Martin Jenkins

Martin comes from England but has spent most of his adult life abroad. Wary investor, keen traveller, writer also.

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Climbing Java’s Capricious Gunung Slamet

Never again. That’s the last time I ever scale one of these bloody volcanoes. Those were my pitiful sentiments after the long and gruelling climb of Gunung Lawu,...

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Climbing Mount Lawu

A punishing yet beguiling ascent into the heavens of Central Java Philosophical arguments are usually given when mountaineers explain why they climb mountains. British...

Bana Neira from the book Geologische Beschrijvingen van de Banda-Eilanden by Dr. R.D.M. Verbeek, published in 1901. Courtesy of Bartele Gallery

The Big Apple and the Spice Islands

For whatever reason, New York picked up the appellation ‘Big Apple’ – is it even appropriate? Unbeknownst to most people, and as a result of a remarkable twist in...

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Bunaken: Two Sides of an Underwater Paradise

The Sulawesi city of Manado is known for many things: its spicy (and sometimes wacky) food, its cosmopolitan and beautiful women, and, of course, its staunch...

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Down but Not Out in Tanjung Priok

You can find some wonderful things in the most unlikely of places. In this particular case a trek – well actually a very lengthy cycle ride – into one of Jakarta’s...

A Satirical Guide to Indonesian Politicians

A Satirical Guide to Indonesian Politicians: What are their chances in the 2014 Elections?

A while back I was watching this Metro TV program called Kick Andy and on it there was this impoverished woman who had kept changing her name when she was younger...

Life’s a Beach at Tanjung Bira

Life’s a Beach at Tanjung Bira

“I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” – François Rabelais There can’t be many things in life that are better than a sandy beach in the tropics. They don’t...

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Google Slaughters Indonesia in 2013

Google is one of the largest companies in the world. In fact, it is so large a company that you can’t really compare its value to any individual Indonesian company –...

The Derawan Islands Made Easy

The Derawan Islands Made Easy

And so another sojourn in the far-flung archipelago of Indonesia; this time to the Derawan islands off the northeast coast of Kalimantan – the name for Indonesia’s...

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Amed and Tulamben: Bali’s beautiful north east coast

Bali’s tourism industry is currently enjoying a strong resurgence as large numbers of foreign tourists are once again visiting Indonesia’s best-known holiday...

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A Trip to the Badui Tribe

First published on Alterity Incredible as it may seem, but just 120km (75 miles) from the bustling metropolis of Jakarta live an ancient tribe of people who eschew the...

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Tanamur: Long Gone but Not Forgotten

“Every dog has its day” goes the old saying. Yes, that’s certainly true for Tanamur – a good number of years have now passed since Tanamur’s popularity reached...

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Pulau Tidung @ Pulau Seribu

I used to think the ultimate culture shock trip from Jakarta was the flight over to saccharine sweet Singapore but equally as eye opening – and for all the right...