Category: Featured

Bandung Heritage Walk

When visiting Bandung there are certainly many attractions to see, but few folk are aware of the fascinating heritage this city has to offer, from its early beginnings...

Jakarta 100 Years Ago

Through the window of early photography, Scott Merrillees has brought the long lost world of Jakarta back to life in his book, BATAVIA in Nineteenth Century Photographs,...

Another 100 Years: Timor’s Last Indigenous Religious Community

Raja Namah Benu, who ruled since his father’s death in 2005, invited us to his place and offered areca nuts and betel leaves. I’ve heard about the Raja being a...

Hadi – The Padang Restaurant Manager

Every morning at 4am, Hadi and the team from Rumah Makan Cahaya Baru 99, a hidden Padang gem in the belly of Benhil, head to Pasar Senen in search of the rich spices and...

Jakarta's Bucket List

Jakarta’s Bucket List

We all know about Monas, cheap electronics, Kota Tua’s museums, the Highland Gathering and cycling down Sudirman on a Sunday morning, so to celebrate Jakarta Expat’s...

Meet The One

The sport of Mixed Martial Arts, or more commonly known as MMA, is on the move for global recognition. Appearing in Brazil in the 1920s, the sport rapidly gained notice...

Alfred Wallace’s Great Adventure in Indonesia

Wallace’s dedication to research and his perseverance through rainforests in an era of head-hunters, poor medication and tropical diseases was quite admirable....

A Bali Expat Aid Worker on Syria’s Frontline

John Bunnell, a resident of Bali for nine years, went to war-ravaged Syria as a logistician for two and a half months, working in an undercover field hospital of...

Casa Vintage

Anyone can walk into a department store and pick a mass-produced item of clothing and probably walk into a party later that night wearing the same outfit as, perhaps,...

Meet Nathan Flax

A second generation expat, 30-year-old Nathan Flax is an avid surfer and sportsman, as well as a leading marketing and management consultant in vacation resorts and...

30 Places to Dive in Indonesia

The Indonesian archipelago, with thousands of kilometres of coral reefs, pristine remote islands and an enormous biodiversity, is one of the world’s best destinations...

30 Delectable Dishes

In celebrating this 30th edition, I have put together a list of my 30 favourite foods found in Bali, from gold foie gras to sate kambing. Some of them are legendary...

Women Power and Politics

Women Power and Politics

As things stand, only one major country in Western Europe – you know, that bloc with good football,liberal values and rising unemployment – boasts a single...

A Home Called Lestari Sayang Anak

A Home Called Lestari Sayang Anak

According to a 2008 survey by Save the Children, up to half a million children live in residential care in Indonesia, a frightening number. It is even more frightening...