How to make Lidah Kucing cookies for this Eid holiday

Ask any Indonesian what their favourite biscuit is for Idul Fitri (or any special celebration for that matter), and without hesitation you’ll hear, ‘Nastar!’, ‘Kaastengel!’, ‘Putri Salju!’, 'Kue Semperit!’ and ‘Lidah Kucing!’. These biscuits clearly are the favourites of Indonesia. And as these cookies are being named, you’ll also detect a hint of nostalgia Continue Reading

The story of ‘Batik Friday’ with Al, Angel and Ary

Hello there! It’s Batik Friday in Indonesia today! In fact every Friday is  ‘Batik Friday’ or ‘Jumat Berbatik’ for many Indonesians who work in the office or corporate sector. Why Batik Friday? It all began back in 2009 when then President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on Indonesians to wear batik following its inclusion by UNESCO in the Continue Reading

A Chance Meeting with Young Artist Louise

My chance meeting with a talented and curious young lady named Louise  took place in Dia.Lo.Gue Artspace Kemang. After spending the afternoon in the cafe I stood up to take a break from my coffee and screen and was drawn to a wall of beautiful naive drawings, against a polished cement wall backdrop. The cafe was now full and it was difficult to move too Continue Reading