I don’t have any new Canadian photos to post, but in honour of my country’s 146th birthday I have posted a photo of what I have come to think of as my home. I hope you like it.
To my Canadian friends and family…Happy Canada Day!
We’re going to Bali tomorrow, and I’ve got a big, whanging headache. I’ll try to write something more poignant and witty tomorrow. We’ll see.
This photo was taken at Simon Fraser University. I’ve had little time to take many photos lately, and I found this and felt a little pang of homesickness. I’m not homesick; I’m really happy here, but this photo is one of my all-time favorites. Those vine maples are so pretty.
More Jakarta tomorrow, okay?
I had a lovely date with my wife tonight. We went Christmas shopping. That has nothing to do with the photo. I’m just happy and felt like sharing.
I hope you like the photo.
…from KL again. I love this city. There are some weirdnesses, and I’ve really never travelled away from the downtown core, but where I’ve been has been pretty sweet.
So, here’s the Petronas Towers once again.
Well…it is here in Jakarta. I know that many of you are just waking up to find my post and are thinking that there’s still a day left to go. I have already worked my Friday and made it home and have been enjoying some family time for the last couple of hours.
The view below is my view down Kemang Selatan I as I near home. It’s the moment when, in my walk home, I know I’m nearly home.
What I find most interesting about this photo is the barbed wire along the wall on the left. With the rich and poor juxtaposed everywhere in Jakarta, there is a very high degree of security. I don’t know that it’s all necessary, but there are walls everywhere on my walk home that are guarded by barbed wire, spikes, strategically placed rebar, and many, many security guards.
I guess that’s what happens when so few have so much more than so many.
That’s my home. Not the whole thing, but the apartment at the bottom. From the bottom left window across to the right edge of the building. It’s 2000 square feet, with three bedrooms and maid’s quarters.
Yeah, I thought the same thing. We’ve not hired a pembantu (assistant – what we commonly think of as maids) yet. Honestly, I’m having a lot of trouble with the whole idea. The argument for hiring one is that the money they earn helps a (probably) large family and the convenience for us is that we have someone living with us who cooks and cleans for us. The argument against, in my mind, is that I believe in fair and equal treatment for everyone. Getting paid very little and living in a space that is an oversized storage closet is not fair and equal. Not fair, at the least.
We’re loving most aspects of life here, but there are many aspects with which I’ve not yet come to grips. And I’ve only been here a week. Let’s see what the next one hundred and three weeks have in store.
…or does it look more like a “T”?
I shot this after I got home from seeing “Thor”.
I could spend some time trying to connect this photo to some event, but I’m so tired. I got five of seven fence posts in the ground today (with the help of my wife, mother and neighbor). We had to drill a bunch of holes in the ground, level the posts, fill with concrete and backfill the soil around that. We have two more posts to go and then the fence panels go on.
What I do know is that this neighborhood, street lights included, have really become home in the last year. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been in this house and neighborhood for almost a year.