Sunday, August 18, 2013

Jakarta: Missing the Train

This was taken on Idul Fitri. A young lady that our family knows was required to work late the night before, and didn't get up in time to catch the train to head to her hometown.  For us, this is a bit like missing the plane the day before Christmas. Our destination was in a similar direction, so we added her into our vehicle and headed off to where there was a major transportation hub.  After about an hour, we reached this point and found a sparsely loaded commercial transport that was headed towards her home.  It was just departing, so off she went for the next stage of her journey.  She did let us know that she arrived home about two hours later.  The wonders of cell phones!  No word on what happened to those who were hanging on the side of the vehicle as it departed.



7 comments:

Delirious said...

You were a tool of God! :)

Delirious said...

I thought I would answer your question here. Last fall my daughter attended Central China Normal University here in Wuhan. She was tested to see which classes she should take. She took about 4 classes a day, starting about 9 am, and ending about noon. Most of the other students were Korean. It wasn't quite as high of quality of teaching techniques that she had hoped for though. They spent quite a bit of time singing karaoke. I have heard that the Nanjing program is better. BYU has sent many students there for the language program. I don't know anything about language training in Taiwan. Missionaries just jump in using immersion, and somehow learn to communicate. But missionary chinese isn't the best either. lol

Rummuser said...

If you want to relate more stories like that, you should visit India Looney.

Looney said...

@Rummuser, I was noting that the distance from Singapore to Bali is comparable to the distance from Singapore to India.

Inklings said...

She was lucky to have you!

Looney said...

@Delirious & Inklings, one thing that we have noted is that the Indonesian/Malay culture is in many ways much more generous than either Western or Chinese culture, even though they are much poorer. Thus, what might seem quite generous to us would be deemed rather normal for them.

Ramonita said...

Fantastic!