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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,...

Recipe for Jaja Matahari and Jaja Sirat

By: Mila Shwaiko This article was originally published in Latitudes magazine, a renowned bi-monthly magazine focusing on Indonesian culture. The magazine hailing from...

Ricecooker shop Kuala Lumpur

Insider Tips Kuala Lumpur

By: Melissa Lin An insider’s insight into getting more out of your experience in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Indulge in gastronomic delights, explore KL’s eclectic...

Talismans from the Past, Not At Liberty

By: Diana Darling The other day I saw something that I cannot put out of my mind. A Dutch friend—a serious collector of Indonesian historical documents such as...