Notes From The Editor – The dog barks, but the caravan continues.

Notes From The Editor – The dog barks, but the caravan continues.

The dog barks, but the caravan continues.


Anjing menggonggong, kafilah berlalu.


On my return to Sumbawa, I was amazed at how much progress had been made in 20 years. It was a remarkable and, at times, disheartening experience. 

There are new builds, new accommodations, restaurants with techno music blaring, and coffee shops. The river has been canalised, and the village has gone through a metamorphosis to cater to surfers.

The Bahasa Indonesia language refers to the phrase Anjing menggonggong, kafilah berlalu (The dog barks, but the caravan continues), which the locals refer to often. Progress takes time, but it is inevitable. 

The locals are happy and get more income, and the only people complaining endlessly are the ex-pats and those who have moved there for peace and quiet.

The dog barks

But a new copper-gold mine has been discovered in the area, bringing much joy to the poor community. Accommodation, food, drink, and other necessities are needed for the workers.

The waves are still good for this ocean-economy-based community, and people get on with life as they have to, despite the mining business, to work out their family lives, their jobs, their incomes, and all that comes with living.

Much like we have massive new shops coming to the petrol station precinct (what are they?), a groyne field, new restaurants coming up, lifestyle villages being developed and more and more houses being built, it is a place of much growth and development. 

Here in Hu’u Beach, dompu Regency, Sumbawa, Indonesia, they accept development because the dog barks, but the caravan continues. They do their best to look after the essentials, and there are certain codes of conduct that village elders strictly maintain, and it all works. 

At the end of the day, the caravan will come, and the dogs will keep barking