World’s Bonsai Master, Outside Japan

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It  is said that the world currently possesses 5 bonsai masters, 4 of them are Japanese, and 1 of them is surprisingly Indonesian. He is Robert Steven. Robert Steven was born in North Sumatra in 1958. He started creating and collecting bonsai in 1979, and currently has a permanent exhibit center where he displays his bonsai [...]

Indonesia Shows The Way

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I have seen the future of the Philippine economy in Indonesia. Listening to the inaugural address of President Benigno C. Aquino III last June 30, with the emphasis on good governance and justice for all, I was reminded of what I have been witnessing in Indonesia in the frequent trips I have made to this [...]

ITB To Set Up Campus In Malaysia

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Indonesia’s Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) is opening its first campus in Malaysia soon. Its vice-dean (Academic, Business and Management School), Ir Gatot Yudoko said that the institute had identified several locations, including in Johor, for the purpose. “We are still in discussion with the relevant parties to decide on a suitable location to set up [...]

Indonesian students win fuel-save car design (Updated)

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Indonesian students have won awards for innovative urban fuel-save car design concepts at the inaugural Shell Eco-marathon Asia fuel-saving race at Sepang F1 circuit in Kuala Lumpur. Team Keris and Team Pasoepati, both representing University of Indonesia (UI), along with another team from Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS) won the Combustion Grand Prize for Urban [...]

All Smiles

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but from my observations, Indonesians seem to be some of the friendliest people on Earth. At least, the most smiling. Now how did I even start to speculate on this particular topic? Well, it started four years ago… It was the end of the school year, and everyone was signing [...]

Indonesia And the World Cups

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As you might aware, Indonesia was the 1st Asian country to enter the World Cup stage which that time was held in France in 1938. Indonesia was still under Dutch colonization and named “Dutch-Indies”. Since then, Indonesia has never again entered the elite countries to be in World cup events. Actually, in this World Cup 2010 in [...]

When Giants Join Hands (Part II)

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Three of Indonesian state-owned enterprises (Pertamina, Telkom, and Adhi Karya) had earlier said they’d consider to erect one of Asia’s tallest building. It is going to be an addition to many supertall buildings planned to decorate Jakarta skyline. GNFI has previously posted about this. Check this out here! Apparently, they were serious in putting it [...]

World’s Most Delicate Sand Beach

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By Samarthya Priyahita Ngurbloat Beach or Pantai Pasir Panjang (Long Sand Beach), is a beach with the most delicate sand in the world. Located in Ngilngof Village, western part of Kei Island. The reason that you should go to this kind of place is because of the white sand that extends approximately 5 km, nice waves, [...]

Indonesia’s Global Brands (Part 10: Energy Drink)

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You may ask any given person you meet in the street, about world’s most popular energy drink. They’d surely answer KRATINGDAENG, or RED BULL, world’s most famous energy drink. There’s one one brand quickly catching up though. It’s EXTRA JOSS, an Indonesian brand that has been quite a while dominating Indonesian market. It has been penetrating [...]

Global Companies Should Be In Indonesia

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A fertile archipelago of 17,500 islands, and one of the world’s most populous countries, Indonesia is enjoying an unprecedented consumer and resource-driven boom. In April, the International Monetary Fund predicted that its $514 billion economy, the biggest in Southeast Asia, would grow 6 percent this year, up from 4.5 percent in 2009. James Castle, a Michigan native [...]