Category: Travel

Thomas Stamford Raffles

Thomas Stamford Raffles and The History of Java

If I were to ask you, who Stamford Raffles was, you would most likely answer: the founder of Singapore. In fact, I have asked this question on several occasions and...

The Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park : Getting the Best of Bromo for Free!

We have all seen it, the iconic image of a sunrise filtering through a vast cloud filled caldera with Mount Bromo, Mount Batok, and Mount Semeru stoically puffing away....

At the top of Mount Kinabalu

So Sabah

There’s a long weekend coming up in October and you’re trying frantically to book a villa in Bali but it seems everywhere is fully booked. Belitung have no...

Trail-Biking in the Foothills of West Java

If you’ve ever dreamt of riding through the hills and rice terraces of West Java on a trail bike, dream no more. Now it’s possible. Not only that but, as I...

Prasasti Ciaruteun

An Old Suburb and an Invasion

Tugu means memorial and memorial is an apt name for this old suburb up in North East Jakarta by the port for this may well be the longest inhabited community in Jakarta....

Beer Toast

The Truth Behind ‘Oktoberfest’

The first Oktoberfest took place in October 1810 to celebrate Crown Prince Ludwig’s wedding to Princess Therese von Sachsen Hildburghausen. The celebrations only...

Wedding Ceremony in Buleleng-1939

Marriage Curstoms-Balinese Elopement

I was browsing my Encyclopaedie van Nederlandsch Indië, not looking for anything specific as I was curious who or what would appear as the first entry. Aa, Abraham...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Education Guide 2017

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