Byron Black

Byron Allen Black is a Canadian video artist, hack copywriter and poofreader resident in Condet, East Jakarta, since 1988. He is a retired Grand Prix motorcycle racer with world points and a bad attitude. His videos on YouTube (bakhirun's channel) and Vimeo have clocked half a million views.

Two-Wheel Travel: Lampung, South Sumatra

Choice destinations for weekend cycling in West Java are often impractical because of poor access. Lido, for instance, is a very pleasant recreational area with a...

Hunting Vollkorn in Jakarta

Would I summon the nerve to barge uninvited into the Soviet Embassy, to plead – not for asylum – but for rye bread? The plan was to walk into the Russian Embassy and...

A Pleasant Day Trip to Loveland

For years I was so strongly advised against riding the trains around Jakarta, and down to Bogor, that I avoided them: pickpockets, filthy, broken-down cars and a...

Dutch graves in Balai Rakyat Condet

Save the Grave

Our humble kampung townhouse, when we moved in with motorcycles, guys and monkeys, was populated by a swarm of spirits. The three-story edifice had been slapped together...