luck!

The answer will be revealed as usual next Monday.

Bye for now.

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Let’s Talk About The Maid

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31 Days In Jakarta Day 22

Time To Reveal – How many maids does one household need in Jakarta?

Mrs D has worked all her adult life prior to our arrival in Jakarta. She is pretty happy in her career and is actually quiet enjoying her work.

Of course, ever since we have Miss D, every now and then, it crosses Mrs D’s mind, ‘Won’t it be nice to spend more time with the little one?’

Be a mom.

Be a wife.

Slow down and enjoy the simple things in life.

Somewhere, there must be a god who listened. Now that we are in Jakarta, Mrs D can work no more due to visa constrictions. She became Ibu D (aka Mrs D), a stay at home mom.

We, the expats, are really been pampered in Jakarta. We live in mansions and have staff members.

It turns out maids are a necessity in Jakarta. Most families (people with professional careers) have maids and babysitters.Wondering around shopping malls in Jakarta, we always see Babysitters in uniforms everywhere.

We were shocked when we knew that our next door neighbor has 15 maids in their house. They are a family of 5 and their son is actually in one of Miss D’s classes last year. A pretty normal boy. No way you can tell he’s got 15 maids, 12 cars, and 5 drivers plus god knows how many gardeners, guards, maintenance people at his house! Read here for the survey we did recently about maids.

Holy cow, why on earth do they need 15 maids?

Anyway, have a maid can be a nice thing, but managing maid is another story. We hear people telling horrible stories about their maids every now and then. So don’t be too carried away when thinking about having a maid. 😀

Big and Small

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31 Days In Jakarta Day 20

Who are we in this universe?

Ants? Or tiny water drops?

Nature has so much on offer.

So be humble, relax and enjoy!

We hope you feel beautiful today.

A Field Trip In Bogor

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31 Days In Jakarta Day 17

What is a field trip like in Jakarta? It is Different!

Have you ever planted rice in a rice field with the help of a carted cow? Have you danced a Javanese or Balinese dance in the full glory of the traditional Javanese or Balinese costume? Or have you made a beautiful batik bag and took it home as a souvenir? How about a Wayang Golek? Hand painted and all dressed up in traditional batik dress.

Well, that’s what a field trip is like in Jakarta.

Miss D went on a field trip to Bogor, a place about 2 hours away from Jakarta. It was culture rich. The kids loved it.

boger field trip(planting rice in rice field)

(students watching planting rice in rice field)

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(learn to drive the cow, tricky task)

planting rice in Bogar, Jakarta

(planting rice in rice field under Indonesia sun)

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(Boys watch dancing, your turn next, guys!)

(Students practicing Martial arts)

Bogar local students

(Meeting local students in Bogor, love the school uniform and smile, some of the girls are really shy)

painting wayang golek

(painting Wayang Golek, see the one Miss D painted here)

kayaking in Bogar, Jakarta

(love the kayaking, actually any water sports will do)

(Fun in the swimming pool, love the hair! How did she do that?!)

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(Trekking along the rice field in Bogor, you can see the volcano mountain in the background)

Bye, Bogor, we love you and will be back soon.

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What is the arrow in this drawer for? Reveal

English: Mecca City

31 Days In Jakarta Day 15

Time To Reveal

We want to thank our readers who know the answer to this quiz, but kept it a secret so everyone else can have their chances. Thank you, middlewaymom & Runner Girl Eats, we appreciate your consideration.

Now, the MidNightVisitor‘s Reveal:

The arrow in this drawer is pointing to the direction of the Holy City of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

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As you know, Mecca is the centre of the Islamic world. It is the birthplace of the prophet Muhammad. Each day all the Muslims ( there are over one billion of Muslims in the world if you do not know) face Mecca to pray. That’s why the hotels in Muslim countries have this arrow in their hotel room.

Look at the crescent and

star in this drawer, it is

the holy symbol of Islam.

But the arrow is not always like this.

It can be as simple as a normal arrow like this.Holy City Mecca, Hotel Jakarta, Jakarta hotels

Do you know how many times a Muslim pray in a day? Well some of our friends pray 5 times a day. Before pray, they will wash their faces and their hands.

Faithful praying towards Makkah

Photo credit: wikipedia

How many maids does one household need in Jakarta? Clarify

Just a quick note to clarify ONE thing about this Quiz:

How many maids does one household need in Jakarta?

We only ask for the number of maids in this household. Not drivers, gardeners, pool-man, tutors or any other service people. Yep, only maids!

OK, we might include nanny as a maid (i.e. a female employed in domestic service), because essentially nanny is part of the maid service. So, yeah, our quiz is:

How many maids/nannies does one household need in Jakarta?

Thank you for your participation. Have fun!

How many maids does one household need in Jakarta?

31 Days In Jakarta Day 14

MidNightVisitor Quiz

OK, this is a tricky one. We never had a maid when we were in Sydney. Nor did our neighbors.

Life is simple. We drive our own car, do our own laundry, cook our own meals.

Eat, love and be happy.

Not that simple in Jakarta, we can assure you that.

We drive no more, because driving takes to a whole different level.

Then we have maids.

Mrs D went home one day after running some errands. She saw a big truck in front of our neighbor’s house. People were unloading Indomie (A very famous Indonesia Instant Noodle), box after box.

‘Why do they need so many noodles?’ she asked our driver.

‘Oh, that’s for the maids.’ Replied our driver.

? ? ?

Why do they need so many boxes?!

How many maids do they have? An army?!

Our driver replied immediately, so we all know how many maids our neighbor have now. And that makes our jaw drop.

Just so that you know, our neighbor runs a very simple, quiet family. We saw their cars often but not the actual family. There are five people living there, a couple in their early 40s, plus 3 kids.

So this week’s MidNightVisitor’s Quiz is:

How many maids does our neighbor have in their house?

Be brave, and take your punt. We have done the hard work for you. Just press a button below, it’s that easy.

Enjoy your weekend with your loved ones. The answer will be revealed next week as usual in our Time to Reveal. We love you and can’t wait to reveal the answer. Bye for now.

Our Guard Abadi

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31 Days In Jakarta Day 12

We have just got a new guard yesterday, our old guard resigned.

This makes us think about our older guard, Abadi. He is quite special.

Abadi is a very happy Indonesia young man, about 1.8m tall, and is full of energy. He worked for us for about a year. Then one day he left.

‘Is he finding a new job?’ We asked our driver.

‘No, Abadi is going to be a businessman.’ replied our driver.

Ok, Abadi is young, tall, dark and handsome (now we regret we didn’t took a photo of him). But he is only a guard, how on earth can he do business?

Indonesia guides, Indonesia people, Indonesia man

(Indonesian Guards, who always smile)

Turns out Abadi is going to sell coconuts in Jogjakarta. Obviously it is a big business there. In fact, everyone drinks coconut in Indonesia. We like it, too.

Green coconuts

Besides, Abadi’s uncle knew people in the coconut business in Jogjakarta. That’s what makes all the difference.  ‘Relationship’ is the key in Indonesia, if you don’t already know.

And even better, Abadi is not selling coconuts in the streets. No way. He is going to be a wholesaler. He will be the provider of the coconuts to all the small coconut stalls, similar to the ones we see while we drive across Jakarta.

Now, that sound more exciting.

So whenever we drive pass a coconut stall like this, our minds will start to think, think about Abadi, that tall, dark, handsome young guard of ours.

Good luck, Abadi.

p.s Abadi means ‘A Long Life or eternity’ in Indonesia language. We really wish that holds true for our guard Abadi.

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In Momery Of

Bali bombing 10 years ago. Lest we forget…

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What do construction workers do while building a mansion in Jakarta

31 Days in Jakarta Day 12

Ok, this is a long title. But are you curious to know what Jakarta’s construction workers do while building a mansion like this:

Jakarta’s mansion can be huge. It is not our common 3 bedroom houses in Sydney. It sure takes forever to build, right?

The other day, Mrs D and Miss D took a morning walk. They walked inside a Golf Course Residence. The road there was leafy, wide and very quiet. A beautiful place. Many expats took morning walks there.

Then Miss D noticed a rooster, a happy, shiny, beautiful rooster.

Mrs D was curious, what was the rooster doing in a place like this? Was it someone’s pet?

Turned out the rooster was crossing the road.

The rooster crossed the road, then there, another rooster appeared.

There were actually many more roasters, hens, and chicks at this side of the road. They all started scurrying away because Miss D was now getting excited and started to follow them.

They arrived at this door, and one by one, the chicks went inside, the hens went inside…

Finally, the proud rooster went inside.

We had a look around, and found that this was a building site for a new mansion. It was all fenced up, so we cannot see much of the building itself. But obviously, someone was raising these chickens while building the mansion.

Not a bad idea, right?

We were really curious, and checked around and then we saw the place next to the building where the garden or pool supposed to be. We saw lots of corns, grew tall and proud. Aha, they were not only raise chickens, they were also planting plants. Maybe veggies, too? Self sustained with eggs, chicken meat, food and veggie. How green was that?! Who said Jakarta only got pollution, people here can be creative, too!

We stared at that empty door where the chickens went in. There were some good, hard working people living inside for sure. Next time, if we build our house in Sydney, we might raise some chickens as well? What do you think?

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Hotel Finds Jakarta – Kristal Hotel

hotel Kristal South Jakarta, Jakarta hotel

31 Days in Jakarta Day 8 – continue

MidNightVisitor Quiz

We lived in Kristal Hotel in South Jakarta when we first arrived in Jakarta. Kristal Hotel has a unique combination of hotel service and apartment accommodation. It offers 320 one, two and three bedroom suites and 8 penthouses.

We lived in the serviced apartment with kitchenette, refrigerator, water dispenser and standard guest amenities.

Krystle Hotel is very kids friendly. It has a playground, tennis court and swimming pool for outdoor activities for kids.

It also provides non-smoking floors which we really enjoy.

One thing puzzled us is the Arrow in the picture below. We saw one in the Kristal Hotel as well. It is a prominent arrow which sits inside the drawer of the desk of our hotel room. Do you know what it is?

So this week’s MidNightVisitor’s Quiz is:

What is the arrow in this drawer for?

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We are pretty sure lots of our readers recognize it as soon as they see the picture. Please stay tuned, the answer will be revealed next Monday as usual.

Until then, have a lovely day and see you tomorrow in another ’31 Days in Jakarta’.

Photo credit: Hotel Kristal

Time to Reveal

31 Days In Jakarta Day 8

Good morning and how are you today? How’s your weekend? Hope you have enjoyed quality time with your loved ones.

Welcome to a brand new week. And next week will be school holidays here in Jakarta.

Can’t wait!

We hope you still remember the MidNightVisitor Quiz from last week. Come on, we have practically given away the answer! We are nice people, and the quiz is just for everyone to have some fun, not to wreck our brains.

So, without further ado, here is the name for the ‘Queen of the Tropical Fruit’:

The Jackfruit

Look at the picture above, the baby Jackfruit is so tiny. It is the size of an olive. But the grown Jackfruit is huge, bigger than an adult’s head.

Our beautiful reader abeautifulday has got it right. Congratulations, darling! Jackfruit is our official answer for this quiz.

Why did we say that? Because, actually, after a few clicks on google, we are not so sure about our answer. Obviously, the Agribusinessweek called another fruit the mangosteen (or maggis as the locals call it here) ‘The Queen of the Tropical Fruit’.

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So who is the real queen?

Do not ask us, we are no experts. Our driver told us that the Jackfruit is ‘The Queen of The Tropical Fruits’, and we are going to stand by him.:D

Oh, BTW, do you know what the ‘King of the Tropical Fruit’ is? It is Durian and we are 100% sure of that.

Have fun, and enjoy the rest of your day.