ajb’s Holiday Reading Guide

As our children’s academic year in Jakarta draws to a close, we are making final preparations for the summer holidays with our families. But before we pack that last suitcase, we wish to share this final post with you. Today we present you with some holiday reading; in particular a hand-picked selection of our favourite ajb blog posts. We’ve also included Continue Reading

A Journey Bespoke’s Escape to Belitung Island

Being relatively new to Indonesia, I hadn’t heard of the tropical island of Belitung until I read the book, Laskar Pelagi (The Rainbow Troops) a few years ago. Written by Belitung born Andrea Hirata, the story is set on the Island at the height of its tin mining prosperity. It follows a group of ten school children and their two inspirational teachers as Continue Reading

How to make Klepon : a sweet Indonesian snack

klepon

If you are on the island of Java, Indonesia, this local sweet snack is called klepon, ondeh-ondeh if you’re in Singapore, Malaysia and parts of Sumatra. The difference in name is testament to how well-loved (and travelled) klepon is. From Java, where klepon originates, this treat spread across the Malay Archipelago and even inspired a folk song entitled Continue Reading

AJB’s culinary tour of Jakarta’s Chinatown district of Glodok

A traditional market or ‘pasar’ is integral to the daily lives of most Indonesians. Fresh fruit and vegetables are purchased here, along with spices ’bumbu’, as well as clothing and other household items. Of course, an impromptu catch up with friends at the local pasar is also an excellent opportunity to find out ‘what’s news’ (‘apa kabar’). In today’s A Continue Reading