Amid the tight competition in the world’s culture and tourism promotion, Indonesia’s rank in the World Economic Forum 2015 has increased 100 rank to the 50th position compared to the previous year. Aside from the continuous promotion from Indonesian government, Indonesian communities in all around the globe also have their own effort to promote their home country.
An Indonesian community in London called ‘Bangga Indonesia’ (Proud Indonesia) is set to hold a cultural exhibition titled ‘Indonesian Weekend’. Continue reading
A fresh, friendly and fuss-free mid-range hotel concept named Hotel Jen by Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd, launched its first of a new “Jenre” late last year and is set to expand to nine key cities across the Asia Pacific by March 2015.
Last week, I had the chance to stay at the Hotel Jen OrchardGateway Singapore.
Located on the city’s bustling Orchard Road above the Orchardgateway shopping mall, Hotel Jen Orchardgateway provides a savvy and efficient hotel experience for today’s generation of travelers. Continue reading
The second edition of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) had its opening performance RETURNING, graced by Guest-of-Honour, Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and Second Minister for Communications and Information of Singapore, at the Drama Centre Theatre on Wednesday, Aug. 12. Continue reading
Bali boasts of being the best vacation destination in Indonesia thanks to its coastline full of impressive beaches, entrancing natural landscapes, rich cultural traditions and strong religious roots. Attracting travelers to flock to the island of the gods throughout the year, Bali offers the tumult of Kuta for those seeking out frenetic crowds and heavy partying. But if you travel up to the north to the region of Buleleng, tranquility and idyllic fishing villages will offer you a refuge for a quieter retreat. Continue reading
When life gets a little stressful, getting into nature and learning something new might be a fun and daring way to let loose.
How about learning to surf in an archipelago filled with the world’s best waves? Here are four beginner-friendly surfing spots across Indonesia to get you up and surfing. Continue reading
Officially named Penyengat Indera Sakti, the island is situated just off the coast of Bintan’s capital Tanjung Pinang and was renowned as the cultural and royal seat of power for the Malay Riau-Lingga sultanate in the 19th century.
Penyengat is where one of the most famous Malay poems, Gurindam Dua Belas, was written by Raja Ali Hajji. He is also known as the person who first wrote about the basics of Malay grammar through his book Pedoman Bahasa (language guidelines), which later became the standardized reference for the modern Malay language. Continue reading
Recently opened by Jakarta’s Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, Lenggang Jakarta Food Court and Souvenir Center is now ready to welcome visitors. Here are 5 good reasons why you should go there.
Located at National Monument (Monas) IRTI parking lot, Lenggang Jakarta is the city government’s answer to the problem of illegal street vendors around Monas area. Previously did not have any rights to operate, now the street vendors are happily filling permanent kiosks with an official amount of levy as low as Rp 4,000 per day.
Currently, Lenggang Jakarta houses 329 street vendors consisting of 126 food vendors and 176 non-food merchants who sells souvenirs, t-shirts, accessories, shoes, and toys. The venue opens from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. on weekdays and up to midnight on weekends and public holidays.
The provincial capital of South Sulawesi, Makassar is renowned for its thriving port and superb local delicacies. It also offers interesting historical sites and charming ocean vistas.
Although the urban conglomeration covers 2,473 square kilometers, you can get around the city in the space of one day.
Here are seven ways to occupy yourself from dawn till dusk – what order you see them in, though, we’ll leave up to you. Continue reading
It was barely an hour past lunchtime as the bus drove slowly, taking our group from the Jakarta Tourism Business Forum 2014, penetrating through the congested traffic of Jakarta, making our way to Sunda Kelapa harbor in the northern part of the city.
As the bus was approaching the Sunda Kelapa harbor, I could see the 12-meter-tall Syahbandar Tower — which is located in the same compound as the Maritime Museum — slightly leaning to one side from afar and reminding me of the famous Tower of Pisa. Both the museum and the tower serve as remnants of the past from back when the city’s name was Batavia. Continue reading
“Where is the market here in Long Duhung?” I innocently posed the question to Ibu Dolba, a Punan Dayaknese woman who took me for a boat ride on a traditional canoe called a ketinting along the Kelay River.
In answer to my question, Ibu Dolba suddenly burst into laughter — apparently, at me — and then said: “No, we don’t go to a market. Everything we need is here [in the forest and the river].”
I was bemused, for her answer to me was quite unexpected. However, her prompt answer struck me as a reality that I had apparently not been aware of — that Long Duhung is one of a few isolated villages situated in the depth of East Kalimantan’s dense forest, as isolated as my knowledge about a Dayak tribe that its members still mostly rely for their living on hunting and gathering. Continue reading