Antony Sutton

Antony is a freelance writer based in Jakarta. Please send comments and suggestions to antony@the-spiceislands.com

Trans-Asia Rail Rides

Trans-Asia Rail Rides

The idea you can travel seamlessly from Singapore to Hong Kong by train remains a distant dream, at least until Cambodia can get its lines up and running after decades...

Garuda VS Oranje

Paint the Town Orange

Indonesia vs. Netherlands International friendly, June 7th, 2013 As best as I can make out, the last time Indonesia hosted a European national team was back in December...

Immigration

Changing a KITAS to a KITAP – it’s possible!

Immigration. The mere mention of the name is enough to send shudders down the spine of many an expat. At some stage we all have to deal with them and it is an experience...

Road Hog

I Can’t Get No Satisfaction

As a middle aged man I don’t mind admitting I have no idea what wellness is. Then again I don’t know how to use leverage as a verb and I don’t get excited about...

Hollandsch Inlandsche School in 1936 Blitar East Java

Educating the Past

Indonesia’s historical baggage over the last century and a half means that as we tip headlong into this new fangled thing people call globalization, Indonesia’s...

Istana Bogor

Where are all the Country Houses?

When it comes to ostentatious shows of wealth, no one does it better than the Europeans. Backed by generations of inherited riches, the elites of England, France and...

Arema Three Muskateers

It’s not just oil and gas, English teachers and missionary types who like to call Indonesia home. Despite all the problems that plague football in this country, until...

Chaiya

Little is known of the Sriwijaya Empire, a polity that in its prime spread its tentacles across much of Southeast Asia from Central Java to the narrow Thai peninsula....

Have You Tried The Missionary?

Cannibalism has long been linked with the islands that now make up Indonesia. The ancient Greek proto historian Herodotus identified a tribe who would eat their own...

Pemulung's children by Melanie Wood

Jakarta’s Real People

I don’t know about others, but for me one of the joys of living in Indonesia is its people. Not the unthinking drivers who don’t know basic road etiquette or the...

The Un-Laws

Every so often the local English language media throws out a story so lacking in credibility no one could ever believe it. But believe it people do and many inches of...

Daka - Bangladesh

Dhaka’s Old Town

Old Dhaka is a mish mash of narrow lanes, crumbling houses home to a myriad of artisans and a history that dates back more than 400 years. There are no accurate maps to...

Jak Mania

Support Your Local Team

We’ve all seen them. Dickensian scamps clad in orange t shirts, scarves and joker hats hanging perilously on the roof of a metro mini or kopaja on match day. They are...

Roberto Puccini

Bali on the World’s Circuit

Bali is famous for its sports. Thrill-seekers from around the world flock to the tropical paradise for its surfing, white water rafting and diving among others. If...