Wakatobi: Your island paradise off the beaten track

Have you ever wanted to run away to an *almost* deserted tropical island where you have no modern technological distractions and only the weather and sun to guide your day? Well then you need to visit the island chain of Wakatobi in South East Sulawesi. The name of Wakatobi is an acronym of the first … Continue reading

An Ode to the Afternoon Down Pour in the Tropics

I love when it rains here. The sweet fresh smell of new life emerging from the previous dust and oppressive heat. The streets become deserted and only chickens are brave enough to strut up and down the rain drenched streets. Life returns to the trees. They take on once more a lush and deep green … Continue reading

Pulau Hari: The Jungle island

Only an hour drive and a short boat ride away from Kendari are a small group of islands off the coast of South East Sulawesi. Yet one of the islands stands out in contrast to its neighbours. Pulau Hari, pulau is the Indonesian word for island, is a mass of charcoal grey rocks faces rising … Continue reading

Don’t Worry Be Happy at Pulau Bokori

There is a small community of reggae enthusiasts here in rural South East Sulawesi. I never see them anywhere in town during the week except on Thursdays, when suddenly there are dreadlocked groups of young people congregating at Rock Cafe for the weekly reggae music night. In a town with no nightlife to speak of … Continue reading

Reasons I love living in Rural Sulawesi:

No alarm: Unless I need to be awake really early for a work excursion, I wake up naturally anytime between 7am and 9am. It is such a luxury to never have to set an alarm and just wake up when your body naturally wants to. Have time for breakfast: I always eat breakfast I can’t … Continue reading

Selamat Datang di Kendari, Sulawesi

A woman zooms past me on a motobike her arm stuck out at a weird angle. It is not until we come to a stop side by side at the traffic lights that I realise that she is holding a live chicken by the feet. Young boys run past on their way home from school … Continue reading

A Day in the Life of an Expat in Jakarta

By Morgan Pettersson. After living in Jakarta for six weeks, I can guarantee that each day will be different and difficult but fresh and exciting at the same time. The city is a paradox between the extremely wealthy, and the poor but friendly working population. I have realised that it is quite hard to put … Continue reading

Street Kids Recycling for a Green Jakarta

*this story went to air on weekly one hour radio feature show ‘Asia Calling’, which is broadcasted from Afghanistan all the way through the Asia region to Australia*  Indonesia is the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases and lags far behind its Asian neighbours when it comes to garbage disposal and recycling. The capital and bustling metropolis … Continue reading

Concrete Balls to Deter Indonesia ‘Train Surfers’

*this story went to air on weekly one hour radio feature show ‘Asia Calling’, which is broadcasted from Afghanistan all the way through the Asia region to Australia*  Railway staff in Indonesia have started hanging concrete balls above train tracks to try to prevent commuters from riding on carriage roofs. The first balls were installed … Continue reading

Tip Toe Through the Tea Fields

By Morgan Pettersson. When you imagine Indonesia, the first thought that often comes to mind is of undulating rolling hills covered in rice fields, dotted with the odd farmer and mountains looming in the background. Whilst this image is not an accurate representation of the diverse archipelago that makes up the country that is Indonesia, … Continue reading