SWEATING LIKE A PIG

Rumour has it that Winston Churchill once said “I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up at us, cats look down at us but pigs treat us as equals.” In fact we are not equal, pigs don’t sweat very much at all.   Last week we talked about insulation to help keep ourselves cool but insulation can […]

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Sloppy Armpits

For many people who are acclimatised to life in a tropical climate an open building with well designed ventilation and extensive air circulation provides a comfortable living environment and the use of rotating roof ventilators, ceiling fans and a building design that catches the prevailing breezes can achieve this. Inevitably there comes a day, however, […]

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“Snake Oil Futures”

There is good news for expatriates married to Indonesian citizens. On Thursday 28th October 2016 the constitutional court ruled that the need for a prenuptial agreement (which, of course, has to be made before marriage) to allow Indonesian citizens in mixed marriages to own property is unconstitutional. What this means as that Indonesians already married […]

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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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