From Jakarta with Love

November 27, 2010

Yesterday I posted about the reason for my trip to Indonesia here but today I wanted to share a little of the travel side of my trip. Indonesia has some of the most beautiful landscape, beaches and some of the best tasting food around! I would recommend it to anyone and if you plan well and are flexible you can do it on a pretty tight budget.

First stop was the crazy city of Jakarta. It is the most populous city in Indonesia and in Southeast Asia, and is the twelfth-largest city in the world (at about 9, 580 000 people). The metropolitan area, Jabodetabek, is the second largest in the world. Key words to describe Jakarta:

  • Traffic : You literally just have to walk across the road waving down cars cause there is no gaps in the flow of traffic
  • Good Food: Pedang (see next post)
  • Rich History: The city has been around since the fourth century
  • Pollution: Crazy smog
  • Islam: About 86% of Indonesia in Muslim.                                       

    Here are a few pics from my time in Jakarta:

    [Here is the Monas (National Monument) which stands at 132m tall. My guide Kameel affectionately referred to it as the 'Giant Penis of Jakarta'. It is rather phallic looking]


    [This is the traffic I was talking about, millions (literally) of motorbikes, everywhere!]

    [This was the 'homestay' that I stayed at. A simple room with bathroom and A/C. It was the sixth room that I looked at. Some of the rooms in this area were pretty crummy, glorified cupboards really]


    [I feel sorry for the people who ride bicycles around the city. You take your life in your hands]


    [My city walk guide Kameel (aka Penis Man) who took my on the public transport and walked me around parts of the Jakarta] 


    [A typical street in Indonesia, in fact it is quite typical for South East Asia]

    So this is a little snapshot of my two days in Jakarta. Here is a travel quote that kept me company on this trip, 'The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see' (GK Chestorton)



    Learning Transformation in Indonesia (Part II)

    November 26, 2010
    Well, Yesterday I arrived back from my (amazing) time in Indonesia. First things first, Indonesia is hot, Bali inhumane! Secondly if travelling to Bali, save a little extra money to make sure you can afford a room with A/C to prevent a core temperature raise and it's accompanying sensations of lethargy, fatigue and a general snail like disposition.

    Heat aside, Indonesia is truly a remarkable place (more on that in a follow up post) with wonderful people, great food and beautiful landscape. As outlined in Part I of this post the purpose of my visit was to attend Core Coaching Skills Training with the good people of Creative Results Management. My time with them did not disappoint. Participants: warm, friendly and interesting. Trainers: committed, creative and experienced. Training: stimulating, relevant and very practical. Well since a picture speaks a thousand words, let me now share 6000 words (and a few comments) with you that will hopefully give you some insight into my time there.


    [Fellow trainees from all over including Indonesia (of course), Australia, New Zealand, China, USAmercia and SA]

    [Here is one definition of coaching that I think is pretty good and was used for our training: Coaching is an intentional, ongoing conversation that empowers a person or group to fully live out God's calling ]


    [Curtis \c(u) - is pronounced KERT-iss. It is of English and Old French origin, and the meaning of Curtis is 'courteous or polite' (you decide?) and according to this name was most popular in the 1960's, nuff said]


    [This was the particular model we were trained: C.O.A.C.H]

    [For those who care about the content of the training, here was the week schedule. For the rest (all?) here is a more interesting link to follow]


    [And finally, this is me in 'action' bringing my spirit inspired, judgement free, person centered, empathetic, non-directive, open question driven, goal focused, action oriented, awareness raising, I probably should smile more, self into a practice coaching session]


    Being in a room with so many people committed to the development, growth, health and well being of others was a gift in itself. Seeing the power of coaching (sometimes in a simple 15 minute conversation) is just mind blowing. Those who have experienced coaching will tell you about its power. Thinking about future possibilities of coaching within our work as NieuCommunities and with other organisations, churches and individuals we work with. Feeling affirmed and empowered in my desire to come alongside others as they figure out life, love, God and all the big and small stuff that entails. 


    Powerful, Pivotal and I am almost certain a key moment that I will look back on in my vocational journey.



    Quote of the day: Joan Chittister

    November 9, 2010

    "Once upon a time, the story goes, a preacher ran through the streets of the city shouting, 'We must put God into our lives. We must put God into our lives.' And hearing him, the old monastic rose up in the city plaza to say, 'No, sir, you are wrong. You see, God is already in our lives. Our task is simply to recognize that.'"

    Joan Chittister, 


    The Sacrament of Everyday things

    November 8, 2010
    For those of you, like me, who believe in the Sacrament of the Everyday will enjoy this quote from my friend Hannah

     "Drink your tea slowly and reverently as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future live the actual moment, only this moment is life" -Thich Nhat Hanh


    Reconciliation in Wordle

    November 6, 2010
    This last Monday I submitted my 1st paper for my Social and Political Ethics Class on Reconciliation and Nation Building. It was entitled the Essence and Meaning of Reconciliation. Here is the wordle from that paper. If you have no idea what wordle or a tag cloud is then check it out here


    Learning Transformation in Indonesia?

    November 3, 2010
    Next week I leave to go to Bandung Indonesia for two weeks for a Core Coaching course with our friends over at As you can imagine I am ecstatic about it.

    What is Coaching?

    I think that my favourite simple definition of it is ‘a transformational conversation’. This means that while it is a conversation, it is an intentional conversation that has as its aim the transformation of the person.  As most of you would know that in my life I have become persuaded that God is truly the source of transformation but coaching is one of the ways in which we can become aware of and engage in this journey of transformation.  The primary way that it seeks to facilitate this transformation is through ‘bridging the knowing and doing gap’, our problem is not that we don't know what to do but rather that we don't actually do it.  In other words coaching seeks to move the person from ‘head knowledge’ to ‘life knowledge’ through:

    • Clarifying goals
    • Connecting with motivation
    • Creating awareness
    • Helping to formulate a plan
    • Initiating Action Steps
    • Providing accountability

    It’s not hard to see why something like coaching would be helpful in the work of leadership development?

    Why is it important for our work in NieuCommunities?

    NieuCommunities is focused on empowering leaders, and coaching is by its very nature developmental. It helps people to respond to challenges in their context. It helps them to figure out the resources they have available within themselves and their community and it assumes that the person is the expert in their world. It dramatically challenges the ‘dependency syndrome’ and is really effective in cross cultural work. The reason that I am going for this training is to (a) develop my own coaching skills (b) set up coaching structures in NieuCommunities (c) Set up coaching structures in our partner organisations (d) train other coaches in these organisations (see reason 2 below)

    Why Indonesia?

    Two reasons:

    • The Price:  CreativeResultManagement is commited to faith based ministries and NGO‘s and so offered me the training for $500 instead of the normal price of $2450!


    • The Licence: They offer a license (including materials, PowerPoint’s and facilitators guide) to those who complete their ‘Core Coaching’ course. This license allows me to run a three day ‘Leader as Coach’ workshop which is perfect for cross cultural faith based and NGO work.

    Thought I would just keep you in the loop and give you a taste of what the bulk of my work and energies will be focused on next year.I will be writing and speaking a lot more about coaching after this trip, and its place in our work, as I will know a lot more about it and have some new and deeper insights. Hope that all is well with you and your families. 



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