Category: Lifestyle

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...

Australian Beef Sirloin

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...

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Finding a Restaurant Near You

A friend of mine once asked me, “What are the 5 largest cities in Indonesia?” Confidently I replied, “Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung, Yogya and maybe Medan.”...

Portrait of Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh in Java

Although the world’s most famous artist, Vincent van Gogh, once wrote to this brother Theo that he would like to set up a community of artists, this is about as close...

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Climbing the Less Well-Known Peaks of Indonesia

As editor of the not-for-profit hiking website Gunung Bagging, I have spent the last few years exploring countless mountain peaks – both famous and obscure – that...

Potret Seorang Gadis

Presidential Art

Complex, contradictory and politically brilliant, Engineer Sukarno, the first president of the Republic of Indonesia, was a renowned lover of the arts and women. For the...

Education Guide 2017

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