Let’s ‘Invade’ Australia

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Few months ago, Lion Air informed us that they’d take over (or join – can’t remember) one Brisbane-based airline, SkyWorld Air, to start serving Australian routes. Only yesterday, I found in one New Zealand-based website, that it is confirmed that Indonesian giant, PT Rajawali Corp would acquire Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast Hotel. Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast [...]

Julia Roberts’ New Movie In Bali

→  April 20, 2009 4

Variety reports that Hollywood stars Julia Roberts and Richard Jenkins have signed to play in the filming of Elizabeth Gilbert’s international bestseller ”Eat, Pray, Love”. One third of the story takes place in Bali where the main character finds love, healing and the mentoring of an aging Balinese guru in Ubud. One of the first-ever Hollywood feature films [...]

Indonesian Technology Czar

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This is what I got from answer. com when I googled ”Habibie”: An aeronautical engineer who became Indonesia’s minister of technical development and eventually its president, B.J. Habibie (born 1936) was a lifelong devotee of Indonesian dictator Suharto. When student riots and economic turmoil forced Suharto from office, he named Habibie as his successor. Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie [...]

(A real) Unity, in (a real) Diversity: Indonesia

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I bought a good book (2nd hand) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It’s a World Geography updated edition written by Thomas J Baerwald and Celeste Fraser. I bought this book because it describes certain nation in details mainly on its people, culture, and custom. Furnished with amazing pictures of villages all over the planet, it’s a [...]

Indonesia: in Comparison with Vietnam

→  April 19, 2009 4

I happened to read a great book about Vietnam War against United States. Trust me, I love history books more than any book, I have huge collection of World War II books, and I can spend all night to share and discuss about historical events, especially about historic wars. Now, let me share with you [...]

Indonesian Blackberry

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I am not sure, when i was somewhere in Garuda waiting lounge in Jakarta, i saw many people were busy with their blackberry, not only bizmen, but also students, and teenagers. Believe me, i never ever found this kinda 'atmosphere' anywhere on earth. In America, only 'important' people use Blackberry, in Indonesia, even a 14-year-old boys carry around this advanced gadget.

A Letter From Maryland

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Indonesia’s missing essential ingredient Tasa Nugraza Barley,  Maryland, US I believe every relationship requires at least three elements in order to succeed. Those three elements are love, trust, and communication. Imagine if one of these elements is missing from a relationship, say, between a husband and a wife. They may have love and trust but without enough communication [...]

Optimistic Indonesians

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By the Numbers Published Apr 11, 2009 From the magazine issue dated Apr 20, 2009 A WorldPublicOpinion.org poll on the impact of the financial crisis on families shows that citizens in developing economies are feeling the worst pinch from restricted credit—and that high food prices are worrying one and all: 100 Percentage of polled countries where a majority of people [...]

Indonesia Vs Thailand (again)

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In Southeast Asia last week, we saw this same duality we find in all cultures played out regionally in good events (Indonesia) and bad ones (Thailand). In Indonesia, the first professional president the country has ever enjoyed, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, found his new party, the Democrats, triumphing in parliamentary elections. In Thailand, the opposite seemed to be happening. There, a leader has to show "the hand", more than just the "strong fist" of Western dictatorships. It conveys the sense of strength from which even legitimacy, in the Thai mind, proceeds.

Asian Tiger Revisited

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I’ve been asked many times by many readers, regarding Indonesia in future. Let’s put down a while the Vision 2030 launched by Indonesian president, let’s go down to the earth, and further deeper to the ground, and see the roots. Let’s deal with reality. Let me share with my opinion from political perspective. Indonesia is politically stable with [...]