what the air conditioner hum drowns out

Slice of Life

Slice of Life

All through the night, the constant rhythmic hum of the air conditioner drowns out:

  • The call to prayer from local mosques.
  • The bleating of sheep and clucking of chickens from the kampung or village up beyond the gates.
  • The driving rain and sometimes thunder of night storms.
  • The satpams’ (security guards) revving up their ojeks (motorbikes) on their routine patrols around the neighborhood.
  • The gekkos chirping around the room.
  • Creaks and pops of an Indonesian home–lovely but with the random hairline crack in the wall.
  • My pembantu (housekeeper) watching t.v. after I’ve gone to bed.
  • My pembantu waking up before me to start the day.
  • The sweet little grannies sweeping the street with their bundles of straw and wide brimmed hats early in the morning.
  • Drivers from nearby villages arriving by ojek in the morning to take families to work and school.



About jaclynfre

Tech integration specialist, recipe adventurer, fast walker, sporadic writer, aunt, sister and daughter
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6 Responses to what the air conditioner hum drowns out

  1. Bruce Frens says:

    So many of your posts bring back memories of Korea in 1970 – the security guards, the straw brooms, the rain, etc. We even had a window air conditioner in the livingroom!

  2. jhaworthoy says:

    So many sounds…some you might like to hear…others not so much. I am learning bits of a new language by reading your posts….love that you do this…’ojeks’…etc. This brings more color to your words and make me want to travel to new lands. Thanks…I always feel good after reading your posts. Jackie http://familytrove.blogspot.com/

  3. Two years and finishing strong... says:

    Someday….I hope to go. I love the idea of the geckos chirping. In so many ways it reminds me of Ecuador…but maybe greener. xo

  4. Betsy says:

    Listen to all that, wow, there is a lot to drown out! Great descriptions of all the noises you are hearing or not hearing 🙂

  5. Lisa Schra says:


    Enjoy your break! Where will you be going?

    I enjoyed this post. It gives me a better sense of your environment, which is to say, quite different than Vienna!

    Safe travels and have fun!


    On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 6:02 AM, jakartajackie

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