Good Friday in Jakarta

Indonesia, fair play to them, recognise all significant days in the calendar. Muslim days of significance, obviously, as Indonesia is 80% Muslim and home to the largest Muslim community in the world, along with  Hindu, Buddhism, Catholicism, All –Irelands, County Finals, come one, come all. So I wasn’t surprised when I learned that Good Friday…

Mice and Men

The butcher, the baker, the exterminator, all the usual suspects that make up a community can be found here in Jakarta. Unfortunately the exterminator has featured most in my life since my move to Indonesia. Not being from a background in Ireland that was used to living with animals, although I doubt even the most…

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…

Not Driving in Jakarta

The independence of having a car is something that from the age of sixteen is sought after.  By the time you have the keys of your very own car in your hand, you’ve earned the privilege, twice over.  You’ve paid the same price for the car and the insurances for one year.  You are prepared…

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…