Hi everyone Flossie here, I am so exicted to tell you all about are amazing trip to Indonesia! It was incredible! But lets start from the beginning, By the way I am so glad to be back and I am sorry that I wasn’t able to post a daily vlog but it was due to filming rights in Indonesia, I was able to do them in Gili Air so if you want to se them just go onto Instagram or Facebook!
We woke up on Friday and my Dad drove my Mum and I to the airport I was very excited and a bit nervous at the same time…it was crazy! When we finally got on the plane, It was a 7 hour plane ride to get to Dubai where we stayed for a couple of hours before we got our next flight to Jakarta! When we were waiting in the line to get the plane to Jakarta we met a lovely family who are originally from Indonesia but live in America, but the funny thing was that they knew me from social media which was crazy cool! They were really nice.
When we finally got on the plane (which was an 8 hour flight) my mum and I fell asleep! When we woke up we only had a couple more hours to go before we would arrive in Jakarta, we landed and waited for our bags to arrive which was hard considering how hot and jet lagged we were! They finally arrived so we got a blue bird taxi which was awesome although I got car sick but I didn’t vomit which was the good thing! After arriving at our hotel we fell straight to sleep. The next day after breakfast we went for a walk and went down to one of the local markets where we immediately saw loads of strips of plastic which was so weird because my Mum and I have already seen them before but only on social media so seeing them in real life was crazy!!We ventured down a litle bit furthur into the market until we decided to go back because we were both still so tired. Later that day my Mum and I got a blue bird taxi to bring us down to see some of the plastic rivers that were near by and it was really good well it was bad but it was really good to finally be able to see a bad river in person and know that it was real and that everything about the plastic rivers that I put up on my blog really aren’t all P.R stunts which is really good! When we saw one of the rivers we also saw loads of kids just throwing their rubbish into the river which was terrible, but it all has to start with education.
When we were going down to see one of the rivers that loads of families live next to we saw three really cute little girls eating sweets but it was only after taking the picture that my Mum and I realised that they were eating the sweets that you buy in little plastic sachets which is terrible especially since we saw loads of kids throwing their bags of rubbish into the river that I am sure used to be lovely! Also really awful that the kids swim in the river with all the rubbish as well as people who fish in the river…we realised that the fish eat the plastic and the people eat the fish…
When we were walking down the street to get to the plastic river we we saw so many piles of plastic on the ground and loads of people who were selling strips of shampoo and coffee and sweets in tiny plastic sachets and it was just really bad!
But one of the the things that I was really sad about was that we saw a cat that was sleeping on top of two plastic bags!
The next day we met the Ambassador of Ireland for Indonesia and she explained to us that there are loads of recycling bins here in Jakarta but the problem is that they were brought in by the previous governor who ran Indonesia but then he left and no-one ever taught the locals what you were supposed to do with the bins therefore they have no purpose unless someone explains about why we need to re-cycle and what to put in which bin as well because as I said before and will say a lot in this week’s blog if we want to make a difference we have to be positive and we also have to educate, because at the moment these bins are useless!The next day we went on a five hour car journey to get to Bandung in West Java! When we arrived we went down to a local fruit and vegetabale market, it was so weird because on one hand it was the most sustainable market in the world on the other hand it was not! because most of there rubbish was just things like friut and vegetable skin and they had everything in bamboo boxes but then on the other hand you would see stalls with things like loads of sweets and food in plastic for the people that worked there, then it seemed they threw all of their plastic into the little river that ran through the market…
One really cool thing we saw was a man who was using one small strand of plastic to tie around ten pineapples together it was so cool I definitely saw some ideas that I want to intoduce to Ireland!
One of my favourite days was probably when we visited an eco village on the Citarum River (plastic river)! It was so amazingly cool! as we arrived we saw some really good re-cycling before we even walked into the village.We were met by the school principal who was lovely her name was Omy she was so nice! She brought us down to see her eco-school and meet all the kids. When we arrived she showed us some of their eco-houses made of bamboo and they had fish and tortoises in their ponds and frogs it was amazing!
After giving us a small tour we met the kids who were all so nice and they all knew a couple of words in english, they were just so lovely! I also learnt that the parants of the kids pay in plastic bottles for the children to go school….AMAZING!!!! Then we went down to see the Citarum River and I finally got help clean the ‘plastic river’!!
After that we went back up to the school where I tried to help plant some spinach but I wasn’t very good! Then they showed us their rabbits that they have because they use their poo to to help grow the plants! Next to the rabbits there was a little room and I saw a massive spider that looked natrual to them apparently, they told me it doesn’t bite but it was still huge!!After the spider room the kids took me to their library, I realised that some of them knew the song ‘baby shark’ so I sang it with them and then sent it to my five year old cousin who loves that song! Then we said goodbye to the kids and went out on the boats to clean the river a bit more.
The river was really thick with every piece of rubbish you can imagine and also alot of dead fish were floating in the water as well. Another thing that was really bad was whilst there was all that rubbish there, there were also floating dead fish (which means the water must be killing the fish) and we saw at least 4 fishermen fishing, so if they catch any fish alive they will be poisoned fish that they feed to their families!!!!
When we got out of the boat I thought about it I mean the river was bad but it wasn’t as terrible as I had seen on social media, so that was good!
The next day we went to the shops to buy some trousers as we hadn’t brought enough with us, and today we were going to meet the army who have been cleaning the Citarum River! So we went to the shops and the first thing we saw when we walked in was loads of shoes wrapped in plastic it was terrible my Mum and I couldnt believe it!But on a more funny side of thngs at that shopping place we found a boutique called……….On this day we also went off to meet a celebrity called Urma she is a bit of a guru! She was incredible and it was such an honour to meet her she was very nice and welcoming and she is doing some amazing things like we met her in her eco house and her floor was covered in vetiver which is a type of grass which rats and snakes hate so they wouldn’t go in but the amazing thing about it is that vetiver like a filter so if you plant them next to the citarum river like Urma did which is one of the many reasons why she is so amazing the roots hold on to all the bad stuff in the river and that makes it a lot safer to use! It is amazing the fact that it is natures filter! And she has planted them everywere next to the Citarum River, her plan is to plant vetiver next to the whole length of the river (which is soooooooo long), and in 7 years time the vetiver will have made the water clean and hopefully in that time people will have learnt not to throw their plastic in the river and that they are given bins that collect rubbish and take it away.And she also has a eco -oo which is quite funny because it has no smell and no water and it is also funny because all the waste from the loo goes into her garden but mostly her papaya tree next to the loo which she asked me if I would like to eat some papaya from her tree with her… I poiltely said ‘no thank you’!
It was amazing to meet her
Then we went down to meet a school and plant a tree with them and the army! It was so cool to meet them! When we arrived they were doing a dance routine that I made an attempt to do but wasnt very good at it!!
After that we all climate striked since it was Friday and I taught them all the chant ‘Hey hey, ho ho, climate change has got to go’!I dont know what was more funny the fact that they had no idea what I was saying or that we then did the chant in Indonesian It was so much fun!when we went down on the boats we noticed that the water was an un-natural colour of green and it was bubbling and that was not good!!!!!!When we arrived we met the army which I was very excited about!
The river was so dirty and bad it was really terrible !!!
The army have been working so hard to clean the river it is incredible ! When we were there, there were people fishing so we felt like some of it was a bit of a P R stunt because the people who were fishing left when we left which was a bit suspicious !
It was amazing to meet the General even though he couldnt speak english he told me his army clean the river! Apparently just over a year ago the river that we were looking at was full of plastic but the kids and the army have been working together and now well it is just amazing there it has hardly anything compared to what it used to be! Later that day we said goodbye to the most lovely translator in the world called Miranti…who loves cats!
That was our week in West Java next week I will be writing about what happened in Gilli Air the island that we all thought was plastic free!!!!
Hope you liked this weeks blog see you all next week for what happened on Gili BBBBBBBBBBBBBYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!