The advertisement below is dramatic to say the least. It depicts how journalists risk their lives to bring us the images that will change the world. https://youtu.be/dQpKcw-n330 One of the most iconic images in the world is one shot in Tiananmen Square on June 4 1989 when a lone man carrying shopping bags stopped a... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
Visually immersed at the Argos in Cappadocia
Unspun's been in many hotels, even the ones he can't afford. Usually he and a few of his cheapskate friends would go there for tea and ask to see the rooms. The Aman and other resorts and fallen prey to such cheapskatery. But of all the hotels Unspun's seen none has been so captivating and... Continue Reading →
Asia’s top 20 progressives?
World Business names Singapore's Mr Brown and Malaysia's Raja Petra Kamarudin, as well as former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad and present Indonesian President SBY as among Asia's top 20 most progressive. Let's see what you make of the list yourself. Top 20 Asian Progressives, World Business magazine, May 2007 1 – Hu Jintao, the eighth... Continue Reading →
Worth visiting: Losari
Spent the weekend with the office in Maverick's Annual Outing in Losari Coffee Plantation Resort and Spa and thoroughly enjoyed the place. Being with colleagues that one likes enhanced the pleasure. Situated in central Java between Magelang and Semarang, the Losari resort is just one of those places that are worth going to and restores... Continue Reading →
First hand account and photos of Jakarta floods
Javajive has a riveting account, and excellent photos, of his misadventures when he found himself in the middle of the worst flooding jakarta faced in, as Tempo puts it, 300 years.
Baptism in Bali
Came across this scenes of baptism when I was at Geger Beach in Nusa Dua, Bali, recently. One of the great things about Indonesia is the religious tolerance of the people here.