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The Physical and Emotional Connections of the Five Vital Organs

The Physical and Emotional Connections of the Five Vital Organs

The foundations of traditional Chinese medicine dates back some five thousand years. The concept of Yin/Yang, together with the five elements, has permeated Chinese...

For Japan: Our Sister

March 2011: In the streets of Jogjakarta some unconventionally dressed young Indonesian men and women carry boxes marked “Jogja Care for Japan”.

Non-Smoking Restaurants in Jakarta? Yes, they Exist!

When I started to work on this article, people laughed at me when I asked if they knew a good non-smoking restaurant or at least a place with a real non-smoking section....

Confessions of a Former Smoker

For the past 25 years, cigarettes have been a loyal friend. Camels, Luckies and Marlboros (and the occasional Djarum Super) were a familiar constant in all the different...

Dangerously Nice: Kretek Cigarettes

I was a kretek (clove cigarette) smoker for almost two years. When I first started smoking clove cigarettes in Kalimantan during a voluntary placement, I remember an...

Meet Ashraf: the Asylum Seeker from Iran

Meet Ashraf. That’s not his real name. And he’s not your typical expat, being an Iranian asylum seeker who calls Jakarta home while hoping to be granted refugee...

Meet Mark Baker

The ‘Godfather’ of New York City nightlife and the International King of Clubs shares his amazing life story and deep love of Indonesia as he prepares to open...

Participatory Flood Risk Management: What the common man in the street can do

It wasn't unexpected although it has happened many times before. But still, when confronted with the swirling mass of brown water on the street that only the other day...

MRT: The Key to Reducing Jakarta’s Chronic Congestion

Starting October 10, 2013, the first phase of Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), a monorail-based transportation system, began works in Dukuh Atas, across Sudirman Station.

Top 10 Wellness Travel Trends for 2014

With the closure of 2013, industry strategies for 2014 and beyond are being defined – and redefined – by the ever-growing health and wellness travel sector, which is...

The Secret Island

Travelling to an Indonesian island that is not in the guide books and barely mentioned on Wikipedia in search of waves is always an adventure.

A Tibetan Moon: Shamanistic Indie Designers

I recently had a good, earthy chat with a couple of indie jewellery designers who showcased their work at the Brightspot market in Jakarta. Brightspot’s goal is to...

Bangka Island - Last Chance to See

Last Chance to See?

An unspoiled island off the northern coast of Sulawesi is scheduled for partial destruction despite a Supreme Court ruling that it cannot be mined. Local villagers and...

Wae Rebo - Musicians

Wae Rebo: The Duality of Tradition and Progress in West Flores

The first time I saw pictures of Wae Rebo, I was intrigued with the traditional conical straw houses in the picturesque valley in Satarmese Barat, Manggarai. Though I...