Category: Lifestyle

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...






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