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Connecting with our loved ones abroad

It's not that I dislike Skype and Vonage, just that I think there are better values for your money and computer resources. The world is made much smaller by technology. For some reason, we continue to strive to make vast distances seem reachable. This has been going on for many ... read more

Andre S

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Barbers and chiropractic services

 I don't know if the two should be mixed together, let alone being performed by the same person. But that's what I experienced today. My first haircut in Indonesia that was not by my mom's hands. Not being able to articulate the necessary commands to convey that I wanted a ... read more

Andre S

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Who are these Indonesian people?

Heck if I know. From what I can tell there are hundreds of different ... hmm ... I suppose ethnicities if you want to call it that. It's more like groups of common culture (language, social structure, etc) because people have moved around so much. The following is my attempt ... read more

Andre S

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Morning Commute

I put my on cherry red helmet and leave the un-tinted visor up, I tie my black bandana around my face covering my nose, mouth and chin to filter out the pollution; next come the sunglasses. I now appear anonymous, somewhat cool, and ready to roll.   I push the ... read more

Laura Ambrey

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Kids draw the darndest things...

My husband shared this drawing with me - he had his young learners drawing picture and writing sentences about their daily routine. Forget about brushing your teeth or eating lunch, Januar drew himself kicking his brother. Impressive how much action and emotion he was able to capture with a stick figure! read more

Laura Ambrey

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The rainy season

The dry season is here and I am wishing it wasn't. Don't get confused, I love the sun. And I certainly don't miss the plastic jacket and pants you have to wear to go to and from work on the motor-bike, or the power outages which cause the AC to stop.      But I do ... read more

Laura Ambrey

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Bali and Lombok, Indonesia - land of beautiful blue sea and white beaches, giant volcanos, and motorbike accidents.

I spent the last two weeks of September 2009 traveling around Bali and Lombok in Indonesia. This area is absolutely lovely and I highly recommend it to anyone who has the time and money. It is a cheap destination with your average lodging costing between $6 and $15 and your ... read more

Scott Clark

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Climbing Mt Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia

I have uploaded a new video that tells the story of climbing Mt. Rinjani on the island of Lombok in Indonesia. I am enjoying working with video. I would like to develop it some more. Climbing Mt. Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia from D Scott Clark on Vimeo. read more

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Festivals & Events

Funerals are a spectator sport

Laura Ambrey

21 Apr 2009

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Torajan funerals are more of a celebratory than somber occasion. For example, no one seemed to be grieving at the funeral I attended for a husband and wife who had passed away within a month of each other. The family had saved up for ten months in order to have enough money to provide a worthy funeral, which included the sacrifice of 30 water buffalo and 200 pigs. A crowd of 200 gathered in a field to watch the funeral celebration, which culminated in a water buffalo fight. If you attend one of these ceremonies (which are usually open to the public), be sure to stay on your toes--the buffalo fights can get dangerous.

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Fashion

Fashion forward thinking

Anna Schwaber

24 Nov 2009

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When traveling and sightseeing in Bali, Indonesia, like other sacred spaces in Southeast Asia, be certain to wear modest clothing. For women, this means clothes that cover the arms and legs--long-sleeved and light-weight cotton is always best. In any event, try not to make too much of a statement with your attire. If you can, find a prayer shawl that is worn around the waist (for women). Respect for the culture around you will grant you access into a world worth witnessing.

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