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Singapore: Hostels, Guesthouses & Budget Beds

By: Cher Tan Singapore is an expensive city. Any backpacker or tourist arriving in Singapore after having done their rounds in Southeast Asia can attest to that. Gone...

Schoolchildren at the Borobudur, By: Ogi Fran

Borobudur: the Largest Buddhist Temple in the World

By: Labodalih Sembiring The Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. It took approxiamtely 75 years to build and stems from the Syailendra dynasty in the...

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,...