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Philippines Bound

Jakarta is hard to describe. There is no doubt that I love being here, but most of that stems from having a really great job with amazingly supportive and fun colleagues and friends. The city itself is, as most travel publications put it, “a hard place to love.” I was […]

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A Skype Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving runs a close second behind the 4th of July as favorite holidays go. I love it for all the usual reasons: all the family is together, there is more delicious food than you can shake a stick at, and – if you’re my family – at some point butter […]

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Brotherhood

Being a language teacher, the idea of how a culture influences a language comes up from time to time. The common example is how the Eskimos have about a trillion words for snow. As I learn more about bahasa Indonesian, the case can be seen here as well. Bahasa Indonesian […]

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ELF adventures

It’s no wonder that the weeks have been flying by here. It seems like every week is packed with some new adventure. I rarely have a “routine” week, and for someone who likes routine, it’s a little rough. But, I wouldn’t trade these experiences for the world. Here’s what happened […]

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Meet my students

I’ve talked about my students over and again, but I realized that I never included pictures. It just so happens that we had “picture day” last week, so I had a great excuse to get my camera out. Not that anyone needs an excuse to take pictures here. My students […]

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On holiday

“What do you do on holidays, Ma’am?” This is a common question from both my students and my fellow teachers. I learned quickly that by “holiday,” they actually mean “weekend.” My answer, sadly, is usually, “Not too much.” Living in a huge city like Jakarta, I feel like I should […]

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Presenting…Paradise!

I had a special treat this week because Julianne, another ELF staying on Java, came to visit me for several days in Jakarta. Along with having a blast dining out at numerous lovely restaurants, she brought me my pictures from Bali!!! So, with out further ado, may I present paradise… […]

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When in Indonesia…

No great breakthroughs or grand adventures this week, but still, there were some blog-worthy moments. Tuesday night, for instance, one of my classes invited me and some of the other teachers out for karaoke. Karaoke, it should be mentioned, is like the national sport here in Indonesia. Indonesians do karaoke […]

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Beating the Curve

During pre and post arrival orientation, we were warned about the “Culture Shock Curve” – which basically explains the emotions you’ll experience when living in a new country/culture. Everyone experiences the curve in different ways, but most people start happy and excited – move on to really frustrated and sad […]

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From Hokey Pokey to Hip Hop

Everyday is still an adventure here in Jakarta. Getting though the first week at Sebasa was fascinating all on it’s own, but when I come home from work, everything begins anew! Here’s a sampling from this week: There are several programs throughout Jakarta and Indonesia that are sponsored by our […]

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