Merry Christmas & Farewell

We thought it was time to farewell our Manado blog adventure with one final post.

Since returning to Australia, we have been busy catching up with friends and family – we’ve even managed to meet up with some fellow Manado expats who are now practically our neighbours once again!

We’ve settled back into our family house and apart from a few bumps and scratches from the tenants, it is so nice to be home. I (Julie) am already busying myself with mini home renovation projects, much to Jason’s displeasure however he did promise me funding for when we return to do so – easy to forget such a promise after 12 months <grin>.

Christmas celebrations started for us a few days ago with a BBQ dinner and now we have 5 lunches straight over the festive season to attend. There will be so much wine flowing after 12 months of sparse intake (due to the price in Indonesia). Tip: A good time to buy shares in Dan Murphy’s.

We would like to thank all our followers for their comments recently, which saw us win Gold in the Expat Blog Awards! But, most of all thank you for sharing our journey.

It is really too early to say where we will go next because the thought of another packing carton sends shivers down my spine <Julie>. We are however hopeful that there will be another Expat blog on the horizon in the future.

Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to you all.

Best Wishes,

The Nitz Family xo

Harry & Santa

Harry & Santa

Ah! Champagne.

Ah! Champagne.

1st Christmas Lunch

1st Christmas Lunch

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

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Home and Happy

After nearly 12 months in a luxury pet motel, our Scottish Fold cat Islay (pronounced eye-la) came home to our house yesterday. We thought she may have been shell-shocked after so long in an unfamiliar place, but she fell straight back into her old routine of following Harrison and Julie around the house and crying out for food every time they passed her bowl. It didn’t take long last night for her to be back up on the bed looking for cuddles and a nap. It’s so good to have her back home.

Many thanks to Paul and staff at the Brisbane Pet Motel for looking after Islay all this time and treating her as one of their own.

Islay and Harrison

Islay and Harrison

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Dua Ibu’s

Two Ibu's

In Bahasa Indonesia, Ibu means ‘Mother’ or a way of politely addressing a woman. ‘Dua’ is the number two. This is Yuna who was my housekeeper and second mother, since she took such good care of  Harrison and I for an entire year like we were her family. You will be missed and not forgotten ♥

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Expat Blog Interview

Our interview on expatsblog.com website is now up for viewing. You can find the link by clicking here. Be sure to add a comment if you haven’t already done so – it won’t be long before the winners for 2012 are announced and your comments could help us win the title!

On our last visit to the Novotel in Manado we were given a bit of a show. Just before sunset a large cloud rose over Gunung Klabat (Mt Klabat – a dormant volcano) and was hit by the setting sun. Great example of a cloudburst and quite spectacular.

Cloudburst over Gunung Klabat

Cloudburst over Gunung Klabat

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Karaoke in Manado

After 11 months in Manado, it was inevitable – Julie participated in Karaoke. Not just one song, but about five in a row because it was so much fun! Huge thanks to Renee and Vivi from Grand Kawanua International City, beautiful girls and great singers! To the keyboard guy (Bryan), Eye of the Tiger. Eat your heart out Survivor! Happy memories.

Karaoke Girls

Karaoke Girls

Julie & Vivi

Julie & Vivi

Cheeky!

Cheeky!

Eye of Tiger - eat your heart out.

Eye of Tiger – eat your heart out.

Want to sing H?

Want to sing H?

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Support Our Blog

Dear Followers,

We have recently been nominated for the Best Expat Blog Award 2012!

Could our loyal readers and followers please post a comment by clicking the below link to support our entry:

http://www.expatsblog.com/blogs/900/our-spice-islands-adventure

We hope you are enjoying our adventures and thank you VERY much for your loyalty over the past 12 months.

Sincerely,

Jason, Julie & Harri

Expat Blog Awards 2012

Expat Blog Awards 2012

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The Blue Ninjas

Meet the “Blue Ninjas”, a nickname which has circulated for the Gardeners of our complex at Grand Kawanua International City.

They have come to know Harrison very well over the past year and always wave & smile every time we cross paths.

The small things that we will miss.

Harri and the Ninjas.

Harri and the Ninjas.

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Last Day of School

Harrison celebrated his final school day at Sekolah Citra Kasih on Friday, 2 November. He takes with him a wonderful experience and many happy memories. Thank you to Miss Sintia (Principal), Miss Linda (Teacher) and all other staff. A special goodbye to Miss Jelly from Harri xx

Harrison & Miss Linda (Teacher)

Harrison & Miss Linda (Teacher)

Class 2A, 2012

Class 2A, 2012

Harrison and his farewell poster card.

Harrison and his farewell poster card.

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Progress in Manado

It has been almost 12 months since we arrived in Manado and shortly after our arrival developers started clearing some land just outside our Villa Complex at Grand Kawanua to build what we believe may be the new Government Offices.

We have been rather impressed watching each day as they put the jigsaw puzzle together, and there have been many pieces if you take into account the glass windows and the gold dome shape thingamajig.

It’s a shame we won’t be here to view the complete product.

Impressive

Impressive

Piece by Piece

Piece by Piece

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Pa, Friends & Hermit Crabs

Pa (Julie’s Dad) has been visiting again! This is his third trip to Manado since we arrived in late 2011. As always, his presence brings so much delight to Harrison, his grandson. Pa (Doug) has been diving since before Julie was born so the minute he found out we were off to Manado for work, he was booking his flights before we’d even arrived – slight exaggeration but not by much. For those of you who don’t know, Manado is renowned for its superb scuba-diving.

Pa, H, J & J

Pa, H, J & J

This weekend we did another Island hop. Harrison made a new friend from France (Juliano) and they remained buddies from start to finish. H also found a new hobby, collecting Hermit Crabs in his makeshift home (a plastic container). We allowed him 1 hour of ‘pet time’ which meant, he had to release them after approximately 1 hour and find new prisoners *cough* pets.

Harrison & Juliano

Harrison & Juliano

Hermit Crab Hobby

Hermit Crab Hobby

H's Hermit Pet

H’s Hermit Pet

It might be time to point out that our time in Manado is soon coming to an end, so we will be wrapping up our blog with a few more posts on our overall experience, including a few highlights and recognitions of those who made life so much easier and enjoyable during our adventure.

Thank you Pa for your visit — happy memories.

Pa & H

Pa & H

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