Photos of a Tsunami-struck village, ten years on

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By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Friday 26 December 2014

It’s been ten years since the Boxing Day Tsunami hit South Asia. It caused the entire planet to vibrate, killed 230,000 people, and prompted a worldwide humanitarian response. Dark days were ahead for Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand, as well as countries as far away as Somalia and Burma. But over a decade, these […]

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Remarkable photos show Indonesian volcanoes spewing blue flames

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 17 April 2014

These amazing images by Olivier Grunewald show the bright blue glow of several volcanoes located within the 20km wide Ijen Caldera in East Java, Indonesia. At night, the hot gases of the volcanoes ‘burn to emit an eerie blue glow that is unique to Kawah Ijen. The gases emerge from the cracks in the volcano […]

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The Indonesian paradise reduced to waste and toxic chemicals

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 15 April 2014

Believe it or not, 35 million people are still relying on this river for drinking and washing. The river in question? The Citarum in Java, Indonesia. It’s now thought to be the dirtiest river in the world, with reports claiming that household waste, toxic chemicals and even dead animals are among the things you’ll find […]

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Malaysian villages offer gifts and blessings to ancestors in a spectacular ceremony

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 2 April 2014

More than 90 miles from Kuala Lumpur, members of the Mah Meri tribe give thanks in an ancestor-worship ceremony that takes place each year. Intricately-carved masks, flowers and incense, loads of food, and dancing are just some of the things you’ll see during the festival, Ari Muyang. The date of the festival ‘changes every year, […]

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Get massaged by snakes in Jakarta, Indonesia

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Tuesday 4 February 2014

If you’re tired of plain, old massage techniques like, Shiatsu, Swedish, Thai, and Deep Tissue, perhaps you should try something new: Snake therapy. Bali Heritage Reflexology and Spa in Jakarta, Indonesia includes pythons in their massage therapy services. They place the snakes on your back while you lie down on the massage bed.

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Terrifying sea creatures from Indonesia’s Lembeh Strait

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By Low Lai Chow in New Film on Saturday 25 May 2013

Shark Bay Films shot this fascinating five-minute vid featuring some strange, strange, strange real-life sea beasts from Indonesia’s Lembeh Strait you don’t ever want to mess with. The hideous-looking brainless and blind worm that drags fish underground is the stuff of nightmares, and I can see how Aphex Twin’s Richard D James, whose face has […]

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These hyper-realistic drawings mess with your mind

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By Annie Churdar in New Art on Wednesday 6 March 2013

Indonesian artist Veri Apriyatno has drawn himself into eternity. His hyperirealistic art is extremely detailed and well thought out. He creates illusions similar to those of M.C. Escher except with more personality and humor. At first glance, it’s honestly hard to tell if it’s only drawings or if Apriyatno is actually standing next to his […]

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Birds saying ‘shut up’ to other birds by Sijanto Sijanto

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By Annie Churdar in New Photography on Monday 25 February 2013

You don’t want to cross these feathered little guys. They’re real tough customers. Or at least, that’s the way things seem in these humorous photos by Indonesian photographer Sijanto Sijanto. These shots capture the perfect moment when the little birdies are at their angriest. If they could speak, we’d hear tiny chirps of “Hey Bro, […]

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Drawings by Ketut Kusuma [Kei]

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By Sara in New Illustration on Friday 14 September 2012

Ketut kusuma’s [Kei] drawings are magnificent. Despite his young age and being self-taught, his works are literally like an old masterpiece mixed with contemporary art. Exquisite beyond words.

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Fur: an alternative arts magazine

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By ekajogja in Cool Websites on Monday 31 October 2011

FUR is an alternative art magazine that allows young artsy people to share their artworks, point of views, ideas, reviews, or any other kind of art related news and information with other like-minded creatives.

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Vintage Delivery Store, Gili Trawangan

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By This Island Life in Cool Travel on Saturday 23 July 2011

The last thing we expected to stumble across on Gili Trawangan was a boutique vintage clothing store. But tucked away from the main drag are some of the best vintage threads we’ve seen in a while. Vintage Delivery Store is the creation of Swedish couple Natalie and Johnny and their adorable 2 ½ year old son Noah, who sold their two vintage stores back home to relocate to the island of Gili Trawangan in Lombok, Indonesia, in search of an alternative lifestyle.

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Hengki Koentjoro

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By Zolton in New Photography on Sunday 13 February 2011

Hengki Koentjoro was born in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia, in 1963. He is a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California where he majored in film. He now lives in Jakarta where he specializes in fine art photography both underwater and on land.

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AJ Fosik

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Thursday 23 July 2009

Philadelphia-based artist AJ Fosik’s wooden sculptures look like Indonesian gods guarding an intergalactic temple built by time-traveling monks.

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US and Indonesia agree debt transfers to conservation efforts

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By Katriane Hill in New Eco on Thursday 9 July 2009

The US Government has recently authorized a bill that allows eligible countries to trade debt for forest conservation pledges. Indonesia is one of the first to take advantage of the program, having the total of their US$30 million forgiven in exchange for conservation. This is the largest agreement for conservation ever reached. The agreement mandates […]

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White Shoes & The Couples Company

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By Ari Stein in New Music on Saturday 9 February 2008

The coolest band in Indonesia? I think so. White Shoes & The Couples Company describe themselves as a small band that is ‘influenced by Indonesian movie soundtracks from the 70s and inspired by the acoustic spirit of 1930’s classic jazz musicians’. But I like to think of them as carrying the torch for artists like […]

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