once upon a time in the land of Java…

once upon a time in the land of Java…

It’s been two years. Say what now? I do recall almost being late for the flight to California April 4, 2011 for PC staging the day prior to my departure to Indonesia. The night before that flight, my family gathered for dinner, my close friends came over for one last goodbye, and the morning before … Continue reading

MAN up: Semester Empat (4)

MAN up: Semester Empat (4)

This post has been a long time coming so I’ll dive right in. MAN or Madrasah Aliyah Negeri OR public Islamic high school is the type of school I have geared most my energy towards for over the last year or so. After our first training ended and I was still in a constant dazed … Continue reading

Medevac Maddness in the Land of Smiles

Medevac Maddness in the Land of Smiles

Last Sunday night I sat waiting to board the plane to Surabaya. I overheard people chatting (in Indonesian) and my nervousness to board the plane and return to Indonesia subsided. It was a few Wednesdays back, three to be exact when I was on my bike headed to school in a great mood. I rode … Continue reading

indo day 516…inner band geek comes out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bppDVwPAY2Y&feature=plcp

Prior to dancing in a parade for last week’s carnival–delayed celebration for Indonesia’s Independence Day (or Kemerdekaan)–I prepared my students with a little marching band motivation…
Dressed in red and white they were beaming with nationalism and later dripping with sweat after a 4km route with a back to back dance routine. Although no fire trucks were paraded, there were unusual characters, accidental steps in horse dung, flying candy, and teams of teachers with H2O ready to hydrate! I was feeling quite nostalgic.

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it’s not about mangoes…

it’s not about mangoes…

Indoland has since heated up with the arrival of musim kemarau, dry season, and mangoes are plentiful. Ramadan and Idul Fitri celebrations came to an end and the re-start into the first school semester has official begun! Repeat into round 2…on Shuffle. I’m jazzed and already feel a slight change and it’s started with the … Continue reading

Separo Lagi: Ramadan Days #15

Separo Lagi: Ramadan Days #15

15 days into the Islamic cleansing month and 15 days left to go! My approach to each new Ramadan day is different compared to each Ramadan day that came before it. Last year I saw the 30 days as an ‘easy ticket in,’ acceptance from my new school and community and the perfect way to … Continue reading