Kenneth Yeung

Kenneth Yeung is a Jakarta-based editor.

Soekarno

Feasting With Panthers

An Englishman living in Jakarta, never a fan of intimate female companionship, made the mistake of accepting an offer from a pimp to introduce him to friendly, young...

John Falch

Meet John Falch

John Falch, better known as Uncle JC. After years of radio and TV stardom here, he has written a book and is now calling quits on Jakarta. Tell us about yourself. I am a...

Scammer - Chris Shields

Beware the Bule Conman

Scammers come in all shapes, nationalities and professions. Christopher Linn Shields (35) is a toad-like American expat who scammed his students while employed at an...

Crooks in Uniform

Crooks in Uniform

Heading home after a late night out, I was pulled up in West Jakarta by two apparent policemen. At such spot-checks, police usually want to inspect any bags and see some...

Drugged Drinks

Drugged Drinks

An attractive woman in a Jakarta bar looks around for the drunkest and most clueless unaccompanied male foreigner – the competition is usually pretty fierce. She...

Listrik

The Power of One

Most expats who have lived in Jakarta for any length of time will have a story about electricity problems. From sudden bill increases to blackouts, disconnections and...

Scammers

Scams in the City – Internet Boyfriends

Nigerian Sweetheart Unlike most scams coming from Nigeria that rely on greed, the Sweetheart Scam preys on heart-strings to loosen purse-strings. Scammers trawl social...

Palm Oil Plantation

Cheap Frying Oil or Orangutans?

There are two schools of thought regarding palm oil. First, that it’s unhealthy and oil palm plantations are pushing orangutans to extinction. Critics claim...

Scams in the City

Scams in the City

Being scammed by a confidence trickster is one of the most embarrassing things a person can admit to – apart from getting drunk and sleeping with a transvestite. Some...

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Plunder Vs Ethics for Shipwrecked Treasure

Ancient shipwrecks on Indonesia’s sea floors have become just another resource to be plundered – often resulting in the loss of archaeological evidence that could...

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day

Indonesia’s top Islamic authority deems Valentine’s Day haram (forbidden) on the grounds that it is an infidel celebration promoting sexual promiscuity. It’s...

Frans Paski

Tintin in Indonesia

  Belgian reporter Tintin is one of the world’s most enduring comic book characters, especially in Indonesia, which was the setting for his 22nd adventure, Flight...

Christmas Dinner

Festive Feasting

If you’re yearning for a festive feast with all the trimmings but you lack the inclination to cook at home, then simply head to one of Jakarta’s big hotels offering...

Dukun

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Belief in black magic is a psychological condition that afflicts millions of people who are susceptible to the power of suggestion because they have been raised to...

Education Guide 2017

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