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Straight From The Heart

The Family at Lestari Sayang Anak Orphanage I think a lot of us, although we may not like to admit it, take things for granted, most importantly the love and support we...

An Expat’s New Year’s Resolution

I told my Facebook friends that I was writing an article about New Year’s resolutions, and asked them for inspiration. (I don’t normally make resolutions; I tend to...

Turkey

A Rare Christmas Treat

I woke up early on Christmas day 1984, seriously hung-over after an inpromptu party the night  before. The planned party at my place had been abandoned due to a lack of...

Are you Mr Magoo, too?

As I slide at break-neck speed down the slippery slope of life towards the age of 50, I can’t help but notice that things are starting to change.  For instance, there...

Ferret

Party Animal

One Friday night when I was 15 years old I persuaded my folks to let me go to my first party at a friend’s house. I promised on pain of death I would catch the last...

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...

Alcohol Free Beer

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...

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...

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...

A young Darryl Patton

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...

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...

Education Guide 2017

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