OMG it just dawned on me that I have been living in Jakarta for 21 weeks now! It’s been a little up and down with weeks of feeling content and happy and weeks feeling quite down. D has handled my emotional outbursts with support and understanding and for that I’m so very grateful.
Chatting with friends/family from home and new found friends here, I now recognise truly how important our social networks are in maintaining emotional balance and an overall sense of being well, OK. Building new friendships requires time, patience and a true giving if yourself. I’ve learned that I need too be kind to myself and not feel like I should have it all figured out already. It has, as I’ve said, only been 21 weeks.
So this week has been jam packed with social activities which have come at the right time (for the last fortnight I’ve been feeling low). Here are a few pics from my time out and about in Jakarta..
IKEA opened and I made a new friend. Rochelle, Felicity and I went on an adventure to IKEA. I say ‘adventure’ because we spend 2 hours driving around the wrong side if the city wondering why we couldn’t find the place.
Tuesday was the American Women’s Association Bazaar. What an experience! So many people, so many stalls and so not enough time to check everything out properly. I also met Maree the ex-Principal of the NZ International School; another friend made.
The Australian Embassy held a morning tea raised money for local breast cancer charities. Wasn’t quite what I expected as it was supposedly targeted out spouses. When we arrived it was mostly local staff and a smattering of Embassy staff. Still, all for a worthy cause. We’ve all been touched by breast cancer.
Women will understand how difficult it is to find a ‘good’ hairdresser. My first experience with Musa at Alfons Salon was not great. My appointment was 10am and casually rocked up at 10.30. Not a wonderful first impression. Thinking I’d give him a second chance I had my final appointment with him last Wednesday, or so I thought. He used a shade lighter than my chocolate brown which resulted in lighter roots and darker lengths, noit quite the look I was going for. He says nothing as he dries my hair until I say ‘Oh no. THAT is not okay. You need to fix this’. His response ‘We fix in four weeks’. Many of you know ‘the face’ I give when I’m not happy Jan. Well he got ‘the face’, got the ‘tide and then got the message- he had better fix it and for free.
He did on Friday morning. I’m happy and never returning.
Weekends are great. I love them because I get to spend quality time with D, whether it’s just pottering around at home, going to the movies or even boring chores like grocery shopping.
Yesterday we ventured to the Intercontinental Hotel to check out the 2014 launch of the Fuji Fotographi photo book. Quite the swish event for photography enthusiasts, particularly for those interested in photographing models wearing skimpy outfits (look closely at the photo below). Clearly catering for the nearly all male crowd in attendance me thinks.
Great week 🙂