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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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Party at Potato Head
Monday, 07 July 2014

Party at Potato Head

Design has always been an important factor at the Potato Head outlets; in fact C.O.O of the PTT Family, Andrew Steele says it is “at the heart of everything (they) do”. From the iconic Potato Head Beach club in Bali to the retro glamour of Potato Head Garage in SCBD, Jakarta, to the “Vintage Industrial” style of Potato Head in Pacific Place, to their newest venture Three Buns, a burger and cocktail joint, each outlet has its own unique vibe. NOW! Jakarta recently touched base with Andrew to...

Eat & Drink

Cooking Inspiration from Vindex Tengker
Monday, 07 July 2014

Cooking Inspiration from Vindex Tengker

Vindex Tengker, Executive Chef at The Dharmawangsa Jakarta, is one of the city’s most renowned chefs. In his 25 years working in the hospitality industry, he is probably most famous for being a judge on Masterchef Indonesia. “Cooking Inspiration: A Culinary Journey of a Chef Master,” is his brand new bilingual book featuring 60 ‘Enchanting’ recipes from all over the world, written in both English and Indonesian. Pick up a copy from Gramedia bookstores, priced at IDR 250,000.

Country Profile

@america’s Cutting Edge Culture
Monday, 07 July 2014

@america’s Cutting Edge Culture

Located on the 4th floor of Pacific Place Mall, @america is the most contemporary cultural center in Jakarta featuring innovative and cutting edge technology to help you explore and learn about America. Owned and sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, the space is run by an enthusiastic team of “e-guides” who will happily show you around some of the quirky features, such as the 3D Google Map. As one of the greenest cultural centers in Jakarta, rather than paperbacks, there is an impressive range of...

Sport

Indonesia Rugby Celebrates its 10th Anniversary at the JW Marriott Hotel
Monday, 07 July 2014

Indonesia Rugby Celebrates its 10th Anniversary at the JW Marriott Hotel

Persatuan Rugby Union Indonesia (PRUI) celebrated its 10th Anniversary at the JW Marriott Hotel, Jakarta, on Saturday 24 May. The event was attended by over 200 guests, including five of the seven gents who co-founded the Union in May 2004. The evening was an outstanding success for PRUI in not only promoting the Union’s achievements but also helping to raise over US$20,000 to go towards the further development of Rugby in Indonesia.

Urban Chat

When Art Meets Science
Monday, 07 July 2014

When Art Meets Science

Science and technology are constantly evolving, unveiling new possibilities for humanity particularly in the field of visual arts. Encounters between art, science and technology to a great extent affect the ways in which art is defined and thought over. The Arbotics exhibition, held at Dia.lo.gue Artspace in Kemang, South Jakarta, tries to interrogate whether or not art and science correlate.

Caring for the Community

Creating a Better Future through Smiles and Laughter
Monday, 07 July 2014

Creating a Better Future through Smiles and Laughter

Have you ever been to the circus before? Well, if you have you may well have been amazed and bewitched by the fascinating attraction of the swinging acrobats or the silly slapstick of the clowns. That’s exactly what happened to American Dan Roberts, the founder of Red Nose Foundation. Dan was really inspired when he discovered the magic of circus and physical theatre while studying acting at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts.

Travel

Bali Boat Party 2014 Dates Released!
Monday, 07 July 2014

Bali Boat Party 2014 Dates Released!

The Bali Boat Party has combined all the best elements of what it takes to really enjoy a night out in Bali and have brought it all aboard for an event to be enjoyed and remembered. The party is organized and run by a team who really understands what the island’s partygoers and travelers need. Departing on buses at 12 noon from Kuta, you’ll be driven to Benoa Harbour where one of Bali’s most iconic vessels awaits to take you sailing for five hours. You’ll sail into the distance and watch th...

Travel Diaries

Travel Diaries July 2014
Monday, 07 July 2014

Travel Diaries July 2014

Sometimes, like every day or so, India really delivers big-time, in the extravaganza stakes, but usually one has to travel far and wide, and be prepared to die in a stampede.
Yesterday, after trekking through the monsoonal rain of a cordoned-off central Thrissur, I arrived at a Rolling Stones concert-sized crowd in a muddy park. After some negotiating, I was lead up a flight of make-shift stairs — all spiffy-like in my gold and white sari — into the Lady Edwina Mountbatten Memorial palefaces and ...

Kids & Family

Arts Fest 2014
Monday, 07 July 2014

Arts Fest 2014

Bedecked with bold and colourful original artworks by the students, the hallways of Global Jaya International School (GJIS) looked stunning for the annual Arts Fest program which was held over a week at the beginning of June. Consisting of music, dance and drama performances as well as art and fashion exhibits and film screenings by students from both the primary and secondary schools, Arts Fest is eagerly anticipated each year by the whole school community.

Explore Jakarta

Taman Ismail Marzuki
Monday, 07 July 2014

Taman Ismail Marzuki

Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) is an arts and cultural centre in Cikini. Jakarta Art Institute and Jakarta Planetarium are also located within this complex. TIM has 6 modern theatres for performing arts, an exhibition hall, gallery, archive building and cinema. Inaugurated by Jakarta’s former Governor Ali Sadikin in 1968, TIM was formerly known as ‘Raden Saleh Park’ (TRS), a public recreation space which housed Jakarta Zoo before it was moved to Ragunan. After many decades, TIM is still one of ...

Business & Economy

Briefs From the Business Chambers
Monday, 07 July 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. The former US Ambassador to Indonesia may have returned to Washington, DC, but Indonesia is still very much on the radar in his new role.

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