Jakarta

Food from the ‘restive province’

Every wire story describes Indonesia’s Papua province as being ‘restive’.  Sure, it is, but I’m sure there’s...

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Old Friends in Old Town

Cafe Batavia, Jakarta Old Town (Kota Tua) Been playing tour guide to one of my oldest friends (not in age, but length of our friendship),...

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Taxi wisdom

Writing this on my Blackberry so excuse the typos. I decided I wanted, nay, needed to go swimming last night and it was rainy all day, so I...

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Makanan Tanah Abang

I went to Pasar Tanah Abang Blok A today, a giant fabric and textile market in Jakarta.  I was going to buy some fabric to get some...

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Eating Acehnese… it’s a breeze

Sure, Aceh may be better known for the tight pants police, but the food is also rather fab. I’ve scoffed down some mie Aceh at Meutia...

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Jakarta… a love sick city?

I’ve been to lots of cities, many of them with reputations for romance.  Paris, Rome, Florence… yadda yadda.  I mostly just...

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No time to be zen in 2010

It’s January 20.  I haven’t written any resolutions yet or mused on 2009 or written about my hopes and dreams for the year...

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Ramramrambutan. A study.

1. Form The rambutan.  You see them on sale everywhere in Indonesia during the rainy season.  Inside, they are kinda like lychees or...

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My favorite Indonesian song of the moment

I’m currently slightly obsessed with this song.  It’s not new or anything.  It’s just so pretty. Here’s the...

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Killing me softly with his smog

A little ditty I dreamed up in tribute to Jakarta, while sitting in a cab on the way home with my sinus and throat infection being...

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Jakarta Taxi Driver Qualification Exam

Five simple questions to determine your ability to qualify as a Jakarta taxi driver. 1) You are driving along a narrow street.  A car is...

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Snapshot: Rubbish man on a break

A rubbish collector having an afternoon nap in his cart in Menteng, Central Jakarta....

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