Monthly Archives: August 2009

The Beach

Last week, we were able to take a trip down to the beach on the south coast of Java for a few days.  This was a much needed vacation, since things have been nonstop since we arrived, and we had just finished the first unit of our language learning.  We were both pretty wiped out, so this was an excellent opportunity to istirahat (rest)!  The beach was beautiful, though maybe not the best for swimming.  However, after a few days Elizabeth really started to enjoy playing in the sand!


We needed the rest, and came back ready to go with more language learning.  I don’t think we realized how tired and stressed we were until we got out of the house and went to the beach!


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Elizabeth on the Move

Elizabeth has been about to crawl for the past two weeks, and she finally crawled for the first time 2 days ago.  We missed getting that one on video, but here’s one of the first few times she really did it:

Elizabeth Crawls from Matt Menger on Vimeo.

Soon, we’ll post some pictures and video from our trip to the beach and from Tujuh Belas Agustus.  We’re starting into Unit 2 of 6 in our language learning tomorrow, so things are hopping here in Bandung!

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A Little Different than Soccer

Just around the corner form our house, there’s been a futsal tournament going on.  Futsal is a variation on soccer, but from my perspective it is much more difficult and very fast!  It is played on a smaller, concrete field with a very lightweight ball.  It is incredibly fast-moving, which makes for an exciting sport. 

The tournament is being held for Tujuh Belas Agustus (the 17th of August), which is Indonesian Independence Day.  The whole neighborhood is celebrating with games, sports, and flags and decorations everywhere.  We’re excited to be here for this – we’ve got a few Indonesian flags and some bunting up in front of our house as well.  Think of it as a week-long celebration of the 4th of July.

I attempted to play futsal last week, but any little bit of soccer skill I might have had went completely out the window: it’s a completely different game!  Here’s a short video of the tournament I watched last night.  I apologize for the quality – I took it with my cell phone, since that’s all I had handy.

Futsal 10Aug09 from Matt Menger on Vimeo.

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A Tour of Our House!

Hello everyone! Here is a tour of our house that we are renting for our year of language school here in Bandung. We feel blessed to have such a nice house (twice as big as both of our previous apartments), and are having a lot of fun decorating it with lots of Indonesian stuff. We hope that everything is clear in this video, and make sure to watch for the special message 🙂 from Elizabeth at the end!

House Tour! from Matt Menger on Vimeo.


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mengandung, or mengundang?

Today in class, I (Matt) was practicing by having a conversation with a fellow student, Paul, in which I was inviting him to eat dinner at a restaurant with me that night.  What I actually said was something like “I am pregnant…”  A simple switch of two vowels: a and u!  Mengundang means “to invite” but mengandung means “be pregnant with.” We all had a good laugh, and I don’t know if I will ever be able to invite someone to dinner without  smiling!

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