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ISSUE NO. 115 |

9 APRIL – 22 APRIL 2014



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Indonesia's Largest Expatriate Readership

Dear Readers,

Editor in Chief

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young."

Angela Richardson

Editorial Assistant Gabriella Panjaitan

-Henry Ford-

Management Edo Frese

Sales & Distribution Dian Mardianingsih Betty de Haan

Graphics Frederick Ng

Finance & Admin Lini Verawaty Andre Fajar

Contributors Gail G. Collins Terry Collins Karen Davis Paul Enrich Tess Joyce David Metcalf Eamonn Sadler Graeme Steel Paul Walters Kenneth Yeung

Editorial Enquiries

Circulation Enquiries

Another inspirational educator we meet this issue is Dennise Rao, Head of Admissions at Jakarta International School. Dennise is known for being the spirit behind the JIS Elementary plays and musicals and she shares her joys of living in Indonesia with us.

WELCOME TO OUR EDUCATE! ISSUE, where we aim to bring you closer to educators from all walks of life, each incredibly inspirational in different ways. It’s often said that people who teach are not credited enough, although these are the people who play an important part in bringing the fundementals in life to our children. We highly respect educators, and it’s because of this that we dedicate a whole issue to show them our appreciation for the hard work they do. You may recognize the magnificent woman on the cover; she is none other than Ibu Robin Lim, an American midwife living in Bali who won CNN Hero of the Year in 2011. Ibu Robin is an educator of midwifery and gentle birthing

techniques, and she has been delivering babies in disaster stricken areas such as Aceh, Jogja and now the Philippines. Please read ‘Meet the Bali Expat’ to find out more of her courageous story.

Our Featured article this issue takes us into the mind of John H. McGlynn, co-founder and chairman of Lontar Foundation, which is noted for its translations into English of Indonesian literature. John believes in fostering a love of reading from early childhood, which he believes should start at home.

built a library on the island of Madura for a remote village. This inspirational teenager's name is Mackenzie Winton and you can read her amazing story and find out how to help her cause in this issue as well. This and so much more, we hope you enjoy our Educate! issue and that you never stop teaching and never stop learning.

Angela Richardson Editor in Chief

On the subject of reading, I meet a 14-year-old Girl Scout who has





DEAR ANGELA, I am not sure how, in good conscience, you could publish Gabriella Panjaitan's first paragraph in her review of this year's Java Jazz Festival, in which she cheerfully slanders a consummate performer's hardearned reputation and image in the eyes of your readers with two simple words. Calling Jamie Cullum “perpetually drunk” in print is shameful and quite a mistake. As a fan, I've seen him a couple of times. As an amateur journalist, I too covered the event for a local magazine. Jamie was, as

ever, enthralling. His energy is matched only by his sheer talent, which sees him playing instruments in new and interesting ways, such as rhythmic tapping on the piano whilst beat-boxing like a pro. Quite how this display of musical virtuosity resulted in Panjaitan's mistaken conclusion is unknown since she offers no explanation. Perhaps we were watching different shows - but the one I saw was led by a humble, grateful, and professional Cullum, understandably very excited at the enraptured reaction of his loyal Indonesian audience.

I'd hate for Cullum's management to read the review, because those two words were the only ones Panjaitan cared to share on his show. It would be a shame if this tarnishes the respect Jamie's Indonesian fan base has for him. He has a wife and two kids! Thank you for your time, and for continuing to publish an otherwise great magazine!

Annali Hayward Jakarta

Connect with Us The Cover Ibu Robin Lim Pictured by Michael Haack Location: Ubud, Bali

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Featured John H. McGlynn — The Lontar Foundation


Business Snippet Business Opportunities in Indonesia: Online Shopping Gains Popularity


Meet the Jakarta Expat Dennise Rao


Agriculture Permablitz Bali: Making Circles of Seeds and Friends


Meet the Bali Expat Ibu Robin Lim


Scams in the City Phantom Pregnancies


Travel Purwodadi East Java's Garden of the East


Charities The Madura Library Project: Inspiration Comes in All Shapes and Sizes


Food and Drink Face Bar An Institution of Relaxation


Faces of Indonesia Linda: The Tsunami Survivor


Light Entertainment Inside Story

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Announcements Events


Lifestyle The Silver Girls


Observations Kids in the Kitchen


Business Profile Indri Gautama: Owner of The Royal Academy School

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Classifieds Business Directory


PT ARIPA MAKMUR PERSADA Graha Aktiva (American Express Building) 4 th Floor, Suite 405, Jl. H. R. Rasuna Said, Kuningan, Jakarta 12950 - Indonesia

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bringing indonesian literary expressions to the world

John H. McGlynn By Terry Collins

“If the word of God had come down to the Indonesian archipelago, this is where it would have remained.” - John H. McGlynn, Co-founder and Chairman of Lontar Foundation

chairs to provide the familiarity of a well-run library. I was impressed too by the large oil paintings which couldn’t readily be categorised as ‘Indonesian art’, but added to the ambiance.

For much of the world, Indonesia is an exotic country next to Bali, and Java is where coffee comes from. It's viewed as a land of smiles, of gamelan, spices, volcanoes, komodo dragons, and photogenic rice terraces.

The purpose of our meeting was to discuss Lontar which is noted for its translations into English of Indonesian 'literature', an often capitalised word which, as a nonacademic, I viewed with some trepidation. I was taught to analyse ‘classic novels' rather than to consider the stories and the background circumstances of the writing. However, John defines literature in the broadest sense of the word, “as ranging from research reports, academic treatises, and patent schemes all the way up to film scripts, comic novels, and poetry.”

It's also seen in the international media as a country of natural and manmade disasters; tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, plane crashes, deforestation and occasional terrorism.

John first came here in 1976 to study Indonesian, which he did first in Malang and later in Jakarta, at the University of Indonesia. In 1978, he returned to the the USA to complete his university studies, gaining a Masters Degree in Indonesian Literature at the University of Michigan in 1981. Thereafter, he returned to Indonesia and it was while working as a freelance translator that he, along with Indonesian writers Sapardi Djoko Damono, Goenawan Mohamad, Subagio Sastrowardoyo and Umar Kayam, decided to found Lontar in 1987. Lontar is primarily John's 'baby'. As Pak Goenawan has said, "John works single-mindedly for our purpose; to bring Indonesian literary expressions to the world." Even for a polyglot, that's no easy matter. The lingua franca during the Dutch colonial era was Malay, the language developed throughout the region by traders over a thousand years. It was originally written in an Indic script and then, after the coming of Islam to the archipelago, in an Arabicbased script called Jawi.

There are few foreigners who make the effort to dig deeper, to discover what makes Indonesia tick. One Jakarta expat who has, and has also done more than most of us to make Indonesia tick, is John McGlynn. Although we have friends in common, we hadn't previously met nor had I visited the Lontar Foundation's centre in a backstreet of Pejompongan, Central Jakarta. From the outside, it is a modern looking house, but once inside I was impressed by the comfortable decor; dark wooden floors creaked, several alcoves were lined with full but tidy wooden book shelves, and there were enough comfy rattan

Then in 1901 the Dutch linguist Charles van Ophuijsen introduced a more systematic spelling system, one that conformed with Dutch spelling practices. In 1947, after the revolution of Indonesian independence, this spelling system was replaced with Ejaan Yang Disempurnakan (Improved Spelling). The EYD system thus represents the third orthographic change. Indonesian grew with Javanese, spoken by the majority, and other regional languages added to the complexity. It was not until 1972 that the EYD system was agreed with Malaysia, which had English and its own regional languages contributing to the mix, and hence Soeharto became Suharto, and Djakarta became Jakarta. All this was largely irrelevant to most Indonesians, the large percentage of whom could not read or write. In rural Indonesia and urban kampungs the fantasy worlds of such Hindu classics as the Ramayana and Mahabharata stories were related by a visiting dalang (puppet master) who relayed their moral values, and during Soeharto’s Orde Baru often inserted his political messages. In 1870, some of the Dutch-founded schools opened the doors for bumiputera (native Indonesians), albeit a privileged few. Moreover, it was not until 1950 that a six-year programme of compulsory elementary schooling was introduced to newly independent Indonesia. Hence, when Soeharto assumed power in 1966 the literacy rate was c.50%. The adoption of ‘The Functional Literacy Program’, which ran from 1966 to 1979 and was followed by other programmes, raised the literacy rate for adults to c.83% and for children to c.90% in 1998, the year Suharto [was] stood down. However, their aim was for economic, productive reasons rather than for freedom of thought. By contrast, writing, especially fiction, offers the context of 'place' and, in John’s words, “the better books have real people in them” and can therefore be subversive — much of Indonesian literature has the nationalist struggle as the historical background. Post-independence, with the bureaucracy and military at their disposal, Presidents Soekarno and Soeharto imprisoned and exiled writers. The dawn of reformasi in 1998 and the growth of the Internet 6

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and other communications technology has seen many more Indonesians speaking out via text messages, blogs, social media and novels. However, what John wrote in the essay Silenced Voices, Muted Expressions for an anthology of New Writing From Indonesia: Indonesian Literature Today published by the University of Hawaii in 2000, still holds true today. He wrote: “Having grown up under constraints of freedom of expression and inquiry, an entire generation has been traumatized into becoming a society of silence and avoidance. Not until today's young people have unlearned the ways of repression and a new generation has been educated to respect and defend its right to freedom of expression will true openness and democracy come to Indonesia."

Terry Collins writes the Jakartass blog (http://jakartass. net) and is the co-author of Culture Shock! Jakarta (pub. Marshall Cavendish)

'Not until today's young people have unlearned the ways of repression and a new generation has been educated to respect and defend its right to freedom of expression will true openness and democracy come to Indonesia.' - Audio interviews and recordings with Indonesian authors and witnesses from significant events in Indonesian history. - Archival photographs of traditional manuscripts, colonial-era postcards, and historical images from the New Order to the present.

produce a literary translation that “is both felicitous to the original text and appealing to the target audience”. However, a worrisome fact is that of those 100 translators “no more than a dozen are both truly fluent both in Indonesian and English.” John further notes that “for the rest, a heavy dose of editing is usually required.”

There is also the need to foster a love of reading in early childhood which John believes should start at home. However, although I think that schools have a greater role to play, many parents and teachers still have the mindset inculcated during Soeharto's regime, and only those who are enlightened, rather than blinkered with prejudices or self-interest, will encourage the freedom of thought engendered by easy access to fiction.

Frankfurt Book Fair 2015 John says that the aim of Lontar is to “promote knowledge of Indonesia through its literature”, and it is natural that he is a member of the ‘Indonesian National Committee for Preparing Indonesia as Guest of Honour in Frankfurt — 2015’.

Good writing comes from wide reading, and access to it. So one of Lontar’s goals is “to stimulate the further development of Indonesian literature.”

The first Frankfurt Book Fair was held soon after Johannes Gutenberg invented the movable type printing press in around 1439. Revived in 1949, it is now the world's largest and most prestigious book fair. Since 1986 a country, or region, has been chosen as 'Guest of Honour’.

For those who like to carry many books on their travels, the Kindle is ideal, according to John, but we both agreed that with such devices something is lost. Printed books are shared, and one can learn a lot about folk by browsing their shelves of well-thumbed books.

However, with several government ministries and a large number of departments involved, as well as the Goethe Institut, Lontar and others, he thinks preparations should have been started earlier than the end of last year, if only to have a larger range of books at Frankfurt.

Lontar books are available in Indonesia at Periplus bookstores and abroad through Amazon as print-ondemand paperbacks. They are also available as e-books through Book Cyclone.

In addition to its library of printed materials containing more than 3,000 books and other texts related to Indonesian literature, the foundation maintains a digital library which provides preservation and access to materials produced and gathered by the foundation over its 20+ year history, including: - Videos from the Indonesian Writers Series, Indonesian Performance Traditions, and Wayang Kulit/Shadow Puppet Theater Series.

Over the years, John has worked with more than 100 translators and is well aware of the time required to

However, some good news has recently been received; the Ministry of Education and Culture has established a translation funding program, the ‘I-Lit (Indonesian Literature in Translation) Program’.


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Kenneth Yeung is a Jakarta-based editor

Dennise Rao One of the administrative, creative and inspirational forces at Jakarta International School By Kenneth Yeung

When did you come to Indonesia? I first arrived in Jakarta in 1984. Newly wed, my husband and I came from Perth, Australia, with no inkling of the wonderful opportunities that lay before us. Jakarta in the 80s was a very different place. The biggest mall was Ratu Plaza and Pondok Indah was still bushland. We grew very attached to Jakarta during our initial five-year stay, which saw our family double in size, with the arrival of two daughters, as well as the beginning of many lasting and valuable friendships. That’s why, after several years living in France and the Middle East, we returned to Jakarta in 1997. Coming back was a surreal experience. The humble city I once knew had exploded into a major metropolitan centre. While this meant spending more time in malls, crazy traffic and chain restaurants, it was hard not to get caught up in the excitement of Jakarta’s growth.

How did you begin working for JIS? Much of my life in Jakarta has revolved around JIS. All three of my children attended the school and were very much involved in all aspects of what it had to offer; so I saw a perfect opportunity for myself to grow by becoming a part of such a great community. I started by substitute teaching for my son’s grade. Tell us about your present role. For the past six years I have been the Head of Admissions and oversaw the centralization of the Admissions Office. The result is a much friendlier and more efficient service for families arriving in Jakarta. I am also overseeing the redevelopment of the Alumni Office. I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by passionate educators and inspiring students. My days are spent talking to people from many different walks of life, laughing, sometimes crying with them and getting to know their most precious gifts, 8

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their children. There isn’t a day that I don’t feel the energy that 2,600 children create. Parents credit you for developing the popular JIS Elementary musicals. How did they start? In 2002, I started working on Elementary School drama options with a JIS colleague and friend, Keith Allerton, who shared my passion for children’s theatre. At JIS, there are two elementary school campuses. We decided a combined production needed to be held at the Cilandak campus’ Fine Arts Theatre — which until then had primarily been used for older students’ productions. The state-of-the-art facilities proved to be the perfect venue for our students to get a full theatre experience complete with lighting, backdrops, a green room and more.

I heard you had trouble at Customs when bringing in costumes. I was carrying 150 pairs of these really great men’s socks that have great patterns on them and a button to keep them connected, perfect for 150 Munchkins. Customs was a bit concerned that I needed all these socks for personal use, so it took a bit of convincing but I eventually got through. You edited a book called Letters from Aceh. How did that come about? After the 2004 tsunami, a JIS parent was able to return to her hometown in Aceh, despite it being a closed-off disaster area. She witnessed first-hand how the people there were affected by this devastating natural disaster. JIS students sent with her, letters of support and encouragement to the children of Aceh. JIS also sent some paper and pens for the children. We couldn’t possibly have foreseen the response that we received from them.

The Elementary School musical production has been incredibly successful and the school now has a very popular drama and creative dance programme in the curriculum. Our productions have included Seussical, Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland and Mulan. This year we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz and will be performing it in May. You can contact any JIS campus for tickets.

The project really became a community effort and nothing could stand in our way. Letters from Aceh was published in November 2004 and raised over $100,000. Since then, I have been contacted by two former US presidents, George Bush Senior and Bill Clinton, who both informed me that they wished to add Letters from Aceh to the Bush Clinton Congressional Library and thanked me for my efforts in being part of its creation. Additionally, we were extremely honoured to have President SBY’s support and endorsement. Ultimately, the thing I am most happy about is that students are learning in the school that was built from our book’s proceeds. You were also behind the creation of the JIS Academy. Another friend and colleague, Butch Koltai, and I started talking about holiday programs and enrichment opportunities in the community. There wasn’t much, so we pitched the idea of creating a division in the school that catered to these opportunities. JIS Academy was born and is now in its eighth year and has become an integral part of the school. Any regrets in choosing the expat life? None. I would do it all over again. Although saying goodbye and being away from loved ones is always difficult, the frequency of

One thing we did not initially realize was the potential for these productions to be

truly vertically inclusive. Being at the Cilandak campus, we were able to have Middle School students help with the make-up and costumes, and High School students assist with the lights, stage and management. It became a schoolwide event, as well as a unique learning opportunity for everyone involved. Our first play in 2003 had 48 children audition, while for our most recent production, 215 students auditioned.

Aceh. Meanwhile, JIS parents got involved translating the numerous letters into English. I was also working closely with the publishing house to edit the content and design of the book.

Four students at JIS Pondok Indah Elementary decided to raise money for children in Aceh by selling booklets consisting of photocopies of these letters. The success of these girls, combined with the overwhelming response from the children of Aceh, inspired me to seek publication of the letters in a book, the proceeds of which would go towards rebuilding a school in Aceh. How did you find a publisher? Sid Harta Publishers was one of the first publishers recommended to me, and after talking with their founder Kerry Collison for only a few minutes, I could tell that they were just as excited about the project as I was. We did, however, need capital for it all to come together. Fortunately, Schlumberger Oilfield Services decided to sponsor and add to the project. They organized for children in other countries in which they were located to send in letters as well. We collectively started sending letters from Australia, South America, Egypt and the Middle East to the children of

new friends, unique cultural experiences and friends from around the world far outweigh this. I feel very fortunate to be living in Indonesia for many reasons. Indonesian people are extremely warm, kind-hearted and hard working. I have enjoyed making close friends with many Indonesians who continually show me sides of Jakarta that would otherwise not exist for an expat like me. The expat community in Jakarta is also very robust and welcoming and we draw on each other all the time for support, nostalgia and to educate each other with our differences. I feel good as a person who's been fortunate to not only get to know the people of Indonesia, but also to have had the privilege of being able to give back to society, especially to the disadvantaged. Indonesia has, in that sense, allowed me to live a more complete and satisfying life, from both a professional and a personal perspective.


Meet Ibu Robin Lim By Karen Davis

Internationally renowned midwife and founder of Yayasan Bumi Sehat, Robin Lim provides services to expectant mothers and their children, as well as disaster relief, and educational programs. Robin Lim is originally from the United States and resides in Bali. She recently returned from Dulag, the Philippines, where Bumi Sehat and Wadah Foundation have established a clinic, providing disaster relief for the thousands still affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

You went to Sumatra after the tsunami, and Haiti after the earthquake. You have been in the Philippines since the typhoon of November 8th, 2013 and are returning to Dulag where you have established a clinic. Tell me about the crisis there. On November 8, 2013, 300 to 350 kilometre-per-hour winds and 10 to 14 metre waves surged through the Visayan Islands leaving tens of thousands dead and millions injured, homeless, displaced, and starving. Still, three months after the disaster, few have electricity or any form of light, there is no running water, and the people live in the remains of shacks. Poor before the storm, famers lost their crops, fishermen lost their boats and those who work in coconut trade lost 80 to 90% of the precious trees. Livelihood is lost, but not hope, as the people of the Central Philippines clean up the mess, and pick up the pieces of their lives. In the Wary-Wary language they say, “Tindog Philippines!” (Rise up Philippines!). In the heart of the Typhoon Haiyan disaster zone, Wadah Foundation in partnership with Bumi Sehat Foundation is operating a medical relief camp and childbirth manger. In the aftermath of this storm, Wadah extended its healing hand, beginning in November 2013, by supporting the delivery of boatloads of food, water filters, family buckets, tarps, tools, solar lights and medicines to the underserved areas of devastation. The U.N. estimates 3.6 million of the affected are reproductive-age females, with over 95,000 women pregnant and at least 15% expected to have complications of childbirth. These are statistics, but the truth is, the degree of devastation and desperation that is present here is immeasurable. This is why Wadah/Bumi Sehat’s efforts are focused on pregnant, birthing, postpartum women, babies, children and families. When disaster strikes, babies still must be born, even if the mother is homeless, unhealthy, thirsty and hungry.

◆ Postpartum home visits and ambulance transport home: Over 100 ◆ Primary healthcare including free medicines: Over 3,500 ◆ Wound care: Over 260 ◆ Numbers receiving high quality supplemental foods like “Plumpy Sup” from WFP and food bars (from Direct Relief International, Carmans and One Health Org.): Over 35,000 Last night we received four new babies in the humble birth tent. Yesterday four babies were born, and at the moment there are three mothers in labour. The rural and municipal health centres are in ruins, so they send their patients to us. The postpartum mothers at the Wadah/Bumi Childbirth Manger have only cots to rest upon. Some nights every cot is full, and the staff give up their own tent to shelter the families, because there is always room at this inn. We may be humbly camped as we are in the remains of the San Jose elementary school, but lives are saved here, and hope is restored for mothers who would have no place at all to have their babies and seek medical care. Some of our babies have been stillborn, but by grace and the miracle of neonatal resuscitation, all of the babies have made it.

In November 2013, Wadah/Bumi assisted Mercy in Action as they established a Medical Relief and Childbirth camp in Dulag. In January of 2014 Wadah/ Bumi took over full responsibility for the operation and staffing of this essential community outreach.

Twins, breech and premature babies have made it, against all odds. Mothers in the aftermath of disasters suffer from malnutrition and post traumatic stress disorder, which causes extreme hypertension, needing special care; The Wadah/Bumi midwives, doctors and nurses are on the job. Some mothers haemorrhage; the Wadah/Bumi medical team is skilled and ready. We are open 24/7. Though we have undependable electricity, we have our Solar Suitcase from We Care Solar. We have no running water, but we have buckets and strong arms to carry water. As a team we are tired from working day and night, but we feel so blessed to be called to serve and be part of the healing of the Philippines.

These are the miracles so far: ◆ Prenatal visits: Over 1,000 ◆ Babies born in our maternity tent: 240 ◆ Postpartum care for mothers and babies: Over 500

What educational programs does Bumi Sehat provide in Indonesia? Bumi Sehat Aceh now has a Youth Centre that provides free computer and English courses for teens, as well as sports. Bumi

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Sehat Bali also has had, for the last 10 years, free computer beginning and advanced courses, free English language course, organic gardening, and sometimes music. We are very proud of the scholarship program. Young girls from the poorest families, with the dream of becoming a midwife, a teacher or a nurse, may be sponsored by Bumi Sehat for their tuition, room, board, uniforms, books, transportation, complete so that they can successfully achieve advanced degrees in the service professions they are called to.

the Bumi/Wadah Medical Relief and Childbirth Camp in Dulag. The Rotary Tacloban is willing to build us a permanent clinic. So, away we go.

Tell us about the role of midwifery and more natural, gentle birthing techniques in our world today. Each day on planet earth over 800 women, in the prime of their lives, dies from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Many of these women die because they have no access to a skilled birth attendant. For the not-so-wealthy people of the world, midwifery care is usually much more available and affordable. The woman to woman care model really does save lives. Women of all cultures deserve loving, kind, gentle care for their reproductive health needs. The women on the front of this lovely culturally appropriate model of care are the midwives.

How can we support Bumi Sehat in all the work it is doing? Bumi Sehat is super grassroots, and we can assure you that we will use your hardearned donations as wisely as possible, to directly help people. Be it keeping a poor young woman in school or providing essential free medical care, we do our best, and we do it with LOVE. Team Bumi Sehat believes that we are the hands in the field, doing this wonderful work. You donors are the HEART; without you, we can do no service, we need you to nourish our projects.

You are married and have eight children. How do you maintain all these different aspects of your life? The hormone oxytocin is the hormone of LOVE. I am surrounded by oxytocin day and night; in the birth rooms in Bali and in Aceh, in the birth tent in the Philippines where now over 250 babies have been born. I LOVE my work. My family is super supportive and loving, they keep me strong, and they keep me going.

Please visit Bumi Sehat online:

You are returning to Dulag, Philippines later this month. Will that be the next permanent Bumi Sehat clinic? Yes, the need is there; in the aftermath of the biggest storm to make landfall in human history, Bumi Sehat’s donors, sponsors, people like our readers, who care and give whatever they can are behind

The tsunami in Aceh was the most catastrophic disaster, in terms of human deaths, in one day in history. Bumi Sehat is the last NGO in our area, North of Meulaboh. We just had our 9th year anniversary. This tells me that our donors really do believe that community-based healthcare is a human right.

The link to donate directly to our efforts in the Philippines is:

Chilean-born American, Karen Davis is a journalist, artist and art therapist. Formerly a NYC fashion designer, she has been coming to Bali since 1979 and now resides here. issue 115 indonesia expat



Graeme has been writing on Indonesian travel destinations for 25 years including for the Rough Guide to Indonesia. He believes East Java and Madura have much to offer the visitor. Contact him at


East Java's Garden of the East By Graeme Steel

The hustle and bustle of Surabaya is all very well when you have something important to do in the city centre. But when you need a break from the hectic — a place for a stroll or a leisurely picnic — it doesn’t cut much ice. Purwodadi Botanical Gardens, a 90-minute drive 70 kilometres south of Surabaya towards Malang, is the perfect spot to regain some equilibrium. A branch of the famed Bogor Botanical Gardens in West Java, they were established in 1939 during the Dutch colonial period to catalogue and research flora requiring a relatively dry, lowland climate. However, with an altitude of 300 metres above sea level, the heat of Surabaya has largely gone. Well over 3,000 species are represented on this 85-ha site. The visitor will be amazed at the extraordinary diversity of plant life represented here and be grateful for the chance to see several species that are becoming rare or endangered. Walking through the ornamental entrance gates based on the design of the 14th century Penataran temple near Blitar, a long avenue stretches away from you as far as the eye can see with Mount Baung just visible in the far distance. Enormously tall Jacaranda (Jacaranda obtsifolia) and Golden Shower (Cassia fistula) trees line the central path that divides the gardens into two halves. If you venture off to the right you will come to an area of palms offering a tremendous array of species. Palm trees are not only ornamental, but provide many useful food sources such as oil and fruit. The Sugar Palm (Arenga pinnata), of which we can see some impressive specimens, comes in handy as not only a source of sugar, but also for its black fibre, used for thatching and in the manufacture of brooms and rope. Not a palm, but seen growing in this section, is the amazing Amorphophallus titanum, one of the largest flowers in the world and with its phallic shape and overwhelming smell, it is quite a curiosity. It only flowers once every three or four years, but the flower can reach two metres in height and 40 centimetres across. Not far from the main gate stands the biggest tree in the gardens with a trunk width of nearly three metres. The Giant Sengon (Enterolobium cyclocarpum) 10

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FAST FACTS Country : Indonesia Province : East Java Eleavation : 300 metres

HOW TO GET THERE It is best reached from Surabaya. Garuda Indonesia, Citilink, Air Asia, Lion Air all fly into Surabaya. From the airport a car can be rented to take you to Purwodadi Botanical Gardens (90 minutes) and on to Malang (30 minutes). WHERE TO STAY Malang is nearest; the finest accommodation is Hotel Tugu. This luxurious hotel has won many awards for its Asian ambience and outstanding decor.

WHAT TO BRING Walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, camera, entrance fee of Rp.6,000.

drapes its enormous canopy over many quite substantial trees growing beneath. Black pods from the Sengon are scattered on the ground. I am told that these are edible when fried, although it is hard to imagine so from the look of them.

One plant type which we particularly associate with Indonesia is the bamboo, but few visitors would have realized that there are so many varieties, all grouped together here for comparison. There are so many differing widths, strengths and colours. Here, too, is the Pringwuluh bamboo (Schizostachyum blumii) from which the traditional Javanese flute — the seruling — is made.

array of 150 varieties of banana from Java and other islands east of here can be seen to the left of the main avenue, many of which are quite unlike the common varieties we see in the market.

Just behind the main office, with its library, seed collection and plant nursery, a series of glasshouses feature a splendid orchid collection. The director of the Gardens tells me that there are 525 species here; many of them rare and seldom seen outside Indonesia. Among these is the Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis amabilis), known here as Puspa Pesona — the floral emblem of Indonesia and traditionally used in wedding bouquets.

Behind the Gardens rises Mount Baung. This actually lies outside the property’s perimeters, but as part of a nature reserve it offers further opportunity to witness the natural scenery of East Java. Either by taking a rather decrepit suspension footbridge east out of the Gardens or by driving along a dirt road just north of the main gates, you can see the dramatic Coban Baung waterfall. Nature has been kind to the visitor; its magnificent fall can be viewed from a safe and easy distance — opposite. Or for the more courageous, a slippery climb down the hillside will take you beneath the falls where local children shower and fish the stream.

A visit to these beautiful grounds would not be complete without taking in the mango and banana collections — the two ubiquitous fruits of Indonesia. A stunning

If you have time, there is a collection of cacti worth seeing not all of which are prickly and menacing. Some are surprisingly pretty when in flower.

Five pretty ponds nearby offer an interesting array of aquatic plants. Water lilies with bright red flowers provide a home on the water to the myriad frogs that live here. The ponds are surrounded by well kept lawns and most of the visitors find this the prettiest spot to sit and relax. A number of gazebos are situated throughout the park, providing somewhere to shelter from the sun. A collection of ferns next to the ponds shows us how many different species are found in Indonesia. Many of these, like the palm trees, are a food source or are used in weaving or for ornamental purposes.

Purwodadi Botanical Gardens Jalan Raya Purwodadi, Purwodadi. Pasuruan Open every day from 7am to 4pm | Phone : +62 (0341) 6150336

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Wednesday night at around 7pm usually means business for Face Bar. This cosy joint at the end of Jalan Kusuma Atmaja, Menteng, just before it meets the HI roundabout, is the go-to watering hole for nearby office workers. For a place that’s typically frequented by high-pressure professionals and journalists, NGO associates and diplomats (as embassies are found by the dozens around the area), it has a laid-back and homey atmosphere. I thought to myself, “Now this is the place to unwind.” Face Bar is part of the Face establishments; the chain has branches in Shanghai, Beijing and Bangkok. The Jakarta division, aptly named Face Jakarta, is the oldest of all four, conceived in the year 1992. All four venues have an oriental dining and bar concept. Face Jakarta is equipped with two restaurants and a bar; Lan Na Thai serves fine Thai cuisine, Hazara boasts fine Indian cuisine and Face Bar is its enchanting oriental-themed bar. Face Bar is a place with no name signboards - only an address number on the front of the venue and a board portraying the face of Buddha on it - yet somehow people keep coming in. It’s a charming little public secret of a joint. Sure, it’s a place for creatures of habit who automatically make their ways to the bar after a long day at the office, but new converts seem to be coming by the lot as well. Face Bar has a name that precedes its reputation and you will be glad that someone told you about this bar. The outskirts of the venue is a big and busy street, but do not be fooled, there’s intimate and exotic decor waiting inside. The philosophy that Face Bar wishes to convey is illustrated by creating an image of a Caravanserai; an inn along the busy Silk Route that, back then, was used for weary travellers from different corners of the earth to rest from the day’s journey. As the trade routes of Jakarta come to a close after work hours, Face Bar becomes a place where people can rest and relax. The place was designed


FACE BAR Jalan Kusuma Atmaja No. 85, Imam Bonjol (Menteng), Jakarta Phone : +62 21 31925037 E-mail : Opening Hours : Daily : 5pm – 1am


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to include many Eastern influences, hence the Chinese bed dining area, the Indian-inspired mirrors adorning the corner walls and Thai interior designs among many other details. It’s a genius melting pot of decorations and it’s where people come together. There were easily six full tables when I arrived and a bunch of people at the bar. Quite a busy night for a Wednesday, thanks to its happy hour, which is available daily from 5-8pm, and all night on Sundays. Incoming patrons greet friends and acquaintances as they enter the premises; there’s an atmosphere of familiarity. While the men prefer beer or wine, it seems that the cocktails served at Face Bar are geared toward a more feminine persuasion, with

"Face Bar is an intimate and calming rendezvous point. Mingling and conversations are nicely facilitated with background music that isn’t too loud and dimmed lighting to set the mood." elegant and alluring aesthetics. The green apple martini was my favourite, among a couple of drinks ordered. There was a good balance between the sweetness and strength of alcohol. Mind you, Sunsation, Face's white wine Sangria, was also a refreshing classic; this fruity concoction was made with careful hands - not overpowered by the use of white wine, yet not just another fruity drink. Closing the night with a Gin Crush was a great decision; a smooth drink of muddled strawberry, lime and gin that I can see myself enjoying after a long day of work. Those who aren’t big fans of gin could even grow to love it with this mix. I am convinced that drinks at Face Bar are very well-crafted classics; a testament to the phrase ‘quality over quantity’.

It’s a proper bar with no excessive list of cocktail items, yet they are perfected and refined. Straying away from the typical French fries and nuts as bar food, Face Bar went another direction with Thai and Indian appetizers to match their formula. The vegetarian spring rolls were served with Thai dipping sauce and browned to a crisp, holding the integrity of crunchiness without the whole roll being soggy. It was a lovely, savoury complement to the drinks. Then came a taste from Face Jakarta’s Indian kitchen; the Murgh Tikka, a tasty yoghurt-marinated chicken appetizer, and Paneer Pakora. The latter was an instant favourite, featuring fried cottage cheese with a piquant and lemony coating. It was a delightful mix of freshness and comfort, especially when adding a side of mint chutney into the equation; there’s a bit of spiciness and an amusing zest to the chutney. It was a royal bar food spread. It’s easy to appreciate the delectable authentic Pan-Asian flavours and quality drinks at Face Bar. But the real gem is the place itself; Face Bar is an intimate and calming rendezvous point. Mingling and conversations are nicely facilitated with background music that isn’t too loud and dimmed lighting to set the mood. On some nights, there’s even a jazz band to accompany guests’ laid-back night out at Face Bar. On average, a typical night of drinks and food would set you back around Rp.390,000. This particular area of Central Jakarta, although busy, is secluded enough that street noises do not bother your visit. Parking is available through a valet service; free of charge but kindly tip the attendant. Some have said that this bar is an ‘institution’; a place where a collection of driven people or societies with similar motives gather to achieve one simple task — relaxing. I find it to be quite a suitable term for Face Bar.


Linda The Tsunami Survivor Story and Photo By David Metcalf

Linda’s story is somewhat of a reflection of Aceh itself, sad but uplifting. Her life was changed forever a little less than ten years ago, when on December 26th 2004 a series of three massive waves swept through her hometown of Banda Aceh, taking with it her mother and almost her entire family. “The night before the tsunami I was at my mother’s house intending to stay the night but my youngest son was very upset and kept insisting that he wanted to sleep in his own bed at home a few kilometres from my mother’s house. I relented and we left at midnight, and that saved my life,” Linda recounted with great sadness. “I lost around 100 members of my family that day and there are times I wished I was one of them, especially as I miss my mother so much.” Linda recounted this very unhappy but not unusual Aceh story in the comfort of her home, which she turned into a homestay. Linda’s Homestay was established five years ago as there was a shortage of accommodation and with the influx of people in town helping with the cleanup and reconstruction of the city, there was a critical demand for housing and accommodation. Linda loves to welcome guests and treats them like family. She is very proud of her town and is a source of knowledge about Aceh history and culture. “We have had enough suffering and pain in Aceh. For 400 years we have been fighting and people have become tired of the conflict. We were ready for peace and now we want to get on with our lives with a positive outlook for the future.” Linda is a devout Muslim and received solace from her troubled past through prayer. She sees a bright future for her two sons, aged 17 and 19, and whatever money she is able to make from her business goes back into supporting their education.

Aceh is a very beautiful place with magnificent beaches, green lush rice fields, tropical islands such as Weh Island — a diving paradise just 30 minutes from Banda Aceh — a deep and fascinating history, but its real beauty lies in its people. “We feel very grateful for all the foreign help we received after the Tsunami. Now we want to repay that gratitude and respect by showing them the positive things about our beautiful country. This year is the ten year anniversary of that dreadful morning, so we hope many people will come and see the wonderful progress that has been made and what a huge success story it has been.” Linda is confident more tourists will come to Banda Aceh and discover the beauty of the area and the richness of Aceh culture, however she is also aware of the negative image Aceh has in the media and feels that the only way is to greet people with love and respect and treat them like family. She loves to cook traditional Acehnese food and is very happy to be a city tour guide and take people to the many sights in this attractive, clean, reconstructed city. Staying at Linda’s Homestay for me was a wonderful insight into the Aceh of today and with her love and positive outlook for the future, Aceh is in very safe hands.

Linda’s Homestay +62 811 680 305/ 082 364 364 130

David Metcalf is the co-author of a new book — Indonesia’s Hidden Heritage — Cultural journeys of Discovery including over 300 of his photographs, available via his website. David lives in Bali and loves travelling around Indonesia and also organises photography tours. issue 115 indonesia expat


MIBT Jakarta, Indonesia Sawitri Kusumawardani (Dani) is a 20-year-old alumnus of MIBT Jakarta Campus who has just recently graduated from Deakin University, Australia. She is temporarily employed at her former college as a marketing intern while looking for a full-time job. When asked, she stated that becoming an entrepreneur is her ultimate dream. She pictured herself managing a business with a strong brand image, favoured by the market and affiliated with multiple professional partners, enabling it to expand throughout the country. However, to achieve this ultimate fantasy, she understands that her journey will not be as easy as snapping fingers. Dani’s decision to join MIBT Jakarta Campus in 2011 was one of the first crucial steps along her path to pursue her dreams. She chose the Diploma of Management course and studied marketing and economics as well as communication subjects that she deemed relevant. When asked why she aspires to be an entrepreneur, Dani answered, “To follow my passion since childhood.” She later admitted to having run a few small businesses during her school days. Starting from elementary school, she used to sell handmade bracelets to classmates, which was followed by becoming an ‘artist’ — a term she referred to for getting paid accepting orders drawing or designing various things. The business, somehow, was not regarded as a distraction to her studies, nor did it cause her any stress. This was because making


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DIY crafts and drawing are hobbies she usually spends her spare time doing. She found it enjoyable working on orders back then and said, “It was very nice getting paid for doing something you like.” Of course, the money made from such a business was not significant. However, it did give her a great sense of self-fulfillment to be able to earn enough to afford to buy things for herself. At high school, she continued developing her selling skills by supporting school fundraising events. Moreover, as an active committee member, she donated the profit she earned from selling roses, toy cameras, muffins and lipstick to the school fundraising efforts. Although these initial forays into business were primarily for fun, she realized that if she was serious in pursuing her dreams of becoming an entrepreneur, she required more knowledge. This thirst for knowledge led Dani to study at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, where she learnt about marketing, managing the supply chain, brand building and commercializing a product. Finishing her studies in 2013, Dani was awarded a Bachelor of Management majoring in Marketing and Supply Chain Management and she then chose to return to her family in Indonesia and look for a job there. Dani stated, “I feel my journey still has a long way to go. I shall endeavor to gain more knowledge and experience to help me fulfill my dream.” Let’s all wish her the very best of luck!



By Paul Enrich

Paul Walters is the author of two best-selling novels, Final Diagnosis and Blowback. His third novel, Counterpoint, was released in October 2013.

The Silver Girls By Paul V. Walters

Vanessa Campagnaro doesn’t so much walk into a room, rather at a touch over 6-foot 1-inches, she lopes. Following closely behind her is Selenia Rebeiro, her partner in the extremely successful Sanur Jewellery Studio. These two women, from vastly different backgrounds, have made it their quest to bring silver jewellery manufacturing to anyone willing to learn the craft. What often makes a partnership work is when the chemistry is at opposites of a spectrum and they are living proof of what has drawn them together. Vanessa is an Englishwoman who, by her own admission, has always had “metal in her blood”. Born into a manufacturing family who invented the famous Aga wood-burning stove, one can appreciate that the lure of metal, any kind of metal, was always going to dominate her life. The world was, from an early age, her oyster as she has lived and worked all over the globe. Growing up in Ontario, Canada, she had a fixed vision of what she wanted to do and pursued it with a passion that still seems to course through her bloodstream today. Her introduction to design and manufacturing began while at Cheltham Art College followed by a degree at the University of East London. From there the world of fashion and jewellery beckoned, which led to stints with Burberry in Tokyo, followed by time in New York and California where she studied under the renowned jewellery designer Nancy Shappelle. Selenia’s background is equally as colourful. Born in Angola of Portuguese origin she became a wanderer by trade at an early age. The beginning of the war in Angola meant that the family had to relocate to the UK where she completed her education. Once she had graduated, she followed the roads less travelled and chanced upon the jewellery markets in thriving Kathmandu. Throwing caution to the winds, she apprenticed herself to a master craftsman

in a small factory in the heart of the silver market. It was here in the back streets she learnt her craft, studying the intricate designs and manufacturing techniques using age-old methods of shaping the metal into elaborate and elegant pieces. Her thirst for knowledge then took her to Rajasthan in India to learn the art of manufacturing with gemstones where craftsmen use ancient methods that have existed for centuries. Even today she uses a blowtorch powered by foot pedals to fill the bellows!

It stands to reason that at some point the paths of these two incredible women would inevitably cross and it was on the island of Bali where their talents and personalities met head-on. From their first meeting they knew that their philosophies regarding their craft were on the same trajectory; it was a meeting of minds. However, it was their overwhelming desire to teach that fundamentally cemented the bond and they haven’t looked back since starting their business nearly four years ago. When asked about their philosophy and desire to teach, their answers were similar. Selenia thought about the question for a while before replying, “I trust that the knowledge bestowed upon me was meant to be shared. I was given this gift of designing and jewellery-making and so teaching is my way of sharing my gift with others.” Vanessa answered, “I believe creativity flows from a calm and organized space. For us, knowing one day in our studio can be the choice between a more creative life for the future or a sudden driving force behind a career for one of our students makes us know we are doing something right here.” These strong, independent women know the path they wish to travel and are more than willing to share their vision in empowering other women. Outside of their business, both Vanessa and Selenia were heavily involved in the establishment of The Sanur Springboard where they devoted their time to teaching the local population of young women the power of design. In essence, the overriding vision was to try and teach willing participants a ‘trade’ so that this could lead to future employment opportunities.

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It was the involvement in this group that was the platform for the formation of the Sanur Jewellery Studio. Vanessa and her partner Mark have transformed what was a rather run down residence into a splendid home complete with a large functioning jewellery workshop. The teaching studio is a light and airy barn-like structure painted bright white. Workstations all face the f ront and are replete with all of the tools of the trade to create what will be their own masterpiece. Both Selenia and Vanessa introduce new students to the design process where each individual is encouraged to create a layout on paper and then led through the process of bringing their masterpieces to life. The studio itself attracts locals and tourists alike, as even those with no knowledge of the process of jewellery design can, and do produce a treasured piece that has their own stamp upon it. Couples from around the world intending to marry in Bali come to the studio to design and make their wedding rings in just one day. This is somewhat of a special way to begin their lives together. Classes begin with an in-depth talk on the history and complex nature of silver and its unique properties. I am told that the best silver originates in Mexico, however most of the silver used in this studio comes from the island of Sumatra. Demonstrations detail how the metal behaves when heated and covers areas such as how a manufacturer can put ‘spring’ into the metal to make it more pliable. Both women tell me of the satisfaction they receive at the end of a day when students proudly wear their own creations, be it a ring, bracelet or an intricately designed pair of earrings. There is something rather personal about having a piece that has evolved from one’s own imagination and bringing it to completion. The studio takes on and teaches local apprentices for, as both women maintain, theirs is not a craft to own but rather something to pass on to those willing to learn.

To discover more about Sanur Jewellery Studio visit

Boston-based software developer Spritz has developed an app that will take the reading experience to another level. By manipulating the format of words and lining them up with the eye’s natural motion of reading — the Optimal Recognition Point (ORP) — the Spritz app identifies how best our brains can decipher jumbles of letters into an effortless ORP of each word. Whilst reading through the colour coded app, our eyes don’t move at all as we see the words. Highlighted red coloured OPR letters allow effortless processing of information instead of time consuming decoding of each word.

Old-school timetables now a thing of the past What began as a Sydney University research program, Edval is now servicing schools across Australia, the UK and Ireland with its electronic timetable scheduling, including parent-teacher interviews, attendances, exams, class lists and other modules. The priority-based system generates balanced schedules, solving common time-wasting problems for parents and teachers, minimising congestion and queues. By providing less staff effort, more control and transparency, the targeted system ultimately provides a better educational outcome for the school.

Specialized robots enhance K-12 special needs A number of new technologies are aiming to revolutionize classrooms for special-needs students, particularly those with autism. RoboKind recently introduced an autism intervention program called Robots4Autism, which uses humanoid robots and developmental instruction. The robots can make realistic facial expressions and body gestures while also tracking a student's face with its eyes, delivering lessons consistently with nonthreatening interactions.

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owner of the royal academy school

INDRI GAUTAMA By Angela Richardson

You are clearly a woman with a vision of empowering the youth of this country. Tell us, where did your passion for education stem from? The passion comes from my own personal experience when I pursued my tertiary degree overseas. I found that knowledge is power. Our country is vast and rich in natural resources, what is lacking in this country is human resources. We need to improve our educational system with life skills.

Every child is born with the potential to be great. It's up to us educators to unleash this greatness in the them. We teach leadership to children by implementing the IPC personal goals, which produces communication skills, thoughtfulness, resilience, respect, cooperation, adaptability, enquiry and morality. We want to see children having personal goals since their childhood and therefore are able to lead their personal lives at home or at school, and in their neighbourhood.

How did the idea to start the Royal Academy begin? I noticed that education in Indonesia only focuses on academic achievement which ultimately makes children stressful and reluctant to go to school. In this digital world with 21st century high technology, schools' educational methods are still 20th century. Thus, students are no longer excited at school. Schools must be upgraded to a 21st century education with digital technology, therefore small children are exposed to the world, not just one classroom. I have a vision to provide quality education that instills moral values and character at an early age so that children can have personal goals and international mindedness which will support their academic achievement.

Do you believe that children of local government schools are receiving a good education? What could be improved? This is a very difficult question to answer. Firstly, we must determine what ‘good education’ is. Each school has its own vision and mission statement which should give an overview of how ‘education’ is valued in that school. Each school is different. I cannot stand here and say that local schools are less equipped than other schools, but there are some issues we need to look at.

You’ve grown from 10 students in 2010 to over 200 students today. What do you believe is the secret to your school’s success? It's the same vision that is shared among the school, the staff and the parents. We have a goal to see a child's life be transformed and become a leader in their home, school and community. As a result, our students have tremendously changed in terms of character and academics. The children have lifelong learning skills and they enjoy school with great desire to explore new things within the moral boundary. Why do you believe that education is so important in our world today? Knowledge is power; without knowledge, people do not have direction and vision. Education is a strong weapon to change one nation. We can change people's thinking and habit by providing the right system to transform their little minds to dream big.

In this issue of Indonesia Expat’s Business Profile, we meet Indri Gautama. Indri is the owner of the Royal Academy School and a very well-respected educator in Indonesia and took time out of her busy schedule to share her thoughts on education with us.

Royal Academy focuses on teaching leadership. Can you tell us why you feel this is an important skill to teach children and how do you do so at Royal Academy?

Are local schools looking at Development of Intelligence? Rather than have children sit in a class and rote learn their work, are teachers being trained in looking at how to have children think about higher order questions, develop enquiry skills, have a knowledge base in which they can explore and be challenged on? Are the children being given opportunities to reason and think? Is it child-centred learning? Have the teachers been given enough training to take on the new concept of education for the 21st century? It is not necessarily about a core curriculum but the development of the whole child.

What does the Royal Academy provide that is different to other schools of international standards? Royal Academy provides an environment where the children are encouraged to love to learn. This might sound simplistic as all schools strive for this, but the reality of Royal Academy is not only based on a very strong curriculum (International Primary Curriculum) but also strives for strong character development. Each child is treated as an individual where we look at their strengths and build on them and if we see ‘perceived’ areas for improvement, we work on them. Some schools have the ‘international’ tag, but is ‘internationalism’ actually taught and enveloped as part


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Rudy Ramawy, Google's Country Director for Indonesia, who was present in the online business insight discussion on Monday (01/04), said that online shopping in Indonesia is becoming more and more popular due to increased access to internet, higher purchasing power and the introduction of the smartphone. His view is partly based on a Google survey that was held in twelve big Indonesian cities and involved 1,300 respondents.

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Indonesia's e-commerce industry (online shopping) is expected to continue its rapid growth in the years ahead as more and more Indonesians have access to internet amid the country's rising per capita GDP (resulting in a rapidly expanding middle class). Indonesians' purchasing power has expanded quickly and in combination with the popularity of the smartphone, people are increasingly purchasing consumer goods online. This was one of the conclusions drawn in an online business insight discussion organized by Google and in Jakarta. 16

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There are four categories of Indonesian online shoppers according to Google: • recent shopper; made an online purchase within the last 30 days

• non-recent shopper; made an online purchase in the last six months • non-online shopper; is online but does not purchase items online • online seller; has sold a product online Developments within these groups provide important information about how the Internet changes Indonesian consumers' behavior and the business community should anticipate these developments in order to make their business more profitable. For example, many people categorized as non-online shoppers (who have never purchased a product online although have access to internet) responded that they intend to make an online purchase within the next twelve months. Unfortunately, no detailed figures were

of the curriculum? The aim is to give all children the opportunity to explore their talents. We have an enrichment program which is proven so successful that we now have developed our own band, art club and choir. We know we have reached the children's hearts when we give out the enrichment forms at the end of term and they scramble to choose what they want to do. That is love of learning! Royal Tots Academy has gained the reputation as one of Indonesia’s most successful and educationally rewarding Early Learning Programs, renowned for its current early childhood practises and excellent teaching programme. What are your school’s core principles? The core principles in the Early Learning Centre are and have always been that we are a family; parents and teachers work together for the benefit of the school. We have an excellent curriculum — IPC (Early Years) — which gives our teachers the basis for the enquiry approach needed in our school. We have wonderful teachers

is bringing education to all their little children and improve their nutrition. We built a steel structure on a piece of land loaned by the natives. The children have been so happy with the presence of that one school and also a small hospital to serve the sick. What challenges have you faced with your school in NTT? How have you funded this project? The challenge is the terrain condition that was impossible for any transportation to come in, except for motorcycle trailers. It's so difficult to find trained labourers. So we have to bring skilled carpenters, steel and stone workers from Java. We also faced resistance from certain groups

"I value life, thus I value people. We are relational people. We work best when we are in a group, working together as a team to reach a goal towards a destiny." who go beyond the job scope. We have an Educational Leadership team who always put educational decisions above all else. All the staff and teachers have been trained in IPC so we know what we want for our children and we are very responsive to their needs. You are also known for your humanitarian work. Tell us about your school in Nusa Tenggara Timur. What attracted you to open a school in this part of Indonesia? What was lacking in the area? What attracted me to open the preschool — that now has grown to primary school — was the fact that upon my site visit to Central Manggarai, East Flores, during which they suffered from a long drought and famine, to my surprise I was welcomed by so many children aged two to six years old without shoes. I asked, “Why aren't you at school?” They said, "No teacher, ma’am!" I understood that these Robusta coffee farmers are illiterate and there is no infrastructure. Where they live, there’s no water and no electricity. It'd be difficult to break poverty without breaking poverty mentality and I know the first step to this

given with regard to these four categories. CEO of Kusumo Martanto confirmed that Indonesians are increasingly confident in online shopping. For example, online sales of clothes are rising rapidly. Previously, consumers preferred to hold clothing items in their hands first before deciding to purchase the item. However, sales of t-shirts through have increased sharply recently and are now more or less equal to sales of gadgets and electronics which used to be the most popular items for online sales. Ramawy stated that 40 percent of the 1,300 respondents in the Google survey indicated that they want to purchase clothes online. Based on information from, Indonesia's e-commerce industry grows by 30 to 50 percent per year. claims

of people due to their insecurity, but after one year all their accusations turned out to be false and now we are in our 6th year and the adat leadership gave our foundation another lot of land whereby we can build our elementary school. We delight in the people of Dusun Koko. The way we fund is 100% through sponsorship & donation by our foundation's mission partner. What values do you hold close to your heart? I value life, thus I value people. We are relational people. We work best when we are in a group, working together as a team to reach a goal towards a destiny. What is important is not the building but the people inside the building. Therefore, in the school, I teach these little people love. Because they receive love, they can give love to their parents and siblings and their teachers and school friends. Children learn better in a loving environment. They are very adaptable.

to experience these growth rates in several categories, such as its online traffic, revenue, members and transactions. There should be much more room for growth of online shopping in the future as many Indonesians outside the bigger cities (particularly outside the island of Java) still lack internet access. However, there is the problem of logistics. Outside the bigger cities of Java, there is a lack of warehouses that contain stockpiles of products that can be purchased online. Therefore, growth in Indonesia's online shopping industry will continue to stem from the urban communities on Java in the years ahead.

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Australian International School Today with rapid technological and socio-economic developments, the world is becoming closer than ever. The changes have brought impacts in all aspects of our everyday life, particularly to the world of education. In this so-called digital era, our children have become global digital citizens; they are more exposed to information that rapidly changes and is instantly accessable, and they share it to others through their mobile gadgets. However, the universality of the English language, the growth of Internet usage, and the mobility of the global workforce have become another challenge for our children. School as educational institutions must cater for these challenges and encourage active partnerships between parents, teachers, and students. At the Australian International School (AIS), Indonesia, we provide a world- Empowering Minds. Uniting Communities.


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class Australian education in Indonesia and we nurture students to achieve excellence through innovation, creativity and independent thinking. In addition, students learn in a warm, caring, and inclusive environment, made up of students from many nationalities, cultures, and backgrounds. Thus, they learn to appreciate diversity and change, and to challenge traditional thinking and to look for new ways forward. By ensuring that every student feels welcome and valued; and by providing a challenging range of curriculum options within an atmosphere where individual learning needs are accommodated, we enable students to reach their maximum potential. As a result, our alumni continue their education in top universities in Australia and around the globe. We look forward to welcoming new families to join our global family.


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Making Circles of Seeds and Friends

Tess Joyce's poems were recently published in poetry magazines Orbis, The Journal, Tears in the Fence, Obsessed with Pipework and in online magazines Snakeskin, The Island Review, BlazeVOX, Ditch, Four and Twenty, Anatomy and Etymology and Phantom Kangaroo. She is a writer from the UK but currently lives with her husband in Indonesia.

By Tess Joyce

On past weekends I’ve often woken up with a hangover — my day’s almost over and I’m feeling too lazy to cook. Back then, I didn’t question the way in which I socialized on my weekends. Until I met the Permablitz crowd in Ubud, Bali earlier this year. Permablitz Bali are a group of fun, sociable friends of different ages and backgrounds who meet up every weekend in order to make urban, edible gardens together. But this crowd is anything but geeky; many of them are musicians, dancers and artists and all of them are bonded by their passion for sustainable living. I first attended a Permablitz Bali event at the Kaleidoscope Community House in Ubud, Bali in February and learnt more about this urban permaculture movement. Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is a science that was developed by Bill Mollison in Australia in the 1970s. It encourages communities to live sustainably and in harmony with the environment by developing systems that mimic the patterns of nature. Just as nature recycles nutrients and energy, in a permaculture model all energy, water and organic waste are returned back into a functioning system. Waste no longer exists — everything becomes a potential resource. But how did this agricultural movement move into the cities? It all began in Melbourne in 2006 when permaculture designer Dan Palmer and a group of friends from South America decided that they wanted to start growing organic food in their own suburban backyards. The movement has since taken flight across Australia, Hawaii, America, Barcelona and now Jogjakarta and Bali. Permablitz Jogja member Krishna first explained about the concepts of permaculture to a small group of friends

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learn more about gardening. We are doing something real, it’s not artificial — we are just being ourselves — bringing our music, bringing our art and it becomes really bonding.”

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from Bali, including Canggu resident Djuca Terenzi. “At that time only a few of us were gardening. Inspired by Krishna’s work with Permablitz Jogja, a few of us gathered together and that was the beginning of Permablitz Bali,” explained Djuca. At Kaleidoscope Community House, a Permablitz event is held in the garden and everyone is busy preparing soil beds and building bamboo arches. As dusk draws in, we eat and rest in the lounge and a group begin to play music on guitars and djembe drums. Soon, a few of us dance — I feel completely relaxed. “It has bonded us; we know we’re going to do something constructive,” added Djuca. “It is a gathering and not only are we not spending any money, but it also creates energy, it is creating yield. We are no longer wasting our days - we flipped it — and now it has become our passion. It becomes awareness, real information and at the same time knowledge; each week we Art Workshop

Some of the members have been involved in permaculture for years, but many are young and are already planning sustainable lifestyles for themselves. In this online information age, many people are becoming aware about the health and environmental problems associated with commercial farming which often uses lots of pesticides and fertilizers. Chemical fertilizers, which kill bacteria and thus reduce the soil’s productiveness, are not used in permaculture; organic compost and mulch are applied instead to enrich the soil. In permaculture, wild areas are deliberately protected to provide shelter for insect predators which remove insect pests in a balanced system; pesticides are no longer required. “Find out where your food comes from — the insane process of bringing food to your plate. You don’t realise it until you plant a seed — and start getting it right and it grows — then you put that food on your plate and you realise the satisfaction of being independent. You know what’s healthy, nutritious and organic,” said Djuca. Awareness is key and movements like Permablitz are helping to broaden knowledge about the importance of good food, but sometimes it helps to learn in a practical setting, which is why Permablitz Bali often organizes workshops. “Whatever anyone wants to do, we discuss it first and then we invite someone who can explain about the workshop — we have done cob, dance, music, cooking, geodesic domes and sustainable living workshops,” said Djuca.

Keen to learn more, I join another Permablitz event at Kaleidoscope for the reopening of the community project Rumah Idea. This grassroots initiative, which was started by Rizky Tizar and a group of friends, aims to promote sustainable living. Rizky focuses on the following four aspects: 1. Permaculture – local community gardens 2. Recycling 3. Knowledge – English language and information about the environment 4. Old traditions (so that they don’t go extinct) – learning from older generations “IDEA stands for Indonesian Development of Environmental Education and Agricultural Studies,” said Rizky. “At first, Rumah Idea was developed at an abandoned house in Sibang by planting a garden and promoting sustainable living. We did not preach, but led by example. In Sibang, a language barrier remained between the local villagers and the Green School children so we began to teach the children English and increase awareness about certain issues. If we are aware of what’s happening, then we can fix the situation.” Rizky met Djuca at a permaculture conference a few years back, and they were bonded by their similar visions and interests. The re-opening of Rumah Idea at Kaleidoscope was held on 24 March and not only were many seeds planted, but various workshops and games took place including traditional Balinese dance and art workshops followed by food and live music by The Mangrooves. Balinese teacher, Aji Dewa Made Artha, also volunteered by teaching traditional songs with Rizky to the children. In the past, Aji was a teacher at a museum in San Diego, California. Now the Permablitz Bali team is hoping to recruit more members and will attend two upcoming events. They will be holding a stall and doing a talk on Earth Day (April 22nd) at Green School and they are also preparing for their next Pechakucha event on the 22nd of April. In the case of the Permablitzers, it doesn’t matter so much what you eat — because you are what you grow.

How to get involved You just have to show up at a Permablitz event and once you get into the rhythm, then you can host your own blitz - it is expected for the host to provide food for the blitzers and to contact us ( if you would like any further information. To find out about the next events please visit: Permablitz Bali on Facebook: Permablitz Jogja: To volunteer with Rumah Idea, visit the website: Kaleidoscope Community House in Petulu, Ubud:

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Kenneth Yeung is a Jakarta-based editor


Getting married and having children are essential rites of passage in Indonesia. So great is the pressure to produce progeny, that couples unable to conceive children may feel they have failed. This makes them easy prey for con-men posing as religious or alternative healers. Mimi (40) and Parmin (41) had been trying to have a baby since their marriage in 2009, but without success. Last year, one of Mimi’s friends advised the couple to visit an alternative medicine clinic located at Mangga Dua Square shopping mall in North Jakarta. The clinic, called Hawa Murni (Pure Air), was opened in January 2013 by a man named Timotius Hengky Santoso (57), who also called himself Romo (Father, as in ‘priest’). Like so many other charlatans posing as healers, he claimed he could cure a range of ailments and help infertile couples achieve pregnancy. Romo told women they would become pregnant after 14 sessions of his treatment over seven months. Each session cost Rp.300,000, comprising Rp.50,000 for hands-on treatment and Rp.250,000 for 20 capsules of “medicine”. Local media reported that some of the medicine was weight-gain pills intended for cattle. The particular “medicine” for fattening cattle is a steroid called Oradexon, which can also be taken by humans to treat inflammatory and allergic disorders. It has also been dispensed to young prostitutes to make their buttocks and breasts larger. Mimi commenced the fertility treatment in July 2013. This involved Romo placing his hands on her stomach, claiming he was channelling pure energy into her body. After each session of this mumbo jumbo, Mimi and Parmin were sold the 20 capsules and told to take 10 each. Women seeking to become pregnant were ordered not to drink iced water and to avoid certain foods, such as tomatoes, chillies, durian, stink beans, jengkol (dogfruit beans) and bananas. The total cost for 14 sessions of Romo’s nonsense was Rp.4.2 million. Some women paid more. Pademangan Sector Police Chief, Commissioner Andri Ananta, said Romo convinced women they were pregnant by asking them to close their eyes and pray, while he switched their urine samples with urine from women who really were pregnant.

Romo told his patients not to visit proper doctors or hospitals for pregnancy tests or ultrasounds, claiming such examinations would thwart their pregnancy. In her seventh month of “pregnancy”, Mimi defied Romo’s orders and went to a real doctor, who informed her that the weight she had gained was entirely a result of the pills and her diet. Some other patients also had pregnancy tests and reported Romo to police. He was arrested on February 25. He had no license for practicing medicine. Police said he earned about Rp.18 million per month from his clinic and had duped at least 100 women. He has been charged with fraud and could face four years in jail. Romo said he learned his “medical skills” from his grandfather. Prior to conning women in Mangga Dua Square, he had a clinic in Jati Bening, Bekasi, for just three months. One of the victims, Anti (37), said she had spent Rp.20 million on the useless treatments and pills. She was curious about the capsules and had some tested at a laboratory, only to be informed they were for fattening cattle. Long before Romo’s arrest, one patient blogged in August 2013 that he was a fraud. Later, a group of women posting on debated his efficacy. One woman questioned why she still menstruated when Romo had said she was pregnant. By December, most of the women knew he was a fraud, although one still insisted his powers had made her pregnant. Another explained that a foetus can be created only by the will of God. A 32-year-old victim said Romo told her he could expedite the fertility process if she accompanied him to a hotel room. She refused. Yet she continued to take the “medicine” even though it only affected her appetite and made it difficult for her to speak. Such fraud is not uncommon in Indonesia, where all sorts of quackery is masqueraded as fertility treatment. One reason that childless couples resort to charlatans is that in-vitro fertilization (IVF), in which conception occurs in a Petri dish, costs Rp.45 million and upward. Couples who can afford IVF treatment generally choose to go to Singapore or further abroad, while those with less money are more likely to rely on the power of prayer or magic potions. issue 115 indonesia expat



Inspirational adults striving to make a difference in their communities are out there. Inspirational teenagers, however, are not as easy to come by, and one particular 14-year-old in Jakarta has created a project which would make any parent proud, regardless of age. This young lady is doing everything she can to bring books to the island of Madura for children who would otherwise have no access to reading material. This Girl Scout’s name is Mackenzie Winton, and Girl Scout she is, through and through. When you hear the term Girl Scout, you often think of girls selling cookies for charity, but it’s far more than that. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place and the Girl Scouts have been in Indonesia for 50 years. For 10 years, Mackenzie has been passionately girl scouting, meeting fellow scouts from all over the world — herself having practiced this tradition in the USA, Nigeria and now in Jakarta. After seeing first-hand the lack of educational resources in these countries, this Jakarta International school student began working on her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award available in USA Girl Scouting, which involves a seven-step process culminating in solving a community problem and making a lasting and sustainable change.

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reads for the children of the village and surrounding areas, to give them a window to the world and a chance at a brighter future. Currently, all the books are being catalogued at Mackenzie’s home — a massive task in itself — before the stocking and opening of the library, which is planned for early June this year. The Madura Library Project is run in conjunction with, and supported by, Leksmono Santoso of Remote Destinations, a travel company specializing in showing guests the more secluded parts of Indonesia. Mackenzie has also had massive support from her mentor, Linda Hahn Santoso, Ed.D of Destiny Learning, an initiative which helps educational needs of children. Funds have been raised to build the library through monetary donations from individuals and families and Mackenzie has been overwhelmed by the response and generosity of her supporters.

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Inspiration Comes in all Shapes and Sizes

Mackenzie’s demeanour is calm and collected yet full of enthusiasm. “I’ve known that I want to be a teacher when I grow up since I was three years old,” Mackenzie tells me as we chat after school ends. “Prior to choosing the Girl Scout Gold Award, I participated in service trips in remote communities - Sumatra, Kalimantan, and Laos — and attended Global Issues Network (GIN) conferences. I realized that I wanted to make a difference in a remote community in Indonesia.” And making a difference she is. Mackenzie has been running book drives through her school, and with the help of other schools has so far collected 3,700 books, 1,000 of which are in Bahasa Indonesia. Nearly 100 Girl Scouts have participated in read-athons, bake sales and coin collections to further support the library project. Her aim is to collect many more books in Bahasa for the children in the Lombang community, near the town of Sumenep on the eastern side of Madura. Mackenzie wants to fill her library with interesting and educational

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When asked what her future plans were, Mackenzie replied with, “I would love to build more libraries, which would be amazing!” At the root of the Madura Library Project is Mackenzie’s passion in life, education, which she feels extremely lucky to have had in her upbringing and wants to share with others who are less fortunate. She aims for her library to be a place for the students and community in Madura to discover something new and different. “Reading opens up a whole other possibility,” Mackenzie adds, and I agree.

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Boxes full of donated books

Mackenzie travelled to Madura to meet the families of the villagers where her library now stands. From Surabaya, the drive to the village in Madura takes six hours, and Mackenzie and some of her friends and family were able to meet the children and symbolize the beginning of the building by laying the first brick of the new library. “The children were really excited when we visited — I don’t think they had seen a Caucasian person before! It was really nice to see their excitement.” Since their visit, the structure has gone up, further bricks laid and a roof now completes the finished building.

Most recent photo of the library

For those wishing to donate books, please email Mackenzie Winton on Mackenzie is mainly looking for children’s books in Bahasa, however all books will be graciously accepted.

Mentari International School kids get their hands dirty The students of Mentari International School, Jakarta have been busy cleaning up the areas around their school through several cleanup actions. Grade 10 students have been getting their hands dirty by picking up rubbish around their school, located on Jl. Haji Jian, South Jakarta, on Sundays in an attempt to clean up their environment and make a change. The students have been running cleanups on Sundays for several weeks, started by picking up rubbish found around the school. Since they couldn't find rice sacks or sugar sacks to use, they used black plastic bags, but they reuse the bags for future cleanups. Students have set up five cleanups of one and a half hours each for their school’s Community and Service Project, and 22

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have already completed two. The next three will take place over the next month. Their guidance counsellor will also be doing small clean ups with the 6th grade students sometime in the next month. Grade 10 students even continued to pick up rubbish at school trips abroad. On their Community Study Week trip in Vietnam, the students visited a tomb and noticed lots of trash in the area, and decided to collect what they could on their walk through the complex. They believe that small actions can make a big difference. Mentari International School Jakarta will also be participating on Clean Up Jakarta Day 2014.

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INSIDE STORY By Eamonn Sadler (

When I was in my twenties, I spent some time in prison and I can honestly say it was one of the most valuable lessons of my life (that’s where the tenuous link to this ‘Educate Issue’ ends). The first time I went inside the harsh grey walls of Oxford Prison, I was scared to death. As I waited outside the main gate I could hear the jangling of keys and the scraping of steel bolts as the prison wardens on the other side prepared to allow me and my group in. Finally, half of the huge double door that was the main gate creaked open and we were ushered silently in to the secure area between the main gate and the second gate that led into the prison. Once we were all inside, the main gate was locked again and the wardens searched us and did a roll call to check our names. Then they counted us several times before the huge second gate was unlocked and we were escorted into the main prison courtyard. Once inside, we were completely in dark shadow and surrounded by high grey walls which blended almost perfectly into the grey sky above. We were marched quickly across the cold cobbled courtyard to the inner building while the prisoners inside shouted obscenities at us from their cell windows high up in the walls, those facing the courtyard glaring at us directly through the bars, the others straining to see us in the reflections of small mirrors they were holding out through their windows. They were on lockdown for our arrival and they weren’t happy about it. We were met inside the main building by the fearsome looking Chief Warden. We were on-duty firemen and we were there to inspect a prison cell that had been set on fire by one of the inmates (what were you thinking?). This is required by law and an official fire report must be written even though the prison wardens are trained to be self-sufficient and fight fires themselves rather than waiting for the fire service to clear security. As the Chief Warden marched us through the cream-coloured stone corridors of the ancient building, I remember making myself a promise that I would never do anything that could possibly lead to me being incarcerated in a place such as this. It was cold and there was nothing soft or fluffy anywhere. Everything was made of stone or steel and as we passed some empty cells even the beds looked hard and the blankets looked coarse. As we approached the solitary confinement block

where the fire had taken place we could smell burnt paper and cloth and we could hear the prison’s worst and most violent inmates yelling and screaming abuse. As our escorts unlocked the heavy steel door, the yelling and screaming got louder and my heartbeat got faster. After we entered, we were told to wait while other wardens “secured the block”. As we watched, four very large men wearing white coats over their warden’s uniforms entered the block holding small white canvas bags with red crosses on them. Two other wardens opened the nearest cell door, the four large men entered and the door was closed behind them. The yelling and screaming got louder for a short while, then subsided, then stopped altogether. A few seconds later there was a knock from inside the cell, then the two wardens outside looked in through the peephole before opening the door. The four large men emerged slightly ruffled, then went to the next cell and repeated the procedure, then to the next and the next until the entire block was quiet except for one particularly noisy individual at the end. We were then invited to do our inspection of the cell where the fire had occurred. We could see a few burned pages from a book and a piece of charred blanket on the floor of the cell. The Chief Warden told us the inmate had set fire to the items as a protest and asked if we would like to interview him ourselves – they were holding him for us in the next cell just in case. As soon as we said “GOD NO!” the four men in white coats entered the cell next door and the yelling and screaming got louder for a few seconds before suddenly stopping altogether. A minute later two of the burly men marched the now silent prisoner down the corridor by his armpits, his feet dragging behind him. The other two asked the Chief Warden if there would be anything else before following.



1. Return (of wanderer) (10)

1. Area of open land (5)

7. Nagging woman (8)

2. Heraldic swallow (7)

8. Calf meat (4)

3. Surrender (4)

9. Keep — grasp (4)

4. Frank(ly) (3-2-3)

10. Hand over (to the Post Office?) (7)

5. The highest ben (5)

12. Uninvited guest (11)

6. Feeding trough (with 16?) (6)

14. Law recorded in book (7)

11. See 12 (8)

16. Cheat - Christmas scene (4)

12. Escape all punishment (3,3,4,4)

19. In the distance (4)

13. Hamlet''s friend — Nelson (7)

20. Seem authentic (4,4)

15. Propel through the air (5)

21. Liking for sugar, etc (5,5)

17. Branch (5) 18. Unit of speed (4)

Answers of issue 114 ACROSS — 1. System 4. Sprout 8. Epode 9. Axolotl 10. Pontiff 11. Obese 12. Red duster 17. Oasis 19. Neglect 21. Private 22. Skimp 23. Length 24. Dogged DOWN — 1. Sleepy 2. Spooner 3. Elemi 5. Provost 6. Ozone 7. Teller 9. Affluence 13. Distant 15. Compel 16. Stupid 18. Scion 20. Gusto

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As the atmosphere eased I looked at one of the wardens and started to open my mouth to ask the obvious question, but before I could speak he fixed me with a cold menacing stare and shook his head slightly. Stay honest, my friends. You DO NOT want to go there.

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Riva is Reborn JAKARTA — The Park Lane Jakarta proudly re-opened RIVA on the evening of April 2nd. Incorporating a grill, bar, and lounge with two undercover outdoor terraces — one facing the street and one with views to the Hotel’s lagoonstyle pool — RIVA features alfresco dining, lounge seating and large screens to show special events. Wine cabinets dominate the entrance to the main dining room with its open kitchen and private room. The bar and lounge are the perfect spots to meet and mingle while enjoying drinks or small plates. Executive Chef, Deden Gumilar leads a kitchen brigade who have all trained under previous Michelin Star

Pullman Hotel Celebrated Earth Hour 2014 JAKARTA — Pullman Jakarta Central Park Hotel, together with the rest of the world, participated in Earth Hour 2014, by switching off their lights for one hour, from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on Saturday, 29 March 2014. Earth Hour is a movement celebrated in commitment to a greener and more sustainable environment and to saving energy. Pullman Jakarta Central Park turned off its facade lights and the Pullman rooftop signage. Lights were dimmed at the hotel lobby and public areas. A calm atmosphere was seen at the hotel lobby, where there were burning candles set in the shape of ‘60+’, to commemorate the hour they celebrated. Guests were encouraged to support this global environmental movement by switching off lights in their rooms.

Kärcher Indonesia to Clean Monas JAKARTA — On 2 April 2014, a press conference at the Jakarta City Hall was held to publicize the city’s plan to have Monas (National Monument) cleaned in partnership with Kärcher, a German cleaning company. Deputy Governor of Jakarta, Mr. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama signed the official agreement, showing his support for the project. Kärcher itself is a leading name in the cleaning business; their expertise range from household cleaning equipments to cleaning historical monuments, such as Mount Rushmore in the USA, Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and the London Eye in the UK. Monas has not been thoroughly cleaned since 1992. The first phase of cleaning will start at the bottom part and direct surroundings of Monas on the 5th of May 2014. The cleaning process

will not be using harsh chemicals on the marble surface, instead a high-pressure hot water pump, typically used on statues and monuments cleaning by Kärcher. The 132-metre high body of the monument will start to be cleaned on the 9th of May 2014. Kärcher’s cleaning experts from Germany are called to personally perform the cleaning. The general public is invited to ‘Monas Fun Cleaning Day with Kaercher’ on 15 May 2014 on which anyone can participate in the cleaning process. This project will be taking place over the course of two weeks from 5th to 18th of May 2014. Monas will still be open for public during this period, with the exception of the top floor and observation deck’s access.

Aston Belitung Hotel Marks its Grand Opening BELITUNG ISLAND — Archipelago International continues to expand its flourishing 4-star Aston Hotel brand with the Grand Opening of the Aston Belitung Hotel on the island of Belitung, situated off of Sumatra's east coast. This newest Aston Hotel, the 26th in Indonesia, was officially opened by Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Mrs. Mari Elka Pangestu and Bangka Belitung’s Governor, Mr. Rustam Effendi, and has been conceptualized to support Belitung’s development, providing previously unavailable international standard accommodations and conference facilities for the island’s growing commerce and tourism. The hotel features 202 guest rooms and suites, several of which enjoy breathtaking views of the nearby ocean. The hotel swimming pool also soaks up this beachfront vista, 24

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as do the handful of food and beverage outlets including a restaurant, coffee shop and a bar & lounge complete with karaoke facilities. Being just 20 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes to the city centre, government offices and banking district, business travellers are well catered for together with four hotel meeting rooms and a grand ballroom capable of accommodating up to 600 persons. Downtime can be enjoyed in the hotel's fitness centre and spa. Belitung, a former tin mining centre, is renowned for many things, namely its beautiful beaches, unique landscapes, pure white sandy bays dotted with dramatic granite boulders and crystal clear sea water that surrounds it, served as the location for the famous Indonesian movie, Laskar Pelangi.

experienced French Chefs de Cuisine. The new menu includes steaks from the Grill, wood oven pizzas as well as past favourites, pan seared foie gras and mouth-watering soufflés. Arnaud Novian, recently appointed as Riva Manager, is responsible for service and guest relations. With his more than nine years of professional experience in food and beverage, Arnaud is very excited to show off the new Riva to past guests and introduce it to those visiting for the first time. With entertainment by DJs and weekly live acoustic music, RIVA Grill, Bar and Terrace will definitely add more excitement to Jakarta’s dining out and bar scene.

Tapas Movida Open their Second Branch at Cilandak Town Square JAKARTA — Spain is known for so many reasons; being cool but casual, lively and leisurely, sexy yet sophisticated. When it comes to food and drink, Spain’s is indulgent and minimalist. The Spanish savour the right things made of high quality ingredients to be enjoyed amongst friends and families. Tapas Movida provides you with a wide range of menus that are rich in flavours in a nice casual setting that you can enjoy with friends and family. Tapas Movida invite you to visit their newest branch at Cilandak Town Square to savour the delightful Spanish cuisine and ambience.

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AWA Spring Bazaar 15 April 2014 T h e A m e r i c a n Wo m e n ’s Association (AWA) invites you to the 2014 Spring Bazaar with the aim of benefitting AWA and its charities. From 9am to 3.30pm at the Century Park Hotel, the bazaar will carry products for your shopping spree enjoyment. There is a Rp.50,000 donation as guests’ entrance fee. The Century Park Hotel is located at Jalan Pintu Satu, Senayan. For more information, send an email to or SMS to 0811 164-707 (no calls).

environment, the Grandkemang Hotel, together with the Clean Up Jakarta Day initiative, presents Clean Up Kemang Day. This is a two-hour cleanup event, carried out by volunteers, from the Grandkemang Hotel to Jalan Kemang R aya (McDonald’s) and back. Volunteers will start picking up rubbish at 7am and end at 9am, on Saturday, 19 April. This act of gotong royong serves as a campaign to raise awareness of the rubbish problem in Jakarta. If you would like to volunteer, contact R iena on riena@mesahotelsandresorts. com. The assembly point, the Grandkemang Hotel, is located on Jl. Kemang Raya 2H, Jakarta. GOLF

EXHIBITION CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters

Jakarta Fashion & Food Festival 9 May – 1 June 2014 The 11th Jakarta Fashion & Food Festival (JFFF) is coming back with a bang; this time it will be held at multiple locations — Mal Kelapa Gading, La Piazza and Haris Hotel & Convention in Kelapa Gading. The JFFF has incorporated three areas of showcase; Fashion Extravaganza, Food Festival and Night Carnival. Fashion Extravaganza will feature some of the country’s best readyto-wear designer creations, as well as ones by student designers. Food Festival will present Kampoeng Tempo Doeloe, an exhibition of Indonesian culinary creations. As an international counterpart, a wine & cheese fest will also be presented. The carnival will bring avant-garde costume competition and festive fireworks to the event. Trophies and prizes are up for grabs for various competitions at the event. Call (021) 453-1101, email or visit for more information on JFFF.

24 – 27 April 2014 Golfers, be ready for the CIMB Niaga Indonesia n Ma sters! This four-day tournament is a massive collaboration of local and international players, sponsors and partners. The Indonesian Masters will showcase the prowess of 96 Asian Tour professionals, 20 PGA Indonesia professionals, 4 PGI Indonesia amateurs, 15 top 200 from Official Golf World Rankings and 15 special invitation players. The prize money for this tournament is a whopping US$750,000. The CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters will take place at the Royale Ja kar ta Golf Club, Jalan Raya Halim Tiga, Halim Perdanakusuma, East Jakarta (021-80888999). The Indonesian Masters have partnered up with Habitat for Humanity as its charity partner. Contact or info@indonesianmasters. or call (021) 5367-1136 for more details. Website: w w w. FILM

CONSERVATION Clean Up Kemang Day 2014

Europe on Screen 2014

19 April 2014 A s par t of an ef for t to keep a sust a inable a nd clea ner

2 – 11 May 2014 Films originating from around Europe will be screened for the


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general public at Europe on Screen 2014. Europe on Screen used to be held in collaboration with Jakarta International Film Festival, JiFFest, but gained autonomy in 2007 to host its own event. It is a marvellous opportunity to get acquainted with the global film world, especially for film industry ent husia st s. Shor t f i lm s by Indonesian filmmakers will also be presented. This presentation will be in multiple cities; Medan (3 & 5-10 May), Bali (3-4 May), Padang (6-9 May), Bandung (8-10 May), Surabaya (10-11 May) and more (please refer to timetable on For venue information in Jakarta and other cities, as well as for general inquiries, contact info@ BUSINESS

European Joint Gathering 23 April 2014 The IFCCI (Indonesian French Chamber of Commerce and Industry) invites you to a business networking event that includes five communities altogether; the IFCCI, Britcham, EKONID, Eurocham and INA . The venue will be announced upon registration. The entrance fee for members is Rp.330,000 and Rp.430,000 for non-members. French wine and cheese will be served in combination with a buffet menu for attendees. This networking event starts at 6.30pm to 9pm. To confirm you attendance, or for other inquiries, email


street photography to Balipitya with its extensive birdlife, then to Koggara where f ishermen balance themselves on stilts with the sunset on the background. To join this photography tour, send an e-mail to davidmetcalf3@ m a c . c o m o r v i s i t w w w.

to include Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Brad Mehldau, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and the likes. Joey will be playing at Jazz Cafe Ubud on 12 April at 8pm. Jazz Cafe is located on Jalan Sukma, Ubud, Bali and can be reached on (0361) 976-594.



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Road to UWRF: In Conversation with Valerie Plame 17 April 2014 A n ex- CI A spy by the name Valerie Plame will be the centre of attention at a satellite event for Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, which is set to be held on 1-5 October 2014. On April 17th, Plame will share her story that rocked the Bush administration in 2003. The story involved a political scandal in which Plame, a covert CIA ops officer became ‘fair game’ in the White House’s campaign of misinformation about weapons of mass destruction and the reasons for going to war in Iraq. Her 2007 memoir, Fair Game, was turned into a well-received film, starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. Plame will reveal her stories on her background, the scandal and her writings at Ubud’s Indus Restaurant at 7.00pm to 8.30pm. There is a AU$20 cover charge for the event. Indus Restaurant is located on Jalan Raya Sanginggan, Ubud, B a l i . Fo r q u e r i e s , c o n t a c t Angela Bennetts on angela@ Web:

22 – 26 April 2014 In conjunction with Earth Day, Eco Smart is hosting a weeklong seminar entitled ‘Solutions for Life Week’. Speakers from business backgrounds as well as NGOs are set to speak on business development techniques and how it relates to its environmental and social aspects in Bali. Some of the talks that will be presented include titles such as ‘Plastic Solutions’, ‘How to Make your D e velopment P roje c t More Sustainable’ and ‘Greening of the Commodity Supply in Indonesia’. This conference will take place in Little Tree Bali, Sunset Road 112X, Bali. For more information, check out their Facebook page (Solutions for Life Week @ Earth Day) or email info@ecosmarthub. com. Web: www.ecosmarthub. com FAMILY


Sunday Market in the Jungle Sri Lanka Photography Tour 4 – 15 August 2014 David Metcalf is offering you a chance for an odyssey you don’t want to miss; a photography tour to Sri Lanka. Amidst the architecture ruins, w ildlife, beautif ul tea pla nt ations, colourful ceremonies, rainforests and mountain peaks, you can capture some of the greatest images of your lifetime. ‘Sri Lanka — The Undiscovered Country’ w ill be g uided by sea soned photographers, David Metcalf and Mark Rayner. This tour is set to take place around the full moon time. Photographers will start in Colombo with vibrant

Joey Alexander at Jazz Cafe Ubud 12 April 2014 A growing name in the industry, Joey Alexander wows crowds with his musical prowess. This 10-yearold piano prodigy has shown his talent all over the world, winning a jazz festival contest in Odessa, Ukraine, performing at the Java Jazz Festival and many more. He played for jazz legend Herbie Hancock at the age of eight and has since then explored music even more, citing his influences

6 – 27 April 2014 The Bali Zoo offers a unique playground activity for your little ones, called ‘Sunday Market in the Jungle’. Every Sunday from 9am to 5pm, the Bali Zoo’s camping ground is transformed into a festive celebration for the family. Activities such as face painting, animal feeding, cooking classes, arts & crafts classes and a garage sale — among many others - are all on offer at Sunday Market in the Jungle. Entrance to the event is free of charge. Contact (0361) 294-357 or for more information. The Bali Zoo is located on Jl. Raya Singapadu, Sukawati, Gianyar. Web: www.


Wayang Kulit (Leather Puppet) Show Every night The Sonobudoyo Museum hosts a traditional shadow puppet show every night from 8pm to 10pm. The shadow puppet is played by a dalang, retelling the story of Ramayana and Mahabharata. The tale and the unique storytelling tradition is a masterpiece of the Javanese culture. There is a Rp.20,000 entrance fee to the show. The Sonobudoyo Museum is located on Jl. Trikora 6, Jogjakarta. Call the museum at (027) 4418-330 or visit www.


SMEX — Surabaya Music Expo 2014 24 – 27 April 2014 The 5 th Surabaya Music Expo (SMEX) will not only showcase mu sic a l t a lent , it i s a l so a business opportunity. SMEX will showcase music instruments, accessories and equipment for sale, music clinic, workshops, band competition, as well as being a platform to promote the national and international music industry. It also serves as a networking and educative event. SMEX will take place at the Grand City Surabaya Mall & Convex, located on Jl. Walikota Mustajab (Kusuma Bangsa), Surabaya. For details on SMEX, call (031) 545-9000 or go to

KALIMANTAN PHOTOGRAPHY Borneo Photography Tour 2014 26 May – 3 June 2014 Join experienced photographers Dayak Dave Metcalf and Mark R ay ner in an ex pedition to photograph the wild Borneo jungles. The tour will include the opportunity to capture the Dayak culture and tradition while exploring remote villages. Visit www.davidmetcalfphotography. com for more details and to reserve a space on the tour.


Kids in the Kitchen

Gail Collins writes internationally for magazines and has co-written two books on expat life. She feels writing is the perfect excuse to talk to strangers and know the world around her better.

Small hands are a big help, and kids enjoy eating their recipe creations.

By Gail G. Collins

Chubby hands held a measuring cup, poised to dump in more flour as her brother stirred. The eldest read the recipe aloud while the baby beat the linoleum with a wooden spoon. The big brothers wore dinosaur aprons, and little sister had a tea towel tucked in her sundress. This scenario is a fond memory with my children. Yes, it was messy and noisy, but what about childrearing isn’t? And while my youngsters had fun making bread or cookies, they also learned about maths, chemistry and nutrition. That middle son graduated from culinary school, and is now a chef in New York City. Best of all, every one of my brood can cook. Learning one’s way around the kitchen and the basics of food preparation is a life skill. Like breathing and sleeping, we must do it each day, so why not get your kids in the kitchen? They generally eat what they enjoyed creating, so keep it fun. For the youngest ones, it is a hands-on chance to make a positive connection to food as raw ingredients become meals. Elementary age children learn about steps in a process by following directions, measuring, mixing and baking, while teens grasp concepts like meal planning and budgeting. If your child has special dietary needs, they can be taught how to address them. The whole family can be involved with field trips to fish or farmer’s markets and pick-your-own farms to understand food sources. It is vital to supervise children in the kitchen and offer them age-appropriate tools to keep them safe. Offer them good access with step stools or lowered surfaces, such as a children’s table. Stay-put silicone mats stick bowls in place, and for preschoolers, stirring with chopsticks instead of spoons will keep the mess to a minimum. Little hands should use butter knives or plastic cutters, and when peeling vegetables, teach them to push away. Keep gadgets to a minimum to gain competence in basic skills.

As you work together, kids will gain an overall appreciation for food - its variety, healthful aspects and the work involved. It takes time and patience initially to have kids in the kitchen, but the mess gets less with practice. It also is a great way to disarm the witching hour that precedes the evening meal. At Young Chef ’s Academy in Jakarta, children are grouped by age to learn kitchen safety, proper food handling, preparation, cooking and baking skills, presentation, table setting and manners. On a typical weekday, Chef Gori was instructing three children, ranging in age from four to eight years old. They took turns as their abilities allowed, reading the recipe, measuring ingredients and mixing. As the kids dipped potato chunks into seasoned mayonnaise and bread crumbs, the youngest boy giggled with glee, wiggling his cornbread crumb fingers. Every recipe needs a heaping helping of good humour. In between steps, like real cooks, the kids washed their hands at the sink again and again. When the meal of stuffed cheeseburgers and seasoned fries was ready, the children set the table, and then, sat to enjoy their meal. Chef Gori often makes pasta in his cooking classes. “People don’t realize how easy it is,” he said, “just flour, an egg and salt, and plenty of fun to roll out the dough and put it through the pasta machine.” The school breaks the classes into Kindercooks, aged three to six years; Junior Chefs, aged seven to 12 years; and Senior Chefs for 13 years and above. Birthdays are often celebrated at Young Chef ’s Academy for a practical party set-up. Additionally, orphanages and special needs children are welcomed into the kitchen. Now, it’s time to get some eager hands in the dough and practice those skills with this easy recipe, suitable for grade-schoolers.

Soft Pretzels Ingredients: 3 ½ cups flour 4 tbsp brown sugar 2 tsp salt 1 tbsp yeast, dissolved in 1 cup water, (50 degrees—warm, not hot) Kosher salt Dip and egg wash: 1 cup of water, mixed with 2 tsp baking soda in a small bowl Egg, beaten with 1 tsp H2O in small bowl for wash Mix water and yeast, brown sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl. Let stand five minutes to bubble and proof. Add flour and stir until dough is smooth. Add more if sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and let the bowl sit for an hour or longer (even in refrigerator overnight) to allow dough to rise. Divide dough into 12 pieces on counter. Roll each piece into a pencil rope. Shape dough into pretzel— loop, twist ends and drape across bottom —and place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough pieces. Let the pretzels rise for 45 minutes to double in size. Gently dip each pretzel into soda water solution, and then, brush with egg. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake pretzels in hot oven, 230 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Brush with melted butter, if desired.

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