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Plate 2.1

How Indonesia’s Spices Unrolled the Map of the World

  As Indonesia prepares to celebrate 66 years of independence it is an appropriate moment to turn the clock back 560 years to the middle of the 15th century, before...

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Tanamur: Long Gone but Not Forgotten

“Every dog has its day” goes the old saying. Yes, that’s certainly true for Tanamur – a good number of years have now passed since Tanamur’s popularity reached...

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Dancing in the Street

Busking is an activity that can be witnessed in any number of the world’s cities. London, for example, is particularly famous for its tube station musicians, many...

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Managing Jakarta’s Traffic

Jakarta Traffic should be added to the certainties of life like death and taxes. It’s the number one thing all visitors and locals complain about and the bad news...

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Climbing the Less Well-Known Peaks of Indonesia

As editor of the not-for-profit hiking website Gunung Bagging, I have spent the last few years exploring countless mountain peaks – both famous and obscure – that...

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Finding and Booking Flights on Your Phone

  School holidays are nearly upon us and I am sure you are busy planning for a trip somewhere. I think most of us just call the travel agent to get an idea flights...

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Batavia – A Chinese Town Under Dutch Rule

No-one knows when the Chinese first hit what was to become Jakarta. Certainly, when the Dutch first arrived, in 1596, they found Chinese merchants manufacturing arak...

Potret Seorang Gadis

Presidential Art

Complex, contradictory and politically brilliant, Engineer Sukarno, the first president of the Republic of Indonesia, was a renowned lover of the arts and women. For the...

Moving forward

Religious Affairs

Easter recently came and went and so, with contrition on my mind, I took myself along to the Easter Sunday service of the Jakarta International Baptist Church. The...