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Travel, travel, travel! Been about 20 times, about 1 month each time to Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lombok, Sumba, Kalimantan, Sumbawa. Speak the language. Know the social and artistic culture and crafts/arts/textiles (since I`ve been importing from there for 14 years). I also know specific hotels, sights, even restaurants. But please don't ask me how you can move there/live there permanently/get a job there. My expertise is for travelers, not permanent residents.

Experience in the area

My expertise in antiques, crafts and textiles is formidable:-).


Self-taught knowledge of conversational Indonesian. Professional dealer in art and handcrafts.

What do you like about this subject?

In Indonesia, every province and even every tribe seems to embody the variety and interest of a different country. It's hard to speak about Indonesia collectively--since to be Javanese is very different than to grow up in Kalimantan. Hard to imagine more variety anywhere else!

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

So much to explore! Never gotten to Aceh or Northern Sulawesi, the Mentawais or even the Moluccas. I've done my fair share of travelling, but I'd like to do more.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

The language is very non-specific and very colloquially poetic. "Sleeping police" are speed bumps. "Matahari" is the eye of the day (sun). "Mata-mata" (many eyes) is a spy. Wonderful!

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2016-12-02 1 month Bali in february:

Hi, Piet,  1) Yes, I'd go to Candidasa the next day so you're not rushed. It's not far, but still . . . Lovina would be fine. Bali's funny that way . . . a lot of great places to visit, but when you get

2016-11-28 1 month Bali in february:

Hi, Piet,  You'll have a wonderful time! Sure you could rent a scooter . . . but be VERY careful. Trucks ply the very narrow roads to Ubud and Seririt . . . and there are plenty of accidents. Absolutely

2013-06-30 Bali Travel:

Hi there,  Sorry for the delay on vacation and forgot to register it.  The flight time is technically 18-1/2 hours (and then depending on the time of year you're looking at a 9 hour time change), BUT the

2013-06-14 Looking for "Bali Blanket":

Hi, Larry and my apologies for the delay.  Hope I'm not bursting any bubbles here but what your son bought is a machine made (usually made in Java) souvenir blanket that is the look of ikat (not double

2012-02-15 Arjuna Puppet from Indonesia:

Hi, Rob,  Yes, this puppet does seem to have some age and nice workmanship.  I will tell you that all wayang golek (wood rod puppets) are hand carved and similarly decorated.  And without seeing it in


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