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We’ve had a heavy down pour the last two evenings, and I have now discovered a few things:

  1. I’ve got one small leak in my living room, and what looks like another one developing in the bedroom.  I live in a nice complex, definitely a development for people of a higher socio-economic status.  But it just so happens that my specific unit has had a lot of problems.  The water was off.  The stove didn’t work.  One of the toilets (still) leaks.  And now ceiling issues.  Maybe it was poorly built.  Maybe the past few residents didn’t take care of it.  Maybe wear and tear from the elements takes its toll.  Whatever it is, I’ll be happy when everything is fixed.
  2. I need to get a heavy duty flashlight and some candles.  The electricity went out a couple times, thankfully only for a few minutes at a time.  But it gets DARK when that happens, and I am not well-equipped for that situation!  At least my new Indonesian cell phone has a built-in flashlight!

On a happier note, last night I was surprised by a knock on my door.  It was a neighbor kid (late teens?) from across the street, bringing me a dessert his mom made.  I’m not sure if I’ve met his mother yet (I did meet one neighbor lady my first day, but I don’t know if they’re related).  I’m guessing his mom told him “go bring the foreigner some food and practice your English.”  It was really cute.  Here’s a photo of what he brought me.

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Now I guess he’s my new neighbor friend.  Tonight he knocked on my door and said he was going to the grocery store and wondered if I needed anything.  Isn’t that nice?!  They’re looking out for me.

Finally, the school gardener came by today to check out the dilapidated pond in my front patio area.  He cleaned it and confirmed that the pump for the waterfall DOES work.  Exciting!  He told me a lot of things in Indonesian, most of which went over my head, but I’m pretty sure he said he’ll come back after the big holiday to clean the pond again and repaint it, then he’ll fill it with water so I can run the waterfall (which will help keep mosquitoes from laying eggs).  I think it will be nice when it’s in working order, much like the rest of my apartment!

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