United Nations brochure – my photos

A nice fellow from the U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) emailed me asking for permission to use some of my photos for their project. A couple of my photos were used. Here’s a link to the full brochure. This particular photo was taken in front of my work place after the floods in Jakarta last month. The three white dudes are my coworkers/friends. I’m very pleased that something positive came out of me wading around in that filthRead more

Photography for a good cause

If my photography can, in any way, help others or be a conduit from Indonesia to the world, then I’ll feel as if I’ve accomplished something meaningful. Photography, on its own, is a passion of mine but rather than make money off of selling pretty prints, I feel much more fulfilled if I can somehow give back. I was hoping that my photos of the flooding in Jakarta could help voice how dire the situation was, and to help raiseRead more

Prison Break: Maids

John left this comment regarding my maid posting: “escape out the roof at midnight to โ€˜hang outโ€™ with the construction workers” ๐Ÿ™‚ seems like you’re turning into an old fart. I guess I may as well come out with the full story of this one. It’s Friday and there’s nothing better to talk about at the moment. My next door neighbor has two maids: one about 17 years old, cute but knows it, and one a couple years older andRead more

Maid-less once again

As spoiled as this sounds – it sucks not having a maid. We had to let ours go. I lived alone for nearly a decade, so I’m quite competent with laundry, cooking (well, sort of), and am a pretty clean guy. So, no, a maid is not a necessary part of living here – BUT, I’ll have the rest of my life to go maid-less once I leave Indonesia. So, my plea to you is this: if you have anyRead more

Further perspectives on the flooding (via Ian's blog)

My friend, Ian, has shared his flooding experience on his blog. He had a bit of a different situation than I did, as he waited around another day before leaving Kelapa Gading – in the relative safety of a military truck versus the manure hauler we cruised in. Several of our friends houses and cars were damaged and we were inconvenienced somewhat but 1000’s of people lost everything – and as is typical in the developing world – it isRead more