Category: Observations

Jokowi

Jokowi’s Resolution: Must Reduce Traffic

During the 2nd half of 2012, the whole of Jakarta was plastered with banners and posters of potential candidates all vying for Jakarta’s top position. The election had...

Ten Traffic Rules for School Kids – 2012 Style!

At school, seven-year-old kids in Bali learn about the rules of the road; like to walk on the left side of the road, to cross the road at zebra crossings, and for...

Mystery, Magic and Ghosts

Was it a coincidence or something more? Our Editor emailed me with a list of upcoming themes and said that she thought that I might “have something up [my] sleeve...

Ghost Detector

Are Mobile Phones Killing Ghosts?

Sightings of ghosts have plummeted in number over the past decade. Are mobile phones responsible for their demise? It may seem crazy but paranormal investigators are...

In a Daze

The scene is all too familiar; the waving of a pocket-watch back and forth, followed by the mumblings of ‘Yes, Master!’  While it was popularized by Hollywood and...

How to Know If a Scam Is a Scam Before You Are Scammed

As I sat in my Jogja hostel after another long day of slaving away in front of empty Word documents I began to think of what it would be like to be a multi-millionaire...

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Green is not just another colour, these days everyone’s talking green; not US Dollar-green but green as a synonym for the environment. Property developers are selling...

Bule Yogya

8 months ago, after my controversial column about Bali, I received some very nice emails from you guys. Thanks a lot. Some others were pleasant too, like, “Sebastien...

A Ghost In The Backyard

It used to be a house in Menteng but had been converted to an office. In many instances, the old houses had been torn down and replaced by multi-story utility buildings....

Bali Highs – Down to Up in Ubud!

Tired of Working?  Wanting to Escape to Bali? This article explores the underlying traps of these two thoughts – and offers a new approach to avoid some common...

High Season Kick-Off Party

The high season kick-off party at the Legian 101 hotel is a definite good time for expats and visiting tourists in south Bali. The free-flow party, offering nicer drink...

East is West and West is, well…

Anthony Burgess’ begins his marvellous series of novels, The Long Day Wanes, (aka The Malay Trilogy), with Flaherty, a British police lieutenant, pointing his...

The Golden Arches

Several publications, including The New York Times, ran pieces recently detailing the Jakarta phenomenon of young people congregating in local 7-Eleven’s. They cite...

Selamat Datang di Indonesia

In Soekarno-Hatta Airport (Jakarta) you may have had an unpleasant experience to share. By the end of this article, I hope that you are able to pick up some pointers,...

Education Guide 2017

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