Sunday, November 11, 2007

Where are all the parks?

Last month, I thought it would be a great idea to make a list of the Top 10 Parks in Palembang. I have been looking around but after 16 days, I've only managed to find one other. And, its in the same neighborhood as the previous one.


At least this time there were some swings that could still be used and Aaron enjoyed that they were HUGE.

This park, just like the last, is in the Pusri compound. Pusri is a fertilizer manufacturer and is one of the largest employers around. EVERYBODY wants to work for Pusri. This compound is where they provide subsidized housing for all their management staff. Some of its other employees also stay there but they have to make applications. Its like striking the jackpot if they qualify. There is a marked difference to the environment upon entering the Pusri gates. Tarred roads, lots of shady trees, football fields, monuments, its own Hospital, Library, Community hall, PARKS. Houses are more modern, although I don't know what their sewer system is like.

So why aren't we living there? Because it stinks of ammonia! Not all day long but still, its a daily event.

9 comments:

John said...

Always a negative to balance out the positive, eh?

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Are there as many parks as we think> Are they well looked after?

Serina Hope said...

This park does look nice. I don't blame you for staying away from the amonia smell though...yuck.

Bilbo said...

Well, it looks like you'll always have the good-news-bad-news thing. It's nice that there are at least some parks, but I'm sure you miss the better ones in Brisbane. Germany had wonderful parks, but the US doesn't seem to have quite as many...although perhaps that's because yards (at least in the suburbs) tend to be larger, and many people put up their own swing sets and such for their children. But a park in a fertilizer plant? Oh, well...

Kellan said...

Cute pictures! Great day out! See ya.

Surfergirl said...

the empty swing next to richard and aaron looks scary..an accident waiting to happen!--if it was me who sat on it especially. haha ! :) you should be a park hunter!

Evelyn said...

Hmm.. perhaps, you and Richrd should go round and fix the parks! Part of your way of giving back to the community? :-)

number said...

Indonesian children still play "primitive" games such as fishing, flying kites, top spinning, playing marbles etc...maybe thats why they still do not see a need for parks?? Infant and toddlers just stay at home.

Amanda said...

Yes, always the good with the bad. It really teaches me to appreciate the things that I've come to take for granted. Its hard though and I do spend a lot of time grumbling about the bad but....I know its teaching.