When I first saw Jesus Backside Beach, the first thing that cross my mind was this must be what Alex Garland was referring to when he write the novel “The Beach”. We all knew where “The Beach” was and like many others I went there on the hopes that I will feel that sense of […]Read more "Piece of Paradise at Jesus Backside Beach, Dili, East Timor"
If you don’t have any idea on the historical background of Sta. Cruz Cemetery in Dili, it will appeal as ordinary cemetery not worth visiting. But the truth is, it is one of the most historical significant place in the whole country. On November 12, 1991 at the grounds of Sta. Cruz Cemetery, an estimated […]Read more "Trip to Historical Santa Cruz Cemetery & Market Roundabout, Dili, East Timor"
It is possible to walk the entire city of Dili in one day that is if you can bear the heat. Though it is quite unusual to see a lone foreign female walking the street even during daytime but with nothing else to do it became my official weekend past time. It can be uncomfortable […]Read more "Streets of Rua Presidente Nicola Lobato & Colmera, Dili, East Timor"
When I first arrived in Dili, I was booked by my company in a hotel close to the city seaside area prominently marked by Pertamina wharf. After the first weekdays of adjusting to a new work environment, my first weekend had to be spent adjusting to the new surroundings. Armed with a very little information […]Read more "Weekend at Dili Seaside Area, Dili, East Timor"
Living in Dili is not bad at all. It is generally safe, pollution is minimal to none, streets are acceptably clean and most importantly, easy access to the beach. I have to say, Dili is not for anyone used to city life. Often, you will find yourself longing for the many comforts within a hand […]Read more "Walk to Cristo Rei Passing By Areia Branca, Dili, East Timor"
An activity mastered and performed solely by Timorese women, with techniques passed from generation to generation, is weaving of cotton threads to create a colorful piece of cloth called Tais. Considered an integral part of East Timor cultural heritage, Tais cloth is used for traditional clothing, home décor, ceremonial adornment and most importantly, before the […]Read more "Traditional Cloth Called Tais, Tais Market, Dili, East Timor"
Standing at the hilly side of west Dili, overlooking the beautiful coastline of Tasitolu is the six meter tall bronze statue of the late Pope John Paul II. Erected in June 2008, some might wonder on the significance of the late Pontiff on East Timor and why a statue is deserved to be erected facing […]Read more "Remembering a Significant Visit of Pope John Paul II, Tasitolu, Dili, East Timor"
The term “freedom of expression” could not be more appropriate to describe what Arte Moris is all about. Taking the most important word for each and every Timorese, “Freedom” in all ways and forms has not been easy for one of the world’s youngest nation. The 25 years of tumultuous Indonesia military occupation had lead […]Read more "“Freedom of Expression” at Arte Moris, Dili, East Timor"
The 88.6 foot high statue of Jesus standing at the top of the globe, while looking over the magnificent mountains and ocean of Dili has to be the most prominent landmark of East Timor. Back in 1996, when East Timor was still considered as a province of Indonesia, then President Suharto has unveiled the Cristo […]Read more "Weekend with Jesus at the Beach, Cristo Rei, Dili, East Timor"
Nothing is easy in East Timor. The expensive flights that is hard to come by. To reach the country you need to travel all the way to Bali, spend a night over there and catch the next day one and only flight via Merpati Airlines. It feels like you traveled half way across the world […]Read more "Introducing Dili, East Timor (Timor Leste)"