Ricefield Reflection

It is so easy to forget that Bali is not just about beautiful beaches; the island also has wonderful lakes, waterfalls, and mountains too! And up in the north, there are some rice terraces with breathtaking views! Here I’m taking you to Jatiluwih, a village located in Tabanan regency. Tabanan is the area that has […]

Biking in Bali

RELIEVED! That’s how I felt when I first reached my office by bike. It was only my second day of work here in Bali and at that time I just came back from the US after living there for some years. I was not afraid that I’d be lost, but I realized I was not […]

Celebrating Indonesia’s Independence Day in Den Haag

August 17 is the Indonesian independence day. In Indonesia, people celebrate it with many kinds of community events following the flag ceremony in the morning. What about the Indonesians in Holland? They also celebrate their home country’s independence day by flocking to the Indonesian embassy. That’s what I did when I was in Den Haag. […]

Klappertaart, a Lekker Indonesian-Dutch Dessert

If you have the chance to visit Manado-North Sulawesi one day, you’ll find another Dutch-influenced dessert: Klappertaart (literally, coconut tart). It is a popular dessert in Manado, and a lot of bakeries are making good profit from its high demand (in 2011, the price for one 8-inch round cake pan is around $28, quite pricey […]

First Day Itinerary to Beat the Jet Lag

Last Saturday, Nesso Indonesia held a Pre-departure Briefing for hundreds of Indonesian students who are going to study in the Netherlands this Fall semester. Most of them will be leaving by August or by early September the latest. How exciting it must be to begin a new adventure as a student in a foreign country! […]