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Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta invites guests to celebrate the joy of the miraculous Christmas season throughout December 2019.

Guests can experience authentic serenity through a series of exceptionally well-crafted holiday programmes, delightful festive hampers, splendid hotel decorations, and luscious dining menus. This Christmas has been inspired by a Celestite crystal that resembles calmness and uplifting spirits, Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta will be transformed with an array of exquisite decorations in white, silver, and crystal ornaments. Guests will be astounded with the view; starting from the entrance, which will sparkle with silver and white adornments between the doors; followed by a beautiful, mini iceberg with polygon-shaped penguins made from acrylic mirror in the main lobby. This year, Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta is collaborating with PT. Cristal Nuansa, Swarovski Corporate Gifts Indonesia, to present a memorable Christmas experience for guests. Established in 1895, Swarovski is today’s global leader for superbly cut crystal, a byword for brilliance with the finest quality of creativity and technological innovation. The hotel invites guests to taste the exceptional, highly anticipated dining series prepared by SATOO’s culinary team. Diners can indulge in festive creations, such as beef fillet Wellington, classic roast turkey with herb stuffing and old-fashioned gravy, roast rack of lamb with redcurrant juice, and slow-cooked short ribs with gremolata. Authentic Christmas baked goods, such as stollen and gingerbread, will be featured, including a wide range of delightful home-made sweets. These exclusive dining offers will be available on 24th and 25th December 2019. SATOO’s Christmas Eve special buffet dinner starts at Rp698,000++ per person. JIA offers an exquisite, all-you-can-eat dim sum and Chinese favourite dishes at Rp428,000++. SATOO’s Christmas Day brunch is priced from Rp658,000 ++ and Rosso’s starts at Rp698,000 ++ per person. To start the New Year with a new spirit, SATOO, JIA, and Rosso’s culinary teams present a New Year brunch feast for those who prefer to gather in the bright of New Year’s Day. The fascinating dishes are priced at Rp508,000++ at SATOO, Rp428,000++ at JIA, and starting at Rp588,000++ at Rosso. For more information and to make reservations, guests may call (021)-2922-9999, send an email to, or visit the website at

See: Indonesia Expat Mixer February 2019: Love is in the Air

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Do you know that October is International Breast Cancer Awareness Month? It’s an annual, international campaign to increase attention and support of breast cancer awareness, early detection, and treatment, as well as palliative care for this disease.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are approximately 1.38 million new cases of and 458,000 deaths from breast cancer each year. Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in developed and developing countries. In Indonesia, the number of new cases is the highest: there are 58,256 cases out of a total of 348,809 cancer cases. Moreover, the data from the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia shows that as of January 31, 2019, the average death rate from this cancer is 17 people per 100,000 population. Lack of awareness about early detection and barriers to health service are the main causes of the high number of deaths. Many people may lack information about this dangerous disease. Dr. Andy Achmad Suanda, Sp.B (K) Onk., a medical doctor specialising in surgical oncology in Rumah Sakit Umum Daerah (RSUD). Dr. M. Soewandhie Surabaya stated that the main cause of breast cancer remains unknown. “Only 10 percent of the causes of breast cancer are known, that is hereditary or passed down from the parents’ genes. The other 90 percent are sporadic, meaning that the disease occurs suddenly. This can result in the modification of the body’s cells where the cells begin to divide without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues. That is called cancer,” said Dr. Andy Sp.B (K) Onk. Furthermore, he explained that there are several risk factors for breast cancer, such as women who have not been pregnant and breastfed, as well as women who have early menarche, late menopause, and use birth control for more than five years as breast cancer is also driven by an excess of oestrogen hormones. Although it seems like women are more susceptible to breast cancer, it does not mean that men cannot be affected too. Dr. Andy, Sp.B (K) Onk. says that around five men in 100 are susceptible to this disease as men also have breast tissue, even though smaller than women. There are several things one can do to try to prevent breast cancer, for instance, manage a healthy lifestyle and environment, such as eating healthy foods, stay hydrated, no smoking, and exercising regularly; know our traits, for instance, see if there are other family members who have suffered from breast cancer, colon cancer, or endometrial cancer; and most importantly, seeking an early detection of breast cancer as the early symptoms may not be apparent. There are simple steps to follow, according to Dr. Andy, Sp.B (K) Onk. First of all, every 10th to 12th day of your menstrual cycle, when the breasts are considered more tender, look at both breasts in front of a mirror. Examine if there is any difference in shape, nipple discharge other than breast milk, skin swelling or redness, pain, and skin flaking or dimpling. For women above 40 years old, it is suggested to do a breast cancer screening annually through mammography, a process of using low-energy X-rays to examine for any abnormality of the breasts. Moreover, to supplement the screening, breast ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be necessary. Early detection and regular screening for breast cancer can contribute to saving more lives because the earlier it gets diagnosed, the quicker it will be treated. Most fatal cases are caused by late diagnosis of breast cancer, especially as most of the early occurrences of breast cancer do not hurt at all. Dr. Andy, Sp.B (K) Onk. asserted that the cure for breast cancer is different for each person. Some people may need a mastectomy or the removal of the whole breasts, while some others only need chemotherapy. “Breast cancer is unique because it is the only type of cancer that has multiple sub-types. Therefore, each patient should be treated accordingly with their conditions,” said Dr. Andy, Sp.B (K) Onk. In terms of surgery, Dr. Andy, Sp.B (K) Onk., emphasises that he is fully aware that most women do not want their breasts to be removed as they are considered a symbol of femininity. Therefore, he also discusses breast-conserving surgery or an operation that aims to remove breast cancer while avoiding a mastectomy. “While also doing the breast-conserving surgery, we usually put some other normal tissues from the back or stomach to reconstruct the breast,” he added. However, women above 60 years old often do not want any breast reconstruction surgery. After the surgery is done, regular chemotherapy is undertaken to get rid of the remaining cancer cells and prevent them from spreading to other tissues. Palliative care is also needed to improve patients’ quality of life. Not only to help prevent as well as relieve symptoms and side-effects related to breast cancer and treatment, palliative care is also important to increase the patient’s confidence even after having undergone a mastectomy. By doing palliative care, the oncology team collaborates with the patients’ family members and relatives to help the patient address spiritual and emotional issues, getting support for making decisions about treatments and other care, and accessing grief counselling. Palliative care is very important for the patients of breast cancer to restore their state of mind so that they can recover faster and with less pain. Although the total cost for curing the disease is very expensive, the Indonesian national insurance company, Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Sosial (BPJS) covers all of the expenses until the patient is fully recovered. So, it is now very easy and cheap to be aware of your breast health. Start examining yourself and see the oncologist if you feel any difference in your breasts. The earlier you are aware, the quicker you will heal!

See: Self-Defence Classes & Muay Thai: For a Woman’s Protection? Maybe not. For Fitness, yes!

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Self-proclaimed millennial and General Manager of Oakwood Suites La Maison Jakarta, Christian Jacob, aspires to be a role model for his staff as well as Indonesia’s younger hotelier generation.

Indonesia Expat sat down at one of South Jakarta’s exclusive, fully-serviced properties that’s located around the lively area of Blok M with this true-to-self and bubbly man, and discussed his approach as a younger leader dealing with older staff and how sometimes, less is better. Can you please describe Oakwood Suite La Maison’s property? Oakwood itself is an American brand and Oakwood Jakarta is under Oakwood Asia-Pacific that comprises Korea, China, and even Australia. Oakwood Suites La Maison Jakarta is a five-star property within the Blok M area. This is an exclusive property where there are 80 units; there are two- and three-bedroom apartments with modern interiors and state-of-the-art appliances. If you compare Oakwood properties with hotels, it is quite different because Oakwood’s property is bigger and luxurious; there are living rooms, kitchens and dry kitchens, laundry rooms, dining areas, balconies, and individual elevators to reach a resident’s room. When it comes to guests wanting to have an event here, there’s a space similar to a meeting room open for the public called Oak Rooms; it opened a month ago. There’s an Executive Lounge but this is reserved for residents only because keeping the property’s privacy and exclusivity is vital. At the moment, there are no competitors because it’s mostly five-star hotels in South Jakarta but I heard Intercontinental Hotel is opening its residence soon – next to the hotel – by the end of 2019, so maybe that will be Oakwood’s future competitor. Since these long-stay customers are mostly expats, how are their stay experiences constantly being improved? At least 80 percent of the customers are expats; 50 percent are Japanese, and the rest are Malaysian, Indian, Singaporean, Australian, French, and a few Americans. These residents are long-term guests with a minimum one month stay because this property offers two- and three-bedrooms that are all fully serviced and come with a housekeeping service three times a week. But since 2017, several rooms have been open for daily stays like a hotel but with a fully serviced apartment experience. How did you start your career in the hospitality industry? I love to serve people and my goal is to make my guests feel happy from my service. I’m happy if I made them happy. This is why I’ve always wanted to be a hotelier. I graduated from the University of Merdeka, Malang in 2004. For the past 14 years, I have moved around hotels in Jakarta and even to Medan and Surabaya. I started my career by working as a waiter for a year. I moved to Grand Mahakam Hotel Jakarta for one year, and after that I moved to Wyndham Hotel Jakarta (then known as Park Lane Hotel) as a Guest Relations Supervisor, Pullman Central Park as a Duty Manager, Santika Hotel Medan as Front Office Manager, then eventually being promoted to the Director of Sales of what was then known as Pullman Surabaya – or Wyndham Surabaya now. It’s been two years since I became Oakwood La Maison’s GM, but before this, I got appointed as the GM in Holiday Inn Express Wahid Hasyim for a year as well as Grand Ussu Puncak Hotel for two years. You consider yourself as a millennial GM. Now, what are the challenges you face as one? I don’t really have a lot of challenges, except for being a leader to a few older associates. Since I’m younger than them, it tends to feel strange and quite challenging. But I strongly believe that with good leadership and setting good examples towards my older and younger staff, I can handle my team. Although you still have a lot to learn, is there a lesson that became so important to you throughout your career? I’ve learned a lot of things here because Oakwood is a small property when you compare it to hotels. I have fewer staff here - there are only 50 – since it’s a simple property without any restaurants and ballrooms. One thing’s for sure, I learned to become a father for my staff as I teach them one by one – it really feels like a family. What are the five words you want to be known for? Become my team’s role model. Why this? Well, international chain hotels are mostly led by expatriates but it’s nice to know a five-star residency is led by an Indonesian. So I want to give an example to the younger hotelier generation, especially Indonesians, that it’s possible to be a luxurious, international brand’s GM. As someone rich with Indonesian heritage, how do you honour your Dayak, Ambon and Toraja cultures? I am proud to be from different cultures. I was born in Riau, my father is from Ambon and my mother is from Dayak-Toraja. I’ve learned a lot of culture from each province so I believe in being honest with myself. What do you do to unwind? I like to take holidays. I prefer going overseas such as to Kuala Lumpur or Singapore because domestic flight fares are ridiculous nowadays.

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In Indonesia, a cemetery is synonymous with spookiness. I never thought that a cemetery could be a place filled with history accompanied by a serene green atmosphere.

The Dutch Honorary Tombs of Ancol and Menteng Pulo shocked me – in a good way. It was a blazing hot morning. I decided to beat the gruesome Jakarta traffic with a Gojek, all the way to Taman Impian Jaya Ancol. My Gojek driver told me that he had passed this Dutch War Cemetery several times but he never realised it was open to the public. It’s the smallest and first-ever Dutch War Cemetery in Indonesia and was established on September 14, 1946. Initially a swamp, the Japanese brought their prisoners here to be shot or beheaded. The British heard about an execution site outside of what was once called Batavia; they had run into an Indonesian monk who allegedly witnessed that execution. Soon, the Dutch took over; digging for remains in 1946. I strolled along a pathway surrounded by 2,000 burials of Dutch and Indonesian, as well as British and Australian war victims. I noticed the word Geëxecuteerde, meaning executed, was chiseled on many tombstones. Those tombstones marked the unidentifiable victims of war, while those who were identified had their name, date of birth, and date and location of death engraved on their grave markers. Director of the Netherlands War Graves Foundation (Oorlogsgravenstichting or OGS) in Indonesia, Robbert van de Rijdt, took me on a tour. He said he used to do many tours at weekends but eventually he trained guides from tourist organisations, like Jakarta Good Guide, to give tours for Indonesian and foreign tourists. “We find it important to give Indonesians a role in this process. I get the impression that the younger generation has a higher curiosity level about their roots nowadays. Yet, many Indonesians still don’t have the slightest clue that these cemeteries are open seven days a week, from 7am to 5pm, free of charge,” said Robbert. Born in Tomohon, Indonesia, this Dutch ex-naval officer was filled with enthusiasm as he told me about our ancestors’ common history. “Twenty-two war cemeteries were created in Indonesia after the Japanese occupation ended on August 15, 1945. We’ve buried 25,000 war victims, comprising 80 percent civilians and 20 percent military personnel, mostly killed fighting the Japanese, alongside getting captured and held in the Japanese concentration camps. Not to mention the many Indonesian and Dutch people who died throughout the chaotic years of 1945–1949. “In the 1960s, the Indonesian president requested the organisation to reduce the number of cemeteries and only concentrate on Java, so we closed down the 15 erevelds in Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and Papua. Positively, an agreement formed, in 1970, which allowed the seven erevelds in Java to remain. We had all victims transported to these erevelds we now have in Java; two in Jakarta, two in Bandung, two in Semarang and one in Surabaya,” he explained. Nicky Ali joined me on the tour. He’s interested in becoming a volunteer. It was his first time visiting and he couldn’t stop saying how impressive it was. “The maintenance is beautiful. I am proud of the Dutch government that they respect the victims this way. I think it’s for a good cause,” he said. Eventually, we headed to Menteng Pulo – the most visited of the gravesites in Jakarta. It was almost noon. The city smog was taking over the afternoon sunlight. Trees made this ereveld a green oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Casablanca. This was more spacious compared to the one I’d visited earlier. With 4,000 war victims laid to rest in a space that was once surrounded by palm trees, it’s now circled by tall skyscrapers. The tombstones are organised according to the four beliefs of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Buddhism. There’s even a non-active Simultaankerk, a multi-denominational place of worship acting as a gathering spot, along with a special place called Columbarium, designed to display the urns of 756 Dutch military personnel who died in Japan and were later transported here by the Japanese. “We thought of new approaches to create awareness through social media; Facebook on Ereveld Menteng Pulo and Instagram @Ereveld_in_Indonesia. We want everyone, especially Indonesians, to feel welcome. Ultimately, this area is your country – this is your land, you are more than welcome to visit,” said Robbert. Out of 16,000 visitors in 2018, 13,000 were Indonesians. A striking number of young people in the Netherlands are unaware of this part of their history. Olga, a Dutch tourist, happened to visit her long-time friend in Jakarta and was brought to Menteng Pulo. “Yes, this is my first time here. You can get a good impression of the war’s aftermath as you can see thousands of soldiers and civilians laid to rest. “I have four children and if I have the chance to take them here, I will. They showed great interest when I told them stories about the wars in Indonesia. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure they knew nothing since school history lessons were mainly based on Europe. Even I was told stories by my friend whose family endured the Japanese occupation,” said Olga. Every year, a group from the Netherlands pays their respects to their deceased families, killed during the war in Indonesia. Robbert explained that he gets emails from people trying to find their long-lost family members. “We have 180,000 war victims’ data in our books of war victims’ records. People browse on our website to check whether their family member is a war victim and where they were buried, although sometimes, it’s not entirely registered,” said Robbert. Once, a family in Tomohon reached out to Robbert about their father who was killed by the Japanese in 1943. “Naturally, I searched his name on the website. Turns out he’s a war victim but the data stated that the location of his remains was unknown. The family explained they knew where he was interred. So, I offered them a space in one of the erevelds, since he’s entitled to be there, yet it was up to the family where he should be buried. Eventually, the remains were transported to Jakarta – we even found a bullet to his head!” said Robbert. To everyone’s surprise, Olga excitedly said, “I have an uncle who died in Indonesia during the 1940s. There’s a high chance that he is buried in Menteng Pulo,” as she searched through the books. We continued the tour to see the tombstone making process. I spoke to one of the makers, Suyanto. He was smoothing a 1.8-metre cross made out of iron, cement, and sand before it would be painted white. These crosses were originally made of teak wood, but six years ago it came to Robbert’s attention that termites were destroying them. A concrete cross can last up to 20 years and gets re-painted in six years. “One cross takes a week to be completed, in a month there could be 18 crosses so that would be 216 crosses made in a year,” said Suyanto. The tour ended by relaxing at a gazebo, overlooking this hidden green space in Jakarta. Robbert told us that “maintaining these cemeteries can hopefully show the new generations that we should all learn from history and not repeat the same mistakes, especially from what wars have to tell us.” The Dutch war cemeteries in Indonesia reflect a piece of Dutch and Indonesian history. By maintaining them, the victims and their stories will always be remembered, and this part of history can receive the recognition it deserves. Far-away family members in the Netherlands can even order flowers to be laid at their family graves and a photo sent to them to ensure their sacrifice isn’t forgotten.

See: The Birth of Batavia: The Local Resistance Was Brutally Crushed

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The Indonesian Government has taken another step on the path towards a more open environment for international workers with an update to regulations on August 27, 2019 that opened up a wide variety of new positions for foreign workers to be able to live, work and do business in Indonesia.

New freedom in management All previous general manager positions that were not regulated for foreign employment are now open to be held by foreigners, in all business classifications, other than human resources. This means if you work or plan on working in a sector where a management level position was restricted or unregulated, you can now hold this title and legally obtain a visa in Indonesia. This includes the previously closed position of the general manager, which is now open for foreign workers. Operations manager, tour manager, sport science manager, and fleet manager are some examples that show the range of new roles, alongside research and development advisors. Additionally, commissioner and director titles in a company can now be held by a foreigner in all business classifications. Niche positions opened in multiple industries More than 150 new positions in 18 sectors have been opened up for expatriate and foreign workers in a variety of disciplines including construction, education, and the previously closed legal sector. Here are some of the new roles: Management Consultant The management consulting sector has two new positions available for foreign workers: business consultant, and investment consultant. The previously closed sector welcomes foreign specialists to advise and assist with business development and investment matters in Indonesia. Communication Manager The advertising and creative agency sector has two new roles regulated for foreign employment. The industry is now able to accept expatriate workers as communication managers and creative designers. Indonesia is well-positioned for an influx of new creative workers. President Joko Widodo has previously highlighted the importance of the creative industry, emphasising its potential to boost domestic consumption and international revenue. Librarian Librarians are one of the 27 new roles that have been opened to foreign workers in the Indonesian education sector. Elementary, junior high school, high school, and special school have new open job positions not just for foreign librarians but also for literary coaches and coordinators. The Indonesian education category overall welcomes marketing managers, global perspective teachers, Spanish teachers, disabilities and counselling teachers, and instructors of non-formal fields like art and sport. Construction Manager The August 2019 regulation changes have opened up 119 new positions in construction for foreign workers. In addition to several new engineering positions, you can now choose from a wider selection of managerial level positions such as the construction project manager position. Work permits in the field of construction are now also extendable past the initial two-year period - there is no need to start your visa process all over again or leave Indonesia for a visa pick-up. Large-scale construction projects in Indonesia through PMA or a BUJKA will now find it considerably easier to pick up specialised foreign talent. Legal Advisor Two previously restricted and now open positions in the Indonesian legal sector are legal advisor and legal consultant. Changes in the legal sector are in no way less significant than in the field of construction. That is, the legal sector was previously 100 percent closed for foreign workers and only now, after the updated regulations, it is starting to welcome foreign specialists. Accounting In the interest of remaining in compliance, your company in Indonesia can also hire foreign accountants. Note that Indonesia’s Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) are following the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). This is making it simpler for foreign accountants to adapt while companies have a better chance of finding an excellent accountant. Foreign chefs can extend their stay Foreign nationals looking into chef jobs in Indonesia should know that their positions are now extendable. Up until the current regulation update, foreign chefs were only eligible to work for up to a maximum of two years, without the possibility to request an extension. New impresario roles, from boxer to judo coach Work activities that fall under the impresario business classification have been expanded considerably, allowing foreigners to apply for a work permit in a much wider range of roles in entertainment, leisure, and coaching. Visas can now be provided in a much wider range of professions by specifically registered and licensed impresario companies that organise finance, and operate concerts, plays, events, and special sport or artistic endeavours. The list of supported positions includes sports consultant, boxing promoter, referee, coaches for a wide variety of sports and martial arts from surfing, diving, golf, and roles for volleyball, football, and basketball players. Visit to learn more about applying for a work permit in Indonesia and getting corporate sponsorship of the KITAS visa. Plan on working in Indonesia now that your required job position is available? Emerhub helps you stay up to date with the latest regulatory changes and information on how to work in Indonesia legally. Schedule a meeting with us to learn how to compile your visa application and pick-up schedule. Our Emerhub team in Bali and Jakarta is available for immediate assistance at

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Mr. Ashok Pal Singh retraces his 27-year-long journey as principal of the Gandhi Memorial Intercontinental School Jakarta (GMIS) with Indonesia Expat.

The school boasts over 1,400 students and offers four IB programmes. Notable alumni have graced the fields of science, engineering technology, IT, and even trodden on theatrical boards. Hello, Mr. A.P. Singh! How are you? Could you tell us about your journey before GMIS? Hello, I am good, thank you! I’ve been with GMIS for over 27 years now, and the school has been a major part of my life. I was born, raised, and educated in Mussoorie, India. I completed my master’s degree in the field of education. Prior to joining GMIS, I worked at two educational institutions in Mussoorie, India, namely the Waverley Convent School and St. George’s College. Then, I served as principal at Women Teachers’ College in Nigeria for seven years. After that, I relocated back to India, joined Wynberg Allen School and spent some time there. Eventually, my children grew up and they left for college. That was when I received an offer from GMIS in Jakarta. What prompted you to receive the offer and move to Indonesia? Honestly, I didn’t hear a lot of positive things about Indonesia back then. I was initially thinking of spending just two years in the country. I was wrong; Indonesia and the people are simply wonderful. Being the largest Muslim country in the world, there is a tremendous amount of respect for diversity and tolerance. The nation’s philosophy of Pancasila and Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity) promotes peace and harmony. It’s also a comfort to know that Indonesians love Bollywood movies and Indian culture! Both countries have so much in common. You have played an integral role in GMIS's development as a world-class school. How has the school progressed over the years? GMIS is currently the only school to offer all four IB programs, namely the Primary Years Program (PYP) in Grades 1-5, Middle Years Program (MYP) in Grades 6-10, and the IB Diploma in Grades 11-12. The fourth one is the IB careers programme, which emphasises specific career paths. When I arrived, the school didn’t offer any of these. Previously, we offered Indian school certifications and eventually Cambridge certifications such as O and A Levels. Our Bali branch is the second school to offer all four IB programmes. How does GMIS cope with advances in technology and globalisation? It never fails to astound me how the world changes. Recently, I read about Sophia the robot, which was given citizenship by Saudi Arabia. Technology has taken over so many job sectors. As for the teachers and me, our primary aim will forever be preparing students for what is ahead. Long gone are the learning-only-from-text days. We encourage interactive learning, analysing information, and critical thinking. I have also instructed the IT department to put more emphasis on coding, as it is a very important skill. As educators, we also continue to promote empathy, warm-heartedness, compassion, and love for the environment in our students. Education would essentially be useless without these values. Could you please tell us about the school's demographics? How do you manage so many students? We have over 1,400 students from 40 countries. They come from various backgrounds, mostly from families of diplomats and expatriates. Of course, we also have local students from Indonesia. Last year, the class of 2019 managed to get offers from 97 universities from all over the globe. I manage my time by always attending students' activities, be it drama, music, dance performances, debate sessions, model United Nations, TED x Youth GMIS, class exhibitions, and sports tournaments. I regularly provide feedback to the teachers. We compliment the athletes, orators, and performers who do well and motivate those lacking in self-confidence to do better by offering them constructive feedback. All students are encouraged to speak and perform without fear. In GMIS, assemblies are also held regularly to instill good morals and right conduct. How is the school's alumni network? Do you still keep in touch with them? I always gleam with pride each time I hear about our alumni’s success. After all, it is my achievement and legacy as a principal. We have an alumni book, which allows ex-students to write about their school experience. Most of our alumni end up doing really well, not only in the fields of medicine and engineering, but also in other streams such as law, arts, technology, and even acting. Recently, an alumnus who works for Apple came back to thank us. He said that during the unconventional interview with Apple he was required to present a case in front of an audience. He suddenly recalled his school days and attributed his success to the invaluable speaking skills he had learnt at GMIS. Another alumnus, Aditya Agrawal, was a colleague of Mark Zuckerberg at the Facebook headquarters. Aditya was also one of the pioneers of Dropbox. I remember most of my students. I have developed a significant network and friendships here. Sometimes I also bump into parents telling me how well their children are doing in life, be it passing a scholarship application, landing a good job, or owning a business, which fills my heart with joy. The students, the alumni, and their parents are like family to me and I have developed a very big family over the last 27 years. Aside from academic life, how do you like to spend your free time? I spend time with my family. I have three children, both my sons work abroad, and I currently live with my wife and daughter. You are likely to find me at a local cinema during weekends, as I love watching movies. I still unexpectedly meet students, ex-students, and their parents in malls and theatres. It’s always lovely to have them greet me in places. As I mentioned earlier, I have a big family here. Any advice you wish to share with parents and educators out there? I have spent most of my life as an educator, and I truly love children. I believe we also have a lot to learn from them, as teaching and learning take place simultaneously. The most important values we must instill in them are hard work and kindness. We must encourage and support them to strive for the utmost in whatever it is they choose to do in life. Whether it is an artwork they choose to make or a birthday party they choose to throw, make sure they put their best effort into it.

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No, Indonesian students have not taken to the streets and almost besieged the parliament on several occasions in the last fortnight just to protest a revision of the Criminal Code (RKUHP), that further forbids casual and extramarital sex.

After several days of unrest in the capital of Indonesia, as well as across major cities of the country, the biggest student demonstrations since the fall of former strongman Suharto in 1998 have made international headlines. Many Western newspapers have published articles leading readers to think that the youth of Indonesia have been demonstrating against the criminalisation of sex outside marriage. This is not the case. The revision of the bill, that could stiffen further the frame in which casual sex could be outlawed, is unlikely to be openly discussed by the students out of unease on the subject. Luckily, this particular revision has been put on hold for the moment thanks to President Joko Widodo. However, students were mostly on the streets regarding bills pertaining to labour, minerals, land, and freedom of speech. The protesters are against the controversial way KPK leaders will now be chosen by the House of Representatives. They stand against the possibility of the Indonesian Military and National Police personnel holding civilian offices. They demand an end to the use of force in Papua and the instant release of political prisoners. Demonstrators also requested that the corporations responsible for forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan have their permits revoked. They also demanded the resolution of all past human rights violations. Of course, among all the dedicated youths taking to the streets were some activists very concerned about the shrinking of individual freedoms brought by the revision regarding casual sex too. Associations from civil society were also there for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, sexual reproductive rights, and contraceptive rights, all determined to face down the amendments newly voted by the very conservative lawmakers of the parliament. But they were only a minority. The freedom to have sex outside of wedlock, or in adultery, is not the main concern of the Indonesian youth who gathered in anger on the doorstep of the Senayan house in September. First, because the revision doesn’t change much of what is already in place, contrary to what foreign headlines assert. True, the lawmakers want to go one step further in the hardening of the law regarding consensual sex between unmarried people, encompassing same-sex relations, cohabitation, abortion, and the promotion of contraception. But let’s look at it closer. Adultery is already forbidden. A husband and wife can already report their unfaithful spouse in order to file for a divorce. Civil servants and police officers can even lose their jobs in this case. The revised Criminal Code bill states that unmarried couples caught together could now face a maximum of six months in prison. But for charges to proceed, the “crime” has to be reported by a husband or wife. If there is no adultery, then a parent or child would need to make the report. More worrying is the fact that village leaders would be entitled to lodge a complaint if the family doesn’t take the matter seriously. It’s an open door to moral harassment and social pressure and it could also be used as a personal weapon. But as we can see, this is not the sudden ban on sexual freedom as described in the Western press. Where a strict adhesion to moralistic values already prevails, be it in provinces, cities, or districts of Indonesia, no couple dares to cohabitate openly. Where religious conformation is an everyday observance, the promotion of safe sex and condoms is already nowhere to be found. Where traditional values rule every mind, abortion is already not an option. The actual revision would just reflect the conservative turn the country is taking under religious pressure. It has been clearly announced by lawmakers, some of them citing peculiar religious diktats from their faith. So, in the end, the big question mark that remains is: will it be enforced if passed? As often in Indonesia, there is a gap between law and law enforcement. It’s a cultural thing and cultures are diverse in the archipelago. Unlike in the West, where individual rights matter the most, here, it’s the local collective norm that prevails, whatever the law says. The individual always gives way to the group. In the West, people claim their right to be accepted as different. Here, the difference is accepted only if not openly claimed. So, if the lawmakers decide that the whole country should follow a bill revised according to their very own beliefs, would this bill be enforced in places where these beliefs are not widely shared? The Vice-Governor of Bali, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana, has already answered the question. It’s no. "I can guarantee that unmarried couples will face no jail time, as long as there is no complaint from their husband, wife, child, or parents,” he said, trying to reassure Australian media that Bali was still a safe destination for unmarried couples. In Indonesia, you don’t show off your sexual inclinations in public. Yes, you’re supposed to be married before having sex. No, you don’t go around claiming your right to same-sex relationships, group sex, transgender sex, or whatever your sexual preference is, not like in the West. You don’t walk down the street half-naked like a Gay Pride parade, but it doesn’t mean there is no room for it. Indonesian students are first and foremost Indonesians. Somehow, because of the change of tide in the 21st century, they might even appear more modest and shyer than their parents were on sexual matters. Puritanism is making a comeback worldwide and Indonesia doesn’t escape the trend. But in today's global society, young Indonesians are aware of the issue, just don’t expect them to go all out against the conservative choices of the House of the Representatives, rampaging through the streets of Jakarta while holding provocative banners claiming their right to have sex. This is not the case so far and will never be. In the end, the revised bill on sex might pass one day, and it might not. It’s at the core of an ongoing chess game where nothing is said clearly because of applicable standards. The discussion goes through lines of argument where a spade is never called a spade. Nobody will ever dare to go all out on sex, let alone in a demonstration. You just don’t do that in Indonesia, where such ways are completely unthinkable and most of all certainly bound to fail.

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Indonesia has been a country where I found my love, but, sadly, it ended up with me being emotionally and financially ruined. I never imagined that the Indonesian woman I love would scam me after all that I’ve done for her. I met my current wife in Jakarta whilst on a business trip in April 2017. I had already previously dated some Indonesian girls since I’ve regularly been visiting Jakarta and Bali for a few years. I knew what to expect with the dating scene and the culture in Indonesia. But, I’ve never encountered online stories that could have prepared me for the despair over the next couple of years. Anyways, this woman and I dated a few times. She was very quiet and extremely cute, almost shy, to the extreme that you would think she had never dated. She was very different compared to the regular women who roamed Jakarta’s expat joints. She was very open about her upbringing, her friends, and her dating past. She said she dated a lot of guys to hopefully have a husband and a future with children. We had a good time together. Unfortunately, I had to go back to the UK for my job. We kept in touch. Eventually, we arranged to meet again a few months later, after she had come back from a trip to Bali. Around September 2017, we met again and this time we fell in love – well at least I did. I was so happy she had chosen me to fall in love with, and we had an amazing few weeks together that cemented my feelings for her. She was kind, thoughtful, never over bleating, never asked for anything except attention and affection. This time, she told me about her awful previous relationships, including that one time she was kidnapped by an ex who was jealous and mad that she wouldn’t marry him. She was apparently tied up, beaten, and sexually assaulted for days until she almost succeeded in killing herself, at which point she was released and dumped back with her family. This, of course, made me love her more and want to be the knight in shining armour that could love and protect this very cute girl. We met again in Bali and got engaged after meeting and asking permission from her father and the rest of her family. I vowed then to make sure I visited her every 12 weeks until we could live together. This was something I continued to do right up until I uncovered this situation a few months ago; I never let her down when it came to seeing her. By May 2018 we were married. We married quickly in Bangkok using a top law firm to make sure it was all legal in both of our countries. She said she always wanted to live in the UK because Indonesia didn’t feel right for her. I supported her; I provided money for her accommodation and living expenses because she'd moved out of her family home. It would’ve been good for her to sample life in the UK for a few months, in case she hated the weather, people, or food. By November 2018, paperwork for her spouse visa application was submitted and denied. We were both devastated. Saving up for reapplication would take some time so we agreed to stay apart again whilst I worked hard in the UK. After the denied visa request, I agreed to pay for her to take a short break in Bali. She wanted to live somewhere better whilst waiting to get the spouse visa sorted or I could even join her in Bali since we had some business ideas too. She moved to Canggu, Bali. At first, all seemed good and she was even trying to find a job but, to be honest, the amount of money I sent her every month was more than enough. I paid for a scooter and gym membership amongst other things. Slowly, the video calls became less frequent and so did the texts. Then she was demanding more money and a better place to live, saying that I wasn't providing enough. I did my best and helped her by paying for her salon trips, tattoos; basically, anything I could and support her as a husband should. I sacrificed my life to provide everything for her, including selling items that I owned. But weirdly, I started getting messages from her friends telling me that I'm too nice and I should not always say yes to my wife. They said that without me she would have no one to support her. Of course, I thought this was just jealousy. She asked me if I received any Facebook messages or emails from Indonesia. One day, she was upset because an ex had contacted her on Facebook trying to get her back but didn’t believe she was married. She told me he had photos or videos of them in bed together from when they dated. She even said that she wanted to have access to my emails so she could delete anything that appeared. My suspicions arose and I asked her, “Is there something you need to tell me?” No. She stuck to the story that it was years ago and he was a crazy, jealous ex. I waited, yet I got nothing. I kind of forgot about it, especially since she and I were supposed to meet in Bangkok, as she requested to celebrate our wedding anniversary there. I said yes. In fact, I had invited two of my close friends to come and finally meet the love of my life. We spent two weeks together but she was very shifty and protective of her phone. I had a feeling something was up but I carried on and my friends fell in love with her too. There were periods of time with little communication after Bangkok. My next visit was coming up. She asked me to help her get her teeth repaired and veneered as we had discussed after our wedding. I didn’t have the funds so I managed to get a loan so she could have it all done and fly her to Jakarta for about US$5000. She was getting very agitated about wanting to return to Bali sooner, so we agreed to get the rest of the work done in Bali. She flew back: little did I know she went straight to meet another man in a hotel. Again, her friends sent cryptic messages saying I was too generous and did too much for her. So I asked one of her friends, and to my dismay, I was shown my wife's fake Instagram, Couchsurfing, and Tinder accounts, all of which portrayed her not only as single but an English online teacher who had studied and lived in the UK, particularly my hometown. She had created a second life to entice mostly British, expat men. She knew exactly what she was doing. I uncovered details of months where she had met men for money and fun times. She’d stay with them in hotels for days and even weeks, using them to cover her meals, drinks, and money. She’d leave them by giving them excuses to go home and video call me as if everything was okay, then returned to the hotel but was still receiving money from me. The British-Indonesian time difference played right into her hands - giving her enough time to have a double life. At least three men fell in love with her and flew to Bali to see her for a whole month or even longer, they genuinely believed that she was a sweet and single girl who was their girlfriend. These men ensured they had money to look after her – she was achieving her goal to get attention, fun, and money. I know all this because I spoke directly to two of the men she had had affairs with. I read their messages in which they had no idea she was married. A few weeks ago, I spoke to one of them online. He found out she was married and got very upset. He started stalking her. Later, I found out he was the guy who had the videos and photos of my wife with another man and threatened to expose her along with her lies and a double life. He told me that she’d threatened to kill herself if he did. One night, he went to her place and found her crying with rope marks around her neck. He felt sorry and didn't blackmail her. My wife though, blackmailed him because he ran away without paying for a villa he rented, he also ran a business where he scammed money from customers. He wanted her to leave me and go into that scam business together. She told him she would leave me but needed time. It was just a dream for him since I funded her lifestyle, something he couldn’t do. Instead, he ended up causing trouble at her apartment leading her to not stay there. He also told me that they went to Western Union to collect money from other men in the UK, not from me. He couldn’t believe the lengths she was willing to go through, such as saying I was a bad husband and never sent enough money so she had to get money by other means. I also discovered that her father said he had never received the money I sent for him. I showed my money transfer proof to him and the rest of her family so that they wouldn’t see me as a husband who never looked after his wife. Eventually, I confronted her, at which point she confirmed everything. She said she met men on at least four or five dating sites as well as providing escort services to have extra money for clothes, parties, etc and yet still blamed me for not providing for her. Much to my dismay, she admitted she cheated me to gain more money by making up stories over the last couple of years. She even went to swap her wedding ring for a cheaper version so she could sell the original one. I was devastated. A long list of lies and deceits were also provided by her friends. They said she met different guys at least twice or three times a week and rarely stayed at home since I was an improper and boring husband. To my horror, I discovered she had over 250 men as blocked contacts in her phone; men who have talked, met, or given her money. The best part was that she bluntly said to my face that she wants me gone so she could move onto the next man, preferably a European. Even a rich Chinese man would do. I was shocked and upset! I lacked any kind of remorse for her now. The cute, quiet woman I had married had become every bad version of a person that I never imagined. I was supposed to move and have a life with her in Jakarta by the end of 2019. She went along with this life plan of ours because she knew I would keep supporting her. If her friends didn’t help me expose her, none of this would have unravelled – this is the worst part since no other man she’d met would do the same as I have for her and her family. She continues to refuse a meetup, even though I’m planning to come to Jakarta to sort things out and move forward. Instead, she wants to disappear and pretend that we never happened so she can move on to the next rich man. She even hid away from me by staying with another British man who specifically flew from London to see her, admitting that they’re in love. I have a lot more to say, but I’ll just conclude this with: looking back I want to kick myself for being naive and not thinking things were not right! This was a hard lesson that I learned. True love is indeed blind. Hopefully, by writing this story, I can warn everyone so they can learn from my story and help me heal from this heartbreak. I still love Indonesia and don’t want this to stop me from love or my future life.

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The Hills Golf Academy has launched Indonesia’s very first golf academy for boarding students, in association with the President Golf School at Jababeka Golf Club, Indonesia.

Director of The Hills Golf Academy, Tom Berndt, is thrilled to establish this world-class program in Indonesia, providing the opportunity for students to play in international golf tournaments and access further coaching at leading US academies. “The Hills Academy produces leading players from across Asia – the opportunities it creates on the international stage are so exciting for Indonesia,” said Tom. As a first for the country, the Academy has also partnered with USA premier club fitting company, Henry Griffitts, becoming the only club fitting system in Indonesia to also fit left-handers, suited for both adults and juniors. HG International Education Director, PGA Professional Steve Darmody, says correctly fitted equipment enhances the world-class instruction students will receive at the Hills Indonesian Academy. “It’s vital that up and coming champions have correctly fitted equipment to ensure their potential is maximised. HG pioneered custom club fitting in 1983 and has been an educational provider to the USPGA for many years,” explained Steve. The Indonesian Academy will follow the Hills model and pathway, to gain scholarships into US colleges, in addition to the PGA IGA program in Australia, similar programs in the US or their home countries, as well as Q schools in Asia. Previously, The Hills Academy has also produced and mentored some of the world’s leading pros including multiple tour winner, Jason Day and emerging stars Rugthai (Bright) Thongsom and Mirabel Ting. Championing leading golfers of the future, the highly successful international Hills Golf Academies are established in Queensland, Australia, Lion Lake Golf Club, Qingyuan, China, Mickelson Golf Club and Yongchang Private School, Shanghai and now at Jababeka Golf Club in Indonesia.

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Climbing down the 260-odd steps that descend to the foot of rice terraces and narrow alleys, I glimpse the triangular-shaped top facades of symmetrically placed houses.

From afar, they look like myriad heads of some mythical beast watching out for intruders. It is past ten in the morning, but the mist still hangs in the air after an overnight rain. I walk down carefully with Pak Hardi, who was born and brought up in Kampung Naga, but now lives a little while away after his marriage. He continues to come here as one of the official guides to this traditional village. As we walk through the alleys, the rice fields give off their fresh morning smell; that’s one of the first signs of being in a village. The paddies stand up majestically in front of Pak Hardi and me, layers and layers of greenery splash under the morning sun. A villager walks past us, shouldering four stalks of bananas, suspended on a pole cut from a tree branch. “That’s a bounty for the day,” I smile at him, curious at his effortless movement, and delighted to see the bananas. Pak Hardi points to the terrace style of bamboo houses as we near them. The land of the Kampung Naga community has slopes, the reason for the houses to be built on separate terraces. There are around six terraces, each holding ten to 12 houses. Each level of the terraces is about two metres high and is made of stones. The terraces with stones extend down to the nearby Ciwulan River in order to prevent flooding during the rainy season and also to act against landslides. Pak Hardi reminds me of the complicated topography of the village, with its slopes cascading down to the river. “But we are prepared. This architecture is our best defence against natural disasters.” The approximately four hectares of Kampung Naga village is divided into forest, village, and rice fields. A sacred forest called Leweung Keramat covers the east-west area. This remains untouched and unused as it is the resting place of Sembang Eyang Dalam Singaparna, an ancestor of Kampung Naga society. The houses and the rice fields are situated in the south. Getting into the housing compound, I am offered more intricate engineering styles of the community. The inner cores are planned so well that there is scientific reasoning behind the ways they are structured. While the houses, the mosque, and the granaries are located in one zone called the “clean zone,” the toilets, the barn for the livestock, and a pond are located away from them. This zone is the “dirty zone.” In between these two zones lies an open space, which is meant to keep them separated. The toilet, being above the pond, releases its sewage into the pond, supplying food for the fish. The water from the toilet passes into the pond through bamboo pipes. The pond also functions as one of the sources of water for the rice fields since water from it flows there. This prevents the water from getting into the Ciwulan River and contaminating it. Pak Hardi looks at my face to make sure I am not yet overwhelmed by his descriptions. The traditional engineering marvel only propels me to learn more. I am slowly getting enamoured with the bamboo walls of the houses. I have every reason to assume it must be cool inside, not needing air conditioners during the day or night. It’s time to explore a house. Pak Hardi says around 120 families are dwelling in the kampung, with about 360 household members in total. He leads me to the living room of a house that doesn’t look much different from many other traditional houses in rural Indonesia, except that it is completely made of bamboo and wood. Paintings of Sundanese villages, traditional Muslim hats, and other decorative pieces hang randomly on the walls. Pak Hardi shows me a small, bamboo stick-made mouth organ the villagers play during their leisure time. They make them here as part of their art and craft projects. He plays a tune for me which is a close adaptation of popular Sundanese music that you usually hear in restaurants and hotels. The living room has a couple of bamboo chairs and a mat on the floor to sit and have casual conversations. Pak Hardi leads me to the kitchen; a very traditional setup, giving impressions of minimalism at its best. For someone who has lived in pre-1960s Indonesia, the sight of a traditional fire stove with a concrete base can evoke emotional feelings. He keeps a bowl on top of a cylindrical-shaped aluminium vessel on the stove. He puts in some rice and pours water over it, demonstrating the way they cook rice. Pak Hardi shows me the perforated holes on the roof through which the smoke gets out. Whether it be in the living room or the kitchen or the bathroom, the kerosene lamps shine bright, leading families from one place to another, creating long shadows on the walls that I used to love during an occasional power outage in my boyhood days. This is one of several reasons why Kampung Naga is different from other traditional Sundanese settlements – no electricity. We take a walk outside where the families gather during important occasions or when the Kepala Keluarga (head of the family) wants to make announcements. A gong is hung, placed on a wooden stand here. The gong sounds to call the household members during gatherings. Going down a few steps from the gong is an open space between two rows of houses where the husk is spread out under the sun to dry. The Kampung Naga community is traditionally an agrarian society that depends heavily on farming of rice, bananas, and some vegetables. HOW TO GET THERE Kampung Naga is located about 26 kilometres from Garut, which is about an hour and a half from Bandung, in the village of Neglasari. If you are driving from Jakarta, it might take about five to six hours depending on traffic conditions. This may not be an ideal destination for a day trip, so staying at one of the hot spring resorts at Cipanas, Garut for a night or two after the visit is highly recommended.

See: Spotting the Charm of Harvesting Season in Cancar

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I’ve just celebrated the third anniversary of my arrival in Jakarta. Three months. It feels like I have been here longer, but time has magical properties.

There are two “new bule” privileges I still cling to jealously. The first is conferred by the fact that most Indonesians expect me to be ignorant and a little bit thick. The laughs and giggles I provoke among locals seem to be good-natured, and I am forgiven for all sorts of dumb things I say and do. Maaf and terima kasih to all of the security people, waiters, nurses, bank tellers, co-workers, shop assistants and drivers who help me good-humouredly on a daily basis. Hopefully, I am improving, but I’ll never be able to do anything about being two metres tall. Also, I cling to the privilege of homesickness. Admittedly homesickness is not the sole prerogative of foreigners; after all, most Jakartans are from somewhere else. Last weekend, I escaped from Jakarta for two days. This is neither cheap nor easy to do and will be the subject of future columns. The options are surprisingly limited, they aren’t cheap and they’re mostly not relaxing. The best answer I currently have is Bali. There are plenty of evening flights, Bali’s airport is efficient, and the drive from the airport is usually manageable. If you can’t enjoy yourself in Bali, you’re really not trying. However, Bali is not a cheap weekend. Most of the south-east corner of the island is a tourist ghetto and by the time I get home, I need a holiday. Bali also gave me a roaring case of homesickness. Bali made me miss things that are completely unavailable in Jakarta. After three months in Jakarta, I had forgotten how important these things are and how much I miss them. Some of them I had forgotten even existed. First and most important was clean air. In Bali, I was able to fill my lungs with clean air. There were footpaths (and clean air) so I could go for a walk. I did not have to drive everywhere. You could see for kilometres and there were empty, ocean horizons (thanks to the clean air). You could sit outdoors in a café (in clean air), watch the world go by, and not shuttle from one air-conditioned bubble to another. You could eat real Italian bread, not over-sweetened cardboard. I even patted a dog. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts and the presence of thousands of my compatriots, I could not find a decent Australian meat pie. And I really, really wanted a meat pie. I was not a happy bule when I arrived back at my Jakarta apartment, exhausted and pie-less, at 11 pm on Sunday. The next day, I started desperately googling “Jakarta best Australian meat pie.” And I struck gold. I bought the best meat pie I have ever eaten. Made right here in Jakarta by Santi on Homesick no more. Thank you, Santi. Thank you, Jakarta.

See: New Bule in Town

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Gerindra Party Chief, Prabowo Subianto, announced that he would help President Jokowi to implement his priority programmes by taking part in the new cabinet.

Prabowo specifically said that he had been requested to help in the defence and security sector.

“I was allowed to announce to help Mr President in the defence sector,” Prabowo said at the National Palace on Monday 21st October 2019.

Prabowo said that he had received instruction from Jokowi. “He has emphasised, I will work hard to achieve the targeted goals,” He added.

Prabowo came with Gerindra Party Deputy, Edhy Prabowo, to the National Palace. It is speculated that Prabowo will get a position as minister of defence and Edhy as minister of agriculture.

In response to the news, the Volunteer Group’s Chief of Jokowi Mania, Immanuel Ebenezer, asked Prabowo Subianto to not betray President Jokowi if he is appointed to be a minister in Jokowi’s cabinet for the period of 2019-2024.

“We hope that the president will not be betrayed,” Immanuel said on Tuesday 22nd October 2019. According to Immanuel, there is always a possibility that Prabowo will disobey what Jokowi orders. Furthermore, Immanuel said that Jokowi Mania has warned Jokowi about this.

"We do not want to close our eyes to the possibility of this but we have given a reminder to the president when we discussed together,” Immanuel explained.

As reassurance, Jokowi has convinced the volunteer group that he will be careful and said that the possibility will not occur.

Source: Kompas, Tempo

Image: Tribunnews

See: President Jokowi: No Mercy for Bureaucrats Working Without Purpose

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Polda Metro Jaya has prepared safeguards to control the rally taking place in front of the National Palace this afternoon.

There are thousands of army and police personnel taking charge of security matters. "As many as 1,500 personnel have been prepared. We urge protesters to not commit anarchistic action, but to be peaceful and obey the commands of officers in the field," said Head of Public Relations of Polda Metro Jaya, Kombes Pol Argo Yuwono. The Indonesian Student Executive agency (BEM SI) plans to conduct rallies in front of the national palace today at 1pm. Mass demonstrators are planning to gather at the horse statue of Arjuna Wiwaha, Central Jakarta, then walk up to the national palace. This rally is being held to urge the President to immediately issue a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). BEM SI previously said that they will not conduct any rallies during the inauguration of Joko Widodo-Ma'ruf Amin as the elected President and Vice President, which took place Sunday 20th October 2019, because they respected the procession and didn’t wish to cause any inconvenience. "The inauguration of the new government is an important moment to change the direction of the nation and the result of the democratic process, which we are obliged to respect together," said the coordinator of the Centre of BEM Authority, Muhammad Nurdiyansyah. National Police Chief Tito Karnavian previously said Polda Metro Jaya would re-publish a notice of receipt (STTP) to the party who wanted to rally protests after the inauguration of the President and Vice president. STTP will be issued if anyone wants to protest on Monday 21st October. “The demonstration is protected by legislation. Demonstrations or submissions can be done as long as they do not lead to violent riots,” he said. BEM SI Action Coordinator, Erfan Kurniawan, remarked that BEM SI estimates up to 1,000 students will be participating in the rally on Monday however, the amount attending is likely to be reduced since police personnel prohibits students around the universities. Source: Wowkeren Image: Detik

See: President Jokowi: No Mercy for Bureaucrats Working Without Purpose

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ICAD 2019 "X Factor” 16th October – 24th November 2019 at Grand Kemang Jakarta

Indonesian Contemporary Art and Design (ICAD) will be back for the tenth time. This year, ICAD has the theme of "X Factor" invites various artists and designers, who are considered important and have made major contributions in the development of Indonesian contemporary art and design in the last twenty years, to use the 'mind mapping' method in tracing their work processes. Some of them are Agus Suwage (artist - Yogyakarta), Nirwan Dewanto (sastrawan - Jakarta), Dolorosa Sinaga (artist - Jakarta), Hadiprana (interior designer - Jakarta), and Rinaldy Yuniardi (fashion designer - Jakarta).   In addition, ICAD will also invite artists and designers who are considered important contributors to the latest developments in Indonesian contemporary art and design, such as Danny Wicaksono (architect - Jakarta), Denny Priyatna (product designer - Jakarta), Paul Kadarisman (photographer - Jakarta), Pingkan Polla (artist - Jakarta), Tommy Ambiyo (fashion designer - Jakarta), and Yaya Sung (artist - Jakarta). For the first time in ten years, ICAD held an open submission and marketplace that features the work of talented artists and designers. In addition to displaying works of art and design, ICAD is also holding various conventions from the fields of art, design, and film. ICAD 2019 will also feature a major programme in the form of ICAD Awards; a tribute to creative actors who are considered important and have made a major contribution to the development of the world of design and contemporary art in Indonesia. The award recipients will be selected by a jury team who will choose from the recommendations and research conducted by ICAD.

See: 2019 Clean Up Jakarta Day: Tackling the Capital City’s Prolonged Waste Crisis

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President Joko Widodo delivered a speech after being sworn in at DPR/MPR RI building on Sunday 20th October 2019.

In his speech, the president emphasised that all ministers, officials, and bureaucrats must work seriously in implementing the development programme. Jokowi will not tolerate those who are not serious, and even threatened to remove them from the government. "I also ask the ministers, officials, and bureaucrats to guarantee that the objectives of the development programme can be achieved," Jokowi said in his speech. "For those who are not serious, I will not give mercy," he added. Jokowi also revealed the top programme he will focus on with Vice President Ma'ruf Amin in the future. First is the development of human resources, the second programme that Jokowi said would receive focus in continuing infrastructure development. Thirdly, Jokowi and Ma’aruf will also focus on simplifying all regulations. The fourth thing Jokowi and Ma’aruf will do is simplify bureaucracy in the country and the fifth priority is economic transformation. "First, the development of human resources which will be our top priority, building hardworking, dynamic HR," Jokowi said. Human resources is considered important to support the plans for infrastructure development. Source: Kompas, Tempo Image: Pantau

See: Jokowi’s Inauguration: From Closing Roads to Free Food

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Indonesia is known to have many mountains that are interesting to climb.

These mountains are scattered across various places and each of them is unique. From mountains that have beautiful views to others that have a very challenging track to reach the top, there are plenty to adventure up. Especially on the island of Java, there are a number of mountains that have extreme hiking trails and lie ready to challenge you. 1. Raung (3,344 MASL) What people remember about Mt. Raung is the trail heading to the peak. Some hikers say it’s the true peak of the mountains in Indonesia. Different from other peaks on the island of Java; to get to the top of Mt. Raung, you have to traverse and climb steep rock cliffs with the help of webbing or kernmantle. It's no wonder that the Peak of Raung was named the most difficult peak to reach. Only people who have conquered fear within themselves will be brave enough to reach the Peak of Raung. Mt. Raung is the second highest mountain in East Java. 2. Argopuro (3,088 MASL) Argopuro is famous for its extreme track. Located in Probolinggo Regency, Lumajang Regency, Jember Regency, Bondowoso Regency, and Situbondo Regency, Mt. Argopuro is the longest mountain in Java. When measured from one side to another one (Baderan gate in Situbondo to Bremi in Probolinggo or vice versa) the Argopuro track is around 60km. It’s around the same distance between Yogyakarta to Solo. 3. Arjuno (3339 MASL) For climbers, Mount Arjuno is one of the mountains that has quite extreme hiking trails. One of the famous parts of Mt. Arjuno’s track is the forest of Lali Jiwo. This forest is surrounded by very large pine and fir trees. Reportedly, Lalo Jiwo's forest can make climbers lost and confused about their direction. The most surprising thing is that it makes the climber forget everything, even themself. It’s a myth, but people do claim to have experienced it. 4. Piramida (1521 MASL) Mt. Piramida looks like a pyramid. This mountain is located in Bondowoso and its altitude is only 1,521 metres above sea level. However, the slope of Mt Piramida is very extreme with a ravine on the right and left side of the hiking track. The hiking trail still contains sandy rocks, forcing climbers to take extra care. To reach the top of the Mt. Piramida, climbers must pass through the 'back of the dragon' (Punggung naga). It is called so called because of the shape of its path that looks like the back of a long, narrow dragon. The dragon track is very tough so it requires a lot of focus when passing through the area. Recently, a climber named Thoriq Rizky Maulidan was found dead after being missing for 12 days on this mountain. 5. Ciremai (3078 MASL) Ciremai is the highest mountain in West Java. Mount Ciremai’s hiking trail, via linggarjati, is known as one of the hardest hiking tracks in Indonesia. Linggarjati's trails are included in the group of heavy hiking trails, especially if it is in the rainy season: the danger level doubles. Therefore, make sure to avoid climbing Mt. Ciremai using the Linggarjati trail during the rainy season. Seruni and Bapa Tere are two parts of the tracks in Mt. Ciremai that are very challenging: slippery soil and extreme slopes. Image: Tribunnews

See: Hiking Mount Semeru: From Physical Fitness to Enjoying Nature

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Model United Nations, an educational simulation of the United Nations, has been teaching students the ways of diplomacy and developing their critical thinking skill since the 1920s.

Teenagers all over the world are given an opportunity to talk about major world issues, meet people from other countries, and cultivate important life skills, like public speaking. Originally started as a student-run activity, MUN has since developed into a renowned academic activity available to students all over the globe. Participants represent an assigned country or in special cases, a person, and are called “delegates.” They are sorted into different councils like the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) or United Nations Human Rights Council. (UNHRC) These councils have 1 to 2 topics that are discussed in the MUN, and delegates are given “briefings” containing information about those issues; origins, current state, different approaches to it. Delegates are prompted to do further research on the topic to prepare them for the conference. This research could include the stance the individual or country has on the topic, research into the pros and cons of the possible solutions, or even other viable solutions that were never thought of before. In the committee sessions, students’ various skills are put to good use. Debate and public speaking skills, for one, are refined as delegates discuss and trade banter on the issues, trying to find the best possible answer to them, and working to convince other delegates also. These solutions become “resolutions,” and delegates work together in teams to come up with one and present them. That’s when the fun begins. Delegates may agree or disagree with resolutions, and the debate and negotiations truly come to life. Each delegate has a reason why they may or may not consider these resolutions, and it really puts things into perspective. During these debates, students’ critical thinking skills develop as they consider the risks and rewards of a possible solution, and decide if it’s worth a shot. At each conference, delegates who give a great performance may also win the “best delegate award”. Many think it’s the delegates who talk often and are active that always win these awards, but there’s really more to it. Contributive delegates, those who show wonderful teamwork, and leadership skills are also considered, even if they aren’t so outspoken. It provides an opportunity for those who may stay out of the spotlight a chance to be recognised. Inspiring the younger generation Students worldwide are given the chance to express their views on current global issues and be part of something bigger than themselves. These students are enabled to prove themselves pioneers of future generations, to speak about matters that concern them that may have been considered “too mature” for them. This is especially important because it leads to an improved awareness of the world around us, and many can confirm that after a MUN conference they felt more enlightened on the topics discussed. It’s an eye-opening experience and helps build the confidence of young people to voice and discuss topics that concern them. My experiences One of my most memorable MUNs was President MUN in Jakarta. Me and two other members from my MUN club had been sorted into the crisis committee. We were initially nervous as we had only been to one or two MUNs, and some had been to none at all. In the end, it was definitely one of the conferences I had the most fun at. I made unlikely friends from all over Indonesia and become close to them in the 3 days we spent at the conference, and the entire committee was quite comfortable with one another. Even now, we still stay in touch. The crisis committee itself was unlike any other committee I’d ever been in. The situations kept changing every minute, and we had to quickly adapt to them. One of my seniors had told us that we could “die” in a crisis, and that definitely kept me on edge. “Adapt to survive,” I’d say, if I were the dramatic type. The rapidly changing situations challenged us all, and I learned to keep a clear head and how to deal with unexpected situations. I learnt the power of strategy, quick thinking, and analysis. It taught me the power of unity, to stand up for what we believed was right. Overall, the challenging crisis really emphasised the need for teamwork and strategy, and the whole “high stakes” atmosphere truly made the message stick.

See: This is What You Need to Know about Mukbang

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A surge in the price of nickel has been mainly caused by the increasing demands of storing energy in batteries of most everyday items.

Indonesia produces the most nickel of any country, producing 560,000 metric tonnes in 2018 according to the US Geological Survey. The value of nickel has jumped by 69 percent since the start of the year when it was trading at Rp149,808,010 or US$10,604. Eighty percent of the world's nickel is used to make stainless steel for pipes and household items like fridges. According to Ausbil Global Resources Fund portfolio manager, James Stewart, about 3 percent goes into electric vehicle batteries; it’s a vital component in electric vehicles and the battery unit. Electric vehicle battery makers are currently increasing their use of the metal to boost their power capacity. Supply fears came to the fore last month after Indonesia announced it would ban nickel exports from 2020 as it develops its own electric battery industry backed by Chinese stainless steel giant Tsingshan Group. That statement led to prices hitting a five-year peak of Rp256,456,507, or US$8,153, or per metric tonne. However, prices could be set to rise again with stocks on the London Metal Exchange sitting at a six-year low, down 40 percent since the start of October, ahead of the Indonesian export ban. Investment firm Paradigm Capital said in a research note that "current inventories are enough to cover roughly one week of consumption, which we characterise as critically tight.” The demand for electric vehicles and storage batteries has added fuel to nickel's fire with once-mothballed mines set to reopen. Commonwealth Bank commodities strategist, Vivek Dhar, said that this could lead to a supply shortage in the near future. However, Indonesia’s plans to develop an electric battery industry are not guaranteed because of its lower grade nickel supply which is more expensive to process into battery-grade material. Source: ABC Image: Wired

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Walking around Kuta, the tiny roads were filled with street vendors, vehicles, and tourists heading towards the beach.

The sun was shining its final rays before touching the horizon. It was one of Bali’s hottest days, but that didn’t stop people stopping by Kuta Beach Festival 2019. Entering the festival, the main stage was brought to life by local musicians and as visitors continued walking towards the beach, lots of clothes by indie Balinese shops were being displayed; their hippest beachwear for sale. The further visitors strolled, the more varieties of foods and beverages they ran into – from Indonesian food to Western food, there were just too many options to choose from. Four Points by Sheraton Kuta celebrated its global growth by participating in this festival to preserve Bali's local culture and to encourage the prosperity of local Indonesian businesses as part of their ‘Four Points Around the World’ programme. “Kick back and relax with us” is the slogan emblazoned across Four Points’ large, two-storey booth called ‘Fun in the Sun.’ It wasn’t hard to miss this booth amidst the sea of humans, considering the bean bags up on the rooftop deck and the long queue at the bar. Bean bags on the sand overlooked surfers out on the waves catching the final surf as the sun began to set. Ordering drinks, a snack, and a meal while taking pictures and waiting for that magical Balinese was what this booth called for. It was a perfect situation for visitors who wanted to relax at the beach. If adrenaline was being sought, there were lots of outdoor activities, games, and competitions open for everyone at one of the biggest festivals at Kuta Beach, held on 11-13th October 2019. "We wanted to invite everyone, be it friends, family, or couples, to relax and have fun while enjoying a refreshing cold beer through our Best Brews programme. Kuta Beach Festival, as the biggest festival in Kuta Beach, and The Best Brew – the only beer garden with a unique and casual concept in Kuta – was the best place to enjoy and celebrate this moment. If you are going on vacation to Bali or looking for an event to fill the weekend in Bali, everyone was invited to spend time with us and enjoy the Best Brews programme. Specifically for this event, you had a chance to win a variety of prizes, including a stay or dining voucher at the hotel," said General Manager of Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Kuta, Franklyn Kocek. Kuta Beach Festival is an annual event that combines both Balinese culture and music into a three-day extravaganza. Four Points by Sheraton, Kuta will also host Bali Cultural Night, every Saturday between 19th October – 30th November 2019. "The event is designed as a cultural night where anyone can come and have fun, living through the various events lifting Bali’s culture such as a Gebogan parade, Balinese traditional dances, and fire dances, then savouring local delicacies and singing along with musical performances by local artists. Even beer drinking games are in store,” said Director of Sales Four Points by Sheraton, Kuta, Andi Bagistav Oddek. Bali Cultural Nights Location: The Best Brew at Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Kuta Admission Fee: Free Date: Every Saturday, 19 and 26 October, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November 2019 Time: 18.00 – 22.00

See: Club Med Bali Hosting the Asian Les Pesoftcore Tournament

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The inauguration of Joko Widodo and KH Ma'ruf Amin as the elected President and Vice President for 2019-24 will be held on Sunday 20th October 2019.

The Jakarta Traffic Police have closed a number of roads around DPR/MPR area. The closure will be applied from 15 October 2019 until the inauguration day.

Head of the Sub-Directorate of Law Enforcement of The Jakarta Traffic Police, AKBP M Nasir, said that Jakartans should understand the decision. "It is expected that motorists can comply with the rule," he said. Nasir added that this decision aims to anticipate demonstrations that may occur before the inauguration.

The closed roads include: Jalan Gatot Soebroto in front of the Lagdogi Flyover, Jalan Gatsu Pojokan Manggala Wanabakti directing to Palmerah Station, and Slipi as well as Jalan Veteran heading to Palmerah and jalan Lapangan Tembak.

The Jokowi-Ma'ruf Amin inauguration will be guarded by around 30,000 joint TNI-Polri personnel. This was revealed by the Chief of Parliament, Puan Maharani. "The number of assigned personnel from TNI and Polri will be approximately 30,000,” Puan said. She assured that the TNI and Polri personnel will be always ready to secure the inauguration process.

In addition, Jokowi- Ma'ruf Amin will also provide an entertainment stage and culinary area for free during the inauguration. In total, there will be six stages with plans to showcase the entire culture of Indonesia from across the 34 provinces. Furthermore, some dishes will be provided for free include fried rice, meatballs, ketoprak, sekoteng, and many others.

Source: Tirto, Kompas

Image: Kompas

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BSD City’s developer, Sinar Mas Land, doesn’t solely focus on infrastructure and city governance development, but also on human resources.

Sinar Mas Land wishes to build a community with the facilities provided in BSD City and surrounding areas. This year, Sinar Mas Land teamed up with senior badminton athlete and Olympic Men Doubles 2000 gold medallist and world champion 1997, Candra Wijaya, plus a community of journalists of JUSRAGA, to host an event called Sinar Mas Land Search For Champions 2019 (Sinar Mas Land Mencari Juara 2019) specifically for elementary school students, ages 8-11 years old. This badminton talent search event will take place from 16th October – 16th November 2019. The first stop will be at Setu public elementary school in South Tangerang, Banten. Sinar Mas Land's team of talented guides will visit several elementary schools in the four areas of BSD City, namely Cisauk, Pagedangan, Serpong, and Serpong Utara for roadshows on 16 – 31st October 2019. Managing Director of Sinar Mas Land Dhony Rahajoe explained that this talent search is a part of ONE BSD, a friendly connection between health and peace. This programme is expected to build a family and increase solidarity around the BSD City area, giving children an opportunity to become a professional badminton player. “Therefore, our competition is open for elementary school students from public and private schools. Together with Candra Wijaya, we will directly choose children who can and will join this badminton scholarship programme, and explore the hidden talents of children living around BSD City. Hopefully this becomes the basic capital for the children's future. If this activity receives a positive response from the BSD City community, we will consider carrying out similar activities in other areas developed by Sinar Mas Land such as in Cibubur, Bekasi, and Karawang," said Dhony. This event aims to reach 1,200 children of ages 8-11 years old. Participants who qualify through the preliminary stage will be assessed by CWIBC's team on the basics of playing badminton, with scoring criteria including physical abilities, comprehension, and technical skills. Ten winners will get the chance to get their hands on a prize of Rp163million prize money, as well as intensive badminton training and coaching for one year. "Indonesia is not only rich in natural resources, but also in human resources. Achievements by young Indonesians, especially in the field of badminton, are also worth being recognised. This motivated me to nurture new, young athletes through the badminton training programme that I founded at Candra Wijaya International Badminton Centre (CWIBC). I also thank Sinar Mas Land for having a goal to create a badminton world champion that’s specifically originated from BSD City and the surrounding areas," said Candra Wijaya. As a free of charge programme, registration forms can be taken at the SML Search For Champions booth at The Breeze, BSD City, starting from 20th October – 10th November 2019 or through the link by Sunday 10th November 2019. ONE BSD Program In 2017, Sinar Mas Land launched a programme aimed at community development called SATU BSD or ONE BSD. This programme aims to improve the sense of community for citizens and explore the potential of BSD City. ONE BSD has three main pillars; business school, health, and peace, which is manifested in various forms of community development through ONE BSD’s programme called Unity in Diversity. The business school supports the development of the community in the economic field. This pillar has some excellent programmes such as the people's business school, education training, and coding scholarships in collaboration with Technopolitan and Forum Mosque of Mushola BSD (FMMB), as well as a workshop for MSME traders in BSD City’s Modern Market and Intermoda Modern Market. Health emphasises the health of citizens of BSD City and surrounding areas such as the badminton talent search and the social service programme (BAKSOS) working across organisations which includes free general health and dental care for all residents living around BSD City area – in collaboration with Eka Tjipta Foundation, Yayasan Buddhist Tzu Chi, Eka Hospital, Muslim Sinar Mas Foundation, and Tangerang District Health Office. Last but not least, the pillar of peace which features animated films made by young Indonesians at watch parties. During these movie showcases, hundreds of children from several schools gather to meet and share happy experiences with each other.

See: Jonathan Christie Beats Anthony Ginting in All-Indonesian Final at Badminton’s Australian Open 2019

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The Leaded Gasoline Removal Committee (KPBB) have said that the expansion of car restrictions based on the odd and even rationing imposed since 9th September 2019, has not significantly improved Jakarta’s air quality.

When calculated using contributors of pollutants per day in Jakarta, private cars (excluding taxis) only accounted for about 16 percent of pollution, out of a total of 19,350 tons of pollutants. Even in optimum conditions, the maximum reduction of pollution can only be 25 percent – a number which is yet to be achieved. "There is a reduction, but it isn’t significant. It has also not been recalculated for the addition of motorcycle volumes as car users may have been overcame. The largest contributor is motorcycles, reaching 44.53 percent, followed by city buses with 21 percent, trucks with 18 percent, passenger vehicles or cars with 16 percent, etc,” said Executive Director of KPBB, Ahmad Safrudin. Head of Jakarta Environmental Office, Andono Warih, also stated that the impact on the current odd-even expansion began to be felt in the improving air quality. This improvement in air quality is measured using the declining concentrations of size 2.5 pollutants based, on the results of monitoring conducted by the environmental service, performed at the Air Quality Monitoring Station (SPKU) of Hotel Indonesia, Kelapa Gading, and on Jalan Suryopranoto. "Based on our monitored valuation, a reduction in the degree of its saturation can be up to 20 percent measured from PM 2.5. There are 20 percent, some are 11 percent," Andono said. It is believed that Jakarta’s air quality can further improve by suppressing pollution generated by motor vehicles. KPBB hopes that the provincial government of Jakarta is firm and moves fast to overcome this health and environmental concern. Besides restricting the number of vehicles on road, a motor vehicle emissions cap should also be implemented. Source: Kompas Image: Beritagar

See: Jakarta’s Air Quality is the Second Worst in the World

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The international tennis tournament of Asia, Les Pesoftcore, will be hosted by Club Med in collaboration with LACOSTE at Club Med Bali on 4th November 2019.

The best Asian players will compete to get a spot in the main draw of Les pebig As-Le Mondial Lacoste in Tarbes, France. With a total of 60 participants representing more than 10 tennis federations across Asia, this week-long tournament gives young athletes the chance to grab a wild card as a ticket to compete in the competition in January 2020. Known as the event that spawned the world's top players such as Rafael Nadal in 2000 and Richard Gasquet in 1999, Les Pebig As – Le Mondial Lacoste is a leading international junior tennis tournament that started in France in 1983. It is regarded as the world championship for teenage players, aged 14 and under. Following the success of last year's competition, an attractive line-up is expected to be filled with skilled players this year. The Asia Playoffs is also the highest continental event of this age category for under-13s. The tournament has also partnered with The WTA-Professional Women's Tennis Association and Future Stars events. "Interest in tennis in Asia is high, especially for women's tennis for the past 10 years. After working with Club Med Bali last year, we were confident about delivering the best to the young players so they could dig into their potential. The partnership with WTA is legitimising a joint strategy that will help you dig into more and greater tennis talents around the world," said Director of Les Pelingerie As-Asia Playoffs Lacoste, Stephane Gurov. CEO of APAC Markets Club Med, Xavier Desaulles added, “on the success of the first competition of the year, we enthusiastically prepared this beautiful place for the aspiring tennis champions to battle it out again. We are very proud to develop the talent of athletes and support the holistic health of our guests.” Image: Tripadvisor

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The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has stated that since 2013, Jakarta’s ground level has dropped 40 metres and the sinkage is most marked in North Jakarta.

The worst of Jakarta’s northern shore is still sinking by 12cm per year, with the added burden of construction and the natural movement of soil due to tectonic activities. “Parts of the Jakarta basin have seen groundwater levels improve to 35 metres below sea level in 2018, compared with 40 metres below sea level five years earlier,” said Rudy Suhendar, head of the geology department at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources on Wednesday 16th October. Extraction of groundwater in Jakarta over the years has caused layers of rock and sediment to slowly impact on top of each other, causing parts of the city to sink. A report from Wired says that Jakarta’s problem is a chaotic jumble of buildings fighting for space amongst litter and drowning streets. Jakarta could become the first capital to be claimed by climate change if the efforts to counter the problem prove insufficient. Sea level rises, subsidence, and a lack of political action are all noted as contributing factors to the crisis. Another big issue faced by Jakarta is the rising population which has led to piped water services only reaching 60% of the people; those in relatively wealthy areas. The other 40% can’t rely on the rivers because of illegal waste dumping. Source: Reuters, Wired Image: Tirto

See: First Rainfall in Months, Beware of Jakarta Flooding

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A dun and relaxed setting with prime oceanfront views, hand crafted cocktails, and a fresh take on favourite, healthy dishes.

Following its successful opening on 1st February 2019, The Apurva Kempinski Bali is delighted to announce the launch of “Reef Beach Club”, the latest gastronomic venture packed with casual elegance and seaside charm. In line with the resort’s way of adapting rich Indonesian design heritage into its aesthetic beauty, Reef Beach Club heavily emphasises the refined charm of Javanese artistry. The restaurant’s unique shape is inspired by the traditional house of Kudus, a regency in Central Java. Known locally as Rumah Joglo Kudus, the distinctive architecture is easily recognised from its high, soaring roof. Wooden carvings and engraved furniture decorate the space, resulting in a warm and cosy place, complete with an open kitchen and bar area. With a 42-metre infinity pool, lively musical entertainment, and an eclectic mix of Asian and international dishes, Reef Beach Club is set to become a distinguished presence amongst Nusa Dua’s culinary scene. The beach club, which features both outdoor and indoor dining areas, is a laid-back venue suitable for visitors and hotel guests who are keen to enjoy the casual beachfront escapade. Dining at Reef Beach Club is an experience designed to evoke fond memories. The talented team of chefs came up with a wide selection of international dishes, without forgetting the familiar touch of Indonesian flavours. This has resulted in an intriguing mix of food selection, such as a Balinese pizza that combines shrimp and mozeralla cheese with Balinese sauce and traditional herbs. A refreshing line of creative cocktails are also offered, each uniquely created by the beach club’s talented mixologists. Visitors will love to delight in various healthy light-bites and snacks by the pool, or take in the majestic view of the Indian Ocean as the day goes by. “This beach club is yet another affirmation of how versatile experiences at The Apurva Kempinski Bali can be.” General Manager, Vincent Guironnet explained, “The elements presented in the beach club truly represent Indonesia’s tropical characteristics, and the cuisine offered is simply outstanding. I believe Reef Beach Club will be the new go-to destination in Nusa Dua.” Reef Beach Club is open daily from 10:00 to 22:00. A new experience in Nusa Dua, this beach club is simply the place to be.

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Experience the pleasure of greenery in the middle of Jakarta and achieve the dreams of so many families in Jakarta, with a stay in an apartment in the Garden Wing Accommodation at Hotel Borobudur Jakarta.

It offers family dwellings, surrounded by 23 acres of tropical gardens, an 830-metre jogging track, and Olympic-sized swimming pool. Designed with a modern twist, there are two- and three-bedroom options available in size up to 183 metres square. The suites feature a spacious living room, dining room, fully equipped kitchen, en suite bathroom, and private terrace. Access to the wide range of facilities and dining outlets at Hotel Borobudur Jakarta offers comfort and convenience, ideal for both single businessmen and families, with learning and recreational facilities as well as kids’ activities available every Saturday with many fun and exciting games occurring. This Apartment Type Garden Wing Accommodation at Hotel Borobudur Jakarta is strategically located near Gambir Station, the National Monument (Monas), Istiqlal Mosque, Cathedral Church, and other sightseeing attractions. Book directly through and for further information, please contact +62-21 3805555 ext. 74007-014 or

See: National Batik Day at Hotel Borobudur

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People living in Jakarta can soon enjoy a city forest, similar to New York’s Central Park, in GBK, Senayan in the third week of December 2019.

Plataran is currently revitalising this city forest in order to create a greener, healthier, and more peaceful escape from the bustling roads of Jakarta. Plataran focuses on nature, Indonesian culture, community empowerment, and sustainable business development to create a variety of representative outdoor-indoor venues. It’s no wonder Plataran became the designated maintainer of the GBK City Forrest, after a strict selection process conducted by a special selection committee, as well as mentoring conducted by the office of the state attorney. Enriched by Hadiprana Design, the city forest area consists of 4.5 hectares, of which an area of 1.3 hectares is managed by PPKGBK, and an area of 3.2 hectares is managed by Plataran Indonesia under the name of City Forest by Plataran. More trees will be added to give the city a bigger lung capacity, existing buildings will be renovated, and additional facilities such as a restaurant-MICE area, Plataran Tiga From Dining, Pidi Coffee Lounge and Rooftop, conservatorium venue, Plataran wall expressions, Plataran pets playground, Majapahit tribute park, Plataran Putri Dewi amphitheatre, equator exhibition deck, a musholla, jogging track, and half-caged basketball court will entertain visitors. “We want people to get in touch with nature, so we hope that City Forrest by Plataran can be another option for everyone, especially youth, to lean in during their free time and not just going to malls. Enjoy some nibbles and drinks on a rooftop amidst the Indonesian plants and locally-designed buildings, in the middle of Senayan,” said CEO of Plataran, Yozua Makes. With Light of Nusantara as its tagline, this city forest is expected to complement the restaurant facilities and MICE venues with a representative, indoor-outdoor concept in Jakarta for residents of the city, foreign and domestic tourists, and make positive impacts on personal, family, official, and state activities. It’s located in the central business district of Jakarta and can be easily accessed by private and public transportation such as MRT and TransJakarta. About Plataran Indonesia Plataran Indonesia itself was established in 2009 as an Indonesian company that oversees various tourism business units such as hotels, resorts, cruises, spas, restaurants, venues, and nature development areas with locations based in various places in Indonesia. The meaning of the word Plataran is ‘The most liked place of God’.

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Traffic Directorate of Polda Metro Jaya has not closed any roads around the House of Representatives (DPR/MPR) today, Tuesday 14th October.

Yesterday, Polda Metro Jaya closed the road of Gatot Soebroto to Slipi in front of the parliament complex. The closures also covered the streets around the Jakarta Presidential Palace. The actions were in anticipation of another mass demonstration. Kasubditgakkum Polda Metro Jaya, AKBP M Nasir, said the closure of the road is situational, depending on the conditions in the field. "The road will be closed if there is a condition that potentially surges against the traffic," he said. Police chief of Polda Metro Jaya, Irjen Gatot Eddy Pramono, asserted that police officials will not issue a permit for the public to conduct a demonstration until the day of the elected president and vice president, Joko Widodo and Ma'ruf Amin’s inauguration, scheduled for 20th October 2019. "If anyone has submitted a notification letter about requesting permission to protest, we will not give a letter of acceptance. After that, any intentions to protest can be submitted. This is a discretionary decision made by us," said Gatot. Furthermore, Gatot stated that the move was necessary for the procession of the presidential inauguration this Sunday. With some heads of state and ambassadors in attendance, the measure is aimed at maintaining safety and public order. Source: CNN Indonesia Image: Lembaga Pemilih Indonesia

See: LBH Jakarta: 50 Students Missing after DPR Protests

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Matt Reeves and Warner Bros.’ upcoming The Batman, has found its Catwoman: Zoe Kravitz.

The decision was announced over the weekend after a rigorous casting process that saw Ana de Armas, Ella Balinska, Eiza Gonzalez, and Zoe Kravitz reading opposite Robert Pattinson, who is set to play the Dark Knight. The screen testing occurred over the first week of the month, and the four were then narrowed to two late last week. Reeves is directing The Batman, in what is described as a grounded take with a large rogue’s gallery as the antagonists, set to be in theatres on 25th June 2021. Catwoman is one of Batman’s classic foes, who also happens to be one of his longest-lasting loves. A cat burglar and antihero with a whip as her chosen weapon, is the alter ego of Selina Kyle. She was a fixture on the 1960s Batman television show, in which she was played by Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, and Eartha Kitt. Michelle Pfeiffer portrayed the character in her most popular big-screen incarnation, 1992’s Batman Returns, while Halle Berry topped the bill in a 2004 solo outing which bombed at the box office. Anne Hathaway portrayed the character in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises. Source: The Hollywood Reporter Image: The Wrap

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Two of Japan’s J1-League football club players from the team Shonan Bellmare, Go Shibuya and Ryo Kusakabe, along with Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT), entertained hundreds of disaster survivors in the Integrated Community Shelter (ICS) area in Sumari Village, Sindue Subdistrict, Donggala Regency.

These ICS inhabitants were provided with a coaching clinic and a charity match. “We came here to hand over aid in the form of stationery, our club jerseys, soccer balls, and other assistance to the evacuees. We are working with Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) to channel this assistance,” the two players said in front of the refugees who were enthusiastic about their arrival. These players entertained hundreds of residents by holding an exhibition match on the mini football field located in front of ICS Sumari. Ryo Kusakabe revealed that residents in the city of Palu and Sumari village were very friendly and smiley despite of the earthquake, tsunami, and landslides that have happened. Hundreds of Sumari residents watched the game enthusiastically. They laughed; amazed at the Japanese players’ skills when shooting the ball into the opponent’s goal. After the game was over, the ICS inhabitants gathered around the two football players for pictures and selfies. ”Shonan Bellmare has collaborated with PWJ since 2013 in every humanitarian activity, including this one. We are here to give happiness. The assistance we brought is a donation from our fans and players. Hopefully, this assistance can inspire the evacuees and locals to produce professional footballers here,” said Kusakabe in his speech. ACT Central Sulawesi Branch Manager, Nurmarjani Loulembah, stated that she was very grateful that Shonan Bellmare football club was able to entertain and uplift the spirit of the evacuees. ”Insha Allah, this activity can uplift the spirit of the Sumari villagers to rise after the disaster. We also urge Sumari residents to use the ICS and its facilities the best way possible and maintain them,” she said. She also hoped that through this event, future professional football players will appear to make the region and even the country proud. The game between Shonan Bellmare players and the evacuees was quite intense. The evacuees provided significant resistance to the two players, even though at the end of the match the evacuees lost. The ICS inhabitants and the locals who watched the game were very enthusiastic and did not leave the location until the game ended. After the match, Shonan Bellmare management distributed jerseys and soccer balls to the evacuees. Inside this ICS complex, there are 96 shelters occupied by 96 families. Many supporting facilities were built such as mosque, public restrooms, clean water sources, classrooms, etc.

See: The Sea Gypsies of the Togean

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A Sydney woman has been found guilty and is now facing jail in Bali over the death of a teenager in a road traffic crash in Bali.

Susan Leslie O’Brien was charged with one count of negligent driving causing death. Today, 14th October, was the first day of her trial in Negara District Court in west Bali. The charge comes with a maximum six-year prison sentence. O’Brien has been detained in jail since the accident on August 14. She was represented by two lawyers. Prosecutor Arief Ramadhoni explained that it was alleged that due to O’Brien’s lack of caution when overtaking a truck on the road, she hit a motorcyclist coming in the opposite direction. The victim, 19-year-old Rizki Akbar Putra, died at the scene on 14th August. It was reported that O’Brien drove a Suzuki APV car from south to north with a speed of 70km/h when the accident occurred. The court was told that at the time Rizki had lost control of his motorbike, fell down, and was hit by the car driven by O’Brien, who had been unable to slow enough to avoid the accident. "The defendant was on the right and flashed her lights. However at the same time, a motorbike driven by Rizki Akbar Putra came from Gilimanuk to Denpasar," the prosecutor alleged. Source: 7News Image: MSN

See: Purchasing Land in Bali? Know What You Are Buying

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Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta has been awarded as the highest rank hotel in Indonesia by Condé Nast Traveller’s 2019 Global Readers’ Choice Award Top 20 Hotels in Asia; the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry - commonly referred to as “the best of the best of travel”.

“It is an incredible achievement and testament to the whole team here at Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta,” says Yonatan Kachko, General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta. “Thank you for your support and we look forward to further build on this positive recognition to provide the very best in hospitality and culinary experiences to our guests.” Located on the doorstep of the city’s prime dining, lifestyle and business district, Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta is a light-filled oasis of calm, inspired luxury, and gives you room to relax and breathe in the heart of Indonesia’s bustling centre of commerce and trade. Offering warm, genuine, and unscripted care, our urban sanctuary is at an elevated level of taste and sophistication, providing the most Instagrammable backdrops for families to come and capture some truly memorable moments. To celebrate this special moment, the hotel is offering an Urban Retreat promotion where guests can take advantage of 25% off from best available rate. To make a reservation, please call +6221 2277 1888 or book online. About Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta As the world’s leading operator of luxury hotels, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts currently manages 115 properties in 48 countries. Open since July 2016, Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta provides a preferred address for both business and leisure travellers, and the highly personalised, anticipatory service that Four Seasons guests expect and value around the world. Recent awards and honours include Condé Nast Traveler’s list of ‘Top 20 Hotels in Asia’ in the 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards. For more information on Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta, visit or

See: National Batik Day at Hotel Borobudur

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Ever heard of Sea Breacher Adventure? Jump into your own hybrid of a jet and marine mammal in Serangan, Bali. Inside this semi-submersible rocket, you are capable of going about 80km/h above the sea and 40km/h under; you’ll get the thrill of your life! It’s a watercraft with a jet-like cockpit that allows you to speed and splash through water. Become dolphin-like in the beautiful waters of Bali and dive for 5 to 15 seconds and go up to 2 metres under the surface. You can also roll up and do sharp-turning as the jet machinery is incredibly easy to maneuver. Ever think of yourself as a Top Gun? Fight against the G-force and jump 6 metres out of the waves! Worried about safety? There’s nothing to be concerned about as the glass is made from F16 fighter-grade, and this “big boy toy” is nearly unsinkable. With nothing to be scared of, just fasten your belt and jump like a dolphin in the open sea! Serangan Watersports/ Sea Breacher Adventure: Jl. Tukad Punggawa, Serangan, Denpasar Sel., Denpasar, Bali 80229. Ph: 081 139 988 22. GO CANYONING WITH ADVENTURE & SPIRIT The magical landscape of Bali’s canyons were formed by telluric forces from the beginning of time. Walk, jump, and swim through wild jungles and gorges to reach unseen waterfalls. Get into this extreme sport with a professional team, with no danger. At Adventure & Spirit, they have different levels of tracks that will suit almost anybody. Without any special climbing practice, you will be able to complete the circuit and get the adrenaline rush of a lifetime. This sport involves many different descent options, ranging from cliff jumps, sliding, or rappelling. Experienced instructors will watch over you, ensuring your safety along this unusual trek. Team spirit is a must, with an atmosphere of friendship and togetherness. If you want to discover the unseen corners of the stunning nature of Bali, this is the activity to go for. Adventure & Spirit canyoning trips will provide a complete experience of waterfall sliding and swimming. Adventure & Spirit: Jl. Raya Mas No.62, MAS, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571. Ph: 085 333 885 598. GENTLEMEN, START YOUR ENGINE WITH BALI SPEED GO-KART Ever fancied racing like Lewis Hamilton in an open four-wheeler? Build up your speed on this smooth asphalt track located in Kuta, and keep your pedal to the metal around the sinuous turns. Hot wheels never turn down a time attack challenge in a go-kart! These small machines are considered to be the first step to climbing the ladder up to single-seater racing. They have been a regular adrenaline activity in Bali for more than 20 years and there are now many circuits on the island. Bali Speed Go-kart has now also opened in Kuta, so if you want to try out your skills behind the wheel, they offer you the best opportunity, notably they use a high-tech timing system to analyse your performance. For beginners, some basic instructions will be provided by the crew, including how to properly handle the 270cc machine capable of 70km/h. Are you ready for racing, petrol heads? Bali Speed Gokart: Jl Raya Kuta no 88, Kuta-Bali. Ph: 081 270 502 277. ME TARZAN, YOU JANE, AT BALI TREETOP ADVENTURE PARK Bali Treetop Adventure is a fun park located in Bali Botanical Garden, Bedugul, Bali. It’s set in a beautiful forest and offer a series of rope-walking courses among the trees. From beginners to confirmed acrobats, the place offers a unique and refreshing nature experience for people of all ages. Different levels of difficulty make this nature outing appropriate for almost everybody in the family, whatever your level or experience. With different circuits, everyone can have fun in the chilly hills of the botanical park. From 4-year old kids to adults and the over-70s, it can be done by anybody (with a maximum weight of 120kg). If you’re concerned about nature, there’s nothing to be worried about here; all circuit platforms are held in place using a system protecting the trees from any damage. Adrenaline sport, yes: but not at any cost for Mother Nature! Bali Treetop Adventure Park: Kebun Raya Bali, Candikuning, Baturiti, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82191. Ph: (0361) 9340009 HASHING IN BALI: BETWEEN EASY STROLLING AND EXTREME TRAIL RUNNING They call it a drinking club with a running problem. Hash House Harriers is an international group of non-competitive running social clubs. The origins of Hash House Harriers started in Malaysia in 1938 when a group of colonial officers began meeting to run off the excesses of the weekend. In Bali, Bali Hash House Harriers (BHHH) was founded in 1977. Who can hash? Anyone of any age and gender, for fun, fitness, and friendship, like they say. For a bit of running or walking in Bali’s beautiful countryside, put on your running shoes and go! But don’t be misled, it can be very tough and even dangerous as the trails - different each time - are occasionally set in very challenging areas of Bali. Bali Hash House Harriers:,

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Golfrid Siregar, an activist with the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), was found unconscious with serious injured on a street in Medan, Sumatra, on 3rd October.

Golfrid was taken to a local hospital, after being discovered by a pedicab driver, but never regained consciousness and died on 6th October. In response, Walhi has urged the police to conduct an independent investigation into the death of the activist. They claim there are suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and that Golfrid’s job could have made him a target. Before the incident, Golfrid had represented the Indonesian Forum for the Environment in a lawsuit against North Sumatra’s governor. The case was regarding the governor’s approval of the construction of the US$1.5 billion Batang Toru hydroelectric dam in 2017. Golfrid, on behalf of Walhi, stated that there was a problem in reference to the permit issuance process. He had also sought legal action against the police in a related matter - for their alleged failure to adequately respond to a complaint. State news agency Antara has reported that the police initially said the incident appeared to be a traffic accident. However, on Thursday 10th October Medan’s chief detective, Eko Hartanto, said the pedicab driver and two other men who took Golfrid to hospital, had become suspects for stealing the victim’s belongings such as a bag, laptop, wallet, and phone. Walhi explained that Golfrid suffered injuries to his head that appeared to come from a blunt object, but there were no wounds on other parts of his body. Another institution also has raised this case. Amnesty International Indonesia researcher Papang Hidayat said there should be an independent investigation, “because the victim had raised cases on environmental and human rights crimes against local people, whose network of perpetrators don’t only involve corporations but also the state apparatus”. Source: Reuters, Human Rights Watch Image: Mongabay

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The WhizMate Loyalty Membership, one of the special programmes from Intiwhiz Hospitality Management, is offering more benefits as a special reward for guests who join up and enjoy a staycation experience in any of the hotel’s brands of Intiwhiz Hospitality Management; Whiz Capsule Hotel, Whiz Hotel, Whiz Prime Hotel, Grand Whiz, Whiz Residence, and Swift Inn.

Launched in 2016, WhizMate celebrated its 3rd Anniversary on 10th October 2019 with series of exciting activities, including a treasure hunt which invited people to find the hidden WhizMate balloon in the areas surrounding the hotels. A picture was taken with the balloons and uploaded to social media, entitling those who found them to special merchandise and exclusive vouchers from Intiwhiz Hospitality Management.

Redeeming your points through WhizMate have just be loaded with extra privileges this October. WhizMate is offering double points for guests who book their rooms through the WhizMate application, which also comes with additional benefits such as late check-out until 3pm (depending on the location of the hotel), discounts for F&B purchases, and special merchandise.

Successfully operating 25 hotel units spread across Indonesia, Intiwhiz Hospitality Management have 5 hotel brands, namely Whiz Capsule, Whiz Hotel, Whiz Prime Hotel, Grand Whiz Hotel and Swift Inn, with plans to further spread the brand with new developments and upcoming hotel projects.

For more information on how to join the membership of WhizMate, please download the application on App Store or Play Store, or click and or contact the call centre on 021-571 0099.

See: Innovative Pop Art Dishes at Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta

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Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Wiranto, underwent an operation at the Gatot Subroto Central Army Hospital (RSPAD), Jakarta after being stabbed in his stomach by unknown men in Pandeglang, Banten around noon.

Wiranto was at the gate of Menes Square, Purwaraja village, Menes sub-district, Pandeglang, to officiate the opening of a joint university building for the University of Matha’ul Anwar. Two perpetrators are currently being held under police custody. They are a married couple with the initials SA, theusband, and FA, his wife. Head of Public Information Bureau of Police Relations Division of the Company (Pol) Dedi Prasetyo explained that the couple initially pretended to convey their warm greetings to Wiranto. Wiranto got out of his car when SA suddenly approached and began to stab Wiranto with a sharp object until he fell down, and FA took her chance to stab Wiranto too. Wiranto was immediately rushedto RSUD Berkah Pandeglang to receive intensive treatment. Doctors identified a couple of stab wounds in his stomach. Soon after, Wiranto was brought to RSPAD Jakarta via helicopter. "Currently, he is still under operation, being done by the RSPAD’s team of doctors. On this occasion, let’s pray for his recovery - hopefully it will be a speedy one," said President Joko Widodo, after visiting Wiranto. Source: Kompas Image: Tempo

See: Wiranto: Papua Protests Orchestrated by External Organisation

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Ladies, ladies, ladies. Forget about your work drama, love karma, or whatever drama has been drowning your thoughts.

Instead, straighten your crown, get your confidence on point, slick on your favorite lipstick, and rock out your best outfit of the night – it’s time to hit Jakarta with your girlfriends because it’s ladies’ night! Some bars and clubs offer major discounts, free cover charge, and even free flow sweet cocktails on ladies’ night. Sounds interesting? Here are the top 10 ladies’ night hotspots in Jakarta: [caption id="attachment_42885" align="alignnone" width="1179"] Source: Henshin[/caption] 1. Henshin, The Westin Get a special price for Grey Goose and get 2 for 1 on selected cocktails and wines while you hit the dance floor to R’n’B classics with Danti Hanoum. Day and time: Wednesdays, all night long Address: Level 67-69, The Westin Jakarta, Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav C-22 Jakarta. For more details: RSVP to 0878-0002-8008 or email [caption id="attachment_42887" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: Fairmont[/caption] 2. K22 Bar, Fairmont Hotel Light bites such as a mini burgers or sliders, chicken wings, french fries etc. can accompany your drinking, along free flow cocktails for Rp250,000 per person. Day and time: Thursdays 7:00pm – 10:00pm Address: Jl. Asia Afrika No.8, Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta For more details: RSVP to (021) 29703333 or email [caption id="attachment_42892" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Source: CASA Indonesia[/caption] 3. Hakkasan Hakkasan’s very own Hakkatini Nights features 6 signature cocktails specially served for ladies who need to wind down. Ladies can enjoy a complimentary snack after ordering 3 cocktails. Day and time: Wednesdays, at 7:30pm onwards Address: Hakkasan Jakarta, Hotel Alila SCBD lt. 25-26, Jakarta Selatan. Contact: RSVP to (021) 5080 8766 or visit Instagram @hakkasanjakarta [caption id="attachment_42886" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Source: Jakarta100bars[/caption] 4. Jenja On three out of four days of the week, Jenja welcomes ladies with free entry that comes with free flow vodka and a chosen mixer. Day and time: Wednesdays & Weekends from 10:00pm – 12:00am Address: Cilandak Town Square 1st Floor, Jl. T.B. Simatupang, Jakarta. Contact: 0822-1181-3383 or visit Instagram @jenjajkt 5. McGettigan’s The band Morning Coffee starts performing at 9:00pm, while ladies can order 3 free drinks and receive 50% off. Day and time: Wednesdays, from 10:00pm onwards Address: Menara BTPN Basement 1 (Sunken Plaza), Jl. Dr. Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung, Mega Kuningan, Jakarta. For more details: RSVP to 0812-8412-1985 or visit Instagram @mcgettigansmegakuningan [caption id="attachment_42889" align="alignnone" width="700"] Source: Chope[/caption] 6. Molly Malone’s This one is a spectacular deal. Ladies can enjoy 50% off all cocktails, get a free bottle of wine for groups of 5 women, and a free shot on arrival. Day and time: Wednesdays, from 8:00pm onwards Address: Molly Malone’s Irish Pub, Arcadia, Plaza Senayan Jakarta. Contact:  RSVP to (021) 579 01433 or visit Instagram @mollymalonesjkt 7. De Burse Enjoy a discount of 50% off all drinks by the glass, free welcome cocktails, and live music starting at 9:30pm. Day and time: Wednesdays, from 8:00pm onwards Address: Equity Tower Lower Ground, Jl. Jenderal Sudirman, Senayan, Jakarta. Contact: RSVP to (021) 29035451 or visit Instagram @cafedebursejakarta 8. Cazbar Ladies can also get a 50% discount at Cazbar on selected cocktails and jam out to live music starting at 9:00pm. Day and time: Every first and last Thursdays of the month, all night long Address: Menara Anugrah, Ground Floor, Jl. Lingkar Mega Kuningan, Kuningan, Jakarta Contact: RSVP to (021) 5764582 or visit Instagram @cazbar.jakarta 9. De Hooi Located a little further south of Jakarta, this Pondok Indah friendly pub has live music seven nights a week. As a bonus, ladies get a discount of 50% off all drinks on ladies’ night. Day and time: second, fourth and fifth Thursdays of the month, all night long Address: Pondok Indah Plaza 2, Jl. Metro Pondok Indah, Pondok Indah, Jakarta Contact: RSVP to (021) 7500742 or visit Instagram @dehooikeren [caption id="attachment_42890" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: Zomato[/caption] 10. Murphy’s Irish Pub Ladies get half-price cocktails, but both ladies and gents are offered buy 1 get 1 free San Miguel beers. Day and time: Sundays from 9:00pm-11:00pm Address: Kemang Raya No.11, Kemang, Jakarta Selatan Contact: RSVP to (021)71791471or visit Instagram @murphysjakarta

See: Top 10 Unusual Buildings in Indonesia

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The rainy season is starting and it’s time for Jakartans to prepare for the coming floods and deluges.

According to the head of the Disaster Data and Information Center (Pusdatin) of BPBD DKI Jakarta, M Ridwan, there are at least 17 districts and 25 sub-districts in Jakarta identified as areas prone to flooding when heavy rains arrive. The areas are spread across all parts of the city of Jakarta. "Data of flooding in 2013 to 2016 shows that these areas are three times more likely to experience flooding if there are high-intensity rains," Ridwan said. Based on data collated by BPBD, the 17 districts which are prone to flooding are Cengkareng; Kalideres; Kebon Jeruk; Kembangan; Kebayoran Baru; Kebayoran Lama; Pancoran; Pesanggrahan; Cilandak; Mampang Praptan; Pasar Minggu; Jatinegara; Makasar; Kramat Jati; Ciracas; Pademangan; and Penjaringan. Meanwhile, the 25 sub-districts at high flood risk are Rawa Buaya; Tegal Alur; Kedoya Selatan; Kedoya Utara; Kembangan Utara; Cipete Utara; Petogogan; Cipulir; Pondok Pinang; Rawajati; Ulujami; Pondok Labu; Bangka; Pejaten Timur; and Jatipadang. Furthermore, Bidara Cina; Kampung Melayu; Cawang; Cililitan; Cipinang Melayu; Makasar; Rambutan; Pademangan Barat; Pluit; and Penjaringan. The DKI Jakarta Water Resources Department (SDA) has alerted thousands of personnel to be ready to deal with floods in Jakarta. These officers are prepared to go down during the rainy season. "Until now, there are 8,000 people who are ready if needed to go down to flooded location," Head of DKI Jakarta SDA Juaini Yusuf said. Source: Detik, Kompas Image: Tempo

See: Jakarta’s Air Quality is the Second Worst in the World

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Sekolah Ciputra is the largest single campus International Baccalaureate (IB) Continuum School and the only IB school in Surabaya and East Java to offer all three International Baccalaureate programmes.

These programmes span the years from Play Group to Grade 12. The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) provides the educational framework for our students in Play Group, Kindergarten and the Elementary School, the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) for Grades 7-10 and the IB Diploma Programme (DP) for Grades 11-12. Currently, students going into Grade 11 are also able to choose a Science or Humanities strand in a two-year School Based Programme which leads to local matriculation. The IB distinguishes itself as a programme with unique academic rigour and an emphasis on students’ personal development. This challenging educational programme is offered by a worldwide community of schools striving to create a better, more peaceful world. An IB education is recognised and highly regarded by universities around the world. In the High School at Sekolah Ciputra, we offer the MYP and DP. Each of these programmes provides a detailed and developmentally appropriate curriculum framework that is broad, balanced, conceptual and connected. IB programmes offer students access to a broad and balanced range of academic studies and learning experiences. The experience and skills they gain from this exposure distinguishes them as potential leaders and significant contributors in a global context. Our 2019 cohort of DP students performed incredibly in their IB exams, with seven students scoring 40 points or better. Our top performing student scored 44 points, one less than the maximum score of 45. While we will always celebrate student success, Sekolah Ciputra’s over-arching mission aims to develop students who are proud of their national identity, who embrace the spirit of entrepreneurship, celebrate cultural diversity and possess the skills, integrity and resilience to participate in a changing global society. None of this is tested solely in an examination room. For us at Sekolah Ciputra it is much more than this. It is the variety of skills developed, whether through music, drama, the arts, sport, Model United Nations (MUN), international travel, leadership and much more, that makes a school a success. Moreover, it is the encouragement of the individual, the support and the engagement of teachers and parents that is most likely to create a culture in which real success can be nurtured. Contact us or, better still, arrange with us to come and visit. There is nothing better than seeing it all in the flesh!

See: Sekolah Perkumpulan Mandiri (SPM): A School with International Perspective

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Hotel Borobudur Jakarta has been known as an eco-hotel with environmentally friendly credentials for a long time.

Located on Jalan Lapangan Banteng Selatan, it’s known for its luscious green spaces laid out over 23 acres of land, giving it a feel and look of an oasis in the middle of the busy and crowded Jakarta. Hotel Borobudur Jakarta itself has already been certified for its eco friendliness by TUV Rheinland Group of Germany, and by the Ministry of Environment for PROPER Excellency Program in the blue category. Moreover, Hotel Borobudur Jakarta has also received an ASEAN Green Hotel Award over 2014 to 2016, making it one of the greenest hotels in the whole South East Asia. For all these reasons, it’s no wonder Hotel Borobudur Jakarta snatched one of the most prestigious awards at the Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Awards 2019, held by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism. At the awards night on Thursday 26th September 2019, Hotel Borobudur Jakarta, represented by Eco Hotel and Food Safety Manager Issafyanto Syah, accepted the award as a Green Hotel from the Indonesian Minister of Tourism, Dr. Ir. Arief Yahya, M.Sc. Hotel Borobudur Jakarta still stands by the commitment to be an eco-hotel by running programmes for environmentally friendly conservation. Not only by maintaining its green areas, but also in waste management, water treatment, and every other aspect of operations, resulting in the support for the government programme of tourism for a sustainable travel industry.

See: National Batik Day at Hotel Borobudur

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It is no longer a secret that the air quality in Jakarta is fairly bad. In fact, in the past couple of months, Jakarta has consistently ranked one of the most polluted cities in the world as recorded by air quality monitoring sites such as Air View.

While it is commonly acknowledged that daily exposure to air pollution at the high levels that are occurring in Jakarta (and other big cities in Indonesia) is harmful to its residents, not many fully understand the profound and lifelong effects of access to clean air, or the lack of it, have on a child for the rest of his or her life. Star with Clean Air: Right Start, Bright Future The most critical phase of a child’s development occurs in the first 1,000 days – from the beginning of a woman’s pregnancy to the second birthday of the child. The physical and cognitive development of an unborn child in the womb is critical. Development is happening more rapidly during this phase than at any other time. The 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and the child’s second birthday offer a unique window of opportunity to build a healthier and brighter future. Little Brains Need Clean Air to Learn: Opportunity for Brain Development A child’s physical growth, including brain growth, is influenced in the womb. Stunted growth often due to a pregnant woman’s lack of access to good nutrition, clean air and water, beigns in the womb and often causes irreversible physical and mental disabilities. At birth, a child’s brain is developing its ability to process images (vision) and sound (hearing), from birth to age one. The abilities to recognize and remember language and images like the faces of parents and siblings. From the age of one to two, a child’s brain develops its ability to process language, quadrupling the number of words he or she can use, and performs more complex tasks, making the child more aware of his or her emotions and intentions. The exposure to air pollution will affect all parts of the brain. There are a number of bad impacts which affect the children permanently. It will delay the brain’s ability to process information, especially in visual and auditory. Worse, the exposure to air pollution will damage the brain’s development and lead to certain mental disease, such as low IQ, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), slow learning, depression, anxiety, and any other mental illness. Little Lungs Need Clean Air to Grow: Healthy Lungs, Healthy Kids Asthma is the most common chronic lung condition in children worldwide. Breathing indoor and outdoor air pollutants increases the risk of developing childhood asthma. Not just asthma, impairment in lung development and function in children is also the direct result of breathing polluted air. Air pollution stunts lung development and function, reducing lung capacity by up to 10 percent in children, aged eight to ten years. Air pollution contributes to respiratory infections, such as pneumonia and bronchitis in children, according to WHO. Airborne particles inhaled indoors is the leading cause of death, contributing to about 50 percent of all deaths due to pneumonia among children under the age of five, as their immune and metabolic systems are still developing, making them more susceptible to frequent respiratory infections. The exposure to air pollution by developing lungs is a trigger to lots of respiratory diseases, not only asthma attack, but also lung cancer, wheezing and coughing, lung tissue redness/ swelling, susceptibility to infections, cardiovascular harm, and shortness of breath. Little Solution for Clean Air: What Blueair can do for your child? Blueair captures 99.97 percent of all airborne pollutants down to the microscopic size of a virus, including pollen, dust, pet dander, mold spores, smoke, allergens, and bacteria. All airborne pollutants are electrostatically charged when passing through Blueair, making sure that even the tiniest pollutants are immobilized and captured by the specially designed filter. A unique 360-degree filter design allows for high intake to clean the air effectively, offering best-in-class performance. Blueair’s optional combination filter with active carbon is also highly effective against smoke, odours, gases and VOC. For the first 1,000 days and beyond, trust Blueair in keeping the air clean 24/7 for a healthier and brighter future for your child.

See: Awesome Tips to Help Children Go Green

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The Environment Fund Agency, supervised by Indonesia’s Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati and Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar, is taking part in the development of a carbon trading market aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

With an initial capital investment of Rp2.1 trillion (US$148million), the agency will help Indonesia’s effort to achieve its commitment of lowering carbon emissions by 29% on its own, and by 41% with international support, by 2030 as a signatory to the Paris climate agreement. The climate protocol is a global pact to reduce carbon dioxide emissions that are drive climate change. An estimated Rp1,065 trillion ($75,2 million) is needed for South East Asia’s largest economy to fund efforts to manage and protect the environment in the four years up to 2020. But the agency, according to Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, will also fund various carbon reduction programmes for ministries and will seek multiple sources of financing. “The agency can potentially manage as much as Rp800trillion in the future,” she added. Key details about the new agency include: • Funding for the agency can come from public and private sectors and from bilateral or multilateral agreements, as well as philanthropic pledges. • The agency is expected to be an institution that can provide financing for environmental programmes, not only in the form of budgets but also by providing equity or guarantees. • Funds are also expected to provided in the form of small grants to people as well as making investments in managing community forests, transforming abandoned mines to be eco-tourism sites, and managing land and forest fires. • The government has sets aside Rp109.7trillion of funds for climate-related matters in the 2018 state budget Source: Bloomberg Image: NBC

See: President Jokowi Issues Permanent Moratorium in Deforestation

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Batik is a technique that uses wax-resist dying being applied to a cloth.

Originating in Indonesia, UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has recognised Batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on 2nd October 2009. Now celebrating 2nd October as National Batik Day in Indonesia, people commit to wearing Batik attire and to organise various related activities in an effort to maintain and use Batik, not only for formal events but during in any occasion. Hotel Borobudur Jakarta joins the celebration of National Batik Day and, in collaboration with Batik Tjempaka Gading, presents Batik Corner, which started on 1st October and is running until 14th October 2019, located in the Bogor Cafe. Various kinds of Batik representing different regions of Indonesia are on display and guests are invited to learn how to draw Batik in the traditional way, from preparation of the wax to the drying process of the fabric directly from the expert of Batik Tjempaka Gading. As a special on Sunday, guests who are staying at the hotel and dine in at Bogor Cafe are able to bring their children to get free Batik drawing classes and bring their finished Batik home. Hotel Borobudur Jakarta has always participated in National Batik Day over the years as a commitment to support and conserve the heritage of Indonesian Batik, not only in Indonesia but also worldwide. The hotel’s management and staff took part in the celebrations of National Batik Day by wearing their best Batik outfits for the whole day on 2nd October 2019.

See: Marriott Launches New Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Jimbaran

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There are so many amazing ways to move towards a greener and more sustainable lifestyle.

Now is the time to support a healthier planet by limiting waste and finding simple ways to cut down on electricity, as well as reusing the items you already own. Take your family on the path towards greener living. We have great ideas on how you can contribute to the much larger picture; every little bit counts! When you lead by example – showing that you respect the environment – your friends and family will do the same. Here are some awesome tips to encourage the next generation to become earth-friendly. LEARN TO RESPECT NATURE Do you and your family like animals? Set up bird feeders, a birdbath, and birdhouses around your home. You can clean out and refill the bath daily with your kids. Why not create your own organic garden, and start a compost pile to reduce food waste? A couple days at the beach or national park can offer plenty of opportunities for you to discover and discuss the plants and animals you see and why it's important to protect their habitats. Does your kids’ school sponsor green activities, like pitching in to help clean up a local park? RECYCLING IS EASY Recycling is important for everyone’s future. Have a family discussion about the rules for recycling. Make sure that you have the right bins for different types of waste and label them so your kids know what to do. It’s fun to sort items, place them in the correct bins, and take the containers out for collection. After the bins have been emptied, you can have your kids rinse them out if they're dirty. Whether you’re using paper products, plastics, or upcycling, ask your little ones to think every day about what can be saved from going to landfill. CLEAN WITH NATURAL PRODUCTS Around the family home we can use safe natural products instead of commercial cleaning preparations. Parents can show their kids how to help with little things like deodorising carpets with baking soda: wait 15 minutes and then vacuum! It’s possible to use vinegar and baking soda for everything from oven cleaning and drain clearing to stain removal and metal polishing. Lots of websites offer green cleaning tips, and some stores carry pre-made, nontoxic cleaners for people who don't want to make their own. SWITCH TO ENERGY-EFFICIENT LIGHT BULBS Energy efficient bulbs may be a little more expensive, but it’s worth it because they can last five times longer than regular light bulbs and are very bright, so you won’t need to turn on as many lights at home. Energy-efficient compact fluorescent (CFLs) or LED bulbs need to be handled carefully, but you can start to teach your children about replacing lightbulbs responsibly early on. Teach them to unplug electrical chargers not in use, as they still consume electricity when plugged in. RECHARGE BATTERIES Check that rechargeable batteries are being used for your electronics and toys. Show your kids that they can use a solar charger to charge mobiles, tablets, and readers and learn how to care for and recharge them. As well as reducing garbage, it keeps toxic metals like mercury, out of landfills. Save energy by lowering your air conditioner a few degrees. You and your family won’t notice much of a difference, but the environment will. TAKE QUICK, EFFICIENT SHOWERS Little changes make a difference. Think about your water usage. You can do this in your daily life by showing your children to turn off water while brushing their teeth, and washing their face. In addition, cutting down your family’s shower time can save more water and make a bigger impact than you may think. It's estimated that during a shower we are using an average of 2.5 gallons per minute from a typical showerhead. Reduce your family’s shower length and you’ll save a lot of water across the country. CARRY A REUSABLE BAG AND WATER BOTTLE Have you and your children take reusable bags to the store with you instead of opting for paper or plastic. Buy everyone in the household a BPA-free water bottle and make sure to carry it in your reusable bag! Reuse old water bottles instead of tossing out a new bottle every time you need to quench your thirst. Indonesia’s landfills are overflowing with tons of discarded water bottles alone. Avoid aerosol sprays too. It’s easy to find products in pump sprays as an alternative: just look for items with environmentally responsible labels. CONSERVE ENERGY AT HOME When you’re not using appliances or you’re not in a room, make sure everyone in the house knows to turn off lights and other electronics. As parents, remind your kids to turn off lights when they're not in use, and power down computers. Why not turn off the TV when nobody's watching it? You can use special sensors for turning lights on or off in a room. BUY LESS AND BORROW As a family it’s important to only buy what you actually need. In this consumer culture only purchase what is really necessary: you’ll be going green and saving money too. If you have the option, why not borrow items instead of buying them? There may be plenty of items available for rent, which can reduce more landfill waste. In addition, you can download music and movies electronically. STAY IN GREEN HOTELS When going on holiday, talk with the family about staying at an eco-friendly hotel. There are great green hotels such as K-Syle Eco Hotel, Samaya Ubud, Hotel Borobudur, St Regis, Kila Senggigi Beach Lombok, and Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta. Don’t forget to remind the kids to turn off the A/C and fans when you leave your room. Placing your towel in the hotel or villas laundry basket means you want a new one, if not the old one stays! Let maids know if your bed linen needs changing. Teaching children to maintain the beauty of mother earth can be achieved when you give them simple solutions to work with. Kids are increasingly passionate when asked to contribute towards a greener lifestyle. With guidance, children can grow up to become stewards of the environment, so their world will be a cleaner, greener, more environmentally conscious place.

See: Do Sports Make Kids Smarter?

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But then so is the place itself – Kampong Glintung. It’s well off the main drag, down a drab driveway, imprisoned by a high factory wall smeared by graffiti. None of the images are artistic or original. The clang of metal from the hidden workshop doesn’t better the ambiance. Maybe the GPS has given the wrong spot and it’s time to turn back? Then, bang! A hit to the eyes, not to the ears. Grim yields to charm right at the junction where the ugliness ends and beauty begins. The house of retired driver Sukoco, 60, and his family mark the intersection. Although their two-story home leaves no space for a forecourt, it could still justify being named Verdant Villa. With no room to spread out, the couple has gone up; clothing their abode with a multicoloured, vertical garden. “Malang is getting hotter every year,” said Sukoco’s wife Sri Winarti, 58. “Pollution is a problem. So is littering. But plants make such a big difference.” She’s not a lone voice. Apart from the colour, there’s a feeling of calm though many of the residents are busy in the alleys. The location is hard, concrete, urban, but the talk and activities are green. An open drain runs alongside the asphalt. Unlike the residents, it’s in a rush so there’s no odour. The occasional plastic bag shows that not all obey the “Don’t Litter” notices. “The rubbish comes from upstream,” said Sukoco, busily gravity feeding culvert water onto street plants. It’s not just individuals’ homes that are flowering. Every flat spot on the sidewalk has a pot. The locals call their project Glintung Go Green, or “3G,” which is smart publicity as the term is widely known from wireless mobile technology. But here it signals to bring the country to the city. The idea was first planted by agricultural advisor Bambang Trianto seven years ago when he was elected Rukun Warga (RW – community leader) for a nearby street. When Indonesia Expat visited 3G, he was in Jakarta running seminars on how to get city dwellers to find the sweet spot in the spectrum between blue and yellow. On the phone he said that as RW he tried to persuade residents to garden, but his successor was not so keen and the project faltered. The family moved in 2017 and decided to lead in their new home by doing, not directing. Going green can give us the warm fuzzies, what academics label “virtue signaling.” But sustaining moral comfort entails more than words and water. Laggards need encouragement. Like marriage, nature requires regular refreshment. Some plants can survive a nuclear winter – others shrivel in a sunbeam. Having a green thumb helps, but skills can be nurtured if there’s an abundance of enthusiasm. “I don’t know the names of the plants, but I know what they want,” said Sri Winarti. “I’ve taught myself by watching them grow and listening to people with more experience.” Bambang’s wife, Erni Irianto, 62, can identify some species. Her favourites are members of the Sansevieria trifasciata family. Also known as snake plants, they seem to withstand excesses of care or neglect, so are good starters for amateurs. “The kampong was quite dirty and polluted when we arrived,” she said. “There was also a lot of petty crime. We wanted people to feel proud of their streets so started putting plants on top of walls.” It was a technique also used by Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew, whose government draped Vernonia elliptica over the facades of old buildings to disguise the grime. In Indonesia, the curtain creeper now bears the late Prime Minister’s name. It’s become a trendy plant around hotel foyers, though not over-used in 3G. That’s because the 150 households aren’t into a monoculture. If a shrub can be grown from a cutting, those with abundance offer twigs to others. Seeds and suckers get swapped. Outsiders can buy. A bunch that plants together blooms together. In one street is a state elementary school where the students play in a yard that was once a dustbowl. Now, the kids have shade from trees and should hopefully grow up more aware of the value of nurturing the environment. Awards and a notice board of visitors’ compliments decorate one wall of Bambang Trianto’s house. Among them; a message from Michael Clifton, formerly of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission: “Privileged to witness an inspiring model of community pride in action. Powerful proof of the power of passion and leadership to change lives.” Bambang has a home business making tempe, soybean cake. On the roof above the kitchen, he and his wife are building a seminar room where the principles of conservation, composting, recycling, and developing the green economy can be taught. “We think this will be the only place in Indonesia where a community is educating others,” she said. “We haven’t had any government support.” “The most effective way to explain the benefits of going green is by example. That's what we’re doing.”

See: Green Turtles Set Free by Bali Police after Undergoing Traumatic Journey

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The list of statements by eco-aware millennials posting on their social media accounts goes on and on. Yet, the zero-waste lifestyle still draws a big, bold question mark from most of society. In short, zero waste is a concept and movement to reduce the amount one consumes and throws away. Cutting the chain of use and throw away and reflecting on each thing being consumed is the ideal aim. By adopting this lifestyle, one can influence all areas of the environment by preventing resource extraction, reducing the number of materials sent to landfills, and reducing pollution from producing, transporting, or disposing of materials. Clearly, our beloved mother nature has been going through a rough time these past few years. With climate change negatively affecting the flora and fauna as well as human beings, action needs to be firmly taken. Even if someone is not an environmental enthusiast or activist, it doesn’t matter; we’re all breathing the same air and repeatedly complain about how uncomfortable the weather has been. This summer, Western Europe experienced a heatwave that had the mercury touching 40 degrees Celsius, which poses a substantial risk to human health, and is potentially lethal. We can continue to neglect these vital changes and keep putting everything we love at risk, or we could take the rather painless step of learning more about a lifestyle that can potentially give us a longer time on Earth – rumours of moving to Mars still seem to be a decidedly long-run option. Founder of Zero Waste Indonesia, Maurilla Imron, thinks that a zero-waste lifestyle encourages wiser and more sustainable consumption within society, moving it towards a better result of a decreased amount of trash. “Sending trash to landfills and the ocean has dangerous implications on pollution, climate, and ecosystems,” she said. In 2017, Maurilla discovered a video from a diver in Nusa Penida, Bali, which showed more plastic waste than fishes in the ocean. Maurilla was horrified to learn about Indonesia's ranking as the second biggest plastic waste contributor in the world. An inevitable plastic consumption cycle comes to play in our oceans. Plastic takes a very long time to unravel entirely and often ends up in the ocean. Then, it erodes into micro-plastic pieces that are normally eaten by fish – which in some cases causes death – before eventually having that fish served on a person’s plate. Soon, the Earth will be flooded by plastics and trash – abruptly striking back at our species. Ultimately, she understood the negative impact of human behaviours contributing to the environment. “I started thinking about myself and my kids in the future. I still want them to see what I see today. I want to enjoy what I enjoy today. I realised we have to make a change. There must be something we can do here, at least to start within ourselves and our household,” said Maurilla. It takes about 28 days to develop a new habit. The main key to adopting this and any other lifestyle is to focus on one change at a time and to trust the process. For those interested but clueless about where to begin, it is essential to find the why, because it will keep you on track whenever you feel like you’re falling off. Read; watch documentaries; you’ll eventually find your why. Now, it’s time to reflect on yourself, based on your consumption and trash in every aspect of your life. Perhaps seek out a community to give you support. Once you’ve identified your intention, make notes wherever you go and aim to practice the 5Rs method that was introduced by Bea Johnson: refuse what is not needed; reduce and rethink what we take for granted and what we think is normal – e.g. plastic usage; reuse what we already have instead of keep on buying and consuming; recycle and utilise what we have and turn trash into something useful item; and rot or make compost. Over 65 percent of trash in a landfill is composed of organic food waste from households. Compiling these with plastics and other trash will create methane gas, creating pollution and increasing the harm caused by the greenhouse effect. Whereas a single-use-plastic item is normally used for a short period of time, it will stay on Earth for hundreds of years. Research done by Humbold State University stated that the use of stainless steel straws for the sake of preserving the environment will be useless if it’s discarded before the 149th use. However, sales of stainless steel straws and water bottles, wooden and bamboo cutlery, tote bags, keep cups, menstrual cups, cotton-based diapers, and DIY natural household cleaning agents, shampoos, body washes, etc via online shopping platforms and Instagram have been booming recently. Indonesians are jumping on the bandwagon by purchasing those reusable items to help the environment, but are these effective? “It is a great way to start, but they shouldn’t stop there. We also need to understand that producing stainless steel straws, containers, etc need a lot of energy that will have a detrimental impact on the environment as well in some ways. We can voice out what our current situation is and dictate our preferences to the market, to remind producers and retailers that it is a new era. Hopefully, they can help provide choices and changes such as creating products with less plastic packaging. “In other words, we have to take care of what we have and utilise it wisely. We have to use it to a certain point at least until it pays off,” Maurilla added. To overcome the unattainable stigma of this lifestyle, Maurilla asks beginners to understand the urgency to start making a change and simplify our minds – this is for the sake of us after all. Financially, expenses are reduced and from a health point of view, reaching out for pre-packaged foods won’t be the norm anymore since there will be healthier options. “Start from something small because it counts! Start slowly and remember to be consistent. We need to normalise this and we can only do it together!” Maurilla reminds us all.

See: 2019 Clean Up Jakarta Day: Tackling the Capital City’s Prolonged Waste Crisis

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I'm writing this column on a cliff in Uluwatu where the ocean breeze is cool, the sunrise is stunning, and with the noise of waves crashing into the cliffs.

It's always been a source of inspiration to me. I grew up in the countryside and I was always in touch with nature; on my scale, this is about as good of a wake-up call there is. I know there are a lot of like-minded expats in Bali who are after the same - not nature on its own, but a raw and real experience. Many people come to Bali when they are at a crossroads in their lives; to find what actually matters. I came to Bali to continue practicing law and challenge myself in a new environment. Living in Bali has pushed me to develop myself in many ways, and to think about what actually matters. It has made me question some of the principles and beliefs that I had always considered to be my core values. One of these values is the truth. When I was living back home, I noticed that I was one of many people living in a culture where it was all too easy to take shortcuts with truth in personal relationships, and in our relationships with ourselves. My thoughts of picture-perfect happiness with a career and an apartment, marriage, and family, was a complex picture that perhaps I created more in the image of others, than finding some deeper idea of who I was and creating my dreams spanning out from that source. Moving to Indonesia became a vehicle for learning in my personal life, and the people, environment, and culture here in Bali have provided endless inspiration to do so. You might imagine, then, how caught off-guard I felt when I realised the paradox of so many people coming to live this truth here on a personal level, while not fulfilling this promise on a business level. I never once experienced at home the fakeness or fabrication in my professional relationships, and certainly not in my work between a lawyer and a client. I could never imagine faking a client or supervisor's signature on a document, let alone editing the official text on a work permit. In Bali, I've come to realise that while people are working hard to stay true to themselves, they often let go of that authenticity and integrity when it comes to their business and legal matters. The most common "edits" are to flight tickets for visa runs, paying donations to "skip" a mandatory company licence, or photoshopping a bachelor's degree for a KITAS application. These may seem relatively innocent. And yet, I've seen much worse. One of our clients had originally hired an agent to get the work and stay permit (KITAS) as a freelance photographer – he had been working in a photography position for a couple of years. When he was finally checked by the authorities, it turned out that he actually did not have the right visa for a photographer position, but that of a technical manager. The agent had "edited" the official position on his work permit to that of a photographer. On closer inspection, you could even spot the different font in the altered text of the certificate. This little "edit" could have ended with deportation and other serious consequences, even though the person had no idea that the documents were faked. In another common case, business agents in Bali may "help you" with shortcuts when registering a company, such as skipping the company domicile (SKTU) when applying for a company licence to avoid having to deal with basic, required building permits for the company's location. It's a short-term pain to deal with fees to local village heads and get building permits approved, but it provides long-term security to the company, ensuring the domicile registration is done correctly and legally. Failing to do this can result in problems later, such as when using the new online KITAS extension processing – where having "connections" is no longer a way to avoid the rules. These improper registrations then become an obstacle for many to get their stay permit extended on time. We all love a shortcut every now and then, and sometimes the legal environment and bureaucracy are not very supportive, nor encouraging, to stick to truth and transparency. I believe, however, that cheating and faking these kinds of things creates "a new normal" that we all live by. The border between big and little lies is surprisingly thin. In a place that is otherwise so authentic and full of truth, let's not encourage this. I believe Bali should be a place of integrity and discovery in all its forms. We always have a choice to differentiate between wrong and right, and doing so on one level should mean doing so in all areas of our lives, or else what is the meaning of it in the first place? Together, as foreign visitors and local residents, let's build a community that maintains the sacred feeling that this island has always been known for. [caption id="attachment_39160" align="alignleft" width="130"] Triin Tigane[/caption] Triin Tigane is the Branch Manager of Emerhub Bali. She has been assisting people with starting their business in Bali for nearly 3 years. Having a legal background in M&A, commercial and corporate law, restructuring and insolvency as a lawyer, Triin has experience working with companies all around the world. She knows which challenges starting and expanding companies face, and which standard of communication and services are expected by international clients expanding to emerging markets. Triin Tigane holds a masters degree from the University of Tartu, Estonia, and has studied law also in France and Austria. Feel free to drop her an email: We'd love to hear back from you – please do not hesitate to reach out to Triin Tigane via email

See: Purchasing Land in Bali? Know What You Are Buying

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To help protect and maintain coral reefs of Indonesia, it is high time there were established proper regulations with an aim to create a successful business model in this field.

Coral farming is the answer. Starting from this, you can provide livelihoods for local communities, disseminate an ever new and experimental knowledge about marine wildlife, and accelerate coral restoration everywhere. It has been about 20 years now since a French marine biologist launched this crusade in the rich and beautiful waters of the Indonesian archipelago. Vincent Chalias, 45, knows his trade like nobody else, particularly when it comes to mariculture; the art of cultivating marine organisms in the open ocean. It all started with a commercial purpose, due to the incredible potential of Indonesian marine ecosystems. After studying marine aquaculture in France for three years, this native of Marseilles decamped to Kenya to learn the ropes of his trade for a company exporting ornamental fish. After landing in Bali on a business trip, he realised all the potential of the island in terms of assets. The so-called “Island of the Gods” had everything required to start a successful aquaculture business: located in the golden triangle of marine biodiversity, the island has also an efficient international airport for export purposes. This is how Bali Aquarium – a company he founded with his Balinese associate Mr. Manumudhita – came into being in 2000, the first mariculture business of Indonesia, granted all necessary permits. “Back in the day, you couldn’t set up a coral farm near a hotel; it was considered a nuisance by the tourism industry. Nowadays, it’s different. People are willing to go snorkelling or diving in a bid to discover our techniques and results. With the global warming issue and the bleaching of coral reefs worldwide, people are happy to discover that we are working hard on the matter,” explains the expert, who gives lectures and keynotes all around the world about his research. Since coral restoration became popular, he also set up an NGO named Ocean Gardener in 2016. Based on the needs for more education and an alternative source of income for coastal communities, this yayasan spreads the word that corals don’t need to be taken from the reef anymore. Not only is the business model sustainable because the aquarist market is huge, but the produced corals can also restore other damaged reefs in other locations. Ocean Gardener is working with village cooperatives and associations of fisherman, around its different sites located in Serangan, Candidasa, Banyuwangi, and is now expanding to Madura and Sumbawa. Tourists love to visit coral farms nowadays. Ocean Gardener offers basic planting knowledge and training for concerned holidaymakers too. But don’t get him wrong, this is no mad scientist business! Mariculture and restoration require a very high level of knowledge and experimentation, usually acquired from the lab, the aquarium, and the open sea. It’s a new scientific field, merely 40 years old. Before becoming a win-win environmental solution for everybody, you need to know what coral should be grown and where in order to maintain balanced ecosystems. So, is everything fine and rosy in the mariculture industry of Indonesia? No, answers Vincent Chalias. Since May 2018, the Indonesian Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti, has suddenly ordered her office to stop confirming the form that allows coral exports, freezing the whole industry in a bid to protect Indonesian reefs. The market that was fueling mariculture, and consequently coral restoration, is no more. With no statement and no official decision taken, everything is in limbo and the stakeholders have no clue about what is going to happen next. “I’m the first to ask for a proper set of regulations. We know there are black sheep in the profession, pillaging the reefs for export. We know corruption remains rampant, we know academic knowledge is still scarce. That's why I think it’s time to establish a think-tank on the matter,” explains Vincent Chalias. For the Frenchman, the decision to freeze the trade without further notice is an emotional one. Before the move, there were about 10,000 people linked to this activity in Indonesia. His own staff has been reduced from 55 people to 15 since the policy change. Developing mariculture was the best way to put an end to wildlife collection. Instead, the freeze now opens the door to illegal trade and all sorts of further damage to the ecosystem. According to this marine biologist, it is now time for Indonesian universities to collect data to set a proper basis of knowledge in this field. They could get funding from the industry. The ministry should then establish new rules to organise the trade instead of putting it on hold entirely. “A reform of our line of business is absolutely unavoidable. We need to stop the illegal collection of corals. As the biggest archipelago in the world, Indonesia needs to be pro-active on this issue and cannot just bury its head in the sand,” he asserts. It is now time to act indeed. Indonesia cannot turn its back on this issue. Coral reefs are increasingly endangered worldwide, confirms this lecturer. Mariculture is not going to save the oceans, alone but it will likely help in delaying the effects of bleaching. With coral farming, local communities can set sanctuaries here and there all along with a business model that turns them into gardeners of the ocean. “So far, the Indonesian government is missing out on this issue. Instead, Indonesia, as the biggest archipelago in the world, should show the way and seize the opportunity to establish leadership,” concludes the Frenchman.

See: Thriving Coral Reef, Thriving Community: Wakatobi Resort Conservation

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I’m a new arrival in the least-known major city in the world, the capital of the least-known major country in the world.

I’m full of first impressions and ignorance, which I hope might just result in an interesting column. I could already fill pages with Jakartan hyperbole, much of it negative, and statistics, most of them unreliable. I’m full of first impressions and ignorance, which I hope might just result in an interesting column. I could already fill pages with Jakartan hyperbole, much of it negatives and statistics; most of them unreliable. Jakarta is the world’s most polluted city. Jakarta is sinking. Jakarta has the world’s worst traffic jams. There are twenty million mobile phones in Jakarta. Jakarta will soon be the world’s biggest city and Infinium. Some of these may be true. However, I have one important claim of my own: the statistics about Jakarta, at least those that are available in English, are the world’s most unreliable. There’s no agreement on the population, the size of the economy, the rate of growth of anything, the number of cars and motorbikes, or the quality of the air. The lack of reliable statistics about the city is emblematic: their absence speaks both to the city’s immensity, its anarchy, and its strange invisibility. Reliable facts are elusive, but there is general agreement on the most important issues. Climate change is going to bite hard: Jakarta is already too big and it’s getting bigger. The air is unbreathable. Transport is a nightmare. The city is sinking and oceans are rising; floods will be longer and worse. Drinkable water is scarce. There are massive problems with waste. The disparity between rich and poor is extreme. Many coastal cities around the world share many of these issues, but they are immediate and pressing for Jakarta. They’re not hypothetical. They’re right here, right now. Jakarta’s successes and failures will give this bule, and the world, a glimpse of the future for many of the planet’s burgeoning cities.

Understanding the word ‘Bule’

I’m not the only one who is new to this city. According to one unreliable statistic, less than 30 percent of Jakartans are natives. The rest of us are from somewhere else. We all come for the same reason: economic opportunity. Despite the immediacy of the problems facing Jakarta, for the vast majority of Jakartans, including this bule, it is not a question of how to change the city, but how to adapt so you can survive. At one extreme, for millions, survival in Jakarta is as clear and simple as putting food on your family’s table. At the other extreme, survival means finding ever-more-complex ways to insulate your family’s wealth from outside threats. The inventive tricks and the technologies Jakartans have developed in order to survive are what make this city unique. We are like frogs in a pot of water that is gradually heating. We choose to ignore the fact that it will, sure enough, come to the boil. Anyway, most of us came from somewhere else so when it all becomes intolerable, we can just jump out, can’t we? With your help, this columnist will try to learn about Jakarta and Indonesia, and talk about how frogs and bules adapt to reality. Tell me your favourite Jakartan survival trick at The best contribution will win a free ticket to the next Indonesian Expat Mixer.

See: Bringing the Community Together: Indonesia Expat Mixer July

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