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Contents Grapevine / February 2018

Chairwoman’s Message


From the Editor Social Welfare Care for Kids Feature Giving Orangutans Back Their Freedom A Story of Hope




Travel Story Where the Wild Things Roam in Sumatra


BWA Ball Update Welcome to the Fabulous Las Vegas Dinner Show


Life Style Online Shopping In Indonesia


Social Diary


Member Review Who are the Betawi People?


Ricefield Villa Notice Board


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For thousands of orangutans, hope has been found,


thanks to the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. Page 8



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From the Chairwoman Welcome to 2018! BWA events were quick off the blocks in January with our welcome back coffee morning and guest speakers Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation swiftly followed by lunches, workshops, casual coffee mornings and our regular activities at BWA house. More to follow in February! Thank you to everyone who has either renewed their membership or joined as a brand new member. Your commitment to BWA is very much appreciated and we will continue to offer a selection of activities and new events for you to be part of during 2018. Your suggestions are always welcome so please get in touch if you have any ideas. The dynamics of expat life in Jakarta are ever evolving and as often as we hear of friends on the move, newcomers are getting in touch as they prepare to relocate to the “Big Durian”. BWA aims to support families via our helpful facebook and friendly networks and we strive to help you if you are on the move. I hope you can join us at the house on Tuesday 6th March for BWA’s Annual General Meeting. The present Committee will be reporting on the work carried out over the past 12 months and provide an update on the financial health of the association. This is also the occasion when we vote in our new Committee. Please consider joining our team of volunteers. BWA’s success is a result of the energy and enthusiasm of the committees and our supporters. Please email me if you can offer your time to help with any of the following: activities, bazaar, coffee mornings, communications, events, finance, golf, Grapevine, house, membership, newcomers, social welfare and sponsorship. “Many hands make light work”! Thank you.



PS: Mark your calendars. On Saturday 12th May BWA will be hosting, at the Shangri-La hotel, our Annual Charity Ball. This is one party you don’t want to miss out on!

About Cover Cover photo by Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. The foundation cares for over 2000 orangutans who are struggling to survive in the region.

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From the editor

From the Editor Hello readers and Happy New Year. I hope you enjoy this edition. I’ve been so fortunate lately to be receiving articles from BWA members and as a member magazine, it is really important to me that Grapevine reflects some of the interests of our readers. Last edition Rika shared her story about a local animal shelter she had become involved with and Natalie tells us about her visit to the Betawi Cultural Village in this edition (see page 22). So, if you think you might have an idea or something others might be interested in, please contact me. This can include restaurant or book reviews or your holiday experiences in our region. I can even help you pull together some words and pictures if you need to.

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In June I will be departing Indonesia and I will be looking for a new Grapevine leader. I have really enjoyed my “little project” and have gained so many personal rewards since becoming editor and being a part of BWA. If you’d like to know more about this role, please contact me. But if Grapevine editor doesn’t “tick your box”, consider joining the committee in some other way. I have met great people, had some really fun times and it has broadened my expat bubble in the best possible way. Join in, you won’t regret it.

Claire -

Want to get involved in BWA Social Welfare? S

ocial Welfare is an independent group within

the BWA. We are all BWA members who have a passion for life and who wish to help make a difference during our stay in Indonesia. There are many people in need of help and many areas in which we can help. If you would like to know more about our projects, come along to our monthly meetings on the last Friday of each month or email: socialwelfare@bwajakarta.

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Social Welfare

BWA Social Welfare

supports the opening of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at R.S. Kanker Dharmais By Jacqui Birt Rumah Sakit Kanker Dharmais in Jakarta recently opened the much awaited Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) after months of planning and anticipation. The opening was attended by hospital dignitaries, staff, volunteers and of course the children all dressed in their traditional attire. 6 Grapevine / FEBRUARY 2018

The Cancer hospital in Jakarta is the main referral centre from around the country with patients of various economic means coming from all parts of the archipelago for treatment. Mary’s Cancer Kids with the support of BWA Social Welfare and other major sponsors are very proud to be involved in the opening of this first ever PICU and High Care Unit (HCU) for kids with cancer. ICUs can be intimidating places so the aim of the new dedicated room was to ease the distressing situation of kids having to share with adults. Having cancer is bad enough but when you’re a child, it can be even more distressing as treatment progresses and you have no understanding of what is happening to you. The current children’s floor at the hospital has several rooms which look after children with leukaemia mostly. There is a playroom and a library room as well as staff and volunteers to take care of them. Sadly, when there is a need for intensive care, the children must share with adults who are gravely ill. Due to the lack of PICU beds, the doctors proposed to renovate the current floor and knock together two of the wards into one larger room and fit it out as a 4-bedded ICU and HCU. The total cost for this project is Rp 8,800,000,000. The funds raised so far have been enough to complete the renovation and purchase some equipment. More equipment is required but thanks to donations by BWA Social Welfare, fundraising efforts such as ‘Hair for You’ and ‘Half Iron Man Challenge’, the unit is nearly ready for full usage. The hospital has also trained the current nursing staff for PICU and HCU needs. Everyone anticipates this to be a great improvement in the care of the children of this cancer hospital. Grapevine / FEBRUARY 2018 7


Giving Orangutans Back Their Freedom -

A Story of Hope

With so much strife reported in the world everyday, it can be hard to maintain any feeling of hope for the future of our planet. But, for thousands of orangutans, hope has been found thanks to the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation. Located in the heart of Borneo in Central and East Kalimantan, BOS Foundation and their 440-strong team have rescued and cared for over 2,300 orphaned or displaced orangutans, and provided them with a second chance of life in the wild.

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Orangutan means “person of the forest”; orang meaning person and utan (hutan) meaning forest. They are the only great ape species in Asia and found only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. As one of our closest living relatives they are unique, sentient, intelligent beings capable of solving problems and feeling the same emotions as humans; love, fear, sadness, depression. We have learned so much about orangutans and their daily lives, but sadly their future survival hangs in the balance. Listed as Critically Endangered, orangutans are threatened with extinction due to habitat loss and hunting. Huge swathes of natural habitat have been cleared across their range, leaving thousands of orangutans displaced, hungry and in close proximity to humans. Orangutans searching for food are seen as pests and hunted despite their protected status, and infants are illegally taken from their mothers to keep as local pets, or to sell on the international exotic pet-trade. The BOS Foundation team focuses their daily efforts on orangutan rescue missions, orangutan rehabilitation and reintroduction and wild orangutan and habitat conservation, working closely with the surrounding communities. Within two rehabilitation centers in Central and East Kalimantan, Nyaru Menteng and Samboja Lestari, more than 600 orphaned orangutans are being cared for and progressing through a program of rehabilitation so they can one day be returned to safe natural habitat. The rehabilitation process can take up to 7 years, similar to the time a baby orangutan would stay with his or her mother in the wild. The bond between

a mother orangutan and her infant is strong with a female only giving birth to a new infant every 6-8 years. Over the next 7 or so years, she spends that entire time teaching her child all the skills it will need to survive in the forest; what foods to eat, how to build a nest, how to travel through the trees and avoid predators. When a mother is killed, orphaned orangutans are cared for by Babysitters who act as surrogates and provide that learning. Tiny babies start learning in Baby Forest School and gradually progress through different levels of Forest School until they are ready for the final part of their learning, which takes place on natural forested islands; this is their ‘university’ and the final step before freedom. BOS Foundation’s mission is to successfully release all of the orangutans they care for, back to natural habitat and since 2012, 326 orangutans have been released to create new viable wild orangutan populations; this is the biggest great ape reintroduction effort in the world and new hope for orphaned orangutans. Grapevine / FEBRUARY 2018 9


BOS Foundation continues their work in earnest, planning for new orangutan releases and striving to give each and every orangutan cared for, their rightful freedom! There are so many ways you can help BOS Foundation and follow our orangutans journey here Or visit us in East Kalimantan and stay at our comfortable lodge in Samboja Lestari. Here you can enjoy the surrounding forest, see our team in action Take a weekend break from Jakarta and be inspired by our work and the orangutans. By Jacqui Sunderland

Become Jumbo’s protector! Why not start the year off by doing something amazing by adopting Jumbo.

In the meantime we have more than 600 orphaned or displaced orangutans within our centres, either progressing through Forest School or awaiting release and more continue to arrive. Some of our most recent arrivals include Topan, Susanne and Uru. Photo’s of Topan, Susanne, Uru Babies Topan, who is 6-8 months old, and Susanne who is 3 years old, were rescued in October the day after each other. Both were found in local villages suffering from malnutrition. Baby Uru arrived in late October after being rescued from a villager who was keeping him in a tiny wooden cage. Their stories are strikingly similar with people reporting to have found them alone at the edge of a recently deforested area. The sad reality is that a mother orangutan would never abandon her baby and has almost certainly been killed. These babies are now safely under the care of an army of Baby Sitters and other carers; and when they are old enough, they will have a second chance of life in the wild. 10 Grapevine / FEBRUARY 2018

Starving and having to resort to foraging in a villager’s oil palm farm, Jumbo lost his mother and he was caught to be kept as a pet before being handed over to our team. The little guy is now in BOS Baby School with his best friend Cinta. For as little as 30 cents a day, you help us provide the care and rehabilitation needed for them to be returned to the wild. If you adopt for either 6 or 12 months you will receive update stories, photos or video of your loved one! Thank you from the BOS Foundation family Adopt Jumbo now > Please Note: The adoption is virtual. Jumbo and the other orphans stay at our rehabilitation center in Nyaru Menteng. Learn more about the adoption process >


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Travel Story

Where the

Wild Things

Roam in Sumatra

Tangkahan is a remote village in Northern Sumatra where you have the opportunity to sleep in the jungle with the ‘big five’ of Indonesia – the Sumatran elephant, the Sumatran tiger, the Sumatran rhinoceros,  the Sumatran orangutan, and the clouded leopard. 12 Grapevine / FEBRUARY 2018

There were only two ways to access my bed for the night at my jungle accommodation. One was by fording a river by elephant and the other was via a high swing bridge linking Tangkahan Village with the deep jungle.  I chose the elephant transfer. As I climbed the tall staircase to a hanging platform, I felt both excited and nervous to see my elephant and mahout (elephant keeper) ambling towards me.  The elephant moved very slowly and gracefully, which calmed my nerves a little.  After clambering on the sturdy padded made-to-measure bench on the elephant, I hung on tight as my elephant started its walk.   From my lofty position I could see the tops of the some of the lower trees as we entered the forest. I breathed in the pure air and was cooled by the water droplets falling from the giant tree ferns we brushed past. I soon felt energized and alive.  Here I was, deep in the jungle in Northern Sumatra. My mahout rode bareback, straddling the large fan-shape ears which regularly flapped and kept time with the deep, low sounds that emerged from my elephant’s chest.  She was quite a chatty elephant and I loved listening to her language.  "This elephant is 46 years old," my mahout said, "She trumpets quite regularly - especially when a wild

elephant calls from the forest asking for a date, but she is not interested in sex at all. So she tells him in her loud manner that it’s ‘game-off’.”     As we made our way to the river, I received a fascinating running commentary on the variety of medicinal plants we passed along the way.  “Here, smell this one, its Siri Kayu or eucalyptus.  Used for mosquito repellant and colds”, and on it went.    Part of me was fascinated with this botanical minilecture and the other part of me was focused on the

challenging terrain before me.  I was amazed that the huge feet of my elephant could so readily negotiate the tricky narrow trail, which would rise steeply only to then descend for 45 degrees to some tiny stream before rising sharply again.  My mahout casually told me, “Oh sometimes, when it’s a bit wetter, she decides to slide down this part”, and I held on just that bit tighter.   It was at this point, however, that I realized just how exciting this venture into the jungle really was.  Sliding with an elephant – just the thought of it made me feel like I was taking on the world.  Next we crossed the river, which flowed very swiftly around the elephant’s legs, next reaching up to her belly, until soon it seemed only her floppy ears were visible.     “These are rescue elephants,” the mahout explained, “Some were maimed (by illegal hunters), some were orphaned and some were rescued from inhumane treatment in work camps. Elephant riding is our best source of income and helps feed the 13 elephants that we care for. It also helps pay their health care bills.”   Decisions about raising funds through offering elephant rides (which can get negative press but is conducted with great care here) and other conservation efforts and

strategies are carefully considered and implemented by The Conservation Response Unit (CRU) in conjunction with local communities and NGO’s, including some grass roots organisations.     One of these independent organisations is RAW Wildlife Encounters whose director, Jessica McKelson, long ago fell in love with the village of Tangkahan and its people. She decided to work with the local villagers to find a way for them to make a living that was both sustainable and legal. At that time, thirteen years ago, Grapevine / FEBRUARY 2018 13

Travel Story

the village’s tourism potential was untapped. Over the years, RAW Wildlife Encounters has helped to develop a variety of sustainable community and conservation programs to support Tangkahan’s development as an ecotourism destination.  A new programme sends out team patrols to monitor the buffer zone around the Tangkahan forests, which borders the Gunung Leuser National Park. This includes visits to four communities. One activity is to remove snares from the community side of the National Park and educate the villages on alternative livelihood practices. The ranger team of 10 men from Tangkahan acts as role models for other communities addressing conservation and sustainable living.  


Elephants are very social and love to play in the water. The elephant washing activity at Tangkahan is an opportunity to feel what it is like to be kissed on the cheek by an elephant. They are very affectionate and gentle and, with their mahout nearby, you have no need to worry about anything. However, do watch your feet. If a baby elephant steps on your toes it hurts, and they are super playful - and a little clumsy. As I sat in the tourist office in Tangkahan, perched high above the river, a magical moment unfolded. Two elephants came into view, ridden by their mahouts. They graciously glided through the emerald green water carrying an air of poise and elegance with them. The relationship between an elephant and his keeper is one based on mutual trust and a special bond that is formed over time, involving strong emotional ties on both sides. A baby elephant’s skin is bristly and tough, and elephant washing is one way to get closer to these wonderful animals. Elephants love contact. They allow you to scrub their backs, legs and tummy and the older elephants like to roll over and spray water

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“I am so passionate about working with the local community here,” Jessica said, “These people I now call family, and I am thrilled to watch their hard work pay off. They are finally getting the support they desperately need for their community and to protect these critically endangered ecosystems that they so deeply care for”. Deep in the jungles of the Gunung Leuser National Park a pristine forest environment awaits you. Run away, explore and soak in the pure pleasure of a gentle place with a local community who cares about the future of the forest. Story by Stephanie Brookes Photos by David Metcalf

out of their trunks. They will also shower you if their mahout asks them to. It’s one of the best showers you will ever have. They wait, seemingly aware of your anticipation, and then let you have it.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION: Sumatra Medan: Sumatra Medan: You need to overnight in Medan. Tangkahan is a 4 hour drive from Medan. The 4-star Santika Premiere Dyandra Hotel & Convention Hotel is a smart hotel centrally located in Medan. Tangkahan Jungle Lodge Guest House and River View Restaurant 3 styles of bungalow Rp 150,000, Rp 250,000, Rp 300,000 per night Phone: +62 813 76334787 TOUR OPERATORS: Community Tour Operator of Tangkahan (CTO) Email: Raw Wildlife Encounters – Contact: Jessica McKelson for accommodation, tours, conservation and community programmes.  Instagram – Raw Wildlife The Tangkahan Effect – an animal welfare and conservation initiative





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BWA Ball Update

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Welcome to

the Fabulous Las Vegas Dinner Show If you hadn’t heard the big news already, BWA announced the new theme and direction for the 2018 BWA Charity Ball with much anticipation and excitement.

BWA’s Las Vegas Dinner Show will be held on 12 May 2018 and is certain to embody all that is fun about BWA’s night of nights. Coming up with the new angle, Creative Directors Nathasja de Boer and Diana Grieger asked themselves, “When you think of entertainment, what do you think of?” The destination Las Vegas was at the top of the list. They have taken all of the favourite aspects of previous BWA fashion shows, given them an update and combined them with the pick of Las Vegas entertainment gems to create a Dinner Show that would not be out of place at Caesars Palace. Las Vegas has been known as an entertainment capital for nearly 70 years. Today, the gambling has taken a back seat to the many other attractions. The days of Elvis, the Rat Pack and Liberace have given way to Siegfried & Roy, Celine Dion and Cirque du Soleil. Fabulous restaurants, sparkling mega-fountains and replica wonders of the world have made Las Vegas a one-stop destination for fun lovers. And that is what the next BWA Ball will be all about - FUN. Prepare to be entertained… the ever-popular BWA dancers will be back, but they will share the stage with other fantastic performers that personify Las Vegas. “The Ballroom will be transformed into a top class dinner

club - great food, fabulous music and quality acts sure to provide you with a great night out,” Diana explained. While the focus of the night is the entertainment, the goal is to raise as much money as possible to enable the continuation of the BWA’s Social Welfare projects. For over 35 years, BWA has held an annual charity ball and in more recent years a fashion show, raising thousands of pounds that directly impact the charitable activities in Jakarta and Indonesia that BWA is associated with. These projects include yayasans focused on emergency relief, health, education and underprivileged children and adults. For the past months, a committee of BWA members has been working hard to produce a night of high energy acts that will leave you clapping and stamping your feet, and inspire you to open your wallets and give to a great cause. Tickets are now on sale. So get together your friends, work colleagues and those that enjoy a great night out and join us at BWA’s fabulous Las Vegas Dinner Show on May 12.

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Online Shopping in Indonesia Online purchasing is the virtual treasure island for discerning gift givers, busy mums and shopaholics alike. It’s a life saver for those of us who live away from family and friends but want to make a niece or nephew, the newlyweds and first-time-mums feels special, that we haven’t forgotten them even though we live on the other side of the world. Very often it’s the online store that we turn to when we just can’t find that particular item in the stores nearby. But have you tried online shopping in Indonesia? Or is it just too daunting to navigate your way through a website almost completely in Bahasa Indonesian? While I’m no expert at online shopping in Jakarta, I have “dabbled” in it, asked friends and BWA members about their experiences and would like to share what I know so we can all feel that satisfaction of a much awaited purchase arriving at our door with success.

Before You Begin You understand very little Bahasa Indonesian? The majority of online stores are in Bahasa Indonesian, so open Google Translate in another separate screen window. You can copy & paste large sections of text and have it translated into English or your preferred language, making sure that you understand all the descriptions, conditions & fine print. After a while, you will recognise what certain sections are referring to and may not even need to use Google Translate.

Payment Options Unlike many well known western online sites, you can also select your preferred payment method. Credit card is always available but if you are concerned about credit card theft, you may prefer bank transfer, ATM payment or even cash-on-delivery and instalment payment plans.

Return Options Unlike shopping in physical stores in Indonesia where returning a previously purchased item is almost impossible, the online stores often allow 7 day returns, or longer. But check the return policy for each item because it can differ from item to item (especially as many sites are “fronts” for different vendors/third party sellers).

First-time Online Shopping Lazada is a huge, well established online shopping site with a presence across Southeast Asia including Indonesia, Singapore, The Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. They must be doing something right. They offer an enormous catalogue of goods - health & beauty, fashion, sporting goods, automotive, electronics, cameras, luggage, home living, groceries...absolutely everything! Lazada is an online reseller for many big brands and houses many brand “official stores”. Many online stores do provide an English version. So before you delve too far into the shopping, do a scan of the homepage for a country flag button or a button/option marked “Bahasa” or “Inggris” and click on it to change over to the English language. It is often located at the bottom of the homepage.

Delivery Options One of the bonuses with many Indonesian sites is that they give you options for delivery. You can select from a range of couriers, the domestic postal service or even Go-Jek it. The benefit of having options is that if you have a bad experience with one provider you can select another next time. 18 Grapevine / FEBRUARY 2018

Tokopedia is my go-to store when I can’t find what I want at the mall and no one else knows where to find it either. It always come up with the goods. Tokopedia has a very good seller rating system, so you can shop around for the seller with the best reputation. It has a shoppers blog that often posts information about scams and dodgy online shopping practices. You can directly contact the seller to ask questions and I’ve always received a very prompt answer. If you wanted to try online shopping in Indonesia for the first time, I would recommend Tokopedia as a good start. Bonus: Has English language option, although only certain sections are in English, ie. drop down menus, title bars. Online shopping portal for Ace Hardware, Informa and Toys Kingdom. Buy from all three stores at one time in the one transaction. If Book Depository takes too long and Amazon shipping is too expensive, try Opentrolley for books. Opentrolley has loads of English titles, fiction and non-fiction and books for all ages. They are also in Singapore and Malaysia and ship from this region so you can usually receive your books within a reasonable time. The site is in English.

Others to try: - fashion - fashion - fashion - home brands, including IKEA - assorted goods - assorted goods

SALE! SALE! SALE! Indonesia’s version of Cyber Monday, the worlds biggest online sale period, is Harbolnas. A one-day-only online sale, Harbolnas offers great bargains and percent-off discounts in the pre-Christmas period. Although usually one day only, many retailers extend for three days. The 2017 Harbolnas included more than 250 online shops. Look out for #harbolnas2018 this December and get some fantastic deals on everything from beauty to travel to organic local products . See participants. (source:

Tips • Gain confidence in Indonesian e-commerce by making small trial purchases first. Don’t spend too much on your first purchase.- Beware of foul play: if it seems to good too be true it possibly is. Read reviews, especially feedback from other buyers. • Try a few of the different delivery options to see how long deliveries do really take and compare between couriers. • Don’t forget to check out Instagram stores, but that’s a whole other article!

Good luck!

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Social Diary

BWA Las Vegas Dinner Show 2018 Dancers Meet n Greet It has been very busy behind scenes of the BWA Las Vegas Dinner Show. The committees have been diligently setting “to-do” lists and the entertainers have been recruited. But it’s not all hard work – on the 18th of January the dance groups got together for a meet-&-greet. Some are new faces, some have been a part of the show before, but one thing they all have in common is a craving for fun!

GBCM BWA had an excellent turn out for the January Great British Coffee Morning (GBCM). With an excellent and emotionally moving presentation by Nico of the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation, plus the opportunity to catch up with friends after the Christmas hiatus, there was something for everyone. See page 8 for more on the BOS Foundation and details about how you can help.

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Children’s Christmas Party Every year, BWA holds a Christmas party especially for kids. On Sunday 3rd of December, the BWA house was full of families enjoying the Christmas spirit. As well as the compulsory visit from Santa Claus, the party was a fun-filled day with arts and crafts, a magic show, face painting, carol signing and all the kids favourite party food. Luckily Santa remembered to bring the gifts too.

Christmas Lunch The ladies donned their festive best attire, indulged in some well spirited silliness and sang along to the carols with fervor when they attended the BWA's Christmas Lunch. On the 27th of November, BWA members friends gathered at the Hotel Indonesia Kempinski for a delicious traditional Christmas lunch in lovely surroundings. All agreed it was a great way to kick off the Christmas season.

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Member Review

Who are the


Betawi People

Words by Natalie Barton Photos by Natalie Barton & Cassandra Appel

On the 29th of November I went to find out with a tour of the Betawi Cultural Village. Visiting with the Indonesian Heritage Society, I learned much about the history of the Betawi people from the wonderful guide, Mita. Betawi are considered the natives of Jakarta, having emerged from the melting pot of races, ethnic groups and cultures of Indonesia in the 19th century. Today they constitute one of the city's main ethnic groups alongside the Javanese (from Central and Eastern Java), Sundanese (from West Java) and Chinese. “Betawi culture is a treasure trove of colour, tradition, song, dance, clothing, cuisine, language and dialect. The culture thrives today due to a government policy to enhance the cultural identity of the original inhabitants of the city, and prevent their traditions being buried beneath a tide of modernization.” (http:/

What constitutes Betawi? In general, according to Mita, someone is considered Betawi when their family have lived in the Greater Jakarta area for at least a Century, their ancestors have experienced intermarriages and assimilation so much that they can’t trace their ancestry back to any other particular Indonesian ethnic groups, and they practice Islam. On with the tour! We were treated to an amazing, colourful welcome dance with a full Betawi Orchestra to begin with. The ladies danced, then they invited others to dance with them by wrapping a red scarf around their necks. Some even jumped on stage to learn from the band members.

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The Betawi Village is beautifully set out with a pair of the famous three metre tall Ondel Ondel to greet you as you walk in the foyer and a small informative museum off to one side which included paintings, puppets and instruments of the past. The area opens out to a large restored show village which we walked through, learning about the history of the design of these traditional stilt houses and mosques. Look out for the ‘Gigi Balang’ protecting and adorning the roofs of many of the houses. Delicious traditional Nyahi - Betwai tea and cakes – were taken in a lovely undercover central area. We continued on past the large lake scattered with dragon boats and the many street vendors, to see Batik fabrics being made from design through to final stages of layered wax painting by the very busy ladies working in groups. To complete the tour, we enjoyed watching our traditional Kerak Telor being cooked. This is a type of pancake made with egg, rice, shredded coconut, shrimp, shallots and spices, created in a pan, over an open flame. No oil is used. It was tasty! Betawi Cultural Village is an excellent place to visit while you are in Jakarta, about 30 minutes drive from Kemang. A guide is recommended if you want to get the most out of it but you can also wander through on your own if you wish. Mita is very knowledgeable and happy to take small groups if you have visitors or friends who would like to learn about the indigenous people of Jakarta.

Betawi Cultural Village Jalan Mohammad Kahfi II, Srengseng Sawah, RT.10/RW.8, Jagakarsa, Jakarta Selatan, 12630, Indonesia Mita: 0811854029 /+62 21 78893258

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Dizziness (lightheadedness) I feel lightheaded….I feel dizzy….It is a complaint that is not unusual. Could it be the traffic or life in Jakarta? It is usually not a sign of anything serious. We do advise, it should be investigated by a doctor. Some people use the word dizziness to describe a feeling of lightheadedness or off balance. Others use it to describe a feeling that their surroundings are spinning around. The symptom can be vague and can be caused several things. It t may not always be easy to identify the underlying cause of dizziness.

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This article is written to explain what you should do if you feel dizzy and what the most common causes of dizziness are.  

See your GP!

The GP should be your first port of call. This is especially true when you suffer from fainting and headaches at the same time. By taking a good history your doctor has to establish exactly what you mean by dizziness and determine if you are not actually describing vertigo where you feel your surroundings are spinning or moving around. It is also important to know: • did it start for no apparent reason, or if it followed an illness • are they repeated episodes of dizziness • how long does the dizziness last It can be caused by an ear condition. When the dizziness occurs when you're in the upright position it is probably not related to the ear. Dizziness when you're lying down is usually caused by a viral ear infection.

It’s a good idea to keep a diary of your dizziness. What were you doing and how long did it last. Did you have any other symptoms like fainting, vomiting, nausea, blurred vision, headache or hearing problems.


It can also be a possible side effect of medication. You may be referred for further tests and investigations.

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Common causes of dizziness • Inner ear infection (Labyrinthitis) that affects your hearing and balance, this can cause a form of dizziness called vertigo. • Migraine. • Stress or anxiety • Low blood sugars (usually seen in diabetics) • Sudden fall in blood pressure when you sit or stand up. This goes away after lying down. • Dehydration (caused by not drinking, vomiting, diarrhoea or fever). • Decreased blood flow in the he brain, which may be caused by blocked blood vessels.

Other causes of dizziness

• a severe illness that is affecting your whole body • drugs and alcohol • some medication, like antidepressants or blood pressure medication • heart rhythm problem

If you have any concerns, you should talk to your trusted medical practitioner or you may contact Good Practice Clinic.


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