Making the Most of Expat Life in Jakarta with Daleen Fourie

Today we introduce you to a very special person. Daleen Fourie (pronounced, ‘Dalian’) has been an expat for numerous years, having lived in 7 different countries (and counting!). As a mother of 4 children, Daleen is a very busy lady indeed, yet as you will see, still has time to give to others through engagement in her community; whilst also making the most Continue Reading

10 Minutes with Pak Nana | Jakarta Tailor

Pak Nana in his shop

Jakarta tailor, Pak Nana is a very busy man! So today he has kindly agreed to our '10 Minute Interview Challenge' before his next client steps in, or his phone begins to ring and buzz next to his sewing machine. So we had better get started ... Pak Nana, your time starts ... now! Kenalkan Pak Nana     What is your full name? My Continue Reading

Fortune Cookies and Celebrating the Chinese New Year in Jakarta

This Saturday 28th January marks the Chinese New Year; a festival that is celebrated by more than 20% of the world’s population, including Indonesia where approximately 3 million Chinese-Indonesians will celebrate the Year of the Rooster. Throughout Jakarta, many Chinese New Year decorations can be seen including large displays at shopping centres, Continue Reading

ajb’s Expat Guide on ‘How to Thrive in Jakarta’

Firstly, Happy New Year and welcome back to a journey bespoke. It's so nice to have you join us again for this, the start of our third year of blogging. We are excited to be back in Jakarta and are rearing to go! Today's post is for all those newbies to Jakarta - or those who are on their way to the Big Durian. We still recall what it felt like to pack Continue Reading