Category: Travel

Raffles & Brit. Invasion of Java

Raffles Unravelled

Raffles and the British Invasion of Java Tim Hannigan Monsoon Books 2012 368pp ISBN 978-981-4358-85-9 As a lad growing up in post-World War II London, I was force-fed a...

Honouring the Faiths in Java’s North Coast

Honouring the Faiths in Java’s North Coast

Being the multicultural country that it is, there are many ways of celebrating Christmas in Indonesia. Even the weather is a departure from the Northern Hemisphere’s...

Sri Lanka

I have long held a fascination with the tear shaped island clinging meniscus-like to the Indian sub continent. Their cricketers – always the bravest underdogs...

Colonies – Dutch East Indies vs. British India

Examining a map of the world, preferably a globe, one cannot but wonder how a few nations, occupying but a tiny fraction of the world, were able to colonise the rest of...

Indonesia’s Hidden Paradise

Tucked away on the east coast of Sumatra in the Java Sea lies a hidden gem, untouched by commercialism and the hoards of tourists usually found in such an idyllic...

Jump into Bali’s Past: Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida

Walking around the touristic area of Bali, surrounded by the noise of horns and a thousand motorbikes, anesthetized by car fumes and chased by various kinds of sellers,...

The Batu Bolong

The Batu Bolong: Living Aboard the Good Life

The Komodo National Park, an area of 1,817 square kilometres made up of three main islands, Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as several smaller ones, was earlier this...

Daka - Bangladesh

Dhaka’s Old Town

Old Dhaka is a mish mash of narrow lanes, crumbling houses home to a myriad of artisans and a history that dates back more than 400 years. There are no accurate maps to...

Taman Menteng

Hidden Gems

A public awareness campaign uncovers Jakarta’s few suitable but forgotten parks, whetting local appetites for green spaces they can use. When Samsuri moved into...

Observatorium Bosscha Bandung

Geek’s Guide to Bandung – Part 1

Celestial Wonders of the Southern Sky “Bandung” often evokes images of the star-studded café and shopping scene. Granted, Bandung does have a glamorous charm that...

USS Liberty, Tulamben

Strong eruptions normally are a hazard for people living close to the volcano. In 1963 the eruption of the Mount Agung, the Bali’s sacred mountain, killed more than...

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 has no...

Education Guide 2017

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