Yesterday we traveled to the edge of Jakarta, to Universitas Pelita Harapan in Karawaci to give a master class there. Our hosts, Ibu Nia and Ibu Reisa, were gracious, and the students were talented and receptive. We wished we could have stayed longer in Karawaci, which is a very beautiful area with lots of restaurants and shops.
The UPH campus is modern and very beautiful. We arrived early, so we ate Singapore-style lunch in the food court, which was open and looked out onto the open-air basketball court. School hasn't started yet at UPH so campus was quiet. We were grateful that so many music students came to school during the final days of their vacation to attend and perform for our master class.
We got lucky with traffic yesterday, too. It was supposed to take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours to get to Karawaci, and we made it in about an hour each way. We did have to drive home through Jakarta's rush-hour traffic, which looks kind of pretty after dark.
Today we have a busy afternoon of rehearsing and then dinner with our generous sponsors at Telkom. Then tomorrow is the big day - our Asian debut concert at Erasmus Huis!