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The Other Side of Ramadan: What Non-Muslims Make of the Islamic Holy Month

With around 87 percent of local Islamic residents celebrating Ramadan every year, others have no choice but to show respect. But what is it really like for non-Muslims...

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What You Need to Know About Annual Bonuses in Indonesia

Expat employers and foreign professionals may have heard their local counterparts speaking of something called ‘THR’ in recent weeks. If you’re not yet familiar...

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The Ramadan Productivity Drop And How To Overcome It

The holy fasting month of Ramadan is a special time in Indonesia, with nightly celebrations and long days of devout reflection for Muslims and discrete respect from...

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How Indonesia’s Hatred Towards LGBT Affects Communities

While Indonesia officially recognizes a number of religions and perspectives, the country is largely conservative in social values. This has led to vilification and...

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Indonesia’s Kampung Pelangi: From Slum Transformation to Creative Sustainability

The government’s decision to invest Rp.300 million (about US$29,000) on Kampung Pelangi’s slum makeover in South Semarang shows its dedication to achieve a...

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Is Now the Best Time to Get in on Lombok Property?

When it comes to investing in property in Indonesia, Bali is often the most common choice. That said, people are starting to look elsewhere for a more efficient...

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Bubble Fears Premature Following Economic Downturn

Fears of an eventual bubble in Indonesia’s property markets may have failed to come to fruition in recent years, largely thanks to intervention from the central bank,...

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Stories of Property and Corruption in Indonesia

Property is a unique game in Indonesia, one with many stakeholders and nuances. Because of this, it has been a breeding ground for bribery and corruption.   It is no...

A MAN AND HIS FOREST I spend a lot of time in Kalimantan and nothing gives me more satisfaction than hanging out with my Dayak friends in the original forests.

Viewpoints: Indonesia in Pictures

Bali-based photographer David Metcalf captures the magic and wonder of Indonesia while traveling across Kalimantan, Java and Bali.     I took this photo much...

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Vibrant Jakarta – Alive and Kicking

Jakarta is full of colour, vibrancy and life.  At first glance it looks like a huge modern city with a towering skyline, however in the backstreets you will find a...

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What the Gig Economy Means for Indonesia

Indonesia has seen a specific kind of renaissance with the rise of its gig economy. Young people and expats are getting comfortable being micro-entrepreneurs. According...

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What Gubernatorial Election Results and Ahok’s Verdict Mean for Indonesia’s Economy

President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo’s plan to lure international investors to Indonesia’s vital infrastructure, maritime and tourism sectors may have hit a snag after...

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Five Fantastic Eastern Indonesian Holiday Destinations

The Indonesian archipelago, featuring 17,000 islands, has so much to offer insatiable adventurers. While more and more expat travellers are beginning to venture beyond...

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Six Tips for Expats Travelling to Remote Areas of Indonesia

Across Indonesia’s 17,000 plus islands, there is something for everyone – even the pickiest of travellers. As the country opens up further to foreign tourists,...

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