Category: Info for Expats

Joyful Holiday Offers to Celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve

JAKARTA MERCURE Jakarta Simatupang Add some sparkles into your holiday season with special offers from MERCURE Jakarta Simatupang Hotel. We have prepared a sumptuous...

In Remembrance of Douwe Sol

It was a hot day in Ancol for the Adidas race. I was breaking down around six kilometres in the race when I heard a Dutch voice from behind saying, “Come on, keep...

Sailing the Spice Islands

The great arc of the Indonesian archipelago starts north of the island of Sumatra and curves south and east until it reaches the northern part of the Australian...

Simens family with Grandpa Simens

Meet Julia Simens

Meet Julia Simens, an international relocation consultant with years of experience under her belt. She helps global families transition to new environments and new...

Indonesia’s Mountains of Fire

With approximately 127 active volcanoes spread across the country, it can be difficult to know where to begin if you haven't climbed one before. Many great Indonesian...

The Kangaroo & the Komodo

“Australians remain wary of Indonesia,” declared a headline on the eve of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s recent meeting with President Susilo Bambang...

Ghostbuster Busted

Of all the silly programs on Indonesian TV, one of the most idiotic was Pemburu Hantu (Ghost Hunters), which involved a team of Muslim clerics pretending to catch ghosts...

Multi-City Flying - Save Money on the Way to Europe

Multi-City Flying: Save Money on the Way to Europe

In Europe the holiday season begins in June and lasts until the first few days of September. The longest day in Europe is called the Solstice on 21st of June and some...

Facebook Marketing

Social Media Marketing: Where’s the Payoff for Small Businesses?

Like most small business entrepreneurs in Indonesia you have probably progressed from posting your most recent meal photos on Facebook to experimenting with one or more...

Bali Hash House Harriers by Bali Living Blog

In Pursuit of Happiness: Expat Clubs in Bali

For whatever reason, people have been forming clubs since time immemorial and it is no different here in Indonesia. Early colonials, for example, had the Harmoni Club....

Cracked Egg

Car Theft Hoaxes

“There’s a new method of car theft,” a colleague breathlessly told me last week. “Thieves throw an egg at your windscreen when you’re driving. If you turn on...

The Jakarta Expat Pool League

The Jakarta Expat Pool League

I’ll be honest with you, I have never really taken to pool. It’s all the rules I can’t handle. You know, those regulations that say you can only use one end of the...

Parlez Vous Bahasa

Parlez Vous Bahasa?

For most people, the Indonesian language is without doubt one of the easiest languages to learn. It has very simple grammatical structure, it has no tenses and it uses...

Chiropractic

Using Advances in Medicine to Manage Scoliosis

SCOLIOSIS: When most patients are referred to us or they drop in to see us, they are usually informed that they either have scoliosis, or they are suspected of having...