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Car Talk: When We’ve Made a Mistake

3 April 2017 – 12:47 pm | One Comment

As much as I really dislike traffic jams and spending so many hours everyday on the road, being ‘trapped in the car’ with the kids does provide us with opportunities to instill values, correct behaviours …

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Electing Jakarta’s Next Governor!

17 April 2017 | Posted in: Daily | No Comment


Finally, my long-awaited C6 form is in my hands!

This is THE form voters need to bring to the voting poll this coming Wednesday (19 April), if they wish to vote for the next governor with ‘no problems’.

(Read: Without it, issues on the voting day may arise, eg. Officers at the voting polls not allowing you to vote, etc)

Elections of Jakarta governors have never been like THISPersonally, we encountered many issues with voting registrations (Wilson’s name still is not on the list btw, although we registered together!). We contacted many parties about our names NOT being on the list, and in the end, only MY name was listed as ‘an official voter’, not his =\

This means, he’d need to fill out the ‘additional voting form’ that day, and can only cast his vote after 12pm.

There have been so many videos going around too, mainly clips of religious people giving threatening messages.

Seriously, there’s just so much tension in Jakarta leading up to the election.

Elections of Jakarta governors have never been like THIS, I don’t think.


Please make sure you get to vote!Are we afraid of the ‘intimating messages’?


In fact, all this tension confirms how it is so crucial for us to cast our vote.



Jakarta friends,

May I sincerely ask the following?

>> Please make sure you have your C6 in your hands!
>> Please make sure you get to vote!
>> Double check that your name and KTP numbers on the form are correctly written
>> Bring along your KTP and KK (original and photocopies) on the voting day, just in case.

Let’s do our part as people who live in Jakarta, as Indonesian citizens, as proud Indonesians.

Here’s to a better Jakarta!

Thoughts: What is Sin?

14 April 2017 | Posted in: Daily, Inspirational | No Comment

What is sin?

Here’s a version by John Piper.
It is extensive but helpful in that it opens our eyes to the magnitude of our sin.

“What is sin?
It is the glory of God not honored.
The holiness of God not reverenced.
The greatness of God not admired.
The power of God not praised.

The truth of God not sought.
The wisdom of God not esteemed.
The beauty of God not treasured.
The goodness of God not savored.

The faithfulness of God not trusted.
The commandments of God not obeyed.
The justice of God not respected.
The wrath of God not feared.

The grace of God not cherished.
The presence of God not prized.
The person of God not loved.
That is sin.”

I thank God that although my sins separate me from my Creator, Jesus Christ’s death on the cross restored the broken relationship between me and God.

I thank God for His love for me.

Blessed Good Friday, everyone!

Checking Out: Jakarta’s Fire Station

12 April 2017 | Posted in: Crafts & Activity Ideas for Kids, Video | No Comment


We had a wonderful trip with friends and their kids to understand fire fighters’ work better!

And, I made these 2 videos, as keepsakes =)



And oh, I also went LIVE on Facebook, for the first time, haha =)

Posted by Leonny Atmadja on Tuesday, April 11, 2017




If you need help, the main number to call is: 112!Here’s a brief summary of what the officers shared with us:

>> Exercising proper Fire safety is important, including at our homes.
– Eg. Do not take the lifts in any case of fire.
– Take the emergency stairs.
– If there’s ‘small fire’ at home, don’t run away! The fire will get ‘bigger’ and out of control if you leave your home.
– Try covering the ‘small fire spot’ with a totally drenched towel to put it out.

>> If you need help, the main number to call is: 112! Call that number and they’ll direct you to the right ‘institution’ to help

>> NO need to pay them if they come to help us. The government already pays for their service!

>> Firemen’s job is not only putting out fire. They also help in cases like: when someone falls into the river, in flood cases, when people are stuck in a lift, when a child’s arm is stuck in railings, etc. The other day they even helped to rescue a cat (sounds so much like in the comics☺)


I have this new found respect and admiration for these officers!
Frankly, I have this new found respect and admiration for these officers!

The officers at the fire station were very friendly towards us and the kids, very welcoming.

They deserve better appreciation and acknowledgement from us all, me think …



PS: To visit any fire stations as a group AND ride the fire truck around the area, it costs Rp250,000 per trip. Call a fire station directly, and make a booking first. Have fun!

Brie: Making Banana Muffins!


This video was created as part of Brie’s ‘Show and Tell’ at her Kindergarten.

The topic was ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’

She said she’d want to be a baker =)

And so we made this clip while she prepared some banana muffins to share with her friends the next day! =)



Here’s the clip:

Enjoy! =)

When oh when …

10 December 2007 | Posted in: Daily, Parenting | One Comment

Someone once said to me: if your kid eats well, your battle is ‘half won’.
And I guess that’s because each kid generally has about four mealtimes a day (breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner). And …

On good days

19 February 2008 | Posted in: Daily, Parenting | No Comment

She’d giggle and laugh at the silliest jokes
She’d sing and sing like there’s no tomorrow (nor neighbours!)
She’d request for something, then nod with understanding when I tell her that it’s not possible to do that …

Treasuring Our Parenting Moments!

16 January 2015 | Posted in: Parenting | 2 Comments

“Don’t you ever feel exhausted caring for three kids everyday?“
I’ve been asked such a question before.
And the answer is, well … of course there are very tiring days when it comes to being a parent.
After …

One Special Day: Thoughts on Turning 40

28 June 2016 | Posted in: Daily, Inspirational, Marriage & Relationships | 6 Comments

So THE day has arrived.
I am now officially, 40.
If you’re well over 40, you’d probably roll your eyes and say, ‘Bleh. You’re STILL 40! You’re young!’
(My 91yo grandma said I’m soooo very young! Hehe)
If you’re under …

Marriage : Real Love Works!

1 March 2011 | Posted in: Advertorial, Marriage & Relationships | 8 Comments

Yep, that’s US close to TEN years ago!
It was when we were at the Registry of Marriage in 2001. I was twenty five, and Wilson was twenty six =)
It’s a little hard to believe at …

Happy Father’s Day

19 June 2011 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships, Parenting | No Comment

If you ask me,
I’d say there’s no such thing as a perfect Dad or a perfect Husband.
But there is a Dad
who gives his best for his family
who makes time to play Lego bricks, tell bedtime stories …