A Perfect Sunday. Green Love A’Fair

Well, a week has already passed since I started writing this post so before more time slips away, let me get back to it because…. Woooooooah…. this was just the perfect way to spend a Sunday… the way I have dreamed about for years… the way I never thought was possible in Jakarta!

The things I really miss the most while living here are clean open spaces, trees, being able to enjoy the outdoors… and grass… yes….GRASS!. Real grass you can stand on and feel between your toes, grass for kids to roll around in and play on… grass to have adventures on and feel the earth beneath. So often we are stuck indoors, in malls, at home.. wherever there is air conditioning to escape the heat.. and it quickly gives me the feeling of cabin fever and I need to escape and be outside. So this event was amazing all round.  It was the first trial run and held in Como Park in Kemang which was absolutely gorgeous.  There were beanbags, rugs on the ground, funky furniture to chill out in and gorgeous floral table arrangements everywhere.  The music was perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon, sipping on wine, checking out the bazaar, surrounded by delicious healthy food and laughing.. and watching the kids play outdoors.  It was pet friendly so there were dogs of all shapes and sizes also adding to the fun atmosphere.

Although we missed the morning session of Charity Yoga and Flower crown making, Samudra had fun making pizza to cook in the little brick community oven.  There were lots of activities to keep the kids occupied, like painting bricks, decorating cupcakes and more.  It was only due to the dark clouds that appeared late in the afternoon that we decided it would be best to leave with the kids.  This meant that we missed Mikey Moran’s DJ set which I was really looking forward to… but I will beg if I have to for them to do this again as it was so much fun…. Of course those that created Gojek would be behind yet another brilliant idea that we can’t live in Jakarta without! Next time I’ll suggest some moonlight cinema on the grass also if we can find a way to keep the evening mozzies away.

Keep your eyes and ears open for any future events. WE.LOVED.IT!!!!!! @greenloveafair.jkt

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Arriving to the sweet surprise of the great outdoors!

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Gorgeous floral table settings

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Love the clean, green, open space!

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Playing with his balloon

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These two are so fun together

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Samudra with a gorgeous haunted house sugar cookie…

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Anais taking a break

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I couldn’t keep him away!

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Samudra’s favourite cookies again

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The small brick community oven for baking pizza

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Making mini pizzas

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The area was so beautiful decorated

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Enjoying the tunes and atmosphere

St Patrick’s Society Halloween Party

What a super fun way to start the Halloween celebrations! To be honest, I’ve never celebrated Halloween before in my life but after Samudra has been learning about it at school and seeing decorations out in the malls and supermarkets, he has been so excited to go trick or treating that it made me get into the spirit also.

We met up with a group of our gorgeous friends beforehand and all got dressed up in our costumes together, and the kids started early on eating their ‘treats’ before we packed them squealing into the cars and off we headed to BWA House in Pejaten.

The BWA House looked so gorgeous with all the spooky decorations everywhere, and the kids had such a great time running around together exploring.  There were fun activities in the different rooms for the kids to do and get stamps and collect prizes at the end… like pin the wart on the witches nose, apple dunking, magic show and more.. but what Samudra was most excited about was the big collection of dinosaurs in the toy room!

I loved being able to sit back, enjoy a glass of wine with good friends and watch the chaos around me as the kids ran around laughing and playing and hitting the pinata and almost getting trampled to pick up lollies from the floor!

We were so surprised and happy also to win a gorgeous IKEA kids drawing table and chairs in the raffle.. what an awesome prize and a great way to top off the evening.

Thanks so much to St Patrick’s Society and BWA House for organising such a great party for the kids (& adults!), for the goodie bags and a spooky fun start to Halloween..

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Trick or treat

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Getting ready to party together

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Little Monsters

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Devils ready to party

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The Happy Halloween gang

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BWA Halloween Party

Pumpkin from the carving competition

Pumpkin from the carving competition

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Time for the Magic Show

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So engrossed in watching the show

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My little pumpkin

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Scary phonebox… thanks for the great party!

Staycation in Bogor

Although we have been doing a fair bit of travel lately, it’s always good to get away for the weekend with the three of us to enjoy some time together away from home and the office (which is also located at home!).

We decided at the last minute to take a break and head to Bogor yet again as it’s the easiest option for heading out to some greenery and fresh air to our favourite staycation hotel – Novotel Bogor…. but.. shock horror! When we went to book online the hotel was already completely full.. waaaaah! Well, what can you expect when you try to book late on a Friday night for arrival on the same night but we were still keen to get away.

Every time we have been to Novotel we have watched the construction of a new Ibis Styles Hotel going up and I wondered who on earth would want to stay there when the Novotel is right next door? but as it turns out… we stayed there! It was definately a cheaper option and the rooms were all clean and everything is still brand new and sparkling.  Our room was simple and colourful and the best part? Our window overlooked the trees at Novotel next door! So although we stayed at Ibis, we still walked next door and enjoyed the benefits of staying at Novotel – the kids play room, kids park, Mahoni cocktail bar for drinks with gorgeous friends who we happened to run into that were also enjoy staycations away from Jakarta.

Of course we also headed to Kuntum Nurseries in the morning as is obligatory every time we head to Bogor. I will never tire of the place, as it’s always expanding and changing and all the kids absolutely love feeding the animals and petting them there. They are definately the most well fed animals I have seen in Indonesia and all seem happy where they are.

This trip we also found another great option for kids to exert some energy, and this happened by accident as I wanted to use the bathroom and so we pulled into Lippo Mall Bogor.  As it turns out, there is a fairly new and brightly coloured great indoor playground for kids, Kidzoona.  Of course we had to go in and try it and ended up staying an hour exploring which wasn’t enough for Samudra, but we wanted to get back out to the fresh air.  It was so much fun!

The weekend flew by way too quickly, but at least we got our fill of the outdoors and got to return to Jakarta feeling refreshed and ready to face another week of craziness.

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Walking through the chicken enclosure

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Feeding the sheep

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Carrots for the rabbits

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Attempting to give a calf a bottle

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Hanging out with bapak by the water

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A school excursion arrives to feed the lambs

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So many baby guinea pigs in the huge enclosure

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The kids play areas at Zidzoona – complete with uniforms, cash registers and play money

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Samudra cooking in the kitchen

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Toy vegetable shopping for more cooking

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Games area which also includes kids games on iPads

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Here comes the policeman!

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The most amazing ball section! We had so much fun all playing in here together

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Our room at Ibis Styles Hotel, overlooking Novotel Bogor

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Playing with the buffalo statues at Novotel

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Playground at Novotel

Exploring nature in Bogor

Exploring nature in Bogor

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Look what I found mumma!

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Wanting to eat the plants! Why won’t he eat vegetables instead?

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Examining the trees

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Bunny ears

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We don’t want to go home!

Dufan Dunia Fantasi Ancol

Earlier this year, we decided to have a staycation in Jakarta for the long weekend for a change of scenery from the home office and also for the fact that we love exploring!

We set off in the car not really having any plan of where to go, and randomly ended up staying at Novotel in Mangga Dua as we decided that it may be fun to spend a day visiting Ancol with Samudra, and Novotel was the closest location as all hotels inside the complex were already fully booked.

We were up bright and early the next day and made the short trip across to Ancol and headed straight to Dufan Dunia Fantasi. We arrived to incredibly long queues as half of Jakarta apparently had the same bright idea as us. I had a moment of wishing I could get back into the cool air conditioning in the car before Putra decided we should go inside and buy VIP tickets as there was no line at all.. brilliant! For a very reasonable extra charge you can purchase a VIP ticket, which gives access to a VIP room with air conditioning and couches to take a break and a little play area for toddlers. It also gives you access to the VIP line at all rides and as there were very few people in these lines, if at all any, it meant that we didn’t wait long at all to go on anything we chose, which I was extremely grateful for in the heat as everyone else was queuing for hours.

Unfortunately due to Samudra’s age we weren’t able to go inside many of the themed areas like the Ice Age Arctic Adventure, but we still had a great time walking around. Dunia Fantasi opened in 1985 and most areas look like they haven’t been updated since, and I think that’s what gives the place it’s charm. It looks like an old school theme park with lots of retro looking rides and it seems to be very popular with the locals.

My favourite ride was Istana Boneka (Doll Castle) with Samudra and I loved his enthusiasm pointing at all the (somewhat eerie) dolls as we slowly moved through the tunnel on our little boat for the 15 minute ride. The dolls inside were dressed in traditional costumes from all around the world and the settings were so bright and colourful. I had to laugh as we neared the end and finally we saw the sign for Australia, and there were no dolls at all! After seeing costumes from each country, it appears that Australia has no traditional dress, only a few kangaroos, sheep and a koala!

The boys went out on the paddle boats, we walked through Rumah Miring (the slanted house), rode the carousel, ate ice-creams and explored all the grounds before the heat got too much for us and we decided to leave in search of food.

It’s definately a funny place to visit, maybe more fun for slightly older kids, as there are more rides available for them to go on and they can go inside the Hello Kitty world and Ice Age Adventures areas.

I would recommend going outside of any long weekends if possible to avoid the queues, but otherwise definately purchase yourself a VIP ticket and go exploring!

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Greeted by a green frog

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I love this traditional carousel – Turannga Rangga

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Ice Age statues

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Bianglala ferris wheel

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Samudra’s favourite… dinosaur!

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Kora kora ride

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Hello penguins

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This ride looked like great fun

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Space bird ride

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Help me Samudra!

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Istana Boneka

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The crazy long line for the Istana Boneka boat ride

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Getting ready to go inside the tunnel in the boat

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Dolls in costumes from around the world

Dolls in costumes from around the world inside Istana Boneka

So much colour travelling through the waterways

Dolls in costumes from around the world inside Istana Boneka

Apparently Australia has no traditional dress.. just animals

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Paddle boats

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Riding the carousel

Saying Goodbye to Lovely Friends

On my birthday last year, we had a crazy busy day at work and I was desperate to get out of the office/house, so in the evening we decided to go for a quick bite and drink at Amigo’s in Kemang.  I’m not sure what made me choose that location as we rarely ever go there, but it seems it was meant to be.

We were sitting down eating when a lovely couple arrived in the restaurant with their gorgeous blonde boy who looked to be the same age as Samudra.  We got chatting and they said they recognised me from somewhere and it turns out they had found this blog while they were overseas deciding whether to move to Jakarta or not.  Somehow this blog had made them think that Jakarta wouldn’t be a bad place to live.. and from then a lovely friendship began.

Mat is the only man I have ever met that would enthusiastically organise play dates with groups of mums while his lovely wife Tanja was at the office… What a brave man!  We had some really fun catch ups and it was so great getting to know their little family for the past year.  As it goes for the life of expats, stays in each posting have expiry dates, and we were sad to say goodbye to them recently as the time they were here just flew by and there was so much more time I would have loved to spend with them.

So until the stars align and we cross paths again, here’s some photos for our dear friends Mat, Tanja and Sam. Thank you so much for coming into our lives and we miss your beautiful faces here in Jakarta.

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Sam in the water play area at Playground Kemang

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Sam braving the big slide

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Endless summer fun

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Playing in the small pool

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Where did Samudra’s dinosaur go?

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There’s the dinosaur!

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Samudra loving the fountains

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At a gorgeous little cafe in Kemang

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Playing a traditional Indonesian game

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What are you doing Sam?

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One last play date

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Super cute friends

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Playing with the wooden clock

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Playing together

 

My Baby Turned THREE!

I remember back three years ago, sitting in the bedroom alone with Samudra screaming uncontrollably yet again, myself in tears, and thinking those days would never pass.  Everyone kept saying that they grow so quickly, that time goes way too fast, and to enjoy every moment while they’re babies as it doesn’t last long…. at that time I didn’t believe a word they were saying.

Fast forward three years… THREE YEARS.. and I’m wondering where those years went, it definately went far too quickly and my baby is already a little boy and off to school (playgroup).  Packing his gym uniform on Thursdays and I wonder where my little helpless baby went, already he’s talking so much, having so much fun playing with all his friends, and having loads of adventures with me.

I wasn’t planning on having a party, but then when I found out his bestie Yaya would be in town from Bangkok, I decided we needed to have a celebration and a chance for Samudra to play with all his friends at home as I haven’t hosted any play dates all year due to a crazy work schedule.

Every late afternoon that I possibly can, I take Samudra out through the side complex gate and out into the kampung where he has hundreds of friends wanting to play with him. They run around like crazy laughing and if we’re there on time, we jump onto the kereta mini with all the other local kids and mums and go for a ride around the narrow kampung streets, singing Indonesian songs and having fun.  As it’s Samudra’s favourite thing to do, I asked whether the kereta mini could actually come inside our complex to drive Samudra’s friends around for his birthday, so all his little friends could have a real Indonesian kids experience… and I’m glad I did! It was so much fun, even if it was incredibly hot going around the complex in the middle of the day.

We decorated the house with balloons and Lego banners that I quickly drew up, the house filled with great friends and beautiful kids and we had such an awesome (if not hectic!) morning at home celebrating.  I feel so incredibly blessed to have met so many lovely people here in Jakarta, many of whom I have been friends with since our kids were babies, and I am so happy to have each and every one of them in my life. I also feel blessed for the new friends that I have the opportunity to meet through the simple fact that we are all parents in Jakarta trying to figure out life in this crazy city.

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone that came and celebrated, and to those that couldn’t make it, thanks for being a part of the journey with us.  Life is definately filled with craziness once kids come into the equation, the tears, tantrums, sleepless nights, but also the amazing gift of love and belly laughs and exploring the world together. I love it and wouldn’t change a thing.

Happy Birthday my gorgeous little Samudra. Thanks for making sure that life is never dull and for filling my heart with a love I never knew was possible.

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THANK YOU for all the gorgeous birthday gifts!!

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Escaping for some quiet and cozy time in the ball pit. Love these two together so much.

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Kaka Iren is the first little friend to arrive

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The house is starting to fill up and Putra is into the beers!

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Loading up the Kereta Mini at home

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Singing along to Cicak Cicak di Dinding.. Happiness

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Mumu and Yaya reunited at last

 

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Bowo filming us riding around

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Cuddles for his bestie

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The second round of kids loading up for the ride

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Delicious cakes by Dita and Lego decorations by me

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The specially made Lego birthday cake

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Happy Birthday our beautiful boy

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Anais playing with Duplo

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Everyone’s gone so playing with his new animals

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Kaka Qheylla and Samudra whizzing around the loungeroom on a new bike in the evening

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Our attempt at a group photo!

AIS Family Fun Day

It’s Monday again and what a fun weekend we had catching up with friends, going to the zoo, getting spontaneous tattoos, celebrating the birthday of a super lovely friend and hanging out at AIS Family Fun Day.  After a lovely early afternoon eating cakes and hanging out with good friends, we packed the car full of kids and set off on the short journey to AIS.

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Australian School in Jakarta and the school grounds in Kemang were full of people celebrating and hanging out together.  After the massive storm and flooding the night before, I wasn’t sure it would still go ahead, but as usual, the sun came out and dried the ground and it ended up being a perfect afternoon chilling out.

The outdoor corridor was lined with stalls selling gorgeous homewares, kids books and knick knacks, delicious food, kids activities and more.  Due to the crowds I didn’t get the chance to look all around the school or even visit the play equipment, but instead we parked ourselves on a nice part of the grass area and enjoyed a few glass of wine and snacks while watching all the super talented kids performing up on stage.  A little slice of Australia in Jakarta, having a picnic on the lawn, is such a rare treat and such a beautiful way to spend the day.

It was lovely to see so many familiar faces and I’m so glad we stayed until the end this year to watch the fireworks! Samudra loved it!

I’m already looking forward to going again next year!

Happy 20th Anniversary AIS.

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Happy Birthday to the gorgeous Shweta

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Kids having a fun time hanging out together

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Our car was packed with kids!

 

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Picnic on the grounds at AIS

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The students doing traditional dancing on stage

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Super cute little besties

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I love these two together. The gorgeous Anais and Arlo.. has a nice ring to it too!

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Hanging with my favourite boy

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Gorgeous Jill and Anais

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Singing Michael Jackson up on stage. Loved this kid!

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Young boys enjoying the performance

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Such a fun day

 

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Beautiful Simone and Arlo. Happy 7 Years in Jakarta!

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Getting ready for a tug of war

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Now for the next round!

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Finishing up with beautiful fireworks

Love Dinosaurs?

Until recently, I had only visited Taman Mini once or twice before in the six years I have been living here.  Once was to go to a Family Gathering with Samudra’s nenek for her work at Snow Bay water park when Samudra was still a little baby, and the other time was pre Samudra to have a very quick look around.  I thought it was just a mini Indonesia with housing from each of the provinces that would take hours to walk around so never really looked around properly.

That was before Samudra and I joined our friends for the play date at Dunia Inline Skating.  What was intended as a quick catch up in the morning for some skating fun, ended with us spending almost a whole day at Taman Mini exploring and we all had so much fun!  We deliberated about whether to go to the Bird Park or somewhere else but I had just heard there was a new Dino Park and wanted to take Samudra, and then everyone decided it would be a good idea to go together.

After eating our lunch we headed to Taman Legenda and were greeted out the front by a big dinosaur which some of the kids were scared of which was fair enough… all they could see was those big scary teeth and not the guys legs in clear view infront of the Dino costume.. but Samudra was so happy to see a DINO!!

After some confusion about the cost and wristbands to enter the park which contained the Dino Park, we made our way inside and it was so awesome!  The whole park is very new and the gardens around the Dino section are like a big jungle, with mechanical dinosaurs scattered around, roaring and swaying.  Again they were a little scary for some of the kids and they do look very life like, but if you have a little dino fanatic they will love this place.  At the end of the path there is a sandpit where kids can dig for dino bones, or choose to run around the path again.

We loved it so much that Putra and I took Samudra back again last weekend and then went exploring around the whole park as during our play date we had to leave because the skies opened up with heavy rain cutting our play date short.

Inside the park that contains the Dino area, there is a huge ferris wheel, lots of space to run around, a small animal enclosure where you can pay Rp. 10,000 to feed some rabbits or goats.  There is also a carousel, a couple of other rides and best of all… a little waterpark! This is a great way to cool off after skating, or exploring Taman Mini and because it is new, it is still clean and lovely!  The whole park is still being finished but it’s another great way to spend some time with the little ones for something different and outdoors.

Happy Exploring!

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Arriving at Taman Legenda

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Samudra got so excited seeing this sign!

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Quick! run before the Dino soaks you…

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Checking the dinosaurs with Azzam

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Wow Samudra look over there!

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Such a fun little jungle to explore

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Some of these were a little too realistic and scary for some kids

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Such a beautiful setting in this park

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Look what’s hatching!

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Digging up dinosaur bones

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Feeding the baby bunnies

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…and the big ram

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Samudra cruising around on the bike with bapak

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Making new friends in the restaurant

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Cooling off in the waterpark

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Such a great spot to hang out on the weekend

Get Your Skates On!

Lately I’ve been feeling uninspired and stuck as to what to do with Samudra in our limited spare time together as we always seem to end up doing the same things every chance we can, and I really like to be able to mix things up a little whenever we can.  As much as I enjoy going to the mall every now and then and taking Samudra to the indoor play centres inside, it inevitably ends up with me returning home with bags of goods I don’t really NEED and or necessarily WANT, but in the moment that I see them beneath the shiny mall lights, I feel I MUST have them in that moment to somehow make my life complete!  I love taking Samudra to Playground Kemang and doing as many outdoor activities as possible to let him run wild, and that’s why I loved our play date catch up at Dunia Inline Skate so much.

We met up for a weekend play date and it just so happened there were literally hundreds of little school marching bands holding a competition on the same day.  We weaved our way through a sea of colourful costumes, drums and xylophones, screaming and laughter and finally made it up to the red shipping container which is the counter for Inline Skating.  Samudra insisted on bringing his little blue fold up bike which he incidentally received for his birthday from the awesome owners of Dunia Inline Skate Park, Tommy & Fithri, and proceeded to push his way around the skate track despite the bike being way too small for him these days.

The kids had so much fun running, pushing bikes, riding scooters, and learning to skate around the track and we ended up spending hours there which was so lovely.  Even the brave mumma’s put on some skates and learnt to skate in the blazing sunshine.  Treen and I both had roller skates when we were little which we used to roll around the verandah on at home and up and down our long dark hallway, and then I bought a pair of roller blades which I wore around the streets of London with my flatmates, but haven’t put wheels to my feet in the many years since.  I think I have too much fear in me now that I’m that much older and will break my bones if I fall, but it looks so fun!  Maybe I’ll be braver next time!

There are skates for hire at the track, or you can bring your own, or even buy your own in the shop, and book yourself in for a lesson with the awesome and super friendly instructors.  And once the little ones have tired of going around the track, there’s grass inside the track to kick a ball around in or just run around and have fun in.

Thanks Tommy, Fithri and Azzam for having us all!

The kids certainly had a great time together and we had a lot of laughs before exploring Taman Mini further..but more on that adventure later!

Check out the skate park at :
Dunia Inline Skate Berlokasi di Kompleks Keong Emas Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Jakarta Timur
(Located very close to Gate 3 TMII)
Phone :  021.9025.7282 / 0858.1331.6534
Opening hours :  Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 18:00pm Sunday 06:00 am – 18:00pm Monday : Closed
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Samudra so happy to finally have somewhere outdoors to ride his now tiny bike

 

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Samudra and Azzam doing laps

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Kicking the ball around

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Back to more laps again.. I have never seen Samudra so active!

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Great friends and an awesome fun play date!

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Kat putting on roller blades for the first time

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…and loving it! and mastering it after 1 lap!

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Kicking the ball with kaka Kayla

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Crazy kids

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The lovely Fithri & super sporty Azzam

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Everyone doing laps of the track

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Cheryl & Rangga looking so sweet going around

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Thanks for a great time!

Loving Kidspace in Pondok Indah

Somehow half the year has already passed by and due to work commitments and most kids already going to preschool, both Samudra and I have been missing our regular catch ups with the Yummy Mummies.  Last month I finally had a day off so we arranged to meet at Kidspace in Pondok Indah for somewhere new and loved it!

What a great space this is with so much to keep the kids entertained with all the different areas to play in and explore.  There is a Tot Spot for little ones from 6-18 months, and the other play spaces are for kids ranging from 1 to 12 years old.  The Aquadium is a water play area which was a hit with the little ones, and after completely saturating themselves, they ran off to explore the rest of the building, digging in the Sandium, climbing up the Paperclip Climber, and building with the huge Imagination blocks.  There was duplo and telephones to play with, equipment to climb over and slide down and the obligatory ball pit found in every indoor play centre in Jakarta.

The only negative for Kidspace was there was nothing in the little cafe that Samudra could eat with his super fussy tastes, so I know to bring our own snacks for our next visit.

It was so lovely to finally see some mummies again and to see how much the kids have grown in the past few months and Samudra had a great time catching up with old friends and meeting new little ones too.

I’m looking forward to hopefully finding more time for play dates in the next few months and will definately have Kidspace on the list as a place to go back to.

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Samudra and Layla were inseparable for their first time playing together

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The Paperclip climber for kids 3-12 years old

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Always fun in the ball pit for the little ones

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Samudra getting busy with the big blue blocks

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Samudra and I had fun playing with the Imagination Blocks making him a magic machine

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Thanks for running around and playing with Samudra all morning