14 November 2010

holy Jihad on Apple!

Still no laptop for me, so no podcasts for another few weeks at least. My extremely bad quality white macBook of 2007 is literally cracking everywhere now. Shitty apple. Wish i still had my old 12" PowerBook!! My mum is posting over my old HDD, so here's hoping i can pop it in my crackBook OK.  if not, i'll be buying a new laptop - even though the new models will come out in Feb.  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh. :-(

 our TV is still broken, and my laptop is dead - so not much news for me lately. I have to go to internet cafe to go online. Urgh.

re; my news.  I've been on 3 dates since arriving in Malang. :-)
Am having MAJOR dramas with flatmates at home. She has driven out 1 of other tenants, so my house now has an empty room! :-(  very stressed.

love you all, miss you all.

PS-  my listener line still works!  ;-)  And I have email on iPhone still.

30 October 2010

new episode, coming soon

I've been so busy lately, and when not busy am not alone!
there are millions of people in Java - and Indonesian culture is to not let people be 'sendiri' (alone). So, when I try to be alone, sit etc, by myself, I am always approached by someone.

stay tuned though!!

21 October 2010

SX010 Student Day at UMM

Enhanced podcast*- Today is "student day", so join me and 5,000 students as we march around the kampung (suburb)! It was quite a spectacle, and also very HOT. Glad we started around 7am.
I am sure I talk about some other stuff too, and get sidetracked, but I hope you enjoy the pictures on your iPod.

* this is an 'enhanced' podcast, with photos imbedded. You must listen/watch in iTunes or on your iPhone /iPod!
Right-click here to download if you like

18 October 2010

SX009 flu drugs & teaching

I have become a junkie now. Life in Indonesia has pushed me over the edge - to hard drugs! Luckily here, you can just pop into the Apotik (chemist) and ask for whatever drugs you want.  HELLO!

I also fill you in briefly on my new job, teaching English Speaking 1! Sorry for my waffle, I hope you find the little gems of info!

My battles with UMM's "efforts", at providing bahasa Indonesia classes to us, continue.  :-(

Click here to listen online, but I'd prefer you use iTunes!

17 October 2010

SX008 I'm starvin' Marvin!

I only have 2 topics in this show, and 1 of them involves me almost starving to death! Yes, I came close to going without any supper tonight (7 Oct), and you can imagine how that made me feel. :-(

I also share with the entire world, one of my student's very personal "secrets"! It was way more juicier than what I had expected from an Indonesian Muslim student to share. :-O

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08 October 2010

SX007 I'm a dozin' Dosen

Today I wax lyrical about my first few days teaching 'English Speaking 1' to all the young Indonesian students.  Most of them are either like giddy school-girls, or extremely shy.

And it wouldn't be "Indonesia" if I couldn't also tell you about the continuing chaos of my bahasa Indonesia program - yes, what I am supposed to be here for! ;-)

(recorded Thur 7/10/10)

04 October 2010

SX006 our lady Maria, LIVE in Malang

I'm singing and dancing on a prayer this weekend, after going to 1 of the big Roman Catholic Churches near the centre of Malang city. OK, well, that's not the reason why actually - but it is part of what I talk about today.

Other than Catholocism, I talk about Indonesia's obsession with Agama (religion), and have some exciting news...

I have a JOB in Indonesia now! (Can U guess what as?)

30 September 2010

SX005 moody in Malang

Everyday life in moody Malang. OK, so not moody itself, but I am moody at the moment.
I run through my day and my current thoughts on learning Indonesian at UMM... or not. The clouds are brewing over France right now, as 2 of the French girls look set to do what their government did a few years ago... drop a nuclear bomb in Australia's backyard!

Really struggling to understand and communicate with the Kos boys I live with. Yeah, they look cute at times, BUT I do also want to be able to chat to them.

Lucky I have so much cheap deep-fried fatty food to lift my spirits, and my weight. LOL

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27 September 2010

SX004 city hall & grub

>>> OK, please subscibe to this thru iTunes! I cannot insert the video into this post on slow Indonesian internet. If you don't subscribe, you're missing the actual content. Thnx <<<
Join me and 2 friends (1 is Will) as we wander briefly on the streets of Malang.

Take a walk with me around 1 of the many <strong>many</strong> restaurants near the campus, and my Kos. This style of food is from Padang (Sumatra). Where it is all out on display, and you choose what you want. This restaurant has a bigger range than usual, so great for a vegetarian like Will, - but still no BACON! :-(

This video is pretty darn short, cause of the file size upload issues in Indonesia. Perhaps that suits your attention span anyway? ;-)

ps- the internet is doing my head in. It has taken 45 minutes to upload this file (not yet finished either). urgh
   no, make that another 30 min, I had to upload again. :-(

21 September 2010

1st day of class, take 2

Well, as you may have heard in my podcast, I should've started class yesterday (Monday), but we started properly today.  Hmm.... what to say?

well firstly, as I expected, I have been put into the intermediate class. This is because I was friendly and chatty with staff on Saturday and Monday, and now they all think I can do/say/understand more than the usual tourist/intro stuff.
Today all the Darmasiswa students were there, bar 2. I chatted to a lovely guy from Thailand, whose bahasa Indonesia was probably better than mine. However, he was sent to the beginners class! :-(
There are 4 in the intermediate class: me, 2 French girls, & 1 Russian boy. Thus there'll be about 6 in the beginners class.

The real bad news however, is that we also learnt our class schedule...
We have just 3 lessons per week, for 2 hours each time!!!  Yes, just 6 hours in an entire week :-(  I think that is really crap. Will has 4-6 hours/day, every day at his Uni in Semarang. 

So, for 4 days/week, I have quite literally NOTHING TO DO. And on the other 3 days, I have nothing to do after 11am.

oh, cancel that... I DO have something to do. As the only person from an English speaking country, I am thus the sole Darmasiswa student who must 'volunteer' to teach English at the Uni.
- I will get some 'pocket money' for this apparently. I don't have any info yet on just how much I will be doing, or when etc. However; I really don't mind. Anything to meet students and make connections. ~ my tiny sweat box room, is not conjusive to just 'hanging out' in!

ps- please leave feedback on the video/podcasts.

SX003 Bieber is here!

This is an update of my first week or so in Malang. Well, the last few days especially, as I sort out my accomodation and go to (not) my first class at Uni.

My major issue is the lack of fast internet (or access), and how that is making podcasting rather difficult. Please bare with me kids.

I chuck in some cultural observations too ;-)
Opening 'music' (dare I call it that?), courtesy of bloody Justin Bieber - who is all over Indonesia sadly.

20 September 2010

SX002 Batu with Will

Will and I took an Angkot (public transport mini-bus) from my Uni campus up to Batu (further up the hill).
The very cute driver was chatting away to me as we drove up the mountain, but of course I could not understand him.  :-(  I did manage to understand that he was trying to tell me all the good places to go in/around Batu.
When we arrived, after some discussion (miracle), he offered to drive us around and show us all the sights; in the bus. It was only Rp 100,000 each (A$12). We really didn't understand where we would go, but 3 hours later we had seen heaps of great stuff!
- just love Indonesia, and the helpful people. ;-)

Mas Will really didn't want to be filmed, but I managed a few seconds of him. LOL

NBN Indonesia?

well, the NBN (National Broadband Network) may be all the rage back in Oz - at least in theory, I am finding it extremely difficult to find ANY fast internet connection in Indonesia! :-(
Right now I am in an expensive coffee shop near the campus, using their free WiFi ~  FREE, but very slow.
e.g. I have 1 game downloading in iTunes now; 354MB size, after 1hr here, it says i still have 3 hours to go.

more importantly however, is that it is also proving very difficult to upload audio and video files. The connection is so slow, it often just times out.

My well made plans are all falling apart, as I have 3 videos ready to go, but...   who knows if i will ever be able to post them.  :-(


14 September 2010

Malang at last

Finally, I am in Malang!  Actually, I arrived yesterday afternoon on the ekonomi train from Surabaya. It was just Rp 40,000 (A$5), but very crowded and hot (when it stopped moving). However, thanks to a nice Indonesian boy who carried my 2 bags (while I balanced the 26kg bag on my head), we found seats near the front of the train. It would have been a long 3 hours if we had to stand up.
Interestingly enough, Malang is just 93km from Surabaya (the 2nd biggest city in Indonesia). You can imagine then how slow, and how many times the train stopped along the way.

My biggest frustration with Indonesia so far (other than not being able to remember much language), is that I finding it impossible to get a micro-SIM for my iPhone! :-(  I am going to try again today, and perhaps go to the head office of one of the phone companies here. Unlike in Australia, the phone shops here a dime a dozen, but they are not 'official' shops owned by the Telcos. Thus I just get weird looks when I show them my micro-SIM.
(Yes, if you are wondering, there IS micro-SIMs in Indonesia. I have found info and press releases online about it).

Tomorrow, Will is visiting from Semarang. Yay!

audio/video/pictures will come later - if I can get my 'own' internet access.

12 September 2010

Trial audio via email

Hi all.
Baby baby baby oooooooh...
I am still experimenting with uploading things via email.

11 September 2010

SX001 arrived in Surabaya

I am now in Surabaya, safe n sound. I only got 1 hour sleep last night; cause I had SO much to do before I left.
On a positive note, I left Australia with all 3 rooms of my house rented. That will keep the bank away for a while!

Hungry Jacks

Just landed at Singapore airport, terminal 2. Definitely only 4* compared to new T3.

Other than some shopping at Miu Miu, I've just enough time for a Whopper arvo tea before I run to my Surabaya flight.

08 September 2010