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The Hills are Alive in Malaysia: Explore Fraser’s Hill

By: Melissa Lin A favourite get away for locals and visitors alike from the sometimes unbearable heat of the Malaysian sun is Fraser’s hill. Located in Pahang, about...

Problems of democratisation in Indonesia

Review: A new edited collection examines the challenges still facing Indonesia’s democratic project <br Harold Crouch Twelve years since the fall of the New Order...

Colonial Jakarta remembered

Review: Mrazek’s collection of oral histories evoke a by-gone age <br Sue Blackburn In the 1990s Rudolf Mrazek did a very valuable thing: he interviewed dozens of...

Merapi, Volcano Java

Merapi Claims its Keeper

By: Emma Kwee The beloved Mbah Marijan (grandfather Mairijan), gatekeeper of the volatile Merapi volcano near Yogya, is no more. The iconic man was among the first 33...

The Sumatra Tsunami – Why Wasn’t Indonesia Ready?

By: Duncan Graham Why wasn’t Indonesia better prepared for the tsunami that hit the Mentawai Islands? It’s not as though the 7.5 scale earthquake and three-meter...

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Insider Tips Singapore: Some Spots not 2 Miss in Singapore

By: Cher Tan Find yourself in Singapore not knowing what to do? Check these insider tips for some off the beaten track quirky city gems! Craving for a 24-hour...

The Red Square Malacca

Introduction to Malacca, Malaysia’s historic city

By: Melissa Lin Malaysia’s historic city Malacca has witnessed the height of a Malay empire and later occupation by the Portuguese, Dutch and English. She is also...

Chinese Temple Penang

Penang Malaysia, Pearl of the Orient

By: Melissa Ling Penang Island, fondly crowned by locals as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ attracts to its shores a multitude of visitors. It is not hard to imagine why,...

Indonesia’s Traditional Streetside Hair Salons

By: Ade Tanesia Long before modern salons invaded all but the most remote villages of Indonesia, long before shampoo ads blared out from television sets across the...

Becoming a Soccer Star in Indonesia

By: Ade Tanesia In Sleman—a district in the Special Territory of Jogjakarta—the local football club PSS Sleman has just won a match against Persikota Tangerang,...