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Things to do, places to go 01.31.2008

I’ve been remiss in posting the Thursday look-ahead/deal roundup in accordance with my blogging editorial calendar, but good intentions are always there. Things coming up…. **  It’s Fabulous First Friday on February 1 at the Miami Science Museum. This month’s planetarium “Live Star Show” will feature information about the Total Lunar […]


Find Cheap Flights to and from Portland

When you’re hunting for the cheapest airfare out of Portland International Airport, you may be tempted to spend lots of your precious time searching every airfare booking site you can find. You’re hoping for that magical and elusive rock-bottom price on an airline ticket, the one no one else can […]


Tooth Filing Ceremony: Bali

Tooth Filing is an important rite of passage for Balinese Hindus that marks the transition from childhood to adulthood. Metatah or “tooth filing” is a common ritual which typically takes place during the months of July and August. In the Balinese belief system, the ceremony helps people rid themselves of […]


Where is Lombok?

Lombok lies around 35 kilometers east of Bali, at the start of the Nusa Tenggara-Timor island chain that stretches hundreds of kilometers across the islands of Komodo, Rinca, Sumbawa, Flores and Sumba. Lombok is the westernmost island of this chain, which becomes arid and dry after the Wallace Line.


Teak and Teak Caterpillar Cocoons

Teak (Tectona grandis) is a wonderfully versatile wood that is good for building, furniture making and also fine carving. It keeps well indoors and out and is so highly valued here that in Javanese, the name for teak, kayu jati, also means real wood.


Raja Kuring Restaurant: Jakarta, West Java

I’m picky when it comes to places to eat. Maybe I have my priorities a little muddled, but unlike the typical culinary tourist, the perfect flavors and taste sensations are not enough for me. What I search for is ambiance. So when I had the chance to have lunch at […]


Eggs Across the Archipelago

In most parts of Indonesia eggs are not only used in cooking but also play a role in ceremonial customs. And, when we speak about eggs, we usually specify the type: telur ayam (hen eggs), telur bebek (duck eggs), telur puyuh (quail eggs), telur angsa (goose eggs), telur maleo (giant […]


Nusa Penida Coral Conservation: Bali

The Indonesian chapter of the Nature Conservancy (TNC), a non-governmental environmental organization based in the U.S., has stated that the coral reef around Nusa Penida Island off Bali will be the focus of a new conservation program.