Category: Travel

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...

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Batavia – A Chinese Town Under Dutch Rule

No-one knows when the Chinese first hit what was to become Jakarta. Certainly, when the Dutch first arrived, in 1596, they found Chinese merchants manufacturing arak...