Author Archives: Vanda

Pitch, Tone & Posturing in Yogya

Yes the music scene is hopping around Yogyakarta – the Kraton, the University area and on Malioboro street – but what I am intrigued with is the bird-singing contest I have just been told about down at the bird market. … Continue reading

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A Wall is a Blank Canvas: Street Art in Yogya

You won’t find any drab dabs of mismatched paint erasing tags and graffiti in Yogyakarta. Street art and graffiti cover the walls of the city and on first impression, it would seem the local government endorses and encourages its citizens … Continue reading

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Lemon, Honey and Galangal

There is nothing soothing or comforting about this glass of hot tea.  The first sensation is sweet and lemony but then the ginger assaults the back of your throat and an instant later your mouth is prickly with all your … Continue reading

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Tootling Around the Aceh Province

Tootling around the Aceh Province from Lhok Nga to Banda Aceh and then over the mountains to Sigli, you begin to experience the wide diversity of landscapes and day to day bustle of the people.  Our mission in Sigli was … Continue reading

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Aceh Province – 7 Years Later

  Yuri always rises at dawn and heads to the beach to check out the surfing conditions.  He had felt the earthquake, but that was common on the island of Sumatra being so close to the ‘ring of fire’. But … Continue reading

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We’re definitely not in Singapore – Hello Medan, Sumatra

  Singapore is always the soft landing in Asia.  It’s cleaner than clean and everyone speaks English so there is no need to twist your brain after travelling half way around the globe.  Not so Medan, Sumatra……. Medan is the … Continue reading

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Holiday elegance from Singapore

Singapore during the Christmas season is ablaze with lights, decorated trees in front of  all the department stores along Orchard Road, the famous Raffles Hotel (think Singapore sling) is quietly elegant and there is not the frenzy of sales and … Continue reading

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My Girls: the buzz on urban hives

My Girls the buzz on urban hives Wow! I have finally finished this short piece on honey bees and I have to say it was so much fun, particularly working with the fabulous beekeeper Linda.  That being said, this has … Continue reading

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