Tips for Hosts

Vacation Rental Co-Marketing

22 Sep , 2015  

Bedforest-Comarketing

Ok. So you have a property for rent in Indonesia. You’ve allocated much time designing it and spent a fortune building/buying it, and now you think it’s time to get some return. What will you do? Create a website to promote it? Check. Place offline and online ads? Yep, it’s a good idea, but it’s […]

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Legalities

New Regulation on Indonesia Property Ownership for Foreigners: Too Good To Be True?

16 Sep , 2015  

Indonesia Property

In yet another twist, Jokowi’s administration, through Agrarian Minister, Ferry Mursyidan Baldan, said that it will ease the ownership restriction of Indonesia property imposed upon foreigners. “The regulation will include details on ownership periods, requirements, and rights and obligations of expatriates who will be granted the right to purchase and own property in Indonesia,” the minister […]

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Indonesia Culture, Tourism

The Mythical Prambanan Temple

10 Sep , 2015  

Prambanan Temple

Prambanan temple is an ancient Javanese Hindu’s candi in the outskirt of Yogyakarta. It’s the Hindus’ answer to the Buddhist’s Borobudur. Both temples were built at roughly the same time in 9th century; two mega projects just roughly 30 kilometers apart. One Buddhist, one Shivaite Hindu. Architectural Landscape of Prambanan Temple What is called Prambanan […]

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Tourism

Run Island and Manhattan

28 Aug , 2015  

Pulau Run the Garden of Eden for Nutmeg

What is the relation between Run Island and Manhattan? Run Island, or Pulau Run in Bahasa (Run as in “Rooney”) is the name of a small island, part of Banda Islands. This tiny island once hold a very strategic role in human history. I kid you not. Read on to know why. So strategic the […]

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Sumba, Tourism

Surfing in Sumba

28 Aug , 2015  

The Wave at Nihiwatu, Sumba

This is Sumba. Imagine a place where crystal blue ocean greets the sandy beach with 12 feet waves, one after another. The sky is so high and wide with strands of white cloud hanging. You are a tiny dot in this picturesque vastness. You stand there, watching the waves as they roll out effortlessly and […]

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Tourism

Borobudur

27 Aug , 2015  

Borobudur

Borobudur is an ancient Buddhist temple in Central Java, Indonesia that time almost forgot. “Discovered” in 1814 by H.C. Cornelius, a Dutch engineer subordinate of Thomas Stamford Raffles, the British Governor of Java. What he found in the depth of forest astonished everyone ever since. Hidden by the forest vegetation, laid beneath volcanic ash hundred […]

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Legalities

No more KITAS?

25 Aug , 2015  

President Jokowi

The hottest news in the expats world of Indonesia is that the government soon will revoke KITAS requirement for foreign workers. In recent cabinet meeting, President Joko Widodo (pictured above) reportedly said that he will scrap everything that comes in the way of creating conducive climate for investors. Along with KITAS requirement, the requirement for […]

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Tourism

Five Things You Never Knew You Can Do in Ubud

18 Aug , 2015  

Ubud

Well, believe it or not, I live in Bali, but I’ve never actually visited Ubud. I live in Canggu. (Yeah. I know). Visit. As in spending couple of days there instead of just passing by like I did years ago when I took my family to Kintamani just to be scandalized by our Trunyan tour […]

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Non-Profits, Sumba

Sumba Foundation, a vital player in Sumba

17 Aug , 2015  

Sumba foundation

The Sumba Foundation has been created by Claude Graves and Sean Downs in 2001. The main goals of this foundation was to help Sumbanese people in essential matters such as education, health, and water. Since Sumba remains one of the poorest island in Indonesia, probably due to its geographical remoteness amongst other things (it is located […]

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Legalities

Why is Bedforest in Rupiah only?

16 Aug , 2015  

1 rupiah bill Indonesia

Indonesia’s central bank has banned the use of foreign currencies for domestic transactions under regulations issued last week and effective July 1, 2015, aimed at controlling onshore demand for dollars and easing downward pressure on the rupiah. The rupiah is the worst-performing currency in emerging Asia this year and has been trading around its weakest […]

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