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New Leader. New Ideas. Please.

On the 9th July 2014 Jakarta - and Indonesia - will receive another huge boost in its reputation as a reformed and truly democratic society when it goes to the polls in what (at the time of writing) is an open and transparent Presidential Election. There are televised head-to-head debates and serious open discussions across all media. The promises of reform and “looking after the people first” are flying faster than the media can capture them.

 

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Meet James Corden-Lloyd, the Sports Entrepreneur
Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Meet James Corden-Lloyd, the Sports Entrepreneur

British entrepreneur, sports enthusiast and ex–security man, James Corden-Lloyd is an interesting character. Son of a famous military commander who was shot down during the IRA troubles in 1978, James was brought up in the beautiful countryside of Somerset playing polo and tennis from the age of 7. In his adult life, he has moved between enterprises in South Africa, Malaysia, Thailand and Pakistan and his native England before coming to Indonesia 5 years ago, where he introduced K9 security to m...

Eat & Drink

Suntiang
Friday, 22 August 2014

Suntiang

Asian fusion restaurants are becoming so popular these days. They combine food from all around the different regions of Asia. One such fusion is on offer at Suntiang, the first-ever fusion restaurant that marries two well-loved cuisines, West Sumatran and Japanese. West Sumatra’s dining scene is well known for its spiciness and the richness of its ingredients. Its popularity is evident in the growing number of establishments serving West Sumatran food from “kaki lima” food stalls to famous ...

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Japanese Aesthetic Cultures
Monday, 11 August 2014

Japanese Aesthetic Cultures

Japan is linked to Indonesia in so many ways, especially in terms of culture. Japanese cultural arts are mesmerizing, not only because of their stylistic elements, but also because of the deep meaning and purposes underpinning them. Three of the most well known cultural arts from Japan are the tea ceremony, the art of flower arranging (Ikebana), and calligraphy (Shodo).

Sport

Kiwis, the Haka and Sheep at New Zealand’s Open
Monday, 11 August 2014

Kiwis, the Haka and Sheep at New Zealand’s Open

On Thursday 26 June, H.E Mr. David Taylor, New Zealand’s Ambassador to Indonesia, hosted ‘New Zealand’s Open,’ a golf tournament that took place at Cengkareng Golf Course. Participated by friends and partners of New Zealand in Indonesia, “New Zealand’s Open is an opportunity for us to celebrate the excellent relationship between Indonesia and New Zealand, across a range of sectors,” commented Ambassador Taylor before the event. “New Zealand really is open to opportunities to partner with, a...

Urban Chat

The Heat is On
Monday, 11 August 2014

The Heat is On

August is like the Summer Olympics in Hollywood. As the summer heat escalates, so does the scorching competition at the box office. Every studio must prove that their releases are Faster-Higher-Stronger than the others. Here’s a look at some films coming out this August, and let’s see if they are in-shape enough to stay in the game.

Caring for the Community

What Does Jakarta Schools Football League Mean to You?
Monday, 11 August 2014

What Does Jakarta Schools Football League Mean to You?

At the conclusion of what is now perhaps one of the largest school-organised football events in the world, we caught-up with two of the original founders, Chairman Brian Dallamore and League Committee member Marc Sprakle to find-out just what it takes to deliver a competition like this. The annual Coca-Cola League and Greenfields Challenge Cup started way back in 2005 and takes place between the months of January and May. The league now reaches out to over 55 schools and 3,500 students. At ...

Travel

Get Lively with the Ubud Village Jazz Festival 2014
Monday, 11 August 2014

Get Lively with the Ubud Village Jazz Festival 2014

The 2nd annual Ubud Village Jazz Festival is here again! On the 8th and 9th of August in ARMA Ubud, jazz and music lovers will witness a world-class line-up that is guaranteed to impress and excite. With this year’s theme ‘Awakening Indonesia’, which pays homage to Indonesia’s Independence Day on August 18, the festival will focus on young and emerging musicians who are going to be the new voices of jazz in the country. The festival aims to provide important cross-cultural and networking opportu...

Travel Diaries

Travel Diaries Aug 2014
Monday, 11 August 2014

Travel Diaries Aug 2014

Despite alarming signs that Bali Tourism is bursting at the seams, Jakartans still flock here. I keep recommending Tana Toraja or Lake Toba or even Cirebon as attractive alternatives but still they come, like the monsoon, clogging the narrow streets of the Bukit Peninsula and the footpaths outside Jogger. These hordes need to be avoided. Many sophisticated Jakartans now have villas in Bali and arrive late at night to avoid the traffic. For the most part they stay in their villas, making for...

Kids & Family

Choosing the Right University for You
Monday, 11 August 2014

Choosing the Right University for You

Education expert, Solomon Ortiz, says that education is the key to success in life. Education opens doors to more career possibilities. Of course, we all want to ensure that our children receive the best possible education through to post-secondary education. The problem is people often struggle with the concept of “good” education itself. What do we need to consider in order to be able to choose the right university? One of the most important things is our values.

Explore Jakarta

Explore the Underwater Life in Ancol
Monday, 11 August 2014

Explore the Underwater Life in Ancol

If you ask someone the most popular recreational spot in Jakarta, most would probably say Ancol. Established in 1966, Ancol Dreamland, which includes the coastal resort, is located on the seaside of North Jakarta.
Ancol Dreamland has an extensive range of attractions that combine entertainment and education for kids, including SeaWorld, Ocean Dream Samudra and Marina Beach. These attractions offer families and kids a chance to go for a weekend getaway and escape the chaotic city.

Business & Economy

Briefs From the Business Chambers
Monday, 11 August 2014

Briefs From the Business Chambers

In this section we rerun, with their kind permission, some of the articles that these chambers have already researched and made available to their members because they are relevant to the broader scope of business in Indonesia. Provided by the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia AmCham Indonesia’s New President Likes to be Where the Action is  Brian Arnold, AmCham Indonesia’s new president and a technical advisor with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), makes no bones about the fa...

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