I found these old hand-written notes of mine in a big tidy-up. I thought I’d share them before I disposed of them.
Tues 17 July 2001
||Woke up in Jakarta. Watched “Rocky 2” on TV.
||Had breakfast @ hotel
||Were picked up from hotel by “Alex”
||Flight from Jakarta to Solo.
Had Sate lunch in car & bought monitor for US$125.
Sam paid for everything, even the postage from the hotel.
||Arrived @ the School.
Immediately, Augusta, James and me set up the new PC. The hub’s going to be tricky. Will deal to it later.
Must help Augusta with library tomorrow first, before he leaves on Friday.
||Dinner with the Family, consisted of rice, fish, water cress, some Chile sauces, brown sugar cakes, iced tea, red bean buns, oranges & a rice soup. Delicious! Dinner is served promptly at 6pm.
Sam treats his servants very well, compared to South Africa, I told him. Sam posed me a very tricky question: Alex wanted to give him a 22-carat gold right with Topaz. Same wanted to know what I thought! I asked him what he would like me to think. In the end, he accepted, but told Alex bluntly that Sam is probably going to give it away.
||Spent some time on-line, but couldn’t get web browsing to work. I’m writing give myself something to do, to stay awake.
Wed 18 July 2001
A good day’s work. Spent the morning with Augusta down @ the library, installing my library database & customising it for their use: adding a Students & Lecturer module so that borrowers can be viewed, selected by combo-box.
Each day is a culinary delight. Authentic Indonesian cuisine 3x a day. They are filling me up, no problems.
Sam tried to have me on about snake meat today, but Carol can’t lie.
Thu 19 July 2001
On the reverse of this sheet is the address of Paula Tyas in Solo. Apparently it’s a main road, and easy to find. Will go to visit her soon.
Got the server connected, but had to move it back into the main office space, out of Carol’s office. Now her PC won’t connect, although it is making the hub light come on. All other PCs are now sharing a server data folder & each other’s printers.
Actually managed to surf on-line tonight, and successfully connected to my emails. Still can’t download though, which is a real blow, given the financial constraints of the telephone call.
Had problems sleeping last night, in that a mosquito got into my room. Eventually ended up with a pillow over my head.
Finished reading a good book, I Talked with Spirits. Am still reading Your Work Matters to God.
Managed to have a hot shower tonight. It really is very pleasant here & very cheap to live. If I could work here, I would live like a king. Sam & Carol have already asked if I’m interested in Kalimantan. I’ve said I’d like to see a job description. I even offered to write one from Carol’s spoken word.
Got my 1st roll of film back & into a folder. Wrote captions, too.
Friday 20 July 2001
Bought several things from Solo:
|Pepsi Cola can
|2 outfits for the boys (1xshirt, trousers & sandals each)
|2 x Babylon 5 CD
|MS Visio (for home)
|MS Office (for the STTT)
|20m RJ45 LAN cable
Fixed the cable: was a fleck of dust on one of the pins on the head of the cable. James re-strung it for me.
Missed morning prayers again (05:30). Went to eventing prayers instead. Dragged James along as my interpreter (19:00 – 21:00).
No time to email this evening: Watched Part 1 (of 4) of Dune instead.
I’ve got Rp.333,000 left of my original Rp.1,200,000. Am tossing up whether to buy VCD player vs. DVD player vs. VCD+MPEG3.
- Christine how to Mail Merge (Advanced)
- Yehezkiel how to load Lotus & save as Excel.
- Suhendar how to log in successfully to new LAN.
- Carol how to view message size in Outlook.
- Sam how to switch between laptop & external monitor.
- Augusta (yesterday, he’s gone today) how to fix laptop stuck key.
- James how to ping the server.
Augusta: nick-name is Utha.
Saturday 21 July 2001
Have just got back to my room to discover it’s sprung a leak. This unseasonably wet weather has broken through my ceiling. The time is 22:30, too late to bother the Family, so I’ll just make do with the spare bed. The reason I’m so late to bed, is because I’ve been enjoying my Babylon 5: In the Beginning VCD.
This afternoon, spent the whole afternoon at the house of James, watching the rest of Dune on his large screen TV. I prefer the solitude and control of a PC, myself.
Spent the morning with Carol, helping her to create her first ever Job Description, for the position of a Computer Trainer in Kalimantan. She will use the template for more vacancies, too. We soon realised that the position does not allow for a family to live there. Pity, another opportunity bites the dust. Lord, I have faith You have the perfect marriage of my skills, gifts & abilities with more opportunities like this one, here @ the School.
Amen. I’m not disappointed. A bit relieved, really. I can continue focussing on Mana (Information Systems Limited – my own company) for another year.
Sunday 22 July 2001
Nice, slow start to the day. Went to church @ 11:00am at the home of a Southern Baptist Missionary couple. Of course, it was in Indonesian, but James again interpreted for me. His boy Christopher is disruptive. Glad my boys aren’t that bad. This couple, the Masons, are shortly returning State-side on furlough. Met their replacements: a 30-year veteran missionary in Indonesia, who has never gone native, apparently.
After lunch, I got a ride into Solo and got dropped off at YAKKUM Central Office. (I had previously visited the Surakarta Office.) Met Paula Tyas. She took me to her village. She took me to her village. She showed me around (and I suspect showed me off). I gave Rp.100,000 to their church. I didn’t buy a Rp.200,000 chair! The 1-hour trip took 2 hours to return, because their van is not as powerful as Sam’s. But, we sang many Christian & non-Christian tunes to while away our time.
Upon my return, I discovered that someone had phoned in a bomb threat! That was interesting, but we just carried on. I’m glad my family are not here.
I watched Babylon 5: A Call to Arms on VCD. I’ve never seen this one before! I’m so happy to have it.
Good night, my love (22:07 Indonesian, 3:07am NZT).
Monday 23 July 2001
Straight after breakfast, drove back into Solo for a spot of shopping. (First of all, got up for prayers @ 5:30am.) Bought external modem so that can now move e-Vectra into Carol’s office, and she doesn’t lose her emails. Picked up 20m cable for Sam’s office. Will wire that up somehow tomorrow. Have asked for the price of a PCMCIA LAN card for Sam’s laptop.
Went back to Mata Hari for more VCA’s, but couldn’t see anything I liked. Think I cought a cold from the car’s air conditioning, blowing down on my forehead. Tried to have a sleep after lunch. Managed to sleep in the car on the way back to School.
Watched my Matrix VCD. Nothing much else left to do. Everything’s in place. Sill no-one around the office for me to help. Gotta remember to wear trousers around the office, to help maintain the professional image.
I just took a good look at myself in the mirror, and I’m getting fatter, not thinner, being here. No exercise. Not good. Will fast tomorrow.
Bought post-cards in town. Came home and wrote one for each member of my family.
Bought a CD with Exchange Server 2000, but unfortunately, it requires Windows 2000 Server, which it didn’t come with. So, I cannot enable internal email and auto-dialup and automatic internet email forwarding and proxy server to enable all PCs (including Sams laptop) to browse the web through Carol’s new external V.90, 56kb modem. I was looking forward to doing all that, but perhaps it is not meant to be. After all, the “Amazing Networking” CD on cost Rp17,500 (NZ$4.00!).
Tues 24 July 2001
Skipped prayers & breakfast. Helped Carol with various, small computer-related problems. Started new database for Suhendar Ong, to receipt Students fees. Over-sought (over-saw?) installation of new cable from the hub to Sam’s office. Went to Solo. Bought MS Windows 2000 Server. Bought more VCD’s.
Came back. Watched Star Gate.
Emailed Russell, Steve & Fiona.
Paula rang again. Will try to see her again. Thursday @ 10:00am @ YAKKUM Office.
Fasted lunch. I’m still fat.
Wed 25 Jul
Sam went away. 7 hours East. Ministry. I was sad to see him go.
Email from my wife cheered me up.
Completed data entry & 1 report for Suhendar’s DB. Will need to train him on it tomorrow, and adjust the report for the pre-printed line-form paper, when it arrives.
Visited Ambon Children’s Refuge. Met Jimmy. He told me his testimony. Very powerful. Watched his sister get murdered. Jesus prevented him from attempting to take revenge.
- “SG” with Carol.
- “Analyze This” by myself in the office.
- “Unbreakable” until mid-night
I have decided that since I have finished all my pre-set work, I am therefore on holiday.
Thu 26 Jul
Work up late for breakfast (not to mention, prayers @ 5:30).
I was going to help Christine with some computer questions she had, but instead I took the opportunity to catch a ride into Solo, with Betty & Nocke. They went to pay the rent on the 3 children’s homes. I went to see Paula Tyas for the last time at YAKKUM. She said we couldn’t go to see Rusdiyanto because the situation over in Kartasura was too dangerous for her.
So, I helped a few people with a few computer problems. I really could make a huge profit and live like a king in this country with my training, skills & knowledge. Lord, what is your plan for me?
Had lunch, visited another Ambon Children’s home, then back to the School. Another lunch awaited me. James was back (he had gone with Sam, but wasn’t needed, so got sent back).
I wrote some more for Suhendar’s DB. Had a shower. Had dinner, this time with Carol (first time together at a meal today, unusual). After dinner, I watched some VCDs with James:
- Enemy of the State (review)
- The Waterboy (view)
Fri 27 July
Woke @ 6:30am. Missed prayer meeting, but in time for breakfast this time. Worked a little bit in the office. Decided didn’t have enough time to complete Suhendar’s database. James came and took me to the gardens next door. Paid Rp2,000 each (US$0.20 = NZ$0.50). it was worth about that much. Not much to see nor do. It’s a picnic spot, with some really grotty chldren’s swings and stuff. They were emptying the pool, which looked unhygienic anyway.
Went back to my room to read. Some more Bible. Nearly finished my textbook, too. Will finish it tonight. Had lunch. After lunch, had a nap. Woke up at 3pm. Jimmy was here to take me to the waterfall, as arranged 2 days ago. The walk down took me past a line of trees, from which monkeys were freely roaming onto human habitats. I didn’t realise, it cost Jimmy Rp3,000 x 4 people. He wouldn’t let me pay him back. He said he wanted to bless me. The four people were me, Jimmy, Wawan (the bus driver from yesterday) and Sam (Nocke’s youngest son). It was a big trek back up the stairs after my swim.
Helped Carol with some more computer, then it was dinner time. I said grace. “Puji Tuhan, Terimah kesih okuna mekanan. Amen.”
After dinner, James came around one last time, to watch “The X-Men” on VCD. He had a special limited edition. Extra scenes. Glad I’ve seen it. Glad I didn’t go to the movies. Wrote & sent email.