After Surabaya, What Lies Ahead?

The response to a string of attacks across Indonesia in May is commendable but do these attacks signal a worrying new direction for the country. The directors, management and staff at PT Phoenix Communications regret the tragic incidents around Indonesia in May and extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved families. We also wish those

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Ambassador of Turkey to Indonesia H.E. Sander Gurbuz Speaks About Turkish Connection in the Country

Relations between Indonesia and Turkey date back centuries. In recent years, the bond has been strengthened thanks to several bilateral agreements. Ambassador of Turkey to Indonesia H.E. Sander Gurbuz. Photo by Raditya Fadilla/NOW!JAKARTA NOW! Jakarta spoke to Ambassador H.E. Sander Gurbuz about the special relationship and how the cultural connections between the two Muslim-majority countries

Fatness and Fitness as Health Issue in an Era of Urbanisation

It seems to me as a casual observer that there is a health crisis here in Jakarta. I may be wrong but to my untrained eyes at least 50 per cent of the population is overweight, some very overweight! Is it true? Well, perhaps there are statistics but I haven’t found them yet. Now fatness,

Religious Geotourism Connects Religion and Science

Religious beliefs dictate that certain sites and structures have been around since the beginning of time, formed from geological formations, and written into the various holy books and considered spiritual spaces. There is also considered sacred among the pious, have increased in popularity and are classified “religious geotourism’ by the travel industry. Geoscientists Rovicky Dwi

Now, A Guide to Deciphering the Ecosystem of Startup Companies

The “Insiders’ Guide to Jakarta Startups”, which was developed as a guide for aspiring entrepreneurs who are interested in joining the burgeoning startup ecosystem, was officially released on 6 June. Dila Karinta and Bettina Herz launched the book “Insiders’ Guide to Jakarta Startups” as the guide entrepreneurs who want to develop startup in Jakarta. Photo

Indonesia Spartans: Race Against the Odds

In recent years, obstacle course racing (OCR) has become increasingly popular, and events that feature the sport have seen a large volume of participants—often filled to capacity. The Spartan Race, one of the world’s biggest obstacle course races, took place in Singapore in 2015. Held for the first time in Southeast Asia, it inspired five

Kota Tua: The Cultural Heart of Jakarta?

Few who know the history of the “KotaTua” saga were surprised by the rejection of UNESCO to declare Jakarta’s old city (plus four islands in Pulau Seribu) a World Heritage Site. The qualifications for acceptance into this elite category are very strict and very clear, and to even the least technically minded people (myself included)

Pasar Baru’s Street Art Community is Alive and Well

In the 1980s and 1990s, Pasar Baru, or Passer Baroe, in Central Jakarta was a bustling area where one came to place orders for greetings cards for various occasions. Those days, calligraphers , who were seated near the  river, received several orders everyday and were busy year round, and especially so during the holiday period. 

2018 World Cup: Surprises, Disappointments, Highs and Lows

After a whole month of football frenzy, the World Cup 2018 in Russia saw France lifting the coveted trophy for the second time after twenty years. It was a well-deserved win as “Les Bleus”, among the top favourites to win the World Cup this year, showed a string of assured and effective performances throughout the

Wisma Cheshire Indonesia : Helping Differently-Abled Individuals Achieve Success

Yayasan Cheshire Indonesia, also known as Wisma Cheshire Indonesia was founded in 1974 offering residential care for paraplegics. It has developed programmes such as vocational training, advocating for the rights of disabled individuals, development plans and helps find accommodation for differently abled individuals. Wisma Chesire programme, The Young Voices Indonesia (YVI)  works to strengthen the

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