Brekkie Time in Jakarta

These early morning starts, which are typical in Jakarta, are a killer on the appetite. Who feels like eating a hearty breakfast at 5.30am? I recall our first week in Jakarta, feeling almost panicked at the realisation that 5.30am was my new wake up time. With kids catching a school bus at 6.35am (I could have rounded to 6.30am but that extra 5 minutes means Continue Reading

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

How to Make our Healthy Green Jakarta Smoothie

  Is it too late for a New Year's Resolution?... a smoothie or a green juice each day! In this case it's a smoothie. The ingredients are blended which technically makes it a smoothie. Living in this tropical fruit paradise makes the search for that perfect morning drink a cinch, and it couldn't be easier to source ingredients in Continue Reading

Our neighbourhood mobile grocer

  One of the most endearing sounds that I have become familiar with since moving to Jakarta is the call of our mobile green-grocer, Ibu Norhayati, as she pushes her cart up our street (at 10am each day). It wasn’t until I actually spoke to her, using my ‘best Bahasa’ and with the assistance of our lovely pembantu Ibu Tuti acting as translator, Continue Reading