Kendall-Jackson Wine Pairing Dinner at The Dining Room

On Tuesday, 3 March 2020, opulent living room-slash-kitchen-slash-dining-area at Raffles Jakarta, known as The Dining Room, was transformed into an elegant setting complete with a sultry jazz band, candle-lit tables and an open-kitchen arrangement inviting guests to check on the food being prepared. The occasion was a Kendall-Jackson intimate wine pairing dinner and spotted among

A True Friend Indeed: In Conversation with Korean Ambassador, H.E. Kim Chang-beom

H.E. Kim Chang-beom, Korean Ambassador to Indonesia. Photo by Raditya Fadilla/NOWJAKARTA Korean Ambassador, H.E. Kim Chang-beom tells NOW! Jakarta about strengthening bilateral ties with IK-CEPA, Strategic Partnership 2.0 and the ongoing rise of the K Wave. South Korea and Indonesia enter 2020 hand-in-hand with a strong diplomatic relationship. Please can you share highlights of what you’ve

A Royal Visit from King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima

At the invitation of President Joko Widodo, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will pay a state visit to the Republic of Indonesia from Tuesday, 10 March to Friday, 13 March 2020. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will be accompanied on their visit by foreign minister Stef Blok. The state visit affirms the close,

A Global Britain: Brexit Towards UK-Indonesia Relations

Illustration of Britain exiting the EU. Photo courtesy of Unsplash/NOWJAKARTA In a recent public address, UK Ambassador, HMA Owen Jenkins detailed the positive impact of Brexit towards UK-Indonesia relations. Following a warm welcome to the audience, the Ambassador started with a succinct yet comprehensive definition of Global Britain. “Leaving the EU is an opportunity for

The Never-Ending Pursuit of Aesthetics

The obsession started ever since humans learned how to build something for themselves—maybe longer. But what makes it such an integral part of our lives? What defines aesthetics? Aesthetics links many things. Technological development, design, architecture, art, music and engineering, to name a few. Thus, it is a connecting as well as separating element between

The Arrival of the Omnibus Bill

Will amending 73 laws and consists of 15 chapters and 174 articles make this country better? Photo courtesy of President Jokowi recently initiated the omnibus bill to improve convenience of doing business in Indonesia and attract investment, thereby boosting job opportunities and economic growth in Indonesia. However, labour groups are protesting the bill over potential reductions in

Malaysia Club Jakarta: More than Business Organisation

Petronas tower or the "twin tower" in Malaysia. Photo courtesy of Malaysia Club Jakarta (MCJ) promotes the interests of Malaysian business in Indonesia while strengthening ties between the two communities through partnership. Founded in August 1990, when Dato Abdullah Zamawi was appointed Ambassador of Malaysia to Indonesia together with Malaysian businessman, Ting Huong Sing, the

All Kinds of Love: Humans and Pets

The relationship between men and beast throughout history was mostly based on mutual benefit for both sides. Photos courtesy of Nobody knows exactly when humans started coexisting with beasts of the wild, but we can say beyond a doubt that other species roaming this good Earth have played enormous roles in the history of

Inside A Multiple-ethnic and Religious Country of Malaysia

Let's dive a bit deeper about Malaysia. Photos courtesy of Unsplash/NOWJAKARTA A multi-ethnic, multi-religious country within Southeast Asia, Malaysia and Indonesia celebrated many similarities. Malaysia boasts one of south-east Asia’s most vibrant economies, the fruit of decades of industrial growth and political stability. The country is benefiting from a growth in manufacturing, and is a

All Kinds of Love: Objects of Passion

  Objectophilia, a form of sexual or romantic attraction focused on particular inanimate object. Photo courtesy of Alex Ovs on Unsplash/NOWJAKARTA Erika Eiffel is an American world class archer and martial artist born in 1972. Erika is ‘married’ to the Eiffel Tower. “That spring day in Paris, in the company of my close friends, was my personal dedication

Amore – A Romantic Classical Evening

Celebrating Valentine's Day, Indonesian tenor singer Ari Wibowo collaborating with Regina Handoko and Harland Hutabarat will be part of a classical music concert titled Amore – A Romantic Classical Evening. One of Indonesia’s gifted tenor, Ari Wibowo, talks about his upcoming concert and inspiration behind it. Please tell us a little bit about the upcoming

The Science of Love

Probably the most dangerous affliction than any illness or condition known to man, love is known to turn lives upside down. Photos courtesy of iStock/NOWJAKARTA Blood rushes to your head as your heartbeat rises and your palms begin to sweat. A surge of hormones drives you euphoric; temporarily insane. Before you know it, you lost

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