Monthly Archives: June 2011

Beggars: What is the proper response?

There are some sights that one can never properly get used to. In my case, it is the sight of leper-beggars, limbs twisted, digits stunted, eyes rolling heavenward pleadingly as they hunch or lie on the ground at intersections in … Continue reading

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Exploring a Javanese Enigma

A story of long-forgotten events from the last century —from Germany to the Dutch East Indies and back again. THE PEPPER TRADER: True Tales of the German East Asia Squadron and the Man who Cast them in Stone Author: Geoffrey … Continue reading

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Paper View

A fascinating and powerful picture of a regionally important media outlet. REPORTING INDONESIA: The Jakarta Post Story 1983-2008 Author: Bill Tarrant Publisher: Equinox 2008 It’s 10:30am, Monday and I am on platform 3 at Gambir Station awaiting the 10:43 Pakuan … Continue reading

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Winter Diary

Wednesday November 17 The KLM Cityhopper from Schipol Amsterdam swung westward down the line of the River Wansbeck into Newcastle’s Ponteland Airport. A journey of over 8000 miles from Jakarta was coming to an end. It was noon but as … 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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Soar Losers

A robin redbreast in a cage Sets all of heaven in a rage A dove house filled with doves and pigeons Shudders hell through all its regions – William Blake. I never fail to be aroused to some pitch of … Continue reading

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