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Bandung

Bandung – A Variety of Rich Culinary Experiences

Every weekend thousands of people from Jakarta travel to Bandung to visit the many factory outlets and dine out at hotels, resorts and open air restaurants. Hoping to...

photo by David E. Larry

A Self-Help Model for Aid that Really Works: The East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP)

When writing about aid projects words like ‘uplifting’, ‘inspirational’ or ‘downright bloody fantastic’ rarely, if ever, enter the vocabulary of cynical...

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Going Nowhere Fast – Can Jakarta Learn from Bangkok?

Bangkok’s new international airport may look like the result of a kindergarten class having too much free time with the meccano but getting there and away is a breeze....

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Rafi the Dreamer

Rafi Abdurrahman Ridwan is a nine-year old hearing impaired boy from Jakarta with a vivid imagination and big dreams for the future. He has already managed to accomplish...

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Bye Bye Bunnies, Enter the Dragons

As the Year of the Rabbit nears an end, hundreds of expatriates in Jakarta’s Chinatown are preparing to return home for a month-long holiday. Most are young women...

Neap Tides - Maximum spring tide levels at Tanjung Priok from 1920 to 2020

Floods of Excuses

Floods by Pablo Neruda The poor live on low ground waiting for the river to rise one night and sweep them out to sea. I’ve seen small cradles floating by, the...

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Resolutions – At Least Make it Interesting

When it comes to New Year’s Eve parties, there are only two corners of the room: The corner where some eyebrow-raiser is busy trapping girls and trying to impress by...

Photos courtesy of Scott Thompson

Run, Scott, Run !

1,250 kilometres in 25 days, from Bali to Jakarta, running through the sweltering 32 degree Equatorial heat and 75% humidity, dodging trans-Java buses, trucks and...

Photos by Darren Alderson

Have the Guts to Eat from the Street

There are two kinds of people in Jakarta: the ones that eat street food and the ones that don’t.   The ones that do boast about late-night haunts, one-of-a-kind...

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The Bargain Tree Hunter

If you plan on walking into a department store this week and dropping Rp 3.2 million on a six-foot tall fake Christmas tree, don’t read this story. But if Christmas...

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Deck the Malls

Criticising Jakarta’s shopping malls for their ostentatious Christmas displays is too easy. We can feel sickened by the crass commercialisation of religious holidays...

119. Kaarspellers: A photograph taken by Jean Demmeni showing gambling in central Java (circa 1911) - courtesy of Bartele Gallery

Uneasy Money

Gambling, like prostitution and corruption, is an age-old vice that is part of Indonesia’s culture. Despite being criminalized in the 1970s, the gaming industry is...

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Darryl Patton: Godfather of the Expat Bars

Darryl Patton, 1941-2011 Englishman Darryl Patton was the innovator behind many of the early expatriate bars in Jakarta, pioneering much of the nightlife scene as we...

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Treading in Jogjakarta’s Ancient History

Jogjakarta and its Hill of Stones Anyone with but the flimsiest knowledge of Indonesia will know the pivotal role Jogjakarta has played. In culture, in rebellion, in...

Education Guide 2017

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