Category: Other

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...

A Beer for a Stray

I had the pleasure of drinking myself to a better conscience as animal lovers gathered together on Sunday 2nd of September to drink for a cause! A Beer for a Stray is a...

Saiful : The Bird Seller

  At 40 years of age Saiful knows a lot about the value of birds. He has been selling a variety of the furry creatures for the past ten years since he took over the...

Sheep Two, Sheen Zero

I had been in my local pub watching the now legendary 1979 Silverstone 500cc Motorcycle Grand Prix and I was on my way home on my Honda CB250 doing my very best...

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, “Laurent,...

Dian: The Plastic Bottle Collector

Dian’s story is one of survival. I visited her one morning in her temporary dwelling in Kampung Bandan near Kota, living between two sets of train tracks. Dian...

Sheep Two, Sheen Zero

I had been in my local pub watching the now legendary 1979 Silverstone 500cc Motorcycle Grand Prix and I was on my way home on my Honda CB250 doing my very best...

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....

Indonesian Citizenship Concerns for Children from Mixed Marriages

The topic of mixed marriages in Indonesia is riddled with a considerable number of legal liabilities, regulations, and concerns. As a result, you need to be aware of...

Indonesian Citizenship Concerns for Children from Mixed Marriages

The topic of mixed marriages in Indonesia is riddled with a considerable number of legal liabilities, regulations, and concerns. As a result, you need to be aware of...

Rosidin : The Mobile Broom Shop

Rosidin is a very happy man. He has a cheerful nature and takes great delight in walking the streets of Kelontong, near Chinatown selling a huge variety of colourful...

Surviving Summer : How to enjoy being “home” without going “home”

Summer, the time of the year where the biggest event in the expat community takes place: the Expat Exodus. Most everybody takes advantage of the school holidays to...

Right Place, Right Time

In 1987 I bought my dream car. No, it wasn’t a Ferrari or a Porsche, it was a five-year-old Mark II 2.8 litre fuel injected Ford Granada Ghia. It was my dream car...