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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Ni Luh arrives at Kingdom Kids Home

Li Nuh Budiasi is a little girl who really needs some love and care. We don't know how old she is, maybe eight years old. Her father is dead, she arrived with a bruise on her forehead and a cut under her eye which she received from being hit in the face with a knife by her mother.

She cried the first night after she came to Kingdom Kids Home but has quickly settled in. According to Kadek and Yohana she hasn't stopped eating which is probably a legacy of eating as much as she can when food is there.

Coming from a totally neglected home environment she is pretty wild at the moment, yet engagingly outgoing. I know that with the love and care she will get from Yohana and Kadek she will be fine... and Mawar is as happy as can be with her new little sister.

Li Nuh came from a Hindu family but the relatives that brought her to us say they don't have a problem with us being a Chrsitian ministry. That's a big plus and will save a lot of problems. We praise God for the opportunity to give a hope and a future to another precious child.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Trip to Jogjakarta

Before we left for our three week trip back to Oz, Kadek said he wanted to expand the kid's horizons. All of our children come from very poor or broken families and the children had never seen outside their village prior to coming to the Kids Home. I recall their first car ride, when they got in the car they had no idea where to sit, in fact whether to sit or stand!

The idea of taking them to Jogja, which is considered the cultural capital of Java was really exciting. The reason Kadek chose Jogja was it is also considered a significant part of the history of the Hindu culture coming to Bali. A major earthquake and the pressure from the spread of Islam forced the Hindu Majapahit's to flee, ultimately to the refuge of Bali.

So we headed off on April 1st for the five day trip.

On the ferry from Bali to Java

We left Denpasar by bus at about 6pm Sunday evening and arrived at the ferry terminal at Gilimanuk about 8:30 and finally getting on the ferry about two hours later.

A one hour ferry trip from Bali to Java, and everyone was still 'bright eyed an bushy tailed', but the bus trip from Banyuwangi to Mojerkerto arriving at 5:30am saw some bleary eyed kids.

On the train station

After a quick freshen up and breakfast we arrived at Mojokerto station for the train to depart at 8:30am for Jogja via Solo.

Mangi and Musa - lunch on the train

Jogja - Day 1

After arriving in Jogja Monday afternoon we had a good nights sleep. Up early Tuesday morning and the first day of our excursion we visited Borobudur the impressive Buddhist temple in view of the imposing Mount Merapi which is quite close to Jogja.

Merapi the most active volcano in Indonesia

Borobudur temple... it's impressive

Borobudur is a 9th century Mahayana temple. It consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 statues of Buddha.

The temple's design reflects India's influence on the region at that time so it also shows considerable Hindu influence. Pilgrims are guided through an extensive system of stairways and corridors in a particular sequence.

Borobudur was probably abandoned after the decline of Javanese Hindu kingdoms around the 14th century and the Javanese conversion to Islam.

Jogja - Day 2

Next next day we visited the Hindu temple Prambanan. Candi Prambanan is a 9th century Hindu temple compound 18km east of Jogja. It was the largest Hindu temple in ancient Java being destroyed by an earthquake in the 16th century. It was largely reconstructed only to be seriously affected by another earthquake in 2006. 

Jogja also has a number of interesting museums that focus mainly on the the nations independence struggle with the Dutch, as well as some of its ancient and modern history.

One of the largest museums features the history of the Indonesian airforce, of particular interest to Opa (Grandpa). There were Japanese aircraft from WWII, many Russian built aircraft from the 50's and 60's as well as an assortment of other military planes from the US. A real smorgasbord.

Jogja - Days 3 & 4

The last couple of days saw more museums then off to the Sultan's Palace

It wasn't all work and no play as the kids spent a considerable time having great fun in the hotel swimming pool!

So after a full and hectic four days in Jogja it was time to head home, and after getting up at 4:30am on Friday morning it was off to Jogja airport for the final adventure... which was obviously a plane ride back to Bali! We had told the kids they were going to fly back and we later found out they didn't sleep a wink on the Thursday night being so excited.

Seasoned travelers at Jogja airport!

Ready to go... and just a little nervous

As it turned out, we ended up travelling from Denpasar to Gilimanuk by bus, then from Bali to Java on the ferry, on to Mojokerto by bus and then by train to Jogja. To top it off, an amazing provision as there was a super special deal on that allowed us to buy plane tickets from Jogja back to Denpasar for just $4 per person more than the return bus trip!

It was a fabulous time for the kids, and just the adventure of travelling by bus, boat and train, let alone flying was a real adventure and they thoroughly enjoyed it, as we did watching the excitement of all these new experiences for them.