Kopi Joss – The charcoal coffee of Yogyakarta

Kopi Joss Yogyakarta

When I’m on the road I’m always on the lookout for interesting cafes and new coffee experiences. On my trip to Yogyakarta I found an unusual brew called Jopi Joss: charcoal coffee. [Kopi Joss – it tastes better than it looks.] Kopi Joss preparation starts off in the usual Javanese style, with loose coffee grinds […]

The Tall and Beautiful Prambanan Temple Complex


Prambanan is a complex of Hindu temples near Yogyakarta in central Java. It is the largest Hindu remnant in Java and it is billed as “the Tallest and Most Beautiful, Largest Hindus Temple in the World”. While I haven’t been to enough Hindu temples to vouch for it’s most beautiful claim, it certainly is grand […]

Borobudur – The biggest Buddhist temple in the world


Borobudur Temple Borobudur Temple is the biggest Buddhist temple in the world, which is impressive considering that it’s not in a Buddhist country but in Central Java, Indonesia. [Borobudur Temple] It’s a temple that ranks with Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and Myanmar’s Bagan as one of the great religious monuments of Southeast Asia. What is more […]

6 things to see in Yogyakarta

Post Office

Yogyakarta in central Java makes for a handy base to explore the surrounding region. The city is nearby to the world heritage sites of Borobudur and Prambanan temples, as well as the smoking Gunung Merapi volcano. It’s also a great place to just hang out for a few days. There are plenty of interesting sites, […]

Australia’s role as regional English teacher

English Bites

Having a TV again for the first time in weeks I was mindlessly channel surfing and discovered English Bites. [English Bites] The show is on the Australia Network by the ABC, and delivers mini english lessons. Education has replaced tourism as Australia’s number one service export. That is not surprising considering that Australia is the […]

Travel Photo: Hijab Shop, Yogyakarta – Indonesia

Hijab Shop

A Hijab Shop in Yogyakarta – Indonesia.

Where I Stayed: Grand Quality Hotel Yogyakarta – Indonesia

Airport View

Hotel Name: Grand Quality Hotel Yogyakarta Address: Jl. Adisucipto No 48, Yogyakarta Airport, Yogyakarta, Indonesia I stayed at the Grand Quality Hotel in Yogyakarta as a guest of the hotel, which was arranged by Tourism Indonesia, who I was writing on behalf of. I like Indonesian guesthouses but it has been good to have a […]

Obama in Indonesia

Obama Stencil

Barack Obama lived in Indonesia from 1967 to 1971, and he attended local schools in Jakarta from ages six to ten. Obama had stated that he was going to visit a Muslim majority country in his first 100 days of office. There was talk that the country would be Indonesia, but it turned out that […]