Category: Lifestyle

Chinese Food with a Twist

Jakartans who take their love of food seriously, rarely settle for a meal in a mall. Restaurants located in malls offer convenience, but nothing more. The service is...

Raffles & Brit. Invasion of Java

Raffles Unravelled

Raffles and the British Invasion of Java Tim Hannigan Monsoon Books 2012 368pp ISBN 978-981-4358-85-9 As a lad growing up in post-World War II London, I was force-fed a...

In Pursuit of Happiness: Learning from Tom, Dick and Harry

Despite the hype about New Year being a time to celebrate there is something about the end of a year that causes us to pause, sit back and reflect. Perhaps it’s a...

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...

Forbidden Love Part 3 – Girls Will Have Fun

“Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.” Anaïs Nin, Delta of Venus, Erotica 1977. When it comes to cross-cultural amorous relationships,...

UFC Comes to Asia – Macau, 10th November, 2012

It’s quite surprising how many people don’t know what the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is considering it is the world’s fastest growing sport. A lot of...

Jakfringe International Festival

Beyond The Fringe

The first Jakarta International Fringe Festival is over and what a week it was! Bill Bailey was in town with 15 other top international comedians from all over the world...

Getting Fit

Get Fit for NYE!

If you have not noticed we have 6 weeks to NYE so put down the cupcake and pick up the training gear; its time to bring in the New Year looking super-fit. Oddly enough...

Jak Mania

Support Your Local Team

We’ve all seen them. Dickensian scamps clad in orange t shirts, scarves and joker hats hanging perilously on the roof of a metro mini or kopaja on match day. They are...

Roberto Puccini

Bali on the World’s Circuit

Bali is famous for its sports. Thrill-seekers from around the world flock to the tropical paradise for its surfing, white water rafting and diving among others. If...

Mie Cornoedus

Art & Forbidden Fruit in Bali: Part Two

The prominent role of gay expatriate artists in Bali before the Second World War must have deeply disturbed some members of the very conservative white colonial society....

Anna Rohm

Andrea Angelique: Medium and Tarot Master

When she was eight, a group of curious girls gathered around Andrea Angelique as she put her hands on the cursor of a Ouiji Board. The stylus suddenly began spelling out...

John Marciano

John Marciano

Meet John Marciano, founder of the Republic of Soap – a holistic approach to creating products reminiscent of a bygone era, made by hand in small batches, with...

Pablo Gentile

Meet Pablo Gentile. A gutsy American artist who moved to Bali in the 80s to breathe art and live within this island’s culture. You are known as being one of the...