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Embracing the Spirit of Ramadhan

The Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan is now in full swing. For recently arrived non-Muslim expatriates in Indonesia, it can be something of a culture shock. Yet many expatriates find themselves embracing the holy month in various degrees. Some expats even end up converting to Islam prior to marrying an Indonesian and observe Ramadhan quite [...]

Karishma Vaswani

Meet Karishma Vaswani, a well-known face in journalism. Karishma has been the BBC News Indonesia Correspondent since 2009, and was recently promoted to Indonesia Editor of BBC News. An intelligent and strong woman, Karishma is also a mother of two. She meets Indonesia Expat to discuss her experiences as a journalist and her views on [...]

Clean Up Jakarta Day Ambassadors SLANK at the Sudirman Site (2013)

Clean Up Heroes to Move Mountains in Second Annual Clean Up Jakarta Day

On November 10th, 2013, the first annual Clean Up Jakarta Day (CUJD) took place, gathering 1,000 volunteers at 16 clean-up sites around Jakarta. Volunteers carried out the Indonesian tradition of gotong royong by picking up rubbish together and raising awareness about littering and the need for recycling in their city. This year, Clean Up Jakarta [...]

A woman casting her vote on July 9

One Country. Two Presidents.

Indonesians went to the polls to directly elect their president on the morning of the 9th of July. By late afternoon, through Quick Counts, we were supposed to know who the next president of the world’s largest democracy was, especially since there were only two contenders. Prabowo and Joko Widodo. Instead, before the end of [...]

Sensory Integration Disorder (SPD): A Misunderstood Disorder of ADD/ADHD in Children

5-15% of schooling children have difficulties in their sensory regulation to their environment. This means that some children may have more difficulties than others in processing the differences between emotional, motion and sensory stimulations that are required for their daily living.

An Adventure of a Lifetime: Red Nose Foundation Goes to Poland

15 July 2014

American writer and social activist Helen Keller once said that “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.” And for six Red Nose Foundation students, all of whom are underprivileged kids living in Jakarta’s urban slums, travelling to Europe to take part in an international arts festival is, by far, the most daring [...]

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Posted in Education, home, Observations

Krakatau Sojourn

15 July 2014

The mention of Krakatau, located in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra, arouses a variety of gut feelings to a variety of folks. Ask an expat what they think and they respond with goofy comments like “Oh, I’ve been out there, nice place,” and, “Been there, done that.” Ask an Indonesian and you can [...]

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Posted in home, Observations, Travel

All Over Bar the Cheating?

15 July 2014

After a tense election campaign marred by relentless lies and smears, the fate of Indonesia is now in the hands of the General Elections Commission (KPU), which on July 22 will announce whether the country’s seventh president will be Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo or ex-general Prabowo Subianto. Quick counts by credible polling agencies show Jokowi won [...]

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Posted in home, Observations, Scams in the City

Mike (left) at a ROLE foundation event

Meet Mike O’Leary

14 July 2014

Founder and CEO of ROLE Bali, a non-profit humanitarian organization whose aim is to improve the education, well-being and self reliance of people living in underprivileged circumstances, whilst ensuring environmental resilience and sustainability. Where were you born and raised? I went to school in Queensland. I left school at sixteen and worked for the National [...]

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Posted in Education, home, Observations

Staying Safe on Your Travels

14 July 2014

This is the time of year when many of us are travelling on leave and staying in hotels. I have just returned from three weeks in Europe with my family, and it occurred to me after a conversation with my kids that when I stay in hotels I take into account things that most people [...]

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Posted in home, Observations, Travel

With or Without You

14 July 2014

Ipoeng was a good driver. Punctual, dependable and presentable, he had only one glaring fault and that was his memory. He could drive the same route 20 times then lose his way on the 21st. Sending him to the market to pick up more than one item meant giving him a written list and hope [...]

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Posted in Comedy, home, Observations

A Culinary Pilgrimage to Gresik, East Java

14 July 2014

It was still midday, but the beautiful scent of stir-fried garlic and galangal paste had already made me hungry. My mother was cooking a special dish for Eid al-Fitr, asem asem buntut sapi (oxtail sour soup), and confidently splashed chopped chilli, onions, and salt into the broth without tasting it (she was still fasting). I [...]

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Posted in Food & Drink, home, Travel

Aurelia’s Manolin

14 July 2014

There is a novella by Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea. For eighty four days, “old man” Santiago had failed to catch fish to sell. He was considered ”Saloa”, unlucky. His young assistant Manolin leaves to work with more successful fishermen, but is still devoted and loyal to him; the old man had after [...]

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Posted in Fashion, home, Lifestyle

Lutfi the Law Clerk: Finding Peace at Ramadhan

14 July 2014

  Sahur, the pre-dawn meal Muslims take before the first call to prayer during Ramadhan is tricky. Most Indonesians wake up before 4am, have a quick bite to eat and a few glasses of water, before praying and catching a few more minutes of sleep before it is time to wake up and head to the office. [...]

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Posted in Faces of Indonesia, History/Culture, home, Observations

Dua Tangan Cukup: Actions from Across the Archipelago

14 July 2014

Bersih Nyok! is educating the masses and changing mindsets Bersih Nyok! is a familiar name when it comes to environmental responsibilities in Jakarta. In December 2013, the green and inspiring initiative joined forces with another community, Operasi Semut, to launch Operasi Jakarta Bersih (Clean Jakarta Operation). Also supporting them are communities like Osoji Club, Bike [...]

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Posted in Conservation, home, Observations

Business Profile: Henry Lucman

14 July 2014

In this issue of Indonesia Expat, we took interest in the technology sector and conversed with Henry Lucman, director and co-owner of a startup technology reparation boutique, specializing in Apple products, called Dr. Gadget.   How and when did your business take its start? We started the business back in 2012. It all started because [...]

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Posted in Business Profile, Business/Property, home, Lifestyle, Observations, Other, Technology

Lempad, a Timeless Balinese Master

14 July 2014

Thirty six years after his death at the age of 116, the first complete presentation of the works of I Gusti Nyoman Lempad is now available. On June 19th 2014 at Arma Museum in Ubud, the book was formally launched. Edited by Ana Gasper and Antonio Casanovas with ‘Pictures Publishers’ of the Netherlands, it is [...]

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Posted in History/Culture, home, Observations, Travel

Bye-Bye Plastic Bag On Bali Petition

Plastik Tidak Fantastik (Plastic is Not Fantastic)

01 July 2014

Bye-Bye Plastic Bags is a well-known social initiative driven by a team of 25 volunteer children who attend local and international schools. These progressive and insightful environmentalists are in the process of banning the use, sale and production of plastic bags in Bali, by January 2015, with their campaign. Inspired by a study about significant [...]

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Posted in Conservation, home, Lifestyle, Observations

Nagari 1000 Rumah Gadang

South Solok: a Place with One Thousand Rumah Gadang

01 July 2014

South Solok, located along mountain ranges of Sumatra, has a cool climate. While taking a trip from Padang city to this area, travellers will enjoy the beautiful hillside villages with a wide range of tropical forest plants. Things get more interesting as they also pass through the rivers on the sidelines. Entering South Solok regency, [...]

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Posted in History/Culture, home, Info for Expats, Observations, Travel

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