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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...

Iconic Island Sumba

Jointly moving towards 100% renewable energy Billions of people have no access to (clean) energy. They cook on firewood and use oil lamps for light. In remote areas,...

Salyem: The Jamu Lady

Salyem is 39 yrs old and has been selling her herbal-based medicines for eight years. Her Aunty educated her in the world of Jamu and would take Salyem with her, through...

Legal Realities of Indonesian Expatriates – Land Ownership

When individuals move to Indonesia for the purpose of expatriation, the process usually involves a large number of personal and legal considerations. While it is vital...

Fame and Fortune (Almost)

One night in 1998 after a gig in Manila, a woman approached me and my band and asked if we would like to be in a movie. Scenes of fame and fortune flashed before our...

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...

Get on the Bus

My Pembantu, Mami, who has worked for me for eight years mentioned after my asking how her weekend was that she had taken the bus from Sanur to Kuta to go shopping at...

Dreaming of my Home Near Ubud

It’s 11:30 pm on a Tuesday night and we’ve just finished installing some final touches on our emerging eco café in the far south of Jakarta, on Jl. Fatmawati. The...

Winning and Losing on the Slots

  When I was 15 years old I used to work on weekends as a glass washer at a country club. One night after all the bars were closed and only the landlord’s 30 year-old...

Ibu Meut: The Fish Selling lady

Ibu Meut has a charming smile, which belies the fact she works extremely hard selling her dried fish to the passers by underneath an overpass at Pasar Kebayoran Lama. In...

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...

The Legend of Kebo Iwa

If you frequently travel between Sanur and Ubud, there’s a fat chance you’ve seen the big baby statue sitting in the Sakah intersection. It depicts baby Kebo Wanara,...

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,...