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Colonies – Dutch East Indies vs. British India

Examining a map of the world, preferably a globe, one cannot but wonder how a few nations, occupying but a tiny fraction of the world, were able to colonise the rest of...

Doing Business in Indonesia

With a population of nearly 240 million people, with more than 17,000 islands, and with a significant political and economic place in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is...

Movember – In your Face, Cancer!

There are two kinds of men in the world: those who can pull off a moustache and those who can’t. Movember, a month-long campaign to raise awareness for prostate...

Doing Business in Indonesia

With a population of nearly 240 million people, with more than 17,000 islands, and with a significant political and economic place in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is...

For Whom the Bali Tolls

Finally road users on Bali’s congested southern tip are looking forward to some relief with the construction of a toll road that will link the capital, Denpasar with...

A Business with No Future: Shark and Ray Fisheries in Indonesia

Fishermen in Indonesia have been catching sharks and rays for centuries, using traditional boats and artisanal tools. For some families, catching a big fish was a...

Outlook: Indonesian Infrastructure

Solid infrastructure is a key ingredient to a nation’s development. All countries need efficient transportation, energy and sanitation in order to provide a decent...

A Decade Gone and Bali’s Spirit Lives On

It was 10 years ago this month that people’s perceptions of the island of Bali changed forever. The idyllic island of the Gods, the artists of the 1930s, the hippies...

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Belief in black magic is a psychological condition that afflicts millions of people who are susceptible to the power of suggestion because they have been raised to...

Stadium Jakarta

Sex, Drugs and Other Diversions

If Jakarta is the city that never sleeps, not least because of the rousing pre-dawn call to prayer blaring from thousands of loudspeakers, then some of its insomnia...

Beer Toast

The Truth Behind ‘Oktoberfest’

The first Oktoberfest took place in October 1810 to celebrate Crown Prince Ludwig’s wedding to Princess Therese von Sachsen Hildburghausen. The celebrations only...

Cautionary Tales

There are countless horror stories of expats who invested in property and started businesses in Indonesia only to lose everything. Some naively trusted an unscrupulous...

Bali’s Best Wave Roars to Life for the 2012 Rip Curl Cup

On August 9th Bali saw 32 of the biggest names in surfing gather in the Bukit for the Rip Curl Cup invitational surfing contest held at the legendary wave, Padang...

Making Sense of the Climate Change Debate

The health of the Earth’s environment and the sustainable management of its organic (carbon-based) and non-organic (non-carbon-based) resources, is at or very near the...

Education Guide 2017

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