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The Games Children Play

I used to be a kindergarten teacher. Not on purpose of course. I graduated university with a degree in community studies. I had no idea what “community studies”...

The Imposter

Daniel Pope muses on how sometimes it’s better to tell fibs when you want to fit in with the culture. When I came to Indonesia I was surprised by the number of...

With or Without You

Ipoeng was a good driver. Punctual, dependable and presentable, he had only one glaring fault and that was his memory. He could drive the same route 20 times then lose...

The Innocent Driver

The Curious Case of the Innocent Driver

The university city of Oxford in which I am fortunate enough to have been born, raised and schooled, attracts approximately 9.5 million tourists per year. When you take...

On Deadly Roads

On Deadly Roads

I’ve never felt so close to pounding someone’s face with my knuckles. How has road behaviour degenerated to such mindlessness, following a flowchart championing...

Playing With Fire

Playing with Fire

The swiftest punch in the face I’ve ever received came from a dense fist of tobacco smoke. I was in a cafe when a stranger sitting next to me lit his cigarette and...

Adapt - The Content Expat

Adapt – The Content Expat

The key quality necessary to become a content expat is having the ability and openness to adapt. As people, we have to adapt a little all the time; economics, children,...

Honesty is the Best Policy

Honesty is the Best Policy

The British Fire Service uses an excellent and unique shift system to provide the British public with emergency cover 24 hours a day. Each of four watches, always...

A Satirical Guide to Indonesian Politicians

A Satirical Guide to Indonesian Politicians: What are their chances in the 2014 Elections?

A while back I was watching this Metro TV program called Kick Andy and on it there was this impoverished woman who had kept changing her name when she was younger...

The Topic of Cancer

The Topic of Cancer

The ramblings of an anti-smoking expat based in Batam I detest smoking. Starting with the basic ritual of taking dried leaves rolled in paper, setting fire to them and...

Hanky Panky

Worse than Hanky Panky

In 2003 I was spending most of my time travelling, sorting out problems for a UK-based publishing company. In November of that year they sent me to the Hong Kong office...

Welcome to Smisland

Welcome to Smisland Mathieu Sechet (aka Nyoman Seseh) (with Keira O’Connor) pub. Bali Buku 2013 After 10 years working in advertising, Mathieu Sechet enrolled in a...

Two Plus Two Equals 3.9996

I like to tell people I am numerically dyslexic. When I look at a page of numbers, for example a spreadsheet, all I can see is a load of numbers lying around saying...

PT.Kereta Api train

Trains, Planes and Other Perils

As a lifelong train enthusiast, I felt a great sense of achievement upon making the journey across Java by all three classes of train operated by Indonesia’s...