Kenneth Yeung

Kenneth Yeung is a Jakarta-based editor.

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...

Stadium Jakarta

Sex, Drugs and Other Diversions

If Jakarta is the city that never sleeps, not least because of the rousing pre-dawn call to prayer blaring from thousands of loudspeakers, then some of its insomnia...

Locked Up Abroad

Cautionary Tales

There are countless horror stories of expats who invested in property and started businesses in Indonesia only to lose everything. Some naively trusted an unscrupulous...

robinturtle

Environmental Crusader – Robin Marinos

Robin Marinos is living proof that one person can change the environment for the better, although his campaign to protect Indonesia’s marine life has nearly cost him...

Jalan-Jaksa

The Jaksa Position & Jl. Palatehan

Jalan Jaksa and Jalan Palatehan have been serving the needs of tourists and expatriates in different ways for decades. Jaksa, a narrow street in Menteng, is Jakarta’s...

Not-Losing-Their-Religion

Not Losing Their Religion

How many people know there’s an Indonesian god at Jakarta’s oldest Chinese temple? And who knew the city’s oldest church was originally built for slaves, who were...