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  • ross1948 9:18 am on March 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Expat Teachers? Anxiety Attacks? Here’s The Cure! 

    I must say I never suffered from ‘anxiety’ during my years as an English teacher in Jakarta.



    Occasional exasperation at kids whose parents paid good money to the owners of schools where I taught, kids who had no interest in learning whatsoever – yes, I suffered that.


    And occasional hangovers.

    Some foreigners did get uptight, anxious, even, and some went home after just a year or two, stressed out, as they put it, by the traffic…



    …and the heat, the bureaucracy, the exploitative employers.

    But I loved my work around the steamy city and still count many of my former students as friends, with whom I meet socially often enough.

    Some days were better than others ( see ‘hangovers’ above) and I’m sure being President of the USA can make a person tired, stressed and even anxious…


    …from time to time.

    But I never exploited my students to assuage my occasional stress.

    That makes me different from Sleazy Bill.

    When some people experience anxiety, they go for a walk or meditate. Others binge on their favorite comfort food. But former President Bill Clinton has his own coping mechanism: Having sex with interns. https://www.theblaze.com/news/bill_clinton_monica_lewinsky_sex_anxieties

    Now let’s remind ourselves – what exactly is an intern?

    1. a student or trainee who works, sometimes without pay, at a trade or occupation in order to gain work experience.

    ‘…he looked at Lewinsky as ‘something that will take your mind off it for a while,'” reported the Daily Mail.

    Of course it must be horrible to be married to Madam Deplorable, but…



    …when there are all kinds of unattached women in one’s world…

    ….and many of them probably keener to hook up with a head of state than with a low-salaried language teacher, why pick on a girl whose career advancement depends on your goodwill?

    the country’s 43rd president described his sexual affair with Monica Lewinsky as one of the “things I did to manage my anxieties.”


    ‘Something that will take your mind off it for a while’

    “Hillary” premieres Friday on Hulu

    • Jim Ex Jakarta 12:32 pm on March 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I remember those Jakarta de-stress nights in Top Gun and before that in Tanamur!
      But seriously, Clinton is an eternal stain on America, not his misdeeds but the hypocrisy of the Dems and the media that still treat him as a hero.


    • Gaz Gainey 1:22 pm on March 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I never had any anxieties while I was teaching in Jakarta.
      Between Blok M and Jl. Jaksa, even if I had, there were enough cures available.

      I knew some guys who would hit on students in their classes but only in the adult classes. It was not only, or mostly, a moral consideration, most of us did not want that kind of complication at work.
      Clinton obviously was the big boss and felt above all that.

      If Clinton had anything like a conscience, he would have done the right thing years ago when he admitted he was a liar.
      He would have quit but he relied on the Democrats in Washington to stop impeachment and still he struts around like he’s cock of the walk, if that is not a bad choice of words on my part!
      He was the worst ever president, in my opinion.
      I won’t use my real name here, in case I ever decide to come back to teaching again.


  • ross1948 12:22 pm on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    As Obama Bullies Schools, Jakarta Governor Bans Islamist Coercion! 

    It’s sickening to see American children being targetted by that Obama diktat demanding sexual aberrants be admitted to school-girls’ restrooms..


    Freak Show – Don’t Let Clinton Continue Obama’s Evil! 

    …so let’s not get on too high a horse about Indonesian school practices we deem inappropriate. 
    But since I live in Indonesia, and have already written about the latest lurch towards Obamanisation in the USA, today I focus on my city of residence, and have to say… 

    ‘Good for Jakarta’s Governor Ahok!’

    This past weekend he met with 1700 school principals and warned them to stop coercing their female students into head-scarves.

    It turns out he issued the same ban during his time as head of the district of Belitung in the Bangka Belitung province in 2006. In Belitung, “93 percent of the students are Muslim.”


    ahok Ahok

    “All of a sudden, teachers made it compulsory for all [female] students to wear headscarves…”


    He’s not always right…Aduh! Adieu Kali Jodo?…but basically he’s a good bloke…

    Hurrah for Ahok – Jakarta Governor Speaks Up for Religious Liberty! 

    …who has had to face vicious sectarian bigotry here in Jakarta, from the nastiest elements in the land.


    • devil destroyed
    • And not only the nastiest but the stupidest, jihadist jerks who are unable to distinguish between Christians and Jews!

    Jakarta Jew-Haters Boo Chinese Christian Candidate 

    “You may believe that headscarves will lead to salvation. I encourage you if you want to teach your students how to read the Koran. I will support you…




    …But you can’t force female children to wear headscarves. I won’t argue it theologically, but please don’t force children like that..”

    Yes, bullying in schools, especially dogma-driven bullying by teachers, is unpleasant.

    But Ahok could of course have argued it theologically had he chosen to. His evidence would be, for a start, the sights he sees as he goes around the 90% Muslim capital city which he governs.

    Here in Jakarta, scarfing is alas more common than it was when I arrived in Indonesia many years ago.

    • jilbabless

    But on any given day, on the buses and other public transport I use, it’s uncommon to see a majority of women hiding the lovely hair God gave them.

    The exceptions are when I board a bus that originates from Tangerang, one of the satellite cities where the most backward Islamist elements hold sway.


    Mayor imposes Islamic dress code on state workers

    Jakarta (AsiaNews/SCMP) – The mayor of Tangerang, a suburb of Jakarta, ordered all public employees to cover their heads and respect Islamic dress code on Fridays. 

    Friday is the holy day for Muslims. Women will be asked to wear Islamic headscarves and long-sleeved shirts to cover their arms; men will have to wear Islamic loose-fitting shirts. The mayor’s spokesman, Achmad Chairuddin, told the Jakarta Post that “the new arrangement is a direct order from the mayor…Muslim dress reflects the municipality’s devout image.”  

    Indonesian Pogrom Province’s Election Choice – Bigotry, Bigotry or Bigotry! 


    Ahok could also point to various sources reported here on this blog over the years. 

    ‘An Archaic Tribal Rag’ – Wise UK Muslim Imam Says ‘Ban the Burqa!’ 

    It’s on the BBC! Bag-Head Bans Do Not Infringe Religious Liberty! 

    Fiery Islamists – ‘Head-Scarves NOT a Big Issue!’ 

    Then he added an encouraging anecdote from his days as head of local government in that distant island province…. 

    “I don’t want [children to treat headscarves] like napkins. The second a student leaves the school ground and hop on her dad’s motorcycle she would take [the headscarf] off,” Ahok cited one example in Belitung.

    …which goes to show that young people can and should make up their own minds, guided by caring parents.

    The principle of school uniform has great merit, but not as a means of sectarian branding. 

    • Wulan 1:09 pm on June 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This is good for Ahok to do.
      I wish he can be president of Indonesia, it is very dissapointing with Jokowi who is giving no help to Ahmadiyya or Christian people who get bad treatment.


    • irwan 1:47 pm on June 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Ahok is a fair and good governor here in Jakarta, and he was very fair and very good in the regency where he was before.
      Everybody liked him because NO corruption.
      Please write about Teman Ahok movement. .


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