Antony Sutton

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

For Whom the Bali Tolls

Finally road users on Bali’s congested southern tip are looking forward to some relief with the construction of a toll road that will link the capital, Denpasar with...

A Decade Gone and Bali’s Spirit Lives On

It was 10 years ago this month that people’s perceptions of the island of Bali changed forever. The idyllic island of the Gods, the artists of the 1930s, the hippies...

Prasasti Ciaruteun

An Old Suburb and an Invasion

Tugu means memorial and memorial is an apt name for this old suburb up in North East Jakarta by the port for this may well be the longest inhabited community in Jakarta....

Beer Toast

The Truth Behind ‘Oktoberfest’

The first Oktoberfest took place in October 1810 to celebrate Crown Prince Ludwig’s wedding to Princess Therese von Sachsen Hildburghausen. The celebrations only...

The Beach

Pemuteran: A Road Runs Through It

As we head clear of Candi Kuning the traffic noticeably thins. We wind our way higher up into the mountains, looking down on the twin lakes of Buyan and Tambilang with...

Wali Songo

The Wali Songo are revered throughout Indonesia as the wise men who brought Islam initially to Java but ultimately throughout the isles. Wali, which is used today to...

West Java’s Beauty at Bay

The sun is shining, the weekend lies ahead. What better way to spend the free time than unwinding far from the stresses of city life by catching some rays on a beach or...

Mads Johansen Lange: A Danish Adventurer Nicknamed ‘King of Bali’

Most people know Kuta as a hedonistic beach resort where anything goes. It’s a Phuket-on-Bintang, just about the only place in the archipelago where public displays of...

The Comfort Woman

As job titles go it is difficult to think of any more crass, more cynical than ‘comfort woman’. To the uninitiated it conjures up images of fair maidens, perhaps...

Indonesian Expat 8 Ball Doubles Championship

They take their pool very seriously in Jakarta. Most evenings in many bars across the city you will find small groups huddled round tables of varying quality, either...

Bandung’s Colonial Legacy

Bandung, with its factory outlets and bakeries selling the ubiquitous brownie, this city has long been a favourite destination for Jakarta folk looking for a cooler...

A Day at Banten Lama

Jakarta is sadly lacking in opportunities for a pleasant day trip out of the city. The traffic, not to mention the crowds, on a visit to Bandung, Bogor or Puncak are...

Run to New York

The English, bless our little cotton buds, have always loved a gallant loser. Years of feeble cricket and football performances have assured us that we may not be, at...

Literary Works Capable of Change

Take an ambitious businessman drunk on being so close to power, a media baron who uses his political acquaintances to strengthen his own newspaper’s position, the...