A Guide To Emergency Planning For Expat Families

As an expat parent living in Indonesia I need to be prepared for the unexpected and take sensible steps to protect my family. If an emergency arises, I need to have the right procedures in place because as a foreigner to this country, I don’t have the immediate access to, or the protection of, my home country’s support system. Here are some things you can do to help protect your family: 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

Connections

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Stay connected with The Expat Housewife of Jakarta

Shopping 

Ethically hand made quilts, scarves and textiles from Indonesia House of Diamonds

Sponsor a child from an Indonesian trash picking community to go to school; as well as turning non-recyclable trash into useable goods such as shopping bags. XSProject

Counseling

International Wellbeing Centre

Recommended websites

Valuable resource for expats with discussions of common issues faced with expat families such as emotional abuse, loneliness and email addiction disorder. Expatriate Connection

Food for your soul…The Tuna Chronicles

Family fun activities in Jakarta…We love Jakarta

Current news and information for expats living in Indonesia Indonesia Expat

Recommended Podcasts

Long Distance Call by Eliza Harvey

Two Fat Expats by Kristy Rice and Nikki Moffitt

Tips for a long lasting marriage 


I recently had a very rare moment where all three of my kids were actually napping at the same time, so I got to have a HOT cup of tea and read a trashy woman’s magazine! I came upon an article written by a marriage counselor revealing her tips to a long lasting, passionate marriage. After being married for six years, most of it as an expat, and with three kids under the age of three, I desperately needed some tips!

So what were the three tips? Continue reading

Vaccinations

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This time last year, I went through my most difficult experience here in Jk. I was 8 months pregnant and incredibly sick. I had been sick for 2 months and things weren’t looking good. It started off as a bad fever and after taking several antibiotics (tests showed it was some kind of dengue virus) my fever remained consistently high. Every 4-5 hours, my body trembled uncontrollably from a chill caused by my fever. My hemoglobin blood count consistently dropped, I lost tremendous weight (all of my pregnancy weight and more) and was extremely weak.

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