Green Spaces in Jakarta – #2 Taman Menteng

We seem to be drawn to Jakarta's central suburb of Menteng. Its leafy tree-lined streets evoke a sense of tranquility in this often manic city. A drive down many of Menteng's wide boulevards allows you to gaze in awe at the impressive residences and imposing buildings and wonder who inhabits all this grandeur. Moreover, you will notice a greater presence of Continue Reading

Growing your own produce in Jakarta

Today's ajb blog post is all about  'Growing your own produce in Jakarta'; in particular what you need to get started and advice on establishing a successful garden. Why this story? Well, after arriving in Jakarta I felt some confusion about what we were eating. 'Where are things being grown?' and 'In what conditions?' were regular thoughts to cross my Continue Reading

Best Places to Sip Coffee in Jakarta #2

A few months back Liz and I posted the story, 'Best Places to Sip Coffee in Jakarta'. This story was compiled after extensive research into the topic; sipping and savouring many impressive brews from numerous coffee spots that we initially identified. Since then, we have discovered many more cafes worthy of a mention, so many in fact that we will have to Continue Reading

Rubbish in Jakarta – The mounting problem and the Ffrash solution

The mega city* of Jakarta has a greater population in excess of 24 million and mostly relies on the Bekasi tip, Bantar Gebang, (located approximately 30 kilometres from the city) to dispose of the 6000 tonnes of waste dumped there each day. Although Bantar Gebang sprawls a hefty 110 hectares, it is perilously full. Plastic accounts for more than 14% of Continue Reading