Green Spaces in Jakarta – #1 Taman Suropati


Green. I feel relaxed just thinking about it! How does green make you feel and what do we associate with this colour? The colour green is known to sooth and relax both mentally and physically. It is also known to alleviate nervousness and anxiety.  But perhaps most importantly, especially in such a busy city as Jakarta, green offers a sense of renewal and Continue Reading

Best Places to Sip Coffee in Jakarta #1

Almost a year ago our friendship began. We were introduced by a mutual friend, who I recall presented me with a convincing argument as to why Liz and I should meet and would no doubt become very good friends. Although I can't remember all of the points given, I do recall the following: Liz and I are both teachers, we both have children of a similar age, we Continue Reading

Market Feature #2 : Ayo ke Pasar Santa

Until quite recently, Pasar Santa (located in the hip neighbourhood of Kebayoran Baru in South Jakarta), was not considered a funky place to hang out. The traditional market had become tired and struggled to attract stallholders.  And yet, when screening locals for recommendations on pasars to frequent for our monthly Pasar feature, the Continue Reading

Goni Coffee

There are some new kids on the 'coffee block' in Kemang and they are already making quite an impact.  In recent months I have regularly passed the shop space, watching the construction and fit out of the building with curiosity. As soon as the words, 'Goni Coffee' were inscribed on the window, my anticipation peaked. Another good cup of coffee in the Kemang Continue Reading