Category: Travel

The Beach

Pemuteran: A Road Runs Through It

As we head clear of Candi Kuning the traffic noticeably thins. We wind our way higher up into the mountains, looking down on the twin lakes of Buyan and Tambilang with...

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A Dive Paradise in Sulawesi

Prince John Dive Resort isn’t in Palu. It’s about an hour up the road, in a tiny place called Donggala. The road skirts off to the right and you hear the tires crush...

Bali Boat

Amed and Tulamben: Bali’s beautiful north east coast

Bali’s tourism industry is currently enjoying a strong resurgence as large numbers of foreign tourists are once again visiting Indonesia’s best-known holiday...

Wali Songo

Wali Songo

The Wali Songo are revered throughout Indonesia as the wise men who brought Islam initially to Java but ultimately throughout the isles. Wali, which is used today to...

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In Search of the Blue Lagoon

South of Malang in Eastern Java an uninhabited island contains deep within its dense jungles a salt-water lagoon framed from the Indian Ocean by jutting cliffs that...

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The Path to Perfection through Action

I hug trees. Some trees hug me back. Learning about the sculptures around the place I live and work from my elders, I found out that my family has always had a thing...

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West Java’s Beauty at Bay

The sun is shining, the weekend lies ahead. What better way to spend the free time than unwinding far from the stresses of city life by catching some rays on a beach or...

The Importance of Being Charming

My home village of Batur may be more spectacularly beautiful, but Ubud is where tourists choose to linger for longer. Asked by my uncles and aunts why this is so, I...

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Mads Johansen Lange: A Danish Adventurer Nicknamed ‘King of Bali’

Most people know Kuta as a hedonistic beach resort where anything goes. It’s a Phuket-on-Bintang, just about the only place in the archipelago where public displays of...

Patung Catur

Four Faces Needed to Face Bali’s Brave New World

On July’s windy days, the skies of Denpasar fill up with kites. These grand birds and fish dance and glide with the glee of children (of all ages, of course) tugging...

Summit Path

Climbing Mt. Merapi: No Jumping Pictures, Please

What makes a great Monday morning? Sleeping in? Not wearing any clothes until lunch? How about summiting one of the world’s most active volcanoes via a treacherous...

50 Years Of Silence

The Comfort Woman

As job titles go it is difficult to think of any more crass, more cynical than ‘comfort woman’. To the uninitiated it conjures up images of fair maidens, perhaps...

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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...

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It’s Karimunjawa, Dan, not Kilimanjaro!

Kilimanjaro, Kalimantan, Karimunjawa, Kilimantanjawa? For a foreigner, it’s fairly easy to find yourself mixing and twisting these rather similar names as if they were...

Education Guide 2017

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