Pasar Mayestik

South East Asia is known for its colourful and varied markets, where you can buy just about anything that you desire. And in Jakarta, a city that boasts more than 173 shopping malls, many of which are opulent shopping meccas, it would be easy to settle for all that endless glossy marble and air conditioned comfort, never setting foot in the more traditional Continue Reading

An Introduction to Jamu – and How To Make Your Own

Jamu is the name for traditional herbal therapy in Indonesia and most typically involves the consumption of tonics, expertly prepared by Jamu ladies using traditional ingredients sourced from nature. The World Health Organisation estimates that approximately 70% of all Indonesians use Jamu on a daily basis to enhance their health, treat a myriad of Continue Reading

Useful words and phrases in Bahasa Indonesia

You may be fortunate to be armed with an expansive Bahasa Indonesia vocabulary at your disposal when you first arrive in Jakarta, however, it is more likely that your proficiency of the language will be a little less sophisticated. If this is the case, then perhaps the following list of words will get you started and help you navigate your way around a Continue Reading