Category: Travel

Jakarta on a clean air pollution day

Jakarta for the Weekend?

Jakartans leave their work early on Fridays, hoping they can beat the traffic to the airport and enjoy a weekend in Bali or Singapore, away from the pollution. On the...

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How Indonesia’s Spices Unrolled the Map of the World

  As Indonesia prepares to celebrate 66 years of independence it is an appropriate moment to turn the clock back 560 years to the middle of the 15th century, before...

Bung Karno and Sudjojono

Art and Revolution

S. Sudjojono, 1913-1986 One of the ultimate tools of revolution is art. So, too, revolution ideas often stimulate revolutionary visuals – posters and icons that embody...

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Did You Know…?

In 1602 eight early British expats were dropped off in what is now known as Banten Lama by the first voyage of the East India Company. They were told to make money and...

A view of Puncak where the riding happens

Riding Jalur NuRa

As the crow flies Puncak is a mere 80 kilometres to the south east of Jakarta. In the hills of Puncak lies Puncak Pass where a rustic institution for the thrill-seeker...

Majapahit Piggy Bank

The Origins of the Piggy Bank

In the west the Piggy Bank has long been a time-honoured rite of passage, a whimsical but didactic tool for inculcating children with the benefits of saving. While today...

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It’s a Swamp Out There!

There isn’t a lot of green space left in Jakarta. Perhaps more than people realise, but still very little. What remains is worth preserving, not just because it looks...

Camping at Taman Mekarsari

Breaks for Bread Winners

School holidays are both a curse and a boon for expat parents living in Jakarta. Firstly, not all of us can schedule a lengthy break away from the daily grind and even...

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Young Diver’s Dreams Find a Home in West Java

Kyle Blakeway’s love of the ocean runs deep: it started when he earned his junior open water dive certification —he was ten years old— blossomed over the years as...

Children enjoying the lake at Setu Babakan

Staying in Town for the Holidays?

Let’s face it, Julia Roberts’ “Eat Pray Love” was just way too glib to get the old heart racing. An airbrushed, one-dimensional view of spiritual...

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Pulau Tidung @ Pulau Seribu

I used to think the ultimate culture shock trip from Jakarta was the flight over to saccharine sweet Singapore but equally as eye opening – and for all the right...

Gereja Sion in 1695

Geraja Sion

Back in the middle of the 17th century, Jl. Pangeran Jayakarta was one of Batavia’s hottest addresses. It was a wide, spacious boulevard so beloved of colonials who...

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Climbing the Less Well-Known Peaks of Indonesia

As editor of the not-for-profit hiking website Gunung Bagging, I have spent the last few years exploring countless mountain peaks – both famous and obscure – that...

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Finding and Booking Flights on Your Phone

  School holidays are nearly upon us and I am sure you are busy planning for a trip somewhere. I think most of us just call the travel agent to get an idea flights...