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Holiday Wishes from our Krakatau Kristmas

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on my blog, but I thought it a great forum to share some holiday wishes and photos* with you today. From deep in the South Pacific, Ray and I would like to … Continue reading

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No Passion for Fashion, Perth

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Perth, Australia is no Sydney or Melbourne, but as home to some of  the best beaches in the country, a vibrant nightlife and excellent eateries, one would think that this sunny cosmopolitan city would be a hot bed of fresh Aussie styles. … Continue reading

Happy Valentine’s Day from a believer

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Valentine’s Day gets a bad rap. Dubbed as the “Hallmark holiday,” anti-Valentine’s day activists (yes, there are such a thing) say that the hoopla surrounding February 14th is merely a product of mass marketing efforts from commercialized businesses and the propensity … Continue reading

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The Coconut Revolution

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Last month, Indonesia was all a twitter over Barack Obama’s much anticipated visit to the archipelago. Thousands of Indonesian netizens meticulously documented every aspect of the Obama visit, uploading photos, micro-blogging commentary and tweeting reactions to the hyped affair. Back … Continue reading

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Sheep and Cows and Goats on Scooters…

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My daily commute to work started to get quite interesting this week, as I began to notice hundreds of cows, sheep and goats lazily milling about on the side of major roads within the city. But being a newcomer to … Continue reading

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Islamic Fashion

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I was lucky to obtain a press pass to Jakarta Fashion Week held at Pacific Place this week and headed over to check-out the creative styles of local designers such as Dian Pelangi, Hannie Hananto and Irna Mutiara. These women specialize in “Islamic … Continue reading

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He had us at hello…

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    Obama’s popularity may be struggling at home, but here in Indonesia he had us at “hello.” A crowd of over 6,500 fans went wild with cheering and applause as the President opened his landmark speech with this simple statement … Continue reading

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He came, he spoke, he’s gone…

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Obama’s recent mid-term election defeat and declining popularity polls indicate that the President has fallen a few pegs from his once lauded celebrity status back home. Media pundits paint a sombre picture of the man behind almost 2 hard years of presidency: Obama … Continue reading

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Fish & Chips the Aussie Way

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    We recently ventured down unda’ for the first time, travelling to the city of Perth on Australia’s sprawling west coast. The flight was a short 4-hour commute from Jakarta, but the difference in worlds here felt as if … Continue reading

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Everyone wants a piece of the “little Barry” story

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    Obama arrives in Jakarta today and the excitement around the city is palpable. As local media reports have been on the “Obama beat” since last week, a deluge of sensationalized stories have popped up in which local residents lay claim … Continue reading

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