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New Year Superstitions Around the World

In Britain the first person who crosses the threshold on New Year’s Day foreshadows what will happen for the year. On the Isle of Man, qualtagh (Manx) was the first...

Honouring the Faiths in Java’s North Coast

Honouring the Faiths in Java’s North Coast

Being the multicultural country that it is, there are many ways of celebrating Christmas in Indonesia. Even the weather is a departure from the Northern Hemisphere’s...

Christmas Dinner

Festive Feasting

If you’re yearning for a festive feast with all the trimmings but you lack the inclination to cook at home, then simply head to one of Jakarta’s big hotels offering...

Andrew Whitmarsh

Andrew Whitmarsh

Meet Andrew Whitmarsh. The adventurous travel writer and author of the newly released walking tour guide, Jakarta: 25 Excursions in and around the Indonesian Capital....

Colonies – Dutch East Indies vs. British India

Examining a map of the world, preferably a globe, one cannot but wonder how a few nations, occupying but a tiny fraction of the world, were able to colonise the rest of...

Doing Business in Indonesia

With a population of nearly 240 million people, with more than 17,000 islands, and with a significant political and economic place in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is...

Movember – In your Face, Cancer!

There are two kinds of men in the world: those who can pull off a moustache and those who can’t. Movember, a month-long campaign to raise awareness for prostate...

Doing Business in Indonesia

With a population of nearly 240 million people, with more than 17,000 islands, and with a significant political and economic place in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is...

For Whom the Bali Tolls

Finally road users on Bali’s congested southern tip are looking forward to some relief with the construction of a toll road that will link the capital, Denpasar with...

A Business with No Future: Shark and Ray Fisheries in Indonesia

Fishermen in Indonesia have been catching sharks and rays for centuries, using traditional boats and artisanal tools. For some families, catching a big fish was a...

Outlook: Indonesian Infrastructure

Solid infrastructure is a key ingredient to a nation’s development. All countries need efficient transportation, energy and sanitation in order to provide a decent...

A Decade Gone and Bali’s Spirit Lives On

It was 10 years ago this month that people’s perceptions of the island of Bali changed forever. The idyllic island of the Gods, the artists of the 1930s, the hippies...

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Belief in black magic is a psychological condition that afflicts millions of people who are susceptible to the power of suggestion because they have been raised to...

Stadium Jakarta

Sex, Drugs and Other Diversions

If Jakarta is the city that never sleeps, not least because of the rousing pre-dawn call to prayer blaring from thousands of loudspeakers, then some of its insomnia...