Please tell me. If you had the choice – where would you like to live?
I am hoping to find a place to stay during the noisy nightmare of Ramazan and Eid in the ‘outback’ somewhere – if there is any outback left.
The noise and the stress of everyone blowing their horn and behaving like madmen is getting to me. I had just bought a more powerful set of speakers so that I can drown out the noise of Wailing Willie at 4:30 in the morning with the noisiest bits of orchestral music. As soon as WW says ‘Asalaamu alaikum’ we are in for 20 minutes of no peace at all, so I'd rather have my own noise that his. His voice is really awful. I have ear plugs which I wear whenever I go to the shopping mall. They help a bit, but the sheer awfulness of WW's voice means that I have to drown it out with Bach and Tchaikovsky.
The other day an erstwhile colleague came to visit and I had to take my time getting some clothes on before going to the gate. N was surprised that my friend only rang once, ‘Is that what bulés do?’ (bulé = European)
‘Yes, there is no point in ringing more than once. It is annoying.’
I am enjoying moments of solitude more and more now. I have to just wait for two and a half years and I should be able to get a pension which seems to be enough to live on in a cheap country like
. But living even in a suburb like Indonesia is getting to be too much for me now. I just want to have somewhere to hide away and write and think. And I am getting really to hate the noise and stupidity. I ‘escaped’ from the Bogor because the stupidity of the corporate bureaucracy was too much and it was just too expensive. I don't want to face life there again. Peace, quite and freedom from stress are the most important things for me now. UK
I think that probably the most important reason for me coming to
this time was to shake me up and get Islam out of my system. I am beginning to appreciate European culture and values far more now. Indonesia