Category: Featured

International Schools in Limbo as Talks on New Rules Stall

Back in November last year, Tim Carr, the Head of School at Jakarta International School (JIS), joined principals from the capital’s other storied institutions to...

Deaf Guides of Bali

Barrier-Free Travel: Deaf Guides of Bali

One Balinese man is spreading awareness within Bali. Wahyu Cahyadi is deaf, and works as a driver and tour guide for other deaf and hearing-impaired people.

Raising the Dead

It is an hour before dawn as I make my way up the gently sloping hill to the cemetery outside the village of Blangsinga, on the island of Bali. There is no wind and a...

Family Fun

Are you bored with watching your children's boredom as they play boring video games? Do you send your children emails to tell them that it’s bedtime? When you decide...

Meet Rebecca Riley

Meet Rebecca Riley, spouse of US Ambassador to ASEAN, David Carden, and an all-round fascinating humanitarian.

The Derawan Islands Made Easy

And so another sojourn in the far-flung archipelago of Indonesia; this time to the Derawan islands off the northeast coast of Kalimantan – the name for Indonesia’s...

(No) Stranger in the Third Culture Kid’s Homeland

In Confessions of a Third Culture Kid, I said I have a complicated relationship with the question, “Where are you from?” The truth is I have several homelands in...

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....