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Indonesia – Recommended Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Indonesia and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.

Anna Likes Rice

Anna is an American expat who currently splits her time between California and Indonesia. She writes about Indonesian village life, and about raising a family as an expat.From learning to overcome your fears and thrive as part of the local culture, to thoughts on bringing up multilingual children, Anna’s sunny personality and optimistic outlook will make you feel like you really can live your expat dream.

Jakarta News

Luke is an English expat who has been living in, and blogging about, Jakarta since 2009. Jakarta News is about everything to do with day to day life there, from raising a child to the frustrations of the internet being cut off. If you want to get an idea of what life is like in Jakarta: its ups and downs, its frustrations and challenges, this is a good place to start.

How To Escape

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Another English expat, this time in Bali, Rachel writes about living in Indonesia with her husband and two children. Featuring some interesting thoughts on homesickness, nostalgia and adjusting to an international life, How To Escape provides an honest look at the expat experience and is recommended reading for anyone who is unsure about making the move to live in a new country.


A fun and sometimes irreverent blog by by N Mark Castro, Blink details the adventures and challenges of life in Indonesia, from recommendations for local neighbourhood cafes to thoughts on the political situation and discussions of local music. If you’re looking for an eclectic site that gives you a well-rounded view of Indonesia without taking itself too seriously, this is the place for you.

We Love Jakarta

As the name suggests, this blog centres around life in Jakarta, and includes useful tips on places to eat and things to do, as well as the usual life updates. If you’re visiting or living in Jakarta with your family, take a look at the ‘Kids In Jakarta’ section which provides recommendations of things to do with children in tow. And if you get lost, there’s even a map on the site to help you find your way around. A useful place to start if you’ve moved recently and aren’t sure about the best way to begin your expat life.

We’re always on the lookout for more sites to feature – if you run a blog about living in Indonesia, leave us a link in the comments and we’ll take a look!

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