Kuta – then & now
19 September 2018 | Living
◄ Poppies Gang – a ‘gang’ is a narrow pathway or alleyway – and this popular gang at Kuta Beach in Bali, Indonesia, runs by Poppies Restaurant and Poppies Hotel. Despite Kuta’s massive growth Poppies Gang looks just the same as it did in the ‘70s, right down to the tr...
Where Was it Made?
10 December 2017 | Living
The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney of course) and The Age (Melbourne) in Australia had a story this past weekend (Saturday 9 December) about fake Aboriginal art. Well perhaps not fake, just not made in Australia. Buy a boomerang, a didgeridoo or some other Aboriginal a...
23 December 2015 | Places
▲ My 2015 travels also took me back to Yogyakarta, Indonesia’s ‘cultural capital.’ Yogya painter Affandi ‘s home has been turned into a museum and art gallery, his exotically customised Mitsubishi Galant is just as colourful as the paintings. I didn't get outside the ...
Dragon Hunting in the Komodo Islands, Indonesia
6 December 2015 | Places
▲ I spent five days aboard an Indonesian phinisi sailing around the Komodo Islands. The Katharina is a newly built (1998), all wooden Bugis-style schooner, operated by Bali-based SeaTrek. I was the guest lecturer on this pre-Ubud Writers Festival voyage.
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Indonesia Etc. Exploring the Improbable Nation
9 February 2015 | Culture
I’m a firm believer that you often learn a lot more about a place by exploring it than you ever will by sitting at a desk and reading briefings. Particularly if they come from somebody like the CIA. Indonesia Etc certainly proves that although it definitely helps that...