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Leonard Lueras

Meet Leonard Lueras. The surfing ‘newspaper man’ who washed up on Bali’s shores in the 1970s and fell in love with Gods’ country. Aloha Leonard!...

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Let There Be Dark

“… the sight of stars always sets me dreaming…” – Vincent Van Gogh – The front terrace of Jakartass Towers faces east and that is where...

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In Jakarta’s Gubernatorial Race, Money is Not Everything

By late afternoon on July 11, the day Jakartans will be casting their votes, most of them will already have an idea who their next governor will be for the next five...

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Do as You’re Told – An Artful Welcome to Bali

“It appears that each Balinese native, from the womb to the tomb is creative,” rhymed Noel Coward in his irreverent 1932 ditty to Charlie Chaplin, now cemented among...

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CTC: Fighting for Conservation of the Amazon of the Sea

The biggest and most important coral reefs in the world are found in an area of tropical marine waters called the Coral Triangle. This area hosts no less than 76% of the...

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The Jaksa Position & Jl. Palatehan

Jalan Jaksa and Jalan Palatehan have been serving the needs of tourists and expatriates in different ways for decades. Jaksa, a narrow street in Menteng, is Jakarta’s...

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“Indorock” – Indonesia’s Contribution To The Birth Of Rock’N’Roll

In July 1960, Allan Williams, a Liverpool club owner on a trip to Hamburg, wandered into a club off the Reeperbahn, and saw, “an Indonesian group performing Elvis...

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A Bottle of Wine and a Playroom

In Eastern Promise (EP) we now have a playroom for kids. During recent trips to New Zealand and Australia I noticed a lot of pubs and restaurant that have this facility,...

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Not Losing Their Religion

How many people know there’s an Indonesian god at Jakarta’s oldest Chinese temple? And who knew the city’s oldest church was originally built for slaves, who were...

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Literary Works Capable of Change

Take an ambitious businessman drunk on being so close to power, a media baron who uses his political acquaintances to strengthen his own newspaper’s position, the...

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Culture Shock-Jakarta-Sydney

My wife Srie and I, normally resident in Indonesia, recently spent four months in Sydney where our son is studying. I’m British, and this was my fifth visit to Sydney...

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Alcohol and Islam

During one period of my years in living in Jakarta, a favorite activity was my weekly visit to Pak Trisno, an elderly antiques dealer and former journalist with a...

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“Bintang, Anyone?”

Indonesia’s Most Loved Beer and the History Behind the Label A holiday spent in Indonesia most likely revolves around a bottle of Bintang. It is a household name and...

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Dying For a Drink

The Indonesian government claims that its high taxes on alcoholic beverages discourage heavy drinking but the reality is that many people are turning to illicitly...

Education Guide 2017

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