New Years in Surabaya Java, surprise visit!!

Here I am, in Surabaya‎, Java for New Years, Sister Janaki from Bali, invited me, it is one of the centers she manages in Indonesia. I had never heard of Surabaya before and had never visited Java before! The population is close to 3 million, mostly Muslim, Indonesia has the largest population of Muslims in the world. Surabaya is an industrial city, not very attractive, with every car manufacturing plant possible, they are all here! I have been here for 3 days and haven’t seen another Western person, in malls, taxis, anywhere! Of course I went to see a movie, the only one in English was Star Wars, the theatre was full of locals all watching this in English with subtitles (very little English is spoken here). My welcome was when I gave program this morning, I was introduced as first Western person to visit, I don’t know why but that surprised me!

The culture, in every way, is different but centers in Bali and here are doing their very best to make sure I have my salad and fruit every day (it is not something they eat).

Getting here, the flight is one hour from Bali, but the plane was half way here when pilot announced he had to go back to Denpasar, that was little scary, so one hour flight took all day before they found other plane to depart again. I have lovely large room, one with AC, Indonesians are not fond of AC, for me heat is very oppressive! You can here prayers all around you, really quite lovely; they seem to echo against one another from the different Mosques.

My sense is people work very hard here and life isn’t easy! I am beginning to see and understand how pampered we are in the west!

It is city of malls, all very large, with everything possible inside the mall, each one being bigger than the next one!‎

I leave here tomorrow for Penang for 3 days to see my friends there, before heading back to Bali.

I know, haven’t done blog on Bali yet, but will!

Happy New Year from Surabaya!!


About Betty Steinhauer

Betty Steinhauer was born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada. Even as a young mother, Betty was active in the community sitting on a number of boards and lending her expertise to various public organizations. In 1983, she founded Betty Steinhauer & Associates Ltd. a consulting firm where, for twenty-five years, she used her unique abilities to act as a catalyst, facilitator and advisor to both the private and public sectors, in forging relationships between organizations and/or individuals for mutually advantageous outcomes. For many years, Betty travelled widely in out-of-the-way areas of the world. As she travelled, the idea for The People Bridge Charitable Foundation was formed. The People Bridge was registered as a Canadian charity in 1997. The mandate of the Foundation was to facilitate important changes in the lives of ordinary people through small-scale charitable projects. Betty has now retired the Foundation that, during its lifetime, undertook over 100 projects worldwide, mostly in conjunction with organizations already working in the target area. Betty’s experience and expertise in business, along with the advice and assistance she receives from colleagues around the globe, give her a unique ability to spot the need and understand how it can be met. Betty has the unusual combination of an entrepreneur’s abilities and an intrinsic understanding of people. Betty has visited India seventeen times in the past twenty years to pursue her spiritual journey. She has frequently been a guest of the Brahma Kumaris and the World Spiritual University to study meditation and further her own spiritual life. Betty is currently active with the Steering Committee of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is an annual Forum that, it is felt, will become to the spiritual world what the Davos Forum is to the financial world. Betty makes her home in Toronto, and has published her memoir “My Way”. She began her Nomadic Internship in the summer of 2013.
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5 Responses to New Years in Surabaya Java, surprise visit!!

  1. Prue Chambers says:

    Hi Betty

    Thanks for the note and it is great hearing from you. All well here; we returned from our week for Christmas in California with Jonathan, Tina and family in time to celebrate the New Year and are delighted that to date we have had no bad weather!

    We are going up to the Briars for a couple of days next month for a winter break and then will be home until we go to Hong Kong and do a cruise in the far East in April.

    Let us know as and when you will be in town and we will plan a get-together; meantime, Happy New Year and love as always


  2. dimtsoukala says:

    Om Shanti! and Happy New Year!! Sweet Angel I am very happy hearing your lovely news! Your life is unbelievable… I am very happy..too



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  3. Harry, wishing you all the very best of 2016!Betty Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Rogers network. From: The Nomadic InternSent: Saturday, January 2, 2016 10:59 AMTo: bettypbf@interlog.comReply To: comment+c3kfn79j_rbw2a9t1m3lxauhg@comment.wordpress.comSubject: [The Nomadic Intern ] Comment: “New Years in Surabaya Java, surprise visit!!”

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  4. Harry Sifton says:

    Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year Betty 🙂

  5. Happy new year to you. Best wishes for 2016


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