Category: Lifestyle

Jakarta on a clean air pollution day

Jakarta Air Pollution: Not all Doom, Gloom & Catastrophe!

In 1994 there were an estimated 1.38 million vehicles (cars, motorcycles, lorries and buses) in Jakarta; 27 years later in 2011 the total number of vehicles is estimated...

Photo by Hanneke Mennens

Health Remedies

As the dry season turns wet and the rains come knocking on our doors (and, in my case at least, dripping through our ceilings and onto our computers) it’s time for...

John Toomey

Hashing In Jakarta

Hash House Harriers also known as “The Hash” can be found in many countries throughout the world and especially in South East Asia from where it first originated in...

Deddy Wigraha

Alliance Jiu-Jitsu: Now Available in Indonesia

Alliance Jiu-jitsu is one of the most prominent  Brazilian Jiu-jitsu associations, and the current, defending Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World team champions, having won the...

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Yoga in Nature; Nature in Yoga

Let nature calm your mind through yoga Many yoga asana (pose) names and characteristics are derived from nature like the mountain pose, the tree pose, the half-moon...

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Sticks and Stones won’t Break by Bones and Artfully they Speak for me – the Eco in Kamoro Art

Long and heavy it lies on the wet morning grass, the dew licking its undersides. Young sunlight grazes its skin. Carvings cover it end to end, its trunk hollowed out....

Living a Greener Life

Living a Greener Life in the Big Durian

Imagine if you could turn your home in Jakarta into a modern tropical paradise.  Imagine it was like staying in a resort. Think lush greenery, natural materials, smart...

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The Jakarta Belly Syndrome

A few days ago, as I was in the clinic practicing like usual when a patient of mine – Priti – walked in and said, “I think I have Jakarta Belly Syndrome.” It...

Gunung Tumpang

A Million Dollar Treasure in West-Java

The kids in the kampong peeked from behind broken windows. It was a poor kampong and a lot of the houses were made of just rotan and bamboo. I was lucky to have a...

Bung Karno and Sudjojono

Art and Revolution

S. Sudjojono, 1913-1986 One of the ultimate tools of revolution is art. So, too, revolution ideas often stimulate revolutionary visuals – posters and icons that embody...

A view of Puncak where the riding happens

Riding Jalur NuRa

As the crow flies Puncak is a mere 80 kilometres to the south east of Jakarta. In the hills of Puncak lies Puncak Pass where a rustic institution for the thrill-seeker...

Illegal music downloading is a big problem in Indonesia

Music, Is It Here To Stay?

THE FALL Is it the real death of the music industry?   How many songs do you have on your iTunes? Have you ever checked? How many of them are ripped from the original...

An original photograph of Raden Saleh

Indonesia’s First Celebrity Artist

Raden Saleh Boestaman (c. 1807-1880) This well-known photo of Raden Saleh, Indonesia’s ‘first’ western-style painter was taken in 1870 when he was at the peak of...

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Pastis Please

Have you tried Pastis? No, not the French liqueur, the Mediterranean-come-Italian Kitchen and Bar in Aston at the Kuningan Suites. Although this oasis is considered...