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Fuel for Thought Meet Carl Hoffman Embracing the Spirit of Ramadhan Karishma Vaswani Clean Up Heroes to Move Mountains in Second Annual Clean Up Jakarta Day
 

Fuel for Thought

Florence Sihombing (26), a postgraduate law student at the prestigious Gadjah Mada University, on August 27 drove her white Honda Scoopy motorbike to a Pertamina petrol station. The queue for motorbikes was longer than usual, so she tried to use one of the rows of pumps reserved for cars buying a non-subsidized fuel. A military [...]

Meet Carl Hoffman

This award-winning author and journalist has flown with mercenary bush pilots in the Congo, ridden reindeer in Siberia, and written the most substantive book on Michael Rockefeller’s disappearance in New Guinea: Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art. He will be at the Ubud Writers and Readers [...]

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 [...]

Fuel for Thought

08 September 2014

Florence Sihombing (26), a postgraduate law student at the prestigious Gadjah Mada University, on August 27 drove her white Honda Scoopy motorbike to a Pertamina petrol station. The queue for motorbikes was longer than usual, so she tried to use one of the rows of pumps reserved for cars buying a non-subsidized fuel. A military [...]

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Love Thy Neighbours

08 September 2014

Indonesians are among the friendliest people on the planet, keen to avoid confrontation at all costs. Just don’t ever give them a good reason to form an angry mob on your doorstep, as Daniel Pope recounts. For newly arrived expatriates in Indonesia, adjusting to local cultural settings can be difficult, especially for those accustomed to [...]

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Kolewa: The Star of Seminyak

08 September 2014

Seminyak on Stage recently pulled out all the stops for their musical event at Red Carpet Champagne Bar on Jalan Laksmana. Without a doubt, Red Carpet Champagne Bar is among the favourite drinking spots and social hangouts of countless local expats and returning visitors to Bali. The venue raised money for a Medi-car, mobile clinic [...]

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Eheng: A Journey to the Dayak Afterlife

08 September 2014

An excerpt from Looking for Borneo, images, words and music inspired by the book, Crazy Little Heaven. Not far from here, at the end of an impossibly potholed jungle track,traditional Bahau Dayak ways are preserved in this rapidly developing region. The isolated village of Eheng sports a fine sprawling lamin or longhouse where families live [...]

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Rocking the Capital in Bali

08 September 2014

A year ago, a music-loving couple, Leo and Liz Sinatra, decided to stage a concert at their shop in Batubulan and just 48 hours before the show was due to start, the local banjar informed them that there was no way they could accommodate 1,200 ‘guests’ in their street. Within two days, a new venue [...]

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Posted in Arts/Entertainment, homepage_posts

Nasi Padang: Indonesia’s Most Wanted Food

08 September 2014

It is public knowledge that Nasi Padang (literally translates to Padang rice, but meaning Padang food) has become the country’s most famous contribution to Indonesian cuisine. When you pay a Padang restaurant a visit, you will enjoy a very unique dish. Instead of going to the counter for a direct order, you simply sit down [...]

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Posted in Food & Drink, homepage_posts

Java’s First Photographer: Kassian Cephas (1845-1912)

08 September 2014

The first rather rambling title for this article ran nearly three lines as it tried to convey that Kassian Cephas (a) was the first Javanese professional photographer; (b) at the request of Sultan Hamengkubuwono VI (r. 1855–1877), was appointed as official photographer at the court of Jogjakarta;  (c) photographed many monuments of Hindu Javanese civilization [...]

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Posted in Arts/Entertainment, History/Culture, homepage_posts

Herman the Baduy Porter

08 September 2014

I met Herman on a recent trip to the Kendang Mountains in the province of Banten, 167 km from Jakarta. Herman is a Baduy Dalam tribesman, who adheres to a traditional way of life and must follow village customs and laws, which do not embrace any modern living practices. The Baduy Dalam do not use [...]

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Posted in Faces of Indonesia, homepage_posts

A Weekend Trip to Gunung Salak

08 September 2014

Just two hours away from Jakarta, Gunung Salak is a large volcanic range in Halimun National Park (the largest tract of rainforest in Java) and is an ideal spot for a weekend break or a breath of fresh air. Close to Bogor, it is a great place to visit for camping or a day trip [...]

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Meet Carl Hoffman

08 September 2014

This award-winning author and journalist has flown with mercenary bush pilots in the Congo, ridden reindeer in Siberia, and written the most substantive book on Michael Rockefeller’s disappearance in New Guinea: Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art. He will be at the Ubud Writers and Readers [...]

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