Daniel Pope

Daniel Pope is a part-time hedonist, residing mostly in Jakarta, where he still finds everything a bit of a rum do.

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Lost In Bali

Daniel Pope recalls a new year that didn’t begin well I am a mobile technology geek. As well as carrying a five-inch Nokia phone, I keep in my shoulder bag an...

Return of a Friend

Jakarta’s Jalan Jaksa was once a great place for making odd, surreal and semi-imaginary friends, as Daniel Pope recalls. When I heard that Bruce O’Flanagan (not his...

Crossings

Daniel Pope remembers some of his international comings and goings. In 1986, while the cold war was still going on, I entered East Berlin from the west side of the city...

Indonesian Critters

You don’t need to watch a scary movie to make your flesh crawl, as Daniel Pope explains. A fellow English language teacher in Jakarta had an unusual way of...

The Imposter

Daniel Pope muses on how sometimes it’s better to tell fibs when you want to fit in with the culture. When I came to Indonesia I was surprised by the number of...

Marching Orders

An army marches on its stomach and so does an English teacher, as Daniel Pope found out. Despite my earning a living from editing, writing and teaching English, I do not...

Medical Anomalies

When well-off people in Indonesia need medical treatment, they often head off to Singapore. Daniel Pope thinks he knows why. When several years of overexertion in the...

Fun With Weapons

Daniel Pope contemplates whether a foreigner could get away with murder in Indonesia.  My local hangout in Jakarta in the mid-1990s – a shabby streetside cafe where...

Jakarta, Rattle and Roll

Not long ago, I watched Dawn of The Planet of the Apes in 4-D at a Blitzmegaplex cinema complex in Jakarta. Strapped into a seat that moved on pistons in approximate...

Making the Possible Impossible

Any foreigner who has dealt with a government department in Indonesia—whose offices maintained a 1960s atmosphere of clattering typewriters and twirling ceiling fans...

Getting to the Other Side

The safest time to cross the street in Jakarta can be when the city is at maximum danger level, as Daniel Pope explains. Most roads in Jakarta are so horrendously...

Water, Water Everywhere

A weekend getaway to the Thousand Islands brings these seafaring friends more than they bargained for. No other start to the day can compare with waking up at dawn on a...

For Whom the Beer Froths

Had you needed to take refuge from a local war a decade ago when the city’s foreigner hang-outs were livelier than they are today, Jakarta’s infamous...

Love Thy Neighbours

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...

Education Guide 2017

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