Odds & Ends

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The Jakarta Stake Center on Suharjo Street

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Selling krupuk (crackers) on the highway

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Keaka Subandriyo was blessed to day and I had the honor being asked to stand in the circle…

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Carrying bottles of something….not quite sure what

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Our oven that DeeAnn CANNOT light – she always gives it a try (we have to use a lighter), then gives up and calls me – I do it in one or two tries…..it’s become a running joke

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Our beautiful daughter Holly and her husband Lt. Jason Kelley (USAF) with their daughters Isabella (Bells, age 8), Genevieve (Pookie, age 6) and Franteska (Punk, age 2).  They are expecting a son (Lincoln Everett) in June

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Here they are on a VERY hot day at San Diego Zoo – April 23, 2017

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My sister Carol with Holly – first time they’d seen each other in years…April 22, 2017

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Another pic at the zoo…

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This nice young lady ran after us to give us some take-away food when we visited her village….

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This stack of coins is 5,000 Rupiah ($.35).  I use it to pay the 5,000 Rp. toll that Plaza Semanggi charges the taxi to cut through their parking lot.  If we didn’t do that, it would take another 15 minutes to go around.

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DeeAnn wearing her new necklace from Dr. Titi’s hospital.  She helps the trashpickers learn to make jewelry and then she sells it at the hospital.  this was 200,000 Rp ($15.00). 

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Street food cart, in the middle of the street, right outside our apartment.  Most carts are at least on the sidewalk or the curb. 

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The guard shack at the entrance of our apartment building.  The guards are so nice – we wish they could speak English so we could talk to them!

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The building in the back of the picture (behind the blue arrow sign) has the foulest odor in all of Jakarta.  (We think they raise dogs in there.)

Surabaya Street / Blok M

P-day so we went to check out Jalan Surabaya, one of the larger flea market / antique / shopping streets in Jakarta.  Then a quick stop at Blok M,  a huge old mall where the locals shop.

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A hundred little stores each about 6 feet wide, selling all kinds of stuff – none of which anyone needs.

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I need this concrete owl

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Surabaya Street is where thousands of OLD records go to die – here’s Marie

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Here she is again with Donnie

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Who doesn’t remember Slim Whitman?

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Or that old British favorite – the Rockin’ Berries

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And my favorite – Shalamar riding Orca’s

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No, she didn’t buy it

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A little tribal hat from the island of Kalimantan

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Carving of a Garuda – an Indonesian mythical bird / human character

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Intricate wood carving

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There are a hundred variations of this kneeling couple in traditional Javanese dress.

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A shop selling just old radios from the 1940’s

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So I got this carving for about $5

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Now “Herman” has a companion, but he needs a name – any suggestions?

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We also went by Blok M – a huge shopping area for locals.  I tried to get DeeAnn to buy this  purdy,  purdy dress but she said ‘uh…no…’

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Muslim dress and hijabs can be fashionable

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Rice cookers on both sides of the aisle.  Who knew there were so many choices for rice cookers?!

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Not much in the way of air conditioning, so DeeAnn and Sister Jensen used the fan

 

Taman Mini Stake Service Project

A couple of months ago, we went to Taman Mini, a beautiful cultural park in Jakarta that re-creates 34 provinces of Indonesia in one location.  The park recreates the architecture of homes and community buildings, dress, dance, food, art, etc.  so you can walk from one island province to another – Bali, Kalimantan, Java, Sulawesi, etc. – and get a sense of what it’s like there.  A great experience!  But, when we were there, we couldn’t help but notice there was a lot of trash that had been there a while, so we thought it would be a nice project to help them clean up a little.  We talked to Taman Mini park management who was more than willing to let us come.  However, when tried to put together an Area project, we found out the Jakarta Stake, not LDS Charities, had to be the sponsor.  So the Jakarta Stake took it over.

We had estimated 60 people or so would come – so we gathered at 2:00 pm.  (This was the afternoon activity after spending the morning with Dr. Titi.)

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Old friends from around the stake greeting each other.

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DeeAnn with Lia and Sister Subandriyo

By the time we all gathered, there were over 200 people there!

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There were over 200 people there!

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President Djarot (the Stake President) giving last minute instructions to the gathering

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Subandriyo and President Djarot

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So after instructions, off we went – some went a few feet and started sweeping!  The group picture was taken on the other side of the wooden fence on the right..

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Unfortunately, we no sooner got started, than it started POURING rain.  It does that here – a lot….and this is the dry season!

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We took shelter under the CFC (California Fried Chicken) patio

After it slowed down a little, we made our way over to the main shelter where most of our crowd was staying dry.

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Some of the Young Women in the Stake staying dry…

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Br Cooper (Jakarta 3rd Ward – the Expat Ward) came with his family

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The “Helping Hands” vests

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DeeAnn with President Djarot (Stake President) and President Ariono (1st Counselor)

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Betawi (Jakarta) characters entertained during the rain under the shelter…

Finally, it was time to call it on account of rain, and people went home.  It was a great project, but unfortunately, we didn’t get to do too much.  Hopefully, they will reschedule and we can try it again!

RS Lestari Anak & Ibu – Dr. Titi

A busy day – we went to RS Lestari A&I (Hospital for Women and Children) this morning to observe a couple of cleft lip / palate surgeries and it turned into a couple of other things as well.

First of all, cleft lip and palate surgery is absolutely life changing as growing up in Indonesia with a cleft lip is traumatic.  This surgery literally gives these kids a new life; it also gives them the ability to eat normally and get the nutrition they desperately need.  It allows them attend school and be a “normal” kid in the neighborhood without the stigma of a physical facial challenge.  Many would be hidden away by the parents out of shame because the stigma is often that the parents have done something wrong.  It’s tragic and this surgery can change those lives for the good.

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First surgery is done – there will probably be 3-4 more.

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DeeAnn comforting mama

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DeeAnn observing (up close) a cleft lip surgery repair on a 15-year old. 

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We then met with Dr. Titi, who gave us a treat of kolak (sweet potato and banana in warm coconut milk and brown sugar).

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Then it was like Christmas morning when she got to open a bag of surgical instruments we delivered – a gift from Dr. Bill Jackson and Charity Vision.  She was SO excited!

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Thousands of dollars worth of stainless steel surgical instruments

So then, Dr. Titi asked us to help her distribute a donation of clothes, toys and rice that were to be given to some poor families who had come to the hospital.  So we did just that:

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The baby on the left was having none of it!

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We gave them vouchers so they could ‘shop’ and pick out what they wanted.

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Bagging donated rice

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He’s not sure about any of this!

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Helping the girls shop

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We are so in awe of Dr. Titi and all she does!  It is a privilege to know her and work with her.

Odds & Ends

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When we were in Banyuanyar, this man kicked off his boots and climbed the coconut tree – had to have been 90-100 feet.

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Lousy pic, but he’s in there, cutting coconuts out of the tree

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DeeAnn and some new friends

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Got the pose working at age 2, maybe 3!

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One of the villagers in Sragen

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Most Indonesians’ feet are as tough as leather…

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This lady set up shop right outside the office

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Building a new trash receptacle at the office, trying to discourage the trash pickers that go through the trash every night

 

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Statues on our way to the Limbs office in traditional Betawi dress.  Betawi is native to the Jakarta area.

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Jakarta skyline

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Durian fruit stand – the smell of Durian is described as “rotten onions, turpentine or raw sewage..”  Moldy old gym socks also comes to mind.  Indonesians LOVE this stuff….

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Interesting, but bad, pic out the taxi window

Getting Around Jakarta / Indonesia

Some have asked how we get around Jakarta and Indonesia, so I thought I would show not just how we get around, but how everyone gets around.  I’ve been working on this for a while, getting the pictures, and actually still need a few more.  Every city in Indonesia has their version of the same methods, so besides the obvious planes and trains, here’s the rest:

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Motorcycle – by a landslide, the most popular way for Indonesians in every city to get around.  99% of them are in the 100-125 cc range – small and maneuverable so they can cut in and around traffic – and boy do they

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If they don’t have their own bike, they hitch a ride on Go-Jek, Grab or Uber – the driver has a Go-Jek jacket and the riders wear the helmet.

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Here’s the Uber driver

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Bicycles, of course – the chosen mode of transportation for the missionaries also!

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Had to take this motorcycle powered one-seater in Jogja

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Becak – a bicycle pedal taxi

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Bajai – a little 3-wheeled taxi.  No meter, so it’s whatever you can negotiate, which is very difficult to do if you don’t speak Bahasa, because the chances of getting a bajai driver that speaks English is near zero

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Ankot (ahn-coat) are everywhere and cheap – for about 4,000 Rp ($.30). 8-10 people will cram into these and sit knee -to-knee.

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Ankot’s come in every color of the rainbow and in some colors not found in nature….

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Then there’s the Metro Mini

 

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Mikrolet is just a small bus

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And then Kopaja, which is a little bit bigger – still cheap at about 4-5,000 Rp ($.30-.35)

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Trans Jakarta is the big public transit bus

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Here’s the double trans-Jakarta bus

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Taxi – the most popular taxi company by far is Blue Bird – they have about 50% of the market.  They are everywhere and if it’s not raining or there’s a demonstration, you can usually flag one down in less than a minute.  Starting fee is 6,500 Rp ($.50)  The ride from our apartment to the office (about 10-15 minutes) is $1.50.

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White Express taxi’s are a distant second to Blue Bird;

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There’s red….

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Silver Bird – owned by Blue Bird company – and for the more well-heeled clients.  They are all Mercedes and much more expensive.

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Blue Bird has big buses for rent;

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And medium-sized buses.

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The extremely well-heeled drive their Lamborghini’s, Ferrari’s or (like this) McClaren on Sunday morning when the traffic is light and they can go fast.

Anklung Saung Udjo (Angklung Music School)

One of the highlights of going to Bandung is being able to go to the Angklung Music School.  The students put on a performance every day at 3:30 and it is an absolute must-do if you ever find yourself in Bandung, Indonesia!

Anglunk is a traditional Indonesian musical instrument made from bamboo:

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The program consists of the students presenting traditional music, puppets and dance from around Indonesia:

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Puppet

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Twin puppets

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This little guy was about 3 and all over the stage!

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Representing Papua (Pa POO a)

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The Peacock Dance

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Beautiful costumes

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The Angklung Orchestra

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One of the best parts is when they pass out an angklung to each audience member and they have us playing music ion no time!  We took Elder and Sister Jensen the new office couple.

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His hand signals indicate notes to be played

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Then we played chords

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The emcee had DeeAnn singing an Indonesian children’s song

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Lined up for the big thank you

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Then they got everyone on the floor at the end to dance

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Music and kids bring everyone together

A great to spend an hour and half!  Since we have a kitas (an Indonesian resident ID Card) it was 50,000 Rp per person ($3.75).  A bit higher for tourists – $12.50!