Traditions and cultures merge as Indonesia’s wedding month begins in Lombok (video)

Visitors to Indonesia in the month following the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan might be forgiven for thinking the whole country has gone marriage crazy. These thoughts are only half incorrect. Following a month of fasting and controlling emotional actions such as open signs of affection or anger between sunrise and sunset Indonesians are […]

Knights on horseback and sea worms feature in Sumba Pasola festival

One of the southern most islands of the Indonesian archipelago is Sumba, or Sandalwood island. A member of the Lesser Sunda group of islands South of Flores and Sumbawa, in the past its prime exports were slaves, horses, sandalwood and Ikat, hand dyed weavings, which it exported to the main Indonesian island of Java. These […]

Former Lombok penal colony is holiday hotspot

Former Lombok penal colony is holiday hotspot

While Bali has wide international and domestic recognition as Indonesia’s holiday island, it is only one of the more than 16,000 islands (or Gilis in Bhasa Indonesian) that comprise the Indonesian archipelago. For visitors wishing to experience a little more of what Indonesia has to offer Bali’s sister island of Lombok is conveniently located a […]

Gili Meno the honeymoon island… a perfect place for you, or two

Gili Meno the honeymoon island… a perfect place for you, or two

To most people the notion of a tropical island conjures up images of sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise water, small clusters of bungalows nestled amongst towering coconut trees swaying in the wind and small alcoves where it is possible to spend time with someone special free of interruption. For years the folks on Gili Trawangan, […]

Hell on Earth: inside Indonesia’s Mount Ijen volcano photo special (gallery)

Hell on Earth: inside Indonesia’s Mount Ijen volcano photo special (gallery)

It’s been described as looking like hell on Earth, or the surface of the moon and both are right. Located on the border between Banyuwangi Regency and Bondowoso Regency of East Java, Indonesia, Mount Ijen volcano is home to one of the last active sulfur mines in the world. With a diameter of some 722 […]

Women bear brunt of Asian financial crisis

Women bear brunt of Asian financial crisis

Women have been the hardest hit by the Asian financial crisis (AFC), according to the annual economic survey by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP). While ESCAP was confident the region’s battered economies would start to recover this year, it argued that more must be done to assist […]

Asian financial crisis: is Thailand on the road to recovery?

Asian financial crisis: is Thailand on the road to recovery?

Thailand’s construction industry is showing signs of a recovery. For foreign companies entering the market, it may be a case of now or never. Once the concrete pouring capital of the world with seemingly more concrete trucks travelling its urban roads than motorbikes, Bangkok today more closely resembles a giant Meccano set. Tower cranes still […]

Aid agencies fail Rwanda’s young genocide victims

Aid agencies fail Rwanda’s young genocide victims

The world’s aid agencies had to be there, but the Government of Rwanda wasn’t always pleased to see them and lots of people got left out. John Le Fevre witnessed how easily things can go wrong. From New Internationalist, (No tears for Theogen), November 1996 In June this year more than 200 children were still […]

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