Connecting Archipelago

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This is only a soft reminder, that Trans-Java highway will be completed next year, some parts are already completed and functioning. This highway will connect Merak city in the westernmost part of Java Island, to the second biggest city in Indonesia, Surabaya, spanning almost 1,000 km.  This is part of Indonesia’s huge investment to create [...]

Elegantly Anggun

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It was 29 years ago when Anggun C Sasmi (now only known as Anggun) released her first album with ”Mimpi” (Dream) as the hit single. The song was really popular; almost every children at my age (I was only 12 years old then) could easily memorize the whole lyrics. Two or three more albums followed [...]

Bridging World

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I remember, in April 2007, I traveled to 6 countries within 21 days: Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, Solomon Islands, Malaysia, Srilanka, and back to Indonesia. I am not going to share you what airlines I took; instead, I wanna tell you something in common in those countries’ international airports. It’s the airbridge. You got it, they’re [...]

Who Gives Indonesia A Soft-Power Edge?

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Which of the Presidential Candidates Gives Indonesia a ‘Soft Power’ Edge? Has Indonesia finally found its place as one of the world’s leading nations? No doubt, the answer is yes. And yet in the face of a global economic and financial crisis, the worst in decades, Indonesia is not at all seen as part of the problem. [...]

Indonesia’s Most Anticipated Colossal Movie

→  June 23, 2009 2

When was the last time you watched Indonesia’s war movie? Long time ago, rite? It was the time when movies about struggle were used by New-Order government to increase and keep up the nationalism of the people. Janur Kuning, Cut Nya’Dien, Diponegoro, Lebak Membara, and many more were aired almost every year. But, hey…I like [...]

Up And Away

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Do you have any idea, what graphic is that? That is Indonesia’s total export in $ billion from 2000 – 2008. Do you see the sharp increase? Do you know the figures? Here we go : Year $ billion 2000 48 2001 64.7 2002 56.5 2003 52.3 2004 64 005 69.84 2006 83.64 2007 102.23 2008 118.4 I am sure, with a more serious effort, Indonesia’s export can reach $300 billion in 2015. Go Indonesia! Source : here

BRIIC Is Only A Matter Of Time

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Goldman Sach, world’s most respected investment banking group, once predicted that in 2010, Indonesia’s GDP (purchasing power parity) would reach $800 billion. Guess what? Indonesia’s GDP (purchase power parity) in 2007 already reached $ 948 billion. Morgan Stanley, another world’s top investment bank predicted that Indonesia’s economy would top $ 1.5 trillion, and GNFI has a strong confidence [...]

Boom Time Is Back

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After Morgan Stanley’s promising outlook on Indonesia, seems like many economist and analyst put more and more attention on Indonesia. It is our duty now as Indonesian, to keep up our economic performance, attract more investors (and tourists), make our stock market grows bigger, and most importantly, keep the stability. One thing is almost missed out, [...]

Traditional Goes International

→  June 23, 2009 2

By Yudha, a GNFI contributor The names like BIN House, Tenun Baron, Iwan Tirta, Biyan Wanaatmadja, Ghea S Panggabean, Anne Avantie, Allure Batik, and Zainal Songket had the special place outside Indonesia. They developed their name by working on and developing what came from the culture that was known by them in the everyday life. Here [...]

Pay Attention

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From The Huffington Post (June 22, 2009) by Jamie Lee Curtis (Hollywood Actress). “Pay Attention” I was told, at 6am by our guide, Agung Rai as we walked through the rice fields of Ubud, Indonesia. In the excitement of travel and acclimating to a new place and reality you can always miss things. “Listen” he said… [...]