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A Change of Scene WE MOVED HOUSE! Berita from 1982 and all you need to know about Playgroup
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P re s e n t s :
18 4 editor'snote 5 president'smessage 7 hotdates 8 anzahouse Highlights and ANZA Activities 10 Actitivies Expanding my Village at ANZA
12 anzaspotlight 12 sponsor look So, You're Moving to The Big Durian? Interview with Gene Sugandy 16 member look Dennis Ryan and Kaeli Etheridge
32 18 mainevent 18 House Warming Highlights 20 We finally moved! As told by our President
24 socialwelfare 24 projects Nurul Hudaa Gets Waterproofed! 25 projects Our Biggest Project Ever Gets Underway At Taqwa project update 26 special The First Ever 'Mutiara Harapan Amhazing Festival'
22 feature Take me back to 1982! A hidden gem discovered in the old back shed!
30 destination 30 Photo Competition Winner and Runner-Up 32 Indonesia Dancers, Dragons and Magical Lakes A SeaTrek cruise from Flores to Bali 34 Indonesia Bukit Lawang Home of Orangutans 36 global Coastal Walk to Waterfalls Walking trail in Jeju Isand, South Korea
38 38 aroundthedurian 38 people From Malang to the World Interview with House of Diamonds 42 Know Your Pasar (Traditional Markets) 44 family Let's Go Fly a Kite Museum Layang-Layang 45 book club 'One Child, One Teacher, One Book, One Pen can change the World' I AM MALALA
46 lastnote Top 10... favourite things about ANZA Playgroup according to 2 year old, Maika Murray
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A CHANGE OF SCENE
I hope a wonderful holiday was had by all and we can now get together at the new ANZA House and share our stories, photos and plans for the next few months. Some of us stayed in Jakarta and experienced the unique quality of Lebaran for the first time with all the intense praising ringing out over the city throughout the day and night. I wonder if we will get to a point where we are no longer in Jakarta and find ourselves missing the call to prayer. So what is new at ANZA? We have a great new House to accommodate all our activities. The children love their new playroom, so bright and large with room enough to run about and have fun in a safe and cheerful space. A highlight for me (Claire) is the very elegant and spacious library and lounge area, front of house as you walk through the door. Books are carefully arranged in neat alphabetical order, accessible and a pleasure to browse. The lounge area offers a place to relax and try out a display of beautiful Indonesian furniture showcased by local business – an inspired idea! Our friendly kitchen operation is back in business and will ensure that the new ANZA House is well stocked with scones, tea, coffee and so much more. What can we look forward to? It’s party time again with our Annual ANZA Charity Ball in September “A Night Under the Big Top” a circus inspired event not to be missed. How many clowns and gypsy fortune tellers will we see? Or maybe some strange exotic creatures from the mysterious forests of Indonesia – we hope you’ll be there to join the fun while supporting the awesome ANZA Social Welfare program.
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anzajkt Issue 3 2016
A Change of Scene WE MOVED HOUSE! Berita from 1982 and all you need to know about Playgroup
Check out the new ANZA Website – seamless style, a new logo and features an easy to navigate page that has it all – instant information that is easy on the eye! What else – try yoga, golf, craft, books, and coffee mornings! The new ANZA House is a great place to be. We look forward to seeing everyone at the next Friday coffee morning. Claire and Saeng
Cover: Kiyomizudera Temple or Pure Water Temple in Kyoto, Japan. Photo by: Winner of our holiday photo snap competition, Kaeli Etheridge
Tania Goodacre, New Zealand Ambassador Dr. Trevor Matheson and Carmel Glesson at our Sponsorsors Night in May.
Message from the President Carmel Gleeson To members, patrons, sponsors and friends of ANZA I hope everyone had an enjoyable long break over the summer holidays. I also want to welcome all the new faces and members who have recently moved to Jakarta over the break – thanks for joining ANZA and we’re looking forward to seeing you at Friday coffee morning! We finally moved into our new house in Kemang Selatan V, House No. 4, and we’ve had a great response with many more people using our fantastic facilities. Our playgroup has grown significantly and we couldn’t be happier that the kids are enjoying the improved playroom and outdoor garden. As the year is nearing the end, we’re looking forward to our biggest charity event of the year, ‘A Night Under the Big Top’ a circus theme ball that should be a night not to be missed – there’s still time to buy tickets! We’re also looking forward to another fun Quiz Night in October and don’t forget to save the date for our Melbourne Cup Garden Party on Tuesday, November 1. Follow us on Facebook and our e-newsletter for more details on all our events – don’t miss out, we do sell out!
With the move we also decided to change the look of our brand identity. Due to having a young fresh committee coming through, we redesigned and launched a new ANZA logo on August 20. ‘ANZAJKT’ the new simple clean and fresh logo brings us into the 21st century! Our website, e-newsletter, in house signage and stationery follows through with the same branding. Credit for this wonderful change and hard work goes to Emmaleen Murray our website guru and our graphic designer extraordinaire, Saeng Touttavong – thank you for your patience and creative skills. I would also like to thank everyone who helped and supported us on the move and our new direction; I hope to see you at ANZA House soon! Carm.
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September - November 2016 Friday 9 September
Saturday 17 Stepember
Friday 11 October
Annual Charity Ball
Special guest: Asian Tigers Mobility
A Night Under the Big Top
Special guest: International SOS
Saturday 22 October
Tuesday 1 November
Friday 11 November
ANZA Quiz Night
SAVE THE DATE! Melbourne Cup Garden Party
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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Melbourne cup brunch Location: TBC Time: 8:30am
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For all event details, tickets and information please contact ANZA House between 9am - 12pm Monday - Friday +62 (021) 7179 3042
Guiding Your Child’s First Steps Toward Life-Long Love of Learning
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OPEN HOUSE Saturday, September 24, 2016 9.00 am - 1.00 pm at all Tutor Time centers
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ANZA main sponsors and the entire committee, gathered at our Annual Sponsorship Night, held at the Australian Ambassadorâ€™s Residence back in late May.
2 Australian Ambassador, H.E Paul Grigson and ANZA President, Carmel Gleeson
New Zealand Ambassador, Dr Trevor Matheson announcing a RP 220 million donation by the New Zealand Embassy to ANZA Social Welfare's school rebuilding project at At Taqwa.
Students from under our student sponsorship program having a fun day at The Hit Factory indoor baseball courts with some team members from the Australian womanâ€™s baseball team, Diamonds in the Rough! With the support of Telkomtelstra the students and other participants enjoyed a day of icebreaker games with baseballs and learning how to throw and pitch. They were also happy to receive t-shirts and goodie bags.
The lovely ladies playing Bridge at ANZA House. You can join the group every Friday at 1.00 pm. Contact details are listed on opposite page.
We say goodbye to our house on Kemang V.
Our August ExtravagANZA. Marilyn Ardipradja from Colliers International presented the first ExtravagANZA at our new house, discussing the topic of the safety of water supply in Jakarta.
We have many great activities hosted at ANZA House and many social welfare projects that we love to share.
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ANZA HOUSE ACTIVITIES
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EXPANDING MY VILLAGE AT ANZA By Emmaleen Murray, ANZA Website Coordinator and blogger at intrepidmum.com
They say it takes a village to raise a child - I had never appreciated this old adage more than when I relocated to Indonesia in November 2014 with my husband and 4 month old son. I was still adjusting to life as a new mum, when we had to pack up our lives in New Zealand. It was a very emotional, stressful and busy time. Thankfully, my friends and family were on-hand to help. Moving away from my support network was daunting. Joining ANZA shortly after arriving was the best decision I could have made. In particular, attending ANZA Playgroup helped me avoid feeling isolated and overwhelmed. I have found a community of parents and kids that are enriching our lives here in Jakarta.
Get the low-down from other parents ANZA Playgroup members are very friendly and approachable and open to answering any questions. We have a private Facebook Group which is a great source of information for expat parents. Members regularly discuss a range of topics including staff recommendations, family activities and places for getting those hard-to-find items. It is like an Insiderâ€™s guide to parenting in Jakarta.
Interact with an interesting and diverse set of people ANZA is an inclusive association and that attitude extends to playgroup. I have met people from a range of backgrounds; of various nationalities; with children of different ages; experienced expats and first-timers. It is fascinating learning about different parenting approaches and comforting to know we all face similar challenges.
Learn from shared experiences I fell pregnant with my second child in early-2015 and it presented a whole new set of challenges. There are so many decisions to make when you are pregnant and being in a foreign country can add a layer of complexity and stress during a delicate time.
My first port of call was ANZA Playgroup. I really appreciated the other ANZA mums sharing their experiences with me. From recommendations for doctors to outlining the bureaucratic hoops you may have to jump through; not to mention the delivery stories. Whether you plan to have the baby in Jakarta, fly to Singapore or back to your home country, there will be someone who has been there and done it already.
Enjoy a child-friendly setting at new ANZA House The new ANZA House was chosen with Playgroup members in mind. It has great indoor-outdoor flow, a large playroom, lots of toys, baby changing facilities, plus more. Basically, everything I need to keep my 2year old and 8 month old happy, comfortable and safe, while I enjoy a snack and chat with friends. Wednesday
"...IT IS FASCINATING LEARNING ABOUT DIFFERENT PARENTING APPROACHES AND COMFORTING TO KNOW WE ALL FACE SIMILAR CHALLENGES." mornings are a highlight of our week.
Of course, the kids love it too Wednesday mornings can be pretty noisy at ANZA House with the squeals of excitement and laughter as the kids enjoy free play. Not to mention our group sing-along, with classics like Old MacDonald and Wheels on the Bus. Come along and join the fun. Âż ANZA Playgroup Wednesday 9am - 12pm
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SO, YOU'RE MOVING TO THE BIG DURIAN? We sat down with the long time friend and member of ANZA and Colliers International, Residental Tenant Representative Division Manager, Gene Sugandy - who moved to Indonesia 30 years ago! - to give us her expert advice on moving and finding that perfect location for your home in Jakarta.
Tell us a little about your background – what path led you to what you are doing now? I’m Canadian, and I went to the USA for my university education. When I finished my university education, I took a one-year apprenticeship and when my apprenticeship was about to finish, my legal permit to stay in America was also going expire. By that time I was in a serious relationship with an Indonesian gentlemen and he had invited me to see Indonesia before we made any serious commitments so, I took him up on the offer. I decided that I would like to stay in Indonesia and so, thirty years later… I’m still here! I was running a website called ‘Living in Indonesia’ (expat.or.id) and through that website I developed a large network of companies that supported the expat community. I was working together on the website with my partner, Danielle Surkatty. She has now repatriated to the USA. From there she continues to do most of the administration work for the site so my role running the site was reduced. One day I met the then Head of Residential Division for Colliers, Natalia West and I asked her if Colliers was perhaps looking for someone who could work part-time that could help with incoming expats that were relocating to Indonesia. So, I started in a part-time position with Colliers, only doing orientations. I did that for two years until the division manager repatriated to the United States and the Managing Director Mike Broomell asked me if I would be interested in taking over the division. And that’s how I migrated into the position I’m now in and I’m in my sixth year with Colliers. Explain who and what is Colliers International Indonesia? Colliers business is anything related to property. We have thirteen
divisions and it ranges from advisory to research; commercial, to retail, to office, tenant and property representatives, facility management and my division, which is residential leasing. Are there differences between the services from Colliers provides in Indonesia compared to other countries? Specifically in my division the practice of paying the rent in advance, shocks many of our clients. To my knowledge there are only three countries in the world that has that practice so that is definitely different. It is one of the main points that we have to highlight to our clients. The other point that changed in July 2015 is that all the deals must be in Indonesian Rupiah. We still refer to the initial rental prices of the properties in US dollars, but this is just as a reference point so our clients have a familiar currency to compare to. Once the contract is written, the transaction must be in Indonesian Rupiah. In your division what are the main services you provide? Our main line of work is helping expats find rental properties but we realise that moving a family to Indonesia is also a huge personal adjustment. This adjustment is compounded if the candidate has a family. When a multinational company decides to move a family to Indonesia they’re probably looking at a quarter to half a million dollars investment when you consider all perks that are included in the package. In most cases the company has agreed to employ that person for 2-3 years; they’ve agreed to house the family; pay for schooling; pay for transport; pay for trips home; sometimes a hardship bonus and perhaps a compensation package to the trailing spouse – if they had to give up a job in order to relocate to
Gene Sugandy, Residential Tenant Representative Division Manager
Indonesia and is not allowed to work. In many cases, why relocation in Indonesia fails is due to the discontent of the trailing spouse. If the person is not happy, they’re missing their families, they can’t deal with domestic staff or for whatever reasons these are all red flags that the success of the posting may be in trouble. In most cases the adjustment for the children in school is quick, the working spouse goes into a familiar environment at the office however the trailing spouse has the highest potential to have problems adjusting. So many relocation companies around the world provide support service, that go beyond finding a house. This support may be pointing out where the networking opportunities are, where the community organisations are that can help them get involved and find friends, where the stores that have the ingredients or products that they like are, making them aware of what kind of hobbies they can get involved in and so, hopefully, the faster we can get to trailing spouse setup and networked in their personal life, the more probability they will enjoy Indonesia and ensure success for the posting. What is the challenge in finding homes for expatriates moving to Jakarta? The biggest challenge is curbing expectations. If the family comes in and they’re easy to please, easy to work with and don’t have high expectations, then my job is really easy. The lifestyle of an average expat in Indonesia is a very privileged lifestyle. Expats normally have very generous budgets, they have really nice houses, the perks they receive are far above lifestyle of the middle class national but if the expats’ expectation exceeds what they are entitled to, I normally
have a problem! Then my job is to try and curb the expectation to a realistic level, as sometimes what the client is looking for doesn’t exist in Indonesia. What’s the key in finding the ‘prefect house’ in Jakarta? A house is such a personal choice. Finding that feeling when you walk into the house and it says “yes, this feels like home”. Sometimes it’s about compromise. Although we try to provide the “perfect” property, sometimes that is not possible. The client has a wish list; I need four bedrooms; I need a big living room for entertaining; I need a pool etc., and we can normally match 80% of the wish list. After that it comes down to what the client is willing to compromise and it’s sometimes tough! It’s our job to provide the options but with enough choice so that hopefully, we make the decision hard! Do people choose homes for the location or for the nice house? Right now, commute time is becoming a prime concern because it’s a serious problem. The amount of time you have to spend in traffic affects clients’ quality of life, and the quality of life of the family. Commute time for the children rather than commute time for the working spouse is often prioritised. But if the couple doesn’t have children or are empty nesters, the priority is usually to get as close to the office as possible.
Interview continued next page >
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Can you list the top 3 questions people should ask when looking at a property? 1. ‘Do I feel comfortable?’ Do I feel comfortable in this house because if you don’t like it the first time you see it you certainly won’t start liking it when you start to live there! 2. ‘Are there any safety issues with this house?’ In more developed countries there are safety standards for electricity installation; construction code; but regulations like that in Indonesia are often compromised and aren’t always enforced. 3. “Can I enjoy this house and does it meet my requirements? Does this house suit my lifestyle?” What advise can you offer when dealing with Domestic Staff?
"...THE FASTER WE CAN GET TRAILING SPOUSE SETUP AND NETWORKED IN THEIR PERSONAL LIFE, THE MORE PROBABILITY THEY WILL ENJOY INDONESIA AND ENSURE SUCCESS FOR THE POSTING." It’s government regulations that you’re supposed to have some type of written document between yourselves and your household staff. Aside from that, the regulations for domestic staff are quite vague. For drivers it’s much more structured with Department of Manpower rules but for household maids there are so many variables; what hours to they work; do they live in, do they live out; do they eat your food; do you provide toiletries for them or do they buy their own. The only thing that is suggested is that you have
LIVING IN JAKARTA QUESTION Most likely activity whilst in a car during traffic? Reading and reading/responding to emails. Where was the last great meal you had in Jakarta? Really nice spaghetti with shrimp at Java Nagara, two doors down from the Cheesecake Factory on Kebayoran Baru– Jl Pela Raya No. 212 Where would we find you on Sunday morning? Playing tennis at the American Club. Where is your best weekend spot for those who want to escape Jakarta? Best escape if traveling by plane is Belitung
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some type of written agreement between yourself and them. Have all their specifics documented, have copies of their identifications; and follow up on their letter of recommendations to check their background is valid. Make sure you can contact their families and verify the information they have provided to you.. You’re opening your home to a stranger so security for your family is involved- you need to make sure that they are who they say they are. How does Colliers set themselves apart from their competitors? There are other property companies in the city but not all of them have a residential division therefore of course they can not provide the same service. We have very experienced consultants and the support and information we provide to our client is extremely accurate and valuable. We can also provide repatriating service so, when the client is leaving Indonesia we can do a hand-back over. Not being biased of course but I do think Colliers Residential Tenant Representation is probably the market leader in Jakarta. What’s the advantage of using Colliers as a professional service? Because we’re an international company we're bound by international regulations to be non-corrupt and abide by international law. Our goal is to provide a very professional service. We use bilingual leases so both parties are aware of conditions they are agreeing to. Because we have expats on staff, we understand the point of the view of the expat and the challenges that they face. Because we are a large company we have a lot of support staff that helps provide a streamlined service. Colliers can provide a complete service with the clients best interest in mind.
Island, and the best escape in Jakarta is at the Bimasena Spa 4th floor of the Dharmawangsa and get the full body massage – it’s a bit pricey but sometimes you just need to spoil yourself! Must visit destination in Indonesia? The must visit thing to do in Jakarta is go to Roemah Djawa (House of Java) which is Remote Destinations Linda Santoso’s house – that is a MUST DO! But while you’re in Indonesia you should really travel Indonesia because there’s so much more to Indonesia than Jakarta so, travel to Bali, Yogya, Flores and Sulawesi. So, a must do is travel to different locations in Indonesia. ¿
visit www.colliers.com/indonesia for more information
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Donate your books or pick up a book for IDR20,000 (or 3 for IDR50,000) at our libary at ANZA House. We have old to recently new book titles and authors for you to choose from! Proceeds go towards our Social Welfare projects.
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In one word describe living in Jakarta. Exciting
Dennis Ryan ANZA Member Since 2014!
What’s your favourite area in Jakarta and why? There are so many areas of Jakarta I have yet to see but I like the Kota Tua with its colonial architecture, the wonderful Stasiun Jakartakota, the museums and the bustling activity in the square. Café Batavia is a must visit, to sit at a window seat overlooking the square and enjoy classic Indonesian cuisine is a joy. Don’t miss the famous erotic decorations in the toilets. What/where was the last great meal you ate in Jakarta? There are so many restaurants in Jakarta (good, bad and ugly) it is hard to single one out. My favourite Indonesian cuisine is Ikan Bakar or fish barbecue. There is a wonderful Ikan Bakar restaurant in Menteng called Pelangi Seafood that serves up authentic Makassar style food.
Tell us who you are and where you’re from. My name is Dennis Ryan. I hail from Brisbane, Australia. I have lived in Jakarta now for 3 years. How long have you been a member of ANZA? And have you been part of the committee? I joined ANZA in March 2014, and attended a Social Welfare committee meeting soon after. I served on the main committee as joint website co-ordinator. What was your first impression of Jakarta? Scary but intoxicating!! Initially, Jakarta seemed dangerously chaotic. The notorious traffic, the sights, noise, smells and apparently endless energy of this wonderful megacity were almost overwhelming. After living for most of my life in a very organised, clean and tidy Brisbane, I could only be amazed by the vast numbers of people, the litter, the poverty along with gratuitous displays of wealth. It’s truly an extraordinary place to live.
Where would we find you on a typical Sunday morning? At home; I like to cook breakfast for my wife and we catch up on news from home watching Insiders and Offsiders on Australia Plus TV. Can you recommend a great weekend trip? Again, there are so many possibilities. A great two day getaway is a trip to Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatoa). If you start very early you can beat the traffic and get to Carita reasonably early. There are tours by traditional wooden boat (kapal kayu) where they go out to the volcano and then travel on to the Ujung Kulon National Park, staying overnight on the boat or in the “resort” at Ujung Kulon. Best activity you’ve attended so far within the association. The ANZA Charity Ball is a must do for expats and visitors lucky enough to be in Jakarta at the time.
What are you looking forward to about living in Jakarta? Being able to get around comfortably and feeling like its home. How did you find out about ANZA Jakarta? I found out through my partner’s work colleagues who used to be ANZA members. I didn’t know that associations like ANZA existed but I’m very glad that there is.
Kaeli Etheridge New ANZA member
Tell us who you are and where you’re from. Kaeli Etheridge, from Brisbane Australia. I’m a qualified dentist and moved to Jakarta three weeks ago! My partner’s company moved him to Jakarta and I thought I’ll come for the ride and this is our first overseas’ posting. How long will you stay? At this stage we will stay for about 18months. What was your first impression of Jakarta? Hectic. I was excited when I found out and came in February to have a look and then was a little apprehensive because it was hot, busy and hard to get around but I’m getting use to it.
What are you first impressions of ANZA community? Friendly, welcoming and very nice. Somewhere I would like to be a part of a bit more because it’s nice to able to meet and socialise with other people. What would you like to get involved with at ANZA? Social functions, any kind of volunteering and helping out the Social Welfare Committee. What’s one thing you packed that you thought Jakarta would not have? Hair dye – red hair dye is very hard to find! What should you have packed? American hot sauce ‘Franks’ hot sauce, I really miss my ‘Franks’ and craft beer! ¿
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ANZA HOUSE WARMING We officially celebrated moving into our new location at Kemang Selatan V! It was a splendid late afternoon spent with our members and their families enjoying eating Mongolian BBQ and relaxing in our new home.
Thank you to the Anza House function team Olivia Peake and Michelle White (picture top left) for organising another fun evening. Thank you to our sponsors Commonwealth Bank, Coca Cola Amital, International SOS and AIS for their contributions for another house funciton!
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WE FINALLY MADE A MOVE! As told by our President Carm Glesson
photos by Saeng Touttavong
I arrived in Jakarta around 3 years ago and was taken to ANZA by my brilliant driver Sawriman. The house was a little rundown but the inside was full of lovely people ready to welcome a newcomer. A week after I arrived Catherine Hilder asked me if I would be the house manager with her. I was delighted to have a job. As time went on we realized that the house wasn't working, the staff quarters were damp, dingy and needed money spent on them. We needed a new oven, the playroom had mould all over it. In January this year our pool began to leak and over a 3 week period it had no water in it and the owner would not fix it, "when's our lease up" everyone kept asking. Another 3 years was the answer!!!
to move in to the new house. One of our major sponsors Asian Tigers came to the rescue with our move with a crew of about 8 men at their busiest time of the year, so thanks for that, Bill and Melie. Trying to clean out as we moved was very difficult - do we throw or do we keep? It's emotional for a lot of people, lucky they have a minimalist as their President, out it went .......
Over the course of the next 5 months the owner still refused to fix all our problems, which was great for us as we got to break the lease - woohoo! Every expats’ dream job finding a new house, not...... The committee began to source some houses and the task was not easy, everyone has their own idea about what's perfect for ANZA. We had additional requests like parking has to be safe for kids to be able to get out of the car, a room big enough for functions, a kitchen big enough to cater for mass catering, offices for all our needs, a back yard big enough to have Australia / Waitangi Day, a great playroom for the kids, and a garage big enough to hold all our Pasar Murah donations, mmmmmm harder than we thought and sorry to all the agents we used....but eventually we found it, Kemang Selatan 5, house No. 4. As soon as we walked in we thought this house had potential, the main room isn't as big as we would like but the rest of the house was perfect, mind you our garage could never be big enough for all you great people donating to our Pasar Murah. A few negotiations and we committed to the house at the same price as the old one, well done us. Packing up the old house, where has everyone disappeared to? Thanks Janette Bulmer who delayed her trip back to Oz to help, a few people came out of the woodwork and helped us pack up, but amazingly we had heaps of people helping
The girls put the shop all together and Tania sourced a new sponsor, Vie for Living, who donated furniture for our library and it looks absolutely beautiful.
Over Lebaran a paint crew was established thanks to all the Allan's, Tammy and Bronnie who gave our furniture and swings a lick of paint, just to freshen up our old stuff, the place was coming together. Our new sponsors board and our Berita covers were all put up on the walls thanks to Ann-Maree's driver and day boy.
Along with a new house we thought let's bring ANZA into the modern era, so we changed the logo. After Saeng designed many logos we had a sub-committee meeting to choose the two we liked the most. Against Saeng’s wishes, the committee chose the new logo. Just because you design it doesn't mean you get to have your favourite. Everyone is loving the new logo and I think it represents both countries beautifully, lucky the Kiwis didn't change that flag ... So after all the trials and tribulations we have a great house and we would love you all to drop in and say hello. Remember Friday is our coffee morning and we would love to see you all. I would like to thank everyone that helped with the move it was a huge commitment and one I think we have executed perfectly. ¿
TAKE ME BACK TO 1982! by Saeng Touttavong I’ve always been a fan of vintage goods (especially in print) so packing and cleaning up at our old ANZA house on Kemang V was a better time than any other to find some hidden gems! ANZA has been around for a long time and the newsletter/berita magazine has been part of that journey. To my amazement whilst packing up the berita section of the mysterious back shed, I opened up a box that contained newsletters and berita magazines dating all the way back to 1982, all the more interesting to me as I was born in 1982! The oldest newsletter in the pile was found be from February 1982, so old in fact that it had been written with a typewriter; no images, just pages of text stapled together. Over time these ANZA newsletters gradually progressed from typed pages with hand drawn illustrations to photocopied collages containing computer printed text, with covers and tape binding in the late 80’s. All were in black and white until the late 90’s – except for some examples of hand drawn advertisements filled with colour using (wait for it) textas! Other notable finds from the archives include a letter from 1982, documenting a proposal to change the name of the association from ‘The Association of Australasian Women (AAW)’ to ‘Australia and New Zealand Association (A.N.Z.A). You can also see the logo change through time (including the new addition of our 2016 logo!). The name of the newsletter title also progressed through the ages from ‘The newsletter of ANZA’ to ‘ANZA newsletter’ and by early 90s the now familiar ‘Berita’ was first seen. It was a delight to read the news articles and events across the years; some of which are still going on today, like our Christmas Bazaar! ANZA house activities such as bridge and the mah-jong and even playgroup have been on the list since the beginning. It gives me a buzz thinking about what it would have been like to be a part of the newsletter team typing up each newsletter and hand drawing advertisements – how many times do you think the newsletter was typed before they got it right? I feel like we’ve had this hidden pot of gold stashed away in the back shed for too long and now it needs to be shared! We are looking into archiving these vintage gems so that we might display them in our new library for all to see. The magazine has come a long way and I’m happy to be part of its future and at times colourful history! ¿
socialwelfare - projects
NURUL HUDAA GETS by David Goodbody, Co-Director of ANZA Social Welfare photos by John Purnell There is always one more thing, isn’t there? Some readers may remember that ANZA Social Welfare, in conjunction with the Priscilla Hall Memorial Foundation (PHMF), was able to assist this school to complete a classroom extension project. They school is in Luar Batang, a fishing community near Sunda Kelapa. Several of the children at the school come from families that recently lost their homes as part of the land clearance in the area next to the old fish market (Pasar Ikan). Back in 2014 the school had added a second floor on to their building but had run out of money before they managed to put doors and windows on the new classrooms. They also could not afford to purchase the desks and chairs that they needed. ANZA and PHMF were pleased to help.
There was just one small problem – it turned out that the new classrooms leaked! The problem was that the building has a flat roof. This works well for school assembly, the weekly flag raising ceremony and other activities. But in Jakarta in rainy season the water was tending to pool in areas and seep through the concrete damaging the ceilings of the shiny new classrooms below. So off we went to PHMF again. After discussions with the headmaster and the ever supportive Pak Samiran, which were coordinated by ANZA volunteer, Claudia Matthews (we are really going to miss you Claudia!), it was agreed that in order to ensure a waterproof surface that could still be used by the children we would need to tile the whole area. So we did. The workers arranged for the surface to slope slightly to the edges so the rain water drains to the edges and when it was all finished they painted a Futsal court on it so the children now have a more waterproof school that they can play soccer on. ¿
OUR BIGGEST PROJECT EVER – IS UNDERWAY... by Gilly Weaver, Co-Director of ANZA Social Welfare photos by Sylvia Joachim and John Purnell
THANKS TO MANY GENEROUS DONORS THE LARGEST ANZA SOCIAL WELFARE PROJECT EVER IS NOW UNDERWAY. Demolition work at At Taqwa school in East Jakarta was completed safely during the recent holidays – the 280 students were safely at home. Our Student Sponsorship Program sponsors 120 students at this school. The original, and now unsafe, wooden two storey classroom is being replaced by a new two storey brick and concrete building designed by ANZA member architects Simon Tucker and Ira Wisudha (thank you) to fit in with the rest of the school. The project also includes a new roof for the adjoining classroom block, a new entrance stairway to the upper floors, new toilet facilities and new aluminium windows (termite proof!) throughout the school. After only a few days the old 'unsafe' building had been demolished and a huge pile of debris was ready for removal. Anything recyclable was stored or donated to neighbours for their own renovation work and the rest hand carried along over 100 metres of narrow alley ways out to the main road. This demolition process took under two weeks and then the exciting rebuild could begin. ANZA members architect, Pak Mustakim, and engineer, Theo Koenen, inspected the school after the site was cleared (thank you). During this stage, the exact position of all the main support structures and the building boundary lines were clearly marked out. With the final measurements completed, workers started excavation for the foundations. This was one of the key milestones of our construction project and the input of qualified technical professionals was much needed and appreciated. A special thank you to our wonderful project manager Sylvia Joachim who visits the site regularly and gives us all excellent reports on progress. Merah Putih delivered 100 sacks of cement in time for the foundation work to start and this was followed up with another 100 sacks for the building columns. Thank you! The construction team had a weeks break for Lebaran (Idul Fitri) and were back at work straight after their holiday. With the new school year starting one week later the priority was to clean up the yard area, secure all materials within the work area and install safety barriers (donated by Leighton Total Join Venture – thank you!). The hoardings ensure students do not get into the construction zone and minimise disruption to the school activities. Safety at the construction work area is important to us. Pak Samiran our main contactor/supervisor (over 20 years with ANZA!) briefs his workers regularly on working safely. Safety boots and gloves have been provided and more will be available when new workers join the team.
Top to bottom, left to right: Architect inspection and building line setting out. At Taqwa kids and building to be demolished. Demolition begins. Scaffolding for installation of formwork for first floor concrete slab. Steel reinforcements and concret columns. Foundation work in progress. First floor concret slab pour.
A number of safety signs have also been put up within the work area to remind workers to work safely and are also shown externally along the hoarding to remind visitors and students to exercise caution. The next major milestone accomplished was laying the first floor concrete slab in early August. Once the preparation work had been completed and inspected by our technical professionals, a pipeline for the cement was set up all the way from the main road along the narrow winding alleyways – it is amazing how it’s done. Next plaster will be applied to the walls on the ground floor, and sample aluminium framed windows and doors will be installed and checked for final measurement and quality checks before the remaining units are manufactured. It has all seemed such a daunting task – but it is so exciting to be able to take on this project and to support so many of our sponsored students. A HUGE thank you to all our team and sponsors. We will continue to report on progress with this project via our Social Welfare blog and Facebook page. ¿
Fia and Mika organisers of the AMHAZING festival!
THE FIRST EVER ‘MUTIARA HARAPAN AMHAZING FESTIVAL’ by Gilly Weaver, Co-Director of ANZA Social Welfare photos by Saeng Touttavong Mutiara Harapan Islamic School in Bintaro has been a sponsor of children in ANZA’s Student Sponsorship Program for several years. ANZA members will know them for their delightful musical contributions to our Social Welfare Extravaganzas held in November each year. Recently the student union at the school decided they’d like to contribute more to ANZA and asked us to come and talk to them about our projects and how they could fund raise for us. They were very taken with the idea of helping rebuild a school less fortunate than theirs and so At Taqwa became their focus. Louise Kennedy and I went and met a group of very enthusiastic students who wanted to have their own MH Bazaar Festival with games and activities – fun for their school and community and a good money raiser for ANZA! We shared ideas for games and the students took it from there, with support from their parents and teachers. They literally ‘ran with it’ and the great success on the day was a credit to them and all their hard work and enthusiasm.
Mika and Fia deserve a special mention as they took responsibility for the event and masterminded everything with their team of fellow students. On the day, Saeng Touttavong and I went along and saw them in action, checking everything was working and making sure everyone was having a good time. We were impressed with all the work that had gone into setting up their first fundraising event. At the entrance we were greeted by a huge banner proclaiming the event and that the focus was on collaboration and raising funds for ANZA’s At Taqwa school project. After a warm welcome we went and joined the throng of people enjoying the sideshows and games set up all around the school yard. There were so many things to try… target throwing, fishing with magnets, skittles, nail painting, face painting; and dressing up for a group photo was a firm favorite. There was lots of food and drinks and an entertaining concert going on with performances by children from the school. The whole event was a great success and a lot of fun was had by everyone. The students were all so justifiably proud of their achievements. They’re already planning their next event! ANZA SW is very grateful to Mutiara Harapan and their student union for working so hard to help us help At Taqwa. Here’s to your next event …. ¿
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RUNNER-UP HOLIDAY SNAP ANZA BALL PHOTO COMPETITION 'Rupert Weaver in New Zealand.' Photo by: John Weaver
HOLIDAY SNAP ANZA BALL TICKETS PHOTO COMPETITION
Winner recieved two tickets to our annual ANZA charity Balll: 'A Night Under the Big Top.'
WINNER CONGRATULATIONS T0... Kaelie Etheridge for her submission of: Kiyomizudera Temple or Pure Water Temple in Kyoto, Japan. "It was freezing cold and raining but we stumbled onto this little ray of sunshine. There are almost 200 stone statues of Jizo, who is the protector of children and travelers!"
HOURNABLE MENTIONS! Thank you to all who submited a holiday snap. We had a hard time choosing the winner here are some of our favourites that deserves an hournable mention! A Seatrek sunset.
Hammocks time, in Maldives Submitted by: Jason Will
Submitted by: Dennis Ryan
Coral Bay in North West Western Australia Submitted by: Gabby Lawrence
destination - indonesia
Dances, Dragons and Magical Lakes
A SeaTrek boat cruise from Flores to Bali by Dennis Ryan, ANZA Member One of the most interesting ways to experience the islands of the Indonesian Archipelago is by sea. In the 2015 June/July break Melinda and I joined Sea Trek’s ship, the Ombak Putih, in Labuan Bajo, Flores for the seven day “Dances, Dragons and Magical Lakes” tour. We were already in Bali and had planned to explore Flores a week or so before the ship departed but Mt Raung in East Java chose this time to erupt. Bali airport was closed for more than a week and we were stuck in the Island of the Gods. We finally got away to Flores a couple of days before Ombak Putih was scheduled to depart with enough time to have a look around Labuan Bajo.
Day 1 The morning of day one of the tour the voyagers travelled to Melo, a traditional Manggarai village in the mountains behind Labuan Bajo where we were treated to ritual welcome by the headman. We were all offered a betel quid to chew along with a nip of local arak. The formalities completed, we were then seated around a cleared area to watch the village warriors perform the traditional Caci, or whip fight. It is a major element of the Manggarai cultural identity and one not for the faint hearted. Afterwards we travelled back to the ship soon weighing anchor and motoring out of the picturesque bay, bound for anchorage near Pulau Rinca, part of the Komodo National Park.
Day 2 The next morning we landed on Rinca Island and set about on a trek looking for Komodo Dragons and we weren’t disappointed. There were plenty of them to be seen, on the track and around the buildings near the ranger station where food is easily obtained. These monsters will eat anything. There were lots of opportunities for photos of other wildlife and the spectacular views from the hilltops. Swimming and snorkeling at Pink Beach on a nearby uninhabited island completed the day’s activities.
Day 3 Most of the crossings are done under power at night and the morning of day three found us moored off the only village on Komodo. The village is very isolated and people who live here have a special relationship with the dragons, treating them as “brothers”. The reptiles are not hunted and can sometimes be seen asleep (or just resting and waiting) under the houses. We visited the only school on the island and were welcomed like royalty as we visited each classroom. The school is very poor in resources but the
children, as always, make the best of it and were nicely turned out in their Merah/Putih uniforms. The afternoon saw us enjoy more water activities where we snorkelled in relatively deep water to see manta rays. Spectacular! One of the tour highlights is a beach party. After our big day the crew ferried us back to the ship for cocktails before they set off to a deserted beach to prepare. And what a night it was. There was a feast of barbecued seafood, meat, vegetables and salad laid out on a table along with tropical fruit and eskies of beer and wine stood by. The crew are a multi-talented lot, not only did they prepare a bonfire and a delicious feast; they set up the beach with candles and bamboo mats and fired up our dancing feet with popular tunes and local folk songs.
Day 4 After a night crossing we rounded the eastern tip of Sumbawa and the form of the giant volcano Tambora could be seen in the distance. We anchor in a bay off the village of Wera and transfered to the shore where we saw local shipbuilders building several Phinisi ships, similar to the Ombak Putih, in various stages of construction. There were opportunities too, for seeing the work of artisans and weavers and to purchase high quality local textiles.
Day 5 After another wonderful breakfast the Ombak Putih made the short crossing to the island of Satonda where we were ferried to the shore and walked the short distance to the crater lake, so smooth that it reflects the surrounding hills like a mirror. After a few hours we were ferried back to the ship to prepare for our next port of call. From Satonda we cruised to the island of Moyo. Here we landed on the west coast of the island and took a short jungle walk to a local
waterfall. Afterwards there was time for norkelling on the reef. As we relaxed under the stars aboard the Ombak Putih continued our westward voyage to Lombok.
Day 6 We anchored off the north Lombok coast where Mt RInjani loomed over us while we ate breakfast. Afterwards we transfered to the shore and boarded a local coach for a tour into the interior of the northern side of the island, an area where few tourists venture. We visited local traditional villages, and experienceed the culture of the indigenous Sasak people. We met a local female Sasak guide, a rare occurrence in this male dominated society, who introduced us to life in a traditional Sasak village.
Day 7 After another fine breakfast the ship moved south down the east coast of Lombok where we moored off the islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan or Amuk Bay. A visit to the shore for more water activities were available for those who desire one last swim and snorkel. We set off across the “Wallace Line” towards Bali before entering busy Benoa harbour where we disembarked and said goodbye to the crew of the Ombak Putih. It was an excellent adventure with many highlights. The care and kindness of the crew, the excellent food served throughout the voyage, the knowledge and expertise of the Tour Director and the undeniable charm of the beautiful ship and a wonderful friendly group of travel companions all combined to ensure a memorable holiday. We plan to go back for more. ¿
destination - indonesia
Orangutan visits the campsite
HOME OF ORANGUTANS by Paul Corletto photos by Saeng Toututavong Bukit Lawang is a picturesque little Indonesian village in the heart of Sumatra. A five hour drive from Medan, it is the entrance to the Gunung Leuser National Park. Whilst still very small by Indonesian standards, Bukit Lewang has in recent years grown through the addition of an array of villa style accommodation to service the slow trickle of tourist who meander into central Sumatra to experience the wildlife and beauty of Gunung Leuser National Park. The main attraction of Bukit Lawang is the population of Orangutans who roam within the forest across the river from the main street of Bukit Lawang. A native population of orangutans exists in the area together with a number of orangutans that have been rescued from conflicts with humans and released into the forest. Due to their past experiences with humans, this population of primates are not afraid to remain in plain sight of the visitors who trek through the jungle for a glimpse
of these amazing animals. On an average morning or evening relaxing at one of the many guest houses which line the river at Bukit Lawang it is possible to catch a glimpse of the orangutan playing in the trees of the forest which spreads out across the river. With a four day weekend from Jakarta, it is possible to have a relaxing leisurely visit to Bukit Lawang and experience the wildlife in the surrounds of the forest. We opted to take a two day jungle trek with an overnight camping in the jungle. During the first full day of trekking we were able to see many orangutans both in the trees and up close as they move along the forest floor. We were also lucky to see Siamang, also known as black gibbons, lazily hanging in the trees, gangs of Macaques, a very curious Leaf Monkey, the beautiful great argus (similar to a peacock) and a large monitor lizard swimming in the river. The days trekking ended with a cooling swim in the Bahorok river where we would stay for the night at a simple camping shelter by the river. On the second day of our trek we spent the morning swimming and relaxing at a small waterfall and rapids surrounded by jungle. Our return trip to Bukit Lawang was via the luxury of a quick rafting trip down the river. The raft made from large tire tubes bound together with ropes made for a very relaxing trip back to the guest house. Next time you have a long weekend consider taking a little extra time out to visit the orangutans at Bukit Lawang and relax in the beautiful surrounds of the Leuser Ecosystem. Âż
destination - global
Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, Jeju Island South Korea
Jeongbang Waterfall, Jeju Island South Korea
Seogwipo Port, Jeju Island South Korea
COASTAL WALKS TO WATERFALLS by Saeng Touttavong
When I was thinking of going to South Korea - my new country for the year - I was expecting big city life full of history and shopping in Gagnum! Woop Woop! (Which is some of what I experienced and enjoyed!). But after some further research, we discovered South Korea actually has much more to offer, including mountainous areas for hiking. Although we love exploring capital cities, we’re also big lovers of being outdoors, walking and embracing the fresh green environment– which we miss in our daily life in Jakarta; so we booked a couple days on Jeju Island where the highest mountain in South Korea stands. Jeju Island is a direct flight from Seoul and getting to our Airbnb stay from the airport was easy as can be. Jeju Island is known for its walking trails, called ‘Olle Trails’. There are over 20 well-established trails across the whole island. You would probably need a week to cover them all but we had three days so, on our second day we chose a coastal walk, the most scenic walk according to the reviews, on the south side of the island and what a treat it was! After a 90-minute bus ride and a short walk to the starting point, we began our 14km hot but leisurely walk through the coastal city of Seogwipo. At the beginning of the trail there was a crowd of people who we thought were also there to walk the trail, but it turns out that they were all there to enjoy a sausage on a stick and a paddleboat ride where the river mouth meets the ocean. We took our sausage on a stick and started walking. Olle trails are marked with red and blue ribbons, painted blue arrows and you can also follow the painted blue line on the road, which made finding our way much easier. Thirty minutes into our walk and after several stops to take photos we realised we were not alone on the trail. People were experiencing the trail in the comfort of air-conditioned
cars or cruising on bicycles – perhaps a smarter choice because of the heat but we were delighted to have the trail to ourselves – almost. The trail took us in and out of trees, up hills to ocean view lookouts, through bamboo lined dirt paths, bypassing piers and park benches; whilst always staying close to coastline. The best thing about walking these trails is that you get to engage with the local residents. We met an 88-year-old lady shelling her catch of the day, sea urchins. She wasn’t very talkative but she was happy to give us a taste straight from her spoon – it tasted like mushy soggy mussels, we nodded with a thumb up giving our approval and she nodded and continued shelling. As we continued through our windy trail, a lovely white dog followed us. He patiently waited while we stoped to enjoy the views; he ended up following us for almost 3km! It made our walk that little extra more special and we were thankful we weren’t in a car or bicycle, as we would have missed the experience. We stopped at all the iconic marked attractions along the way including UNESCO marked cultural treasure sites, and waterfalls. Although we only had 5kms further to the end of the trail, we got a little lost trying to find the last waterfall; it was also getting dark so, we didn’t finish the whole walk. Nevertheless, we were happy to end the day with a peaceful view of Cheonjiyeon Waterfall and a glimmering sunset. It was simple bliss but we were ready to go back to our Airbnb, immerse ourselves in delicious Korean dinner and rest our legs. It was only one of many walking trails and we found that its definitely worth WALKING the trail rather than being in the car or bicycle. If you love leisurely coastal walks or just walking, Jeju Island has you covered. ¿
aroundthedurian - people
F R OM MALANG TOINTERVIEW THEWITHWHOUSE OR LDOF DIAMONDS
Lila and Ida, creators of House of Diamonds
phots by Saeng Touttavong and supplied by House of Diamonds We’ve been selling House of Diamonds products in our ANZA Shop since May and we’ve had countless positive feedback on how wonderful and perfect their products are - if you haven’t seen them, it’s worth taking the time to have a look at their perfect hand stitched quilts, blankets and scarves. I got a chance to get close and personal with the humble and visionary sisters, Ida and Lila, from the small town of Malang, who have stitched their way up to build House of Diamonds, not only for themselves but to empower other women. That day, Ida (the older of the two) and Lila sat across from me with the biggest smiles and so proud that not only was I interviewing them but for having the opportunity to sell their products for the first time at ANZA and being in Jakarta for the first time – it was inspiring to hear their story.
Ida: The main reason that drove us to open our own business was because we wanted to help our mother with her job. Our mother was overwhelmed with all the work and it became too complicated for her. So, we started helping her and basically became her employees! Our mother didn’t want to teach us at first as she said ‘being a seamstress is very stressful’ but I said “it’s not stressful, if I can learn from your mistakes...” but she still didn’t want to teach but allowed us to copy, follow and watch her and that’s what I did. Whilst watching and learning, we taught ourselves a better and faster process but our mother did not take any new chances. So, Lila and I used our ideas on the jobs our mother didn’t do. By 2005, the business settled down, our skills improved and we started getting expat clients in the area. At the time or mother had only local Indonesian ladies as her customers but one day I made an item for our Scottish neighbour and then more expat customers developed after that. We worked as a seamstress with our mother for 6 years.
Tell us a little about yourselves.
When did House of Diamonds start?
Ida: My name is Ida.
In 2010 we started an idea for the business. We wanted a business that could help women. Women like our mother. After we witnessed the difficult experiences our mother had working in the Middle East and what we as children felt after being home without a mother, and the only reason she left was to be able to support her children to go to school and that happens a lot in Java.
Lila: My name is Lila. Ida: Lila is my younger sister, and we’re both born in Malang, grew up in Malang and went to school in Malang. We studied in Malang since kindergarten to High school, from age 5-19. What is it to be a seamstress? lda: Our grandfather was a tailor for two Dutch families for over 35 years, and he passed on his skills to his daughters – our mother and aunty. Our mother worked as a seamstress/tailor in the Middle East for over 10 years and so, Lila and I learnt how to sew from our grandfa-ther and our mother. When did you start learning to be a seamstress? lda: When I graduated in 2000 from high school, I wanted to help my mother support Lila to finish her school but there were not jobs available at the time except working at a ‘sweat-shop’ making jeans. So, I worked there for a year and half for Rp. 13,000 a day. In 2001, when Lila graduated she wanted to go to Bali and work. Lila: I didn’t start in the sweatshop yet at this time. I worked in the administrative office in home industry in Bali for 7 months and then returned to Malang and continued as an admin-istrator in the home industry. But in 2004 we decided that we wanted to do some sewing ourselves – start our own business.
Our mother asked us ‘Why do you want to sew, it’s very stressful and won’t bring any good’ but I said ‘It could bring good…’ Because our mother is a very clever and a smart woman but the situations she experienced distracted her from valuing her own ability and her potential. She, could not see it for herself but us as we saw the potential in our mother. If she had meet the right people in her life it would be different. So, House of Diamonds is created for woman like our mother. Created to not only equip woman with seamstress skills and to make some money, it’s more holistic. It’s about under-standing that family is important; a woman in the family is very important, especially the bonding with the parents and their children, its way more important than the money! That’s why I say being poor is not that bad, being separated from your family is terrible. The idea is to give woman the opportunity to not leave the country or the city for money. Interview continued next page >
aroundthedurian - people
One of the woman at HOD, hand-stitching a quilt
Where do the women you train originate from and what do you train with? Ida: The women who come to us are from different areas, they work at their own houses and we encourage them to come to our place at least once a week to have community. The women who come to House of Diamonds are from our neighborhood and from other areas in Malang. We have a plan to help them to develop their skills in using sewing machines, sewing simple bags, scarves and kimonos for now. We are not only are training them with seamstress skills but we want to empower them to train other woman in their city or village.
...HOUSE OF DIAMONDS IS CREATED FOR WOMAN... CREATED TO NOT ONLY EQUIP WOMAN WITH SEAMSTRESS SKILLS AND TO MAKE SOME MONEY... IT’S ABOUT UNDERSTANDING THAT FAMILY IS IMPORTANT; A WOMAN IN THE FAMILY IS VERY IMPORTANT, ESPECIALLY THE BONDING WITH THE PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN... Who is the designer? Ida: It’s a community creative team – community effort. We create all the ideas together. We practise ideas. It’s very new. Lila: I learnt about colours, motifs, decorations and design from our Canadian friend. We went to Bali to look at fabrics and colours – we learnt from many friends. Also, what western customers would like. Ida: Also our friend in Australia recommends fabrics, teaches colour scheme and the trends in western culture. We’ve learnt a lot from our expat friends and we’re still learning. Where does you motivation come from? Ida: My mother, and working experience in the sweatshop. The process and practices of the sweatshop were not good, I believe the company I worked with didn’t treat or supply good conditions for their employees - I didn’t like working there, so at House of Diamonds I've made sure everyone is treated equally and given an good evniroment to work in.
HOD hand-stitched blankets
What do you see for the future for House of Diamonds? Ida: For now we want it stronger and sustainable. We want to help more women as soon as possible. We would like to have a place for House of Diamonds because we want to help more women from other cities, like from Bali. Any plans to make, teach other new products? Ida: Currently we are predominately making the hand-stitched (it's called kantha stitching) quilts. All the products we make are handmade, stitched and limited edition – they’re always only ‘one of a kind’. We also have some home goods and wearables. We are always looking toward the future, wanting to design new products for the women to learn new things and for House of Diamonds to grow. We will be looking out for new things in the years to come. We also listen to what people are interested in seeing HOD produce, so we are always trying to grow and develop. How do we get our hands of some your products? Ida: We now have an informational website, where people can see products, pictures of the women, learn more about HOD and contact us for any inquiries. It's hod-indonesia.com You can purchase HOD products at ANZA house, through parties hosted in Jakarta and through our Jakarta representative (look on our website for that information). We hope to be at different markets in the Jakarta area throughout the year. We also have an Australian representative and are hoping to open other markets in the future. Please see our website for details! What would your mother say about House of Diamonds, if she were here today? Ida: If she could see what we have done she would really cry. She always wanted to help other woman. Before she passed she told us ‘I’m 56 years old now. When I get older I want to stay in an orphanage or a woman centre and I want to teach. Teach so they don’t have to leave the country or their village.’ And that was her desire. What advice do you give to women who share the same experiences as your mother? Ida: Know your value, you’re yourself because each person has a skill. Be patient and be stronger. ¿
KNOW YOUR PASARS
FORGET ABOUT THE MALLS, HEAD DOWN TO ONE OF THESE PASAR OR TRADITIONAL MARKETS TO GET A DIFFERENT SHOPPING EXPERIENCE. by Caroline Lawalata
Toy heaven Pasar Gembrong
The central fabrics market Pasar Tanah Abang
Good place to buy garments and shoes Pasar Baru
If you’re in Jakarta and looking for cheap toys for the kids, Pasar Gembrong is the place to go. Pasar Gembrong is a famous toys market in Jakarta, well known as a place that sells good quality toys at cheap and reasonable prices. There is a large variety of toys sold here, ranging from baby toys to adult collectible models. Look around and make price comparisons before you decide to buy. This place is a paradise for kids and parents going toy-shopping on a budget. There are so many shops it is difficult to name any one shop in particular. Most of the shops have fixed prices but sometimes the shopkeepers charge higher price but bargaining is acceptable. They also provide you with a special price if you buy in bulk. Not many of the shopkeepers speak English, so if you can’t speak the local language, bring someone who can. The market opens from 9 am to 6 pm every day.
Tanah Abang is one of the biggest wholesale centres in Jakarta for textiles, clothing and other fashion stuff.
Despite its name, Pasar Baru is the oldest shopping centre in Jakarta. It was built in the early 1800s and is a part of Jakarta old town. Pasar Baru is designed for pedestrians, for family shopping and eating. The market is a centre for fabric and textiles in Jakarta. Many of the businesses are owned by Indians. They sell various types of garments with a large range, plus cosmetics, cameras and sports equipment. There is also a good selection of shoe shops. The prices are average, everything looks pricey but you can bargain. At some garment shops they provide dress makers and fashion designers, who can measure and produce tailored clothing within 2 or 3 days.
You will find a lot of shops selling children’s clothes and adult fashion. Jeans, underwear, batik, bags, shoes, Muslim’s attire such as sarongs, prayer mats, and many more. Prices are cheap but more value if you buy multiple pieces as some shops don’t sell one piece only. You buy more and you can get more discounts. Practice your bargaining skills, don’t be afraid to haggle and you will get the cheapest price. If you can’t speak Bahasa Indonesia, please bring a local who can bargain so you will get better deals. To avoid crowds, when visiting Tanah Abang, it is better if you go in the morning on weekdays as shops open as early as 9 am. Go early and you will have more time to get around because the shops usually close at 4 pm. Please don’t go on weekends or holidays as the market can be really crowded and hectic because many people come to this market, not only from Jakarta. The people come from all over Indonesia and other Asian countries. They come as resellers or buyers.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE PASAR?
Heaven for shoppers Pasar Asemka
The place to shop, eat and buy gorceries Pasar Santa
Favourite Place for Craft Lovers Pasar Mayestik
Located not far from Jakarta Kota station, Pasar Asemka has become the largest wholesale centre in Jakarta. Pasar Asemka is a famous market that sells cheap and endless varieties of stuff with unbelievable low prices. Pasar Asemka offers a wide range of accessories, dolls, wedding gifts, souvenirs, children’s toys, cosmetics, stationery and school supplies and much more. You can also bargain to get suitable prices. As with other markets, please come early in the morning to avoid traffic jams and crowds.
Pasar Santa is one of the traditional markets in South Jakarta that is selling daily needs in the morning including fresh vegetables, fruit, and much more. In the afternoon the market turns into a hangout destination for culinary, foodie types in Jakarta. Worth many visits and best to visit during lunch time on weekdays and afternoons on weekends! Bring cash in hand as most of the vendors don’t take credit cards.
Pasar Mayestik specialises in selling any kind of fabrics with various prices and quality. Not only fabrics, they also sell anything for your craft project, especially beads and buttons, ribbons, chains, zippers and much more. You will find a lot of craft stores around this market. It is a bargain market and most shops sell the same goods. If you are a good bargainer you will end up with amazing cheap prices. The place is comfortable for shoppers as the main market is airconditioned and the toilets are clean.
Lover of brands Pasar Pagi Mangga Dua Located in North Jakarta, Pasar Pagi Mangga Dua is well known as a central market of fashion, souvenirs, local handcrafts, bridal wardrobe, accessories, shoes and luxury goods. There are plenty of fake branded goods of the highest quality and low prices. Like others market, you can get a better price if you buy more than one piece. You have to use your bargaining skills to get a lot of stuff at a good price. The market opens from 10 am to 6 pm every day. Crowds start to build up after 11 am, you can hardly to walk around the market so it is better if you go early in the morning. ¿
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LETS GO FLY A KITE MUSEUM LAYANG-LAYANG
THE INDONESIAN KITE MUSEUM by Caroline Lawalata
Kites or ‘Layang Layang’ as they are known in Bahasa Indonesia are a very popular pastime with Indonesians, from children to adults. The Museum Layang-Layang (The Indonesia Kite Museum) in Pondok Labu, offers a nice collection of colourful kites from around Indonesia and the world, and makes for a fun family outing! This is the first kite museum in Indonesia and it is beautiful, surrounded by trees, within a traditional Javanese house. Entering the museum you are presented with a short video on kites and kite competitions that are held all around the world. After the video, we were guided through the museum to see a vast kite collection. The collection includes more than 600 kites from different areas within Indonesia. Every provinces or area has their own unique designs. Many of the museum's collection have participated in both national and international kite festivals, and some are even award-winners!
It’s not just a viewing museum but they offer a lot of other activities. Why not join a craft session to wrap up your museum journey. There are individual and group classes available in pottery and painting on umbrellas, shirts, and mini shadow puppets, even batik painting, and of course, kite making. We had a chance to make our own kites, take them for a run around the grounds and then take them home as souvenirs. I highly recommend a trip to the kite museum, as it’s a fun, educational day for the kids and we adults had a great time too! Note: before making a visit, please make sure you call the museum to make sure that there are no other big group visits planned! ¿
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"ONE CHILD, ONE TEACHER, ONE BOOK, ONE PEN CAN CHANGE THE WORLD" I AM MALALA by Marianne Ariyanto “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” This is the motto of Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Prize and the founder of an organization that works to promote education for girls worldwide. It has been announced that Malala will visit Indonesia sometime within the coming year (places, dates and times to be revealed at a later date). For this reason the book I Am Malala, was selected as the ANZA book club’s nonfiction choice for this year’s schedule of book club reads. In connection to this book, there was a wealth of book reviews, YouTube oral book reports, appearances of Malala on television and radio shows as well as a one hour National Geographic documentary movie, He Named Me Malala that gave supplemental information about the events in her life. The book was published in 2013. The book was coauthored by Christina Lamb, a five time winner of Britain’s Foreign Correspondent of the Year Award. There was discussion about which author wrote which sections of the book, with book group members assuming that the lengthy sections about Malala’s family and her life before she was shot being written by Malala herself. In addition to the events of her life, the book gives a detailed timeline of major events in Pakistani history, including the rise of the Taliban. Malala’s loving descriptions of the scenic valley and her homeland are poignant as it is unclear when she will ever be able to return there safely. Her father, who was a teacher, became a principal of schools which accepted both boys and girls from all social classes in the area. Despite the norms of local tradition, he married a woman he loved and was very loving to Malala, his first born child. He encouraged Malala to become an advocate for girls’ education by arranging for her to give speeches in Pakistan and also to give Urdu language messages on this topic for the BBC radio. Additional discussion topics included the irony that Malala’s mother is illiterate and the fact Malala’s shooting became an international as well as national political incident. Somewhat surprising was the negative reaction to Malala’s speaking and her injury given by certain sectors of the Pakistani population. This is in sharp contrast to the positive attention and admiration she has received worldwide at her courage in recovering from her life threatening injuries and continuing her work to promote education for girls. All in all, the book was deemed easy to read, well-written and full of the many details that explain all the events before and after she was shot on a bus going home from school. ¿
BOOK CLUB CALENDAR If you are interested in joining the ANZA book club which meets monthly on Mondays from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at ANZA house. Feel free to come and observe the discussion group, even if you have not had time to join the group or read the monthly book.
SEPTEMBER 5TH Title: The reader on the 6:27 Author: Jean Paul Didierlauren OCTOBER 10TH Title: The golden age Author: Joan London NOVEMBER 14TH Title: Farewell to arms Author: Ernest Hemingway DECEMBER 12TH, 2016 Title: Cloudstreet Author: Tim Winton JANUARY 10th, 2017 Title: Euphoria Author: Lilly King FEBRUARY 13th, 2017 Title: The vegetarian Author: Han Kang MARCH 13th, 2017 Title: The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher Author: Hilary Mantel APRIL 10th, 2017 Title: The intimate ape Author: Shawn Thompson MAY 8th, 2017 Title: A caged bird sings Author: Alice Walker JUNE 12th, 2017 Title: The memory artist Author: Katherine Brabon
TOP 10 favourite things about ANZA Playgroup according to 2 year old, Maika Murray
2 Outdoor play equipment
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ANZA has lots of outdoor equipment including a large trampoline
3 Trucks and cars
Many new toys in the playroom
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A favourite amongst the kids!
Banana-Coconut smoothies made by Usni at the ANZA's CafĂŠ
All the classics are covered and we have learnt a few new songs !
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9 Seeing friends Our first friends in Jakarta were made at ANZA Playgroup
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