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An Investor’s Guide: Hot Verticals in 2017 How Indonesia Aims to Better Connect Its Cities What Expats Need to Know Before Marrying an Indonesian 5 Rising Local Tech Companies to Watch This Year

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FEATURE STORY How The Government Aims to Better Connect Indonesia’s Cities in 2017


BUSINESS FEATURE An Investor’s Guide: Hot Verticals in Indonesia for 2017


BUSINESS PROFILE International Quality Healthcare for Expats in Indonesia


LISTS 5 New Indonesian Tech Companies to Watch in 2017


FOOD AND DRINK The Face Bar: A Face-to-Face Delight


HOTELS A Memorable Stay at the Four Seasons Hotel in Jakarta




SCAMS IN THE CITY New Year, Old Cons


INFO FOR EXPATS When You Say “I Do”to an Indonesian


DEVELOPMENT A Resort to Protect Biodiversity in Indonesia

Happy New Year!


HEALTH Kecipir: An E-commerce Site for Organic Food in Indonesia

Leighton Cosseboom


WORTHY CAUSES Is Indonesia Experiencing a Diversity Crisis?




MEET THE EXPAT Vladimir Karpov: Promoting Indonesian Art



Chief Editorial Advisor Leighton Cosseboom

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Congratulations, we made it! Welcome to 2017. After taking a couple of weeks off to spend time with family and enjoy the holidays, I know I’ve had a chance to reassess and reaffirm my own personal goals, and I hope you have as well. A new year brings a new sense of purpose and drive for many, and often a revitalization of what we consider the important things in our lives. Surely, resolutions have been made and targets have already been set. However, some of us may still be coming off a long and much-needed break. So with this in mind, our first issue of the year carries the theme of New Me, New You. We hope it can inspire you this month to try something new, whether it be joining a cause, expanding your business dealings or just picking up a fresh hobby. As we collect our used champagne corks up off the floor, we invite you to ponder self-reinvention. We’ve got a unique set of stories for you this time around. Heru Nainggolan gives us the skinny on how the government plans to better connect Indonesian cities this year with planes, trains and automobiles. I spoke to a couple of savvy investors to get an idea of what the best spaces to put money into will be this year, while Nadya Joy Gozon Ador shares information with expats about what it means to marry a local. Freelancer Tinnike Lie visited the newly opened Four Seasons Hotel in Jakarta for a review. She also rounded up a list of five new tech companies for investors to keep an eye on in 2017. Our new freelancer David Kincaid shares insights about an eco-resort in the Raja Ampat area that is protecting a trove of biodiversity, while food critic May Tien gives us a long awaited review on The Face Bar in downtown Jakarta.

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Visual impression of Terminal 3 Ultimate, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (Image courtesy of SkyscraperCity)

By Heru Nainggolan CONNECTING people in a nation like Indonesia – which has an extremely diverse geography across thousands of islands – will always be a big challenge, especially with the nation’s population and economic growth fuelling its people’s movement in and out of the country. The development of basic infrastructure and transportation facilities has been one of the government’s top priorities in recent years. This year is no different. 2017 is expected to be a major year for the transportation sector in Indonesia, as some big projects are slated to commence, while others are set to be finished.

“From our discussion, [tram] from Joyoboyo to Tunjungan, about four kilometres, will start to be constructed this year. Hopefully it will finish in two years,” Sumadi said. The project would be the first mass transportation tram in Indonesia. “Of course, this will become a new mind set for other cities in Indonesia [to follow],” the minister added.

Drone’s view of Bakauheni-Terbanggi Besar Toll Road, which is integrated into Trans Sumatra Toll Road (Image courtesy of SkyscraperCity)

Mass Transportation in Major Cities

This year, the Transportation Ministry is focusing on developing mass transportation projects in several major cities. “Some of them include the Greater Jakarta’s Light Rail Transit [LRT], South Sumatra and tram in Surabaya,” Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said during the 2017 Transportation Outlook press conference last month. While LRT projects in Greater Jakarta and Palembang have already begun, the construction of the tram in Surabaya, the capital of East Java and Indonesia’s second largest city, will not begin until later this year. During a meeting with Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini on December 30, the ministry said that the construction of the first leg of the tram tracks would start early this year.


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Major cities in Indonesia like Surabaya are scrambling to come up with mass transportation solutions as every day new cars and motorcycles are clogging up the streets, effectively reducing the speed of each vehicle to a snail’s pace. But none of those cities have traffic problems as bad as Jakarta, notorious for having the worst traffic in the world. Therefore, several major transportation projects are underway in the capital, namely an MRT, an LRT and the SoekarnoHatta Airport railway link. Among those three, the airport link is expected to be finished the earliest, before the end of 2017. State-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) has promised that the airport link would start operating in June 2017, connecting passengers between Manggarai Station in South Jakarta and the international airport in just 57 minutes.

President Joko Widodo (middle) inspecting the LRT project at Cibubur, accompanied by Minister for State-Owned Enterprises Rini Soemarno (left) and Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Image courtesy of Forum Keadilan)

“The target is either June or July of 2017. We have to be optimistic and work hard [to meet the target]," KAI President Director Edi Sukmoro said at Gambir Station in Jakarta on December 31. He added that the company had ordered ten train sets. “They will come in stages, not all at once. We are praying that by June, the trains will be ready,” Sukmoro said.

Heru Nainggolan is a Jakarta-based freelance writer and journalist who’s been covering a variety of issues since 2011.

Stakeholders are also optimistic about the MRT’s progress this year, with PT MRT Jakarta planning to speed up construction in 2017 in order to meet the target of first operation in February of 2019. “In 2017 we will speed up. The major bulk of the construction work will be in 2017. Therefore, there will be traffic disturbance because of this speed up. But we have to do that,” MRT Jakarta CEO William Sabandar said during a press meeting on December 14, 2016.

Railways and Toll Roads

Apart from developing mass transportation modes to ease traffic congestion in major cities, the government is also developing railways and toll roads to help connect cities in some major islands across the country. One such example is the Trans Sumatra toll road mega-project, part of the government’s massive plan to boost connection in the island of Sumatra by linking its northernmost province of Aceh to its southernmost province of Lampung by 2019.

is expected to have its feasibility studied in 2017, with the Japanese government offering to initiate the assessment. As of now, the government and PT KAI have completed the project’s preliminary study, with the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) slated to decide which routes are to be developed first, either the Jakarta-Semarang route or the Semarang-Surabaya one, in early 2017. In total, the ministry plans to build 175 kilometres of railway throughout Indonesia in 2017, as well as rehabilitate 7.3 kilometres of existing railway.

Major Cities to Improve Air Access

With the country being home to more than 17,000 islands, flying is sometimes the only way to go from one place to another in the archipelago. However, many Indonesian airports are known for their

“The international terminal will be able to accommodate up to 1 million passengers per year,” PT Angkasa Pura II General Manager Dorma Manalu said on December 5, 2016. He hopes that the new terminal will be able to increase the number of tourists, especially foreign ones, coming to Bandung. “We are eyeing a Bandung–Thailand route. So there has to be a way [from Bandung] to Bangkok so that international tourists could come,” said Manalu. A new airport terminal in Banyuwangi, located on the eastern tip of Java, just west of Bali, is also scheduled to operate in March of 2017. The expansion of the runway will allow jetliners such as the Airbus A320, Boeing 737 and Bombardier CRJ to operate flights directly from Jakarta.

While the project, as a whole, will not be finished before 2019, road users may get to enjoy a 70-kilometre stretch of the toll road this year, as funding and land procurement issues hindering the progress of the project have been resolved. The parts of the toll road that will be ready by the end of 2017 are Medan-Binjai (17 kilometres), Palembang-Indralaya (22 kilometres) and parts of Bakauheni-Terbanggi Besar (140 kilometres). Fast- and medium-speed train projects are also gaining ground, particularly in Java. The JakartaSurabaya medium-speed train project, for instance,

mediocre − if not lacklustre – service, operating at overcapacity despite a growing number of flights to and from the country. Therefore, state-owned airport operators PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I) and PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) are gearing up to carry out a major expansion and revitalization of airports under their management nationwide. Some of the expansions are scheduled to be finished this year, such as the new international terminal at the Husein Sastranegara airport in Bandung, West Java.

“The Pavement Classification Number will be increased to 40 so that [the Boeing] 737 can land,” Sumadi said on December 31.

Green-concept architecture of new Blimbingsari Airport, Banyuwangi (Image courtesy of Humas Pemkab Banyuwangi)

Overall, the government is targeting a 4.8 percent increase in international tourists this year. It also aims to achieve 85 percent success ratio for domestic airlines’ on-time performance.

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HOT VERTICALS IN INDONESIA FOR 2017 Savvy investors in Indonesia are positioning themselves to mop the floor in spaces that orbit e-commerce. But other hot verticals include fintech, agriculture, food and beverage, lifestyle and creative services.

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Quigley says the verticals he is most bullish on in Indonesia for 2017 include companies that enable Indonesia’s budding online retail sector. “With Amazon entering SEA this quarter – certainly eyeing Indonesia despite an initial launch in Singapore – I'm more interested in startups that empower e-commerce. Derivatives related to logistics, warehousing, cross-platform listing, and so on could get a big boost as the existing players bulk up to prepare for war with Jeff Bezos.”

Investors who are experienced with Indonesia as a market will tell you that they have mixed feelings about the archipelago. Entrepreneurs, founders and funders will throw the usual boilerplate stats at you about a huge population, steady GDP growth, an imminent demographics pay-off (more than 50 percent of the population is still under the age of 30 and tech-savvy) and an economy propped up by consumption. In other words, Indonesians like to shop, no secret there. The same group of people will also tell you the market is a tough nut to crack. What look like really sexy demographics at first glance become splintered by deep divides of geography, education, religion, class, languages and access to the Internet. In this respect, Indonesia is in fact made up of many submarkets.

focused media, events and jobs platform Tech in Asia. It has backed Islamic e-commerce site HijUp, along with BrideStory and accounting SaaS startup Jurnal.

That said, there is still a lot to be excited about when it comes to the idea of investing in Indonesian companies. Jeff Quigley is an American expat dividing his time between Jakarta and Tokyo. He is also the Southeast Asia Regional Manager for US-based venture capital giant Fenox. For those who don’t know, Fenox is one of the largest VCs in the world, with more than US$1.5 billion in assets under management. Quigley is also a startup mentor of Fenox’s GnB accelerator, a programme designed for the firm’s portfolio companies to enter a state of rapid growth after investment. In Indonesia, Fenox has invested in companies like HR software-as-a-service (SaaS) firm Talenta, as well as online tech-

Quigley believes it’s not hard these days for early-stage entrepreneurs to raise a small amount of capital in Indonesia. The funding crunch, he concedes, comes later down the line. “There's still a lot of action at the seed and pre-A stage, and younger startups with strong teams and a compelling product don't seem to be having a hard time raising a first round,” Quigley tells Indonesia Expat. “However, the A stage is becoming more competitive, with investors demanding stronger traction and lower burn rates. At the B stage and above, it's always been difficult in Southeast Asia, mainly because few regional VCs have large enough tickets. But it may get even harder to raise later stage money in 2017.”

Jeff Quigley

But people like Quigley will surely tell you that e-commerce and everything in its orbit is a no-brainer for investors keen on Indonesia. What is less obvious is the realm of financial technology – ‘fintech’ as the industry stakeholders call it. “I expect fintech to be huge in 2017,” says Quigley. “Mobile wallets are going to boom, and I'm excited to see what happens with P2P [peer-to-peer] lending now that the Indonesian government has started laying out regulations. Banks are also taking note. Even Mandiri established a dedicated fintech fund. Lazada Indonesia also teased bringing Alipay to the archipelago after its billion-dollar acquisition by Alibaba, so a lot of eyes are on the payments space.” Adryan Hafizh is the co-founder of an organization called Kolaborasi, a network and incubation programme that focuses on founder development in Indonesia. Over the past four years, Kolaborasi has incubated 15 startups in multiple industries, including agriculture, finance and investment, property, culinary, lifestyle and more.

“As we talk about investor trends, I try to split them up between several major categories: angel investors, venture capital firms and other institutions,” explains Hafizh, adding that he is able to currently observe a shift in behaviour between investors in Indonesia three or four years ago and the players we see today. According to Hafizh, investors on the venture capital and institutional levels used to be comfortable putting money into companies that took a while to become profitable. Today, however, the trend is moving more toward backing startups with explosive growth potential – ones that likely have the shortest path possible to profitability and exit via IPO or merger and acquisition. He cites tech concepts like Go-Jek and Traveloka as posterchildren for this kind of mindset. “But a unique thing is happening in the angel investor model,” says Hafizh. “The angel or potential angel now sees startups and SMEs as one of the choice ways to invest their money. There are several factors at play, but one is the slowing down of old industries like property, coal, palm oil and others. Many of my fellow angels used to put their money – or rather their parents’ money – in safer choices like property. But with the slowing down of capital gains in almost any kind of property, now they are looking for a new field to invest in. Most of them still avoid ‘fully tech-based startups,’ but find they are more tolerant of conventional and creative ‘half-tech’ startups.”

“Derivatives related to logistics, warehousing and cross-platform listings could get a big boost as the existing players bulk up to prepare for war with Jeff Bezos.” Hafizh says popular Indonesian verticals to invest in on the angel level may include but aren’t limited to industries like food and beverage, fashion and creative studios (design, film, architecture, and more) which five years ago were considered quite far from ‘investment material’ of the archipelago’s second generation of big money. From Hafizh’s point of view, the tech verticals to put your money on in 2017 are agriculture and fintech, biomedical, artificial intelligence and cyber security. For non-tech related spaces, he says, “Fashion and lifestyle businesses like barber shops, salons, spas and more are good. Creative-based studios like digital agencies, design studios and others are also becoming more popular.” Zooming back out to the idea of investing in Indonesia as an expat, Quigley offers a piece of advice for newcomers in 2017:

Adryan Hafizh

“Learn about the rules and regulations before you even think about entering the market. Get to know the existing players, as early stage investments are all done via syndicate. As competition heats up, you need to provide more than just capital – ‘dumb money’ – and be able to connect founders to potential business partners and other investors. Most importantly, you should be willing to provide mentorship and insight. With an unknown exit landscape, you've also got to be committed to the long haul.”

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INTERNATIONAL QUALITY HEALTHCARE FOR EXPATS IN INDONESIA While many foreigners will generally find Indonesia an irresistible holiday destination, Steven Graaf saw it as the ideal place where he can put into practice what he has learned from his medical studies abroad. He also aims to satisfy the unique medical needs of expats and natives alike in the archipelago. The CEO emphasized the significance of having a closely knitted team, which gives them a communal sense of responsibility to look after the well-being of Good Practice’s patients. As a team largely built on accountability and trust, they are able to easily discuss relevant matters and come up with fact-based decisions right away. The closeness provides accountability, and therefore makes everyone more likely to go the extra mile for patients, Graaf said. In terms of support from the local government, Graaf was thankful to the Good Practice staff who helped throughout the entire process at the levels of kelurahan, kecamatan and walikota (village administrations, districts and the city). He’s also grateful to the Dutch community in Indonesia for being supportive in spreading the word about the unique healthcare facility.

By Nadya Joy GozonAdor Having been mesmerized by Indonesia’s unique fusion of simplicity and grandeur even as a child, Steven Graaf knew early on that the country would have a special place in his heart. Apart from his frequent visits to the archipelago every now and then growing up, his master’s thesis was on HIV/AIDS in Indonesia and he interned for a couple of hospitals in Jakarta as a young man. And although they met in the Netherlands, the woman he ended up marrying is also Indonesian. The decision to move to Jakarta was settled when Graaf was offered a job as an expat medical advisor with an international assistance company. His previous jobs at the National Health Service in the United Kingdom and the International Health Center in The Hague exposed him to various needs of patients of different nationalities. These experiences helped him understand

more the needs and expectations of the expatriate patient community in Indonesia. Four years after moving to Jakarta, Graaf decided to establish his own medical practice. But this wasn’t your average clinic. Graaf saw limitations of the Indonesian healthcare providers, so he knew he wanted to create something similar to the healthcare service expats were used to getting in the Netherlands and the UK. He wanted to put up a place where a patient would see the same doctor, where medical notes are electronically kept and well organized in a database, and where patients will be taken care of according to international medical standards. From this, Good Practice was born. Located in the heart of Jakarta, Graaf’s business Good Practice aims to be recognized as the city’s leading evidencebased medical provider. The family

medicine clinic looks to consistently provide excellent medical services and primary care for the entire family, while keeping up to date with the latest in medical and healthcare research. Graaf also takes pride in fully complying with international guidelines. Good Practice aims to meet the needs of the international community in Indonesia, as well as those of locals searching for the highest quality of medical care. Graaf told Indonesia Expat that to ensure company culture is maintained and the primary purpose of Good Practice is carried out for its clientele, his staff must stay on top of things. He explained that while he is not practicing as a doctor, he has never stopped studying and getting professional training from a variety of medical courses including cardiology, ophthalmology and more. In addition to being knowledgeable with Dutch medicine, Graaf is also well-versed in the British Medical Journal modules, which he explains is essential if Good Practice wants to stay current.

INDONESIA LOOSENS PERMITS ON TAX AMNESTY The Indonesian government has declared that it is loosening permit requirements on the tax amnesty programme, with hopes that the nation’s industrial complex construction sector will decline at a slower pace this year.


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“At Good Practice, we find it significant to know someone’s family so we know more about every family member’s medical condition and history. It plays a critical role in every patient’s life,” said Graaf. Graaf says he personally likes the challenge of helping expatriates, particularly in terms of settling in and getting them oriented with health and life in Jakarta. Good Practice makes personalized referrals for its patients in and out of Jakarta and provides specific health guidelines for newcomers in Indonesia. “Having experienced the expat life ourselves, my wife and I understand how relocating to a new country can be a big challenge. We felt that a family medicine practice as we know it in Europe did

This year, it is predicted that the industrial construction sector’s growth would see more existing manufacturers who wish to reach their full capacity. According to Ferry Salanto, senior associate director at property consultancy firm Colliers International Indonesia, the nation will see several areas with the greatest potential for development. “Regions with the most potential for development are Karawang with an area of 2,500 hectares, Tangerang with almost 1,500 hectares, Serang’s 1,000 hectares and Bekasi [with] less than 1,000 hectares,” Salanto said, as reported by Jakarta Globe.

Gusti Rahayu Anwar, senior research analyst at BSI Asia, recently said the plans for making things easier for tax amnesty participants will hopefully stimulate the construction business. “[The government’s] ease of doing business scheme and the success of the tax amnesty [programme] in 2016 is expected to boost the construction business, especially in the industrial sector,” Anwar said.

Although 90 percent of Good Practice’s clients are expats, plans of catering to a larger Indonesian audience are underway. Good Practice is currently taking care of three generations of a few Indonesian families, thanks to positive word of mouth from other patients.

In addition, she also revealed that the government’s tax amnesty programme has drawn over Rp.100 trillion in repatriated assets from abroad that could be invested in domestic construction projects.

Salanto also revealed that Bekasi would be the area with the highest price for industrial construction projects this year.

Nadya Joy Gozon Ador is a Philippines-based journalist and editor for Content Collision. She routinely covers business, news and human interest topics. For more information, please visit

“Dr. Steven Graaf and Good Practice make personalized health plans for expats in and out of Jakarta, and provide specific health guidelines for newcomers in Indonesia.” not exist in Indonesia. That and our experience served as our motivating factors to establish Good Practice,” Graaf added. Ten months after it was established, Good Practice currently has patients from 39 nationalities, which “means that a lot of different patients appreciate our concept,” the doctor said. In terms of competition, Graaf admits that its new clinic has to compete with big clinics and hospitals and deal with the fact people do not find it easy to identify a good facility or a good doctor in Jakarta. “At Good Practice, we persevere and strive to do well at all levels. We let you see the same doctor each time, which is a huge advantage,” explained Graaf. “Our team is consistent, friendly, and warm and everyone speaks English. We have our exclusive system and database where we keep medical records electronically. Our pharmacy has an actual pharmacist on site most of the time, which is an advantage because we can check if your medication is available in Indonesia and we are able to order any medication for you.”

non-patients may also come to make use of our laboratory. Our observation room accommodates people who can be treated and stay for only a couple of hours. This helps those who do not wish to be admitted at the hospital but still want to see professional medical help with whom one is comfortable.” According to Graaf, Good Practice is most proud with its team of experienced doctors who are keen to listen to every patient’s complaint, do a prompt physical examination and discuss management plans with them. “We understand that health is not just the lack of illness but being well in the body, mind and spirit. At Good Practice, we know the hallmarks of primary care medicine. Preventive care, coordination of care for the ill and continuity of care achieve better health outcomes,” Graaf explained. Expats and locals in Indonesia are welcome to walk in and meet the Good Practice team. Graaf believes that “at the end of the day, it’s important that you are able to identify a clinic that you are comfortable with.”

He added, “We have state-of-the-art equipment from the US and Japan, and

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By Tinnike Lie INDONESIA’S TECH INDUSTRY is no longer just about e-commerce. Recently, we’ve seen more diverse ideas popping up from local and foreign entrepreneurs alike. Here are five new tech companies in the archipelago that began building something new last year, and which could possibly be the next big thing in 2017. If you’re interested in investing in Indonesia, these names may be a few to keep in mind.


1. HABIBI GARDEN Habibi Garden has developed an “internet of things”-based device that works as a sensor to monitor plant growth and output. The company aims to prevent crop failure in Indonesia, improve yield productivity and increase cost efficiency by avoiding over-fertilization and over-watering. The device collects precise information on light intensity, humidity, moisture and crop nutrients. Connected and networked with another piece of equipment called the Habibi dosing pump, the device uses the information collected to automatically feed crops based on real-time soil data.

Developed by the same team that built the virtual assistant app YesBoss, is an artificial intelligent-based chat bot that connects brands and customers. The platform will be able to process informal conversations in Bahasa Indonesia via popular messaging apps such as LINE, Facebook, Twitter, BBM, Telegram and even SMS. Brands can use this platform to market products, perform sales transactions and gather data about consumer behaviour. For customers, the app enables instant feedback from the companies and may thus end the frustration of having to rely on outdated help centre information.

3. WRAPMOBIL Offline advertising seems to be a new trend in Indonesia’s tech ecosystem. There are at least five companies working on connecting brands with individuals to advertise on their privately-owned and rented vehicles. One of the most promising is Wrapmobil. Wrapmobil enables car owners to earn extra money from advertisers by wrapping their cars with chic and well-designed ad stickers. The total money drivers receive will depend on the sticker size and the number of kilometres that they drive each month. This is particularly interesting for Jakarta, a city that has earned the moniker as having the worst traffic in the world. Now, with tech companies like Wrapmobil joining the fray, frustrated commuters can take comfort in knowing their time spent in traffic is generating supplemental income for their families.

“Here are five new tech companies in the archipelago that began building something new last year and which could possibly be the next big thing in 2017. If you’re an investor, these names may be a few to keep in mind.”


Kumparan is a soon-to-launch community-based digital media company that focuses on interactive and collaborative media. The platform allows users to submit their own content and follow other users to get their latest activities such as new posts and content of interest.


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While details are still scarce, what makes the company interesting is the people behind it. Kumparan was started by Detik’s co-founders Abdul Rahman and Calvin Lukmantara. It includes Detik’s fellow alumni Hugo Diba, Ine Yordenaya, Heru Tjatur and former vice president at local venture capital firm Ideosource Andrias Ekoyuono in the management team. Established last year, the secretive company has employed over 100 employees.

5. HELION Funded through a grant from Indonesia’s technology and research ministry, Helion created Wi-Fi balloons that aim to connect people in rural and remote areas to the internet, help fill coverage gaps and bring people back online after disasters. Helion is basically the local answer to Google’s Project Loon. The balloons are tethered at a maximum height of a couple of hundred metres and carry solarpowered electronic equipment that enables them to distribute a Wi-Fi signal to the surrounding area below.

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May Tien is an award-winning home cook and champion of dispersive cuisines.

A FACE-TO-FACE DELIGHT By May Tien Nestled away from one of the busiest intersections in all of Jakarta, on a quiet and leafy corner close to the most glamorous malls and hotels this city offers is the historic Face Bar, Lan Na Thai and Hazara Indian restaurants. Famous for its calm and Zen-like atmosphere where business men and women whet their gullets after a long day with a cold draught beer, citrus-y cocktails and delicious bar snacks during the generous happy hours – the restaurants also serve some very traditional and delicious Indian and Thai cuisines. Anyone who has ever set foot in the Face Bar can attest to the incredibly rich décor and antiquefilled dining rooms. Indian wood carvings, Chinese sculptures and Southeast Asian friezes line the walls and corridors with tasteful paintings and photographs from across the region, telling the story of the interconnected and interdependent cultures in Asia. That all of this is also housed in a rehabilitated Dutch colonial building ties the restaurants’ theme of trade, cultural plurality and relevance to its Indonesian home. However, let us not forget about the food, dear readers. I have frequented the Face Bar time and again, not just for drinks, but also for the delicious meals. Lan Na Thai and Hazara operate out of two separate kitchens, which ultimately aid in preserving the integrity of flavours. As a diner, you can choose from either menu and create an Indian-Thai feast that caters to each person’s preference at the table. Or, if you wish, you can stay true blue to each restaurant’s offerings. From Lan Na Thai, my favourites include the Pandan Chicken and Pomelo Salad. I can’t help myself, as the aroma the pandan leaf lends to lightly marinated chicken, which is then gently fried, leaving the meat tender and ever so succulent. The juicy pomelo (large Asian grapefruit) is mixed with assorted spices, peanuts, coconut and lime juice to create the classic sweet-sour-spicy-salty combination for which this type of cuisine is renowned. For seafood aficionados, the Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab is a must-try. The savoury crab and its crispy exterior is balanced by the tangy and spicy chilli-lime juice in which it is served. Chef Thaman Budha from Hazara Restaurant is a master of Northern Indian cuisine. He has been honing his skills in the professional kitchen for at least two decades, and credits his grandmother and father as the most important influences on his career. The flavours he creates at Hazara are a testament to them. Based on the delicate and subtler flavours of the northern subcontinent, Hazara’s menu reads like the rapturous foodie version of the Bhagavad Gita. There is the tandoori rotiyan section, which is all about the naans, rotis and paronthas. There is also the rice section with pullaos and biryanis. Then there are two main sections: one with dishes created in a handi (large brass cooking pot similar to a wok) and the other from the tandoor clay oven. Every dish I’ve eaten from Hazara has been a lyrical ode to the flavours of Northern India. I can attest to the Rogan Josh, tender pieces of lamb in a rich and onion-y gravy. Their okra and tomato stew are especially good with saffron rice. Do not pass


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“That all of this is also housed in a rehabilitated Dutch colonial building ties the restaurants’ theme of trade, cultural plurality and relevance to its Indonesian home.” up the opportunity to order the Dhaal Hazara. Creamy black lentils are simmered slowly over the tandoor to create a smoky and umami-rich taste. It is at once spicy and not, most likely attributed to the underlying creaminess of the sauce. I could not stop eating this dish, and it serves as a great example of the subtleties that exist in Indian cuisine. I also enjoyed on my last visit the Murgh Malai, which is chicken marinated with ginger, green chillies, cheese and garlic. It is basically a creamier (and greener) version of your standard chicken tikka kebab. All the same, it is delicious and tender with the gorgeous aroma from the tandoor. I am also a sucker for sheesh kebabs and order them whenever I can. At Hazara, they are juicy, tender and well balanced with heady spices as they are cooked over charcoal. The venue is as versatile as the restaurants and menus themselves. Dark and inviting, romantic and endearing; the space is perfect for a romantic rendezvous or first date. The music wafts lightly in the background — no bass pumping or over-amplified techno to compete with your lovely sweet nothings. At night, the gardens light up outside as do the lanterns adorning the ceilings. During the day, business meetings and luncheons often take place in various parts of the venue. There is room for corporate events and private parties. Whatever your plans are, though, I would recommend stopping in for a meal at Lan Na or Hazara restaurants to satisfy your cravings for outstanding Thai or Indian (or both) soon.

The Face Bar Lan Na Thai Restaurant Hazara Restaurant

Address: Jalan DR Kusuma Atmaja, No. 85, Imam Bonjol, Menteng, Jakarta 10310 Telephone: +62 (0) 21 3192 5037 Email: Website:

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A Memorable Stay at the Four Seasons Hotel in Jakarta

By Tinnike Lie The Four Seasons recently reopened its luxurious five-star hotel on Jalan Gatot Subroto in Jakarta. Situated within the Capital Place building, the hotel location is easily accessible from the airport and central business district. In terms of facilities, the hotel has five dining options, a spa, a swimming pool, a fitness center, a ballroom and garden terrace, and several business spaces. I had the lucky opportunity to experience its services last month. Here is a recap of my experience with the hotel during my two nights’ stay. First Impression Capital Place is an award-winning architectural landmark by César Pelli. When I entered the lobby, I quickly sensed the classic design touch from the building’s internal architecture. The first thing I saw in the lobby was the entrance of the Palm Court restaurant and a giant staircase to access two function spaces on the second level. It took me a while to locate reception, which turned out to be positioned a bit deeper into the lobby, meaning guests will inevitably end up looking around before checking in. All the security guards and staff were extremely friendly and welcoming. The check-in process was smooth and quick. I only needed to give my name and the receptionist did the rest. The entire process took less than five minutes. Starting from the check-in to the end of my stay, the hotel staff addressed me by my first name, which I thought was a nice and personal touch. For me, it’s the small details like that which make a stay luxurious. The Room with Everything The Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta is an allsuite hotel, which means guests can expect a spacious room equipped with a walk-in closet, two LCD TVs, a coffee machine, a Bose sound system and complimentary Wi-Fi. I stayed in a room with an amazing view of the city and the hotel swimming pool. Combined with wall-to-wall windows that made the space bright and airy, my room was excellent for relaxing. The moment I came into the room, I immediately enjoyed the modern design, yet comfortable and functional suite. 16

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“Starting from the check-in to the end of my stay, the hotel staff addressed me by my first name, which I thought was a nice and personal touch. For me, it’s the small details like that which make a stay luxurious.”

The room was perfect for me because it had sofas and working desks, as I spent some time working during my stay. With a door separating the private space from the living area, the suite was ideal either for an informal business meeting or entertainment purposes. Any time I needed to take a break, I could turn on the TVs from either the bedroom or living room or simply gaze out the window and overlook the city. The closet featured abundant cupboards, drawers, a pull-out shoe tray, full-length ‘his and hers’ hanging spaces and a laptop-sized personal safe. I loved the idea of putting the wardrobes inside the bathroom, so when I had a shower I could also get ready without having to move to the other room. The Gourmet Eating My dining experience at the hotel was fantastic. I especially liked the afternoon tea at glamour-themed La Patisserie. It was a good time spent enjoying a cup of tea and a set of chocolate art, signature specialty cakes and imaginative individual pastries. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Palm Court were memorable as well. During my stay, I tried their various dishes and completely loved all of them. The signature spaghetti lobster and grilled US prime beef tenderloin were my favourites. The excellent staff service also made my entire dining experience at the restaurant lovely. On my last night at the hotel, I enjoyed a fine-dining experience at the Alto Restaurant and Bar located on the hotel’s 20th floor. Equipped with an outdoor terrace, the restaurant encapsulates a panoramic view of the city skyline and landscape. The moment I stepped into the restaurant, I could feel the exotic and elegant touch surround me. It’s a perfect venue to have dinner with friends or enjoy a romantic night with your partner. Enjoying meals at the stunning restaurants in the hotel was a delightful experience. However, during the times when I needed to stay and eat in my room, the in-room dining service provided a convenient option. Its food and beverage selections were plentiful and I could even order from the restaurant’s menu. The other small detail about the hotel that I loved was the grab-and-go breakfast at the hotel lobby. This is a complimentary service for those who don’t have the time

to sit for breakfast. Clients who are in a hurry for work can simply grab coffee and bread and enjoy them on their commute. It provides regular coffee with milk, sugar, creamer and some bread and fruits. If you want more, another grab-and-go counter, Dolcetto, is located just in front of the hotel lobby. The Highlights Targeting business people, the hotel has dedicated meeting rooms and event spaces. There are five meeting rooms available to accommodate breakouts or private events for groups of 15 to 35 people. Both hotel guests and non-guests can book these rooms for business meetings. The hotel also features a ballroom with easy access to the terrace. It is ideal for exclusive use for business meetings, high-profile product launches or parties. The ballroom’s private garden terrace can accommodate up to 150 people and be used for private dinners or outdoor cocktail events. Apart from serving business purposes, the hotel also prides itself on its massage service. I tried the 90-minute massage, and it was heavenly. Before entering the massage room, I was required to fill out a form to enclose some information, such as illness history and specific treatment requests and preferences. The massage room has two different options – single and double. Each room comes with its own toilet and changing room so guests basically own the entire room and enjoy some privacy. After the massage, I spent some time in the relaxation area within the venue. Tipping the therapist is encouraged but not required. Final Thoughts My stay at the hotel was a very memorable one. The hotel room was comfortable and functional, the food was delicious and the staff couldn’t be more friendly and helpful. If you’re looking for an all-in-one venue for business and corporate meetings, the Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta should definitely be on your consideration list. Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta

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ARCHIPELAGO Pulau Seribu Folks Defend Governor Ahok Against Blasphemy Allegations

Australia Ordered to Investigate Breach at Indonesian Consulate

418 Passport Requests Rejected to Prevent Terrorism Participation The Batam Immigration Office rejected 418 passport issuance requests in 2016 as part of its security measures to prevent more Indonesian citizens from joining the Islamic State (IS) extremist group. At the latest hearing of Jakarta Governor Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama’s ongoing trial for alleged blasphemy, many witnesses were called on by the prosecution. The witnesses testified that they had seen Ahok make the alleged blasphemous reference to verse Al Maidah 51 of the Quran when he was in the Pulau Seribu district, addressing a group of citizens on Pramuka Island in late September.

Teguh Prayitno, head of the Batam Immigration Office, explained the majority of the rejected applicants were allegedly applying to leave for the Middle East to join the IS movement. Their applications were not only rejected by the system but the individuals also failed interviews that revealed their desire to work illegally abroad and take part in a movement allegedly under IS.

Ahok and his lawyers noted, however, that none of the witnesses affiliated with Islamic hardliner organizations, including the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), were actually present at Pramuka Island in Pulau Seribu when the Jakarta governor made his speech – they only saw a video of the speech some time later.

Of the 418 applications, 118 did not make it through the biometric verification process, which automatically rejects a person holding more than one passport. The 300 others were rejected for not passing the immigration officers’ analysis of their interviews, where conclusions are drawn from physical gestures and explanations.

In fact, most of those who filed the police reports against the governor were not actually in Pulau Seribu and did not actually attend the campaign where the governor made the speech.

Another 39 applicants have also been barred for reapplying for a passport within a certain period of time (from six months to two years).

Ahok and his lawyers explained that if he was actually guilty of blaspheming Islam, then those who were in the audience listening to his speech would have reacted immediately. Twenty-one-year-old local resident Abdi told reporters at the Jakarta governor’s Menteng campaign headquarters, that if he witnessed Ahok insulting his religion, “I would have stabbed him [Pak Ahok] right there.”

The immigration office head stated that 40 other Indonesians have had their departures delayed on suspicion that they would commit illegal activities abroad, including participating in the IS movement.

Marsudi, in a statement issued by her ministry, ordered the accelerated completion of the investigation by Australian authorities and to bring to justice the culprit who breached the Indonesian Consulate General in Melbourne. The foreign affairs minister said the incident was a serious criminal act and as such, Australia, being the host country, must take responsibility in investigating and guaranteeing the safety of foreign missions in accordance with the Vienna Convention. Marsudi talked with Julie Bishop, her Australian counterpart, in early January to ensure that legal action is taken against the suspect, while the Indonesian ambassador in Canberra has convened with local authorities to ensure the safety of all staff and mission members.

debris in the region’s health centres and schools within the next few weeks before the programme period expires. Rum said that the Bima administration will need the help of third parties to stabilize the city’s drainage system which will require the use of its ready-to-disburse funds. The city’s administration is looking at renting heavy equipment in an effort to normalize the rivers.

Abdi and some other Pulau Seribu citizens were at the governor’s headquarters last week to show their support for Ahok. The governor’s Pulau Seribu supporters were confused as to why people were angered over Ahok’s speech. Secretary General Habib Novel of the FPI’s Jakarta chapter and one of the leading anti-Ahok activists has argued in court that he had received calls and SMS messages from Pulau Seribu residents who told him about the speech and how they felt insulted by it.

Muhammad Rum, head of the West Nusa Tenggara Disaster Mitigation Agency, told the media that the Bima emergency relief period scheduled to expire on January 5 has been given a 14-day extension to ensure all damage caused by the flash flood will be thoroughly dealt with.

Ahok noted, however, that Novel couldn’t provide evidence for that claim, as he said all call and SMS logs have already been deleted.

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Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi has immediately called on Australian authorities to investigate the incident that could put the relationship between the two neighbours to yet another diplomatic test.

Bima Flooding Emergency Relief Period Extended

Abdi added that the citizens of the Pulau Seribu district, a Muslim-majority area, would not have stayed silent if Governor Ahok had in fact insulted Islam. He also stated that no one from Pulau Seribu had joined the anti-Ahok protests organized by the FPI and the other hard-line Islamic organizations.


With relations barely recovering from a squabble that resulted in the temporary suspension of the IndonesiaAustralia military cooperation, an insensitive prank that involved the raising of the Free Papua Movement flag at the Indonesian Consulate General in Melbourne last week has drawn more controversy and ire from the Indonesian government.

The agency chairman expressed his concern for the Bima administration’s need to work closely with the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency to be able to provide the residents in the city with early warning information or with a weather forecast. Data from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency showed that the Bima flash floods have caused severe infrastructure damage, where 17,706 houses were inundated with water, 716 and 739 houses suffered medium to severe damage respectively, and 229 houses were destroyed.

Kenneth Yeung is a Jakarta-based editor

NEW YEAR, OLD CONS Despite repeated calls for a national ‘mental revolution’, Indonesia remains ripe for scams perpetrated by self-styled holy men claiming magical powers.

By Kenneth Yeung Such scams are far too common in Indonesia. One of the biggest ‘money-doubling’ scammers, Dimas Kanjeng Taat Priabdi, was arrested last September after accumulating an estimated Rp.1 trillion and allegedly ordering the murder of two of his associates. Seven of his henchmen are now on trial over the murders and have testified that he ordered the killings, but he has denied any involvement.

Police in Central Java ushered in the New Year by arresting a dukun (shaman) who swindled a man of Rp.300 million (US$22,430) by claiming he had the power to magically transform the cash into Rp.5 billion (US$374,000). Following his arrest on January 1, Kaswanto (60) confessed he was unable to harness supernatural energy to increase money. But the dukun, who hails from Harjosari, south of the provincial capital Semarang, boasted of his past service as a spiritual advisor to top local government officials, including the regent of Semarang, Mundjirin.

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On January 4, police in Sleman, Jogjakarta, announced they had arrested a conman who claimed to have been inspired by Dimas Kanjeng’s successful exploitation of superstitious and greedy people.

He claimed that a retired army officer, identified only as Agus, had recruited him as a swindler back in May of 2016. Their victim was a 60-year-old restaurant owner named Kasmuin from Pandanarum village in Demak district. He was first approached by Agus, who told him the dukun could fantastically multiply his wealth through a series of rituals.

Joko alias Setiawan (46), an unemployed resident of the Berbah subdistrict in Sleman, used a ruby-like agate stone as his prop, claiming it gave him the power to more than double money. But he spurned rupiah and instead asked his victim to provide him with US dollars as they are ‘simpler to handle’.

Kasmuin, who needed to repay large debts, took the bait and on May 15 withdrew Rp.300 million from his bank account. Kaswanto and Agus then claimed they needed to visit the West Java port city of Cirebon to buy some magical oil to ensure the money would grow into Rp.5 billion. On May 18, Kasmuin and his wife were summoned to Kaswanto’s house. They had to wait in the living room while the dukun and Agus took the money into another room. Next, Kaswanto performed for his guests a series of nonsense incantations involving various props, including flowers, incense, saffron oil, betel nut and a ‘magic’ stone. The floral flimflam is known locally as bunga tujuh rupa – a set of flowers used in traditional religious and supernatural ceremonies. People who subscribe to such hocus-pocus believe that white rose petals are particularly potent for bringing prosperity.

“Following his arrest on January 1, Kaswanto (60) confessed he was unable to harness supernatural energy to increase money. But the dukun, who hails from Harjosari, south of the provincial capital Semarang, boasted of his past service as a spiritual advisor to top local government officials, including the regent of Semarang, Mundjirin.”

Saffron oil is believed to be a powerful love potion in some Middle Eastern cultures, but in Java, it is used to consecrate mystical items, such as ornamental talismans. The oil’s soothing aroma is reputed to please benevolent spirits, such as genies, encouraging them to bestow their blessings. Again, this is total nonsense that thrives when blind superstition precludes scientific reasoning.

Dismayed, the couple tried in vain to find the perpetrators, but the dukun never seemed to be at home. On October 16, Kasmuin reported the matter to police. Ten weeks later, Kaswanto was nabbed at a medical clinic in the Gunungpati subdistrict, where his third wife was being treated. Agus, who lived in a residential area for army personnel, remains at large.

Kaswanto claimed his magic stone had materialized out of thin air while he was meditating by Lake Rawa Pening – a place connected with the myth of Baru Klinting. Legend has it that a small boy named Baru Klinting was mocked by villagers because of his ugly face, so he challenged them to pull a stick out of the ground. No one could perform the task, so the boy removed the stick, resulting in a flood that created the lake and submerged the entire village. So any magic stone from this place must be powerful, if you accept such stuff as fact.

Kaswanto said Agus had taken Rp.100 million of the money, while he had received the rest. The dukun said he spent his share on a motorcycle, furniture and home improvements. He promised to sell his house in order to repay the remaining Rp.241 million to Kasmuin.

After the rituals, the scammers gave Kasmuin a large cardboard box sealed with tape, claiming it contained his money that would be multiplied. The catch? He was instructed to wait seven days for the magic to work. A week later, Kasmuin’s wife opened the box. It was full of Rp.1,000 and Rp.2,000 notes, but after counting them, she found they amounted to only Rp.59 million.

His first victim, identified only as S. from Triharjo village, prepared US$16,000 after Joko promised it could be transformed into Rp.8 billion. He asked S. to prepare two goose eggs, some ceremonial flowers and a large envelope for the money. Then Joko came to the victim’s house and performed the ritual, placing the eggs, flowers and money into some boxes. During his incantations, he surreptitiously switched the cash for 170 pieces of paper. Joko then declared he had to throw the eggs and flowers into a river as part of the magic. He promised to return immediately. S. waited for two anxious hours. He opened the box containing the ‘money’ envelope only to discover it was now full of worthless paper. The victim reported the case to police. A few days later, Joko was arrested in Bantul on December 21. He had gone on a spending spree and rented a house and still had US$11,000 left. The arrests of Dimas Kanjeng, Kaswanto, Joko and other conmen won’t put a stop to such scams until people are taught that magic is nothing but trickery. A challenging resolution for a country steeped in superstition.

Kaswanto worked as a handyman and labourer (when he wasn’t acting as a dukun). But he said prominent local officials and citizens had often called on him to perform prayers and rituals for celebrations and for ‘specific intentions’. Semarang Police Chief Abiyoso Seno Aji said Kaswanto now faces fraud charges, punishable by a maximum of four years behind bars. He urged people not to be easily duped by charlatans claiming the ability to double money. issue 181 Indonesia expat


When You Say “I Do” to an Indonesian By Nadya Joy Gozon Ador While Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice presupposes that deciding whom to love (and eventually marry) is mostly just taking into consideration some factors here and there, marriage trends in today’s globalized world have made the process more complicated. Modern-day marriages aren’t as easy and straightforward as they used to be. That’s no surprise when transnational economic, cultural and romantic relations have grown more prevalent and the number of interracial marriages is on the rise. Indonesia is no exception. Apart from Indonesia’s flourishing economy, massive domestic market and rich natural resources, one of the most common reasons foreigners move to the archipelago is to marry and settle down with their Indonesian partner. To understand the intricacies of marrying and Indonesia, it’s important to know more about local history. A walk down the colonial memory lane will give us a peek at the story behind interracial marriages in Indonesia, particularly between native Indonesian women and European men. The specific pairing can be attributed to the time when European merchants, military personnel and administrators were generally male and European women came to the Indies only at the turn of the 19th century. In their book Dutch Asiatic Shipping in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, authors Bruijn, Gaastra and Schoffer mentioned how the Dutch East India Company (VOC) sent an estimated 978,000 men to Asia, which ultimately altered the economies of the region. Their relations with the native women triggered the formation of a uniquely mixed colonial society. Interracial relations, however, did not carry weight unless couples were legally married. The Indonesian government legalized marriage between a European man with a native woman in 1641 – and once married, the native gained full European status. At the time, this may have included extravagant social gatherings, ownership of plantations and special legal protection. For the Indonesian woman, marriage became a tool for social, economic and legal security. Fast forward to today. Modern-day Indonesia has seen considerable changes in the world of interracial couples. Before, mixed-race couples enjoyed several perks with their marriage. Now, they are faced with a different situation that comes with the difficulties of globalization. While multi-national marriages still have social, economic and legal dimensions, they are almost always not equally favourable for both people. You may be surprised to learn that Indonesian government regulations do not treat all married multinational couples the same. The rules actually vary depending on whether the foreign spouse is a man or a woman. Government policies that apply to foreign wives of Indonesian natives are generally different from those that are applicable to expat husbands of Indonesian women.


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The difference in treatment has been attributed to the context of working. It is assumed that foreign husbands of Indonesian women are looking for a job, while foreign wives of Indonesian husbands are housewives and mothers. The Indonesian government has a differing perspective on these two cases. Foreign husbands should, therefore, secure a sponsorship and work or stay permit before they are issued a visa to reside in the country (husbands can apply for a marriage visa if they don’t intend to work). They are treated as any other foreigner who wants to come to Indonesia for an extended period. On the other hand, foreign wives can enter Indonesia under an ikut suami (joining husband) status, as they are assumed to be just ‘following the husband’ and the marriage certificate will hold enough weight to prove this status. Some might argue these policies as unfair or offensive. But let us leave aside the personal and socials reasons of marriage in Indonesia and get straight into the legal aspects of marrying a local. If you get married to an Indonesian national, you will be eligible to apply for a non-permanent residence permit (KITAS) – and in some cases a permanent residence (KITAP) when you have been married for more than two years. You don’t have to pay the annual US$1,200 to the Ministry of Manpower because this is a residence permit sponsored by the spouse; your KITAS/KITAP actually prohibits you from being employed in the country. If you would like to work in Indonesia, you will need to have your employer secure a work permit (IMTA) and pay the annual fee for you. While saying ‘I do’ to an Indonesian will help you get a residence permit you may also do so with a multiple-entry business visa or by getting employment from a company that will sponsor your KITAS for you.

When it comes to registering a foreign investment company (PT PMA) and in terms of the investment law, note that marrying an Indonesian will neither make you an Indonesian national nor any different from other foreign investors in the eyes of the law. You are still required to comply with regulations and the Negative Investments List. Under Indonesian law, couples have to sign a prenuptial agreement that will stipulate that their assets are separated before they will be allowed to secure shares from the same company. Finally, when it comes to owning property in Indonesia, there are not many advantages to being married. According to the country’s Agrarian Law, Indonesian land belongs to Indonesian people, so if you are an Indonesian native married to a foreign husband or wife, your rights to owning land do not carry over to them. The prenuptial agreement is actually quite important. Previously, if multi-national couples didn’t get this, then the Indonesian spouse would not be allowed to own assets like property. The record would reflect shared ownership with their foreign partner. For this reason, multi-national couples had to get a prenuptial agreement if they hoped to ever have a future involving the ownership of assets like a home or automobile in Indonesia. Recently, however, this law was updated, saying that couples in Indonesia can now apply for prenuptial agreements during or even after the marriage process. This was seen as a small win for multi-national couples in the archipelago, particularly the ones that took their vows without first getting the prenup. In the event that a multi-national couple buys land and the Indonesian spouse dies, the foreign spouse is given a year to sell the property to an Indonesian national, or else the land will be seized by the state from the foreign spouse. There are visa and business benefits for marrying an Indonesian, but alternative solutions are readily available if you don’t intend to marry a local. There’s no doubt that marriage has become more complicated as the world has grown globalized. Today, we find that love (or whatever reason you have for marrying someone) is now accommodated across national borders. In Indonesia’s case, the scales seem balanced with perks and caveats.

Village leaders were sold because it revived local traditions. The pearl farm owner was on board because cleaner water meant better quality pearls. The result? A ban on dynamite and cyanide fishing and a protected zone in a stretch of open water a little bigger than Hong Kong. To help the communities monitor the area, Miner established three base camps and employed 15 permanent rangers. “We work both with the traditional leaders, the adat, and the marine police. It’s very much about raising awareness,” Miner said, using the catchall term meaning customs. The hard work paid off. Beneath the sparkling turquoise waters of the lagoon, colourful parrotfish, juvenile reef sharks and even the wobbling batfish seem to thrive. Several marine experts involved in Miner’s project from early on believe the volume of marine life in the conservation area has doubled in just eight years. Guests are treated to an aerial view of the lagoon on the short self-guided trail to the island’s south beach

A RESORT TO PROTECT BIODIVERSITY IN INDONESIA By David Kincaid When Andrew Miner discovered Batbitim Island in 2003, he found a remote shark finning camp in a vast sea devastated by dynamite and cyanide fishing. Where once the blood of sharks flowed, now stands the Misool Eco Resort: a discrete getaway woven with reclaimed tropical hardwoods nestled on the shore of a lagoon now teeming with life. But that’s just the half of it. According to Miner, the resort is a means to an end. For him, this pictureperfect resort pays for his real passion: funding the 1,220-square-kilometre marine conservation site that contains some of the richest biodiversity on the planet.

Miner approached village chiefs and other officials to propose an eco resort that would employ local villagers, support waste management in the waters of Misool and empower those communities to enforce the sasi practice. “The district head, the Camat. He was fantastic, and he got it straight away. Job opportunities, economic opportunities,” says Miner. “We had all sorts of open discussions.”

“We don’t serve any shellfish,” says Sue, assistant manager at Misool. “The shells generate more waste than our composting can handle.”

And the sea is the main attraction. Each of the more than 25 dive sites offers guests a staggering array of marine life. Snorkelers and divers who start their visit in the resort’s house reef happen upon red snappers, king-sized groupers and even the tiny Raja Ampat seahorse no bigger than a grain of rice. Table for two by evening light at Misool’s lagoon terrace restaurant

It wasn’t easy. Old traditions were quickly fading. In the past, a nearby pearl farm employed locals who could simply buy fish they needed. Far from police or any regulation, those who made a living from the sea weren’t above destroying habitats while they did it. Disposable income bought disposable goods. Soon plastic bags and used shampoo sachets were washed into the sea. Miner had to earn the support of local communities and Raja Ampat’s authorities. He did that by appealing to traditional fishery management called sasi – a local practice that bans marine harvesting according to the life cycle of several native mollusks and fish. By prohibiting fishing during key developmental periods, local villagers are assured of an abundant supply of fish year after year.

A small kitchen turns out an amazing parade of delicious foods. Every meal has a vegetarian option that focuses on health and keeping the guests wellenergized for their daily schedule of activities. Diving requires a generous number of calories, and so Misool’s kitchen staff prepares four meals a day. But even in the kitchen there is attention to staying eco-friendly.

Leftover food waste and other organics are composted. Sewage and wastewater are directed to one of the nearby garden containers that serve as a beautifully disguised means of filtration. Solids are trapped in the upper portion of the planters, then a series of porous pipes channel liquids through rocks and soil, fertilizing planters brimming with palms, ginger and heliconia, until fresh water trickles back into the sea.

As Indonesia struggles to woo more tourists away from hotspots like Bali, it’s out-of-the-way gems like Batbitim Island that will stand out. But the persistent use of blast fishing and the Jokowi administration’s drive to increase tourism poses severe risks to the fragile ecosystems of Raja Ampat’s coral reefs. Miner is hoping his resort may serve as a model for channelling tourism in ways that preserve local livelihoods and the environment. “It’s not just about investing in the business but also about investing in the community,” said Miner in an interview with Indonesia Expat, his eyes sparkling when asked how he did it.

At the centre of Miner’s effort is the resort itself. Each of the resort’s 17 villas is crafted from more than 600 tonnes of reclaimed tropical hardwoods found in the forests of the island or washed up on shore. Each accommodation is meticulously designed with comfort in mind, but also to give guests a stunning view and access to the lagoon and surrounding reefs. The resort desalinates seawater for drinking, bathing and toilets for its max 40 guests and has a built-in cistern to collect rainwater for the more than 80 Indonesian employees living at any one time in the staff village.

A wastewater garden glows in the warm light of Misool’s boardwalk and Water Cottages

What Miner is doing in Raja Ampat could pay not just environmental dividends but economic ones, too. Economists say fish (especially the big impressive ones) are worth more alive than dead. A gray shark can attract US$33,500 in tourist spending each year. A reef manta: US$1 million. By contrast, blast fishing robs the economy of half a million dollars a day. Much of the country’s reefs are already destroyed, and the government’s drive to double tourist visitors to 20 million a year by the end of the decade may make matters worse. To be sure, Misool Eco Resort may not be in everyone’s budget. A week of diving will set a couple back $8,500, exclusive of airfare. But that’s a reasonable enough price for a truly authentic experience where the tourists, not nature, pay the price of the trip and where divers leave only their bubbles. issue 181 Indonesia expat


Hans Rooseboom is a long-term resident of Jakarta. He enjoys a leisurely life, playing tennis most mornings and writing his blogs and other articles.


An E-commerce Site for Organic Food in Indonesia By Hans Rooseboom There are three key elements to consider when making the choice of whether to buy organic food in Indonesia: health, taste and price.

A convenient shortcut to solving the problem of the true organic classification of fruits and vegetables is offered by the e-commerce company Kecipir.

Health: As far as the lesser prevalence of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge and genetically modified organisms is concerned, the answer is definitely that organic food is healthier than conventional agro-products, advocates will say.

Established on Earth Day, April 22, 2013, Kecipir offers organic produce from its own supervised growers. Not only do they bring fresh in-season organic produce to consumers in Jakarta and surrounding cities – Tangerang, Bekasi and Bogor – they have also set a developmental goal.

Taste: Taste is important but generally noticeable only once the produce has been processed. The difference between industry-baked white sandwich bread and naturally fermented wholemeal loaves is a clear example. Well, obviously not everyone agrees. Price: Unfortunately, organic food is pricier than the conventional variety. How then can consumers be sure that the organic label attached to the product is verifiably correct to justify a higher price?

Kecipir assists farmers in achieving certified, organic standards through training programmes in organic tilling, while also providing a market at guaranteed prices for the produce. The company has thus positioned itself as buyer at farm gate and as retailer, while taking care of in-between steps of transporting and sorting of the products. Farmers in Kecipir's orbit are either fully certified organic or on their way to being certified. Three types of organic labels are used in its system:

Indonesia’s organic regulations stipulate that fruits and vegetables are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms or ionising radiation. Animals that produce meat, eggs and dairy products are not to be given antibiotics or growth hormones. To be certified, the Indonesian system moreover requires that the soil of organic farms is tested every year for residue of pesticides. And only when the soil has been declared pesticide-free for three consecutive years are the products allowed to be labelled ‘organic’. Unfortunately, short of growing the veggies yourself, it’s difficult to feel totally confident about the source. Wrongly labelled items do occur fairly often – by one estimate not more than one in five of the products offered as organic in the local supermarkets deserves this label. In many cases, the label, rather than an official certificate, is nothing more than the word ‘organic’ on the price tag.

• A – Certified organic in accordance with the Indonesian certification system described above. • B – Uncertified but close to certified status. For example, where the residue free status of the soil is more than two years but less than three. • C – Grown pesticide-free but with traces of pesticides remaining in the soil. The C-label is used as encouragement. Farmers that have started on the organic path are given a small price incentive, although true certification is still a few years off.

“The questions remain. Why bother with all of this? Is it not easier to just buy the organic products from the appropriate shelf in the many supermarkets?”

Kecipir claims to visit and check its farmers frequently. Currently, some 30 farmers with a total of 100 hectares are involved in the supply chain and the size of the individual farms ranges from 0.5 to 30 hectares. The smaller ones are surrounded by a buffer zone. Farmers inform Kecipir about the type and volumes of products that will be available the following week. Products are harvested between 3 pm and 8 pm and are transported, sorted and packaged that same night. The next morning, the products are ready for sale to consumers. Consumer thus receive their veggies within less than 24 hours after harvesting. Kecipir is an e-commerce retailer. The products are not available in established shops but exclusively sold through agents listed on its website. The number of agents in Greater Jakarta is currently around 150. Consumers who are members of the Kecipir e-commerce system order from the list of available foods on the company’s website and collect their orders on the specified day. People in West Jakarta and Tangerang can collect on Mondays and Thursdays. Those in South, Central and East Jakarta, as well as Bekasi, can collect on Tuesdays and Fridays. When registering in the system, consumers are assigned an agent, usually the one closest to their home, but changing agents is possible. Orders can be picked up between 9 am and 5 pm from their respective agents. Payments are made by bank transfer, credit or debit card, cash-on-delivery or by Kecipir Green Cash, which is essentially a card you can top up with money to make purchases on the site. Kecipir is currently only in Bahasa Indonesia, but an English version will be available early this year. That said, even with a limited knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia, one can still easily understand the process of ordering and collecting the goods (much like using apps like Go-Jek). The questions remain. Why bother with all of this? Is it not easier to just buy the organic products from the appropriate shelf in the many supermarkets? The main reason for concerned foodies is about the products’ genuine organic origins. Organic labelling is not always clear, not in Indonesia and not abroad. Mislabelling does occur. But a visual inspection of the organic product will show spots, holes, dents and non-uniform shapes and colours. Washing is therefore recommended, not to get rid of the insecticides but to oust the occasional snail or worm. And once sautéed or part of a salad, it is the taste that is important, not the uniformity of shape and colour. Give it a try. Buying organics from Kecipir will not only be a healthy personal choice but will also support environmental sustainability by reducing air and water pollution, albeit on a limited scale. But then, support of environmental sustainability has to start sooner or later. And in this case, sooner is better.

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Is Indonesia Experiencing a Diversity Crisis? A diversity crisis might be heading to Indonesia as many locals begin to plead for the reestablishment of racial and religious tolerance in the country. But recent studies suggest that the nation might actually be doing just fine. for censorship on TV and radio programmes that portrayed LGBT behaviour, and some mothers in the archipelago broadcasted messages of fear and concern for their children via social media.

By Caranissa Djatmiko As the world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia is indeed no stranger to religious, ethnic and cultural diversity. Earlier this month, President Jokowi asked his people to celebrate the archipelago’s diversity during a commemoration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad on January 8. “Indonesia has more than 700 ethnic groups with 1,100 local languages and this shows the diversity. The diversity is a gift from God we have always to be grateful for. We have 34 provinces and 516 regencies and cities. Let’s maintain our unity. We need unity. ‘NKRI Harga Mati!’ [The Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia is undisputed],” Jokowi said as reported by The Jakarta Post. Last year, we saw an intense debate surrounding diversity that in a way reminded us why the issue of discrimination towards minority groups in this country is far from over. When local academics and authorities, for example, proposed to criminalize homosexuality and claimed that the existence of the LGBT community defied Indonesia’s religious and moral values, many wondered if the country actually protects the rights of its own people at all. It all started in January of last year, when the Minister of Higher Education Muhammad Nasir announced that he wanted to bar LGBT student organizations from university campuses. The news soon created uproar towards the LGBT community, with mass religious groups forcing the country to free itself from these ‘sinful acts’. Several psychiatrists declared that same-sex orientation is equivalent to ‘mental illness’. The national broadcasting commission (KPI) called

But with all these anti-LGBT sentiments, not many of us are actually well informed about the local LGBT community. I recently sat down with Ferena Debineva and Nadya Karima Melati, co-founders of the Support Group and Resource Centre on Gender and Sexuality Studies (SGRC) at the University of Indonesia (UI), which Nasir referred to when he spoke out against the operation of LGBT movements at formal institutions. Debineva and Melati shed light on why so many Indonesians today are still promoting hateful rhetoric towards the LGBT community. “The government officials [who called out the LGBT community in 2016] really don’t know what they are saying. Our government previously played it safe by not releasing any policies against LGBT, although not necessarily protecting their human rights. They claimed to stand with human rights, but they also said that it should also be ‘adapted’ to the nation’s existing norms and values. So at that time, the people panicked because the statements [promoting hate speech towards LGBT people] were repeated non-stop for three months,” Debineva told Indonesia Expat. Both Debineva and Melati also revealed that government officials are not the only ones dealing with misunderstanding about the LGBT community. Even some academics are similarly experiencing the same issue with accepting the rights of LGBT people. “That kind of fear is based on the myth and taboo related to sexuality, while all this time they can’t really discuss it. And the media’s framing consequently contributed to the preservation of stigma and discrimination towards the LGBT community that worsens people’s understanding about it,” Debineva explained. Responding to acts of prejudice, the discussion of tolerance began to take centre stage as the media and academics showed us that plenty of locals still surprisingly fail to promote tolerant values on a daily basis, even in cities like Jakarta. Last August, non-profit organization Wahid Foundation, in collaboration with research institute Lembaga Survei Indonesia (LSI) revealed the results of a survey, which

claimed that as many as 59.9 percent of 1,520 respondents hated a particular group, including non-Muslims, the Chinese and communists. Findings revealed by Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting (SMRC) in November, suggested that the level of tolerance for non-Muslims is in fact quite low. The survey disclosed that the majority of the Indonesian population was against groups like ISIS, the LGBT community, communists, Jews, Christians, the Islamic Defenders Front, Wahhabi Muslims (the movement Wahhabism is believed to be the driving force behind global radical terrorism) and lastly, the Chinese community. Yet, in contrast to the Wahid Foundation’s and LSI’s results, those obtained from SMRC prove that the tolerance for non-Muslims in the archipelago is still there. This came as good news for SMRC’s communication researcher and UI lecturer Ade Armando, who thinks that Indonesians overall still have respect for diversity. “The majority of Indonesians do not approve of ISIS and radical ideologies, which is good. But they are still struggling to accept the LGBT community, who came in second on the list, because the term itself has only been introduced to the nation over the last decade. And the way people practice their religious beliefs here might perhaps have something to do with this. The third one is the communist [group], and this is understandable due to the people’s trauma of tragedies in the past. But in general, Indonesians do not actually see people who are non-Muslims as a problem,” Armando said. Following up on the case of Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok), who is accused of committing religious blasphemy, the nation was immediately polarized. But looking at a man who has worked incessantly to build the capital city, some feel that the case is more of a testament to the nation’s religious arrogance rather than a quest for justice. Furthermore, Ahok’s case seems to reiterate the locals’ long-standing problem with Chinese-Indonesians, especially when they take on the role of a prominent leader in the nation. That said, Armando thinks that Ahok’s case is more concerned with Indonesia’s political drama, and therefore cannot be entirely used to represent the nation’s diversity crisis. “Of course there is truth to the need for tolerance and respect for diversity. But if we take a look at Ahok’s case, it is actually more of a political one. There are many nonMuslim leaders across the archipelago and the people are okay with that,” Armando said. “So I think the idea of a diversity crisis in Indonesia might not exactly be appropriate for our time now.” While it might take a while for Indonesia to become a peaceful, tolerant and multicultural nation, I still hope that one day we can get there. Just as long as we learn to confront our fear and remember to practice what we preach. As the national motto of Indonesia suggests, we should believe in “Bhineka Tunggal Ika” or “Unity in Diversity”.

A 16-year-old boy who lives in Banten must care for his younger brother after the two were neglected by their own mother, who ran away to get married.

Brothers Support Themselves after Mother Abandons Them

While many of us are lucky enough to have parents who fulfill their familial responsibilities, some unfortunately must deal with a different reality. In Tangerang, Soni and Marcel are both struggling to live a normal life without the help of their parents. Soni, the older brother, must drop out of school and learn to make a living to support his little brother Marcel, a three-year-old, who cannot communicate and walk properly the way kids his age should. Soni and Marcel have no parents to guide them. Their dad passed away a long time ago. After their mother left, the brothers have remained in their aunt’s house. But the aunt is known to be struggling with

mental illness. The house itself is not considered as a decent living space by many, as it has no electricity or clean water. To care for his younger brother, Soni began looking for jobs. He once helped a nasi goreng vendor from day to night and was paid Rp.10,000. Currently, Soni works at a warung for the same amount of payment. He also still works from day to night so that he can go home with two slices of bread for himself and his brother. For those of you who wish to make your donation to these poor boys, please visit https://kitabisa. com/anaknafkahiadik

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ICAS Recognizes AIS Academic Excellence The Australian Independent School in Kemang (AIS) celebrated the outstanding results they received from this year’s International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) testing. An independent, full-suite, six-skill competition assessment programme, ICAS is specifically designed for primary and secondary students. More than one million students from more than 6,300 schools across Australia and New Zealand take the tests every year, while students from 20 other countries in Asia, the US, Europe and the Pacific participate annually. ICAS recognizes and rewards the top-performing students across the various skill categories test on English, Science, Mathematics, Spelling, Writing and Digital Technologies.

Banyan Tree Ungasan Celebrates Prestigious Achievements for 2016

General Manager Alfonso Romero of Banyan Tree Ungasan in Bali said they are “honoured to receive this prestigious accolade . . . [as] a testament to our brand and commitment to delivering authentic experiences and service excellence in hospitality.”

Thirty-two students from Third Year to Sixth Year participated in the Australian Mathematics Competition, in which they received 1 High Distinction, 3 Distinctions, 6 Credits and 11 Proficiency awards. Together with two other schools, AIS Kemang was named as the Best Primary School for its overall performance.

Celebrate the Festivity of the Rooster Year with Hotel Borobudur Jakarta Join in traditional celebrations to welcome the Year of the Rooster at Jakarta’s five-star luxury hotel, as Hotel Borobudur Jakarta honours the Chinese New Year with live music, artistic decorations, acrobatic performances and of course, the traditional lion dance. A traditional part of Chinese culture for many centuries, the lion dance, which will be performed by the Chinese Kung Fu Community in the West Jakarta troupe, will kick start the hotel’s Chinese New Year celebrations on January 28. Part of the performance will show the dancers making their way through various hotel outlets to bestow wishes of prosperity and good fortune for the hotel in 2017, the Year of the Rooster.

At multiple major hospitality industry ceremonies, Banyan Tree Ungasan Bali received recognition as ‘Indonesia’s Leading Luxury Villa 2016/2017’ and was given the ‘Tri Hita Karana Emerald Award 2016/2017.’ Known as The Oscars of Indonesian tourism, the seventh Indonesia Travel and Tourism Awards recognizes resorts, hotels and other travel and tourism establishments for excellence in hospitality and service. More than 45,948 votes were cast by travel executives and high-end tourism consumers from across the globe to identify the winners.

This year, 40 AIS Kemang students were awarded with Merit and High Distinction certificates for academic achievement. One student won a bronze medal for third place in Mathematics; another student, silver for getting the second highest score in the country for English; and two other students bagged two gold medals for getting the highest score in the country for English.

Indulge in Buffet-Style Sunday Brunch at The ANVAYA Beach Resort Bali

The Tri Hita Karana Award, on the other hand, acknowledges the three critical aspects that contribute to a balanced and harmonious relationship between social, environmental and spiritual practice.

Experience a unique family weekend escapade at The ANVAYA Beach Resort Bali. Sands Restaurant’s world-class buffet-style Sunday brunch is pictureperfectly set with the exquisite views of the Indian Ocean and traditional modern Balinese ambience. After a hearty brunch, laze the afternoon away in the tropical atmosphere of The ANVAYA Beach Resort Bali and its expansive pools. Enjoy an interactive dining experience, cooking your own meals under the supervision of the restaurant’s very own skilled chefs. The kids will be delighted to try their hand at making their own pizzas with the chefs, inspired by a Junior Chef Certificate up for grabs and a remarkable experience to remember.

A 35-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport and Nusa Dua beaches and the Uluwatu Temple, Banyan Tree Ungasan promises panoramic ocean views, memorable cultural discoveries and limitless rejuvenation for both Bali locals and tourists alike.

The Sunday brunch is IDR 359,000++ per person inclusive of free-flow non-alcoholic beverages.

Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort Bags Multiple Coveted Golf Titles The Nirwana Bali Resort was named the Luxury Golf Resort in Southern Asia and won coveted 2016 worldclass accolades from the World Golf Awards, Asian Golf Awards and World Luxury Hotel Awards. As its name suggests, the renowned World Luxury Hotel Awards 2016 chose and named the Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort as the best Luxury Golf Resort in Southern Asia. The World Luxury Hotel Awards recognizes luxury hotels for their services across a number of categories, with its aim to encourage the best of service benchmarks throughout the luxury hotel industry.


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Leading golf tourism professionals and experts vote for the winners in the highly acclaimed World Golf Awards, and this year, Nirwana Bali Golf Club beat eleven other reputable golf courses in the archipelago and was named ‘Indonesia’s Best Golf Course 2016.’ Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort defeated other prominent golf courses across the Asia-Pacific region with its impressive rankings, and thus garnering the third place (second runner-up) for the ‘Best Golf Resort in Asia Pacific’ award at the Asian Golf Awards 2016.

Gracefully nestled on Bali’s expansive southwest coast, the massive 103-hectare Pan Pacific Bali Resort boasts luxurious sophistication with its 278 rooms, luxury suites and villas; world-class recreational facilities; and awe-inspiring views of volcanic mountains and the Indian Ocean.

Hotel Borobudur Jakarta Named Indonesia’s Leading Business Hotel

AccorHotels Throws Unique Corporate Gathering by Holding a Nobar Session Last December, AccorHotels Jakarta held its annual corporate gathering by inviting their clients to join a movie screening, better known in Indonesia as nonton bareng (watching a movie together / nobar). More than 500 of the hotel company’s clients in Jakarta, Tangerang and Karawang were there to watch the highly celebrated film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Febrice Mini, the Area General Manager for AccorHotels in North Jakarta and Tangerang, said that the event was one of the hotel company’s initiatives to thank the client and media for their support. “This event was arranged as our appreciation for the clients

who have made a huge contribution by using our hotels and putting their trust in us to be a part of their agenda,” Mini said in a press release. Meanwhile, Dominique Albero, the Area General Manager for AccorHotels in North and South Jakarta, added that the nobar was specifically organized to be different than the events that they have done in the past. “[This year] we hope to entertain our guests, while they also get the chance to get to know more about our hotels across the regions of Jakarta, Tangerang and Karawang,” Albero said. AccorHotels currently has 34 properties in Jakarta, Tangerang and Karawang. For more information please visit

Hilton Hotels and Resorts Surprises Guests with New Resort in Nusa Dua At the Indonesia Travel and Tourism Awards 2016/2017 (ITTA), Hotel Borobudur Jakarta was named Indonesia’s Leading Business Hotel. The Indonesia Travel and Tourism Awards Foundation serves to recognize, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the country’s travel and tourism industry. The foundation aims to encourage branding among the hospitality industry and establish the importance of the highest service provided in the travel and tourism industry. The judging process involved assessment by BINUS Business School, online voting and ITTA Board of Advisor evaluation.

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Managed by Discovery Hotels and Resorts, Hotel Borobudur Jakarta takes pride in the fifth award it has received so far from ITTA. The highly acclaimed event was held at The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Mega Kuningan, on December 14, 2016.

Last December, the Hilton Bali Resort was opened for the first time to join the hotel company’s more than than 4,800 properties that are located all around the world. The decision to add Nusa Dua as member of the Hilton Hotels and Resorts was in line with the company’s goal in staying at the top of their game in the tourism industry.

Hilton Bali Resort is set atop a 40-metre cliff in the beautiful region of Nusa Dua. The resort immediately wowed guests who came for the stunning views and extensive recreation facilities. With 389 guest rooms and 19 exclusive villas, the hotel charms guests with its quintessential Balinese concept.

“Hilton Bali Resort is a significant addition to our flagship brand portfolio, bringing Hilton Hotels and Resorts’ renowned hospitality to one of the world’s premier island destinations,” said Sean Wooden, vice president, brand management, Asia Pacific, Hilton in a press release. “Hilton continues to deliver worldclass service and product innovations that meet the changing needs of discerning travellers, and Hilton Bali Resort is well positioned to deliver exceptional experiences to every guest, every time.”

“Hilton Bali Resort is testament to the confidence we have in this stunning resort destination and our deep commitment to serving the burgeoning market of Indonesia. This opening marks our fifth property in Indonesia and third in Bali alongside Conrad Bali and Hilton Garden Inn Bali - Ngurah Rai Airport,” said William Costley, vice president, operations, South East Asia amd India, Hilton. “The location makes the hotel a great base for trevellers visiting Bali, and positions us well to capture opportunities from Bali’s rising inbound and domestic tourism,” he concluded.

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Promoting Indonesian Art Vladimir Karpov came to Bali for an Indonesian marketing agency and decided to stay. He has been involved in promoting the arts of Indonesia on an international and local level for almost a decade.

What have you been working on recently? My focus as a curator and as an artist producer has been primarily on emerging Indonesian artists, with some Central Asian and Russian artists. I bring artists and collectors from Central Asia and Russia here to Bali. I introduce them to a whole new world – the arts and culture of Bali and throughout all of Indonesia. I emphasize to my guests the unique diversity and mutual influences only possible in this archipelago with its rich and ancient history of commerce and the arts. I expose them to the ‘primitive’ art traditions of Indonesia’s past that influenced the modern art movement of the West in the mid-twentieth century. I introduce contemporary artists to traditional artisans and crafts people, and by working together, more art is created. I advise young contemporary artists on how to best present their works and on how the traditional artists can benefit through modern presentations for a broader market appeal. I do pop-up art shows and exhibitions under the name “Unknown Art Space” with different groups of artists in eclectic presentations as the contemporary, modern and traditional artworks complement each other.

By Amina Ghazi Where did you spend your early years? I was born and raised in Kazakhstan, on the northern slopes of the Himalayan Mountains and still a formal republic of the Soviet Union at that time. When the USSR fell apart, I was ten years old and my mom, along with a few friends, decided to move to St. Petersburg, Russia. My father stayed in Kazakhstan. We lived out of the city in a country house of which I have many happy childhood memories. There were several families, and as children, we played in the snow among the lakes and in the sunflower fields. We explored huge abandoned farm buildings. It was a beautiful childhood full of adventure and a natural environment that encouraged creativity. In my teens, I travelled regularly between Russia and Kazakhstan where my father remained. I also lived in the United States. During my boyhood, I was exposed to a great deal of cultural diversity that I appreciate to this day. I attended university in St. Petersburg, where I studied marketing and public relations, and always had a passion for the arts and culture. My graduate work was about branding museums, and it was implemented in rebranding one of the state museums: The Museum of the History of Religion. I found ways to put my marketing skills into social and cultural directions that I continue to do in my work even to this day. How did you come to Bali? I came to Bali totally by coincidence. I had never thought I’d come here until I went on a cruise to some islands around St. Petersburg and met an Indonesian woman, Kora Amalwati. Kora had a well-known marketing solutions agency in Sanur, Bali. I was already working in a good position with an agency in St. Petersburg. When she offered me a job, I had never heard or known anything about Bali. This was 2008, the year of the world economic crises. It affected the business I worked in so after some time I called her. She asked me to come as soon as possible to join the current project her firm was working on. Two days later I was in Bali.


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I worked for Kora’s firm for one year, then I returned to Russia and Kazakhstan. I was back here in just six months. I knew that Bali was the place where I wanted to be and marketing Indonesian art was what I truly wanted to do. I returned and have been living here ever since. How did Bali change your life? Bali is amazing. It is full of all the things I love – art, culture, strong spiritual traditions and a growing contemporary awareness, including the arts. Bali really changed my life. I went through deep transformations here. I have learned to cherish what is truly valuable in life. I have become a husband and a father – and love being both. Art has always been my passion. Art is such an important part of the Balinese way of life. They have great respect for art and artists, which is hard to find elsewhere. It is a part of their lives. All the traditional arts are intertwined around their rich belief system. Just making the simple offerings is an art. Artists here must study all aspects of their art. A dancer may also carve the masks and know the words to the play that is a part of their religious legends. Everything is connected. Artists learn like in the times of Da Vinci and the Renaissance, by apprenticing and working with accomplished traditional artists. The contemporary artists still are influenced by tradition. Bali has shown me how life and art and the spiritual aspects of life are all connected as one. Is Indonesian art appreciated internationally? Indonesian art, both traditional and contemporary, is a cultural time bomb waiting to go off. Indonesia in the arts is like El Dorado: it is an undiscovered global arts centre. There is a cultural evolution taking place in art and design here. Indonesians are becoming more aware of their rich art heritage and are investing in traditional, as well as contemporary works and projects in new and emerging media. The people of Indonesia share a cultural heritage that goes back to the animist arts. Designers, artists and media innovators are now gaining international recognition. It has just begun.

I currently organize and advise clients. I provide consultations on interior design as well, and in doing so, I try to support traditional ways of production. I often go to villages that specialize in authentic traditional crafts and put it in the art shops with a modern presentation. The name of this project is “Talisman”. There are many villas continuously being built that help create a large growing market for art and unique interiors. I encourage and integrate Indonesian arts globally in a different and unique way. There is more mixed media and recycled art every day, and these contemporary artists are gaining recognition in the global arts world. Artists today are becoming an important part of society in finding solutions commercially and environmentally. Artists are used in think tanks, and major corporations invite artists for feedback and advice on products, from design consulting to creating sustainability. Indonesia is going through a renaissance as commerce and creativity drive it forward to emerge as a major player on the global stage. The next ten years will bring a boom in sales and recognition to this country. I support forms of environmental art where waste becomes a viable product. I strive to encourage an understanding of underground and street art on a higher level with fine art. The traditions of art run deep in Indonesian culture, especially in Bali. We can find solutions to global problems if we think positively and creatively. There is a consciousness rising here that will create a lot of positive changes. What makes you happy? Happiness is my son, my wife, my family and my friends. Feeling inspiration through nature, the arts and laughter all make me happy. I love fairytales and dark humour. What makes you sad? War and violence. People waste so much energy on these things instead of creating new cultural adventures like building and exploring new depths of our planet and our very consciousness. Through sadness and dark times come beauty and happiness.

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Jakarta Business Networkers Every Tuesday and Thursday Make the right connections and grow your business over breakfast. At Jakarta Business Networkers ( JBN), all attendees are encouraged to help others by exchang ing referrals and introducing them to their target audience. JBN is all about helping you grow your business. Promote your business, personal brand or portfolio each week to the rest of the attendees and explain to the group the type of referrals you would like to receive. J BN professiona l net work i ng sessions are from 7 – 8.30am every Tuesday at Sapori Deli, Fairmont Jakarta, and Thursday at Mercantile Athletic Club, WTC, Sudirman. RSVP: Arts & Culture International Ballet Star Gala 3 – 4 February 2017 Indonesia Dance Society (IDS) will be bringing the most talented dancers from prestigious companies across the globe in a ballet gala.

The event will include classical repertoires from Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Giselle, Carmen and other neoclassical and contemporary pieces. The programme will also hold workshops and meet-andgreet sessions. The main event will take place at Teater Besar, Taman Ismail Marzuki where the audience can watch the special ballet performance. For more information, visit www.indonesiadancesociety. com Italian Cultural Institute Jakarta’s Cine Club 20 and 27 January 2017 The Italian Cultural Institute (ICC) Jakarta is bringing exciting news for moviegoers. This January, two Italian films will be showcased. A Cavallo Della Tigre will be played on January 20. The 1961 drama depicts an inept thief who wants to escape from prison and return to his family. But things get complicated when two of his prison mates want to come with him. Originally written and directed by Luigi Comencini, the film is worth watching for those who enjoy a good comedy. Seven days later, Il Giovane Favoloso will take its turn. The film centres on the life of the great Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi who seeks to travel the world to enrich his knowledge, but his intellectual aspirations are not exactly supported by his parents that have certain expectations for Leopardi. The drama was released in 2014 and directed by Mario Martone. The movie screening will take place at ICC. For more information:

Yannick Lintz, the Director of the Islamic Art Department at Louvre Museum in Paris, will be leading the discussion on Islamic art. Lintz has previously served as a guest lecturer at universities like Sorbonne in Paris and Senghor in Alexandria, Egypt. Her expertise includes creating museum programmes in education and management. This time, Lintz will explore two aspects of Islamic art based on the collections found at the Louvre. First, Lintz will focus on the definition of Islamic art and how its affiliated artworks, religious life and places are seen both locally and internationally. S econd , she w i l l move on to explaining the chronology of Islamic art, particularly throughout the 19th century and all the way from Spain to India. The discussion will take place at Komunitas Salihara. For more information, visit www. discussion/islam-and-art Education Indonesian Heritage Society’s Morning Talk Series November 2016 – February 2017 I ndonesia n Her it age Societ y ( H IS) returns w ith Rumahku morning talks this November. The event is open to members of the non-profit organization and is held on Thursday mornings where participants can engage with one another over tea, coffee and snacks. Rumahku is held to introduce potential members of HIS and those who take an interest in the programmes it offers. Guests are welcome to suggest topics and speakers that would like to have

and be a part of the Rumahku Committee to arrange events and write newsletters accordingly. This November, Erza Setyadharma will serve as a guest speaker to share his story about his career as a creative consultant, classical music, opera producer as well as a writer. Registration is made under first-come and first-served basis. The event costs Rp.50,000 (for IHS members) and Rp.75,000 (for nonmembers). For more information, visit rumahku Culinary

Intercontinental Jakarta’s second culinary treat is all about a fancy dinner. The Ruffino Wine Dinner is an opportunity for connoisseurs to gather for a sophisticated evening of wining and dining, while also enjoying the elegant ambience of Scusa. The dinner involves a fivecourse menu that is specifically curated by Executive Chef Jocelyn Argaud. The dinner will take place on Friday, January 20. For more information please visit w w w.

JAKARTA Arts & Culture A Raw Exhibition 13 – 28 January 2017

Intercontinental Jakarta’s Feast January – February 2016 This year, Intercontinental Jakarta Midplaza is kicking off with a bunch of delicious treats. In January, the upscale hotel is inviting guests to try two special culinary offerings. First, wine lovers will be happy to find the hotel’s exclusive promotion of a fine selection of Chilean wines. Chile is known for its colourful w inema k ing histor y and is therefore one of the world’s largest exporters of New World wines. Customers will receive a 23 percent discount on every wine bottle that is purchased at all of the hotel’s restaurants and bars. Meanwhile,

The exhibition showcases artist Va ne s s a Va n Ho ut e n’s f i r s t photography book entitled Raw. The artwork is a strong portrayal of pure emotion. Van Houten was born in San Rafael, California in 1971 and spent her childhood in the Bahamas and Berlin. Fast forward to 2017, she now lives in Jakarta with her husband and three children. Before Raw, she had also put together several photography series, including Paperfold (2012), Taboo (2010) and Remembering What’s Lost (2009). Apart from being a photographer, Van Houten is also a director. Her works include Paper Bird (2007), Karma Cowboy (2001), Mona (1998), New York Images (1996), Apls (1995) and Growing Silently (1994) – some of which were featured on German TV and screened at international film festivals. A Raw Exhibition will be open to the public in Ubud. For more information please visit

Bali Spirit Festival 19 – 26 March 2017 The Bali Spirit Festival is a global celebration of yoga, dance, music and well-being. Set on the beautiful island of Bali, the festival will invite performing arts enthusiasts and spirituality seekers from all around the world to gather and send each other positive energy. The five-day festival will include an array of inspirational workshops with yoga, martial arts, African dance, ecstatic dance, crystal bowl sound healing, breath work and meditation. The Bali Spirit Festival will take place at Bhanuswari Resort and Spa. For more information, visit www. Culinary

Ju-Ma-Na Restaurant’s New Spanish Dish 16–18 February 2016 Ju-Ma-Na Restaurant presents an exclusive Spanish culinary experience with Michelin Star Chef Diego Campos. The gastronomic dining experience features a fivecourse set menu dinner, a tapas menu and a private cooking class w ith Chef Diego. Chef Diego Campos’s courses will showcase modern Spanish cuisine w it h traditional inf luences. The fivecourse dinner features an appetizer of pears in cava and red wine. Open to all, the set dinner from 18.30 – 22.30 is priced at US$120++ per person, while the tapas menu is priced at US$55++ per person. Private afternoon cooking classes are priced at US$95++ per person. Please visit en/ap-indonesia-ungasan-bali/ ju-ma-na-bar issue 181 Indonesia expat


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Indonesia expat issue 181

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Indonesia expat issue 181

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