Part 1 of 2: Indonesia And The World 2010

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The Jakarta Post | Marty M. Natalegawa | Opinion By any measure, the first decade of the 21st century has been a momentous one for Indonesia. The decade witnessed the transformation of Indonesia into what has been hailed as the third largest democracy in the world. As a result, some one quarter billion of humanity now enjoys [...]

Of Indonesia, Armani and National Pride

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Armani Exchange : Studded Eagle and Indonesia’s national logo, the Garuda Pancasila I was alerted by my friend the other day to a shocking photo on the Armani Exchange website. Armani had used a logo resembling, or perhaps even parodying, the national symbol of the Garuda Pancasila on a T-shirt called “the Studded Eagle”. My initial reaction [...]

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 [...]