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.
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.)
By the time we all gathered, there were over 200 people there!
There were over 200 people there!
After it slowed down a little, we made our way over to the main shelter where most of our crowd was staying dry.
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!
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.
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:
We are so in awe of Dr. Titi and all she does! It is a privilege to know her and work with her.
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:
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:
The program consists of the students presenting traditional music, puppets and dance from around Indonesia:
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!