Our Spice Islands Adventure

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Our Spice Islands Adventure
Living in the Indonesian Archipelago (by Jason and Julie Nitz)
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  • Merry Christmas & Farewell 1 year ago We thought it was time to farewell our Manado blog adventure with one final post. Since returning to Australia, we have been busy catching up with friends and family – we’ve even managed to meet up with some fellow Manado expats who are now practically our neighbours once again! We’ve settled...
  • Home and Happy 1 year ago After nearly 12 months in a luxury pet motel, our Scottish Fold cat Islay (pronounced eye-la) came home to our house yesterday. We thought she may have been shell-shocked after so long in an unfamiliar place, but she fell straight back into her old routine of following Harrison and Julie around the...
  • Dua Ibu's 1 year ago In Bahasa Indonesia, Ibu means ‘Mother’ or a way of politely addressing a woman. ‘Dua’ is the number two. This is Yuna who was my housekeeper and second mother, since she took such good care of  Harrison and I for an entire year like we were her family. You will be missed and not...
  • Expat Blog Interview 1 year ago Our interview on expatsblog.com website is now up for viewing. You can find the link by clicking here. Be sure to add a comment if you haven’t already done so – it won’t be long before the winners for 2012 are announced and your comments could help us win the title! On our last visit to the...
  • Karaoke in Manado 1 year ago After 11 months in Manado, it was inevitable – Julie participated in Karaoke. Not just one song, but about five in a row because it was so much fun! Huge thanks to Renee and Vivi from Grand Kawanua International City, beautiful girls and great singers! To the keyboard guy (Bryan), Eye of the...

ExpatsBlog.com Expat Blog Awards 2012: Indonesia Gold Award!

This blog won the Gold Award for best expat blog in Indonesia!

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Website Reviews » There are 30 reviews on Our Spice Islands Adventure

Lisa Graham
10:05 AM November 09, 2012

What a fantastic informative blog. It has been great reading about your challenges whilst bring in Manado. What great writing by both Julie and Jason. It was also great to be able to watch Harrison grow!!

Jodie Long
10:13 AM November 09, 2012

I have loved reading about Julie, Jason and harrison's adventures throughout the year. What a wonderful experience they have had and their blog has painted such an entertaining and informative story for their family and friends to share in. If only we were all so lucky to have experienced what they have as a family, and their blog will keep these memories alive for many many years to come!! Xxxx

Laurie Ferdinands
11:34 AM November 09, 2012

Love keeping up with all's that happening over there! Well written too :-)

Renne
17:14 PM November 09, 2012

I'm reading this blog almost 2 month since julie told me. They lived in my neighbourhood & they describe their life here with so much fun! Jasonjulie & harry adventure in north celebes. & what she told about manado people like to have a big feast in a party with so loud music are indEed TRUE hahah. So sad I'm getting close to harry just about 2 weeks before they move. :( he such & super active kids! Hahaha ipad game lovers! & I really loved practicing muy english with him hahaha Keep posting blog julie jason & harry :)

Rose
19:06 PM November 09, 2012

Love reading your blog Julie! This way I get to meet your family and watch Harrison grow. I also get to see places I've never been and probably won't get to see. Thanks a million!!!

Cassandra Hodges
20:18 PM November 09, 2012

Fantastic blog! I've loved reading about their adventures in Manado. So interesting to see how they have adapted to life in a foreign land.

Corrine Whitehead
22:16 PM November 09, 2012

I have enjoyed every moment of your journey and the fact that I have been able to get real insights to both the amazing moments and the everyday adjustments. You have both done a fantastic job with oodles of information laced with humour and detail. A true pleasure :)

Alan Nitz
23:54 PM November 09, 2012

A great blog with very informative details of life in Manado and surrounding areas. A wonderful experience for Harrison to observe and take part in other cultures and school life. Also a wonderful experience for us to have photos and descriptions of life in Manado. Very well done.

Shirley E
00:46 AM November 10, 2012

You have given us a fantastic insight of what it has been like living in Manado. I am sure some of it has been frustrating but we can get that where ever we are living. You all seem to have had lots of fun too... those resorts sound very inviting...the food presentation was eye catching and I am sure delicious! You all have had a great experience, especially Harrison. It is fortunate that he is old enough to remember his time there experiencing a very different culture. Jason and Julie you should be congratulated on your writing about your twelve months living in Indonesia. Very enjoyable reading.

Caroline Boyes
02:09 AM November 10, 2012

a very informative and well written blog. It was a delight to follow the adventures of Jason, Julie and H on their overseas posting/adventure and I also loved reading about all the challenges that occured on their adventure.

Arthur Beards
03:07 AM November 10, 2012

Have enjoyed every moment of your adventure and like all good things they come to a close but it has been something to look forward to to see how you are going over there in Manado and I wish the 3 of you good luck for the future

Arthur Beards
03:11 AM November 10, 2012

Have enjoyed every moment of your adventure and like all good things they come to a close but it has been something to look forward to to see how you are going over there in Manado and I wish the 3 of you good luck for the future

JON & JAN
03:14 AM November 10, 2012

WE HAVE LOVED TRAVELLING WITH THEM ON THEIR JOURNEY IN THAT WONDERFUL PART OF THE "GREAT OUTDOORS" VIA JASON,JULIE AND MR.H'S WELL PRESENTED AND INFORMATIVE BLOG.

James Croft
04:06 AM November 10, 2012

This is one of my favourite travel blogs. Every time I read about your adventures in Manado & see the excellent pictures, I have to fight to not rush out and buy some flights to a far-flung island paradise. :)

Melissa
07:23 AM November 10, 2012

Julie and Jason's post was a window into a world that we would never otherwise get to see. It was really interesting to learn more about Manado and their lifestyle. Also fun to read posts from both Julie and Jason - very well written!

Mareska Rambing
00:57 AM November 12, 2012

I got information regarding this blog from Stevie Mongan. Very informative indeed but most of all thank you for promoting our beloved North Sulawesi in particularly Manado. All the best for Jason thank you for your great contributions in Gosowong, best wishes for you and your family. Kind regards, Mareska.

Steffi Mongan
01:30 AM November 12, 2012

Congrats Julie, Jason and Harrison for being nominated for the Best Blog Awards 2012! I have no doubt about your adventure in my lovely town Manado surrounded by beautiful islands that captivate people who ever visit and live here. I know Julie, Jason and Harri since they start live in Manado I also involved in preparing their house and all facilities required to expat relocated to Manado. They are enjoyed Manado and it's nature mostly to the island that can reach about 45-60 minutes from small harbour in town do scuba diving even Julie's father came over couple times to just having dive. Of course Manado is always welcome you to come and visit again. I thank Julie for all her effort in promoting my town Manado to be the next visit to people who are reading this blog and hope Julie, Jason and Harri all the best to their next destination other side of this globe. Keep write and tell about your journey to every country you visit. God bless

Jane M
08:31 AM November 12, 2012

I've been surfing on the internet when i found the blog. And I was kind of "wow-ing" after i saw Julie's picture. This is the woman i saw at school. i was sitting next to her, whilst waiting for my daughter off of school. and now i know, why i never see her again at school. the nice looking blond lady. Like to know what expats see about my town. and all the writing is so TRUE about Mantos, the kids birthday and the lifestyle of manadonesse generally. i can tell that your family had a great times in Manado.

Holly
08:17 AM November 22, 2012

Loved reading Julie's blog! Great insight into their adventure.

Doug Alford
06:35 AM November 23, 2012

Awesome blog, keep up the good work.

Duncan
08:36 AM November 24, 2012

I've only recently come across this blog via this site. However, I like what I see and I'm looking forward to reading more!

Michelle Jensen
12:03 PM November 30, 2012

Great blog! Love following your adventures!!!!

Erin Vernon
21:34 PM November 30, 2012

Really looked forward to reading what new adventures the Nitz family had been up to each week. Great blog!!

Diana Mahmoud
04:05 AM December 01, 2012

I've been reading about the Nitz family adventures in Indonesia for a while now. I enjoy how positive Julie's writing reflects their experiences. As a fellow expat living in Asia, it gives me joy!

Marie
09:37 AM December 01, 2012

A lovely blog with some informative and interesting stories :-)

Di A
10:46 AM December 01, 2012

After regularly reading your blogs I feel that you have had a wonderful 12 months full of new experiences. Congratulations for taking the time to share.

Vivienne Harris
21:01 PM December 03, 2012

Loved reading about Julie & Jasons adventures and what a wonderful experience for their son, I'm sure it will help with his future education greatly.

Jean Angove
19:03 PM December 08, 2012

I have really enjoyed reading about Julie and Jason's adventure in Manado. Very interesting and informative about Jason's work there. Wonderful experience for Harrison who must have such a good geographical knowledge for his age.

Dave M
21:08 PM December 09, 2012

Great blog which brings back memories of my time there. Good to see a balance of lifestyle and local interest. Enjoyed reading all the entries.

Molly Deckard
03:49 AM December 10, 2012

Great blog, I could definately learn a few things or two as to how a good blog should be written! Good to be able to keep track of the family's goings on from accross the ditch. Much Love x x

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