Happy Expat Wife, Happy Expat Life

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It’s the new year and what that usually means for Jakarta, in the world of expats, is that many old friends have left the city to go onto their next assignment (or are sent home) and many new expats will arrive. I have already met so many new faces this year and have seen new families around my condo. One of the things that I really enjoy doing as an expat housewife is helping new fellow expat housewives to assimilate into Jakarta, and make sure they they too, love their time here as much as I do!

The most common questions that I’ve been asked by newbies are, “Why do I love living in Jakarta so much?” and “How have I achieved this level of happiness?” To help answer these questions, I am going to focus my posts on providing advice for new expat housewives into the city. Please bear in mind that this is my personal advice only, highly based on my own personality, preferences and experience.

I am going to focus this post on families that are similar to mine, where there is a working husband and a stay at home expat mother. My first form of advice for any new family moving to Jakarta is to choose the area that you live in very wisely. It can “make or break” your time here and will have a huge impact on whether or not you will be happy with living in Jakarta. Continue reading

My Journey Home

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I’ve been back in Jakarta for two weeks now and the first thought that crossed my mind as I stepped into my condo was, “Its great to be home!” Many of my friends have been eager to catch up with me to find out whether or not I was happy to be back in Jakarta, or if my extended stay in Australia had invoked an inner desire to stay there permanently. The truth is, I love living in Jakarta and this is my home!

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My Obsession Continues – A Coffee Review of 1/15 Coffee Gandaria


My first day back in Jakarta and I’m not quite ready to start ‘real life’ just yet, so I asked my hubby if he wanted to have breakfast at one of our favorite cafes in Jakarta, 1/15 Coffee.

It’s a fairly new establishment that, much to my excitement, opened up in Gandaria last year, an area close to me. Gandaria, and surrounding areas, do not have many great, stand alone cafes that are not a part of a shopping center (I don’t like waiting until 10am for a coffee!) so I was probably one of their first customers when it opened. I was immediately impressed.

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