Tess Joyce

Tess Joyce is a writer from the UK but currently lives with her husband in Indonesia. Her writings have appeared online for OFI.

Our Obsession with Birds – The Sad Words of the Yellow-Crested Cockatoo

You many have heard about the recent shocking photographs of at least 21 yellow-crested cockatoos smuggled in plastic bottles in jam-packed crates. The peering,...

The Pasola Festival of Sumba | When the Worms Didn’t Come

In 1994, when travel journalist Ron Gluckman observed the Pasola ritual in Sumba, all of the “signs” were good – the precious nyale worms were abundant, suggesting...

Why do We Cheat?

Cheating is not a laughing matter in Indonesia and people can lose their marriage, reputation, family and dignity over a fling. In the province of Aceh, adultery is...

A Raw Insight into Diet and Biting Down on Cancer in Indonesia

There are many heated debates at the moment about diets – things have changed significantly over the last century and we are understanding more about nutrition and its...

The Art of Happiness

At a recent peace gathering in Jakarta hosted by the organic restaurant Burgreens, I saw a talk by holistic healing practitioner and acupuncturist Reza Gunawan, who is...

Comedy, Comics and Sketches of Real Life

You might already be familiar with Sacha Stevenson’s How to Act Indonesian YouTube videos in which Sacha makes some astute, comical observations about her life in...

Vegetarian, Organic Restaurants: Bali, Jakarta and Jogjakarta

Although Indonesia is a great place to find vegetarian food with plenty of soya bean options and vegetable side dishes available in a nearby warung, its cities have been...

Plasticology – Saving Bali, One Artwork at a Time

Tourism has impacted on the traditional Balinese way of life and changed the dynamics of this idyllic island and still the expansion of villas and hotels continues. A...

Changing Faces of Batik

I first met Serbian artist Mikro Kosmos (Miroslav Dukic) in Borneo earlier this year. He played a didgeridoo which he created himself and I was intrigued by this tall,...

A Weekend Trip to Gunung Salak

Just two hours away from Jakarta, Gunung Salak is a large volcanic range in Halimun National Park (the largest tract of rainforest in Java) and is an ideal spot for a...

Turtle

The Village that Saved its Culture, Leatherback Turtles and its Coral Reefs

There are only a few beaches in the world on where the giant leatherback turtle lays its eggs. The leatherback is the fourth largest reptile and the largest ever found...

Acro Yoga with Mandala Bali

The Yoga Bomb – Can it Explode with Flowers?

There seems to be a lot of confusion, everywhere. No-one quite knows what to believe in anymore. There’s just so much information out there and other cultures and...

Gambuh performance in Batuan

An Endangered Creature called Gambuh

If you have ever been curious about Indonesia’s Majapahit Kingdom, you might like to see a performance of Gambuh - a ritual theatre which potrays classic...

Permablitz Painting Workshop

Permablitz Bali: Making Circles of Seeds and Friends

On past weekends I’ve often woken up with a hangover – my day’s almost over and I’m feeling too lazy to cook. Back then, I didn’t question the way in which...

Education Guide 2017

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