A Day in Bali

BBIP Administrator - Friday, July 20, 2012

Ibu Yulie provided us with information about the school and the programs offered. SIDE has a sister-school agreement with SMK 3, focusing on professional learning for teachers.  …Read More →

Surabaya to Denpasar

BBIP Administrator - Thursday, July 19, 2012

Today was our final day in Java before heading to the island of Bali in the afternoon. Not much time in the morning to do anything much but breakfast and reflect on our trip so far.  …Read More →

Surabaya – The Second Day

BBIP Administrator - Wednesday, July 18, 2012

On our second day in Surabaya, we travelled to Malang, normally about 1 ½ hours away from Surabaya (actually it took almost 3 hours due to “macet” – traffic jams). On the way through, we discovered that our antics from the day before had made the Jawa Pos newspaper. Fame at last!  …Read More →

Surabaya – The First Day

BBIP Administrator - Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Surabaya is a large city and the thing that struck us immediately is the cleanliness of our surrounds. Surabaya is the second largest city in Indonesia and has a population of around 3 million people. We noticed that it also suffered from “macet” (traffic jams) – just like Jakarta – but not on the same scale!  …Read More →

Yogya to Surabaya

BBIP Administrator - Monday, July 16, 2012

One of the great things about travelling is comparing the place being visited with home. In an Australian hotel, we’d have elevator or lobby music from a CD. In Yogyakarta, it’s all live. While we eat our breakfast, we are serenaded by this lovely man who plays for us and sings gently while we eat.  …Read More →

Adventures in Yogya - Part 2

BBIP Administrator - Sunday, July 15, 2012

Our second day in Yogya started with a visit to the Sultan’s Palace, known as the Kraton. The Sultan and his extended family live inside the palace complex which houses schools, mosques and shops. Their palace is actually a walled city within the city of Yogyakarta and over 25,000 people live inside the walls.  …Read More →

Adventures in Yogya - Part 1

BBIP Administrator - Saturday, July 14, 2012

Today was our first full day in Yogya and we started with a visit from Ibu Kate Reitzenstein, Indonesia teacher at Scotch College. Ibu Kate picked us up to guide us to Lembaga Bahasa at Santa Dharma University so we could see her study tour in action! Luckily, the University was very close to the hotel, so we had a pleasant walk to start the day.  …Read More →

Bandung to Yogya

BBIP Administrator - Thursday, July 12, 2012

Our time in Bandung was brief but we have really enjoyed our stay. We had a free morning to enjoy the sights of Bandung and everyone spread out to do their own thing for a couple of hours. We saw the local food and some fun signs…  …Read More →

Hallo Hallo Bandung

BBIP Administrator - Thursday, July 12, 2012

Yesterday on the bus, Pak Chris taught us to sing Hallo Hallo Bandung, a children’s song. So it seemed like an appropriate title for this post.  …Read More →

Jakarta to Bandung

BBIP Administrator - Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Day 3 started with a mass checkout from Hotel Borobodur and back onto the bus for more adventures. We stopped off at the Mangga Dua shopping mall to change money, recharge phone cards and have a quick lesson in bargaining.  …Read More →