Category Archives: Jakarta

Street Credibility

Selected portraits of Jakarta’s itinerant street vendors – tales of strength in adversity rather than despair and defeat. NINETEEN Text by: Irfan Kortschak Publisher: Mercy Corps 2008 It would take a remarkably dumb visitor to Indonesian cities not to notice … Continue reading

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Jakarta at Your Door

(Living & Working Abroad: Surviving the World’s Great Cities – Jakarta) Times Books International 2nd edition 2004 – paperback Derek Bacon Derek Bacon knows Jakarta well, and indeed Indonesia. He has ‘been there, done that’ and is qualified to comment. … Continue reading

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Eating Your Way Through Tebet

Jakarta districts may be defined by the city map but it is sometimes hard to tell when you have left one and entered another. Of course, residents know because their local RT/RW arrangement tells them but passers by may not. … Continue reading

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Eating Your Way Through Menteng Kecil

Menteng Kecil, ‘Little Menteng’ is not often referred to as such. It is, in brief, the area from the main crossroads in Menteng with Kuningan to the south and Diponegoro to the east, Jalan Kebon Sirih and Merdeka Square to … Continue reading

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Sights for Sore Eyes

A flash of green and light-red plumage a few feet up above my head in the branches of a tree overhanging the pavement from a private garden on Jalan Cemara in Jakarta’s Menteng district. The bird has been raiding the … Continue reading

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Motorcyclists and other pesky things …

“I have of late been praying to and propitiating the God of Uneven Pavements.” “The God of … ?” “You heard me. Uneven Pavements. You know, what Indonesians call trotoar and Americans prefer to call sidewalks, the raised things down … Continue reading

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