Friday, November 30, 2007
Christmas booths: have started up for the season again. These are booths that people set up wherever they want, decorate them according to what they think Christmas means (photos will be posted at a later date) and play loud, loud mostly Christmas music, sometimes 24 hours a day...
Rain: lots and lots of it - maybe there's hope for our grass yet!
Abscessed tooth: Icelina's is swollen again-took her to the dentist and now we're trying different antibiotics to get the swelling down so that tooth can come out. (yuck...)
Crazy hair day: I razored four letter "A's" onto Aidan's head and he doesn't want them to go away so he didn't want to have his hair washed.
The traffic on our road: DEAD!!!! YEAH!!!!
The condition of our road: bumpy, potholey, and muddy (in spots)
The mall: has a new restaurant and optical place... we're moving right along here
Brussel Sprouts: spotted for sale in the new supermarket... wonder how long they'll stay in the store... (not my favourite...) and they made the long boat trip from France...
Marc: today was his last day being three!!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Here is a shot of Brynnie playing with Rode (Roeday) daughter of Ibu Rita. They had quite a lot of fun together.
Wow, our trials here are nothing compared with what this family is going through right now:
Be sure to keep them in your prayers.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Last week Wednesday we had the pastor of our church and an elder over for an official visit. They plan to celebrate Lord's Supper the beginning of December so they wanted to visit with us with regards to this. As I was just finishing reading the boys a book when they arrived, Hugo served them tea. Not cultural here to have the man serve.... The pastor, Rev Dikon (I think that's how you spell it) likes to talk that's for sure. He talked so much that he forgot about his tea which by the end of the evening was swarming with ants....
Saturday, November 24, 2007
- passing oncoming traffic with just inches to spare
- liberally using car or motorbike horn
- avoiding potholes, oncoming traffic, motorbikes and pedestrians all at the same time
- rarely going over 40 km an hour, usual speed: 20 km per hour
- watching for motorbikes trying to pass you on the inside even though you're making a right hand turn (like a left-hand turn back home)-crazy how often that happens
The other day some guys were filling some of the potholes on our road. As you pass by them you are expected to put some money in the card board box being held by one of the guys. I'm not sure if they just decided to fix the road on their own and make some money doing it or if they are told to do it.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
P.S. Sorry, no photos, forgot to take the camera with...
Sunday, November 11, 2007
One dilema that I'm kind of struggling with is how to deal with the local kids that come around. They want to play with our bikes and any other outside toys we might have. I feel sorry for them because they don't get to play with much stuff at all. But... our neighbours have tried to let the local kids play. They would limit the numbers they would let in their yard. However, now the kids are there at their gate first thing in the morning yelling out asking if they can play. And they don't stop. So our neighbour will go out and tell them that today is not a good day so they won't be allowed. But the kids will often still hang around in the hopes that she will change her mind. Or they will go in anyways if the gate is unlocked. The other problem was that if she let them play and then their time was up, they wouldn't listen when she told them. They would just keep playing. Part of this is that Indonesian kids, at least the ones around here, just don't respect their elders. They are not taught to respect and the respect is generally not earned by the parents either. It is not that uncommon to see a mother throwing rocks at her older boys. Anyways, until this point, I have not let local kids play in our yard. I will let them drink water or fill their water bottles at our tap and I will also let them come in to sell things but not to play. Expats who have been here for a long time compare the local kids to ants. If you have the sugar they will just keep coming and coming and will wear you out. So for now, I prefer to keep my home a quiet, peaceful place for my family alone. And of course any visitors we might invite... On that note I would like to say that our door is always open to any one who wants to come visit out this way....
Selamat Hari Minggu!
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
This afternoon Aidan came running in the house and told me to come because an Indonesian girl had been attacked by a dog. So I went out to check it out and sure enough a little girl of about 10 had been fairly badly bitten on the back of her leg. One of the other expats had come too and was going to take the girl to her parents and see what they wanted to do. Unfortunately the owners of the dog were in Jayapura when it happened. The little girl was very brave and we got her over to our porch and I cleaned up the wounds with some clean water until the other expat came and got her. Poor kid, I felt so bad for her and she was being so brave about it. It turns out that the dog had just given birth earlier that day in a ditch that ran underneath a driveway and the girl was between the mother dog and the puppies in the ditch. So the mother dog was just acting on instinct and trying to protect her pups. Now she will most likely be put down. I haven't heard any more news about the little girl yet. Later the people taking care of the dog for the owners managed to get the mother dog out of the ditch and lock her up. But then someone had to get the puppies or they would die. So they dug the entrance to the ditch a little bigger and one of the skinnier boys went in almost up to his ankles and managed to get all the puppies out. So that was our big excitement for the day.
Interestingly, the home that the dog's owners live in is actually a converted quonset hut that was used for storage by the American army in World War 2. The roof is still rounded and the house actually looks quite neat.