Still blogging after all these years

Think I should switch to blogging about fashion, IT or travel to climb the ladder? 10 top bloggers from Indonesia – ASEAN UP Top blogs in English for consumer reviews and advice from Indonesia Like in Thailand and on the contrary to Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines, the number of blogs in English is rather small…

Takeouts from the November 4 demonstration

Here’s an attempt to make sense of last night’s demonstration and disturbances First the facts as I understand them: The protesters Tens of thousands of people, ostensibly from Muslim groups throughout the country, converged on the area around the Presidential Palace and Monas yesterday to demand that Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Purnama be prosecuted by…

Wassup and whaddayathink?

Been told that I’d be sharing the same stage with these YouTubers in a talk next week. Watching their videos makes me feel like a dinosaur. Take, for this instance, this video they made with the President of Indonesia. The President! It works for them but I’m not so sure whether it works for Jokowi…

So who’s behind #NoWitchHuntKarHut?

Update August 28: One of the buzzers involved in the campaign has admitted to being asked to Tweet, the client remains a mystery, and he has apologised for taking on the assignment here.  Unspun thinks it takes a big man to admit that they were wrong and to ask for forgiveness. Perhaps the Netizens should cut…

Petungkriyono

Petungkriyono is a forest reserve about three hours drive south of Pekalongan in Central Java. The distance is not that great but like many other places the road there is narrow and potholed, prolonging the journey that would take about a third of the time if it was serviced by good roads. It’s actually adjacent…

Dachau

Had a spare day after a business trip to Munich in July so took the train to Dachau, the Nazi’s first concentration camp located about 10km outside of the city. It was opened in 1933 by Heinrich Himmler and meant to house political prisoners but quickly became a catch all for everyone the Nazis couldn’t tolerate…

Office trip to Belitung

Our office recently went on an outing to Belitung, an island off the east coast of South Sumatra made famous by the film Laska Pelangi. Our first stop was Tanjung Pandang Beach, a recreational stretch that had nothing remarkable except that it faced west and therefore was a place to watch the sunset. So we…

Fear and loathing over funds for Ibu Saeni

They say that no good deed goes unpunished.   The four young people who had been so moved by the plight of Serang Warteg owner Ibu Saeni try raising money for her over the internet — and was too successful at it — must be savouring the irony of this saying now. Here’s how the story unfolded:…

Turning 14 – Maverick Indonesia

Repost from our office blog:   Maverick is 14 years old today. There is much to be thankful for but primarily for being in this country Indonesia that has allowed us to grow, to experiment with new ways of doing things and to be modestly profitable all these years.   Being in Indonesia has meant…