Author Archives: 2bagsandapack

About 2bagsandapack

Lifetime journalist, author, magazine editor and publisher, now semi-retired and traveling the world. My plan, after living in Costa Rica for 14 months, was to visit a new country in southern Europe every three months to experience the culture and the challenge of adapting to a new environment, while on a fixed income. That plan was sidetracked when I was offered a job in Indonesia, providing an opportunity to explore Asia. I'm also using this time to write, having now authored nine e-books, including photo-essays of my experiences in Costa Rica, Croatia, Sicily, Indonesia, Bali and Malaysia.

Chinese New Year party

Chinese New Year (Feb. 19 this year – it’s a lunar thing) is a big deal in Batam. There is a large Chinese community here, primarily due to the proximity of Singapore. Many, if not most, of the non-Western companies … Continue reading

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Angkringan food court in kampung bule

Often, restaurant reviews focus on the obvious dining places, the ones on TripAdvisor, the popular upscale local restaurants. But there are far more unknown or out-of-the-way dining establishments that get little publicity. For those of you who may visit the kampung … Continue reading

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Day 6 in Bangkok

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