from THE JAKARTA POST -- SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2010 Australian-born social worker Marilyn Ardipradja has truly become an Indonesian local in her 34 years in Jakarta, working to provide food for the elderly and keep the youth of Indonesia in school.
Born Marilyn McKee in Melbourne in 1947, Marilyn Ardipradja is a far cry from who she was as a youth in Australia.
While studying languages - including Indonesian - at Melbourne University, she fell in love with a young Indonesian man. After their half-Sundanese, half-church wedding in Melbourne in 1971, the happy couple moved to Jakarta as was arranged prior to their nuptials.
"I often joke that it was a life sentence, that I was forced to come here, but it's such a wonderful country, it has been a life sentence I've enjoyed," Marilyn laughs.
Sitting in her beautiful Rempoa home, architecturally designed by her husband, it's easy to see …