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Fat Passenger

Blind, Bamboozled and Big

For me, travelling is as much about the journey as the destination. One of the things I enjoy most “en route” is watching other travellers. It amazes me how easily...

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The Battle of the Beer

It was Christmas Eve 1984, and, just like I did every year in those days, I was running around the shops at the last minute desperately trying to find gifts for my...

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The Bargain Tree Hunter

If you plan on walking into a department store this week and dropping Rp 3.2 million on a six-foot tall fake Christmas tree, don’t read this story. But if Christmas...

Sebastien Noel

Have Yourself a Grumpy Little Christmas

Guys, I am back to my grumpy old self. In the last article, “Solution to the Global Crisis”, I tried to be serious and it was basically a disaster. So let’s get...

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Deck the Malls

Criticising Jakarta’s shopping malls for their ostentatious Christmas displays is too easy. We can feel sickened by the crass commercialisation of religious holidays...

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Darryl Patton: Godfather of the Expat Bars

Darryl Patton, 1941-2011 Englishman Darryl Patton was the innovator behind many of the early expatriate bars in Jakarta, pioneering much of the nightlife scene as we...

I Hate Spas

Most people like massages and spa treatments, but I am not one of them. All those ‘SPA-aholics’, addicted ladies, always try to explain to me how good and healthy...

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Le Souq C’est Chic

Literally translated as “Arabic Market”, Le Souq captures the young and vibrant spirit which is somewhat lacking in Jakarta’s interior design world. Fresh out of...

Sebastien Laurent

I love Indonesia

I was on my way to Jepara (the biggest jungle furniture centre in the world, around 2,500 different small, medium and big companies are based there) to visit a few...

Living a Greener Life

Living a Greener Life in the Big Durian

Imagine if you could turn your home in Jakarta into a modern tropical paradise.  Imagine it was like staying in a resort. Think lush greenery, natural materials, smart...

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Disneyland Bali

I know, I know, the expatriates in Bali are such an easy target to laugh at, but still… As I’ve just come back from a too long “3 days” stay there, I have some...

Understanding Today’s Young Indonesian Consumers

Let me start with a big disclaimer- the following commentary on today’s young consumers of Indonesia is not based on any primary research but purely from my daily...

Sebastien Laurent

To my Expatriate Friends who always Complain (Including me!)

Sebastien Laurent It’s a bit of an international sport or hobby for expatriates to always complain about how things are better in their home country. As I come back...