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Happy Australia Day

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Our flag bears the stars that blaze at night
In our southern sky of blue
And that little old flag in the corner
That’s part of our heritage too,
It’s for the English, the Scots and the Irish
Who were sent to the end of the earth
The rogues and the schemers and dreamers
Who gave our Australia its birth.

And you who are shouting to change it
You don’t seem to understand
It’s the flag of our laws and language
Not the flag of a far away land
There are plenty of people who’ll tell you
How when Europe was plunged into night
The little old flag in the corner
Was their symbol of freedom and light.

It don’t mean we owe our allegiance
To a forgotten imperial dream
We’ve the stars to show where we’re going
And the old flag to show where we’ve been
It’s only an old piece of bunting
It’s only an old coloured rag
But there are thousands who died for its honour
And fell in defence of our flag.

This poem was written by an anonymous Australian about the Australian flag debate, where Advocates of change in Australia, believe that another design would be more effective in representing Australia.

by unknown author

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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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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.

Jakarta Australian Embassy

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…

Jakarta Australian Embassy

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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