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Slouched into Indonesia in early 1999 intent on committing journalism. Fell in love with the country and a special someone. The Stockholm Syndrome has truly set in and I'm a willing, complicit hostage to this great country, with a wife and grinchlet twins (2010). While life is grand, I've not surrendered the critical faculties and prejudices honed to a fine point by firelight through many a long Canadian winter. For all the stunning advances since Suharto left, the paradoxes of modern Indonesia and its colorful collection of evil scumbags, willful incompetents, and fruitcakes offers fertile soil for commentary and hopefully, humor.
 tags: grinch, humor, indonesia, opinion, politics
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Grinch Holiday ramblings...  Posted on 08/28/2014
Just back from three weeks R&R in the homeland. Some musings: Top Ten Holiday Highlights (in no particular order) 1. 4 1/2 year old female grinchlette in a life-jacket bobbing like a cork down Ottawa River rapids squealing, “Lemme...
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Metallica @ Bungkarno Statium, Jakarta  Posted on 09/06/2013
Metallica returned to Jakarta for the first time in 20 years on the last night of their Asian tour. The governor of Jakarta is a huge fan and the riots that marked their last visit a blip in the past. Sixty thousand well behaved rockers of...
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Dumb Bell Destroyer  Posted on 06/05/2013
Yer Grinch has been getting a lot of questions the past few months about what sorta exercise he's been doing. Been thinking about writing a bit about what I've learned over the past three years, since I took that long look in the...
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In Floods  Posted on 01/24/2013
So this time last week, four days of monsoon rains forced a 30m breech of the north wall of Jakarta’s West Flood Canal beneath the Rasuna Said bridge, flooding the heart of the city. You might have seen the pix on TV: the...
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It's been a weird couple of weeks even by G's standards. Three young relatives of immediate friends have died, including a five-year-old girl taken by dengue. The Grinchlettes came down with the chicken pox - passed along by an elder hatchling  Posted on 05/18/2012
It's been a weird couple of weeks even by G's standards. Three young relatives of immediate friends have died, including a five-year-old girl taken by dengue. The Grinchlettes came down with the chicken pox - passed along by an...
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Angels& Demons  Posted on 04/24/2012
I'm not even going to begin to make excuses for the unseemly lag in blogs to this site. Hopefully this will serve to restart my engines (aye, where have we read that before, Papa Grinch?) Michael Buehler's fascinating article...
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Suryo Bambang Sulisto is the Grinch's Hero of the Week. Kadin (Indonesian Chamber of Commerce) has rarely rocked the boat because the status quo is so damn lucrative. However, the new boss and a Board made up of forward-looking, sharp-toothed  Posted on 12/12/2011
Suryo Bambang Sulisto is the Grinch's Hero of the Week. Kadin (Indonesian Chamber of Commerce) has rarely rocked the boat because the status quo is so damn lucrative. However, the new boss and a Board made up of forward-looking,...
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Explosive WikiLeaks Cables Nail Yudhoyono  Posted on 03/11/2011
It has taken a while - arrival of twin grinchlettes back in Jan 2010 set back efforts - but this news is too good to keep down.The funny thing is that while it will no doubt case enormous diplomatic indigestion, no one, and I mean no one,...
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When the going gets weird...  Posted on 04/28/2010
My favorite bits and pieces from the last couple of daysSnakes and AddersThe clearing of the 50+ hectare Rasuna Epicentrum lands smack in the centre of Jakarta and opposite the Grinch’s temporary lair claimed the life of a...
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Papa’s Rollin’ Stone Gathers No Political Joss  Posted on 04/07/2010
One of the weirder recent newsy bits that slipped beneath the radar was the midnight relocation last week of the gravestone of Indonesia’s first president Soekarno and what it says about the declining political fortunes of his...
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  • luciano23
    luciano23 27 May 2011 23:19:07

    hi im an uruguayan, who would like to move to indonesia, and i would apreciate if u could share ur experience with me... thx

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