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Papua....and Quiz Show answers!!

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Hello friends,

I’ve been struggling to think of what to write since my return from the province of Papua, on Indonesia’s far east corner.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papua (province)

It was an amazing, sad, beautiful, draining, uplifting experience. I fell in love with the physical beauty of the place and the young women I met along the way, with varied stories of victory and loss.
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It was hotter and muggier than here in Malang. We actually had a torrential downpour on our second evening there (and a few more times while I was there). My friend, whose name happens to be Heidi as well, took me and a couple of the “soccer girls” that she coaches, to a volleyball game at an international school. I was enjoying the game (I forgot how much I love to watch!) and I heard a very familiar “ssssshhhhhh” sound. It dawned on me! RAIN! Haha! Haven’t seen rain for months! So I ran right out into the downpour…a 40 year old woman running around with a bunch of 6, 8, 10 year old girls. They said their moms were mad that they were out in the rain and bad me, I just smiled and stayed out there dancing with them. In retrospect, though, I discovered why their mom’s may have been mad, because my clothes stayed damp for the whole rest of the visit due to the incredibly high humidity! http://youtu.be/nLPVHqI1HMw

I arrived in Sentani on the morning of October 3rd. I had almost missed out on this opportunity because of fear. Can you believe it? Frank and I have become close with a family who hail from Germany originally, but have spent most of their time here in Indonesia. When Heidi, the wife and mother, asked me to join her when she made plans to go back for three weeks, my initial reaction was SURE…and then….OMG, what about this, what about that, I don’t think I can do this or that, etc. Then it hit me, in a church service, that I was just making a decision based on fear. Yes, we are to be wise, but we are not to live in fear. This is something I have hammered into my daughters’ heads since they were little. “Be Brave – it’s ok to be afraid, but do it anyway”. So I decided to go…and three days later I was on a plane with my new friend to a place I had NEVER thought of going to.

The flight and the company I was in were delightful. I love flying anyway, but it was just very, very simple and easy and stress-free. Even had Starbucks in one of the airports!! Unfortunately, I was not able to have a window seat on the last flight, but I sat beside a very nice Papuan guy from the Highlands who graciously allowed me to peer out the window over him. As we started flying over the land, I felt the familiar magical thrill you’ve heard me write about before. The thrill of adventure that lies ahead! The unknown…people who are yet strangers, but will soon cross my path; things to learn and things to teach; sights, both wonderful and tragic, to see.

Anyway, looking down on the lovely world below was enchanting. Beautiful rolling hills of various hues of green with the ocean on one side, and rivers and lakes on the other. Stunning Lake Sentani was then below and then we were on the ground. As I got off the plane on the tarmac, two things hit me. A powerful wall of humid heat, and the amount of green foliage that I saw. I really didn’t expect that. Here is a picture of the mountain which is the first thing I saw when I got off the plane. large_Papua_121.jpg

I had a wonderful week. I got to spend time with my new friend and accompany her to soccer practices with “her girls”, visit a village where some of her "former girls" live, even meet a little girl who was named after my friend.
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They are very good soccer players with a lot of potential. I caught the vision for them – and have found myself advocating for some of them to be included in the soccer dorm/sponsorship program that is in the initial stages of development. If you are the praying sort, please pray that we can see this vision come to fruition (If you would like to hear more about it and/or have us do a presentation for your organization…well, please let us know and we will do that when we are home for a few months in 2014). There are so many issues that can’t be covered in one blog post. Suffice it to say, these young ladies could use a leg up. In most cases, they desire Something More, and are willing to work hard for it, but finances and opportunities rarely materialize. And of course, there are a myriad of societal issues that come into play. The problems in the world can seem so overwhelming, hey? I have to remember to “Be Where My Hands Are” and just do what I can with and for the person right in front of me. And sometimes that person is me! Haha! Yes, must remember to be gentle with myself and feed my soul to avoid "crashing". I came away from my trip with very mixed emotions that are hard to put into words. So I won’t even try. For some reason I am driven in life to experience things that force me out of my comfort zone…things that break my heart or make me angry or set my heart ablaze with “do-gooder” passion. This was one of those things…
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A special shout-out to my new friend, Rendy, who made my journey back to Malang - alone - not so lonely. He gave up his window seat for me!! Papua_127.jpg

Things are good back in Malang. On the weekend, we will finally get into our own stable housing. We are so grateful to our friends, the Schmidt’s, for putting up with us for most of our time here. We’ve moved a bunch of times, but it’s actually been alright. We’ve been able to have a lot of experiences and practice our adaptability…and patience with each other. Mrs Woods is getting a little snarky these days, so it will be nice for her to have a little nest to make her own, if only for a few months. Mr Woods was asked to expand his duties by substitute teaching a psychology class for a couple of days. (Mrs Woods thinks the mister looks quite smashing in this photo) large_2013-10-16_001_025.jpg
On the home front, we are missing our families and trying to find balance. It hurts to be far from the younger kids - Jeunesse, Hannah and Christopher - but we know they are well loved and taken care of, we will see them soon (we miss the older ones, too!)…and we know without a doubt that we are meant to be here for now.

On another note, here are the answers to the Quiz Show:

The Price is Wrong

1) Please place in order of price from least expensive to most expensive:
A) Pack of cigarettes
B) Small pop
C) Chicken burger
D) Can of Friskies cat food
b,a,c,d

2) A 5 gallon container of drinking water – delivered – costs:
A) $.60 (right answer)
B) $6.00
C) 16,000 Rupiah
D) $16.00

3) Which is more expensive?
A) Two 5lb bags of rice
B) One 10lb bag of rice (right answer)

4) Which of the following statements is not true?
A) Doctor visit costs $7.50
B) Sushi meals are $2.00 (right answer)
C) Australian bottle of wine is $55.00
D) interior/exterior car wash costs $3.00

5) One hour taxi ride cost:
A) $8.00 (right answer)
C) $18.00
D) $58.00
E) $108.00

So You Want to be a Jutawan (Millionaire)?

1) Soccer fields are lined by a:
a) Lime machine
b) Paint sprayer
c) One person with paint can and brush (right answer)
d) No lines are on the field

2) Which of the following is NOT a restaurant in Indonesia:
a) A&W
b) Hungry Kitten
c) Godzilla
d) IHOP
none of the above? Mr Woods did not know that there is actually an IHOP in Jakarta

3) Man seen driving scooter with one arm while carrying how many 12 ft 2x4’s with the other arm?
a) 0
b) 2
c) 4
d) 6 (right answer)

4) At a road-side food cart, worker had which of the following pets with him?
a) Rooster (right answer)
b) Cobra
c) Dog
d) Cat

5) Public transit driver pulled over and stopped in order to:
a) Go to the bathroom
b) Have a cigarette (right answer)
c) Pick up passenger
d) Buy his lunch

Posted by wildwoods 21:09 Archived in Indonesia Tagged papua Comments (4)

The Quiz Show

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The Quiz Show

Time to test your knowledge of Indonesia.

The Price is Wrong

1) Please place in order of price from least expensive to most expensive:
A) Pack of cigarettes
B) Small pop
C) Chicken burger
D) Can of Friskies cat food

2) A 5 gallon container of drinking water – delivered – costs:
A) $.60
B) $6.00
C) 16,000 Rupiah
D) $16.00

3) Which is more expensive?
A) Two 5lb bags of rice
B) One 10lb bag of rice

4) Which of the following statements is not true?
A) Doctor visit costs $7.50
B) Sushi meals are $2.00
C) Australian bottle of wine is $55.00
D) interior/exterior car wash costs $3.00

5) One hour taxi ride cost:
A) $8.00
C) $18.00
D) $58.00
E) $108.00

So You Want to be a Jutawan (Millionaire)?

1) Soccer fields are lined by a:
a) Lime machine
b) Paint sprayer
c) One person with paint can and brush
d) No lines are on the field

2) Which of the following is NOT a restaurant in Indonesia:
a) A&W
b) Hungry Kitten
c) Godzilla
d) IHOP

3) Man seen driving scooter with one arm while carrying how many 12 ft 2x4’s with the other arm?
a) 0
b) 2
c) 4
d) 6

4) At a road-side food cart, worker had which of the following pets with him?
a) Rooster
b) Cobra
c) Dog
d) Cat

5) Public transit driver pulled over and stopped in order to:
a) Go to the bathroom
b) Have a cigarette
c) Pick up passenger
d) Buy his lunch

Answers to this quiz will be posted on next blog.
~Bob Barker & Meredith

All rights reserved by Frank Woods Ent. No copies or reproduction without authorized consent.

Posted by wildwoods 23:13 Archived in Indonesia Comments (0)

photo time

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I (Heidi) am off to Papua tomorrow night. I'll be gone for a week, and will be sure to post lots of photos when I get back. Poor Frank has to miss the flight, the heat and the possible malaria.

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Barefoot in the park
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Three of "our boys" at the "Bird Market". We found out not long afterwards, the little green creature is poisonous!!
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The birthday dinner and dessert surprise - given to me at our fave resto - LegoHouselarge_2013-09-25_001_010.jpg

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coaching (duh)
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Posted by wildwoods 04:08 Archived in Indonesia Comments (8)

Die Another Day

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I felt I would title my blog post with a James Bond movie as I felt like Pierce Brosnan on his motor bike (ok it is a scooter) racing up and down narrow alleys and paths on the way to our match on Friday. I was again on the back of coach Zaya’s “hog” with a helmet on. We were following coach Heri who grew up in Malang and knows every back route---believe me. At one point we went down a steep slope that even Zaya said”OH OH”..which means “OH OH” in English…the narrow path went straight down at the angle of a steep roller coaster track...at the bottom we had to do a 90 degree right…IF the turn was not successful we would gone over a small fence and plunged into a 50 foot ravine…Daniel Craig would not have done it better and with such speed as Heri who was enjoying this knowing that Zaya and I were not...once you made the turn you went over a very narrow “bridge” that was made in the Ming dynasty (or appeared to be) then straight up the narrowest of paths with dangers on both sides…even “Q” would have been wondering if the bike and us would survive ….anyways we made it….

Unfortunately the game was changed to a different field than our HOME field I posted about last week so no photos of that field. However there were A LOT of similarities and a few differences that I will try to describe as best I can.
Similarities:
- Same 3’ corner flags
- Game did not start on time
- Many “officials”
- Green bananas
- “food cart”
- Prayers before and after match
- Parking police
- Bamboo player benches
- Hard pitch which would make Lansdowne look like Wembley
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Differences:
- 3 balls dropped off just before game…1 flat this time
- New uniforms..(see team photo)..supplied by League
- Goals were regulation size
- No jungle to lose ball in…rice patties instead
- Porlis/Polris(our team) won 5-1..they have figured out my system now(ha!)
- Michael Jeckson scored twice but no “Moonwalk” celebration this time...disappointing
- 1 corner flag flew at half-mast..(see photo)..not sure if anyone important passed away

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Anyways, take care my friends

007

(Edited by Miss Moneypenny)

Posted by wildwoods 22:03 Archived in Indonesia Comments (3)

Ini Pengalaman Saya (this is my experience)

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Today is my birthday. It sure doesn’t feel like it though. My birthday is usually the autumn equinox; the first day of fall. Usually, the weather at home is still beautiful and warm, but there is a creeping chill in the air in the morning and evening, growing more noticeable day by day. Usually, we are getting into the swing of school; thoughts are beginning to look ahead to Thanksgiving, and maybe even Hallowe’en. We are shifting gear and looking to the shrinking days ahead of us with excitement. I have always loved fall…minus the Canadian West Coast giant house spider’s mating habits…ICK!

Today was a beautiful sunny 30 degree day…that muggy that you hear about, that I was dreading. I am actually not minding it that much and I’m reminding myself how I would grumble under my breath for the last few years, “I can’t take another winter here”…for those of you in Manitoba or Inuvik, don’t say I’m a baby, because there is something about a west coast winter that chills you to the bone and no amount of layering can keep that damp from infiltrating and taking root, and you just can’t shake it off. In the southern hemisphere, today is the first day of spring. We are looking ahead to more heat and humidity, and an hour or so of torrential rain a day we are told. We’ll see how we take to that!

I am afraid I am suffering from a terrible malady, though, these days. It is something I know is natural, and I am well aware that at some point in the near future, this malady with flip on its head, do a 180 degree turn, and leave me flat on my butt whining and sniveling. This malady is called The Honeymoon Phase of Culture Shock. I’m not completely sure I have it, but I DO walk down the streets saying to myself and anyone else who happens to be with me, “wow, this is so cool! Look at that house, and look at the neat way they get rid of their garbage and wow, they are crazy drivers here, and, ahhhh…that (dirty and probably unhygienic) cart of food along the street smells so good and I LOVE Nasi Goreng and chilli sauce 2013-08-29_001_001.jpg and……”

Of course, I’m not terribly delighted when there’s a rat in my room, or almost microscopic ants find their way into everything (never mind the other ants-of-all-sizes trying to get there’s as well) or giant cockroaches lumbering across the kitchen floor. But I have to say, I’m don’t freak about them either. I even had a shower tonight with a little jumping spider and I don’t duck as low at the bats that dive-bomb us on our walk home in the evenings! Those of you who know me well will probably think body snatcher have gotten to me…or will now be convinced that I truly am suffering from some sort of malady. Probably the most distressing thing (and terribly “first world problem”) is the lack of anywhere to get a good cuppa coffee. It’s a shame, too, because I live on the ISLAND OF JAVA!! But apparently, they sell all the good stuff to the rest of the world and keep all the crap at home. Oi vey!

I have actually just really been trying to immerse myself in this experience. I may be going through the honeymoon phase, or I may just be continuing on with the practice of daily gratitude that I have been learning to adopt especially over the last couple of years. I truly am grateful that I’ve been given this gift...the gift of travel, the gift of being part of something I really believe in and that I can see has made, and will continue to make, a real difference in this country that I am giving myself to for a time. I feel like I have been given a second chance. I HAVE been given second chance. I had to go through some pretty dark stuff that has shaken off some arrogance and self-pity. I’m sure there is more to come, and I’m sure this next phase will shake some more things off that need to be gotten rid of...and these days, I am more ready to embrace the changes when they need to happen. I’m not as consumed by fear as I once was. I’ve more joy and I hope it will keep finding a way to bubble up and out to anyone who needs a little love or joy or comfort. Today, the way I live is to just try to love the person in front of me. This could be my “helper”, the guy serving me coffee at the fake Starbucks down the street, or my language teacher. It could even be Hank.

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I have been trying to add an entry mostly of pictures for a while now, but it is not cooperating with me. Hopefully, it WILL cooperate this time, and I will be able to get another blog entry on here sooner than later.

Much love, my friends xo

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