Blue Smoke – by Rainer Scholz

Among various recent campaigns raging all over the archipelagos foreigners might notice the one for the implementation of laws already passed years ago for the protection of so called non-smokers. Now Indonesian rule and regulations surely give reason for much bickering, but one thing can be stated quite clearly: for smokers Indonesia is still an […]

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The Kosong & Habis Ltd. – by Rainer Scholz

So these were the first words I learned in the language of my new host country: kosong & habis. At least as far as my memory goes. Right afterwards I learned rusak, hancur and putus, but to this delicate linguistic complex we will dedicate another chapter in a future edition of our little language guide […]

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Sick and Sicker

This author spent the major part of the last three decades working somewhere in South East Asia. Collapsed with malaria on the roadside, evacuated by private plane, tortured by the military dentist – this author had it and survived. Not to mention countless motorbike and other accidents. Another survivor is a friend of this author: […]

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Pelni – the Indonesian Fleet by Rainer Scholz

Actually it is a well-known fact to all of us, but still we should recall it over and over again. It determines our daily life in almost every aspect, even if we hardly ever want to realize: Indonesia is the country with the most islands on earth. Would you want to spent only a single […]

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Ramadan

The sate seller reminded me that the time had come once again. To put it correctly, it was actually not him to remind me, but his absence. The barbershop was orphaned, and so was the nasi goreng shop: we were closing in on Idul Fitri, the yearly exodus of the Javanese heading back home had […]

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B.A.R.O.N.G.

Most likely each and every one of us Bali expats knows the Barong: a demon of the Balinese Hindu mythology, half animal, half god, who guards the village community. To encourage him in fulfilling this duty, he is frequently honored in elaborate dances, usually represented by a scary dragon’s head. So it seems only natural […]

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Juru Parkir – by Rainer Scholz

Until recently the morning ride to the market was the perfect addition to the first cup of hot coffee: an irrevocable signal that the night finally had passed and that I had withstood the temptation to be lulled back into the next round of sleep by the early tropical sun. The more so as both […]

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