New School!

12:42 PM |

Hi, friends!
It's been quite a long time since Hikari told you about how he's doing.
Actually, there are many stories about the times between we left Honjo and we arrived in Jakarta that Hikari hasn't posted here. May be next time Hikari will tell you about all those. Now, he wanted to tell you that he already has a new school!

Hikari returned to Indonesia (Jakarta) at the end of September. After that Mama and Papap started their hunt for Hikari's school. Mama and Papap took Hikari to some schools, but at that time Hikari didn't seem interested in going to school in Indonesia. He kept saying he wanted to go to Wakaizumi Youchien...

Finding school to Hikari was not easy. Well, there are some kindergartens around our housing complex, but Mama and Papap are not satisfied with them. First, their compound is so small; there is no playground at school! How could a kindergarten have no playground?! Second, the curriculum is not satisfying to Mama's standard. They have already taught Reading-Writing-and-Counting in the early stage, and that scares Mama very much. Third, the discipline is done half-heartedly which makes Mama feel ill. There are many other things that make Mama and Papap disagree with the school around our housing complex. So, Mama and Papap searched for other schools a bit far from our house.

Finally, Papap agreed with Al Jannah Islamic School in Cibubur. It is not too far from our house. The curriculum combines scince and 'Nature' education. It has a big compound with special place for the Mosque and Outbond activities. It has a big swimming pool. It also has animals in cages and fish in a big pond. The school also teaches students to farm.
Although Mama was still not sure about it, she eventually agreed to put Hikari in Al Jannah. Mama thought the teachers were nice and the curriculum was okay.

So, after being at home for a few months, in November, Hikari started his kindergarten (small class) in Al Jannah. In this school, Hikari has 5 different kinds of uniforms for 5 days in a week! Whew! It makes Mbak Tati, Hikari's nanny, had a hard time to memorize at first...

Here is Hikari and his gang, accompanied by their teachers:

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Goodbye Wakaizumi Yochien...

1:18 PM |

It feels like yesterday when Hikari started school in Wakaizumi Yochien. He went to school in Summer term 2005, and now in Summer term 2006 Hikari left the school.
When he joined the school, Hikari was the youngest and the only student in his class, Kiirogumi (the class of 3 y.o.). He also had one friend only, Ryoya-kun, a boy next door (left side photo). A few months later, his friend Keita-kun joined the class. Kiirogumi class now had two students.
Then, on Spring term 2006, Hikari and Keita-kun were promoted to the usual class, the Akagumi class. They had new friends. A lot more new friends.

Today, Hikari went to school the last time to say thank you and good bye to his teachers and his friends. Minna-san, iro iro osewa ni arigato gozaimashita! Kore kara mo gambatte ne!

Hikari, Keita-kun, and Takahashi-sensei (Kiirogumi Sensei) in his Kiirogumi class:

Hikari in his Akagumi class. The last day:

Hikari and his Akagumi friends together with Suzumi-sensei after Tanabata festival:

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Gunma Safari Park

3:21 PM |

Hikari, the same as other kids, love animals. Whenever he is asked where he would want to go, what he would want to visit and see, he would absolutely say the Zoo! He refers the word 'zoo' to all kinds of animal parks, let it be a convensional zoo or a marine park.
Hikari's first Zoo visit is in Cisarua Safari Park, Indonesia. He was only 2.5 years old, but he always remembers the experience. Until now he still remembers that in Cisarua Safari Park he and Papap fed the Polar Bear and the Elephants. He even rode a pony there.
Hikari's second Zoo visit is in Ueno Zoo Park, Japan. After that visit, he often asks us to return to the place.
Next visit, Hikari went to Yokohama Seaside Paradise where he could see dolphins, belugas, and other marine creatures.
So, in this summer holiday (knowing that he is in school vacation), again he asked to go to the zoo. Finally, on August 3, Papap took him and Mama to Gunma Safari Park. We thought Gunma Safari Park would be like Cisarua Safari Park because in its website it says that the two parks are related. They even promote that they have Indonesian festival in the park. So, off we went...

It was really really hot for it was in the middle of summer. When we arrived there, Hikari wanted to ride the bus shaped as an animal. But, we were late so we rode the common bus instead. Fortunately, it was cool inside the bus.
The Park is nice with facilities and clean, but Hikari likes Cisarua Safari Park better because it is bigger and it has more animals. Anyway, it was such a good time although the heat was really terrible :D

In Takasaki Train Station while waiting for the connecting train to Jyoshu Tomioka Station:
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In the Jyoshin Dentetsu:
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Another kind of animal bus:
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If you want to go to Gunma Safari Park too, you can learn how by clicking on Papap Hikari's blog... Have fun!
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Birthday without Papa

5:56 PM |

On Hikari's second birthday, Papa was already in Japan. Papa didn't see Hikari's party or his cake, but Hikari at that time was surrounded by families and friends.
On this year's birthday, Hikari's fourth birthday, Papa couldn't be with us again. He had a conference far away in Hokkaido. But beforehand, Papa had prepared the present for Hikari and Mama had prepared the cake. Papa even recorded himself saying 'happy birthday' to Hikari in our handycam.
So today, Hikari celebrated his fourth birthday with his friends: Imti-kun and Bilgung-kun. Auntie Fitri, Auntie Aye Aye, and Uncle Alom also visited Hikari to say happy birthday.
Thank you everyone for your coming. All of you have made Hikari's birthday merrier!

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With Bilgung, a Mongolian kid, and Imti (behind Hikari), a Bangladeshi, celebrating Hikari's birthday.
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Unwrapped the presents from Papa and Eyang.
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And when Papa came home a few days after, Hikari was so glad because he missed Papa so much.
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Otanjyobi Omedetoo Hikari-kun

4:14 PM |

"Kyo wa boku no tanjyobi da yo," said Hikari this morning. (today is my birthday)
"Yon sai ni natta yo," said Hikari again. (I'm 4 now)

So, this is Hikari, proud of becoming 4!
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The only thing that is missing on Hikari's birthday is Papap. Papap went to Hokkaido for a conference this afternoon, but this morning he still had time to wish Hikari a happy birthday. Although today Hikari and Mama would blow the candle and eat the birthday cake ourselves, we will still have a good party once Papap returns. Right, Hikari?

Happy birthday, our dear Hikari. We love you. Always.
Papap & Mama
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Tanabata

11:24 PM |

The star festival of this year was celebrated on Friday, 7 July 2006 by Wakaizumi Yochien. The students made decorations for the trees (there are 3 bamboo trees for Aoigumi, Midorigumi, and Akagumi). They also wrote their wishes on cartoons and hang the wishes at the trees.
Guess what Hikari wishes this year...

Boku wa Bokenjaa no omocha ga hoshii desu.
I want Bokenjaa (ranger) toy.
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Hikari's creation:
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He also drew Papa and Mama, and then hang 'them' on the tree.
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Akagumi's Tanabata tree:
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Fortunately for Hikari, this Tanabata wish happens at the same month with his birthday. So, yes, he will get Bokenjaa Toy. But, please don't tell him... yet.

Information about Tanabata, see here.
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