Tag: living abroad

Social Life in Jakarta & Beyond

What is there to do in Jakarta and elsewhere? Where can I go to be entertained, get fit, or make new friends? Read the following tips for answers to these questions.   Entertainment Most major towns have movie theaters. There are generally discounts on Mondays (referred to as “NOMAT”). In addition or as an alternative,…
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August 3, 2012 0

Candi & Pura (Temples) in Indonesia

Buddhism and Hinduism have had long histories in Indonesia.  In Bahasa Indonesia, “candi” refers to ancient Hindu and/or Buddhist temples. The term can also be applied to non-religious structures dated from the same historical periods. “Pura” is the term used for a Balinese Hindu temple.   >>> Here is a sample of famous candi in…
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March 22, 2012 0

Safety & Security While Traveling

General advice about safety and security while traveling is listed below: Check local, regional/state, national, and other country travel warnings on different government websites. If you are a foreigner, have a safety plan (e.g., escape or evacuation) and make sure others know your whereabouts. You can often register your travel plans in advance with your…
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August 23, 2011 0

Latitudes Magazine Online

One of the editors of Latitudes – Emma Kwee – provided the following background information about the online magazine (08/17/2011): Latitudes Online is a concept inspired by the renowned bi-monthly magazine focusing on Indonesian culture. The magazine hailing from the island of Bali previously existed in paper form and was especially known for its in-depth…
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August 17, 2011 0

Cross-Cultural Adjustment

  Notes on the Topic of Cross-Cultural Adjustment: Cross-cultural adjustment is often a gradual and ongoing process filled with a variety of feelings such as happiness, excitement, anticipation, fear, tension, confusion, restlessness, frustration, etc. Almost all people in a “new” culture experience some form of “culture shock.” This is normal! Don’t be surprised if you…
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August 16, 2011 0

House Hunting

Finding appropriate housing in Indonesia can be a challenge, especially if one is new to the country.  The general tips in this post are meant to ease the process.  The housing process can be time-consuming and aggravating at times – be patient! Let as many people as possible know about your house hunt. It may…
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July 15, 2011 0