Category: Faces of Indonesia

Made Sudarsana the Topeng Dancer

Made Sudarsana has been dancing since he was seven years old. “We learn dancing as a child,” Made explained. “The first dance I learnt was the Baris dance. A...

Mur the Offering Lady

Mur is 16 years old and has been dutifully carrying out her task as a tukang banten since she was ten years old. She sets about her daily ritual of giving offerings to...

Nathan the Snake Rescuer

Nathan the Snake Rescuer

For people like Nathan Rusli, who picked up his first cobra at the ripe old age of six, handling snakes isn’t so much a hobby as it is a passion. The idea of...

Grandma Ni Made Sibuh of Petemon Village

I sat talking with Grandma Ni Made Sibuh in her village in Petemon where she has lived all her life. She was born around 1935 however, "This is a rough guess only,"...

Peter The Driver Sporting a Movember Moustache

Peter The Driver Sporting a Movember Moustache

Every morning for the past few weeks, as Peter Sembiring is on his way out the door, leaving to go to work and battle Jakarta's traffic, his wife smiles and asks the...

Ahmad Setiawan - Ex-Street Kid Turned Environmentalist

Ahmad Setiawan: Ex-Street Kid Turned Environmentalist

When 20-year-old Andreas Ahmad Setiawan lost his entire family in the 2004 tsunami, he didn't know where to turn. He felt alone. He felt scared. He ended up on the...

Kadek the Penjor Maker

I met Kadek on the street putting the finishing touches to his penjor. He started making penjors when he was nine years old. All Balinese Hindu houses must have a penjor...

Wayan the Ubud Painter

Wayan lives in Ubud, but as an artist who paints for a living, he does not turn to Ubud to sell his work, but supplies to a wholesale market in Sukawati, Gianyar, which...

Jalan Barito

“Iman”: the Exotic Pet Trader

Although Jalan Barito renowned for its access to some of Indonesia’s most exotic pets, Iman dismisses the rumour that eager buyers could purchase something like a baby...

Citra

Faces of Jakarta: Citra, the National Library Librarian

For the last six years, Citra, who boards a train and a bajaj every day, wakes up well before the sun comes up in order to travel the two hours it takes to get from her...

Nyoman the Organic Advocate

Abe-do Organic Warung, located 2 kilometres from Ubud, in Banjar Kutuh Kaja, was created a year ago with only three spoons, three knives, three forks and five glasses. ...

The Buskers

Keribo, Danu and Agay: The Buskers

Keribo and his friends Danu and Agay take pride in entertaining bus passengers - they ride anywhere between 40 and 50 different buses a day - choking down the fumes from...

Pak Kumis and Ibu Aseh the Warung Owners

Pak Kumis and Ibu Aseh the Warung Owners

It may not look like much from the road, but just under the awning, Pak Kumis and his wife of 20 years, Ibu Aseh, are selling everything under the sun, from slick green...

Hadi – The Padang Restaurant Manager

Every morning at 4am, Hadi and the team from Rumah Makan Cahaya Baru 99, a hidden Padang gem in the belly of Benhil, head to Pasar Senen in search of the rich spices and...

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