Well folks, we did! After years of saying “We should do that again” and “Wouldn’t it be great to have another trip?”, Papa and I have gone on another cycle tour. But first, some background. During the summer of 2014, the two of us cycled nearly 500km around the Outer Hebrides, an island chain in northern Scotland. After that, we were itching to get out on the bikes again and do another trip. And now we’ve done it! We cycled 60km, to a campsite just south of Bogor in Central Java. Indonesian camping is a bit different than we are used to, but we still had a brilliant time!
We spent our Easter holidays this year on the beach in sunny West Java. We had loads of fun, and while it was a week of relaxing and taking it easy, there are still a lot of stories from our most recent adventure…
Everyone that has met Rosie knows that she has a massive love of all things Harry Potter, so when Beauty And The Beast was announced for the first time with Emma Watson as Belle, it was all Rosie could talk about. And after reading reviews and watching trailers, a certain 15 year-old male also started to get excited. So when the film finally came out in our local cinema, we just had to go. Well. Rosie just had to go, and I said I’d love to go along. At 3:30pm, we walked over to Lippo Mall near our house, assuming that 30 minutes was more than enough time to buy tickets. I went up to the cinema on the top floor while Rosie went to Hypermart in the basement to buy snacks. When I went to buy the tickets, I found that the entire cinema was packed. There were not many choice seats left over, so I chose two seats on the far right of the second row, which was the best seats I could get for us. Kind of reeky, but the next showing was at 5:30pm, so we had to take them. Rosie showed up and we bought two iced lemon teas, then went into the theatre. The seats weren’t too bad, and we got into the cinema mood by laughing at the cheesy commercials for Indonesian movies, and chatting about the film, until the lights dimmed. I don’t want to spoil the film for those who haven’t seen it, but I will say that it was excellent. The casting was awesome, and the cinematography was stunning. We both loved it to bits, and would highly recommend it to all. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
I may have mentioned in previous posts that I am a member of the Urban Gardening Club at my school. The goal of our club is to reach out to the community and make people happy through gardening. Our current project, which has been going on for the whole year, is linked with the XS Project. The XS Project looks to improve the living conditions of residents of Jakarta’s many trashpicker communities, and JIS is a large partner of the program. Throughout the year, the Urban Gardening Club (UGC) have been doing fundraisers, sales and plantings to raise money to buy plants and materials to build plant boxes for one of the communities. The boxes were made and painted by our members, and all the plants and soil were bought using money raised from plant sales. In short, there has been a long build-up to Sapling Sunday.