Jakarta Best Sunday Brunch

Jakarta Best Sunday Brunch

Sunday brunch is a Jakarta thing to do. Many of the 5-star hotels host a Sunday brunch with an elaborate spread of food and include free-flow drinks. However, which 5-star brunch do you choose? Hands down, without a doubt, try the Hotel Mulia in the heart of Senayan....
Top 13 must-see natural wonders in Indonesia

Top 13 must-see natural wonders in Indonesia

Published in Lonely Planet Apr 2022 As the largest archipelagic country in the world, majestic Indonesia showcases a wealth of jaw-dropping natural wonders across its 17,000-or-so islands. From leviathan volcanoes and lakes that hang uniquely above the sea to pristine...
Weaving in Bali

Weaving in Bali

Stephanie Brookes writes about Pejeng Kangin, a resilient weaving village just outside Ubud that has united the weavers of Bali and helped revive a long-lost artisan craft. Around 25 years ago in Pejeng Kangin Village, the women were spinning cotton, dyeing with...
Voices of Unity – A World Music Festival Comes to Bali

Voices of Unity – A World Music Festival Comes to Bali

World music is coming to Bali!  For four days, March 24-27, the IMEX – Indonesian Music Festival is kicking off at the Puri Lukisan Museum in Ubud. Stepping up on stage to dazzle and delight is a dynamic assortment of over 100 musicians and vocalists flying in from...
The Pasola of the Past Sumba Island

The Pasola of the Past Sumba Island

I stood at a safe distance behind a thin rope as a lone Sumba horseman advanced with great speed onto the large grassy field. With spear poised he challenged his opponent on the other side of the field to come forward. He looked like he wanted blood. Daniel, my guide,...
Wae Rebo – A lost village in Flores

Wae Rebo – A lost village in Flores

A lost village in Flores A last-minute decision to buy a pig before setting off into the isolated mountains of Manggarai, Western Flores proved to be a wise decision. I was about to embark on a three-hour trek to the old Manggaraian village of Wae Rebo and I felt it...
Bali to Banyuwangi – A Women’s Motorbike Adventure

Bali to Banyuwangi – A Women’s Motorbike Adventure

TripbaliGazing over the Indonesian map sprawled out on the table, my eyes turned to the more remote Eastern part of Java. I live in Bali and drive a motorbike, as most of us do living here. I thought, maybe if I rally the troupes, we could ride our motorbikes from...
Weaving your way through COVID – Bali style

Weaving your way through COVID – Bali style

Published Garland Magazine (17 July 2020) Updated 07 April 2022 Stephanie Brookes writes about Pejeng Kangin, a resilient weaving village just outside Ubud that has united the weavers of Bali and helped revive a long lost artisan craft. The weavers of Bali are dusting...
Exploring Aceh – the Central Highlands

Exploring Aceh – the Central Highlands

What’s on your bucket list for 2021? Does exploring Aceh in Northern Sumatra appeal? Once a traveler always a traveller, right?  When the world resumes and this pandemic passes, airlines will start flying again and my recommendation is for exploring Aceh.  When...