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A Green Hajj?

By: Kafil Yamin 300.000 Indonesian Muslims, along with around 3 million pilgrims, return from Mecca annually and leave behind 100 million plastic bottles. Unless...

Idul Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice

Idul Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice...

Book review

Margaret Kartomi’s life-long devotion to bringing Sumatran music to the world is revealed in her major contribution to analysing and preserving this musical...

Book review

Since East Timor voted for independence from Indonesian rule in 1999, the country has wrestled with the best ways to account for past human rights abuses, in particular...

Going Places in Jakarta; Bodog Indonesia Must-Visits

The main problem with many metropolises in the World, when traveling abroad, is the never-ending and ever-changing number of attractions to visit; they're just like...

A typical streetfood cart 'kaki lima'-5 legs, 3 on the cart, two on the owner

Have the Guts to Eat from the Street

By: Hush Petersen, first published in Jakarta Expat There are two kinds of people in Jakarta: the ones that eat street food and the ones that don’t. The ones that do...

Women in Indonesia’s military

The air of Bandung is still and heavy, sending trails of sweat down my back. As the taxi speeds recklessly through the light traffic of the city streets, I feel my...

Buffalo Beauty in Tana Toraja

There are many parts of the world where blue-eyed blondes are considered the most beauteous of their species, but nowhere in the world are they more highly prized than...

Spiritual tourism in Bali

If you’re seeking enlightenment, there’s no better place to find it than in Bali. At least that’s what the brochures say. According to Weaving the Wisdom...

Salty water, travels in Lombok

Our journey from Denpasar started early: we checked in for the first Merpati flight to Mataram, Lombok at 6am. We took off within an hour in a small propeller plane and...