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A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to Jakarta, Indonesia
Moving-to-Jakarta
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
My advice is to get on the internet and learn all you can about neighborhoods and available housing. Try to communicate with people already living here to survey their housing situation. Select your neighborhood based on convenient drive to work and school. Use a reputable agent, or better yet, use many agents. Be firm about your requirements so you aren't dragged to the listings they are pushing, but the properties that meet your needs. Visit your prefered property at noon or 3 p.m. to hear how loud is the local mosque's call to prayer (because you don't want to discover this on your first night in the house when the 4 a.m. call is made!). Highly recommend having a housing audit (electric, plumbimg, mechanical) before signing a contract, and get a maintenance contract from a vendor of your chosing, not the owner. In this city, it is more the rule than the exception, that having maintenance done after the owner had been paid is an exercise in frustration. (Continue)
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My family and I lived in Joplin for nrleay 20 years. I taught at West Central and the Joplin Schools Gifted Center (housed at Memorial Middle School). My husband operated Joplin Cash Register. Both of our children attended Joplin schools and graduated from Joplin High School. We lived in Wildwood, south of Joplin and attended First Presbyterian Church. I moved to Loveland following my husband's death to be closer to my family. I have many, many friends and former students in Joplin. I was able to spend last week in Joplin volunteering with the Adopt-a-Classroom Program. Although the devastation is beyond words, I am confident Joplin will recover. Joplin is in my heart and in my prayers.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Royal Buckingham Institution in Jakarta, Indonesia
Review-of-Royal Buckingham Institution
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The academic facilities and the lecturers are of high morale scruples, however the extra curricular activities takes place in hotels and island resorts. (Continue)
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Sometimes it is difficult to determine the right school for your child. However after my discussion with the principal of Royal Buckingham International School. I am confident with the progress
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I agree, Royal Buckingham International School Jakarta being a new international school are providing the right facilities and proper teaching aids, with the backing of an international curriculum. I registered both my children in that school
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Netherlands International School in Jakarta, Indonesia
Review-of-Netherlands International School
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Small school but nice playground and swimmingpool. Ok range of extra curricular activities, fom piano to tae kwondo. (Continue)
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This is bull. the new principal fixed up the school. My children's scores went through the roof with the new teaching methods. There was corruption in the PTA thats why it had to be dictated. The school has really come back to its prime. The buildings have been redone, the system fixed up, new more qualified international teachers have been hired. School has never been better.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Jakarta, Indonesia
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Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
For wives...NO MATTER HOW YOUNG YOU ARE, Sugar Daddies are extremely sought after... so if you don't have a rock solid marriage, Jakarta may not be the destination for you. If you are going to employ a nanny or housemaid, get someone more mature & already married & preferably someone who has worked for expats for many years.

For husbands...if you think you can get away with "a girlfriend," think again. The type of Indonesian girls who find "sugar Daddies" have more than one at a time, they are interested in your money, not you. It is not unusual to hear of "girlfriends" turning up at family homes to let the wife know of her existence if she thinks he will divorce his wife & marry her. When you marry an Indonesian girl, you inherit all her family, their problems & monetary needs.

Don't become an ugly expat. Treat your staff & new found friends with respect & dignity & they will do their utmost to make your stay in their country one of the happiest experiences of your life. Leave if you don't like it here, but don't think you are better than the locals (no matter their social position)...you are not, you are just different & had a different upbringing (not always a better one!). (Continue)

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I think the people who are offended by this report, regarding Indonesian women, who develope relationships with married men, are missing the point. The point is that the men are married. The author does not claim that all Indonesian/expat relationships are based on money, nor does she say that all Indonesian women are immoral and desire a foreign sugar daddy. She is specifically addressing a situation, which undeniably exists, where women have pursued married men in the hope that they will benefit financially. That these scenerios exist in Jakarta is a fact. i have witnessed many women flirt with my (married) father, and even proporsition him, right in front of my face. However,In a country with high levels of poverty, this is somewhat understandable, and I don't feel any enmity towards the women at all. I also feel that if a married man falls into such a relationship he is equally to blame, if not more, than the woman, as he is taking advantage of his position, of financial security, over a woman who may be acting out of desperation. Again, this only refers to the relationships born out of cheating, and is in no way a commentary on all Indonesian/expat relationships. I know of many that are based on real love and companionship. To the lady who attacked the author as being 'low and shallow' as well an arrogant European woman, your statements reflect just as much racial prejudice and ignorance as that which you claim to be offended by.
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What a thoroughly refreshing, honest and pleasant report!! You do understand what expat life is about! Do keep telling other people your truths! rgds, GJ de Beer (Indonesia 1974-75) France
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Expat Report Review of The New Zealand International School in Jakarta, Indonesia was published
Review-of-The New Zealand International School
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Limited. Not of an international standard like Jakarta International School or British International School. Bare basics. (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of British International School Jakarta in Jakarta, Indonesia
Review-of-British International School Jakarta
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Best facilities a parent can ask for. The campus at Bintaro opened in 1994 & is set in the middle of playing fields away from local traffic. There is an Olympic sized pool as well as shallow toddler pool for the youngest students (FS2 get swimming lessons twice a week!). There are several soccer/rugby fields & several tennis courts. The outside/inside play facilities for younger children in Primary are excellent & include a "soft-play" room. Extracurricular activities after school start at year 2. From year 1 the 5th lesson on Tuesdays is personal choice & range from soccer/golf to computer/religious studies & everything in between. There is the absolutely fantastic BIS WORLD THEATRE which is only a few years old. It not only hosts the children's professionally produced plays but also world class productions visiting Jakarta.

A brand new secondary school library opened just last year & there is also Busters Cafe, where parents can meet for cappuccino or wait for their kids. Free WI-FI nearly everywhere on campus.

BIS Jakarta also takes part in the FOBISSEA tournaments, including music. They have a fantastic music dept with a great student Gamelan group & traditional drumming group (which has played at The St. Andrew's Ball, Jakarta), BIS rock band, BIS orchestra.

ICT even for the youngest students. The school has invested heavily in PC & MAC in all classes including for 3 year olds.

Modern languages, technology & sciences have their own buildings.

There is a school nurse office for each sector of the school. Primary & secondary IB. (Continue)

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how about the enrollment?
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to Jakarta, Indonesia
Moving-to-Jakarta
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Actual move:

1) Know how far & how much will the company be providing. If private, then Expat Relocation Company is the best company. They also do the maintenance and the middle man between the landlord and you. Less hassle from your part. They always get their job done. The owners are expats and they make sure service is always satisfactory.

Choosing a neighborhood:

1) The very first thing is to know whether the area is high enough not to get flooded.

2) Know your neighborhood. Like if it's mostly local, know the history.

Finding a home:

1) Expat Relocation Company is the best deal ever. Less headache and less hassle. (Continue)

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How much is it for Expat
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Expat Report Living in Jakarta, Indonesia by Indopat was published
Living-in-Jakarta
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Travel, Java Lava mt hiking club, BIS PTA, Cub scouts (either British First Kemang or American scouts) and the various artist groups. (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of New Zealand International School in Jakarta, Indonesia
Review-of-New Zealand International School
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Very poor. Pupils are bussed out for PE to proper facilities elsewhere, and have to rush getting changed and returning to catch the bus, through the hot jakarta traffic, twice a week because there are no onsite sporting facilities at all. My daughter complains that her hair is still wet returning to lessons, and she feels too cold afterwards in the air conditioning of the classroom, but it is only for two hours after, before she is collected by our driver and then her hair is usually dry. (Continue)
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This is not true. I'am mother of one,in New zealand international school. This people us another people to believe report.
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Expat Report Having a Baby in Jakarta, Indonesia was published
Having-a-Baby-in-Jakarta
Describe your experience giving birth there. What type of facility did you go to? What (if any) type of pain management did you use? How long did you stay in the hospital? Was it a positive experience? Etc...
My wife gave birth to a baby girl in Indonesia one month ago. Before we moved here i was recommended to getting a private health insurance that will cover us anywhere on Earth (except for USA) from Pacific Prime Insurance Brokers (http://www.pacificprime.com/countries/indonesia). Lucky for us it worked well. we were directed to a good doctor and then to a good hospital for the delivery. So, i am writing to suggest others to find the right health insurance plan before they move. (Continue)

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