Arlina Arshad

Arlina has been a journalist since 2000, writing breaking news and features for The Straits Times and international wire service Agence-France Presse. She has covered various topics, from politics and economy to religion and social trends in Singapore, Indonesia and Timor-Leste. She takes special interest in Indonesia, where she had lived for nine years. A travel fanatic and an adventure seeker, when not too busy chasing stories on erupting mountains, she climbs them.
Residents from the now underwater eastern part of Pantai Bahagia village in Bekasi district, just outside Jakarta, moved to the northern and western parts and built elevated bamboo pathways. These pathways become most useful when the water rises to i