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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Never the Trains Shall Meet

Not long ago, any authentic Indonesian model railway set required dozens of tiny model passengers perched precariously on the roofs of carriages. Occasionally, some...

Public Transport: Masochism for the Masses

Daniel Pope endures and occasionally enjoys Jakarta’s improving public transport options. Travel these days is absurdly easy. Just flip open your communicator and say,...

The Malls That Ate Jakarta

When humans eventually colonise Mars, it’s a toss-up what they will build first. If they’re Chinese, they might put up some casinos. The Americans would likely erect...

The Tastes of Paradise

Anyone who has set foot in Indonesia will be familiar with these local versions of products that expatriates learn to either delight in or sneer at. Some are an acquired...

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Going at Home and Going Away

I had only been back in the UK for a day and already I was in a public lavatory watching another man’s vigorous actions. After some rubbing and squirting, he invited...

Street Reminiscing

Khao Sarn Road, Bangkok; Street 172, Phnom Penh; Jalan Jaksa, Jakarta. The list of famous and cheap backpacker streets in Asia goes on. Well, actually it goes on without...

Baguettes and Rice

Throughout my twenty years of teaching EFL in Indonesia, we – that is my noble fellow teachers and myself – tended to regard Cambodia as below us in terms of...

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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...