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anzaberita Australia and New Zealand Association Jakarta

Quarterly Magazine

anzajkt Issue 1 2017

A Bold New Year highlights Christmas Events and Australia and Waitangi Day BBQ feature ANZA Little Dentists

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28 28 4 editor'snote 5 president'smessage 7 M essages from the Amassadors of Australia and New Zealand

8 anzahouse Highlights and ANZA Activities Hot dates

12 anzaspotlight 12 sponsor look Passion for Indonesian Design Interview with Mikha Vijaya 14 member look Maretha Van Rooyen




30 16 mainevent 16 Twilight Christmas Bazaar 2016 by Kaeli Etheridge 18 Members' Christmas Lunch 20 ANZA Children's Christmas Party 22 Australia and Waitangi Day BBQ 24 ANZA Easter Egg Hunt

40 26 socialwelfare 26 projects Aussie Rules 28 projects Diamonds in the Rough 30 cover story ANZA Little Dentists

34 aroundthedurian 34 people Bahasa Indonesia A Language With Love 36 people A Path To Better Emotional Health Interview with Meredyth Blackwell-Bell

38 aroundthedurian 40 family Jumping Jakarta 43 book club Cloudstreet and The Golden Age

44 lastnote Top 10... Resolutions ANZA Can Help You Stick To.



A SPARKLING NEW YEAR! Welcome to the long-awaited first issue of ANZA Berita for 2017. The year is racing by and we have so much to catch up on. Maretha and I are your new editorial team. Pulling together a magazine has been a new challenge for both of us. It may have taken a little longer than planned to publish this edition, but we are very proud to be able to share stories from the ANZA community. What a dynamic one it is! Our community extends beyond the walls of ANZA House and we get the opportunity to meet some fascinating individuals. I sat with Mikha Wijaya of Vie for Living (p.11), an ANZA Gold Sponsor, whose passion for Indonesian design and ambitious business were awe-inspring. While Maretha had a chat with Ibu Restiany Achmed, who utilises her talents as a Bahasa teacher to fund her charity work (p. 34). ANZA Social Welfare have been as busy as ever with numerous projects including the launch of a new initiative, ANZA Little Dentists (page 30). Our Social Welfare Programs can not help without the support of our community. From purchasing raffle tickets at events to corporate sponsorship, every little contribution counts. Speaking of events, this issue is packed with highlights from our Christmas Bazaar and Parties, through to Australia and Waitangi Day and Easter celebrations. There is never a dull moment at ANZA. If you are new to Jakarta, I encourage you to attend an upcoming event (p.9) or regular activity (p. 11) as it is a great chance to make new friends. Whether you are new to ANZA or have been a long-time supporter, we hope this issue sparks some inspiration to try something new and make 2017 your best year yet. Cheers,

Emmaleen Murray and Maretha Van Rooyen

Cover: ANZA Little Dentists Launch


Message from the President Tania Goodacre TO MEMBERS, PATRONS, SPONSORS AND FRIENDS OF ANZA Welcome to 2017! Firstly, I would like to say that I am honoured and excited to take on the role of ANZA President and to be involved in an organisation having a positive impact on so many lives. As I reflect on 2016 and look at all the changes that have been made, I am excited about the direction our association is heading in. From moving to a new house, to launching a new brand; updating internal processes, to being more active on social media. These developments have given ANZA a new lease of life which sees us attracting an increasingly diverse membership base. In 2017, the Committee and I are keen to keep up the momentum and will look to introduce some new activities, social events and add more benefits for members and sponsors. Most notably, this year we are aiming to take on more deserving Social Welfare Projects.

Helping to create a brighter tomorrow. ANZA has been welcoming expats in Jakarta for more than 40years. We want to continue to thrive as a supportive community, to provide a place for social interaction and to do what we do

best….raise much needed funds for social welfare projects. Unfortunately, over the past few months we have said goodbye to some amazing people from our committee, volunteers, membership base and sponsors, but we will never forget the contribution they have made. We are always looking for new volunteers to donate their expertise and a little time to coordinate events, manage activities or help with specific projects. No matter your background, there is an opportunity for you to . So please come to ANZA House and talk to one of our current committee members about the roles we have available. We are passionate about what we do and have a lot of fun along the way. Together we can do so much and make a big difference. I look forward to another fantastic year at ANZA.

Message from the Vice President Kaeli Etheridge TO MEMBERS, PATRONS, SPONSORS AND FRIENDS OF ANZA Ever since I walked in the door at ANZA, I have loved and admired the sense of community I’ve felt. It’s a wonderful space that helps newcomers transition into the crazy life of Jakarta and brings a sense of home into The Big Durian. I’m excited to be a part of the Committee and I hope I can positively contribute to ANZA, to help continue on its traditions and even build some new ones!

I want to help grow our membership base so we can continue ANZA’s diverse and energetic culture. I look forward to more social functions at ANZA’s great new house and I’d love to see it as a hub for our members to enjoy regularly. I’m also excited about the amazing work the social welfare team does and I hope to use my healthcare background to support and help them however I can.

Overall I’d like to give back a little, to thank the community that has helped me a lot!

Marketing & Communications Manager Emmaleen Murray marketing@anzajakarta.com House Manager Vikki Allan anzajakarta@gmail.com House Functions Coordinators Australian and New Zealand Association Jakarta A not-for-profit organisation, welcoming people of all nationalities Patron Mr Paul Grigson Australian Ambassador Dr Trevor Matheson New Zealand Ambassador

Olivia Peake and Michelle White anzahousefunctionsjkt@gmail.com Bazaar Coordinators Vacant anzabazaar@gmail.com Annual Ball Coordinator Vacant anzaball@gmail.com Melbourne Cup Coordinators Vacant

ANZA Berita Editors Emmaleen Murray and Maretha Van Rooyen anzaberita@gmail.com Designers Nanang Prowabo and Emmaleen Murray Proofreaders David Goodbody Maretha Van Rooyen Kaeli Etheridge Contributors Gilly Weaver David Goodbody Emmaleen Murray Kaeli Etheridge Maretha Van Rooyen Marianne Ariyanto Tania Goodacre

Honorary Members Ms Nicola Watts Mrs Nuannit Matheson ANZA Committee President Tania Goodacre president@anzajakarta.com Vice President Kaeli Etheridge vicepresident@anzajakarta.com Treasurer Fiona Li anzatreasury@gmail.com Secretary Reschelle Sullivan anzajakarta@gmail.com Social Welfare Co-Directors Gilly Weaver and David Goodbody anzasocialwelfare@gmail.com Sponsorship Coordinator Emanuel Bintang anzasponsorship@gmail.com Membership Coordinators Catherine Anderson and Fran Catacouzinos anzajakartamembership@gmail.com

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Paul Grigson

Dr Trevor Matheson

I hope that Australians and New Zealanders living in Indonesia had safe and happy holidays, whether here or back home. 2017 is promised to be another exciting and rewarding year for our missions in Indonesia as it will be for the many Australian and New Zealanders living across the archipelago. I would strongly encourage all Australians living in Indonesia to register on Smartraveller.gov.au for current travel advice and security updates if they haven’t done so already. Remember, Smartraveller is not just for tourists; if we don’t know where you are, we can’t get in touch in an emergency.

Happy new year to you all. I hope you celebrated the start of 2017 in good spirits with family and friends. Moreover, I trust the ‘Year of the Fire Rooster’ brings you prosperity and exceeds all your expectations.

Australian Ambassador to Indonesia

While the Embassy has now settled into its new chancery and complex in Kuningan, and our new Consulate-General in Makassar has opened, I note ANZA has also found a new headquarters in Kemang. This will no doubt give your members greater capacity to undertake the many charitable and community projects which continue to make a great difference in the lives of many vulnerable people. Thanks to the efforts of ANZA’s social welfare coordinators and members, the At Taqwa School has been rebuilt to make it safe for the students and the Student Sponsorship Program in East Jakarta is currently sponsoring over 500 students. These education initiatives and members’ continuing support of health initiatives such as the children’s HIV clinic in Sumba and medical sponsorships to fund surgeries positively impact the lives of Indonesians.

New Zealand Ambassador to Indonesia

As last year reminded us, Indonesia remains a challenging environment on a number of fronts. Accordingly I’d like to remind all New Zealanders in Indonesia, whether resident or visiting, to register on the NZ Safetravel website at www.safetravel.govt.nz. We can’t help you or your loved ones if we don’t know how to contact you in a consular emergency, pandemic or natural disaster. So please register, keep safe and enjoy what Indonesia has to offer. And if you are resident and not yet a member of ANZA then please join the best club for New Zealand and Australian expatriates in Indonesia! 2017 is shaping up to be another busy year for the New Zealand Embassy. Our leaders have given us ambitious objectives to develop a pathway towards a comprehensive partnership, including expanding cooperation beyond existing sectors and doubling two-way trade by 2024. They want us to further expand cultural, education and tourism links, while maintaining a focused development programme that recognises Indonesia as an emerging middle income country where partnerships become the new norm replacing the old donor-recipient model. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of ASEAN. People to people links are the foundation of a strong bilateral relationship and we are grateful for the efforts that ANZA members undertake on a daily basis to build closer and more enduring relationships with Indonesians across the spectrum of activities. ANZA members can also be justifiably proud of their generous charity and social work to help underprivileged Indonesia communities and individuals. We shared in that pride in 2016 when ANZA successfully bid for funding under the New Zealand Head of Embassy Fund for the At Taqwa School Building Project in Cakung, East Jakarta. Like ANZA we too want to make a difference in the lives of Indonesians and look forward to continuing to support your activities throughout the year. All the best for your planned activities in 2016, and the Embassy looks forward to continuing to support you in your endeavours.


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Members were treated to free manicures and pedicures courtesy of LASHBAR at our Friday morning coffee.

2-4 In late-November, we hosted


the Refugee Reflection Circle Photography Exhibition at ANZA House. This was a showcase of incredible works by a group of refugees in Indonesia, reflecting on their daily lives and struggles through photography.

5 Despite wet weather, our first Pasar Murah (Garage Sale) was as popular as ever. Locals come from all around Kemang to grab themselves a bargain. Our volunteers were kept busy negotiating sales and keeping the crowds moving.




Our first ExtravagANZA event for 2017 was hosted at Gold Sponsors, Vie for Living's Kemang showroom. We learnt about the most common types of wood used in furniture manufacturing in Indonesia. Vie for Living also treated us to a delightful morning tea.


Our Gold Sponsors, Salt Grill Jakarta hosted a special lunch for Australia Day with delicious Australian-themed menu. The event also raised funds for social welfare programs.



10 At the end of February, we welcomed guest speakers, Mo and Shirin, from Bike to Freedom. Bike to Freedom are a group of Asylum Seekers and Refugees who cycled from Jakarta to Bali in December 2016, in order to raise awareness about Refugee resettlement.

We have many great activities hosted at ANZA House and many social welfare projects that we love to share.




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May - June 2017 Saturday 13 May

Monday 15 May

Wednesday 17 May

ANZA Twilight Market

Mother's Day Picnic

ANZA Sponsors' Evening

Location: ANZA House Time: 2:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Salt Grill Jakarta

New Zealand Embassy

Time: From 11:00am

Time: 6:30pm

Thursday 25 May

Friday 26 May

Saturday 3 June

ANZA House Closed


Bogan Bingo

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Location: ANZA House

Public Holiday

Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

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Save the following dates in your diary and remember our morning tea is scheduled every Friday morning from 9am - 12pm at ANZA House

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Play Group + Expectant Mums


Fun Bridge

DAY/S: Tuesday* Time: 11:30am

DAY/S: Friday (weekly) Time: 1:00pm

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Rusty Rackets

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DAY/S: Tuesday Time: 8:00am - 10:00am

DAY/S: Friday (weekly) Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

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anzashop Come and browse through our shop at ANZA House. There are many gifts and cards for sale, and items change regularly. Open Monday - Friday 9am - 12pm

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PASSION FOR INDONESIAN DESIGN Mikhavita Wijaya, Owner of Vie for Living

Looking for gorgeous decor and quality furniture for your home? Then you can't go past the collections at Vie for Living. Mikhavita Wijaya is the driving force behind Vie for Living, we sat with her to discuss her collection and plans for the future. photo (above) supplied by Vie for Living (right) by Tania Goodacre

Tell us a little about your background. I am originally from Palembang, Sumatra. My parents are entrepreneurs with a number of ventures. One of which is in furniture manufacturing. So, I was exposed to design and furniture maming from a young age. They also instilled in me an entrepreneurial spirit. I spent six years in Australia studying Economics and Finance. Once I completed my studies, I then returned to Indonesia and started working within my family's business exporting Edible Bird Nest. I saw a great opportunity to export this product to Australia and spearheaded the move to get our licence there. I learnt so much about business and exporting in a very short time. What path led you to what you are doing now? When I met my husband, we wanted to have our own business together. In 2011, we opened a franchise of Lio

Gallery here in Kemang. In 2013, we rebranded to Vie for Living. We also established Mikhata Design in an attempt to diversify our designs with a modern or pop-art slant. However, that side of the business is now more focused on projects. What inspires you in your different businesses? My country and culture are my greatest source of inspiration. I am really passionate about sharing and promoting Indonesian culture with the world, especially through design. I have encountered so many people that perceive Indonesia, as a 'third-world' country. Or they have very limited understanding of our culture. I am ready to challenge those perceptions and show how rich, diverse and inspiring my culture is.


How do Indonesian companies fare in the world of furniture design? We are right at the forefront. I can walk into any major furniture retailer in Australia or the US and find pieces that are influenced by Indonesian culture. Not to mention the number of pieces, I would find that are manufactured here. I have the opportunity to work closely with Indonesian manufactureers and craftsman. They are up to date with the latest trends and advanced in terms of design, quality and manufacturing technology.

In January, you opened a store in Melbourne, how did that come about? We were looking to establish headquarters for one of our other businesses in Australia. In the middle of planning for furnishing the offices, I asked myself: "Why would I purchase imported furniture? Why not bring in our own from Vie for Living?" So we found a location with office and retail space and are opertating both businesses side-by-side.

"...Indonesian manufacturers and craftsmen are up to date with the latest trends and advanced in terms of design, quality and manufacturing technology..."

Do you have any plans to expand further? I have a dream to open retail stores all over the world. The Melbourne store is just the first step towards that dream. This year, I will be travelling to and from Australia as we get operations settled there. However, I am always looking at opportunities to expand further afield. I would really like to make inroads in the North American market in the next few years.

How do your collections at Vie for Living reflect your passion for your culture? Our collections are a showcase of traditional Indonesian design with modern elements. For example, the Rank Set collections made from recycled, old Javanese houses and turned into beautiful living collections. We incorporate a lot of recycled elements into our pieces, because there is great beauty in preserving something with history. For example, a wine rack boat, made from a real canoe.

With multiple businesses, do you find much time to relax? If so, how do you like to spend your down time? I am blessed with a full life and enjoy what I do but it is a balancing act. I have a two year old daughter, so I try to make sure I get home at a decent hour to spend quality time with her and my husband. I also regulalry schedule time for myself whether to excercise or for some pampering. I want to really have fun and enjoy my life, not just sleepwalk through it. Âż

Vie for Living, Melbourne Living in Jakarta questions Most likely activity whilst in a card during traffic? This is usually a chance for me to have some downtime, so I read or listen to musinc. Where was the last great meal you had in Jakarta? Komunal 88 in Kemang. Great coffee, tasty food and they have a really cool concept with the market cafe.

Where would we find you on a Sunday morning? At home with my family. Add Netflix and GoJek and you have the perfect recipe for a relaxing weekend. Must visit destination in Indonesia? Bali is one of my favourite destinations. The food, culture, design....Everytime I go there, I fall in love with it again. Where would you go for a weekend away from Jakarta? Yogjakarta is also a great to visit with the cultural sights and art. Âż

is an ANZA Gold Sponsor visit www.vieforliving.com for more information


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Maretha Van Rooyen ANZA Member Since 2016!

What are you looking forward to about living in Jakarta? Experiencing new foods, dishes, tastes and flavours from all the different parts of Indonesia, as well as learning a new language Bahasa Indonesia. How did you find out about ANZA Jakarta? Before we moved here, Australians who were familiar with Jakarta encouraged me to join ANZA. What are your first impressions of ANZA community? I was surprised to find out that everyone called it ANZA House and that it actually was a house. I imagined it to be in an office block. The ladies were very friendly and very convincing. I came to meet my Bahasa teacher and all of a sudden signed up for membership at ANZA House.

Tells us who you are and where you‘re from.

What would you like to get involved with at ANZA?

My name is Maretha van Rooyen and I am originally from South Africa. I am ex-airline crew and worked for Emirates Airlines, living in Dubai for over ten years. I got married late in life, moved to Australia and now Jakarta. My husband and I have been married for three years and we have already been through three significant relocations. I’m excited to see where married life will take us over the next ten years.

I ticked almost all the boxes on the form thinking, surely by doing that at least I am guaranteed someone will get back to me. Low and behold to my surprise everyone did. That’s when I knew this is an organisation that cares and clearly wants to make a difference. I thought…..I want to be a part of this!

What brought you to Jakarta? My husband’s company offered him a great opportunity to relocate. What were your first impressions of Indonesia? It is less conservative than I thought it would be, especially compared to the Middle East. Also, the traffic is crazy in Jakarta, much like

What is one thing you packed that you thought Jakarta would not have? Milky sticks (treats) for the dogs and pigs ears for them to chew on. What is one thing you should have packed? My South African meat spice – nothing comes close to it and Mrs Balls Chutney, an all-rounder for any dish. ¿

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The South African “Blue Mountains” Valley of Desolation, Camedoo National Park Photo by: Maretha Van Rooyen, ANZA Member


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The 2016 annual ANZA Christmas Bazaar went off with a bang! With over 500 shoppers through the doors, our vendors were busy keeping everyone’s shopping bags full. Our energetic and imaginative Committee introduced a few new ideas for this year's edition. Changing to a twilight event, open from 10 am to 8 pm, was appreciated by many working parents and families with children in school as it gave them some extra time to get some Christmas shopping done. Childminding services was another new initiative to make shopping easier for parents with small children. Parents were able to drop their kids off in the capable and fun hands of Tutor Time whilst they shopped. The kids loved the fun activities and the gooey slime they could make and play with! We also introduced ANZA’s ‘Eat Street’, which included almost 20 food vendors. It was the perfect spot for patrons to take some time out from shopping up a storm and relax with a coffee and treat. Or tuck into something more substantial with plenty of hot food options on offer including pies, omelettes, and curry! Our Social Welfare Team’s bake sale was as popular as ever with every fruit mince pie and rum ball selling out and raising much-needed funds for our worthy social welfare projects. The response to ‘Eat Street’ was so positive that there is talk of a spin-off event in 2017, watch this space! There was plenty of entertainment too with wonderful performances by our very own Emmanual Bintang, The Rawinala School Band and the incredibly talented piano player Fira Christiano. MJ, Head Chef of Salt Grill Jakarta, wowed us with a live cooking demonstration and showed us how to recreate Luke Mangan’s signature dish - crab omelette, in our very own homes! As always, the generosity of our sponsors and vendors was overwhelming with over 40 incredible raffle prizes. There were plenty of happy winners who won prizes from Vie for Living, Salt Grill, Nagisa Bali, Origins Tech, and JW Marriott to name just a few. All in all, it was another hugely successful bazaar and we could not have done it without the tireless help of our incredible volunteers and all of our loyal shoppers. Thank you and we will see you again in 2017.


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Thank you to all members who made our Christmas lunch a jolly good one! We bid a fond farewell to a few members who are heading off on new adventures, including our President Carm Gleeson; members and Social Welfare volunteers. Henriette Koenen, Christine Jones and Nora Martin; and our ANZA Berita Editor and Graphic Designer Saeng Touttavong. Congratulations to Ann-Maree Thompson, who became our newest life member. She has been an active member and volunteer since 2009 and has made a huge contribution to ANZA, particularly in our medical sponsorship program.

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We also had a gift for Pak Sawirman who has been a tremendous support to ANZA as a driver, removalist, personal shopper and

Gilly Weaver, Co-Director of ANZA Social Welfare presents Ann-Maree Thompson with her life membership.

Big thank you to our event sponsors: Commonwealth Bank, CocaCola Amatil and Salt Grill and our wonderful hosts H.E. Paul Grigson, Australian Ambassador to Indonesia and his wife Ms Nicola Watts. It was a fantastic way to celebrate a busy year. We hope to see you all at our next Christmas lunch!

Carm and Gilly present Pak Sawirman with his gift. ANZA Committee Members, Vikki Allan, Tania Goodacre and Ann-Maree Thompson. Member and Social Welfare Volunteer, Bree Crocket Tania and Gilly with Honorary Member, Mrs Nid Matheson


ANZA CHILDRENS CHRISTMAS PARTY On Sunday 4 December some of our youngest members celebrated the festive season with a fun-filled afternoon at ANZA House. There was no shortage of entertainment as the children made good use of the playroom and outdoor play equipment. There was even a Reindeer Food Station where the youngsters could make up a bag of reindeer food to take home and spread out on Christmas Eve. The jumping castle in the front yard was a hit, as were the bajaj rides. The face painter and balloon artist were kept busy with a variety of design requests. But the highlight of the day was definitely, the arrival of our special visitor from the North Pole. The children gathered excitedly in front of the Christmas tree and were surprised with the appearance of Santa Claus. They showed a lot of patience as Santa handed out gifts to each child. The occasion was overwhelming for some of the little ones while others relished the opportunity to chat to Santa. It was a great day for the entire family. Thank you to our sponsors ACG School Jakarta, Australian Independent School, New Zealand Independent School and Coca-Cola Amatil for their support.

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By Emmaleen Murray What better way to celebrate our national holidays than with a classic backyard barbie? Of course, ANZA isn’t exclusively for Aussies and Kiwis and it was great to see members and friends of many nationalities enjoying a taste of ‘down under’. It was a true family affair with kids making great use of the trampoline, playroom and swimming pool at ANZA House, while their parents could easily supervise with a cool beverage in hand. The masses were well fed with a smorgasbord of colourful, homemade salads, grilled chicken, steak, sausages and burgers. The main course was followed by a divine selection of desserts including pavlova, sticky date pudding, lamingtons and lemon meringue pies. Oh, and we can’t forget about the mince pies which were demolished earlier on. More than a dozen guests went home with prizes from our raffle, generously donated by local businesses and our sponsors. Many thanks to our main sponsors: Commonwealth Group, Coca-Cola and Salt Grill by Luke Mangan for supporting this event, the proceeds of which go to our social welfare program. Special thanks to our House Function Coordinators, Michelle White and Olivia Peake and ANZA House Manager, Vikki Allan and their team of helpers for pulling together such a fantastic function. We look forward to the 2018 edition ¿

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ANZA EASTER EGG HUNT by Emmaleen Murray photos by Blair Murray and Fiona Li

The inaugural ANZA Easter Egg Hunt was the result of a brief discussion at ANZA Playgroup, about Easter brunches suitable for toddlers. While there are quite a few hotel brunches available this time of year, I was looking for a more low-key affair where my little ones could enjoy some Easter fun but was also wrapped up by nap-time. Someone suggested hosting at ANZA House and a few people agreed, so next thing you know, we had an event outline and it was locked in the calendar for Saturday 8 April. With 40 kids registered to attend, the biggest challenge was sourcing enough eggs for the hunt. Thankfully, we had a number of members travelling back from Australia and New Zealand, who contributed a few kilos worth of chocolate. Pinterest was a great source of inspiration for different crafts and activities. It's amazing what you can do with a paper plate. A few strategic cuts and voila you have an Easter Egg Basket ready to be decorated by little artists. That activity kept most of the kids busy, long enough for their parents to enjoy a cofee and some morning tea.

It was a sunny morning, so we waited until the last minute to scatter the chocolates in the backyard. Having a staggered start with under-5s getting a thirty second lead, proved beneficial. It was the first hunt for quite a few of the children and it took a bit of cajouling to get them started. The older children were very patient and cautious running around the younger ones. The garden was cleared within minutes and lots of beaming faces headed back inside to assess their bounty. Chocolate was not the only source of excitement, with several lucky guests taking home prizes from our raffle draw. Many thanks to our event sponsors - Houbii - Urban Adventure Park, GummyBox, Strawberry Patch and Mia Chia - for donating such awesome prizes. Judging from the noise levels with children playing and parents chatting, our guests had a great time. My kids had so much fun they napped most of the afternoon, so the event was a resounding success in my books. I look forward to next year's edition. Âż


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AUSSIE RULES COMES TO INDONESIAN SCHOOLS by Gilly Weaver, Co-Director of ANZA Social Welfare photos by Bintangs AFL Football Club

The Bintangs AFL Football Club and Telkomtelstra working together brought a ‘taste’ of Australian Rules footy to students in the ANZA Student Sponsorship Program (SSP) at PGRI35 in Jakarta. The 30 girls and boys came to learn the basics on a blustery afternoon that didn’t dampen their enthusiasm despite bad traffic and a nearly water-logged pitch. On 30 August the eager 14-15-year-olds from PGRI35 were introduced to the basic skills of the game by an enthusiastic group from the Bintangs and Telkomtelstra volunteers. The Bintangs provided the training expertise and Telkomtelstra, a major sponsor of SSP, provided the refreshments, field rental and transport for the students.

Despite the stormy weather all the kids and trainers had a huge amount of fun and a great training session… until the skies opened again and we all retreated to shelter for a well-earned drink and some pizza. Tired, wet and muddy but with smiles all round everyone made their way home through Jakarta traffic. A big ‘Thank you’ to all the guys for giving the kids a fun-filled afternoon and who knows they may have sown the seeds for a new Indonesian national sport! ¿



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DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH BASEBALL COACHING CLINICS RETURN TO JAKARTA by David Goodbody, Co-Director ANZA Social Welfare photos by ANZA Social Welfare

The Diamonds in the Rough are an energetic group of young women from Canberra, who are determined to spread the message that girls can do anything. They decided to make a return visit to Jakarta after their successful trip last year. This time, 25 girls in ANZA’s Student Sponsorship Program from MKGR school were given two days of training, confidence building and much more. The sessions are designed to give girls confidence and belief in their abilities on and off the field. The learning works both ways as the young women from Canberra are themselves learning leadership skills whilst promoting their sport. They gain confidence by taking charge of groups and mentoring the young Indonesians. We are grateful to the Hit Factory for providing an excellent venue and to our sponsor, Telkomtelstra for supporting this event. Last but not least, a huge thank you to the ladies of Diamonds in the Rough for their energy and enthusiasm and making the two days so informative and such fun. ¿

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ANZA LITTLE DENTISTS by Kaeli Etheridge, ANZA Vice President

On Monday 6 February our Social Welfare Team launched the ANZA Little Dentists Program. Approximately 300 students at MGKR, one of our sponsor schools, received a free toothbrush and tube of toothpaste and were shown correct cleaning technique by our volunteer dentists. The aim of this program is to promote oral health and hygiene amongst communities that may not have access to regular oral healthcare or education. We are hoping to roll out the program across all our sponsored schools, potentially reaching over 1500 children. Thank you to Pepsodent for their generous donation of supplies and to the volunteer dentists from the University of Indonesia for their time. Also, many thanks to our sponsors Telkomtelstra who provided apples for the children. It was a great day with smiles all round.


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The sun setting behind the Great Torii at Itsukushima Shrine on the island of Itsukushima (also known as Miyajima).An easy day trip from Hiroshima, Japan. Photo by: Emmaleen Murray, ANZA Member


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Bahasa Indonesia A Language With Love by Maretha Van Rooyen

photos: (above) by Emmaleen Murray (right) by Ibu Restiany

Ibu Restiany Achmad is ANZA's Bahasa Indonesia Teacher. This soft-spoken woman with a unique smile and great sense of humour, quietly glides in and out of ANZA House each week. I have had the privilege to get to know Ibu Restiany and she is a fascinating woman. I asked her to share her story. Where did you grow up? In a suburban area of Jakarta Depok. My parents are from Sulawesi so I guess you could say that is my second home.

a hot summer’s day watching people surfing. My Dad wanted me to come back to Jakarta because I was the only daughter in the family. I found a job straight away, through my Dad’s network and did secretarial work for about three years. I got married, quit my secretarial job and took up my responsibilities as a newly wedded wife and mother. Unfortunately, things did not work out as I had wished and after a few years I was divorced. At that time, I realised I was too old to go back to work as a secretary. How did you become a Bahasa teacher?

Tell us about your background - what path led you to what you are doing right now? I studied secretarial studies abroad and completed an associate diploma in Western Australia. I lived in Freemantle for about 19 months and loved it. Scarborough beach was my favourite place on

After my divorce I had to do something to survive, I did a course to become an English teacher. I have always loved English and taught it to myself since childhood. So I started teaching English first, on my island, Sulawesi. I started up an English centre there with some friends. I recruited the teachers and created the curriculum and got a contract from the government where we taught about 500 students.


It was a government-funded project for underprivileged people that ran for about 2 years. After that, I moved back to Jakarta and saw an ad on the internet advertising for a Bahasa teacher. Training was provided and there was no requirement to come from an academic background. I got the job, worked there for some time and when the organisation split up, everyone went their own separate ways. I had an American student who encouraged me to do my own thing and she helped me to advertise in Upper Crust and that is basically where it all started.

If you could give any advice, what would that be? Giving is a blessing. Earning an income is a blessing for one’s self, however, in a portion of what you earn there is also a blessing that is someone else’s. You need to share. I always tell my students about the twenty percent of their fees that go to my charity project. Some people ask about the charity and some don’t, but with or without knowing what charity it is, they end up giving money to it. In a way, it’s a way to involve them in the community.

You are involved with a charity project, how did this start and what is it all about? It’s my service to God, in this context to the poor. According to my beliefs, the Koran states you have to do good deeds to people, especially the poor. I had this conversation with God saying that helping others using my salary would be difficult, but if He let me meet more people to teach, we can all share in doing good deeds for others. Twenty percent of my income goes to this charity, we call it Posyandu Clinic (mothers with babies up to the age of five years). In the past, these clinics were funded by the government but nowadays not so much. Once a month these mothers and infants gather for medical checks, these are people that live beneath the poverty line. Food is cooked by volunteers and through this donation of food, we encourage good nutrition. It is just a small thing to inspire the community. We supported a school as well in the early days. It started from scratch and with this teaching network, the school got a lot of support, funding and equipment.

"FIFTY PERCENT OF MY BOOK SALES GOES TO MY CHARITY" You are a published author. Tell us about your books and how they came about? The book was an answer to my prayers. I asked God “If I wasn’t able to teach anymore, how would I be able to run my charity project? Would you provide me with some kind of royalty income?” Out of the blue, I received a call from an editor friend asking if I would be interested in writing some Bahasa books. I said I would try and now have five titles published so far. Fifty percent of my book sales goes to my charity. I also sell them directly (not through a distributor) which makes it easier to tell people why they should buy my books. This is my own curriculum, it user-friendly and it teaches people the proper way of saying things in Bahasa, not the street Bahasa. I recently found out another teacher is using my books to teach from. It’s not easy to find reference books for Bahasa, either the price is too high due to foreign publishing or it’s “too academic” an approach. My students told me they just wanted a simple book to use to communicate what they need in Bahasa, so I tried to answer their needs through my books. I kept the books light and easy compared to what is available on the market.

Ibu Restiany with her children.

What is the next step for your future? I need to make sure I am financially secure for my children as I am a single mum. How? I am not sure yet. I love my job teaching foreigners Bahasa. Securing funding for my charity project to make it bigger and better. More books, maybe - I can still see the potential. Currently, the books are very basic. I have many more ideas that actually come from my students. Furthermore, I am interested in travelling the world and given the opportunity, I would love to teach people Bahasa and promote Indonesia and my charities. Ibu Restiany’s books are available at Gramedia or online from Google Play Store. For more information on Bahasa Indonesia lessons at ANZA House email info@anzajakarta.com ¿


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Taking care of our mental health is just as important as our physical well-being, but how many of us make it a priority? For more than 20 years Meredyth Blackwell-Bell, a Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA), has been helping expats in Jakarta improve their emotional wellbeing. I sat with her to learn more about what issues most . Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be in Jakarta? I grew up in the beautiful southwest corner of Western Australia in Pemberton, where my love of nature was born. I came to Jakarta in 1992 as a newly separated Mum. I brought the youngest two of my three children with me, whilst my eldest stayed in Perth at boarding school. That decision was one of the hardest I've ever had to make.

After a rather traumatic initial few years in Jakarta, the place started to grow on me. I have been working in Jakarta on and off for over twenty years. How did you end up in your current field of work? I started my career as a horticulturalist wanting to make the world a more beautiful place through plants. At one point, I ran a horticultural-based youth work program in W.A. aimed at teaching young people practical skills to find work. For me, it sparked an interest in the connection between plants and people. When I moved to Jakarta I was working for a landscape design contractor and needed to build and manage a large local team. This is when I really transitioned from growing plants to growing people. I had been introduced to transactional analysis in my early twenties when I sought help for some anxiety issues I had.


The tools I learnt were transformative and as I started to apply them to my life, I became more and more interested in studying the theory. Eventually, I became a Certified Transactional Analyst. I discovered that there was a real need here in Jakarta for counselling services amongst the expat community. I started out providing parenting workshops and eventually expanded my offering to individual counselling, workshops and retreats. What is transactional analysis? Transactional Analysis (TA) is a theory of psychology that proposes that an individual’s personality can be analysed and expressed in the form of three different modes or ‘ego states’. We express each of these states in different interactions, which is usually influenced by our early childhood experiences. By analysing and understanding our interaction style we can make specific behaviour changes to find healthier ways to relate to others and achieve our goals. It is a very practical form of therapy which empowers individuals to take responsibility for their emotional health.

the person. The first question I ask is “how do you want to feel when you leave today?” This helps establish our ‘contract’ which means both the client and myself are clear about the purpose of our sessions and we are actively working towards making the appropriate changes. You offer your counselling services via Skype and e-mail, how does that work? I initially started offering the service when I had to return to Perth for health reasons. I had clients in Asia who still wanted my help. It gives me a certain degree of flexibility compared to having a traditional office set-up, especially as the time difference between Jakarta and Perth is only an hour. A client may arrange a Skype session after her children have gone to bed. Skype is encrypted so confidentiality is in place. Or, I have had clients e-mail me with concerns during a busy day and I can arrange a time that suits to follow-up with a call. How do your workshops and retreats differ? Of course my workshops and retreats are held in person.

"My life's mission is to make the world a more beautiful place by growing plants and growing people."

What are the most common reasons expats come to see you? There are many challenges that both individuals and families face when they are living abroad including: • Dealing with frustrations of living in a different culture • Identity crises - The most common is with wives feeling that they have lost some independance • Managing people for example managing household staff, challenges around privacy, childcare • Parenting • A change in dynamic between couples • Relationship crises • Managing expectations of family back home • Unresolved or unacknowledged grief around your old life There are a myriad of issues that may crop up but my job is to work with the client to understand what are the most important to address. What can a new client expect from the first session? A first session generally lasts about two hours as I get to know

A workshop is usually held in a single day and can involve a large group. We address issues in general terms as some people may not be comfortable sharing details. A retreat is much more intense and intimate. A level of trust needs to be established in order for participants to feel comfortable to share. But once that is in place, it becomes a very dynamic environment and participants often build friendships and a support network well beyond the retreat. I will be travelling between Australia and Indonesia several times a year and scheduling workshops and retreats while I am here. For more information about Meredyth's counselling services visit www.counsellingjakarta.com or contact her E: blackwellbell@gmail.com. ¿


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Families gather outside Masjid Raya on a Saturday evening in Bandung to play. Children are have fun flying polystyrene airplanes, kicking around footballs and blowing bubbles. Photo by: Emmaleen Murray, ANZA Member


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Rainy season is upon us and the kids are spending more time indoors. If your children are anything like mine, when they spend too much time inside they end up bouncing off the walls and causing general havoc. I need to find activities to burn off some of their excess energy. When the weather is fine, one of my favourite forms of energy burning is getting them on the trampoline in our compound. Even a mere ten minutes in the afternoon will have them sound asleep at bedtime.However, it can be much more challenging to get them outdoors when thunder and lightning is looming overhead. I had heard about a few indoor trampoline parks in North Jakarta, but hadn’t managed to make a trip. So when my two year old was invited to a birthday party at a trampoline park much closer to home in Pondok Indah, I jumped at the opportunity to take him (excuse the pun). Our destination, Houbii, is actually an indoor urban adventure park with multiple activities including trampolines, ropes course, ninja course, dodge ball, slam dunk arena, airbag and extreme slide (the latter looked absolutely terrifying). We were a part of a group of eight kids, aged one to eleven with four adults to supervise. We arrived just before 3pm on a Saturday and purchased tickets for a two hour session. Ticket prices vary from Rp. 120.000 to Rp. 200.000 depending on day of the week and participant’s age. There are further discounts available if you become a member.

There is an extensive list of safety rules you have to adhere to and a waiver to sign before you can enter. Of course, when you have large groups of people of various ages and abilities bouncing, swinging and flipping around, there is an inherent risk of injury. The staff were very conscientious at enforcing the rules and very quick to respond when there was an incident, like two children clashing heads after bouncing into each other. My husband was responsible for following our son around and he managed to work up quite a sweat trying to keep up. Our little one only lasted for an hour and it was quite a challenge keeping him out of the way of older children. I imagine if we visited midweek, it would be much quieter and better suited for young children. Our group of youngsters enjoyed themselves immensely. My son was reluctant to leave but promptly fell asleep in the car. I was able to enjoy a quiet evening to myslef, with both my son and husband sleeping soundly that I night. That's what I consider a win! For more information about Houbii visit houbii.com. ¿


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by Marianne Ariyanto

This epic saga spans the life of two families who move from the countryside into a large ramshackle house in Perth and live there from 1944 until 1964. The book is required reading on lists of Australian literature, and the story became a classic Australian TV mini-series in 2011.

Author Joan London has been praised, by an Australian critic as “our finest living writer of marriage and family.”

"Luck don't change, love, it moves”…Sam Pickles, an addicted gambler explains to his daughter Rose. Sam inherits a huge house at 1 Cloud Street in Perth from his Uncle Joel under the condition that the house cannot be sold for twenty years. Sam quickly realises that because of his crippled right hand, which limits his ability to work, and his love of betting at the horse races, he needs a steady income. This results in him dividing up his house into two parts and renting one-half to Lester and Oriel Lamb and their six children. Lester Lamb has failed at several jobs upon returning from the army after WWII. So the Lambs soon open a store in their front section of the house and work diligently to succeed, while the Pickles’ family’s fortunes roller coaster in an up and down fashion. Sam thinks, “Those Lambs…you’d think they were carrying the weight of the nation on their backs with all the scrubbing and sweeping, tacking up shelves and blackboards, arguing over the situation of jars, tubs, scales and till. Stinking dull work….” The book did not have conventional divisions of chapters and lacked quotations marks when characters spoke, yet this flow of words allowed several members “to get inside the head of a character easily.” Australian slang became a bit challenging for book club members who could not find a source of translation. With many different characters and situations, the book was full of unexpected events, which kept the reader keenly interested. The book touched on a range of social issues including class divisions, gambling, alcoholism, disability, marriage, birth and death. The action continues until the very last page of the book which brings a very satisfying ending. Book club members found this to be an enjoyable read.

The Golden Age was the name of a specialised convalescent home for the treatment and rehabilitation of children who contracted poliomyelitis n Perth, Australia between 1949 and 1959. So this book is a fiction based on true events in Australian history. The main character is the 13-year-old Frank Gold, the only child of Hungarian-Jewish refugees who immigrate to Australia in the hopes of building new lives and finding happiness in another country. Frank’s mother, Ida had been a classical pianist before WWII, while her husband “with good eye-hand coordination” was lucky to survive several years in a concentration camp. Frank, formerly called Ferenc in his native Hungary, was hidden by Ida’s courageous piano teacher because of his mother, Ida was her star student. The book is written in the third person from the viewpoints of a variety of characters. Frank finds his “calling” through his friend, Sullivan, who is a poet trapped in an iron lung. “Once you get used to your condition, your imagination becomes free again” is Sullivan’s advice. After Sullivan’s death, Frank searches to find the poetry in his soul to counteract his body’s weakness. Frank finds his muse in an ethereal young girl named Elsa, also in a wheelchair at the Golden Age. The story highlights the valiant efforts of the staff (including one who pumped Sullivan’s iron lung by hand for three hours when the electricity failed), the dedication of the therapists, the lives of the patients and their families and the young love of Frank and Elsa. The author’s strength in creating complex, sympathetic characters was noted by all the book club members. The book inspired a spirited conversation on a number of topics, including the recent polio epidemic in Pakistan and the Indonesian polio epidemic in 2000, which happened just at the time the Indonesian government felt that the threat of polio was over. The different cultures of Europe and Australia were highlighted in the discussion of the tea time ritual, social class and the position of refugees versus longtime residents in Australian hierarchy. The book was highly praised by the book club readers…one of whom said more than once…"This book was the winner of four awards!" The Golden Age is highly recommended for those who love quality fiction writing. The story is poignant yet overall uplifting. ¿



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“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.� - Joseph Addison. Join the ANZA Book Club, every second Monday of the month for a lively discussion. Our library is also packed with second-hand books for sale to feed your brain without breaking the bank.

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8 Explore More Of Jakarta Sign up for an ANZA Adventure or visit one of our social welfare projects.

4 Pick Up A New Hobby

1 Make New Friends at Friday Morning Coffee or our other social events.

Try out ANZA creative craft, mahjong or bridge to keep the mind sharp.

5 Learn A New Language

9 Learn A New Skill You could pick up a host of new skills when you volunteer on one of our event planning committees or helping with the administrative side of ANZA

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Get moving with ANZA's weekly activities including tennis, golf and yoga.

Donate your unwanted quality household goods and clothing to social welfare for our garage sales.

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