Moving to Jakarta – A one month diary of a newly arrived Expat

Introduction by Jo: Just over four years ago my family and I moved to Jakarta. Upon learning that this mega city was to become our new home and knowing little about Jakarta, I headed straight for the computer and began my search. Typing in, 'Expat life in Jakarta' I came across a couple of colourful and optimistic sites but significantly more which were Continue Reading

Vanessa van Houten : Photographer Jakarta, Indonesia

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Today we chat with Vanessa van Houten, Jakarta based professional portrait, documentary and luxury travel photographer in Coffee Smith Jakarta, ahead of her solo exhibition FREE FALL at Art : 1 New Museum opening February 23, 2018 and the launch of her photobook here*now.  Vanessa is one super talented woman! Her work first came to our attention in 2016 Continue Reading

Social Entrepreneur Sisters : Ida & Lila of House of Diamonds

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Today we introduce sisters Ida and Lila, founders of 'House of Diamonds' a social enterprise based in Malang East Java. House of Diamonds is a home goods and wearables brand which features their signature 'jahit jelujur 'running stitch'. The message of Ida and Lila's story is that the human spirit is boundless. As little children and teenagers Ida and Continue Reading

Threadapeutic – Making a Difference Through Fabric Upcycling

Wall hanging by Threadapeutic

Founded in 2015 by Ibu Nagawati Surya, Threadapeutic is based on the concept of making products out of waste, in particular fabric offcuts, and turning them into items of value. My first encounter with Threadapeutic was at The Rooftop Market (now known as The Local Market). I recall being drawn to the unique design of the products, as well as the curiously Continue Reading