Category: Travel

Hari Saraswati In Praise of Books

Hari Saraswati: In Praise of Books

With the islandwide celebration of Dewi Saraswati on August 10th, it’s only appropriate to offer a paean to Bali’s bountiful World of Books. The wife of the god...

Batavia - 1627

How the Other Half Lived – Batavia in the 18th Century

Founded in 1619 on the smouldering remains of Jacatra, Batavia was meant to function as a depot for the produce destined for Holland and as the administrative centre of...

Hollandsch Inlandsche School in 1936 Blitar East Java

Educating the Past

Indonesia’s historical baggage over the last century and a half means that as we tip headlong into this new fangled thing people call globalization, Indonesia’s...

The Farmer’s Markets of Bali

Bali’s traditional markets were once a necessity in a society where refrigeration and corner stores were not as widespread as they are today. These age-old trading...

Traditional House of Banyuwangi

Vintage Home in East Java

The civilisation of Java boasts of intricately artistic traditional architecture that stands the test of time. But people often forget that Java is not only home to the...

Istana Bogor

Where are all the Country Houses?

When it comes to ostentatious shows of wealth, no one does it better than the Europeans. Backed by generations of inherited riches, the elites of England, France and...

Miracle on a Bali Beach

The one hundred and eight passengers and crew onboard the Lion Air flight from Bandung to Bali on Saturday afternoon 13 April 2013, which landed at 3:10 pm, 50 metres...

Twisted Tourism: My brief brush with North Korea

In this sick and twisted world, there is an elite group of the most sick and twisted countries. Adding a new layer of twistedness to the tragedy of the existence of such...

Chaiya

Little is known of the Sriwijaya Empire, a polity that in its prime spread its tentacles across much of Southeast Asia from Central Java to the narrow Thai peninsula....

Lithography of the Pieter Erberveld Memorial by Josias Cornelis Rappard - 1888

The Sad Story of Pieter Erberveld

There are a number of versions to this story. Depending on the narrator, the good people of Batavia were saved from a horrendous fate, or the matrix, the super system if...

Burufly

Dreaming of Another Ultimate Indonesian Holiday

Being an archipelago spanning 5,248 kilometres over three time zones, Indonesia has thousands of destinations to satisfy the curious traveller’s senses. But it’s...

Food for Thought

In this 21st century, Bali is rarely referred to as a paradise. Aldous Huxley in the mid-20th century wrote a book entitled ‘The Island’ in which he describes a...

Natural Wildlife Repositories: The Animal Parks of Bali

Visiting an Indonesia-based animal park is the best way to get acquainted with the country’s unparalleled biodiversity spanning 4,800 kilometers across two...

Have You Tried The Missionary?

Cannibalism has long been linked with the islands that now make up Indonesia. The ancient Greek proto historian Herodotus identified a tribe who would eat their own...