Maritime Museum and Waterpark

Today was our free day in Singapore. The typical big ticket entertainment item is usually Universal Studies, but we went next door and visited the Maritime Museum and Waterpark.

I made the best of it: rode all the slides, did the lazy river twice (with sting rays! So cool!), ate at Chilis for lunch, and took a nap on a bean bag on the desert island in the afternoon. The students and I met up for dinner at 5:00, did a little more shopping, and we’re now calling it a day.

Hard work, I know. Tomorrow we visit one more university and will most likely find a way to squeeze in more shopping before our afternoon flight. Looking forward to going home to my family. Indonesia? Not at all.

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Trekking Indonesia

Only about 30 minutes from Bogor, lies the base of Mount Salak and a ton of beautiful waterfalls. We trekked for another 30 minutes to find this little pool and fall. The water was cold and refreshing, and the physical reaction to it was fun to experience. As soon as you’re submerged, or under the fall, your breath quickens uncontrollably. The second you step out, your breath is back to normal.

It was really nice to get out of Bogor for the day. The goal is to trek and be surrounded by nature, but in Indonesia, that means you’re also surrounded by a ton of other adventure-seekers and warungs along the path. After a while you get used to it, and maybe even succumb to the tempting fruit tea along the way.

These treks are every where and what you get to experience is so much more than a hike through Forest Park. There are trumpet flowers as big as your head, monkeys running up and down the hillside, and give it 3..2…1… you have an instant friend wanting to take your picture and contact you on Facebook.

We’re celebrities. And you can call me J-Roo. We’ve finally accepted this practice [of getting our picture taken by random people] and have begun to play with it. Some guy from Jakarta has a picture of me with a giant carrot hanging out of my mouth and my arms flexing like Popeye.

Only in Indonesia.

Two Weeks in Bali

We’re going back. Some may ask, but aren’t you living in Bali? Oh no, my friend, we most certainly are not. We live in Bogor, West Java. We may be living in the same country as Bali, but on a completely different island, surrounded by a completely different religion and culture.

We love Bali. Love! Luuuuurve. And we are so beyond excited to return for two full and uninterrupted weeks of pure vacation. As a reminder, the last time we were in Bali, I worked the entire time (plus prepared my graduate portfolio for my master’s degree).  Albeit I had a few chances to get out and explore, I was most certainly not on vacation.

Now, back to these two beautiful weeks we have to look forward to… We’ve had thoughts about trying to make it over to the Gilis. We have talked about these islands non-stop for the past year, have great referrals on where to stay and how to get there, but haven’t made the jump quite yet in reserving anything. You see, it can add up a bit, island hopping. And we’re on a budget. But we like to go with the flow, so we’re open to whatever unfolds.

We want to spend more time in Ubud. We will be staying in Sanur again, but we’ve only had a couple of days in Ubud and it’s just magical there. I’m hoping to get in a Wayang puppet show and a legit Kecek dance. Any chance to hear more gamelan music, we’ll get. We also want to pick up some art in the traditional markets to help decorate our home in Bogor.

I’m sure there are more waterfalls to see. Food to taste. We definitely want to see more of the westside of the island, specifically Canggu and Seminyak. Seth hasn’t experienced the most southern tip of the Bukit (specifically Balangan Beach), so I’m excited to take him there.

Ellie’s priority is deciding which barbie to take and to be able to “swim all by myself”. Swimming has really become important to her, which is great, of course. We just need to squeeze in a few more lessons before she’s really able to jump in the deep end (without us scrambling and jumping in after her).

So get ready, friends and family, for a feast of the eyes. The fun starts Sunday!

 

Preparing in our own ways

 

As Seth and I work through the house categorizing items by whether they should be given away, stored for 1-2 years, or packed in one of our three checked bags… Eliana swims. We figured (and thanks to Savta) that swimming lessons would be essential before moving to Indonesia. So far she’s learned a new song and can do a perfect backfloat, with pointed toes and all.

We are each approaching this move in different ways, including our friends and family. The daily unexpected visits have been wonderful. The help tremendous. The hugs amazing. It’s starting to sink in… and like I recently told my friend, we’ve begun to run around like chickens with our heads cut off, yet in a hipsterly dignified way, of course.