Child-Friendly Places to Visit in Jakarta

Found this link in TripCanvas and I can hardly wait to give it a try with my kids.

The kids love the planes so this is perfect.

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And it would definitely be easier to eat inside as opposed to eating during a turbulent flight.

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The food looks great, too.

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Except for World War III, I don’t think anything can stop me from taking the kids next weekend to this fantastic place.

In the words of President Donald J. Drumpf … “It’s fantastic, you’ll love it.”

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Being With My Children

The soul is healed by being with children.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

I didn’t realize it’s almost two years since I last entered anything on this. Work and parenthood simply have gotten in the way and, before you know it, time had passed.

But, thankfully, the childhood memories we’ve crafted had been great thus far.

2016 brought us to a train ride to Bandung, spent time with their grandmothers, and culminated in a New Year’s trip to the Philippines.

My eldest son Neo moved to a better school and my youngest son EJ continues to hit milestones in becoming more expressive of his feelings and progressing with his education despite the challenges of Down Syndrome.

Recently, Neo’s school opened its doors to parents for an Activity Day where they showed what they’ve learned and some games they presented to everyone that stopped by their booths. It was fun seeing him with his school friends and fully getting into the groove of his new environment.

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EJ, on the other hand, continues to demonstrate his own willful personality; often quite demanding as a boss, knowing perhaps full well that he will always receive attention. His brother Neo surprises me with his patience to his brother, amazing patience, one which I never had during my time. Continue reading

Happy Birthday, My Son …

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Dear Spidey,

Up until today I’m still trying to figure out why God — in His Infinite Wisdom — has decided to entrust your life upon me.What was He thinking?

Since the day you were born I have no clue whether or not what I’m doing is right. You didn’t come with an instruction manual although I suspect there must be some batteries inside with your endless energy. And your smile and laughter that is as powerful as your whines.

Your presence in my life makes me wonder about my own journey in life and I can guarantee you that nothing I have ever done has given me more joy and rewards than being a father to you!

The day you were born was the happiest and scariest moment of my life. And I think you came out laughing instead of crying.

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The World You’ll Have My Son

The World You'll Have My Son

As far as your eyes can see, my son, that world is for you to reach.

Ignore those who call you Retarded. Ignore those who condescend you. Ignore those who apply dishonest praise.

Treat flattery and criticism just the same as fleeting impostors that they are.

Be defined by who you are. Not by your mother. Not by me.

The world you will have will always be far beyond than what we could ever imagine.

Most of all, never lose your faith in mankind.

Therein lies the fingers of God.

The Problem with Religion

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Teaching religion to children can be quite tricky. Their natural inquisitive minds tear right through walls of dogma. Initially, I thought it would be a piece of cake. I learned religion the way my forefathers learned their religion from the conquering colonials.

It was shoved through their throats.

Picture this: glowing white men with bayonets and guns came off a boat with their fancy gay dress. They arrived in this archipelago which was humid and hot and they were stinking and sweating and they saw the native residents enjoying themselves walking around half-naked.

The fancy pants men were envious of the half-naked men and called them savages. Continue reading