The unfortunate side to the demise of Soeharto is that abject poverty and slum areas have increased immensely and the gap between the rich and the poor, worsened. Even more intolerable is the apathy of the Indonesian government and those in private organisations making any headway to solve this crisis. […]

Emmanuel Foundation: Jakarta, West Java

Western Australian’s are being urged to take precautions against mosquitoes when travelling to Bali following a sharp outbreak of Dengue fever among travellers returning from the popular holiday island. Acting Director of Communicable Disease Control Dr Gary Dowse said 54 WA travellers contracted the disease last year, three to four […]

Bali Travellers Warned on Dengue Fever Risk

If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me “I don’t need a First Aid Kit, I’m on holiday. Besides, I’ve got some band-aids in my bag”. Whether it be your first or one-hundredth trip to Indonesia, it is really imperative to carry some kind of first […]

First Aid Kits are a Necessity When Travelling

Kampong Jamu, or the village of medicinal herbs, is the name people refer to when they are talking about the village of Kiringan, in Bantul, Yogyakarta. For the past century or so, Kiringan residents have been making a living from the manufacture and sale of jamu gendong — medicinal herbs […]

Kampong Jamu: Kiringan, Central Java

A mosquito-borne disease known as kaki gajah or elephant foot is ballooning out of control in Riau, according to health officials. The spacious peatland, rain forests and palm oil plantations in the province are safe havens for mosquitoes which transmit the tropical foot abscess disease filariasis, in addition to dengue […]

Elephant Foot Bug Widespread: Riau, Sumatra

Give me an iced tea any day!. I am not a drinker of alcohol and thus find a lot of enjoyment in sipping an iced tea after a trek or when just relaxing with friends. At home I would probably consume fifteen mugs of tea per day and always black […]

Mahkota Dewa Tea: Yogyakarta, Central Java

Most travellers are aware of the importance of health when touring around. It is also important that you obtain a Hepatitis A & B vaccination even before you travel to your destination. Even though it is not a sure-fire prevention against diseases contracted by food handled with dirty hands, unsanitary […]

Contaminated Wells: Yogyakarta, Central Java

Ground water quality has severely worsened in several of Bali‘s most popular tourism areas, including Nusa Dua. Poor ground water quality and contamination has been blamed on the area’s ever-increasing production of waste and garbage. The ground water and wells in Nusa Dua, Tanjung Benoa and Legian areas are so […]

Water Quality Degraded in Tourism Areas: Bali