ajb’s Expat Guide on ‘How to Thrive in Jakarta’

Firstly, Happy New Year and welcome back to a journey bespoke. It's so nice to have you join us again for this, the start of our third year of blogging. We are excited to be back in Jakarta and are rearing to go! Today's post is for all those newbies to Jakarta - or those who are on their way to the Big Durian. We still recall what it felt like to pack Continue Reading

The ajb 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

It's official! The holiday season is nearly upon us. Shop local and shop small this year with our hand made and sourced in Jakarta 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. The ajb Gift Guide is all about skipping the shopping malls as much as possible this year. You can give gorgeous, handcrafted gifts and support small, local businesses in one fell swoop this holiday Continue Reading

Please meet Maria Lucia Maringka Founder of Lucy’s Batik

Today we share the story of Maria Lucia Maringka or as the Jakarta expat community knows her, Lucy of Lucy’s Batik. Lucy’s Batik is a local institution; a household name and needs little introduction, but as the curious people that we are, and in true ajb spirit of honouring local people, we spent an afternoon with Lucy to hear her story. Like many new Continue Reading