A spontaneous adventure- Tangerang fun!

I love spontaneous adventures! Last Saturday morning it was raining in Jakarta so I decided to take a chance and drive an hour away to our neighboring city ‘Tangerang’. I have only been there a couple of times to Ikea and ICE but once I googled kid friendly attractions, I found so much to do!

I decided to visit a planned urban park that I have always been keen to see. ‘Scientia Square Park‘ is an outdoor development designed to create a space for families to play and get active in. There is a small fee to enter and once inside, you can pay for additional activities.

We went nice and early and got in before the crowd and the hot weather (left home at 8.15am, arrived at 9.30am). Although the park opens at 5am, a lot of the attractions are not open until 10am. So we spent our time exploring the grounds. We went into the butterfly park, and into the outdoor playground surrounded by beautiful greenery and water features.

We climbed, hung and swung.

My kids loved playing with sticks in the fish pond. This was actually their most favorite activity… who would have thought?! It’s always the most simple things!

We hired some cars and drove…

And eagerly went on a pony ride (their first time!)

There were so many other things to do. You could hire bikes/rollerblades/scooters (bring your own!) I saw an awesome dog park with an obstacle course for your furry friend. Jumping castles, trampoline parks, rabbit farm and vegetable plantations. But mostly, it was a well planned park where you could run free and be kids!

We packed our own lunch and snacks but there was plenty of food and cafes to choose from, so next time I wouldn’t bother bringing our own. Overall, I was pleasantly impressed by this park and my kids can’t wait to go back!

Afterwards we decided to drop into ‘Upside down world‘, on the way home. This was also a lot of fun and my kids found it fascinating. Do check that out also…

I’m so glad that we did this quick trip out of Jakarta. I regret all of the years that I have been here, making excuses of why I can’t go out and explore. Tangerang really isn’t very far away and it felt like a world away. The city feels so different to Jakarta. It’s very green, and spacious. Looks like a nice place to live in actually. Next time it’s the weekend and you’ve got nothing to do, go out and explore Indonesia! There really are a million things to do here!

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Our family vacation to Phuket- Part 2 Family friendly resorts

This family vacation was THE BEST! Bringing our Indonesian nanny along (more info. in Part One), allowed me to achieve a good mix of family time, fun nights out with hubby, and some relaxing alone time!

The main reason why it worked so well was the resorts that we stayed in. I absolutely loved them!

The first resort we stayed in was a budget, family style resort called Sunwing Bangtao. Continue reading

Our family vacation to Phuket: Part 1- Going on vacation with our nanny

Last November 2017, we had an extraordinary family vacation in Phuket. This was our first true vacation overseas as expats with kids where no vaccinations or visa runs were required (those are exhausting.) We were miraculously able to enjoy ten days in beautiful Phuket without any illnesses, or too many melt downs or trauma!

The main reason why our vacation was so enjoyable was because of two factors; firstly, we brought our nanny. Secondly, the resorts we stayed in were very family friendly (more details in part 2). Continue reading

Bring On 2018!

Reflecting on 2017 and my whole time in Jakarta so far, this year was a great year! I feel like I’m genuinely at home and will try to make 2018 an even better one!

The first year in Jakarta was a blur because I arrived with a 20 month old and newborn baby from Singapore. It would have sucked no matter where I was, because I had two babies and quickly fell pregnant again! I hardly had a chance to sleep, let alone get to know my new home. Continue reading

How I love Jakarta!

Many people who meet me are alway surprised to hear that I love living in Jakarta so much! Every city has its challenges and I think that the ability for someone to enjoy a city is more about that person, rather than the city itself. I can go on and on about all of the fantastic things that Jakarta has to offer (follow my Instagram @the_expat_housewife_of_jakarta) however, if you’re not ready to love Jakarta and give it a chance, then you may not enjoy the city to its full potential.

So how do you learn to love Jakarta as much as I do? Continue reading

Shopping in Jakarta

Shopping in Jakarta can sometimes be a frustrating experience for me. I highly value efficiency, and since having children, my tolerance has decreased drastically. I love the shopping centers here. It’s clean, modern and has everything I need (if I know where to go.) There are also many shop attendants that will greet and eagerly help me. I know they try really hard with customer service, and I appreciate it. Continue reading