Celebrating Imlek, Embracing Identity

It’s not that many years ago that anything even vaguely Chinese was absolutely forbidden in Indonesia, even though for literally hundreds of years there has been a strong presence of ethnic Chinese people here. There was no visible Chinese language anywhere public or published, and certainly celebrations were not allowed in public places. Even the

Alistair Speirs

Rebound and Revival, but no Rethink or Redesign. 

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but life in Jakarta has rebounded to pre-covid levels, and perhaps more. Cafes and restaurants are busy, with the tables quite often full of laptops and notepads, as people take their negotiations to their favourite coffee shops. And there are more and more of them: PIM III is bursting

Unpacking the Controversial New Criminal Code

This is a rather more serious article than we normally publish but since it is focused on correcting (we trust) the waves of misinformation spreading around the implementation of the new Criminal Code, we thought it would be useful to read some background information that purports to clarify. We hope it does, and it is

A Discussion with Paul Bartlett: Director of Katalis

IA-CEPA ECP Katalis (Katalis) is a unique, five-year (2020-25) government-backed business development program unlocking the vast potential of economic partnership between Australia and Indonesia. Established under the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement Economic Cooperation Program (IA-CEPA ECP). Katalis complements existing Australian development program activities with a commercially oriented, bilateral approach, placing gender equality and social inclusion

Gift, Hampers and a Taste of Swiss Diversity

We at NOW! Jakarta have been the very lucky recipient of a lot of gifts and hampers from our partner hotels and restaurants over the last few weeks, for which we are very grateful. And we have to say the standard of preparation and presentation seems to be higher than ever before. Notable for their

Ade Putri Paramadita

Ade Putri Paramadita: The Culinary Storyteller

Ade Putri diligently introduces Indonesian culinary history and culture to the world, and teaches us to look further into the experience and processes behind creating food and the eating experience, than just saying, “tasty” or “not tasty”. For that she is proud to call herself as a culinary storyteller. Food is one of the media

Is Travel ‘Necessary’ Amidst Increasing Climate Change?

One hundred and fifty years ago, in the late 1870’s there were no cars, few trains and definitely no airplanes. People travelled locally by coach and horse, or on horseback, or by that much forgotten method: walking. Can you imagine a world that essentially lived within its village, town or city limits, only venturing forth

Getting to Know Your Neighbours

There used to be a really popular Australian TV program called “Neighbours” which followed the lives of a particular set of (beautiful, dramatic, emotional, successful and the opposite) people who knew each other very well and lived in each others’ pockets, well, beds too as I recall!  But perhaps you don’t know that here in Indonesia there

A Warm Welcome to The Indonesian Heritage Society

It’s 15th September 2022, and the Museum Nasional Jakarta Auditorium is reverberating with a festive audience. As the traditional conical Nasi Tumpeng is being cut and the top shared with the highest honored person, in an age-old symbolic ritual of gratitude and harmony, two institutions are gathering to celebrate an annual event that brings together

The Sinking of Jakarta

Fact: Jakarta’s Coastal Communities Are Threatened In The Fastest Sinking City In The World. Over the last 30 years, the northern parts of Jakarta have been sinking underwater at a dramatic pace, as a result of excessive exploitation of the aquifers by an ever-growing population, aggravated by enduring sea-level rise due to climate change. This

Getting to Know Your Neighbours

There used to be a really popular Australian TV program called “Neighbours” which followed the lives of a particular set of (beautiful, dramatic, emotional, successful and the opposite) people who knew each other very well and lived in each others’ pockets, well, beds too as I recall!  But perhaps you don’t know that here in Indonesia there

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