Sebastien Laurent

Sebastien is a French antiques dealer living in Jogjakarta. To rant and rave at him, email sebastienlaurent@hotmail.com

Wedding Overdose

Wedding Overdose

Everything is booming in this country such as property, business, airline companies, malls, cars, nasi goreng, bakso. Even the people are getting bigger, which is not...

My Apocalypse

The end of the world – that was a very interesting thing for me. I mean who can say, “I experienced the end of the world”? Certainly not my dad or God or...

Bule Yogya

8 months ago, after my controversial column about Bali, I received some very nice emails from you guys. Thanks a lot. Some others were pleasant too, like, “Sebastien...

The French Spirit of Wine

Wine is the only subject that I can’t handle as the “Grumpy French Man”. Wine is not only alcohol for me. It contains alcohol, nobody can deny this point, but it...

Happy Birthday Grumpy French Man

40 years old. All of the people who are on the way to pass over this age say that it’s nothing. I am on the way, today, to be over this bloody number. And believe me,...

Solution to the Global Economic Crisis

We are, most of us, living far from our families, which is good for some people and sad for others. As my family will read this article, I have to say that I am...

I Hate St. Valentine

That’s the most stupid fake date on earth! When I was a teenager in Europe, it even didn’t exist (or maybe it did but I didn’t notice). We didn’t used to...

Enlightenment from my Chinese Friends

I have been living here for a while now, but I realised that I am totally ignorant about the Chinese New Year celebrations. Except good food, some red lanterns hanging...

Sebastien Noel

Have Yourself a Grumpy Little Christmas

Guys, I am back to my grumpy old self. In the last article, “Solution to the Global Crisis”, I tried to be serious and it was basically a disaster. So let’s get...

I Hate Spas

Most people like massages and spa treatments, but I am not one of them. All those ‘SPA-aholics’, addicted ladies, always try to explain to me how good and healthy...

Sebastien Laurent

I love Indonesia

I was on my way to Jepara (the biggest jungle furniture centre in the world, around 2,500 different small, medium and big companies are based there) to visit a few...

Bule on moped

Disneyland Bali

I know, I know, the expatriates in Bali are such an easy target to laugh at, but still… As I’ve just come back from a too long “3 days” stay there, I have some...

Sebastien Laurent

To my Expatriate Friends who always Complain (Including me!)

It’s a bit of an international sport or hobby for expatriates to always complain about how things are better in their home country. As I come back from one month in...

Education Guide 2017

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