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fugitives

Bali Getting Tougher on Fugitives

The resort island used to be a paradise for foreigners fleeing legal problems, but the risk of deportation is rising.   In days of yore, what was a person to do...

better

The Year of Living Better

Expat get-togethers at year’s end can turn edgy when well-lubricated newbies sound off about this nation’s defects. Those of us who’ve lived here longer and have a...

Meet Some of the Jakarta International Football League Captains

Meet Some of the Jakarta International Football League Captains

This month we shall meet some of the individuals who make the JIFL function. Sometimes these guys are the Team Manager and the Coach and the Captain, sometimes just...

Soup

Rat’s Tail Soup

Around the corner from my hotel in the Cambodian city of Phnom Penh is a small Indonesian restaurant. Having lived in Indonesia for twenty years, I can claim to know a...

The Battle of the Beer

It was Christmas Eve 1984, and, just like I did every Christmas Eve in those days, I was running around the shops at the last minute desperately trying to find gifts for...

Please Help Lombok – Part Two

This is a follow-up article of our Lombok Part 1 article in which we called for your kind donations for the victims of the Lombok earthquake. The misfortune that befell...

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Christmas 1991 was my first in Indonesia and the first of my life outside England. I had not given any thought whatsoever to what Christmas might be like in a Muslim...

King Con Convicted Again, Gets No Prison Time

Remember Dimas Kanjeng, the murderous conman who pretended he could create money out of thin air? He was convicted of fraud this month, but received no sentence because...

Up In Smoke’s DISCO (not) DISCO New Year’s Eve Party!

2018 is about to go UP IN SMOKE! In order to properly celebrate we’ve invited five of our favorite DJs to keep things going all night long! As goes 2018, so goes...

Arrested Playwright Duped by Fool’s Gold

A troubled dramatist has fallen victim to a scam involving idiotic claims about the secret gold of an Indonesian king. When I first encountered playwright and actress...

When a Work Permit Is Not Needed: Know the Latest Employment Regulation

The implementation of the latest Presidential Regulation (No. 20/2018) concerning Foreign Workers introduced several simplifications to boost the ease of investment and...

Explore Santorini

Think it’s time for you to unknot your stress tangles? Then, Santorini, an island in Greece, would be the perfect place to satisfy your thirst for relaxation! It is...

pedestrian

In Praise of Pedestrian Tastes

Daniel Pope prods his proletarian fork at a few Indonesian favourites. “Food, glorious food! Hot sausage and mustard! While we’re in the mood, cold jelly and...

Blessing Scammers Busted in Bali

Yet again, professional scammers are being mislabelled as hypnotists. Police in Bali have arrested a gang of seven scammers, including three Chinese nationals, who...