Category: Travel

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...

Beep Beep

Last night I had the experience of a lifetime as far as taxi drivers go. I stepped into a taxi during rush hour. The driver thrusts off, throwing me back into my seat....

Minoru, Chinese gate at Kesawan - 1923

Chinese-Indonesians: The Identity In Between

As the “ancestral homeland” of over 300 ethnic groups, Indonesia is one of the most multicultural countries in the non-Western world. 8.8 million Indonesians...

Does Gang Land Mean Gang Warfare?

Indonesia’s political philosophy is “Unity in Diversity” or “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” as every school child learns in the second grade of primary school. You only...

I Made Mangku Pastika: A Governor of the People

I Made Mangku Pastika: A Governor of the People

The story goes that when I Made Mangku Pastika was a young boy, a neighbour hung himself over his gambling debts. His grandfather, previously a wealthy man with ample...

Once Upon a Sinking City: The Perpetual Floods of Jakarta

It is said that in life only two things are certain: death and taxes. But if you live in Jakarta, you can add two more to that list: macet and banjir. Government...

Expat Ogoh-Ogoh by Leonard Lueras

Nyepi: Parade of the Demons

Work has already begun on a mysterious five metre tall creature hidden behind a huge tarp with Styrofoam shavings lying hither-thither. The only clue to its identity are...

Fertility Wedding Decoration

Love, Sex, and Harmony: Bedtime Stories from the Heart of Java

Most of us have heard of India’s Kama Sutra and Tunisia’s Perfumed Garden. Every ancient agricultural society has its own celebration of fertility, sensual...

Museum Fatahillah

Indonesian Heritage Society

Located on the 17th floor of Sentral Senayan 1, a square office tower next to the Sogo side of Plaza Senayan, this rather dull and uninteresting building does not do...

West Papua Calling

Tourist excursions to Indonesia’s West Papua province are often dreamt about and rarely undertaken. Those who do head to Papua usually congregate in the Baliem Valley,...

Legal Realities of Indonesian Expatriates – Family Matters

The purpose of this article is to explain some of the main family law related topics in the context of expatriate life in Indonesia. This includes a discussion on...

Finding Love in Bali

Finding true love anywhere these days is difficult or it seems maintaining the love buzz is more of the problem, as you just need to check the statistics of divorce...

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