On May 14th we moved into Medan. The day was packed end to end with a flurry of activity. Here’s what it looked like:
4:30 Wake up in Singapore, get the girls ready, finish packing, and check out of hotel.
5:00 Get in a cab and head to the airport.
5:40 Retrieve 180 kg of baggage from the airport luggage storage, check into flight.
6:00 Grab breakfast and chase the inexplicably energetic girls around the airport.
6:50 Arrive at gate.
7:15 Board the plane. Traveling with young children gets you to the front of the line!
7:40 Depart Singapore (gain an hour because of the time zone change)
8:00 Land in Medan, go through immigration, collect baggage, explain to immigration and customs officer why we have so much stuff for just four of us.
8:30 Meet Pastor Aladdin, load luggage into the car, depart the airport, and head for home.
10:00 Arrive at our new home in Medan, unload luggage, talk with land lords, hire house help, take a short break. The house is a bustle of activity as workers are doing some general repairs outside the house.
11:00 Head to the local super market to pick up essentials: dishes, utensils, and food. Head to local Indomaret (like a 7-11) and pay the power bill.
13:00 Arrive back at the house. Prepare a quick lunch (PB&J, bananas, frozen peas).
13:30 Matthew goes with Pastor Aladdin to sign up for internet services. Kali and the girls stay home to rest and start unpacking the girls’ toys.
15:00 Matthew and Aladdin return home and share a coke and conversation. Pastor Aladdin returns to his family.
16:00 Begin attempting to order food for dinner. The internet service provider arrives to install internet.
16:40 Successfully order food for dinner. The internet service provider leaves without installing internet and will return tomorrow. (But he didn’t)
17:15 Dinner arrives. A&W with an Indonesian twist. Matthew’s burger had red cabbage, mayo, pineapple, and beef bacon. It came with a free side of chicken and rice. Kali ordered a mango chicken taco which came in something like a big green pita. The girls had chicken tenders. We all enjoyed some root beer.
6:00 Workers and house help leave. We have the house to ourselves.
7:00 We have family devotions and prayers and put the girls to bed.
7:30 We begin to unpack.
9:30 We sit down and reflect on the day.