Life Lately.

It’s hard to believe I’ve been in Indonesia for 50weeks now. Madness!

I’m still not sure what’s happening with visas and whatnot so days are filled with job applications and chasing up the required paper work and tomorrow I have to go to the hospital and get a full medical check. In between the forms and questions that nobody appears to know the answers to, I have been keeping myself busy with a list of things that I wanted to do before I return to the UK – namely stuffing my face with fried rice and seafood!

In other news, one of my favourite classes finished this afternoon and as a party I planned ‘Miss Sophie’s Extremely English Pub Quiz’ – it was so fun! I put together a picture round (name the celebrity), music lyrics round and a set of 26 general knowledge questions – one answer for every letter of the alphabet. It was a huge success – definitely putting it in the activity bank to do again.

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It’s been a great day.
* I found out I don’t have to teach my least favourite class anymore.
* I only had one class, providing me with 2 free hours this evening – I used it wisely and watched ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ – such a good movie 🙂
* Got my new schedule for next week and it seems I will be etching the same lesson twice on Monday and Wednesday – hello less planning!

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Finishing the day on the sofa watching Malcom in the Middle and eating fried rice – need to get some beauty sleep before a morning at the pool. Life is good 😃

Bali.

I decided to make the most of the last of my annual leave and head to Bali for the weekend – it was wonderful!

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It was an early start – we wanted to make the most of our 4 days. I was tired but we were in Ubud by 9am.

We stayed in a cute little homestay with a lovely garden and a pool, and spent 2 days shopping, eating, relaxing and exploring the Monkey Forest.

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Ubud was so chilled – lots of health food (hello hummus!) and pretty green places. 2 days was no way near enough, but we were desperate to get to the beach.

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We spent the last 2 days in a place called Bingin, South Bali. It was b-e-a-utiful. The area is famous for its waves and was full of surfers – I’ve never seen anything like it. The waves were so vast and were perfect rolling barrels. So fun to watch 🙂

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It was a seriously relaxing break. We rented mopeds one day to go and visit Uluwatu – another beach and famous temple to watch the sunset.

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It was a perfect weekend getaway 🙂

Sunday Snapshots.

Saturday was so ridiculously lazy that I didn’t get dressed or leave the house at all, so definitely wasn’t taking any photos!

On Sunday I went on a little adventure to Blok M – an area of the city known for material shops. I’m really feeling the need to stock up on batik before I return to the UK!

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In the evening we had dinner to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

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Check out the cake!

I also saw this on Facebook and it made me chuckle…

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Punctuation is important, people!

The Only White Girl.

I remember talking to a Swiss student once who had grown up in Eritrea. He always had a lot to say for himself and would talk to anyone, he just wanted to make friends – this lack of judgement is often rare in teenagers, unfortunately.

He told me one day that the reason he treated everyone equally was because he knew what it was like to be the odd one out – he’d grown up going to a school where there was only one white kid in the class, and that was him.

As I write this, I’m on a hot and sweaty Jakarta city bus – a tiny mini bus jam-packed with at least 50 people.

There’s a little boy pointing at me and shouting ‘bule’ (foreigner) to his mother who doesn’t think this is strange or inappropriate at all. It doesn’t bother me – I am used to be it different here – but I wonder how she’d feel if someone was pointing at her son and calling him different because of the colour of his skin.

As a sweeping generalisation, I think it’s fair to say that the majority of people that run in the same circles as I do (if I’m honest, people living in middle class, British communities) think that racism is a dying problem.

That is definitely not the case here. I am definitely the only white girl here, no mistake to be made about that.

Updates & Ice Buckets.

Woo, it’s finally Friday! This week has been dragging slightly because I had a dream that Thursday was going to be a holiday but it wasn’t. That sort of dream is the worst!

It’s okay though – after 3 years of complaining about how I desperately need a job where Friday is the last day of the week, I finally have it (for the next 6 weeks at least). I am a bit too excited about having 2 whole days off – I have big plans to be very productive! It’s been a while since my life had some serious sorting time, and it’s much needed.

Top of my priority list, however, is some planning for my last minute trip to Bali next weekend!

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Time to get working on my tan 🙂

In other news, lots of people have been clogging up my social media newsfeeds with videos of their ‘Ice bucket challenge’ and I thought I’d been lucky enough to avoid a nomination, but apparently not (Thanks Erica!).

Ummm I don’t want to sound all anti-charity and fun here, but I’m not doing it. Here’s why…
A) I think it’s stupid – not the raising money factor, but throwing a bucket of ice all over yourself voluntarily.
B) When I jump in the shower every morning it’s like my very own personal ice bucket challenge.
C) why waste so much ice and water?

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D) Indonesia is still millions of light years behind the rest of the world in terms of technology so I wouldn’t be able to donate anyway.
E) why does everybody feel the need to post a picture of their donation on Facebook too? Just feel good about doing a nice thing!

Rant over!

That being said, I will donate some money to another less supported charity when I’m back in the UK next month 🙂