Simon J. Still

Simon J. Still is based in Makassar. Visit his websites: Indonesia-truly-easier.webnode.com and cptsjkirk.wordpress.com

Sulawesi – Don’t Wait

A dry look at what’s left on Sulawesi After 12 years working in Makassar and Manado, I came to view Sulawesi as home. The port city of Makassar was my first job abroad...

What We Bring to the Table

My family and I are moving house – no small feat in the world’s largest archipelago. Our imminent upheaval to Bandung is a timely opportunity, too, as after years of...

The Day We Put a Price on Love

I have vivid memories of my early years, and no trouble recalling my first Valentine’s Day. I may have been six when our modest school became a-buzz with its own...

Leaving Behind Nothing but Your Footprints

On a long weekend with his family and close friend, a Makassar-based expat decides to travel to Samalona Island in South Sulawesi, a beautiful island with pristine,...

What the Dickens Do I Know About Christmas?

It’s hard to get excited about Christmas when words like “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” make me want to sweat more. It’s early December in Makassar and we...

Crime Tsunami

It was with a certain amount of self-congratulation that we use to talk of our social evenings in Makassar. We were able to leave a bar on our face at midnight, fail to...

How the Other Ninety Ninth Live

Some time ago I had the privilege of being invited to a jolly Chinese Malaysian’s house. He was a big noise in the bar and offered to prepare sashimi. One Saturday...

Hey Handsome

A Mended Broken Promise

I arrived in Indonesia more than ten years ago and then duly scarpered back to England. After a year of “Flip you, Misters!”, inaccessible public transport on...

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...