When nature calls

Here’s something I’ve never observed before…

We were about 25 minutes from landing in Singapore just now and the captain had already put up the seatbelt sign, which meant nobody could get up to use the bathroom. So what happened when the 5 year old boy across the aisle from me decided he had to pee? He simply unbuckled, stood up, pulled down his pants and underwear, and peed into the plastic grocery bag that his dad was holding for him.

The crazy thing was everyone around acted like it was a normal thing to do.




In what can only be described as the best idea of all time, Brady and I decided to keep all of our movie ticket stubs since coming to Indonesia. The reason I say this is the best idea ever is because it is.

Our movie-going experience started as Theater Thursday, but shifted a bit along the way and is now Movie Monday. It’s also jumped around from theater to theater. Jakarta has 2 cinema companies: XXI (the best), and Blitzmegaplex. XXI is more upscale and comfortable than Blitz, but even Blitz is better than almost all theaters back home. We used to live closest to XXI, but after moving last year, we now live across the street from a Blitz theater. It was a pretty big downgrade.

When we first arrived, movie tickets only cost about $2.50. But now they have doubled to around $5, which is  outrageous. The nerve.

Here’s where this post get more interesting. Brady and I went through our tickets the other night, counting and reminiscing on the best and worst movies of the past few years. We also counted them. I know for a fact that I lost track of 5-10 tickets along the way, but in my collection I counted 69 tickets. That means in the past 2 years we have seen approximately 75 movies in theater.

Uh! Take that world!

Now I will share my top 10 movies of the last year in no particular order. Please keep in mind that not all movies made it over to Jakarta, so if you see a notable movie missing, it  doesn’t necessarily mean I have bad taste.

Harry Potter 7.2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

Sky Fall


Sky Fall

Silver Linings Playbook


Silver Linings Playbook

Notice the classy tickets. This is from XXI's Premiere, which is an auditorium filled with luxurious recliners for roughly $6.

Notice the classy tickets. This is from XXI’s Premiere, which is an auditorium filled with luxurious recliners for roughly $6.



The Hunger Games



The Avengers

Notice the crappy paper tickets--a trademark of Blitz that we were not happy to discover.

Notice the crappy paper tickets–a trademark of Blitz that we were not happy to discover.

Life of Pi

Madagascar 3


Madagascar 3




Dark Knight Rises


The Dark Knight Rises

We also saw really dumb movies, including severely flawed action films like The Cold Light of Day and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. But at an average of $3.50 a ticket, who cares? Not me.



Model Behaviour

This is the story about a girl named Lucky my weird weekend where I randomly became an extra for an Indonesian perfume commercial.

On Friday, a friend contacted me asking if any of us bules wanted to be a model in a commercial the following day. It would be a super long day (it was supposed to be from 3:30 pm to 1:30 am, but ended up being 11 am to midnight) and we would each make about 100 bucks. We all decided it would make for a good story, but sadly found out that the producers were only looking for males. Sorry Anika and Ruth.

After 2 hours of traffic on the way there, we made it to a driving range that had an open-air building. This would be the setting for the commercial. After hanging around for a couple hours, we came to find out several things, including:

  • The premise of the commercial was that we were in a nightclub, and the main girl somehow seduces the main guy with her perfume while everyone was dancing around them.
  • There were actual (amateur) models in this shoot who came from far away places like Brazil and the Ukraine. All of them were 2 feet taller than me and wearing very small dresses. I may or may not have fallen in love and stared excessively at the main girl, who’s name was Kyra. The main guy was also a flawless human being. 

Because it was open-air, there was no air conditioning and therefore a sweaty mess. That said, it was a pretty impressive setup. The director and cameraman were Australian, and they knew what they were doing (unlike Kyra, who needs to stick to photos and never try to act again).

Most of what us extras did was dance for 15 seconds at a time. We did approximately one thousand 15-second dance scenes (because Kyra kept messing up). I got a cool walking scene, but I was behind the 10 foot tall girls in their 2 foot heels, so I probably won’t get much camera time in the actual commercial, which is just too bad for the perfume company.

I asked Jason to take a picture of me, but it doesn’t quite do justice to what the set actually looked like. There were smoke machines, disco balls, and colored lights, etc. that made it look relatively good.

Commercial set

Notice how much shorter I am than the girls in front of me.

Oh yeah, and this whole big production was done for a perfume that looks like this. A little cheap, pink plastic bottle that belongs in a teenage girl’s room, not a nightclub.

Casablaca Perfume

Hopefully this commercial ends up on Youtube, because I really want to see it and be famous.