Category Archives: Indonesia

If It’s Not Legal, It Must Be Illigal: A Very Brief Intro to North Jakarta’s Nightlife

Guilty-conscience: Feeling deep regret for something that either you have done to others or for something that has happened to others Guilty-conscious: Going to a place like Illigals Hotel & Club in North Jakarta, Indonesia. To be fair, I’ve never … Continue reading

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Crowded

Before I went to live in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2008, I was already well-equipped to spin yarns about some particularly heady commutes.  Getting smushed into train carriages in Tokyo by station staff dressed better than me (or maybe that’s why … Continue reading

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Don’t Drink the Water

Part of me is thinking, what was written on those t-shirts?  But then, I’m transported back to reality, where the more pivotal question – what color is that water? – eagerly awaits acknowledgement. Some background:  While the Dutch were in … Continue reading

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Jakarta: Raw and Uncensored. But Mostly Raw.

Have to keep my readers guessing with the post titles, no? Say, have you heard of the benefits of (good) hygiene?  Jakarta, Indonesia would appreciate if you forgot about that for a brief point in time.  Instead, street food vendors are … Continue reading

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Over the Counter and Below the Equator

After a long, humid, shirt-wringing kind of day in Jakarta, Indonesia, I craved street food.   But really, that could be said about every day in Jakarta.  It’s as good an excuse as any to eat with reckless abandon. Every now … Continue reading

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What Cures Optimism? Reality.

Hello, my name is Surabaya, Indonesia, and I have an image problem. While many other cities in Southeast Asia – Siem Reap, Kuala Lumpur, this one, even that four-letter island to the east of me – play host to ceaseless … Continue reading

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Bajaj: Jakarta’s Three-Wheeled Cockroaches

If China had wheels, it would likely be a bajaj. But what IS a bajaj?  First of all, it’s pronounced bah-JAI in Indonesia, though it’s bah-jaj in its native India.  The company founder’s surname is Bajaj, so instead of giving … Continue reading

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Incredible India, Malaysia, Truly Asia and Incapacitated Indonesia

In April 2005, after flying from Hong Kong, the first thing that I noticed on my inaugural visit to Jakarta, Indonesia was the plume of of kretek, or clove-cigarette, smoke idling right outside of the arrivals hall of Soekarno-Hatta Airport.  … Continue reading

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Bandung Institute of Technology (Indonesia)

Although originally founded by the Dutch as the Technische Hogeschool in 1920, the Institut Teknologi Bandung (also known as ITB, ee-tay-bay) received its current name in 1959.  It is Indonesia’s oldest university in the field of technology, and is also one … Continue reading

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Is This Car Seat Belt-Free? Jakarta’s Passenger Seat Street

Don’t worry, starting every post with “Is this” isn’t a 2013 new year’s resolution.  Rather, it’s tongue-in-cheek; whenever you enter the average Jakarta taxi (or taxi in much of the world, and many private cars too, and buses, and bar … Continue reading

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