QUARTERLY MAGAZINE OF THE AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND ASSOCIATION
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ANZA Australia & New Zealand Association A not-for-profit organization, welcoming people of all nationalities
Contents QUARTERLY MAGAZINE OF THE AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND ASSOCIATION
Editors’ Message............................................................ 4 President’s Report......................................................... 5 ANZA Committee – Positions Vacant .............................. 7 The way I see it............................................................... 14 Book Reviews................................................................. 2 6-27 Restautant Reviews....................................................... 3 0-31 Health & Beauty.............................................................. 3 6-37 ANZA Activities............................................................ 39
ANZA in Pictures
My Borneo Adventure.......................................... 8-9 Christmas Lunch.................................................... 11 Children’s Christmas Party........................................... 16 ANZA Creative Crafts Group....................................... 18 Annual Cristmas Bazaar............................................... 21 Australia Day & Waitangi Day BBQ....................... 22-23
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Our Cover: Boat man at Sunda Kalapa. Taken by John Belcher of the ANZA Photography Club.
A Cup of Tea With Henriette........................................ 12-13 Christmas Gifts for Orphans........................................ 2 8-29
A Strategies to Develop Learning Readiness.................... 3 4-35
For an updated ANZA calendar, check the ANZA website: http://www.anzajakarta.net/anza-calendar.html
ANZA House Open Monday to Friday Office, Gift Shop: 9am to 1pm. Tel/ Fax: +62 (021) 7179 3042
Mon to Fri: 9am to 1pm (non-members), 9am to 4pm (members) Email: email@example.com - Website: www.anzajakarta.net
elcome to the first issue of Berita for 2015! It’s going to be an amazing year and we look forward to you joining us through some fabulous articles that we are currently researching and writing for YOUR Berita magazine. Yes, YOUR magazine. The purpose of Berita is to be a magazine by the members, for the members, and our goal for 2015 is to increase the contribution from each of the ANZA groups. When you see us coming in the hallways at ANZA you could run the other way … or, hopefully, you’ll take a moment to chat to us about what interests you – what content would you like to see, what content can you contribute – all ideas are welcome. As the newest member of the Berita team, the first thing I would like to personally say is a huge THANK YOU to Yus Broersma whose quiet work behind the scenes is the reason you have a magazine to read today. There have been a few faces come and go on the Berita team over the past year, but Yus has been a constant presence who has ensured the magazine has sailed on especially through her work coordinating advertising and working closely with our fabulous type-setter, Bastian. Yus also didn’t blink when I landed like an elephant in her lap two weeks ago with a notebook of ideas and over-zealous action-plans! We wish you a fabulous 2015 filled with friendship, laughter and new experiences (all of which you’ll happily write about for Berita of course). Cheers Deniese
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND ASSOCIATION
A not-for-profit organization, welcoming people of all nationalities
_ Australian Ambassador
_ New Zealand Ambassador
ANZA Committee President
Carmel Gleeson Vice-President
Tracey Wagstaff Past Officer
Zana Kimmons Secretary
Jan Bennett Assistant Secretary
Sarah Tiss Treasurer
Robyn Davis Assistant Secretary & Assistant Treasurer
Deborah Hufton Assistant Treasurer & Bazaar Co-Ordinator
Avril Herdon Social Welfare Co-Director
Gilly Weaver David Goodbody Web Co-Ordinator
Catherine Chaperon Dennis Ryan Membership Director
Belinda Baily Emma Pulmer Sponsorship Director
Megan Proudfoot Emma Peterson Berita Editors
Deniese Cox Yus Broersma Sujata Tiwari Bazaar Co-Ordinator
Puji Grime Ball Co-Ordinator Melbourne Cup Co-Ordinator
Kelly Ginley Ball Co-Ordinator
ANZA BERITA TEAM: Chief Editor - Deniese Cox Joint Editors - Yus Broersma - Sujata Tiwari Layout Design - b design e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Glennis Neilson Marisa Conidi House Manager
Carmel Gleeson Catherine Hilder
elcome to our first edition of Berita for the year. Whether you celebrated Christmas in Jakarta or back home in Australia, New Zealand, or some other far off location, I hope you had a great holiday season. Here at ANZA we’re already having a busy start to the year our Australia Day \ Waitangi Day BBQ as well as our Oscars brunch party will certainly kick things off nicely. I look forward to all our members supporting this year’s great line up of functions, making ANZA the place to be in 2015. We’d like to welcome our two new ambassadors who are newly arrived in Jakarta ... so if you see them around town please make them feel welcome. There are many new people arriving in Jakarta at this time of year, so don’t forget to invite them to pop into ANZA for one of our new members morning tea - the first one is on the February 10. The AGM is being held on March 13 - why don’t you consider taking up one of our positions on the Committee, and there are a wide variety of other volunteer roles ranging from front desk to volunteering in social welfare on one of our projects. Getting involved helps with making friends (and of course learning where all the best shopping places are!!) I am looking forward to leading such a great organization as ANZA and with the support of all our members and all our sponsors we look forward to having a great 2015 together. Carmel Gleeson ANZA PRESIDENT
The deadline for the next Berita is
3 April 2015
Please make sure that all articles and advertisements are submitted on or before this date. Advertisers, in order to ensure that space is allowed for your material, and that your advertisement is well placed in the magazine the above deadline needs to be met. Members, if you have something you want in the Berita, please don’t be afraid to give writing a try. Assistance is available to help “polish off” your article. Meeting the advertised deadline allows the time required to do this. Articles, advertisements and photographs (on disk or flash drive) can be delivered to the front desk at ANZA House, marked Attention: Berita Editor. Photos need to be high resolution in JPEG or TIF format (please do not reduce size) If you have any questions please contact Berita Editor on email@example.com
ANZA Committee – Positions Vacant
Dear ANZA members,
he Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Friday 13th March and we look forward to you joining us. Being part of the ANZA Committee is very rewarding and lots of fun. ANZA cannot function without volunteers of all shapes and sizes – so please consider taking one of the great roles that are available. Other than the President and Past Officer roles, all other positions can accommodate more than one person. All nationalities are welcome to join the committee (it is only the President and Vice President that must be an Australian or New Zealander) so go ahead and put your hand up. You might like to join a friend or two to share a role. Nomination forms are at the front desk. In the event that more than one person is standing for a single position the Members will vote by a show of hands any Member whose Annual Subscription has been paid will be eligible to vote on the day. If you are interested in any role, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or approach an existing committee member.
An amazing opportunity to lead a fantastic Association while polishing up your public speaking skills and meeting some fabulous people along the way. You also get to use your communication and interpersonal skills while providing support to all our ANZA Members and Committee. A very rewarding job indeed. (Must be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen)
Help support the President and the Committee and organise our monthly Extravangza talks. A great opportunity for a dynamic duo to support each other in the President and Vice President roles. (Must be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen)
Being highly organised, you will manage the ANZA calendar, respond to ANZA emails, prepare and distribute agendas, maintain minutes and manage a variety of other documentation.
Support and assist the Secretary.
Sharpen those accounting and budgeting skills while looking after our finances. An ideal role for someone with strong attention to detail.
Requires a long serving past Committee member who knows the history of ANZA.
Social Welfare Co-ordinators
A great way to meet and welcome new and potential members to ANZA. You’ll maintain the membership list, organise the ANZA Directory, arrange morning teas for new members and also organise ANZA Eats and ANZA Adventures.
Liaise with corporate sponsors and help to finalise sponsorship contracts each year. A great role for someone skilled in developing relationships.
The written face of ANZA - source and edit articles for our quarterly Berita magazine, source and manage advertising content, co-ordinate magazine layout, and ensure on-time publication.
This is the human-face of ANZA. Become part of a team which organises the front desk helpers, gives menu ideas for Usni’s café, and looks after the maintenance of ANZA house.
Keep the ANZA website and FaceBook up to date and send out the weekly e-news which requires co-ordination with all other ANZA groups and roles.
Arrange vendor registration days and attend the Bazaars to organise the setup and coordinate the smooth operation. Bazaars are held May and November. Don’t worry, no Bahasa Indonesia required.
Monthly House Functions
Do you enjoy a Party? Do you like having fun? If yes, this is the role for you and your friends. We are looking for people interested in organising a house function each month and being in charge of the ANZA Bar.
The ANZA Charity Ball is a wonderful evening and is our major annual fund raiser for ANZA Social Welfare. Get together with a team of ladies and plan a night to remember.
Melbourne Cup Co-ordinators
First Tuesday in November (Nov 3rd) is the day that Australia stops to watch a horse race. Be part of a team to help organise this fabulous champagne filled day. We hope you have seen something that appeals to you… if you’re unsure, please chat to us and we will happily match your skills and interests to a role where you’ll thrive. For more information please approach a Committee member or email email@example.com The AGM is on Friday 13th March
One of the most rewarding positions at ANZA, you would manage the activities of the Social Welfare team and coordinate volunteers to organise and promote programs that assist disadvantaged people within Indonesia.
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My Borneo Adventure A Great Tour For All Ages
any parents take their 16 year olds away from Jakarta for their school holidays, and quite often this means heading back “home”. My 16 year old son, however, is at boarding school in the UK which means that for us to spend time together he tends to come to Jakarta for school holidays. That said, six weeks is a long time for him to be spending here, not really knowing anyone other than his parents, so we do try to take him travelling for the odd few days here and there. But what is there to do with a 16 year old for a few days when you’ve exhausted Bali etc? When I first arrived in Jakarta I knew I wanted to experience seeing orangutans in their natural habitat. I read about Kalimantan Tours who facilitate trips to Borneo and thought it was the ideal adventure to share with my 16 year old on his next visit. He wasn’t so sure! It took a bit of convincing but I eventually booked a midweek three night river cruise in Central Kalimantan. What a great choice. We caught a flight to Palankaraya on Monday afternoon and checked into a hotel for the night (you can actually catch an early morning flight up on Tuesday if you wish). We were picked up early the
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next morning by our tour guide and transferred to the boat (of course stopping along the way to pick up some essentials … beer!). We had booked a double cabin with ensuite and air-conditioning. The rooms are basic but clean, tidy and comfortable and you really don’t spend much time in them except to sleep. The boat itself was lovely and spacious with a huge deck up top including a dining area and deck chairs where you can sit all day and watch the world go by - watching the sunsets in the evening was beautiful. All meals are provided on the boat and cooked by the onboard chef. While it’s a ‘get what you’re given’ type arrangement (rather than a menu of options) we certainly enjoyed foods we would not normally have even tried such as river fish. Everything was very tasty, well cooked, and all added to the adventure. We found the tour guide to be fantastic – she spoke excellent English and was also very knowledgeable answering all our questions. All the crew members were extremely attentive. My 16 year old was sure the cruise was going to be full of “old people” and that he wouldn’t really enjoy it. But we had an interesting mix of companions – a young couple from Holland that had just graduated
from University, a French mother with her 16 year old son (perfect!) and a couple from America who were celebrating a 50th birthday in Bali and couldnâ€™t resist coming to see the orangutans whilst out here â€“ so it all made for interesting conversations around the dinner table and by the end of the cruise we were like one big happy family. Due to the river levels being so low from lack of rainfall in the area the tour company had to rearrange our program at the last minute, however we still managed to do most things (although had to be transferred by car to some spots). Cruising down the river and spotting little monkeys here and there soon got everyone excited. Taking small canoes around the islands where the orangutans live was good fun and seeing them up close and personal was a dream come true for me. You canâ€™t actually go onto these islands as the orangutans are being rehabilitated in preparation for release back into the wild and therefore human contact is discouraged as much as possible. Those orangutans who wanted to did come down to the waters edge to see what we were doing and as we putted around the islands in our canoes you could see them hiding in trees or bushes or just
walking along the sand minding their own business and oblivious to us even being there. The tour naturally includes a visit to the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, but we also sailed past little fishing villages and stopped at one to go into the local school and meet the school children who were more than happy to make us feel welcome and wanted us to sing songs to them (my son thought I was mad when I started on twinkle-twinkle little star). We were welcomed into some of the villages by local dancers who encouraged us to join in the dancing. We were the only tour boat on the river and all the locals, especially the kids, loved waving and calling out to us. On the final day our boat docked in time for us to catch the morning flight back to Jakarta. It really was a wonderful experience and one that I would certainly do again if I had the opportunity and yes, even Mr. 16 year old was impressed! Kalimantan Tours will be doing a talk at our Extravaganza on March 27th, so be sure to come along.
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s is tradition, in early December we invaded the Australian Ambassador’s residence for a Christmas Lunch where we were welcomed and hosted by both the Australian and New Zealand Ambassadors and their fabulous wives. We enjoyed a gorgeous lunch and, as a special highlight, each got to sit on Santa’s knee to receive our secret-santa
gift which was probably more fun than it should have been for grown women (and men)!! The major raffle prize was two nights’ accommodation at any of Aman Resorts gorgeous locations in Indonesia. Thank you to all our sponsors for this fabulous event: Aman Resorts, Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia, and Commonwealth Group.
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A Cup of Tea With Henriette
very now and then in life you meet a special soul … that person who has led an interesting life and has a depth and humbleness to them that makes you want to just sit and listen to more and more of their story. Today I shared a cup of tea with Henriette Koenen, an ANZA member who is quietly active in all sorts of interesting places, and I walked away with exactly that feeling – a desire to sit and absorb her energy which is at once both calming and inspiring. While a decade or so ago Henriette and her engineer husband lived in a regional area of Indonesia, they have been in Jakarta on this posting for just over two years. Originally from the Netherlands, they raised their three children as international citizens through a variety of postings from the Caribbean to Melbourne. In Brunei, one of their early postings, Henriette’s volunteer roles included cultural exchange activities for artists and musicians between Brunei and the Netherlands, she also worked in the library happily satisfying her lifelong love of language and words. When in Australia, Henriette completed her qualifications and began working in the aged care
industry, particularly enjoying the social side of her roles. She had always felt a desire to use her skills and experience to work with people in an underdeveloped region, so when her husband was considering a role in Jakarta, Henriette thought it was the perfect fit with her Dutch heritage – interestingly, her father was born in East Java and lived there until moving to the Netherlands at age 18 where he established a family. Henriette’s first enquiry to ANZA was in response to a Social Welfare advertisement seeking project co-ordinators and she soon found herself visiting Waluya Sejati Abadi (WSA) which is a home for ex-political prisoners. Henriette recalls on her first visit being touched and impressed with the strength of these elderly women who have been through so much. “You make such nice connections with these people, and make genuine friendships … they are deep and beautiful, and despite having to live with that label of ‘political prisoner’ they still display a beautiful disposition and manner” she says. “I feel blessed to have the opportunity to give them something back and to hear their stories and get to know them, especially with the difficult history between our two countries”.
Gifts from ANZA
WSA ladies visiting Henriette’s home
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Also on behalf of ANZA Social Welfare, Henriette acts as project co-ordinator for five Pusakas (community food kitchens for the elderly). Her current special focus is Pusaka 79 which admirably uses its two upstairs rooms to provide schooling for disadvantaged children who cannot afford to attend normal school. Sadly the floor is so damaged that it is extremely dangerous. The Social Welfare team, together with Pak Samiran under the supervision of Marilyn, are working on emergency repairs right now. However, another 11 million rupiah is urgently required to do a full, long term, repair (yes, we are hoping that maybe one of our readers can help!!) Last year a company in Holland approached Henriette asking if she could recommend a project here in Indonesia which they could sponsor or support. Coincidentally the next day at an ANZA Social Welfare meeting Henriette heard about Heesu in Bogor which is a home for disabled children. Henriette was able to quickly match them with the company in Holland, and she herself has been visiting there each month. The facility is run by a young couple who are welcoming of new ideas and knowledge, and particularly appreciate Henriette’s
background in aged care as she is able to show them how to carry and move the children and make their lives more comfortable. When I asked Henriette what she did for fun, she laughed and told me it was volunteering on front desk at ANZA because it helps her stay in touch with all the members. She also enjoys playing bridge at the Jakarta Bridge Group which, while including some expats, is mainly a group of Indonesians and Henriette thrives in this environment where she can absorb local culture. When talking to Henriette it is clear that she loves living in Jakarta. She says “it feels like home because the people are so friendly, you aren’t a stranger here … my daughters also like to visit and share my love of Indonesia”. Thank you Henriette for taking the time to share a small part of your story with us and thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration. If you’d like to know more about volunteering with the social welfare team, or perhaps like to sponsor a project, please contact us: anzasocialwelfare@ gmail.com
WSA outing to Mekarsari, Bogor
Visiting Pusaka 22
By Deniese Cox
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The way I see it Once bitten, twice shy
t’s only appropriate to say ‘Happy new Year’ to all! By now we’ve all well and truly exhausted the greeting and some of us have committed to making and keeping the proverbial New Year’s resolution! It’s such a loaded statement, isn’t it? So much pressure! It’s kind of like the first day of school; you have all your books, everything’s shiny and new. You’re filled with so much passion and a real sense of commitment. But by term’s end, the books are all dog-eared, you’ve lost your motivation and most of your stationery and your homework assignments are incomplete. All the promise and optimism has faded, replaced with a sense of failure and defeat. Similarly, committing to a New Year’s resolution represents the optimist in you; the person who wishes on a star, believing in fairytales, the one who will quit smoking...again, or lose 10 kg in 30 days (even though you’ve carried this extra weight around since 2001)! Don’t misunderstand me, it’s not that I’m cynical. I just prefer to see myself as a realist. I can’t see the point resolving to do something really difficult, that I don’t want to do, and that will probably end in heartache (mine). Then you’re stuck with the guilt of having disappointed not only yourself, but those dear to you who believed in your desire to succeed in losing a truckload of weight or whatever your vice might be.
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Why not flip things? Let’s celebrate our vices, I say! Have dessert, down another cocktail, stop going to the gym, start smoking again etc. It could have a surprising effect. By throwing caution to the wind, we may regain a little self control. Fruit is much more desirable when it’s forbidden, so if we’re not denying ourselves what we most desire, our temptations may begin to lose some of their appeal. We might actually end up losing weight, quitting smoking, getting to the gym etc. Of course, there is the slight possibility that those of us with addictive personalities may give in to our vices completely and hit rock bottom. Mmm, perhaps I am a cynic. I want to believe the ant can tip over the rubber tree plant, as much as the next person, it’s just that, like most of us, at one time or another, I’ve been there. I’ve looked at my world through rose coloured glasses and made that promise and come February, well, it hasn’t been pretty. I don’t see the glass as ‘half empty’ or ‘half full’, I just want to drink the bottom half! I want my cake and I want to scoff it down as well. That being said, I have decided this year, my New year’s resolution will be to not make a New Year’s resolution and see where that takes me....no pressure! I’d like to believe that I can gain, without the pain (a little perspective, that is). I wish you all what you wish for yourselves!
Antoinette Gustini ANZA member
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Childrenâ€™s Christmas Party
s the end of 2014 approached, our ANZA playgroup prepared for the much anticipated Childrenâ€™s Christmas Party where children of all ages were treated to an activity-filled day of fun and laughter. Upon arrival, children were treated to a ride in a bajaj which resembled a tinsel-decorated sleigh travelling up and down Jl. Kemang V (quite a few parents were seen to enjoy this popular ride too). Then
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the children leapt about in a bouncy castle before getting delightfully messy with cookie decorating, card making, bon-bon making, face painting, and embellishing wooden Christmas decorations with endless glitter. A festive menu was savoured by all and then Santa made a grand entrance giving children their long-awaited presents. A wonderful party for young and old alike.
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ANZA Creative Crafts Group
he ANZA Creative Craft Group meets each Tuesday morning and you are absolutely invited to join us. This year we each worked on a quilting project (and other small projects along the way).
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Please feel free to bring any craft along if you are looking for a small group of friendly faces to chat to while stitching, knitting, or working away.
n November we also arranged for a Batik workshop where a professional teacher brought a full complement of supplies for our eager hands to try out. This was a lot of fun and each of us was in awe
of the skill level required for the intricate designs and colours we see in everyday Batik. Keep an eye out for more classes in 2015.
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Annual Christmas Bazaar
ur very popular annual Christmas Bazaar was held on November 18th. Happily all vendor tables were sold out 10 days in advance and we overflowed to outside the main hall. As well as our regulars, it was excellent to see some new participants which indicates a growth of other sectors such as health food and condiments. The ANZA Social Welfare team worked tirelessly on the day selling tasty and welcome refreshments. A reasonable profit was made, all of which supports
the important work the Social Welfare team do all year. Thank you to all our sponsors for this fabulous event: Aman Resorts, Asian Tigers Mobility, Commonwealth Group, Ernst & Young, Fonterra, G4S, Merdeka Coffee, and New Zealand International School. Mark your calendars now! The next bazaar is scheduled for Tuesday 19th May â€“ see you there.
Avril Herdon and Pudji Grime
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Australia Day & Waitangi Day BBQ
2015 kicked off with a fantastic BBQ to celebrate Australia Day and Waitangi Day. Thanks to Kelly and Eamon Ginley for opening their home up to our
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hungry hordes! Everyone had a brilliant time and it was great to see so many people dressed with national pride.
Thank you to our event sponsors:
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New Members Morning Tea
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Rp. 500,000 Pop into ANZA any weekday morning
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Tuesday 10 February 2015 9.30am Come along and find out more about living and getting around in Jakarta, while meeting new friends here at ANZA. There will be a morning tea provided along with guest speakers and a friendly Q&A session. For catering purposes, it is helpful if you can register on sponsored by the sign-‐up sheet at Kindly the front desk before Wednesday 4 Colliers International Indonesia February.
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reetings from the ANZA Book Group! We meet in the ANZA Library on the second Monday of every month at 1:30pm. All newcomers are welcome and you may find yourself, as we have, forming strong friendships with fellow readers. Many of our members have been with the group for several years, including our book group leader Narelle Hadfield, who has prepared probing questions and discussion topics for over six years! We choose our books once each year (in May) from prize winner or best read lists, with the only condition being that no bookclub member has read it yet. Our upcoming meeting dates and books are: March 9 – Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie April 13 – The Son by Phillip Meyer
Here are a few quick summaries of our discussions from recent meetings. Memories of my Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. In this book, a 90 year old man orders a virgin for his 90th birthday, but she lies asleep undisturbed by him that night and in a series of repeat events, he falls in love with the young girl via a chaste but rather onesided relationship. As usual, Pulitzer Prize winning Marquez packs a lot of really fine descriptive writing in his book and is unafraid of showing his characters’ warts. As a group, we probed the question of whether this was a pornographic book or a love story, and though not pornographic most thought his character was a selfish old crow, even at the end when he changes from a man incapable of love to someone wholly obsessed. We agreed that a reader’s view of the book is going to hinge on their definition of love, with most seeing love as mutual caring and sharing, which was lacking in this relationship. The old man named his young consort Delgadina, which Narelle discovered was the name of the daughter in a medieval story about a king’s incestuous relationship with his daughter. A very similar tale! Marquez is clearly well read and throughout his book makes comparisons to past literary works like this.
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Since the author was in his 80’s when he wrote this story, we all wondered if Marquez himself had these fantasies of younger women (such affairs were also present in his novel Love in the Time of Cholera). Perhaps he wanted to experience a young virgin himself, although in reality he had a long term wife and family. Those of us who had read his previous books agreed this story is a good way to get through a Marquez book because it was quite short, while others are thick, rich with description and character development, but they can take weeks to finish...if you do. The other great work of his mentioned by readers was Hundred Years of Solitude.
Random Acts of Heroic Love by Danny Scheinmann. This novel contains the parallel stories of true love: one of a dying man based on his experiences in 1917 and the other of a 25 year old man whose girlfriend was just killed in a 1992 bus crash. The stories were intertwined with biological mating facts and philosophical discussions of how physics (electrons) explain love. Some intriguing characters added interest, such as the superficial death counselor and the South American diplomat that could have been an Indonesian Ibu right down to her perfect fingernails and her high heels, viewed as she exited her Mercedes. We also learned some WWI history from battles and a bit of geography from the 1917 character’s amazing trek. All in all, a really good read.
Return to Mandalay by Rosanna Ley. Our responses varied; some liked it and some definitely did not. Most felt it had an active plot, but many of the characters were not well developed and the scenery and culture descriptions were a bit flat. A reader pointed out a major error: the author described how the U Bien teak bridge crossed the Irawaddy River, when in fact it crosses Taungthaman Lake! The book gave us some historical and cultural information about Myanmar, such as how the teak logging business was run (with elephants) in the early 1900’s and how the Japanese took control during the war. We weren’t always so sure how believable some of the actions were, but it did keep most everyone’s interest up so that they finished it. If you have questions about the book group, contact our leader Narelle: email@example.com.
Karen Gunderson Upcoming book discussions - - - - -
February 9: Gillespie and I March 9: Americanah April 13: The Son May 11: The Gift of Rain June 8: Tin Drum
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Christmas Gifts for Orphans
n late December, David, Gilly and I were lucky enough to go to Remaja Masa Depan (RMD) to distribute Christmas gifts that had kindly been donated by ANZA members and also by children at the British School Jakarta. RMD is an orphanage that specifically works with street children. When we arrived, the children were eagerly awaiting us in the living room – not surprisingly,
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they happily volunteered to help us unload the car. We began by matching the children to the age and gender noted on each gift, ensuring each child received an appropriate parcel. The children sat and hugged their gifts … however once Pak Firdaus’ wife showed them the art of ripping paper to reveal the exciting surprises inside, well, a wonderful bedlam ensued with the floor quickly becoming covered in torn Christmas paper.
The joy on the children’s faces was indescribable and we were so grateful for the opportunity to enjoy their happiness as they examined one another’s gifts and set about eating all the sweets. David (I think angling for some new golf buddies) demonstrated how the toy golf set worked. The teenage girls particularly loved the scented sprays. Cuddly toys were also a hit.
Catherine Hilder had a similar experience when distributing other gifts to the Catherine Booth orphanage, and so did Carmel at Parapattan. Thank you to everyone who took the time to purchase, wrap, and donate the gifts – they really were very much appreciated and enjoyed.
By Erica Miller, ANZA Social Welfare team
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alt Grill has a great reputation in Jakarta as being a ‘destination restaurant’ where you can enjoy a fabulous view over Jakarta from the 46th floor, outstanding service, a great wine list, and best of all, excellent modern Australian food beautifully prepared from the freshest ingredients. What I love about this restaurant though is its accessibility. Sure, it’s our go-to place for date night or special occasions; but it is also our go-to place for mid-week lunches where you can indulge for just Rp.150,000 for two courses, and weekend brunch with friends offers an all-you-can-eat menu for only Rp.350,000. Sometimes it’s nice to simply pop in for a cocktail and tapas too. Because of its uniqueness and commitment to Australian produce, I thought Salt Grill was the ideal restaurant to review for our ANZA readers. Don’t worry Kiwi’s, this article is not all about Australia … Salt Grill also serve delicious lamb which I’ll mention in detail just for you. Oh, and they serve an extraordinary deconstructed pavlova - and we all know pavlova was invented by Kiwi’s not Aussies! The various menus at Salt Grill are really well thought out. There is something for everyone and hubby and I really enjoy being able to order food which is familiar yet new. So how does the team at Salt Grill produce such a consistently good product and keep such consistently high standards in a city famous for inconsistency? I sat down with fellow
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Aussies Daniel (GM) and MJ (Head Chef) to find out more. Daniel and MJ arrived in Jakarta two years ago and survived seemingly-endless hurdles to open a high-end restaurant here. Daniel, a Melbournian, has worked for Luke Mangan for several years and previously ran Luke’s flagship Glass Brasserie in Sydney for more than three years. MJ, from the Hunter Valley region, has been with Luke for 11 years and has worked in many of Luke’s restaurants including Salt Tokyo and Salt Grill Singapore. What I found interesting during our chat is to learn that most of the nearly 50 staff here in Jakarta have been with the restaurant since its opening in April 2013. That is unusual in Jakarta, which has a reputation for high turnover, and I think this consistency speaks to the leadership style of Daniel and MJ who manage to balance high expectations with an encouraging team atmosphere where staff are given a lot of support and ongoing training. As a diner, I’ve noticed you can usually tell when staff are acknowledged for the professionalism and skill required in the hospitality industry, rather than being treated simply as ‘food servants’ – this underlying attitude really does comes across in the service, the food, and the overall experience. We all know that eating out in Jakarta can be superb – the food standard here can be surprisingly
good – yet a lot of us avoid some menu items, oysters for example, because of uncertainty about their source or freshness. While MJ is naturally rather shy, he is passionate when talking about his food. Sourcing ingredients is something he personally focuses on and he is excited about the freshness and availability of the local vegetables in Jakarta such as lemongrass and tumeric. However, a restaurant boasting a gorgeous menu of modern Australian cuisine needs amazing Australian produce. Salt Grill’s oysters are seasonally sourced from Coffin Bay in South Australia arriving by air-freight twice a week. The lamb cutlets, which I have to say are prepared beautifully in a simple seasoning of Provencale herbs, are sourced from South Australia where they were grass fed on salt bush before being exported to MJ’s kitchen. The Provencal herbs are just one of Luke Mangans branded herbs and spices that is available in Australia at David Jones. Each of the four steak cuts on the menu are sourced from different farms in Victoria and NSW – I’m a big fan
of the Moroccan seasoning that goes on the sirloin. The Sydney crab omelette is one of their signature dishes and was created back in Sydney at Glass Brasserie and is apparently on all of Luke Mangan restaurants around the world. It is served with an enoki mushroom and herb salad and a stunning miso mustard broth. Last night (purely in preparation for this article of course) I enjoyed one of the newer menu items - barramundi with prawns - and could really taste the zestiness of the fresh sea water. The barramundi is farmed locally in North Java and therefore extremely fresh which allows the crispness of the accompanying speck to stand out against the meaty prawns. Drooling yet? Wait until I mention the onsite bakery which stocks lamingtons, anzac biscuits, mini pavlovas and scones! My husband tells me these are fantastic – I wouldn’t know as I am restricted to a gluten-free and dairy-free diet which is normally tough in Jakarta but the Salt Grill menu is easy for me navigate and the staff are great with understanding my restrictions. So there you have it, that’s the secret behind Salt Grill – fresh produce and excellent staff. Be sure to use Salt Grill’s online booking form to make your reservations. I recommend you take advantage of their Special Comments box to mention that you’re an ANZA member (so Daniel can ensure your extra special service), if it’s a special occasion, or if you have any dietary restrictions.
By Deniese Cox
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Guiding Your Child’s First Steps Toward Life-Long Love Of Learning
utor Time has been a leading Early Childhood Education Center in Indonesia for more than 18 years. Our curriculum, created by early childhood education specialist in the USA develops, outstanding age-specific programs that focus in building problem solving and critical thinking skills, meeting each child’s developmental needs from 6 months to 6 years old. We provide a secure, fun, caring and enriched environment that promotes learning and the development of the whole child.
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Classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards, Apple TVs, laptops and iPads, making for a stimulating environment. Other facilities include a well-equipped Performing Arts department; workrooms for Design and Technology; Language centre; science laboratories; a state-of-the-art theatre; modern secondary library; IT Services Centre; Olympic-size swimming pool with touchpad time recording equipment; tennis courts and ample playing fields. These resources support a demanding and successful academic programme. The British School Jakarta follows the Early Years Foundation Stage from the United Kingdom for children 3 to 4 years. Children in Years 1 to 6 follow the International Primary Curriculum and the Numeracy and Literacy English National Curriculum. In the Secondary School the English National Curriculum is followed for students in Years 7 to 9, the IGCSE for students in Years 10 and 11 and the International Baccalaureate programme for students in Years 12 and 13. Guided by highly qualified International and Indonesian teachers, with the emphasis on providing students with the very best educational environment, equal to any school across the world and creating happy and responsible citizens of tomorrow who share our values. We continue to inspire, challenge and nurture for excellence as we have done for the last 40 years.
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Strategies to Develop Learning Readiness Tips for Parents from Tutor Time
onventionally, the goal of traditional education system for academic success is a child’s ability to Read, wRite and aRithmetic – commonly known as the 3R’s. Therefore, teachers focus on teaching, drilling and strengthening these basic abilities enabling students to apply them when completing academic tasks. However, some modern educational research has found that a child’s competency in the 3R’s in her/his primary grades does not necessarily ensure their good academic attainment in the intermediate grades when complex abstract thinking demands more than simply using fragments of information memorized along the way. It is now thought that a successful student and lifelong learner is one who understands the importance of learning specific academic knowledge, is able to meaningfully apply that knowledge in the future and, most importantly, has gained the disposition and abilities to do so. We believe that early childhood education should set specific goals in helping a child develop the abilities, the comprehension, and the disposition required for success in the primary grades and beyond. This means that early childhood institutions should ensure adequate time for children to cultivate physical movements, to learn how the social and emotional world works, and to develop practical hands-on knowledge.
The basics of learning readiness Early childhood environments should be carefully designed to provide a wide variety of opportunities for children to explore their environment with their sight, hearing and touch. Curriculum goals should focus on making sense of a child’s concrete world by offering a variety of learning through play and hands-on exploration. In such a classroom, children will develop a broad knowledge-base which they will later build upon in elementary school and beyond. Learning readiness develops after several years of training when children: Participate in regular routines and rhythms of activity in a safe and predictable environment; Engage in multiple social and emotional experiences with peers and competent adults; Have ongoing access to variety materials that stimulate their explorations; and
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Are supported by consistent, stable adults who are emotionally invested in them. To avoid the trap of placing inappropriate expectations on children early childhood educators should understand the learning characteristics and motivations in young children. An appropriate curriculum would help young children interrelate their intrinsic motivation into learning activities through the 3I’s: Interaction - children need to relate to others; Imagination - children need to wonder and imagine, question and comprehend; and Integration - children need to combine new knowledge with earlier experiences.
Strategies to develop focus and attention in young children to promote learning readiness in their home environment Focused engagement helps young children develop lengthier and stronger attention spans. When activities, both play-based and project-based, are developed around children’s interests, the learner will be motivated and will generally concentrate for longer period.
Here are some strategies parents can try at home: Regularly reading a story on a topic of particular interest to the child is recommended. Parents might also include the child in choosing what kind of story does she/he would like to read today, and also include the child when making book shopping lists. This helps children develop focused listening skills and motivate them to expand their attention span. In-depth reading also provides children with opportunities to enhance language comprehension skills, exercise visual focus, and build basic knowledge. Gradually, parents can choose longer, more detailed texts which further expand the child’s attention span. Parents may provide unusual combinations of simple toys to stimulate children into thinking about old ideas in new ways. Parents can create a toy rotation schedule giving the child variety
in exploration. They will spend longer periods of time engaged in creative and critical thinking and in enhancing fine motor, social and language abilities. Parents are also encouraged to consistently providing physical activity and outdoor play as outlets for childrenâ€™s natural energy. In such activities, children integrate fine and gross motor skills, develop hand-eye coordination, organize ideas and practice social and language skills. Young children who are exposed to plenty of exercise are better able to focus attention on other activities. Parents may also develop their childâ€™s ability to screen out distractions by playing background music during story time and playtime. It is recommend for parents to organize play dates with other children in the same age group enabling them to engage in multiple social experiences with peers and adults. Educators and families should collaborate for appropriate expectations and avoid early childhood educational environments that focus on skill-based performance, assessment and rote learning. The basic foundation of learning readiness is creating an early childhood environment in which young children engage in appropriate handon activity and connect social, emotional, physical, and cognitive experiences through: Repeated meaningful social and distinct interactions; Multiple situations to use imagination to wonder, dream, and expand notions of the real world and complex abstract concept; and Varied opportunities to integrate play with learning experiences and link old and new knowledge.
Cindee Spies PGDE, MEd
Operational Support Manager, Tutor Time
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