Rinka Perez

Rinka Perez is “The Expat Housewife of Jakarta”, sharing her experiences of living in “The Big Durian” as an expat mother of three. She loves Jakarta, posting her daily discoveries of local things to do with her young family on Instagram #aMillionThingsToDoInJakarta. Follow her on Instagram @the_expat_housewife_of_jakarta. Website: www.theexpathousewifeofjakarta.com FB - The Expat Housewife of Jakarta

Having a Baby in Indonesia

Many expats are reluctant to give birth in Indonesia due to the unfamiliarity and mistrust of the medical system. Another common concern is simply being stuck in traffic...

Mummies’ Night Out: Alternatives for Non-clubbing Mums

I love nothing more than going out with my mummy friends and spending a night off from the usual family obligations. However, a “Mummies’ Night Out” doesn’t...

Hiring a Nanny in Indonesia

One of the advantages of living in Indonesia is being able to hire a nanny for your children. Expats, however, sometimes imagine nannies to be a cheery “Mary...

Discovering Western Australia in a Campervan

Whenever expats ask me for advice on where to travel to from Jakarta, I suggest Western Australia and not the other parts of Asia. The capital city of Western Australia...

Tips for Travelling with a Young Family

I do not enjoy travelling with my kids. Sometimes the vacation is worth the pain and suffering we go through to get to the destination, and sometimes it’s not. It has...

Living Greener in Indonesia

Sometimes I think that the only way I can live as an environmentally-conscious member of society is to hide away under a rock and reject the advances of modern...

Protecting Your Children Against Illnesses in Indonesia

I went through a stage where my children were constantly sick and down with some kind of bug. Initially I thought the causes for their ill health were environmental, and...

Why I Love Condo Living

Having a family with three young children, I dream of living in a house with an endless backyard. I imagine my children’s feet stomping on the grass and laughter...

Finding the Right Preschool in Jakarta

I have noticed that working and non-working parents in Jakarta usually have their children cared for by nannies at home in the early months following birth, and then...

A Guide to Emergency Planning for Expat Families

As an expat parent living in Indonesia I need to be prepared for the unexpected and take sensible steps to protect my family. If an emergency arises, I need to have the...

How to Survive Your Expat Marriage in Indonesia

I find that being an expat couple introduces an entire range of complexities into our marriage. The lifestyle encourages certain issues that are quite unique to this...

Raising Healthy, Happy, Expat Children in Indonesia

My son finished drinking his milk and yelled out to his nanny, “Finished!” I have tirelessly taught him to take his cup to the kitchen when he has finished...

The Lonely Expat Housewife of Jakarta

Being an expat housewife in Jakarta has its own set of challenges even with all of the pros of living here. Loneliness is one of the biggest ones. When I feel it, I...