Category: Other

trains

Never the Trains Shall Meet

Not long ago, any authentic Indonesian model railway set required dozens of tiny model passengers perched precariously on the roofs of carriages. Occasionally, some...

homecoming

My Life and Times in Jakarta: Homecoming is not What It Seems

I’m not going to lie. I miss my expat lifestyle in Indonesia. On particularly lucid nights when the child is asleep and we’re crumpled on the sofa watching yet...

Sextortion Scam Uses Hacked Passwords

Indonesia continues to block pornographic websites, but people living here continue to view them, putting themselves at risk of a sextortion scam. In recent weeks, a few...

An Overview of the Types of Sponsored Work and Stay Permits in Indonesia

Foreigners who wish to work and stay in Indonesia can choose from various types of work and stay permits, depending on the type of job, qualifications, and preference....

Jakarta

Health and Safety Indonesian Style

A few years ago, my father told me that he would like to come and visit me in Jakarta. He had never been to Jakarta before, or even Asia, so this would be a great...

Chores and Children

Expat children and household help usually go hand-in-hand when you’re living in Indonesia. It’s always been advantageous for us to have help around but as my...

JIFL

Jakarta International Football League Update

The season is progressing well and teams are more-or-less sticking to the program – which, when you consider the obstacles teams face, ranging from lack of pitch...

disasters

Natural Disaster Fraud

Natural disasters can bring out the worst in a handful of people. After the September 28 earthquake and tsunami that killed an estimated 5,000 people in Central Sulawesi...

Why You Need to Apply for an Exit Permit Only/EPO in Indonesia

If you are a foreigner holding a temporary stay permit (KITAS) in Indonesia, keep in mind that you must apply for an Exit Permit Only (EPO) if you change jobs, leave...

Keyboard Agonies and Publishing Ecstasy

It was a mixed mob that gathered at Madura’s Trunojoyo University. Mainly young, overwhelmingly female, many frustrated, a few triumphant, all infected. If they...

Public Transport: Masochism for the Masses

Daniel Pope endures and occasionally enjoys Jakarta’s improving public transport options. Travel these days is absurdly easy. Just flip open your communicator and say,...

money

An American Abroad: Tips for Saving Money and Avoiding Unnecessary Fees on your Indonesian Trip

Whether visiting the temples and mountains of Java, exploring the sprawling melting pot of Jakarta, or finding tranquility on the beaches of Bali, it is undeniable that...

questions

Questions, Questions, Questions

I don’t subscribe to conspiracy theories and there are several reasons why: It’s too easy to manipulate evidence and tamper with videos, it’s too easy to keep...

The Expatriate Mothers’ Network

I never thought that moving abroad would result in gaining more friends than I had before I left. I thought my journey as an expat would be lonely and that I would...