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Property boundary pins in the ground (finally!)

Thanks to: – two realtors – two Indonesian nominees – two notaries – a government land survey department – the BPN office – Badan Pertanahan National (Ministry of Agrarian And Spatial / National Land Agency) – a road building crew – Shelly, and more Above: two of the four pins Having placed a deposit on […]

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Want an authentic Indonesian experience? Try Go-Jek

Although it may sound like it, Go-Jek is not a strange type of tropical fruit. In fact, it’s a full-blown, born in Indonesia unicorn that made it to Fortune’s 2017 list of 50 Companies that Changed the World. In 2010 twenty motorscooters armed with an Uber-like app hit the Jakarta streets. Eight years later there’s […]

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Legitimately bending the truth

Let’s be realistic for a moment: to lie is to be human. From our earliest days of playing in the sand, we tell stories with partial or metaphorical truths. In the case of building a house, we need to tell a story to the government about how the house will be used. And then the […]

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The excitement of boundary pins

You might be saying to yourself, “Yes! Please tell me all about the time when the government surveyors came to mark your land for boundary pins! Please!!!” Ok ok, I know it’s thrilling. The drama of getting four red marks at the corners of the property was filled with nail-biting excitement! Above: one boundary point, […]

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Stepping forward & sideways

With any building project, or during the process of any lasting endeavor, there will always be a variety of bumps in the road. In our minds we’d like things to progress smoothly. We make predictions based on an internalized _flow_ from one task to the next. But then there’s a bump and the flow stops. […]