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    Sasak Villages

    For a real taste of Lombok, take a trip to a traditional Sasak village. In contrast with neighbouring Bali, Islam is the main religion practiced in Lombok where the Sasak people still maintain many of their old traditions today. The most frequented of the various traditional villages is Sade village in central Lombok where visitors […]
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    Pusuk Monkey Forest

    Pusuk Monkey Forest is a nature conservation area situated in West Lombok regency near Mount Rinjani. Pusuk offers wonderful scenery with lush tropica...
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    Just like Bali, Lombok is also paradise for beach bums. Senggigi beach, which is around an hour’s drive from the airport, is the centre of tourist a...


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    Suku Sawang Orang Belitung Island

    Belitung Island emerges gracefully out of the Java Sea inviting curiosity and exploration. It does not disappoint. It is unquestionably a place of extraordinary and untouched beauty. The beaches are chalky white, and are touted to be some of the most exquisite in South East Asia. Huge granite boulders rise out of the sea, forming […]
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    Indonesia’s Hidden Heritage

    Each month, our intrepid traveling duo Stephanie Brookes, Writer and David Metcalf, Photographer set off to explore some of the lesser-known enclaves of Indonesia and bring back tales of hidden heritage and culture. Over the last 12 months, NOW! Jakarta magazine has covered unique festivals and celebrations of some of the diverse cultures that make up […]
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    Cock Fighting Showdown

    I witnessed my first cockfight in Bali, in a small village just outside Ubud. I stumbled upon it by chance when I was running, with a local sports clu...
  • Dancing The Cakalele (2)

    Dancing The Cakalele

    The sound of the ancient gong called the two warriors to the stage. This was no ordinary stage; we were on a remote island in the Malukus, the birthpl...


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    Travel Diaries of an Amateur Photographer in Australia

    Every Olympics I dash home to Australia to watch the games and brush up on the latest sports commentator jargon. “Portia’s in the sin-bin” was one commentary classic during a women’s soccer match. While in Sydney, I got to see the Dobell drawing competition at the NSW Art Gallery which featured a wall of art by my […]
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    Travel Diaries: September 2016

    I was last in Samarinda five  years ago, when there was talk of the imminent completion of their new airport. Sadly it has yet to eventuate, but the nearest town, Balikpapan, has a fabulous new airport with great cafes and gift shops selling quality beaded wares and local textiles (for which the indigenous Dayak people […]
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    Travel Diaries June 2016

    Last month I went to Surakarta (Solo) in Central Java for the annual dance festival at Institut Kesenian Indonesia (ISI). This year the line-up featur...
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    Travel Diaries: May 2016

    Last month i was invited back to Nagaland, my favourite corner of India, to deliver a lecture on ‘Cultural reference in Tourism Architecture’ t...


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    Don’t Believe In The Future

    ARTOTEL Sanur – Bali is currently holding an art exhibition by Ican Harem titled ‘Don’t Believe in the Future’ that runs through 2 February 2017. Ican Harem is a young, talented, Bali-based artist whom sums up together fashion, music, street art, skateboard and other pop culture. Originally from Sumatra, Harem learnt honed his artistic skills in […]
  • Rediscovering Bali’s Charm at Belmond Jimbaran Puri

    Bali can be many things: a hotspot for party animals, a paradise for shoppers, a spiritual retreat for those in need of a little peace of mind, a haven of endless possibilities for foodies, or a creative hub for young professionals and entrepreneurs. It literally offers something for everyone, but as some travellers claim, Bali […]
  • Melia Bali, Indonesia 2014, Banquet Wedding

    Memories For A Lifetime

    Offering a perfect marriage of natural beauty and passion for service, panoramic beaches and a touch of luxury, the five-star Meliá Bali in Nusa Dua ...
  • The Spotlight’s on Moonlite (2)

    The Spotlight’s on Moonlite

    Moonlite Kitchen and Bar was recently voted as one of the TOP 10 BEST ROOFTOP BARS IN THE WORLD by the well respected Condé Nast Traveler US. Found a...