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Food for Thought

In this 21st century, Bali is rarely referred to as a paradise. Aldous Huxley in the mid-20th century wrote a book entitled ‘The Island’ in which he describes a...

Jokowi-The importance of being there

Joko Widodo and the Importance of Being There

With a reputation for hands on leadership, in less than a decade Joko Widodo has risen to become Indonesia’s most popular politician with political capital by the...

I Made Mangku Pastika: A Governor of the People

I Made Mangku Pastika: A Governor of the People

The story goes that when I Made Mangku Pastika was a young boy, a neighbour hung himself over his gambling debts. His grandfather, previously a wealthy man with ample...

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More Mangroves, Less Flooding

Did you know there is actually a mangrove plantation in Jakarta? You probably have driven by it many times and not even noticed. It can be found right along the...

Once Upon a Sinking City: The Perpetual Floods of Jakarta

It is said that in life only two things are certain: death and taxes. But if you live in Jakarta, you can add two more to that list: macet and banjir. Government...

Expat Ogoh-Ogoh by Leonard Lueras

Nyepi: Parade of the Demons

Work has already begun on a mysterious five metre tall creature hidden behind a huge tarp with Styrofoam shavings lying hither-thither. The only clue to its identity are...

Karangasem Special Children’s Penitentiary

A Model for Rehabilitiation

The children’s penitentiary in Karangasem primarily houses young boys aged 12-18. It is a model for juvenile rehabilitation. Governor Ketut Artha, fondly referred to...

Bali’s Sashimi Tuna Journey to the World’s Biggest Fish Market

Five local Indonesian wooden longline vessels enter Benoa harbour within the space of two hours. They have been fishing for yellowfin and bigeye tuna in the Indian Ocean...

Cinema Driving Debate on Interfaith Marriage

As Indonesia develops, its people are becoming more transient. Jakarta is a melting pot of people of various religions and ethnicities from all around the archipelago,...

Legal Realities of Indonesian Expatriates – Family Matters

The purpose of this article is to explain some of the main family law related topics in the context of expatriate life in Indonesia. This includes a discussion on...

Valentine’s Day

Indonesia’s top Islamic authority deems Valentine’s Day haram (forbidden) on the grounds that it is an infidel celebration promoting sexual promiscuity. It’s...

Tintin in Indonesia

  Belgian reporter Tintin is one of the world’s most enduring comic book characters, especially in Indonesia, which was the setting for his 22nd adventure, Flight...

Robin Lim

Meet Robin Lim, also known as ‘Ibu Robin’, Founder and Executive Director of Yayasan Bumi Sehat [Healthy Mother Earth Foundation].  Robin was awarded the...

Stars over Bali

From time immemorial humans have been transfixed by the heavens. The oldest map of the night sky, found in Germany in 1979, is of the Orion constellation carved on a...