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Preserving Jakarta’s Precious Past

It’s a pleasure to see the exhibition of the plans to restore Jakarta’s “old town” Kota Tua, to its former glory, which has been on in the Dutch Cultural Centre Erasmus Huis recently. This is a project which has been on-again, off-again for as long as I can remember, with very little concrete evidence (excuse the pun!) to show for it! What we are talking about is a cache of over 800 colonial buildings, from the Dutch era, which could be restored...

 

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STOMP The Long-Awaited Premiere
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

STOMP The Long-Awaited Premiere

STOMP is finally coming to Jakarta this October! And it is almost like a dream come true to finally be able to watch this world-class and award-winning musical live. But wait! Do you know what STOMP is? Allow me to introduce you to STOMP by asking these following questions: Are you a moviegoer? Do you remember the opening musical clip of Dolby Digital before the movie start featuring a group of people banging various things, including keys, brooms and even garbage cans, while doing acrobati...

Eat & Drink

Purveyor of Fine Liquors
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Purveyor of Fine Liquors

With its soft lighting, sophisticated interior, cushy dark leather sofas and ambient live Jazz music, Artoz is the kind of bar you could inadvertently find yourself staying much longer than originally intended…  Located in the Energy Building (SCBD), Artoz boasts the largest whisky and cognac selection in the city. The hefty drinks list is more like a bible than a menu, but luckily the award-winning bartenders are well versed in all types of whiskies, spirits and cocktails and are more than ...

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Indonesia Netherlands Association
Thursday, 04 September 2014

Indonesia Netherlands Association

NOW! Jakarta sat down with Indonesian Netherlands Association (INA) Director Elmar Bouma to talk about his expectations from the new presidency and the future of INA, the Benelux Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia How do you think the new presidency will affect Dutch and Belgian commercial interests here? In general, it is a very good development because the priorities that have been clearly stated are transparency, efficient government, faster decision making and the efficient use of go...

Sport

Girls, Women and Rugby
Thursday, 04 September 2014

Girls, Women and Rugby

One would not normally associate girls or women with Rugby, but worldwide right now not only is Rugby growing as a Game for people to play and get involved in at various levels, but it is also quickly becoming a Game, which girls and women can enjoy as much as boys and men. This is not too dissimilar to how Rugby is creating opportunities for Indonesian girls and women who want to do away with the typical household stereotypes of Indonesian society and “have a go” on and off the Rugby field.

Urban Chat

Music is Magic
Thursday, 04 September 2014

Music is Magic

What if we could always have the perfect music for each moment? Memories could flourish, emotions could flood. Suddenly everything in life could have another layer of meaning because music is much more than digital files. Delivery is more than the technology that transmits. You find a perfect track and you hear the soul and passion that drives its essence because music is forever about emotion and joy. Culture. And life. Evolution has taken us from 45’s, to CD’s, to streaming. So always keep an ...

Caring for the Community

Interview with Kinari Webb, MD of ASRI Medical Clinic, West Kalimantan
Thursday, 04 September 2014

Interview with Kinari Webb, MD of ASRI Medical Clinic, West Kalimantan

How does a remote medical clinic, in West Kalimantan, come up with ideas like “payment in kind”, a non-cash exchange for medicine and life-saving treatments? What is behind their successful health project that has decreased illegal logging households by 68 percent in just first five years of operation, and how did they turn illegal loggers into organic farmers? Stephanie Brookes talks with local hero Kinari Webb.

Travel

Travel Diaries Sep 2014
Thursday, 04 September 2014

Travel Diaries Sep 2014

An East Javanese friend recently lost his bride-to-be in a horrific car crash (she was on her way to the wedding), so I invited him to Bali for a Lebaran holiday treat. Every day I sent my guest Rifky out on a motor bike with Awi, one of my staff, and they would discover places I didn’t know existed — such as the mangrove walk in Benoa Bay (soon to be F-1 circuit, so get here soon) and the coterie of almost completely naked Perth matrons that hang out on the beach in front of the Discovery ...

Travel Diaries

Travel Diaries Sep 2014
Thursday, 04 September 2014

Travel Diaries Sep 2014

An East Javanese friend recently lost his bride-to-be in a horrific car crash (she was on her way to the wedding), so I invited him to Bali for a Lebaran holiday treat. Every day I sent my guest Rifky out on a motor bike with Awi, one of my staff, and they would discover places I didn’t know existed — such as the mangrove walk in Benoa Bay (soon to be F-1 circuit, so get here soon) and the coterie of almost completely naked Perth matrons that hang out on the beach in front of the Discovery ...

Kids & Family

Volunteer Cambodia A Mission by Young People, For Young People
Monday, 08 September 2014

Volunteer Cambodia A Mission by Young People, For Young People

Cambodia, a country whose recent past has been scarred by the brutal Khmer Rouge regime which wiped out 25 percent of the population, is the focus of an upcoming humanitarian project involving 100 international high school students from Singapore, Indonesia and Australia, set to kick off in October. “Volunteer Cambodia began as a simple effort to do something positive in the community,” says Michael Preston, Headmaster of Singapore International School, one of six participating schools in J...

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

Ignorance is Amiss “The most violent element in society is ignorance” —Emma Goldman
Thursday, 04 September 2014

Ignorance is Amiss “The most violent element in society is ignorance” —Emma Goldman

As I was walking towards the security check at the Bali Ngurah Rai airport, I was surprised by a young lady suddenly coming behind me who proceeded to put her things on the conveyor belt over mine. I said to her, “Ma’am, there is a line, please queue.” She responded angrily and exclaimed, “It’s the airline’s fault and now I’m late.” She persisted by raising her voice and telling me to hurry up. I was disturbed by her behaviour and to be honest, it made me want to sympathise with her less. I told...

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