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    DON'T PANIC.... well, maybe a little bit.

    It is an interesting statistical quirk that the Sinovac shots are more effective at preventing ICU admission than at preventing death.
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    What Movie to Watch Nowdays when The Cinema are Open?

    I said, "weekend", but it was actually "tanggal merah", specifically, Good Friday. 35k was the covid-era price at XXI in Summarecon Mal Serpong.
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    What Movie to Watch Nowdays when The Cinema are Open?

    My family and I went to see Godzilla vs. Kong last weekend. It was a fun monster movie, as long as you do not get too hung up on the predictability, ridiculous pseudo-science, or lack of anything resembling a coherent plot. Still worth the 35k per person to watch in a fiercely socially distanced...
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    When do the schools go back after Corona?

    JIS has announced the resumption of in-person learning: https://www.thejakartapost.com/adv/2021/04/08/jakarta-intercultural-school-resumes-on-campus-learning.html
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    Travel and the Rapid Test

    This is an interesting question. One solution might be to do your rapid test at a location away from the airport first. Then, if it is (false) "positive", you can retest at a different location. If the second test is "non reactive", just throw away the first one and use the second one to travel.
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    Indonesian born children speaking exclusively English

    This is true. The kids in Central and East Java even have to learn two separate scripts, as Javanese has its own Sanskrit-inspired script.
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    Astra Zanica jabs at private hospitals

    I know quite a few wealthy people who are already fully vaccinated, despite meeting none of the official criteria. (Fwiw, I am a non-wealthy person who is fully vaccinated due to being a teacher)
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    Travel and the Rapid Test

    I am fine with testing; I just want to save the time and money that a 5-day quarantine would cost.
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    Travel and the Rapid Test

    I am still holding out hope that the government will lift quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated foreign arrivals. I have already received both doses of the Sinovac shot. Returning from a trip to the US in late June, it would be nice to be able to go straight home from the airport instead...
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    Best food to get delivered during Covid-19 lockdown

    My family and I are big fans of the Ikea restaurant, so we have ordered from them several times since they started partnering with Go-Food
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    When do the schools go back after Corona?

    Vaccinating children is unlikely to happen in the near future because, as far as I know, the Sinovac and AZ vaccines are not doing any Stage 3 trials on populations under 18 years old. That said, once the vaccines are approved for children, the Education Ministry could make them mandatory for...
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    When do the schools go back after Corona?

    https://www.kompas.com/edu/read/2021/03/30/131305671/mendikbud-semua-sekolah-wajib-sudah-belajar-tatap-muka-di-juli-2021 (Google Translate: " Minister of Education and Culture: All Compulsory Schools Have Face-to-Face Learning in July 2021")
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    DON'T PANIC.... well, maybe a little bit.

    I have not heard anything directly answering your question, but the Minister of Education has publicly stated that all teachers will be vaccinated before 1 July so that all schools throughout Indonesia can have in-person instruction starting in July. Reading between the lines, that should mean...
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    DON'T PANIC.... well, maybe a little bit.

    48 hours after my second shot, and I am feeling great! No side effects other than the aforementioned brief coughing spell yesterday (which was most likely just mild allergies unrelated to the shot).
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    DON'T PANIC.... well, maybe a little bit.

    Older (long expired) versions of KITAS cards did have a NIK on them. They also look nearly identical to KTP except for having an additional line that includes the "Nomor Kitas".
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    DON'T PANIC.... well, maybe a little bit.

    Thank you for the detailed description of the vaccination process. My school has registered all WNI teachers to receive the free shot, but the school itself seems to be pretty far back in the queue. They also said that they were not allowed to register KITAS / KITAP holders. Due to not receiving...
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    DON'T PANIC.... well, maybe a little bit.

    They quietly started approving teachers two weeks ago, though the quotas were quite small and filled up within a couple hours of becoming available (at least for the publicly-funded ones).
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    Indonesian born children speaking exclusively English

    A couple of years ago, one of my G10 students remarked, "When Cinta Laura speaks Bahasa Indonesia, her accent is terrible. It sounds like yours, Mr. Eric." Ouch!
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    Indonesian born children speaking exclusively English

    It is similar at my current and former schools. The curriculum is in English. Kids learn Mandarin from nursery to G10 and Bahasa Indonesia from P1 through G12. PPKN is taught in Bahasa Indonesia. 75-80% of my G10 students speak English at home. In my old and current school, WNI students sit for...
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    Are you ready for Jokowi-Prabowo 2024?

    He is a moderate in a country being besieged by KSA-funded religious fanatics. I am glad that he finally stepped up and disbanded FPI. He resists calls for bullsh*t policies such as the prohibition of alcohol. He has a pragmatic approach to foreign policy, following the precedent of being...

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