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Archive for September, 2014

A Trip to Bogor Botanical Gardens Posted by on Sep 29, 2014

Just 60 km and an hour’s train ride south from Jakarta you’ll find Bogor, the “bo” in the massive Jabodetabekjur urban conglomeration of Java. Way back when, it was the capital of the Sunda Kingdom (669-1579 AD) and was called Pakuan Pajajaran. Later known as Buitenzorg (“free of care”) to the Dutch colonizers, this was their…

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INTRODUCTION – PERKENALAN (Dialogues) Posted by on Sep 28, 2014

In Indonesia, when you are introducing yourself, or you are being introducing by someone, usually, you are expected to say your name. Then, at the same time, for men, it is customary to shake hands by taking the other person’s hand in a light, bland-clap and a slow and deliberate manner. However, when you are…

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Streets, Beats, and Eats: Jakarta Posted by on Sep 24, 2014

On my travels around Indonesia and other countries, my favorite things to do are: find cool places to wander around and take in the local culture, sample tasty street food, and take in some live music with new friends. As such, I started an online video series on my travel website Grateful Gypsies entitled “Streets,…

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How to Introduce Yourself in Indonesian Posted by on Sep 10, 2014

Learning how to introduce yourself is one of the first things you need to learn in any language. Watch this video and learn five basic questions and answers for introducing yourself. Practice at home, and build your Indonesian skills.

Why You Should Visit Jakarta Posted by on Sep 5, 2014

A Culinary Journey Across Java

Many travelers to Indonesia tend to ignore the capital city of Jakarta like the plague, treating it simply as a place to catch a flight or train somewhere else as quickly as possible. For those with a limited amount of time to spend in Indonesia, the desire to get straight to Jogjya or Bali is…

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