Travel

  • Dec 20, 2012

    This past weekend I went to Kuala Lampur.  My friend Nicki moved there and I was excited to visit her and see KL. One of the things that was a pleasant surprise was the train directly from the airport into the city center.  I have missed been on commuter trains and especially living in Jakarta where getting around involves mostly small buses. [caption id

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  • Dec 3, 2012

    As I climbed my fifth pagoda of the day the laughter of children rang out in front of me.  In Myanmar, I noticed that children found joy in the simplest of toys.  Elastic bands tied together, empty bottles and juice caps, even frolicking carefree in the river brought much joy. [gallery ids="1134,1133,1132,1131,1130,1135,1136"]     Please foll

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  • Nov 29, 2012

    365 Days of Jamaican Wisdom I am proud to introduce you guys to my friend, Jamaican history blogger Kerry- Ann Morris.  Kerry-Ann and I went to school together in Jamaica.   Now she is launching a calendar with Jamaican adages.  I grew up with many of these sayings with my grandmother.  Flipping through these pages will no doubt bring nostalgia to many

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  • Nov 15, 2012

    [caption id="attachment_1106" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Photo by Kim Joseph[/caption] Yes, that is a fire stick in my ear.  I went for a spa day in Kemang at a women's only spa.  This treatment is to remove the wax build up in my ear.  Despite having a flame inches from my face, the procedure was relaxing.  The spa attendant rubbed the side of my

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  • Nov 15, 2012

    In the third and final part in this series, we will look at the ojek, kancil and the efficient Trans Jakarta busline. [caption id="attachment_1086" align="aligncenter" width="230"] Photo from www.conduit.com[/caption] The TransJakarta buses have their own designated bus ways.  It is the most popular mode of transport for Jakarta's working class.  Visitor

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  • Nov 13, 2012

    In the third and final part in the Getting Around Jakarta series, we look at the ojek, kancil and Trans Jakarta.   [caption id="attachment_1100" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Ojek stand in Pasar Baru. Photo by: Diana O'Gilvie[/caption]   The ojek is a motorbike taxi.  They are a fast and cheap way to get around town.  If someone has a moto

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  • There are a  few ways to get around Jakarta besides taking a taxi.  The angkot (minibus), ojek (motorcycle taxi) and the bajaj (a three wheeled motorcycle) and the public bus are all cheap modes of transportation. When I travel, I like taking the local public transport.  It is economical and I can get see the locals in their element.  I will be showing y

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  • Oct 22, 2012

    “Berapa?” “How much?” I asked the taxi driver while opening my bag.  I glanced at the meter and noticed that it wasn’t on.  Not this old trick again. I mentally kicked myself for not checking it when I first got into the taxi.  I’ve taken a taxi many times to work and know the price shouldn’t be more than 18,000 rupiah.“Lima pulluh ribu.

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  • Jakarta isn't known for street art, but on a walk through Kemang I saw a few displays that were impressive. [caption id="attachment_1036" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Jalan Benda Photo by: Diana O'Gilvie[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1037" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Jalan Benda. Photo by: Diana O'Gilvie[/caption]   [caption id=

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  • Sometimes I get a craving for thin crust pepperoni pizza, red velvet cake and a bagel and cream cheese.  I am happy to say that I have found two places in Kemang, south Jakarta to soothe my bagel and red velvet cake cravings.  However the thin crust pizza has been elusive. Kemang is a far way for me to drive to from north Jakarta, but today I made the hour

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