Category Archives: Places

Java has so much to offer

Over the past few months, I have examined various ethnic groups from the great nation of Indonesia in this column. The Sundanese, the Mandailings and the Bataks, as well as the country’s Indian and Chinese Diasporas, have all come under … Continue reading

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Wallace, Rinjani and Fabulous Ikat

Heading across the Lombok Straits from Padang Bai (from Bali to Lombok), I watched with considerable pleasure as a party of spinner dolphins cruised through the waves and wondered why such parties are sometimes called ‘pods’. Perhaps the great nineteenth … Continue reading

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A Trip to Bird Island

Far aloft, perhaps 300 feet, mastheading, as it were, a flock of seven perhaps eight Christmas Island frigate birds wheeled effortlessly, their sentinel eyes beading the waters of Jakarta Bay beneath them. Captivated by their poetry in motion, I watched … Continue reading

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Wallace, Rinjani and Fabulous Ikat

Heading across the Lombok Straits from Padang Bai (from Bali to Lombok), I watched with considerable pleasure as a party of spinner dolphins cruised through the waves and wondered why such parties are sometimes called ‘pods’. Perhaps the great nineteenth … Continue reading

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