Hush Petersen

Hush Petersen is currently on sabbatical from the hero's journey. He loves sipping Budweisers, doing the crossword and judging people outside Ranch Market in Mega Kuningan. You should join him some time.

Scott Hanna: Father, Volunteer, Gym Rat

If you’ve ever participated in a creative fundraiser in Jakarta, the chances are you’ve run into Scott Hanna. We meet the man himself to find out how he is able to...

Herry the Rujak Man

Rujak (fruit salad with a spicy sauce) may have been born in East Indonesia, but it makes its home in Jakarta. Some of the most colourful sights in the city can be found...

Erdin the Pemulung

It’s midday in Jakarta, and an unforgivingly hot sun is beating down on the pavement. The city’s voice is roaring. Cement trucks rumble by kicking up dust....

Mbak Noor and the Love of Her Life

Noor is married to her job. Every morning she sets up shop on her curb, behind the Ministry of Education in Jakarta, selling mind-numbingly sweet coffee and nasi uduk to...

Edy and Rachmat, the 3-in-1 Coffee Guys

For Edy and his son Rachmat, coffee is a family affair. This father and son duo have been brewing coffee, dishing out mie ayam, and doling out the occasional roadside...

Lutfi the Law Clerk: Finding Peace at Ramadhan

  Sahur, the pre-dawn meal Muslims take before the first call to prayer during Ramadhan is tricky. Most Indonesians wake up before 4am, have a quick bite to eat...

Parman the Tissue and Face Mask Seller

Parman the Tissue and Face Mask Seller

The idea of being an entrepreneur is quickly trivializing itself, and rightfully so. Over the past five years Indonesia—and the rest of the world for that matter—has...

Street Kids

Birth Certificates

When Fanta, a four-year-old girl living with her family under the toll road in West Jakarta was molested, Jakarta Police wanted to help find the perpetrator and bring...

Inaro the Kerokan Healer

Inaro the Kerokan Healer

A conversation about world of healing would be incomplete without mentioning the wonderful world of kerokan. Kerokan, synonymous with masuk angin, is the storied act of...

Abdul the Kopaja Driver

Abdul the Kopaja Driver

It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon along Jalan Sudirman, and Abdul Kodir is taking his time. Abdul is sitting in the driver’s seat of his Kopaja, leafing through a...

Trisno the Mobile Coffee Seller

Trisno the Mobile Coffee Seller

Trisno was far from surprised when Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle chairwoman, Megawati Sukarnoputri gave Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo the nod as their...

Laiman

Laiman the Cigarette-Loving Restaurant Manager

The ash on Laiman’s cigarette curls and turns grey like a witch’s fingernail. It finally falls on his pants. He sweeps off most of it, but there is a smear...

Dede - The Ojek Payung

Dede the Ojek Payung

For as long as there have been umbrellas, there have been ojek payung. Every time the skies open over the Big Durian, thousands of unorthodox entrepreneurs like Dede...

Jalan Surabaya

Fizal the Jalan Surabaya Shop Apprentice

For the best deals, it’s a good idea to peek back behind the first row of shops and along the canal that runs just behind Jalan Surabaya. Just off the main road,...

Education Guide 2017

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