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Alfred Raquez’s Trip to Batavia

“Alfred Raquez” is the pseudonym of Joseph Gervais, a bankrupt French lawyer who fled to the Far East in the late 1890s. He wrote prolifically about China and...

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Terrorists Allegedly Using PayPal, Bitcoin for Funding

Terrorists in the Middle East are funding their spurious activities in the country using electronic payments and bitcoins, said an Indonesian independent financial...

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Opinion: To Protect Indonesia’s Remaining Forests, Indigenous People Need a Seat at the Table

Imagine the island of Java in the 1850s. Its lowlands and valleys sparsely populated, dotted with villages, sawah and stands of fruit-bearing trees, its hills and...

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Climbing Java’s Capricious Gunung Slamet

Never again. That’s the last time I ever scale one of these bloody volcanoes. Those were my pitiful sentiments after the long and gruelling climb of Gunung Lawu,...

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The Mapping of Java

The islands of Java and Bali located 8 degrees south of the Equator in the Indian Ocean are two of the 17,000 islands that make up the Republic of Indonesia, the...

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The Thousand Islands – A Hidden Gem

Been to Bali? Tired of the haggling hawkers vying for your attention? Explored Lombok? Looking for a relaxing island getaway without having to book a plane ticket? Look...

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Discovering Cirebon: A Haven of Handicrafts

A mix of cultural influences and media on Java’s North Coast When one looks to Mount Ciremai, with scudding clouds against a sapphire sky, it is impossible to miss the...

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Incredible Java

Very few people are fully aware of the huge impact Java has had on the world as we know it today. Without Java, much of what we take for granted as we go about our daily...

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The Mysterious, Phantasmagoric World of Javanese Wayang Theatre

The morality and messages conveyed in Wayang Kulit plays still permeate Javanese thought and daily life. The spellbound audience is the best show of all. A wayang show...

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Every Day is Saturday with the TGIS Hash House Harriers

Guidebooks love to tell you where to go and how to get there. Travel snobs love to tell you how wonderful a place was so many years earlier, before the tourists came....

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Mount Bromo: Where Heaven and Hell Meet

Mount Bromo (Gunung Bromo), an active volcano two hours’ drive east of Surabaya, East Java, is by far the most accessible volcano in the region. Still active and...

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Indonesia’s Mountains of Fire

With approximately 127 active volcanoes spread across the country, it can be difficult to know where to begin if you haven't climbed one before. Many great Indonesian...

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Meet Paul van der Aa

Meet Paul van der Aa, the easy-going Dutchman who owns a beautiful police Harley-Davidson motorbike. He rides with the Silverhawk Motorcycle Club to travel around Java...

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Good Tidings from Java-The Spirit of Sendang Sono

Many Catholics find Sendang Sono a great place to draw closer to God and strengthen their faith. And for non-Catholics like myself, I’ve found it to be a beautiful...