Barry Soetoro, his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham-Soetoro, and his Indonesian stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, moved into a one-story house in a district called Menteng-Dalam. At the time, it was a new neighborhood where natives of Jakarta, known as Betawis, lived with an increasing number of newcomers from different corners of Java and Sumatra, the main islands in Indonesia. The area was connected to the electric grid only a couple of years before Obama moved in.

This is the Soetoro house in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Soetoros rented the guest house inside a compound belonging to a prominent physician.

This the bedroom that Obama shared with a houseboy

There, according to the neighborhood’s longtime residents, the young Barry, who had already experienced differences in class and religion in his short stay in Indonesia, was exposed to another aspect of Jakarta’s diversity.His nanny was an openly gay man who, in keeping with Indonesia’s relaxed attitudes toward homosexuality, carried on an affair with a local butcher, longtime residents said. The nanny later joined a group of transvestites called Fantastic Dolls, who, like the many transvestites who remain fixtures of Jakarta’s streetscape, entertained people by dancing and playing volleyball.

Obama’s mother taught English to the neighborhood women. The local residents regarded Obama’s mother as a "free spirit," Barry, who was chubby, was referred to as the "boy who runs like a duck," said neighbor, Mrs. Satjakoesoemah, 69.