Electrical Lemmings

The earth is big, really really big, it is humungously big, in fact it is the biggest thing we can actually touch. While we may be rather ambivalent towards planet earth, for electrons it is home. As we already know the electron was named after the Greek elektron which, of course, means amber. Amber? Yes, […]

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“Bom Melons and Senna pod Tea”

I am rudely reminded that we haven’t talked about gas for a while, perhaps a nice strong cup of senna pod tea may rekindle the topic. The rude reminder came in the form of a pretty scary experience for a good friend of mine who had a near miss with a gas explosion in his kitchen. He […]

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Hunting Truffles

One of life’s great mysteries is “where does the rest go when I visit the rest room?” A good question and one we should all take a bit more notice of. For most of us it goes to a septic tank and, in many households, trying to find the exact location of the septic tank […]

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The Tax Amnesia

Last issue’s article about the Indonesian Government’s tax amnesty attracted a lot of interest and raised many questions. This is important for anyone owning property so, if you will bear with me, I will go through it again adding new information that has come to light. As we should all know by now the Indonesian […]

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Taxidermy for Beginners

  “Oh bum, the tax man cometh and I’m stuffed” “Fear not, help is at hand.” Major moves are afoot (or ahand?) in the Indonesian tax department that may or may not have an impact on many people, both locals and foreigners, who live or own property or have other assets in Indonesia. These moves […]

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You Are The Drains Beneath My Feet

As we have said many times before a good tradesmen is as rare as a three legged unicorn. We all know about the difficulty of finding a good electrician because we have all heard the regular stories of poor innocent people going to meet their maker while taking a shower, touching their computer while checking their Facebook page or […]

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Pigments and Goat Herders

If you are going to build a new building or renovate an existing one it is a good idea to find a good architect to help you. Good architects understand living spaces and how to make them both beautiful and functional. There are some very clever people about, people that can take what may seem […]

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Power Brokers

Last issue we looked at the price of electricity and, as we said, over the past few years PLN have simplified their systems and the way they charge for electricity making bills far easier to understand. PLN have also introduced prepaid “pulsa” meters, a move which has provided PLN with all sorts of benefits. No […]

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Electrons and Beancounters

It is many a blue moon since we last looked at the cost of electricity in Indonesia and there is a reason for this – things have been in flux so to speak. For quite a while everything has been as confused as the American election system. Changes were made with the progressive removal of subsidies, the removal of […]

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Flowery Follies

  Down my street there is a new house, well probably  a couple of years old now. It is what I call toytown design, what you might see in Jakarta-very suitable accommodation for Noddy and Big Ears. It was built by someone trying to make a quick dollar. A modern house set on a couple of are of land and built to local […]

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