Category: Featured

The Farmer’s Markets of Bali

Bali’s traditional markets were once a necessity in a society where refrigeration and corner stores were not as widespread as they are today. These age-old trading...

More Harm than Good?

An important project for the island of Lembongan is likely to lead to more harm than good. The deployment of a submarine electricity cable from Bali has resulted in...

Land Laws in Bali Differ from the Rest of Indonesia? Not Really.

Real Estate agents around Indonesia, and internationally, think that land laws in Bali are different from the rest of Indonesia, as foreigners can own freehold land! You...

The Power of One

Most expats who have lived in Jakarta for any length of time will have a story about electricity problems. From sudden bill increases to blackouts, disconnections and...

Modern Slavery

She was promised a well paying job as a waitress-receptionist in Batam. The establishment, although Chinese-owned, was fully halal, so, no need to worry. A few weeks...

Where are Indonesia’s Top Football Players to Come From?

In the game of football, FIFA counts over 300 million players in 2012, mostly men and boys, but an increasing number of women. Despite this, there are few...

Miracle on a Bali Beach

The one hundred and eight passengers and crew onboard the Lion Air flight from Bandung to Bali on Saturday afternoon 13 April 2013, which landed at 3:10 pm, 50 metres...

Arema Three Muskateers

It’s not just oil and gas, English teachers and missionary types who like to call Indonesia home. Despite all the problems that plague football in this country, until...

Caring for the Sentinels of The Deep by Michael L. Baird

Caring for the Sentinels of The Deep

Much of Indonesia’s seas are being “watched over” by friendly creatures whose underwater singing and dancing never cease to melt the human heart: some 30 species...

Earth Day - Dilarang Membuang Sampah Disini

Earth Day Bali Style

Two of the many environmentally concerned groups on the island of Bali have come up with some great plans to make this Earth Day one to remember. Earth Day on April 22nd...

Plastic Pollution

An Insight into Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution is reaching very high levels in Bali. Almost 30 million plastic bottles are used every day and disposed of in different ways, many simply abandoned...

Palm Oil Plantation

Cheap Frying Oil or Orangutans?

There are two schools of thought regarding palm oil. First, that it’s unhealthy and oil palm plantations are pushing orangutans to extinction. Critics claim...

Can it Work? A Progress Report on Saving Indonesia’s Precious Forests

As a child, my nightmares weren’t like other children’s. They didn’t have monsters, ghosts, or terrifying creatures, instead, they came from the videos...

Places to be Gluttonous

Gluttony is my favourite sin. Indulging in a calorific piece of kobe beef, an extra helping of bacon on your pancakes dripping with maple syrup or the bliss of losing...