Authentic Asian Experiences: Bull Race In Madura Island, Indonesia

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By Jason Tedjasukmana If you like the idea of running with the bulls in Pamplona, but risking a horn in your spleen puts you off, consider a visit to Indonesia’s Madura Island. The Karapan Sapi, or bull race, is an annual tradition on this small island off Java, attracting thousands of visitors in search of local [...]

World’s First Robotic Gamelan Orchestra Gaining Fans In The United States

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Taylor Kuffner and a friend came up with the idea to build to the world’s first fully robotic gamelan orchestra. (Photos courtesy of GamelaTron) World’s First Robotic Gamelan Orchestra Gaining Fans in US What do you get when you cross a cyborg with a set of ancient Indonesian musical instruments? GamelaTron, of course. A love for music and [...]

Indonesian Fresh Face In American Music Industry

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We know Anggun, now World Food Program (WFP) ambassador, has proven herself as one of world’s respected female singer. Although she only started her international career errr.., I remember it was sometimes in 1997, she had long been known as Indonesian lady rocker, dated back in the 80’s. And surprisingly, her name is still here [...]

How Many Tofu In Indonesia?

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By Indrie Vijayanti – Thanks, Ms. Indrie! Although originated from China, when arrives in Indonesia the tofu becomes so popular and unique. The old soft and square tofu has changed. In my village, for instance, there is spongebob tofu. Its shape is square like the naïve Spongebob Squarepants cartoon character. Only, it is not covered by [...]

Maserati Chicane With Indonesian Touch

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Maserati, and Italian car,  entered Indonesia auto market sometimes in the early 2000, and the hype was huge. It was quite surprising considering that Ferrari entered at the same time. Even it is very small, the market in Indonesia is considered to be loyal, and willing to spend $$$ to get those cars just to warm [...]

Revisiting Biak Spaceport

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As once posted in GNFI many months ago, Indonesia along with Russia would establish the first spaceport in Southeast Asia, which will be in Biak Island, in the far east of Indonesia. Since 2008 Indonesia has been involved in a joint venture with the Russian Federal Space Agency (RKA) and companies to offer the commercial launch [...]

Another 1000 Year-Old Heritage

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This is a very good news for everyone. Archaeologists in Indonesia have uncovered a 1,000-year-old temple that could shed light on the country’s Hindu past. The temple was found on the grounds of Yogyakarta’s Islamic University as workers probed the ground to lay foundations for a new library, and they realised the earth beneath their feet [...]

Rolling And Growing

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I currently live in Surabaya, where you can still find pedicab drivers, street vegetables sellers in some places. Assuming that they’re lagging behind others in term of virtual world is completely wrong. I met some of them using their mobile phone and update their facebook status, or exchanging mp3 songs through bluetooth. Internet has clearly [...]

The Heart Of Java

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HEART OF JAVA FOR A CLASSIC JAVANESE EXPERIENCE, SIMPLY ADD JOGJA. BY NATASHA DRAGUN. PHOTOGRAPHY BY TIMUR ANGIN Bali may be the country’s resort isle, but when it comes to cultural attractions, Jogjakarta holds all the trumps. Dominated by rice fields and volcanic peaks, Jogja has a landscape as rich as its history. Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim empires [...]

Start Your New Year With A Splash Of Color And Drama

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14 February 2010 Chinese New Year, Pontianak Besides visiting their families during Lunar New Year, Chinese Pontianakians take to the city streets, to enjoy dragon and lion dances around the city’s atmospheric Chinese temples. Then on the 15th day, visitors from around the region travel to nearby Singkawang, for its annual Cap Go Meh festival. 22-24 January 2010 South [...]