New website and Blog: Follow the Link

January 19, 2011
Why have I been so quiet you ask? That's a good question. The answer lies here at www.curtisamongfriends.com. Follow the link to see my new website and blog. 2011 I will be writing more frequently and consistently so you can look forward to more blog posts from me.
 

A Merry Christmas From me To You

December 20, 2010
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IN THE MIDST OF ALL THE HYPE AND BUSYNESS


I hope and pray for precious moments for you with family and friends.

To connect and celebrate the breaking in of God, through Christ, into our troubled but beautiful world.

I pray for simple pleasures and refreshing rest. Good food and conversation.

I pray for perspective on this year that has passed and anticipation for the year to come.

I pray for new adventure and promise, excitement and laughter.

I pray for comfort and companionship for all that lies ahead.

In short, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thanks to all who made this year and our work with NieuCommunities possible, you are deeply appreciated.

With Love and Gratitude

Curtis

 

Prayer for Christmas

"If the only prayer you say in your life is 'thank you,' that would suffice."

- Meister Eckhart

 





This is a picture from the "'Love Family and Partners 2010" Christmas Celebration. I am so grateful to have a family like this.






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From Bali with Love (Part IIII)

December 15, 2010
This is my fourth post about my trip to the beautiful country of Indonesia. The first post was about the reason for my trip to Indonesia which you can read about here. The second post was about the crazy city of Jakarta which you can read about here.The third was about my time in Bandung which you can read here. This post is about the final part of my trip which took place in Bali. My friend Jim had a travel agent friend who managed to hook me up with a really good deal to get to the infamous Island of Bali.

Unfortunately this deal also included a crazy day of travel. It entailed a 5am flight from Jakarta the morning after my coaching course. The part I didn't mention is that Jakarta is 2 and a bit hours away from Bandung. This meant that the the night before my flight I did not go to sleep as I was catching a taxi at 12:15am in order to get to my 'travel' by 1am. This 'travel' (like a luxury minibus taxi) would then make the drive to Jakarta at breakneck (understatement) speed to get me there in time for my 4am check in. 5am signaled take-off time for the beautiful island of Bali. Needless to say by the time I arrived in Bali I was pretty wasted...I don't know if me and Jim thought carefully enough through that travel schedule?


Anyways, here are some pics from Bali:

 


[The Entrance to Kuta Beach, which is the backpackers vibe. As you can see Balinese architecture and aesthetics is so ornate and beautiful. The Balinese are predominantly Hindu which gives it a very different feel to the Muslim Jakarta and Bandung]
 
 


[Culture Park]



[ 'Peace Statue' in culture park made in honour of the victims to died in the 2002 Bali Bombings]
 



[ The Hindu God Shiva. The perspective on this photo is lost a bit but if you look on Shiva's neckline you will see two very small white dots, those are doves. That should give you some scale of this impressive statue]
 
 
 


[2002 Bali bombings Memorial in Kuta Beach. Tragically 202 people were killed including two South African's. you can read more here]
 




[The other worldly 'Dreamland Beach]




[Ulwatu coastline. World famous surf spot and also site of Ulwatu Temple]

 

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[Entrance to Ulwatu temple which differed significantly from Buddhist Temples, Muslim Mosques or Christian Cathedrals in that it was all outdoor. This was also the spot where a monkey decided to jump onto my clothes in an attempt to part me from my water bottle. He/She failed.]

Bali is really beautiful and the food is also really good. However it is pretty 'touristy' and the haggling does wear you down after a few days. I feel like I got a fuller picture of Indonesia by seeing Bali. 

 


 
 

Quote of the Week

December 15, 2010
There is a time in everyone's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better or worse as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.


-Ralph Waldo Emerson
 

From Bandung with Love

December 13, 2010
This is my third post about my trip to the beautiful country of Indonesia. The first post was about the reason for my trip to Indonesia which you can read about here. The second post was about the crazy city of Jakarta which you can read about here. This post is about Bandung which is the city I went to after my two days in Jakarta. Even though I was in Bandung for 6 days I actually didn't get to see too much of the city because the coaching course was the whole day with evening readings. However it still caught my attention and is somewhere I would love to explore further in the future. Here are some pics from Bandung.

 




[Here was the very nice and comfortable train that I caught from Jakarta to Bandung which took about 3 hours. Thousands of people make the trip every weekend from the hot and crowded Jakarta to the more temperate and beautiful Bandung. I really enjoy travelling by train, you get a different perspective on a country, and always try to catch a train if possible when I travel]
 

 
  


[This was some of what I saw from the window of the train. The rice paddy's are almost mystical in their beauty with their contrasting earthy colours and their terraced shapes. It all make for a great background to this inter city trip. I also had one of the best fresh guava drinks here on the train]

 


[This is the famous 'Pedang' (for two) that my Indonesian friend Abraham took me out to on the last evening of the training. I particularly enjoyed the cows heart with potatoes and the curried eggs. This was all accompanied by warm, flavoursome, unsweetend tea]

 
 


[This was a picture of another friend I made while I was there, Jim. Jim is one of those all round nice guys who is kind for no other reason than it is most natural to him. He is an American who grew up Indonesia and had just recently returned to Indo after 15 years in the US. He looked after me well and showed me around. I wish him well cause he deserves it. I liked this picture cause it looks kinds 'sin city-ish']

Of course the highlight of Bandung was the course and meeting all the great people from all over the world living and working in Indonesia but even the city itself charmed me and I am glad to have passed through it.

 


 

Family Christmas 2010

December 13, 2010
Family Christmas 2010

 
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