Aug 26 2012

Jakarta: A photo essay

Published by under Java

Modern architecture is starting to make an impact in Jakarta

Jakarta. The steaming capital of the fourth most populous nation on earth and home to anywhere between 10 and 19 million people. It has a reputation among travellers as being one of the worst places to visit in Indonesia and a place with absolutely nothing for visitors — meaning they want to escape elsewhere quickly. … read the full post

Aug 14 2012

Review: Black Pepper Cafe & Food Circus

Published by under Food

Yum, and yum again.

UPDATE: Black Pepper has been closed. We’ll fill you in on what opens in the now vacant space, if anything. A name like Black Pepper Cafe & Food Circus is likely to conjure up images of waiters on unicycles, or perhaps juggling barmen – our curiosity got the better of us, so we decided to … read the full post

Aug 12 2012

Accommodation in Surabaya

Published by under Java

Surabaya has some stunning colonial architecture

Surabaya is Indonesia’s second biggest city behind Jakarta and we’ve previously written about the many activities that can be undertaken both in the city itself and the nearby town of Trowulan, where temples from the 14th century Majapahit empire still stand tall. But visiting such a large city can often pose a problem of where … read the full post

Aug 09 2012

Anomali coffee, Seminyak

Published by under Food

Mmm, coffee.

If you’re doing a spot of shopping along the Eat Street stretch of Seminyak and the heat is driving you nuts, urbane coffee house Anomali makes for a good rest and recharge-with-caffeine stop along the way around to Jalan Basangkasa (as Jalan Legian eventually becomes known as it heads north). Anomali has branched out from … read the full post

Jul 30 2012

Pasar Badung, Denpasar

Published by under Shopping

Limes and soursop.

The thing about Pasar Badung, Denpasar‘s main market, is that you’ve got to get up early to make the most of it. Early. I arrived shortly after 07:00 on my last visit, all bleary-eyed and self-congratulatory, but still felt like I was late to the party, even though the market’s open, in theory at least, … read the full post

Jul 28 2012

Great cafes in Bandung

Published by under Java

Chicken and duck rice is amazing at Mangkok Ayam

Most travellers arrive in Bandung by train and immediately head for the nearby hotels that surround the smoggy, noisy and dirty station area. These shocking first impressions of Bandung can lead one to believe that Bandung is nothing more than just another big Indonesian metropolis with absolutely no redeeming features let alone a well-developed eating … read the full post

Jul 27 2012

Photo essay: A walk through Jimbaran fish market

Published by under Jimbaran,Sights & activities

In they come.

There’s more than meets the eye to consider when you go for a stroll through Jimbaran‘s fish market. Yes, it’s a stunning sight as traditional boats, or jukung, bring their catches to shore in the lemon-yellow morning light. Going for a walk through the markets with chef Heinz von Holzen, who runs several restaurants and … read the full post

Jul 21 2012

Review: Kreol Kitchen, Seminyak, Bali

Published by under Food

The brochure saying, “Soul food cooked with passion,” and the bright ribbons dangling in the wind at the entrance to Seminyak’s Kreol Kitchen drew us in to this quirky, lovely spot. Entering the cafe, we were met by an enormous blackboard presenting an enticing menu, which at first glance was a tad overwhelming. Australian owner … read the full post

Jul 20 2012

Review: Reborn Refexology, Kuta, Bali

Published by under Spas and massage

Time to be reborn.

Reborn Reflexology has a chain of 20 outlets in Malaysia, and just a single operation in Bali located near Simpang Siur. This is not the prettiest spa I have ever been to; in fact it leans towards tacky in decor – think fake plants and office-type carpets up the stairs. Nevertheless, news of their therapeutic … read the full post

Jul 19 2012

Review: La Lucciola, Seminyak, Bali

Published by under Food

Enough cheese? There's no such thing as enough cheese.

Italians do all the important things in life well – shoes, bags and food. Most people enjoy Italian food, but it can sometimes be too heavy for a tropical climate. Bali institution La Lucciola, located a stone’s throw from Petitenget temple on one side, and the thundering Indian ocean on the other, manages to put … read the full post

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