Archive for October, 2005

A new home in the stars

October 21, 2005

Moved into the new house ten days ago, my fourth house since I got to Indonesia. After that first sleep-deprived week in Jogja, my laptop crashed and nearly died the morning of the move. Between work, setting up the house, and exploring, it took more than a week to get communications back up and running. But anyway, here’s the house:

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October 21, 2005

I guess this is what Americans would call townhouse, but the nice thing is the houses in this development aren�t cookie-cutter; they�re all different, and differently quirky. — master bedroom on the right, beside the door. 2 beds and a �bath� upstairs. Only been up there twice – to open windows and put sheets on the guest bed for guests soon to come. Upstairs is primarily for sucking up the warm air and spitting it out the windows. The house is nearly ideally temperate when the doors and windows are open. . The bedrooms are big, with a nice tall wardrobe and AC or ceiling fans, and I sleep like a baby. It�s a cool house, and oh so cheap. It will easily sleep six more people, so come on over!

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October 21, 2005

a quiet planning morning, working from home until the car gets here.

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October 21, 2005

the surprisingly attractive and friendly back patio, seen from the �servants� wing. The mattress is really for guests: my local friends often prefer the floor, and the outdoors. That said, I�ve fallen asleep on it myself. The staircase leads to an outdoor laundry area.

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October 21, 2005

Unlike Jakarta, Jogja cools off beautifully in the evenings, but it�s a good 7 or 8 degrees hotter during the day, and I�ve decided to forgo the t-shirt, dress shirt and tie in favor of the ligheter and airier Batik dress clothes that Jogja is famous for. Heck if the country�s President wears silk batik for formal ceremonies, I can use them as dresswear on university campuses! So here�s one of them, just home from work listening to the rain thundering down�

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October 21, 2005

�and checking out the drainage system – this plant (and others which may line the patio wall) has it very good, catching the rain pouring off the roof.

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October 21, 2005

self-evident, but family can see they travel with me everywhere�

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October 21, 2005

that�s the kitchen way over there. It also opens onto the servant�s wing and patio, so the feeling of the place really is like luxurious camping�

which means it�s a good thing I�ve gotten over the creature-issue.

Since fumigating the place, the cockroaches haven�t reappeared for 5 days, except to roll over and die.

But I have seen significantly-sized centipedes, 1 small brunette rodent (in and out of the house), and several flies, all of whom feel as free and at home here as I do. It�s kinda cute.

Except for the flies.

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October 21, 2005

the �camping� concept extends to the bathrooms.

This is the master bathroom, ensuite with the master bedroom. AFTER improvements. Note that the shower head is now positioned over the bathtub. This is one of the improvements. The hot water tank is now electric, which means I�m able to mix the cold water in with it. The previous gas heater shut off when trying to mix cold water – so one could scald oneself or chill oneself. That�s the other improvement. There won�t be anymore.

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October 21, 2005

This is the 2nd best bathroom. It�s not getting any improvements.