In 72 days I will be leaving Jakarta, bound for Tokyo and then Portland.

72 days feels like forever.

Every 4-5 months I go through about a week where I am homesick. I’m in the middle of one of those weeks.

The other night I had a dream I was at home enjoying a homemade American breakfast with Dutch Bros. Last night I watched The Dog Whisperer on National Geographic, and it made me miss my dog. Recently I watched this annoying, stupid, breathtaking video of the Pacific Northwest coast, and that about sent me over the edge.

Why can’t I just have some Subway right now? That would actually help a lot.

I don’t know, maybe I should just go to Singapore in November or something. Yeah that sounds good. Okay fine.

And just to be clear, it’s not that I am not enjoying being here. What I am going through is more like Dorothy’s most famous words at the end of Wizard of Oz:

“There aren’t many places like home.”



in order that you may not get the blahs with my previous post, watch this:

(Bad Lip Reading is a group on Youtube that takes clips from movies, music videos, etc. and dubs over them to create hilarious Youtube videos. There are several political ones that are very funny, too.)


Right now there are 3 different things I need to be doing, but each of them has equal importance/urgency, so I don’t know which one to work on first. Additionally, right now I can’t concentrate worth beans.

Yesterday was a very productive day, and to follow that up with a day like today when I can’t find direction is a little disappointing. I guess I currently have the blahs. I’m all like blah blah blah blah. No exclamation points, no commas, no italics. Just blahs.

On a separate note, Mumford and Sons released their album today AND Taylor came out with a new single. That is an A+ music day. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day for enjoying these new auditory gifts.

To end on an amusing note, I currently have a mustache, and have been asked several times today and yesterday by students if it is real or not. Imagine me applying mascara to my upper lip each morning.

Life in a bowl

For a few months I have been wanting to buy fish as class pets. However, after weeks of looking for fish anywhere possible (including 5 pet shops), the search kept turning up unsuccessful. That is, until I went to Ace Hardware last weekend. Turns out they have lots of different kinds of fish for approximately 25 cents each. Perfect, I’ll take 4!

Two of them were cute little guppies with yellow tails, and the others were little orange coral thingymabobs. Anika helped me pick out some rocks and a fake aquatic plant to compliment the fish bowl/big round cookie jar I bought months ago (when I thought finding fish would be easy).

I decided the guppies were boys and the orange ones were girls. I named 1 boy and 1 girl, and intended to have the year 9 boys name the other boy fish, and the year 9 girls name the other girl fish. For the record, I named the boy Destroyer and the girl Annabel Maria Lucia Montoya.

Long story short, fish bowls get dirty really fast, and apparently little orange thingymabobs prefer clean water (or something). 4 days after the class met them, we had to say RIP to Annabel Maria Lucia Montoya Gonzalez (by this time we had decided her name was too short) and orange fish number 2. That one didn’t even live long enough to be named.

Needless to say, I cleaned the bowl on Friday so Destroyer and guppy number 2 wouldn’t decide to die, too. Looks like I am going to have to clean the water twice a week, which still seems ridiculous–how can something the size of an almond dirty the water that fast? Maybe I bought some fish with digestive issues.

At the moment, I am not feeling too confident about the guppies since they are at school all weekend, and I am not sure if the weekend cleaning crew was actually informed to feed them for me. In the meantime we will hope for the best, and if they are alive tomorrow, their flakes will probably never have tasted so good.

And before I go, I’d like to give a shout out to my reader in Tajikistan. I’m not sure how you found my blog, but I hope you enjoyed!