Week 2 at Jamu Spa School | Language, Learnings, and Lack of sleep

I can’t believe it’s only been like a week and a half since I arrived from Singapore. I feel like I’ve been living here for a month. Either that’s a sign I’m not having fun or that I’ve assimilated a little to fast to Bali. I’m sure it’s the latter though. I’m quite enjoying the course and the days end just like that. It’s weird I haven’t actually done much these past 10 days but at the same time a lot of things happened..

  • I walked the road toward the beach and discovered the ‘tourist’ end as well as a pretty good bakso place and fruit stand where I got Durian (DURIAN!!!)
  • I’ve swum in the pool about 4 times now – never thought I’d be keen on having a house with a pool but I wouldn’t mind it
  • I think I go to my local grocer 2 times a day (and not just one store). On that note I walked 2km just to check out a grocery store called Pepito
  • My air conditioner had to be repaired twice
  • I’m catching up with series How to get away with murder. Loooove it
  • I discovered theres an entire bookshelf downstairs in the common area!
  • Andree and Ayu took me and 2 other house guests from Japan out to dinner the other night – a placed named SUKI XO where we had chinese hot pot!
  • I know where to get my bananas cheap
  • I’ve learned numbers 1-10 and how to say ‘no chilli / no spice’
  • My neighbours are Russian and don’t seem to want to be friends
  • Japanese and Chinese people make up what seems like 70% of the tourists here in Nusa Dua
  • I befriended an older Chinese lady named Ada from school whose very keen to work with me in starting up a business in Sydney (we hadn’t even had a conversation)
  • I can’t believe I’ve learned all the content of a 200 page Anatomy textbook in 7 days.
  • The locals think I’m Indonesian and I laugh every time I can feel them waiting for a response and I’m seemingly deaf
  • I took my first Go Jek to Discovery Mal in Kuta
  • I finally got my replacement card from Citibank and activated it today (yay access to money again!)
  • My iphone home button is broken again
  • I still haven’t read another chapter of the book I brought from Singapore

Ok so I pretty much revised my week’s goings ons but at least it’ll remind me what life was when I read this years later. To sum up, I’ve been learning things quickly about living here and I’ve been lacking sleep.

I have 8 hours of the day to myself – how am I lacking sleep?! 

Well I sure ain’t on a holiday here. A diploma is a diploma and getting educated requires commitment, diligence, and a lot of brain power. Class starts at 9 every day but I make an effort to get in by 8.45am so I have time to change and get settled in. I put in 30-45mins of exercise every morning before I have breakfast at around 8.20-8.30am. School finishes at about 4.30pm and by that time all I want to do is forget I’m studying and rush home or to the grocery store to find something to eat! Once I’ve had some R&R I do things like clean the floor, wash the dishes or do my laundry. I’ll squeeze in like 30mins – 1hour of study before I have to think about going out for dinner. Before I know it, it’s 9pm and I should get back to my assignment. But sometimes I just want to write, or read, or watch a series, do lumosity or duolingo on my phone, or chat to someone. Oh hey, now it’s 11pm and I still want to do my assignment. So I sit there on my laptop researching away as my eyes shift to clock at 11.40pm.. 11.45pm.. 11.50pm.. and eventually I find myself spread out like a starfish in bed, yawning with wet eyes and locking my phone screen that reads 12.25am.

My brain is overloaded with new information, I’m trying to exercise in the mornings but it feels like I’m tiring out my body, and I’m eating within the hour of going to bed which doesn’t help my energy levels.

Getting local means learning the language 

So i haven’t learn’t much. I can only say 1-10 in Indonesian comfortably but I’m still speaking english at the counter. Not everyone speaks english here, especially the locals. You can certainly get by without learning any Indonesian but it would save a lot of frustration and miscommunication by knowing some words. I find that even if the locals speak english, there’s a lot of simple terms they don’t know and they wish they could help. The most important phrase to learn in any country I think is ‘Thank you’. And smiling goes a long way.

Interesting things I learned this week.. 

How often do you hear someone say ‘I gotta get some sun and Vitamin D!’? Yeah. So up until now I always thought we got Vitamin D from the sun. But actually it’s the UV rays that react with dehydrocholesterol in our skin to produce vitamin D. So we’re the manufacturers :D. The reason we need vitamin D is to absorb calcium and promote bone growth (which happens until were 25

Like how cows are sacred to India, geckos are sacred to the balinese. My teacher told me about this one in class today. I don’t know how it came up. But geckos are believed to bring good luck to a house. They’re cute little things and I like seeing them randomly pop up on walls. Some people might liken them to crickets but their calls are not annoying at all. It’s almost as if they’re calling ‘gecko.. gecko.. gecko..’ ha-ha. Apparently if you hear them during your prayers at a temple it’s a sign that god has blessed you, but if you hear them from the West side or something, then it’s bad luck!

Death by durians! Another random topic that came up in class. We weren’t even talking about food or nutrients. But apparently there have been numerous cases of Indonesian people dying from consuming too much durian. I did some quick research and I think most durian-related death cases have been from people being hit in the head by a falling one. But there are indeed cases where people consumed too much of it and died – in one case a man was suffering from diabetes and hypertension and he died from a heart attack after consuming too much. It IS extremely  sweet and the creamy texture is addictive but I definitely can’t take more than a few spoonfuls. Those with diabetes beware! Also I just read this which made me laugh:

Durian is believed to be an aphrodisiac, leading to an Indonesian saying: durian jatuh sarung naik, meaning “the durians fall and the sarongs rise.

An ostrich has eyes that are two inches across. Each eye weights more than their brain. I’ve always thought ostriches to be very dangerous animals. Large eye balls are freaky. But to know the brain is even smaller than one eye? What’s not to be afraid of!!

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