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indonesia - johnt's (m/25/united states) reflections after years there in their teens

posted by johnt on 01/18/14.


What brought you to indonesia? Where were you before? What made you choose indonesia over any other place you could've gone?

I actually didn't choose Indonesia. In 2005, I was only 12 at the time, I was living in Mandeville, Louisiana. In April of that year, my dad, who at the time worked for Halliburton Oil Services, found out that he was being transferred and he had the option of going to Houston, Texas or Balikpapan, Indonesia. Even though he's originally from Dallas, you can imagine how badly he did not want to get sucked into Houston, the black hole of the oil field, when he instead took his wife and three kids across the world to Indonesia. This was just completely unexpected. I remember that he had literally two weeks earlier bought my mother a brand new Ford Expedition that would now sit in storage while we were overseas. So, in June of 2005, we left for Balikpapan Indonesia.

We ended up dodging a bullet, because as some of you know, in August of 2005 Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans (across Lake Pontchartrain from us) and my whole neighborhood was flooded.

How does the city you live in in indonesia compare to other cities in indonesia?

I lived in both Jakarta...

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