1974 or 2054

The lack of over-the-top rules and regulations in primary school in Jakarta, Indonesia, is refreshing to say the least. Unlike Ireland where having a child in national school suddenly heightens your awareness / paranoia of child abuse to mania level.    The teacher cannot tend to a sick child without there being a witness.   The teacher…

The Happy Hooker in Jakarta

To talk about Jakarta and not mention its rampant prostitution problem/habit/solution would be a lie by omission, of sorts. Prior to my move to Jakarta the word “Prostitution” always conjured up an image of a desperate situation.  A lonely, misunderstood man and a clapped out, down in the mouth lady, coming together as a consequence…

Eat, Pray, Love

Many people associate Indonesia with white sandy beaches, tropical greenery, and long afternoons resting in hammocks with polite natives delivering fruit cocktails to your private cabana on the beach.  Also part of the image of this idyllic surrounding is that you take up yoga and practice sitting cross legged on your handcrafted wooden porch and…