The Perfectly Imperfect World of Clarissa Goenawan

Penning a novel is a weary process: often, it takes years from putting your thoughts on paper, reviewing and editing to finding a publisher and eventually holding the finished product in your hands. In that precious moment, the authors know that their hard work finally paid off. Indonesian-born Singaporean writer Clarissa Goenawan felt the same way.

Vilnius: The Lithuanian Capital’s Coming Out

A stunning sunset over Vilnius, Lithuania. Photos by Katrin Figge/NOWJAKARTA Despite its eventful history, picturesque old town and laid-back energy, Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, remains a hidden gem in Europe—but this may change very soon.  When travellers plan to explore the cities of Europe, only few will give Vilnius a second thought. But the capital of Lithuania,

Intan Paramaditha: A Bold and Courageous Voice of Indonesian Literature

At this year’s London Book Fair, which took place from March 12 to 14, Indonesia stepped into the spotlight. As the fair’s Market Focus, organisers presented the country’s literature and culture on an international stage through a diverse programme that included a number of discussions and readings. Intan Paramaditha at London Book Fair 2019. Personal

Agustinus Wibowo: Into the Great Wide Open

Agustinus Wibowo is widely credited as the pioneer of travel writing in Indonesia. His pensive approach to travelling has allowed him to gain a deep understanding and insight into the places he has visited, all of which were off the beaten path. Indonesian travel writter Agustinus Wibowo is known from his memoir Titik Nol (Ground Zero: When

Tero Annanolli, An Artistic Depiction of Our Environment

Finnish painter Tero Annanolli always knew he wanted to become an artist. As a 5-year-old in kindergarten, he discovered the fascinating world of watercolours and sculpting something out of clay. “I have been interested in painting ever since,” Tero recalls, adding that he quickly began to experiment with different colours while at the same time

The 5th Singapore International Photography 2016 Festival

The fifth edition of the Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) 2016 is in full swing and runs until November 16. The non-profit biennial festival aims to provide a platform for Southeast Asian artists to showcase their works alongside their international counterparts. The festival includes exhibitions, workshops and outreach programmes to promote photography across Singapore. In

An Effervescent Journey to Mexico’s Culinary World

Mexican food and champagne – what sounds like a very unusual and unlikely combination actually turns out to be a match made in heaven. The Jakarta Chapter of the Ordre des Coteaux de Champage (OCC) together with the Ambassador of Mexico to Indonesia, H.E. Federico Salas, organized a dinner at the Ambassador’s residence on October

Singapore Biennale 2016: An Atlas of Mirrors

Since its establishment ten years ago, the Singapore Biennale has continuously drawn a rising number of visitors to its premises. Organised by the Singapore Art Museum, the Singapore Biennale 2016 (SB2016) was officially opened on October 27 and will run through the end of February at different venues throughout the city. SB2016 also initiates projects

Fostering Work Efficiency Through Design

Working in a well-designed office can boost efficiency and creativity. Gert Borrits, President Director of Danish pump manufacturer Grundfos, took this observation to heart when his company moved from Pulo Gadung to a new space in Halim in 2014. Together with Indonesian designer Ayu Sawitri Joddy, Gert realized his dream of creating a workspace that

Channeling Your Inner Sherlock Holmes

Batavia has just been rattled by a mysterious murder case: a very wealthy local businessman was found in his bedroom, fatally shot in the chest. Since he was a prominent and well-connected man, the police is under pressure to solve the matter quickly – a growing list of suspects only adds to the mystery. This

The Cat Cabin A Feline Sanctuary

“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats,” theologian and physician Albert Schweitzer once said. Aloof one minute and cuddly the next, cats have long been a source of mystery and fascination for many humans. The trio behind the Cat Cabin in Jakarta took their shared love for cats

Revealing Secrets and Forbidden Feelings

Ever since she was a kid, Lala Bohang dreamed about publishing her own book. Growing up in Palu, a relatively remote city in Central Sulawesi, books became Lala’s best friends. But when she moved to Jakarta to pursue her studies, she put that dream on hold for a while and carved out a career as

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