Category: History/Culture

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Comedy, Comics and Sketches of Real Life

You might already be familiar with Sacha Stevenson’s How to Act Indonesian YouTube videos in which Sacha makes some astute, comical observations about her life in...

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Changing Faces of Batik

I first met Serbian artist Mikro Kosmos (Miroslav Dukic) in Borneo earlier this year. He played a didgeridoo which he created himself and I was intrigued by this tall,...

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Java’s First Photographer: Kassian Cephas (1845-1912)

The first rather rambling title for this article ran nearly three lines as it tried to convey that Kassian Cephas (a) was the first Javanese professional photographer;...

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The History of Coffee in Indonesia

Imagine a world without coffee! Even if you are not a coffee drinker, imagine the shopping centres and high streets without the ubiquitous coffeehouses, coffee shops,...

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Embracing the Spirit of Ramadhan

The Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan is now in full swing. For recently arrived non-Muslim expatriates in Indonesia, it can be something of a culture shock. Yet many...

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Lutfi the Law Clerk: Finding Peace at Ramadhan

  Sahur, the pre-dawn meal Muslims take before the first call to prayer during Ramadhan is tricky. Most Indonesians wake up before 4am, have a quick bite to eat...

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Lempad, a Timeless Balinese Master

Thirty six years after his death at the age of 116, the first complete presentation of the works of I Gusti Nyoman Lempad is now available. On June 19th 2014 at Arma...

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South Solok: a Place with One Thousand Rumah Gadang

South Solok, located along mountain ranges of Sumatra, has a cool climate. While taking a trip from Padang city to this area, travellers will enjoy the beautiful...

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The Salvador Dali Quest

After living in Southeast Asia back and forth for over twenty years, I have come to realize that most of the expats living and enjoying this complication of life are...

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Sailing the Spice Islands

The great arc of the Indonesian archipelago starts north of the island of Sumatra and curves south and east until it reaches the northern part of the Australian...

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Isen Mulang – A Cultural Extravaganza

A very special event occurs in Central Borneo on May the 18th each year. Thousands of Dayaks converge on the small city of Palangkaraya to join together in a spirit of...

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Mount Bromo: Where Heaven and Hell Meet

Mount Bromo (Gunung Bromo), an active volcano two hours’ drive east of Surabaya, East Java, is by far the most accessible volcano in the region. Still active and...

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The July 9 Election: a Toss-up

One month before the July 9 presidential election day, a poll held by Kompas showed that about 40% of voters remain undecided. Not surprisingly, as voters mull between a...

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Selamat Pagi, Malam: Good Morning, Night

Jakarta is so much more than meets the eye. Behind all the night lights and afternoon smoke of pollution and crowds bustling, there is a different face of Jakarta. It...