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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 Charities, Education, home

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, 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 Charities, Education, home

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

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 Art of the Indies, Arts/Entertainment, History/Culture, home

Mount Tambora

Indonesia’s Mountains of Fire

30 June 2014

With approximately 127 active volcanoes spread across the country, it can be difficult to know where to begin if you haven't climbed one before. Many great Indonesian volcanoes are actually not too far from provincial airports or major train stations in Java and southern Sumatra, and can therefore be explored in a single weekend.

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Posted in Featured, home, Info for Expats, Travel

Rut Dini

Rut Dini: the River Guardian

30 June 2014

Dini is a passionate defender of the rivers of Borneo, which is not surprising, as her memories of growing up in a small village on the Kahayan River in Central Kalimantan are very happy ones. She remembers with fondness, days out fishing with her father in his small canoe on the pristine rivers with dense [...]

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Posted in Faces of Indonesia, History/Culture, home

The Kangaroo & the Komodo

18 June 2014

“Australians remain wary of Indonesia,” declared a headline on the eve of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s recent meeting with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on the industrial island of Batam to bury the hatchet over a spying row.

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Posted in Featured, History/Culture, home, Info for Expats

Sikka Flores

Take a Tour Down Moke Land, Flores

18 June 2014

I had come many times to Indonesia and had visited islands and places all the way from Sabang to Sumbawa, but I had never set foot on NTT (Nusa Tenggara Timur), the Eastern Indonesia province. Earlier this year a project finally brought me east, to the regencies Sikka and Lio in Flores. My point of [...]

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Posted in History/Culture, home, Travel

One Wave is All it Takes!

18 June 2014

Onewave is a non-profit surf community, founded by two young Australians in February 2013, to give people hope in order to beat ‘funks’ such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. These funks affect so many people, but are talked about by so few.

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Posted in Charities, Featured, home, Sports/Health, Travel

Desi Rahayu

OneFC’s First Female Indonesian MMA Fighter

18 June 2014

Desi Rahayu, a 164cm tall Indonesian athlete competed at the prestigious OneFC Era of Champions tournament on 14 June 2014 at the Mata Elang International Stadium, Jakarta. Being the first female Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) athlete from Indonesia to join a large international competition such as OneFC has Rahayu’s spirits boosted with pride. She is [...]

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Posted in home, Lifestyle, Sports/Health

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