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Mr. P abides.

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Lake Placid

The mighty Lake Toba remains one of Indonesia’s most impressive stop-offs Outside of Bali, the dodgy pizzas and dishevelled hotels that are the mainstays of Indonesian...

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You Can Check Out Anytime, but You Can Never Leave

There comes a time when we all need a break from the carbon monoxide and burning plastic smoke that drifts across Jakarta’s 24/7 urban war zone. Well, this year’s...

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The TV Set

Transgenderism has been hitting the global headlines of late, and Indonesia is a nation with its own cross-dressing traditions. Whilst returning home recently after a...

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Hammer to Fall: Property Ownership

It’s time to bring out the legal eagles for a look at expatriate matters What with various cable TV channels imploring those with a few million bucks kicking about to...

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The Straight and Narrow

The neologistic acronym LGBT has been hitting Indonesian headlines this month, as the nation continues its ill-advised trudge towards good-time, thigh-slapping,...

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Swipe All My Tears Away

Internet dating has seemingly got the whole world by the proverbial short and curlies, and Indonesia is no exception. Sites such as Tinder, Badoo, OK Cupid and Grindr...

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What’s Up, Doc?

Bapaks in white coats continue to put the fear of God up Indonesia’s expats. “Doctor, Doctor, I’m at death’s door!” “Don’t worry,...

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Damp Spirits

Praise the Lord, for the rains have finally arrived. And so we find ourselves moving and gathering momentum towards the festive period. Indeed, no less an authority than...

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App Fap: App-Based Transport Solutions

New application-based transportation solutions are taking Indonesia’s jammed boulevards by storm. Last time out, I gnashed my teeth at the city’s various...

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Burnin’ Rubber Time

Jakarta isn’t looking so hot at the moment, what with streets being torn up left, right and centre in a bid to ease its transportation woes. A friend of mine recently...

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Trash Talk

“Ours is a culture and a time as immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures.” – Ray Bradbury One of the main criticisms levelled at our work hard, shop hard,...

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Booze Blues

The price of alcohol in Indonesia continues to soar into the stratosphere as new import duties are introduced.   I’ve been cajoled into penning a few tetchy...

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Chain Reaction

Our intrepid reporter tackles the idyllic island of Sumba by bicycle. If you’re a wild-eyed bounder of adventure and boast a pair of those...

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Psychogeography for Beginners

Borneo is a terrific place to visit, however hiking there from Jakarta is perhaps not the best way of setting about things. Borneo’s mysterious heart of darkness...

Education Guide 2017

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