On the Obama Trail – Bali and Java

On the Obama Trail – Bali and Java

Published:   Garuda Colours In-Flight Magazine, September 2017 In June this year, following an invitation by Indonesia’s President Jokowi Widodo to visit the Presidential Palace just out of Jakarta, President Obama came to Indonesia. This visit had special significance for Obama as he had lived in Jakarta for four years as

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FULL MOON RISING – BUDDHA’S BIRTHDAY PARTY

  Every May, a vibrant festival is held at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple, located in Central Java. Buddhists from the far reaches of Asia gather to celebrate the holy festival known as Waisak, celebrating Buddha’s birthday.   “I used to be a

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Dieng Plateau “Abode of The Gods”

Dieng Plateau “Abode of The Gods”

Dieng Plateau “Abode of The Gods” Some wonderful examples of the oldest architecture in Java lie sprinkled across the Dieng Plateau in Central Java.  Towering volcanic peaks surround these isolated Hindu temples, which date back to the 7th and 8th centuries when Java was ruled by a vast Hindu empire. 

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Mountain of Fire

Mountain of Fire

Mount Bromo Sometimes you just have to get up at 3.30am to view a spectacular sight and hope for that wow factor.  Most of the places worth seeing in this world always require a bit more of an effort and Mt Bromo is no exception.  It might be hard to believe that

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Kawah Ijen Volcano

Kawah Ijen Volcano

East Java Extremes There are some pretty extreme locations to visit in Indonesia and up near the top of the list is a hotspot that may leave you breathless and hot.  Ijen crater lake sits high on a plateau 2,386 metres above sea level and its steaming hot – volcanic

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Jakarta Expat lifestyle

Jakarta Expat lifestyle

Living in Jakarta is one big adventure, moment by moment. It’s a busy city teeming with people, bicycles, motorbikes, chickens, buses, noisy bajajs (three wheeled passenger vehicle pedicabs), cars squeezing between lanes and street cart vendors pushing their mobile shops around. To live amongst this is both exciting and bewildering

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Central Java

Central Java

Central Java – Hidden gems of Central Java Far from the maddening crowds there stands a tropical gem in Central Java.  As I awoke in the early morning, the volcanic peaks of Central Java started to reveal themselves.  A backdrop of eight volcanoes surrounded by swirly mist, slowly came into

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Banyuwangi and Beyond

Banyuwangi and Beyond

Are you interested in getting a closer look at a steaming active volcanic crater? Are you into adventure travel? Have you ever heard of Banyuwangi? If you are keen to get way off the beaten track then Banyuwangi, a little tucked away spot in East Java, a region that gets

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5 must-do’s in Jakarta

5 must-do’s in Jakarta

1. EATS Eating at Lara Djonggrang (http://www.tuguhotels.com/laradjonggrang) is like taking a step back in time. Take a walk through the ancient beauty of Indonesia and treat yourself to a unique dining experience. The restaurant is in a majestic old house and you can tour through the many different rooms with artifacts

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