Category: Arts/Entertainment

Mama Says Relax

OK, I’ll admit it; I’ve been on a bit of a Will Meyrick-athon of late. He’s a busy guy, so we’ve busily been bringing you news of his latest ventures. But his...

Jalan Jalan – A Novel of Indonesia

Mike Stoner Tuttle Publishing 2016 ISBN 978-0-8048-4629-5 The dozen or so books about Indonesia that I’ve reviewed, most for these pages, have been undertaken with...

Filling the Grill

In the early ‘90s, I was working in sales and marketing at the Sari Pan Pacific Hotel in Jakarta. Our fine dining room was called the Jayakarta Grill and for many...

A Brief History of Indonesia

A Brief History of Indonesia by Tim Hannigan pub. Tuttle 2015 pp.288 ISBN 978-0-8048-4476-5 (pbk) ISBN 978-0-4629-1716-7(ebook) The sub-title is far from the brief:...

A World of Tradition

I love traditions. Family traditions, national traditions, anything that is traditional in the true sense of the word. I guess it’s because they give me a sense of...

Serving the Greater Good: Meet Michael Franti

Michael Franti is an internationally-acclaimed musician and lead vocalist of Michael Franti and Spearhead, who is also a global activist for social justice and spiritual...

Heads Up, Tourist Extortion in Bali Still Business as Usual

The island’s image as an attractive holiday destination may be marred by a tradition of local authorities taking cash off unwitting tourists.   Bali is known as a...

Jakarta Jive, Bali Blues

Living through interesting times and recording them as an observer, albeit with a strong attachment, offers a value not only for future historians, but also for those of...

Theatre with a Difference: The Jakarta Players

Breaking the monotonous routine of movie-bingeing and mall-hopping, Jakartans have the opportunity to watch a highly captivating play for a good cause. This summer, The...

All That Jazz

“If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.” ? Louis Armstrong En route to the eleventh annual Java Jazz Festival, the macet was particularly cruel....

They’re Playing Our Song!

Every couple has a song which means something special to them. Maybe it’s the song that was playing when they first met or when they had their first dance, maybe it...

The Death of the Movie Star

Of all the great technological advancements that have taken place in the history of mankind, the ability to record things must surely be among the most significant. I...

What do you pack?

Roberto Di Marco was born and grew up in Rome, Italy. He attended a liceo in Rome, earning degrees in philosophy, psychology, criminology and forensic psychiatry....

Dancing to Disney This Christmas

In our bustling metropolis, where temperatures are consistently set to ‘tropical’ year-round, it can be hard to find some Christmas spirit. That sparkle, that joy,...

Education Guide 2017

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