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Street Art by Tommy Fabianus.

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96th Edition | 19 June - 2 July 2013

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It’s a sad truth, but much of this country’s old art and heritage belong in private collector’s showrooms. Like many traditional arts and crafts methods are disappearing with its former artisans, it seems the movement into this country’s modern era is replacing the need for, and interest in, the preservation of its past. Government-run museums struggle to maintain upkeep, not surprising with the admission fees sometimes being as low as Rp.2,000 per head. When visiting a local museum, it is sad to see artefacts not labelled or displayed in any congruent order, pieces falling apart, and items left to damage in the sunlight. It is as though they were abandoned and not cherished. If you visit a historical building of significance in indonesia, oftentimes you will find that relics, like a canon for instance, will have just mysteriously disappeared. I have heard stories of officials claiming certain artefacts as their own, or claimed in order to give away as a gift to someone of even more importance. Slowly yet steadily, artefacts, old maps, treasures, art and heritage are disappearing in public domains. Sharing our office space with an antiques and old map gallery has its benefits. We get to enjoy history and art, which is well-kept and maintained, every single day for free. It is just a real shame that the government doesn’t focus more on gathering items of historical significance for the mere purpose of preservation and education. It is important to keep such artefacts within the country and safe for its people to learn about in a public space for years to follow. Recently I was in Antibes, near nice in the south of france, and enjoyed a visit into their local picasso museum. Built inside what used to be the grimaldi château, this was a beautiful museum, well organized, full of picasso’s old sketches and paintings, well informed, and full of visitors, which made the 8 euro (just over Rp.100,000) per person entrance fee not overpriced.

Hopefully we can take a leaf out of their page before museums and historical public buildings become a thing of the past. This issue’s theme is ‘art and culture’, and our cover by tommy fabianus depicts modern art, that is street art, in jakarta. We bring you theatre, music, modern art, religion, artisans, and even football in this issue (as to many this is a culture). Antony sutton also provides you with information on how to change your kitas visa into a kitap on page 11 and a new contributor, kelly henley, visits the new Potatohead Garage in scbd to tell you all about this impressive new venue. Our feature article is by Grace Susetyo, her story is about the pre-Indonesian era of the mighty Majapahit Empire. Turn to page 4 for more! Our next issue theme is ‘travel’ so please get in touch if you have any unusual travel stories from across indonesia or southeast asia. We look forward to hearing from you.  Keep creating! Angela richardson

96th issue Arts & Culture Terracotta Memories of the Majapahit Civilisation Jakarta players stages an inspector calls 8. Music Studiorama: breaking the monotony 9. Immigration changing a kitas to a kitap: it's possible! 10. Art street art as culture 11. Football Paint the town orange 12. Meet the Expat john falch 13. Faces of Jakarta imron the carpenter 14. Culture Islam in the Netherlands East Indies 15. Food & Drink potato head garage 16. Light Entertainment Well done whoever you are 17. Scams in the City feasting with panthers 18. Events / classifieds 4. featured

6. Theatre

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Featured  Surya_Majapahit

Terracotta Memories of the Majapahit Civilisation By Grace Susetyo

As a writer, traveller, and art enthusiast, I’ve come to find Majapahit as probably one of the most romantic and inspiring pre-Indonesia eras. And one of the things that come to mind when I think about Majapahit is the reddish brown hue of its glorious terracotta architecture and arts.


he Majapahit Empire, which ruled between the 13th and 16th centuries, is one of the most important predecessors of the modern Indonesian Republic. One of its founders, Gajah Mada, is famed for pronouncing the Palapa Oath to not taste the delight of any spices until all of Nusantara is united. And sure enough, Majapahit at its greatest spanned from present-day Pattani, Thailand, to the Bird’s Head of New Guinea—uniting hundreds of nations into a politico-economic powerhouse adorned with a culture of technological and artistic finesse. I always thought that the location of Majapahit’s capital was a mystery, and was surprised to learn that Trowulan—now a district in Mojokerto—is actually just over an hour’s drive south of Surabaya. That said, nobody today knows exactly where the palace was. Most people who visit Trowulan try to guess its location by visiting historical sites that reflect signs of the era’s royal grandeur. In fact, much of what is currently known about Majapahit remains obscure, with little physical evidence of its existence throughout its former territories outside Java. And yet Trowulan still attracts the attention of archaeologists and historians, from around the world, most who learn about Majapahit by consulting ancient narrative poems such as the Nagarakertagama and Pararaton. But drive down Trowulan’s main street, and you will find to your left and right passages to ancient terracotta-coloured sites that witnessed the history of the flourishing empire being made centuries ago. The discovery of Trowulan is credited to Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, who served as the Governor-General of Java for the British East India Company. In 1815, Raffles surveyed the then heavily forested teak woodlands and unearthed many sites whose origins are traceable to the long-forgotten Majapahit era. Much of what is Trowulan today was then buried underneath the sedimentation of the River Brantas and the volcanic activity of Mount Kelud. My first stop was the Museum Majapahit. It is located next to the Kolam Segaran, a 375 x 175 metre-wide terracotta pool on the roadside. Legend has it that after royal banquets in the palace, gold cutlery is dumped into Segaran to make the point of the empire’s wealth. Museum Majapahit was established in 1924 as the Union of Majapahit Archaeologists 4

(Dutch: OVM) by RAA Kromojoyo Adinegoro—then Regent of Mojokerto—and Dutch architect Henricus Maclaine Pont. The current museum was opened in 1987 as a one-stop place to store and exhibit archaeological artefacts found in the vicinity of Trowulan, and to prevent these goods from being damaged or stolen. The museum has a fascinating collection of terracotta items such as piggy banks, human figurines, and kitchen utensils. Many exhibits, such as children’s figurines with foreign facial features suggest that international trade was a significant part of the Majapahit economy and culture. There are also numerous prasastis (stone monuments bearing written historical records or ancient poetry), intricate stone statues of Hindu gods, and fine metalwork such as musical instruments, weaponry, and equipment for religious rituals. These suggest that Majapahit was ruled by aristocratic classes that placed great importance in the arts, spirituality, and the romantisation of society’s collective memories. The al fresco exhibition space provides a pleasant walk-through with visual boards explaining the different eras of Majapahit and the significance of the exhibits. My next stop was Candi Tikus, a royal ritual bathhouse of terracotta dated to the 13th or 14th century. In 1914, local farmers were battling the infestation of ricefield rats and traced it to a huge dirt mound that served as the rats’ nest. Regent Adinegoro then commanded an excavation of the mound and discovered the ancient bathhouse, which since then earned its name: Temple of the Rats. There remains many myths associated with Candi Tikus. Local urban legend says that one of the distressed farmers in 1914 received a revelation in his dream to draw water from Candi Tikus and pour it onto the four corners of his rice field. The next day, the rats that infested his rice field miraculously disappeared and the soil became fertile. Later, a rich merchant heard of this miracle and greedily plotted to increase his wealth. He then stole bricks from the Candi to the place on his property, and the rats came and ate away his wealth. According to Dutch archaeologist Bernet Kempers, Candi Tikus was modelled after Mount Mahameru in India, which Hindus and Buddhists believed to be the dwelling place of the gods, as well as the source of holy water and all life on earth.

 candi brahu in Trowulan Jakarta Expat­­ · 19 June - 2 July 2013

 Candi Tikus

place for the kings’ and queens’ religious ceremonies. My final stop for the day in Trowulan was the Gapura Bajang Ratu, a 14th century crab claw-shaped royal gate. Standing 16.5 metres tall, the slender terracotta gates are adorned with intricate reliefs that make you wonder what great artistry the simple technology back then could achieve. The open-air complex in which the Gapura is found is believed to have been the entrance of the Majapahit palace. Some people suggest that the palace’s main building might have been the Pendopo Agung Trowulan, but locals say that the exact location remains riddled with mystery. In the lush gardens that surround the complex, you can find the maja (Aegle marmelos, L.), a citrus tree whose bitter fruit is the origin of Majapahit’s name. There are many more places of interest I would have loved to visit in Trowulan: Kedaton, Candi Brahu, Candi Gentong, Kubur Panjang, Candi Menak Jinggo, and the Makam Puteri Champa. But it seems that one day is just not enough to explore the splendour of Majapahit’s former capital. In the meantime, I just bring home memories of terracotta reliefs baking underneath the hot East Javanese sun when I think about the streets of Trowulan. 

 Bajang Ratu Gate Trowulan

The architecture flaunts geometrical beauty. The complex was renovated in 1985 and is now surrounded by manicured gardens featuring the Surya Majapahit royal emblem. As a work of engineering, Candi Tikus is believed to have been the regulator of the capital’s water debit, distributing water from 18 large dams in Mojokerto. As a work of religious artistry, Candi Tikus served as a meeting point between Hindu worshippers with their Source of Life, as well as a

Museum Majapahit Jl. Pendopo Agung (opposite Kolam Segaran) Kecamatan Trowulan, Kabupaten Mojokerto Tel / Fax: (0321) 495515 Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 7am to 4pm Entrance fee Rp2,500 Candi Tikus Dukuh Dinuk, Desa Temon Kecamatan Trowulan, Kabupaten Mojokerto Gapura Bajang Ratu Dukuh Kraton, Desa Temon Kecamatan Trowulan, Kabupaten Mojokerto

Grace susetyo Grace is a freelance writer, former TV journalist, and aspiring documentarist with a passion for Indonesian history and culture. Now in her 6th year in Jakarta, Grace has lived in various countries and looks forward to exploring more places. Contact her at

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Jakarta Players Stages

‘‘An Inspector Calls’’ Words by Sophie Chavanel • photos by Malina Krotzer

The Jakarta Players, a half Expat, half Indonesian community theatre ended their season with “An Inspector Calls” in an intimate setting at the American Club. The classic English play telling the story of a wealthy family, the Birlings, celebrating the engagement of their daughter when suddenly a singular police inspector arrives with shocking news, the suicide of a working class girl, shows that issues relevant 100 years ago are sadly still just as important today. Intrigue, laughs and food for thought.


irst performed in 1945 as the Second World War was coming to an end, this play has gone a long way to end up being staged in Jakarta in 2013. J.B. Priestley wrote this play as a critic of the wealthy as the recovering world was desperate to know how this could have been allowed to happen? He blamed the wealthy and believed they had to take responsibility for the less well-off. But a question remains: is the world a better place now?

Jakarta Players’ decision to end the season with this play was inspired by The Occupy Movement, explains the play’s Director, Michael Donovan. ‘‘We questioned how it is that a small number of people seem to control a vastly disproportionate amount of the world’s wealth and how at this time, this is an issue that people are not longer willing to put up with.’’ An Inspector Calls seemed perfect to convey such a message. ‘‘But staging such a play which is primarily written about Britain, for British audiences, set in the past and adapting it to a modern audience with a multi-national cast, showing that the issues which were relevant 100 years ago are still just as important today, was challenging,” admits Donovan. He adds, ‘‘I was keen to keep the script as the playwright had written it to give us an echo from the past. However, I also wanted to bring the play up-to-date with the use of multimedia projections and the characters have mobile phones and Facebook and Twitter accounts. This is a play, relevant to our modern age. The Birlings are alive and well today. They still make their selfish decisions, minding their own business and looking after themselves.” Even if the production’s budget is limited, which is obvious in the decor and mise-en-scene, there is some good acting going on. Among others, Soraya Somemadiredja, Indonesianborn, Philippine-bred and former resident of Canada and Uzbekistan, plays a convincing and emotional Sheila Birling, the spoiled daughter who develops a social consciousness. For this convinced environmentalist, An Inspector Calls highlights class divisions and ugly societal attitudes that still exist today: ‘‘We can see the Birlings in ourselves and the people around

us in how we brush off the others who are insufficiently important or from different socio-economic classes, races, ethnicities, or religions, despite the fact that everyone has life stories and is worthy of respect, from the ojek driver to the president, the housekeeper to the privileged expat.’’ Sharing the stage with her is Angelica Reitsma, a Dutch expatriate playing the title role of the Inspector. She portrays an eccentric and intriguing female inspector Goole, delivering a convincing performance and a deep and appealing exit monologue, which reminds us how we are all intertwined and that the way we treat others matters. It was hard to believe that this was Reitsma’s first stage experience.

Jakarta Players Jakarta Players is a not-for-profit group that began over 45 years ago by theatre-loving expatriates living in Jakarta, hungry for English spoken theatre. But today, it is a true community theatre explains Sharon Sobotka, Jakarta Players’ President. ‘‘Jakarta Players is not only for expats anymore. Our active members consist of Indonesians as well as expats. You don’t need to have previous theatre experience, as long as you can speak and understand English well.’’ Rizal Iwan, who played the very first Indonesian Eric Birling in the Inspector calls, can testify, ‘‘I’ve been going to Jakarta Players’ shows since forever, but never had the courage to audition. When I decided to audition for the first time and the Director actually gave me a part, I panicked and tried to talk him out of it because I didn’t think I’d be able to pull it off. Thank God he convinced me to step out of my comfort zone.

An Inspector Calls is my third production,’’ he says proudly. Jakarta Players is a community theatre but is as close to professional as community theatre gets. Sobotka points out, ‘‘The Jakarta Players mission is to produce English spoken plays while employing professional theatre standards. We put all our energies into getting our shows produced, using as many professional techniques as possible while trying to keep escalating costs at a minimum. We aim to give our audience a great performance at an affordable ticket price.’’ The group usually stages three to four plays every year in different venues across Jakarta. Ticket prices are normally around Rp.150,000 per adult and Rp.100,000 for children or students. All proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity Indonesia to help provide safe housing for the most vulnerable. Next season’s calendar should be available in August. 

To learn more about Jakarta Players visit: or subscribe to the email newsletter at: You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Sophie Chavanel Sophie Chavanel is a Canadian communications girl and a confirmed globe-trotter. As a Journalist, she has worked for different media outlets in Canada and overseas. She is also a Communications delegate for the International Federation of the Red Cross emergency team. Sophie is a new mother. She moved to Indonesia in March 2013 with her husband and daughter.

Rizal has been maintaining his overall grades in school, although he has progressed a bit on three of his subjects (Math, Social Studies, and Science), three subjects that we have been working with him continuously during tutoring class. In circus practice Rizal is maintaining his already increasing self-confidence. He is more willing to take the first step rather than to wait until everybody else. His ring juggling skill is also stepping up gradually.


Jakarta Expat­­ · 19 June - 2 July 2013

Jakarta Expat­­­­ · 19 June - 2 July 2013



 Jirapah

Studiorama: Breaking the Monotony By Tess Joyce // Photos by Leap of Faith

Feeling like a socialite in New York, I head to a trendy bar before the big gig to meet one of the event’s organisers. But my illusions of glamour are quickly crushed when we enter Cafe Mondo and are ushered into a tiny room upstairs. The funky basement room, full of posters, artefacts and art is being refurbished and we’re not even allowed a peek.


t had been a while since I’d met Kendra, one of Studiorama’s organisers. We order Bintang beers and peer around the room. Hanging behind Kendra’s head I recognise the watercolour drawings of Arrington de Dionyso. “Isn’t his latest music project called Singa dan Malaikat?” I ask. “Malaikat dan Singa, or Angel and Lion,” Kendra corrects me.

It seemed ironic to be reminded of a big figure in the experimental scene on this night. Arrington de Dionyso, from Washington, America, is a hugely influential figure in Indonesian music. He even learnt Indonesian, just to ‘impress a girl.’ In 2011, I watched him play the bass clarinet in Malang; since then he’s been performing across Indonesia and currently in America, with his music project, Malaikat dan Singa. Bold and shamanistic, Arrington often sings in Indonesian. He cites diverse influences, including Tuvan throat singers from Siberia. Yelling or trembling as loud as possible in his music, perhaps Arrington is searching to see if any patterns show—suggesting, maybe, that music’s soul is an attractor in the great chaos of the universe. Finishing our drinks, we head next-door to Koi Cafe Gallery on Jalan Kemang Raya in Kemang. We climb in the escalator and exit at the third floor. We’re early so we sit in the lounge and are joined by a musician from Jakarta - Duck Dive. His music is stylish and electronic but also very Zen. The layers are like rocks in a Japanese garden, sometimes big and noticeable, yet intricately placed. Interestingly enough, the artist Duck Dive has lived in

Japan and can also speak the language. I notice a pattern emerging: innovative music seems to be concerned with traversing culture - or at least investigating it. Perhaps culturallyaware artists first perceive the boundaries, and then break through them? In the smoky night of the bar, tight-fitting leggings and high boots wobble to the front of the crowd, as a girl with wavy hair and a thick layer of lipstick waits for the first band, Jirapah, to warm up. In the shadows of his dreadlocks, a man seduces a sleek, highcheeked girl who swings hair between her fingers. The patient crowd sips on free drinks of Albens Cider. Drinking this traditionally English drink, I am reminded of pubs by the River Thames and naturally head to the balcony to look at the view. Joined by Kendra, he explains the concept of Studiorama. We chat in the breeze as skyscrapers, trees and a swimming pool float beneath us.

 Space System

 Studiorama

“We were fed up with the music scene in Jakarta,” Kendra explains. “And we wanted to do something about it.” Breaking the monotony with some good music became their sole goal - hence the birth of Studiorama. The owner of Koi Cafe Gallery liked their concept and allowed them space to host their project. Studiorama’s fourth event is eventually soldout and with our stamp-printed hands we watch the first band, Jirapah, begin. Formally based in New York, Jirapah play dark yet compelling songs; the indie rock with a hint of pop soothes the crowd. I am reminded of black forests at night: the music is eerie, yet entrancing. The girl in tight leggings lavishly marches to the front, stealing a few glances on her way. I peruse the back of the room where Studiorama’s merchandise of t-shirts and bags line a table, all designed by Kendra, before bumping into a friend. “I came to see Jirapah,” she smiles, out of breath with excitement. The second band, Space System, makes me put down my cider. One of the musicians stares like a misanthrope - as if music had taken him to a higher knowledge and we’d been left behind. The charming percussionist smiles and

they begin. Their first song is a verse on time. Visuals of big white clocks drift behind them. The beats tap into my mind and slow down my thoughts. The songs are a slice of dynamism, multi-layered, pushing my consciousness into unknown territory, or into Mars, like a fantasy novel in sound. Their next track, influenced by the songs of birds is equally as intoxicating. I lean with the crowd, sip some cider and read the flyer: ‘Space System are signed to the record label Space Rec.’ “They were fantastic.” I whisper to Kendra, hinting that this band had surpassed, no, blown up my acid test. The crowd is now dense. The final band, Kracoon, jolts the audience out of its meditative slumber. If artists like Arrington are trying to penetrate the chaos, then musicians like Kracoon are trying to create it, with artistic motives of course. He even dismisses conventions of standing on stage and plays behind the projector screen instead. With colourful, flashy visuals and electronic music, I am reminded of the way life passes without narrative - how my thoughts move quickly, ending abruptly without conclusion or meaning. Even

Kracoon’s own website sets up its own narrative traps and questions the assumptions of language itself. As I reflected on the night and the idea that these musicians and visual artists are breaking boundaries, I couldn’t help but feel that their sole imperative was to unify us. To find a common ground amidst the chaos, like finding a ligand, a key, to unlock the mind and allow us to sink into a place of warmth where our self-consciousness disappears. The audience didn’t ‘go wild’ and start stripping off their clothes in an attempt to break more boundaries. Instead we quietly congregated together and nodded our heads in time to the beat. We allowed the music to do the thinking for us as we drank apples, in the cider and it felt good. 

To find out about future Studiorama events, please visit Other links: Space System: Jirapah: Kracoon: Leap of Faith:

Tess Joyce Tess Joyce recently contributed to Issue 13 of the Bali Expat magazine. Her poems were recently (or upcoming) published in poetry magazines Orbis, The Journal, Tears in the Fence, Obsessed with Pipework and in online magazines Snakeskin, The Island Review, BlazeVOX, Ditch, Four and Twenty, Anatomy and Etymology and Phantom Kangaroo. In 2009 a collection of her poetry was published in India; the book was a collaboration with an Indian writer. She is a writer from the UK but currently lives with her husband in Indonesia. Her writings have appeared online for OFI.


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even be aware of the regulations but decide to put their own value on them! Or they may direct you to a friend of theirs who will decide the official prices aren’t high enough. After the seksi statuskim has accepted all the paperwork is in place, you are to see the seksi waskadkim who will check you are who you say you are, your sponsor is who they say they are, and you have not been a naughty person. If that individual is happy, you go back to the first seksi statuskim who will have to write a letter of recommendation to the kakanim to sign and return it to the seksi statuskim who then tells DitJenIm (Immigration Directorate) the KITAP process can begin. You can then take the letter to the KanWil yourself along with all the documents. If the DitJenIm is happy with the paperwork and recommendations, they will send a letter, or you can collect it yourself, to the KanWil who instructs the KanIm to issue the KITAP. It is not until this stage that you actually pay any money! How long this takes is anyone’s guess and will vary from city to city, but it can be done with patience and determination.

Changing a KITAS to a KITAP – it’s possible!

Among the many other interesting points raised at the seminar, one was made by a gentleman from DitJenIm who said that anyone with a wife sponsoring their KITAS or KITAP would receive their permission to work much quicker than previously. However, it is indicative of how bureaucracy moves in Indonesia that the other speaker from Manpower and Transmigration seemed less exuberant about this.

By Antony Sutton

Immigration. The mere mention of the name is enough to send shudders down the spine of many an expat. At some stage we all have to deal with them and it is an experience none of us really enjoy. But believe it or not, in some respects Indonesian immigration are making it easier for some of us to stay in Indonesia at a time when many western countries are busy slamming the door.


he 2006 law on citizenship was the first step. That allowed children of mixed marriage couples to adopt dual nationality, at least for the first 18 years of their life. A major step forward from the sight of two-yearold children doing annual visa runs to Singapore or Kuala Lumpur with passports and paperwork in one hand and pampers in the other. In 2011 a new immigration brought further welcome relief for those in mixed marriages, allowing an Indonesian national to sponsor their legally married partner for a temporary stay or permanent stay visa (KITAS and KITAP). These changes have come about thanks to patient work behind the scenes by organizations like Srikandi and Alliansi Pelangi Antar Bangsa, both looking to impact Indonesian laws that directly affect mixed marriages. A recent seminar hosted by Srikandi looked to help explain the recent law changes with senior officials from Immigration Directorate and the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration, with both departments providing slideshow presentations of how they dealt with us! Despite being promoted as dealing with the transferring of a KITAS to a KITAP, in truth it covered a wider range of areas. Under the provisions of the Undang Undang Keimigrasian Nomor 6/2011 (Immigration Act), a KITAP allowing a stay of five years with unlimited extensions (article 59 I & II) is available to a foreigner ‘after 2 (two) years marriage’ (article 60 II). More and more foreigners have been taking advantage of the new law to upgrade to the KITAP, and if the experiences of posters on the Living In Indonesia Forum are any guide, more are taking to doing the change themselves, trooping down to the once forbidding Kantor Imigrasi with the necessary paperwork and a copy of the law as moral support.

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Indeed the tone between the two speakers was different. Immigration talked about changes brought about by the laws of 2006 and 2011, while Manpower seemed quagmire in older laws.

Peter Beilby has spent 10 years working with Immigration in Indonesia and he feels, while there is still confusion regarding recent changes, at least the government, “is trying to make the process easier”. Now an Indonesian citizen himself, Beilby recalls how, when he started consulting The process itself is easy - on paper! If a partner is already sponsoring a KITAS the following immigration offices, they documents are needed to get the ball rolling. were venues of sloth and lethargy. He describes • KITAS (original and three copies). them today as, “a hive of • Passport (original and three copies including photocopies of the pages with visa activity”, and reputations stamps). aside, things are slowly • Formulir Perdim 24 Formulir ITAS and ITAP which come free, yes, free, along with the getting better for those of folder you need to track the progress of the application. us who would like to call Indonesia home. • Buku Pengawasan Orang Asing (original and three copies - copy every page!). • The new law says a sponsor letter from the spouse is not necessary, but best to get one anyway. It needs a signature over a materai stamp. • Surat Pemintaan dan Jaminan filed by spouse with signature on top of a materai stamp. • Spouse’s original and photocopy of KTP. • Original and copy of spouse’s Kartu Keluarga. • Akta Perkawinan for non Muslim or Buku Nikah for Muslims, original and photo copy. You may also be asked for things like SKLD, SKT, STM, NPWP as well as bank statements.

The official cost is Rp.3,055,000 for the KITAP, including biometric pictures and Rp.200,000 for the SKLD. If you are doing this yourself and the officials try to ask for more money, you could politely show them Peraturan Permintah RI nomor 38 tahun 2009 which is available for download on the State Secretariat website. Once you have all the paperwork the next step is to visit your local Kantor Imigrasi (KanIm) and this is where the fun begins! Officials there may not be aware of the new regulations, or pretend they are not aware of the new regulations. They may

For those on the outside, dealing with bureaucracy can be a nightmare, while for the layman keeping track of the law and its implantation is on a par with reading Aramaic. Matters are not helped by misinformation and poor reporting in the national media.

But it is possible. The Law and Visas board at the Living in Indonesia Forum ( is a treasure seeker’s delight of information and potential problems with knowledgeable expats sharing their experiences while its mother site, www., offers more concise advice. The two organizations mentioned previously, Srikandi and Alliansi Pelangi Antar Bangsa are also able to offer advice, but they are voluntary organizations existing on member’s fees. I am sure they would also welcome people as members! 



Street Art as Culture By Terry Collins

There’s too much culture. How can you sift through it all?”- Dan Quinn of this parish


hat statement begs the question of what ‘culture’ is and because the word is the 24th most popular on it would seem that no-one is quite sure, although some academics have tried.

Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss”

… others to protest overtly...

- Banksy, the anonymous street artist who now commands outrageous prices for his art.

Jakarta protest

... or with satire


first became interested in street art in the late sixties when on my way to work I passed a corner house in north London. On the wall which ran beside the garden was a single word painted neatly in metre-high letters.

It was a pleasant word to greet the day. From the mouth-blown spray-painted cave paintings of some 40,000 years ago...

Cave paintings c. 40,000 BC

… to the many-pencilled Kilroy of World War II ...

Man in bottom - East Timor early 2000 This image is found in the Dili suburb of Vila Verde. It dates back to early 2000. More humorous than other images produced at that time, this picture serves as a metaphorical description of Indonesia’s occupation, with East Timor assuming the role of the squashed figure inside the bottom of the hulking yellow individual who could possibly be the Javanese wayang character Semar. (fr. Inside Indonesia)

Others make us blink and look again...

Kilroy was here

• Manifestation of Culture at Different Levels of Depth •

… and to the spray cans of today, graffiti has been about leaving a personal mark.

Stop For A Drink / Warhol Zone / Jakartart

Taking a more simplistic view, I would suggest that there are two acceptable definitions. ... so keep your eyes and mind open. Culture is something you don’t have to do.

Firstly, most folk have a deep-rooted desire to ‘belong’, to be seen as socially acceptable. They therefore subscribe to the characteristics of particular groups of people, defined by everything from language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music, the arts, to the buying of branded goods. This group could be termed ‘culture vultures’.

Indonesian Street Art links

Excluding hermits and ascetics who deliberately opt out of societal pleasures, there is a group which I feel is of much greater interest because their cultural values lie outside the mainstream, apart from the herd. What they do is highly individualistic, is undertaken outside the boundaries of social mores and going where few bold folk have been before. These folk are often labelled as eccentrics or, more likely, anti-social, but I prefer to call them pioneers. They have something in common with another form of ‘culture’: organic growth which is found in a laboratory’s petri dish left overnight, such as penicillin, or on a mouldy loaf. The mainstream eventually discovers that some seemingly anarchic activities have a political or entertainment value and adopt them. 

In my loneliness

Some have used blank walls to take community action …

- Inside Indonesia: - Tembok Bomber / is a street art community website. - Jakarta Street Art www.jakartastreetart., a short-lived blog. - Guggenheim article www//blogs.guggenheim. org/map/street-art-in-indonesian-social-andpolitical-life/ with comments “An emphasis on change is consistent with Indonesian street art’s origins, but even after a period of reform, the scene continues to expand.” - Art in Jakarta’s Streets: (video) - Gallery of Indonesian Murals - Indonesia Mural-art Design Gallery

Recycle – Tangerang

Terry Collins Terry Collins, co-author of Culture Shock! Jakarta, writes the blog, now with Facebook page. Buttercup (a re-imagining) mORGANico London urban artist (and my ex-stepson)


Jakarta Expat­­ · 19 June - 2 July 2013


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hen it was announced the Netherlands were coming to town you can imagine how excited people were. Numbed by the constant games with near neighbours Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, finally here was an opportunity for fans to see some genuine world class players up-close and personal and they were going to enjoy every moment of it.

A white guy walked onto the pitch and received a welcome he could have only ever dreamed about as he placed the plastic training cones down on the bumpy surface.

It started at the airport when a jaded Netherlands squad touched down in Jakarta to be greeted by hundreds of singing, dancing fans shouting out the names of players like Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben; players they had previously only known from TV.

Eventually, a fashionable one hour late, the players deigned to make an appearance, walking onto the field in small groups in their depressing grey training kit. The crowd went crazy as two thousand smart phones were held aloft in tribute to the Dutch superstars, within minutes social media was buzzing with ‘I am here’ pictures recording the momentous event.

The opening press conference was the usual banal blandishments. Jetlagged coach Louis van Gall said plenty of nice things about Indonesia and Indonesian football while in truth what he really wanted to do was get some sleep or get some quality down time by the pool. But then these tours are as much diplomacy as football. The interest in the media was intense. On the Tuesday before the game I had gone to see Persija play Persipura in the Indonesia Super League. It was an exciting game between two in form teams which Persipura just edged with a cracking long range effort, just minutes from the end. The media presence was the usual suspects, covering the game for the local papers, and the crowd was the usual passionate affair you expect at Indonesian football matches. But while the kids who go to the local matches are the proverbial bread and butter of the game, they were mostly priced out for the Netherlands game. The promoters needed that affluent Indonesian middle class we keep reading about to recoup their investment. On the evening before the game, the Dutch held an open training session at the Bung Karno Stadium before a small crowd of a couple of thousand. Their excitement was palpable. A bus drove into the stadium through a large entrance and the crowd went wild, until they realized it was empty. Jakarta Expat­­­­ · 19 June - 2 July 2013

Fans of Indonesian teams routinely watch their players training, but for these supporters, whose heroes were based thousands of miles away, this was a big event and they made sure they recorded every minor detail, be it Robben offering a hint of a smile or van Persie throwing out the briefest of waves. And so to match day. The area around the stadium was more gridlocked than usual as fans made their way to the ground. There were more than 2,500 police on duty, but they could do nothing about the overcrowding on the ring road outside the stadium in the hours preceding the match. Fans jostled past parked cars and motorcycles while vendors had found a piece of concrete to set up shop to sell their wares.

that had a life of its own, precariously trying to keep their balance while keeping their possessions close. Inside the stadium the atmosphere was not the usual boisterous Indonesian affair. It couldn’t be, most there rarely, if ever, attended football matches - they didn’t know the songs and they didn’t know the names of the players beyond a handful of Dutch stars. Instead, and feeling that need to belong that defines a crowd, they blew their vuvuzulas and happily took pictures of each other while waiting patiently for the inevitable Mexican Wave. There were families, there were work groups, there were loners. Many had come wearing replica shirts with many Indonesians seemingly content to forget the problems the countries have had in the past by wearing Dutch orange. If only politicians could show such maturity.

They soon found the biggest threat came not from thieves, but from being trampled. It was uncomfortable and left many wondering whether the events of 2012 at the SEA Games Final between Indonesia and Malaysia, which resulted in severe congestion and a couple of deaths had been learned. Amid the human crush was the surreal sight of a hospitality tent provided by a five star hotel, offering canapés and cold beer to their select clientele. You can’t help but wonder what the fans made of seeing a few people leisurely sipping beer while they were being pushed hither and thither by a human tide

What about the football you ask? Yes, a game was played and the Netherlands won quite comfortably 3-0. But the football and the result seemed irrelevant. This was about 72,000 fans turning up to watch a European nation play a friendly in Indonesia for the first time in nearly 40 years and about how the Indonesian people welcomed them to their country. They have seen the likes of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand get to host a series of big names over the years, but Indonesia has long been overlooked as terrorism and mismanagement have taken their toll. With the Dutch in town, complete with historical baggage and Robin van Persie, Indonesia was able to send out a powerful message. The years of living dangerously are coming to an end and Indonesia is once more open for business! 

Antony Sutton Antony is a freelance writer based in Jakarta. Please send comments and suggestions to


Meet the Expat

Tell us about yourself. I am a redneck from Jacksonville, Florida. To further my education, I moved to California when I was 19 and got a great job, working for a Hollywood production company that produced television shows and concert tours for some of the biggest artists of the 70s and 80s: The Carpenters, Lionel Richie, Cher and many more. It helped me get rid of my southern accent. How did you get here? By the mid-1990s, I was teaching at the University of California, Riverside, when an old friend wrote and told me how much fun he was having in Indonesia and that I should join him. So I did, gullible me. I had originally planned to stay only a year, but somehow Jakarta fever infected me; I couldn’t leave and I couldn’t explain why. Any stand-out memories of Jakarta? In May 1998 I was the successful manager/owner of an English school in Roxy Mas. Built it all from scratch and I was quite proud of it. The morning after the student shootings at Trisakti University, which was just down the road, I went outside to the parking lot, for a cigarette. I looked up into the sky and saw a huge black cloud. “Hmm, it looks like rain,” I said to the satpam. He just shook his head. It was Glodok burning. The big riot had begun. An hour later I was running for my life. Actually, I took a wild bajaj ride to the American Embassy. When I got inside, I was met by a teenaged Marine. “My God! It’s a riot out there!” I screamed. “Riot?” he said, “I don’t know nothing about no riot.” He called in to his superiors to see what he should do. The Embassy allowed me to use their pay-phone. That was the extent of their help. God Bless America. My school got smashed up. The rupiah was worthless. We closed down. I was about to leave Indonesia then, but I had a radio show. I loved doing it and it was extremely popular. I felt it would be bad karma if I just left. So I ended up teaching at other schools and doing the radio show every night for an additional 14 years.



John Falch

Better known as Uncle JC. After years of radio and TV stardom here, he has written a book and is now calling quits on Jakarta. By Kenneth Yeung

These were my best years in Jakarta. Later, I accidentally ended up on television and became a genuine celebrity. Ha ha. I did it for two years until I decided that Indonesian television wasn’t for me. Why is that? Indonesian artists are some of the best in the world. But unfortunately the money goes to only one person: the owner of the show or station. All the shows are produced on the cheap, with the artists themselves usually supplying their own costumes. Perhaps the greatest sin is that 99 percent of the shows are produced without an actual script, just an outline. So what you see on television is mostly improvised without rehearsal. Sometimes it works, but mostly not. You played George W. Bush and other figures on Republik Mimpi, which was a groundbreaking show, lampooning politicians. I’m really proud of that show. It was the first and best political satire on Indonesian TV. We had brilliant impersonators. We got harassed for daring to make fun of the country’s leaders, but everyone loved it. It was one of the very few intellectual shows on TV until it got taken off the air. You recently wrote your first novel, The Yellow Bar, which is selling well online. What’s it about? It’s partly based on my Filipino father-in-law’s crazy and

terrible childhood experiences during World War Two. His family were forced to become servants in their own house for Japanese pilots, who later became kamikazes. The book turned out much better than I expected and has received good reviews. I put it on Amazon and some other sites in eBook format and then got approached by a publisher. I’m now working on a second novel. Did Jakarta have any influence on your writing? It’s simple. My maid cleaned the house; I wrote a book. Maybe I wouldn’t have had time to do everything if I had lived in the USA. So I thank Jakarta, and Yanti, for that too. How has Jakarta changed over the past 17 years? When I first got here, all the news was controlled by the Suharto clan. Newspapers were allowed to have only 16 pages. Censorship was a fact of life. There were only three TV channels and very few commercials. I used to ride the Patas 101 bus then; it was new, clean and comfortable. I see it still runs but it doesn’t look too well. Flash forward to 2013: the marathon traffic is destroying this city. I think most of us stick close to home after work these days. It’s just not worth a two hour ride to one’s favourite restaurant, so we pick a place nearby, usually a mall, so we can get multiple tasks done. It’s a shame, for the malls have no authentic Jakarta character. I miss Kota Tua and Blok M. You’re going back to the States for a while, after so many years here. Any final thoughts? Well, it’s been a wild ride, better than Disneyland. Floods and riots. Endless buffets and super adventures. I have very few regrets about my time here. I’ve met some of the nicest people on earth, and a few mean ones too. To everyone, I say thanks for the memories, keep a stiff upper lip, and enjoy the sambal. Jakarta may not be a tourist’s paradise, but it’s still one of the few places on earth where you can be a cowboy, pirate, inventor, author or artist without anyone telling you that you can’t. Except for Imigrasi, of course! 

Jakarta Expat­­ · 19 June - 2 July 2013

Faces Of Jakarta


the carpenter Words and photos by Hush Petersen


o one cares more for details than Imron. As a carpenter at Konsep Gallery along Jalan Kemang Timur Raya in Kemang, South Jakarta, the 35-year-old depends on an exquisite eye and refined palate when it comes to his designs and concepts. Men like Imron, who line the road in Kemang, are men of patience and of few words. They let their work speak for them. They are craftsmen, well-trained in the spirit of wood. They aren’t much in the way of talking. Imron had few words, preferring silence to the company of strangers. But their dedication and patience is what makes customers search them out, refer them to their friends and point to pieces in their house, referring to them as “sculpted by a craftsman”. Most customers head to Kemang Timor Raya because they know that’s where the city’s best sculptors set up shop. Imron told me that he got his start at the tender age of 15 when his uncle gave him a crash course in cupboard making. “It was really hard at first, but I had no choice and I needed the money.” And Imron’s uncle cast a long shadow, one Imron is still struggling to step out of. “My uncle was a good sculptor back then. It’s because of him that I’ve never known

anything other than wood sculpture.” Imron is a sculptor. He doesn’t work in marble or clay, but rather teak and swan wood, from which he crafts cupboards, chairs, tables, and frames. Most of the customers come to him with a design or concept in mind and he sets to work. With nothing more than a few details and vague directions from the customers, he transforms wood into delicate designs for everyone, from Ahmad Dhani to Jakarta’s top interior designers. From 9am to 6pm every day Imron is busy chipping away at his designs, sanding smooth the curves and varnishing his finished product with a smile from ear to ear. But what’s the secret to being a good carpenter? “No secret,” Imron says with a sigh, “but you have to search for the willingness to work with wood and trust your hands.” There’s a certain patience only carpenters have been able to cultivate and it was extremely present in Imron. “Sometimes carvings and designs change along the way, or they are damaged, then you have to start it all over again.” 

Hush Petersen Hush Petersen is currently on sabatical from the hero's journey. He loves sipping Budweisers, doing the crossword and judging people outside Ranch Market in Mega Kuningan. You should join him sometime.

Jakarta Expat­­­­ · 19 June - 2 July 2013



Islam in the Netherlands East Indies By Hans Rooseboom

Islam came to Indonesia by way of Malabar and Coromandel, the respectively south-western and south-eastern coasts of India, along the age-old trade routes.


oth regions were important centres of trade, staging posts so to speak, connecting the eastern Asian regions with the Middle East and Europe. Malabar was not only important as a transhipment place, but also as a producer of pepper, a sought-after spice. Coromandel, on the other hand, had no produce of importance as it falls in the rain shadow of the Western Ghats mountains, and receives little rainfall during the southwest monsoon. The town of Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is one of the driest places in India. Similar to the spread of Hinduism, which several centuries previously had been brought to Indonesia along the same trade routes, Islam was introduced to the archipelago by traders from the Indian subcontinent. Conversions must have taken place at a fairly brisk pace, as in the early years of the 16th century the east Java Hindu Empire of Majapahit was replaced by the Islamic kingdom of Mataram. In the western part of Java, Cirebon and Banten became the main Islamic centres. The Population Census of 1905 estimates the total population of the archipelago at 37 million, of which some 35 million, or just under 95%, were Muslims—29.6m on Java and 5.4m on the outer islands. Given that Islam did not come to Indonesia directly from Arabia, but followed the circuitous route via Persia and the southern coasts of India, this has led historians to conclude that the original version, as propagated by the Prophet, had been strongly influenced and impacted by the many peoples and cultures encountered on its way to Java. It is, for instance, reported that for the first four centuries after its introduction, from around 1200 to 1600 AD, the strict observance of religious duties, especially of the daily prayers, among the indigenous populations, was rather perfunctory. Believers were, however, highly tolerant and far from fanatic. And probably as a result of the Indian influence, the early version of the religion contained a heavy dose of pantheistic philosophy, which did, however, fit well into the existing culture of Java with its mysticism and superstitions. But the same source does also note that two aspects of religious observance were particularly strong among the converted masses: one is their religious conviction, or adherence to the first of the Five Pillars of Islam—belief in Allah and in Muhammad as his Prophet, and the second one, circumcision. Many a Christian missionary has experienced the nearly insurmountable difficulty of establishing a foothold in Muslim communities. It is only after the connection with Arabia, in the 17th century, became more significant, that the influence of the pure, undiluted Islam grew. This more orthodox version was brought back to Indonesia by pilgrims. In those days they would usually stay there for a fairly long time, studying the devotional scripts and acquiring sacral knowledge and learning. Upon their return to Java they would then teach the beliefs and concepts gained in Mecca, thereby gradually changing the earlier “Indian” version of the religion. In Mecca these pilgrims were known as the Java Colony. 14

These observations, dating from 1917, conclude with the remark that the reverse side of this change was that intolerance grew and religious strife became more common. This, in turn, strengthened the lingering anxiety among the European section of the population and the colonial government. Returning hajjis were suspected of plotting against the political system and sowing intolerance and fanaticism.

Een hadji from Nederlandsch Oost-Indische typen by C.W. Mieling circa 1853.

In the early 1800s the colonial authorities reacted to this, what they called, “unfortunate development”, by trying to curtail the number of pilgrims. The decree issued to this end stated that before embarking on the hajj, a pilgrim needed a passport. At 110 guilders (this would nowadays be the equivalent of tens of thousands of dollars) the hajj was priced out of reach of many intending pilgrims. A large number of pilgrims, of course, made the hajj anyway, but without the passport. The authorities responded to this by issuing Decree 26 March 1831 / 24, which put the fine for having gone on a hajj without the required passport at 220 guilders. As both decrees had not been published in the law gazette, the Supreme Court overturned the fine imposed on a hajji for not obtaining the passport. The Governor-General consequently decided to annul the decrees. That was in 1852. Various methods to control and regulate both the hajj and the hajjis were subsequently initiated by the authorities, until, towards the end of the century, it dawned on them that mistrust of hajjis had been unfounded.

Malabar and Coromandel

Whereas in 1859, the yearly number of pilgrims was estimated to be 2,000, the corresponding figure in 1886 was 5,000, increasing to some 7,000 during the following decade. In 1914 the number of pilgrims from the archipelago had increased to 28,000, and the 2012 number was over 200,000. As steamers took over the service between Indonesia and Mecca, not only was travelling time reduced, but also the length of time the pilgrims stayed away. In contrast to previous centuries the pilgrims would typically stay for a month or two, which did not leave much time for the study of devotional scripts. Moreover, the majority of pilgrims would not have been able to speak Arabic and had in a relatively short time been exposed to a completely different environment and culture. It can thus be surmised that they would have returned to Indonesia in the same frame of mind as when they departed. When we agree that it was not the increasing number of returning hajjis who caused the growing intolerance and fanaticism, it would be interesting to identify another cause, or causes, for these developments that unfortunately are even more noticeable today. 

The first reliable European image of the Haram in Mecca was published by Adrian Reland in 1717. It is based on Islamic images (Iznik tiles, miniatures) which were flat projections. Reland made a reconstruction in perspective.

Pilgrims from South Kalimantan, 1889

Hans Rooseboom Hans Rooseboom is a long term resident of Jakarta. He has visited nearly all of Indonesia's provinces and worked for many years in Ambon, Aceh, Manado and a number of smaller and larger towns on Java. He now enjoys a leisurely life, playing tennis most mornings and writing his blogs and other articles. He can be reached at

Jakarta Expat­­ · 19 June - 2 July 2013

Food & Drink

By Kelly Henley

I arrived straight from work on a Tuesday evening, hungry, and looking forward to checking out the latest Potato Head instalment. After being warmly welcomed and ushered down a low hallway, I stepped into the Garage and what a first impression! It really is magnificent.


uilt in an old stadium, the space is huge, with an exposed ceiling twentyfive metres high. A large bar runs through the centre of the room, on a funky black and white polished floor. Plush velvet curtains frame the end of the restaurant, separating the dining space from a lounge area with white sofas, indoor plants and soft lighting. This lounge space will also double as a stage for events, including burlesque shows and (aptly) a Tribute to Great Gatsby party on Saturday 22nd June. 

The beautifully lit restaurant is at odds with its name, which is the point. Think industrial meets vintage charm. The design is classy but eclectic. Wine racks run the length of one wall, trestles of terracotta pots and plants the other. The fittings are beautiful and carefully chosen, including one hundred vintage chandeliers from France, antique table lamps and candelabras. The table settings are immaculate, white tablecloths and soft linen. Quirky black and white coasters and subtle theming provide a modern contrast to the vintage theme. For the men, there’s a classic Rolls Royce to ogle, casually parked to one side of the bar! Potato Head Garage is a steakhouse, and although it might not feel like your traditional steakhouse, the menu certainly covers off all things steak with a wide selection from around the world. The menu is varied but not overwhelming. Some nice hints of Japanese flavours also come through in each of the courses. There are some vegetarian options. 

 Black Angus Strip Loin

 Wagyu Beef Ragout Pappardelle

The drinks are designed by the Potato Head “drink artist” who is based in Bali and responsible for the superb cocktails enjoyed at all Potato Head destinations. At the Garage you can’t go past the mojitos, their signature cocktail. We tried the lychee and the classic. The lychee was a bit too sweet for my liking but the classic was great, made with sugar cane juice rather than soda, served with foam on top and a bamboo straw. We were also treated with special PTT mojito shots for first time visitors to the Garage. Part of the shot experience is to hit your glass down onto a tiny cracker that lets off a bang and a bit of a laugh. Our meal started with great bread. For appetisers we had the Pumpkin Soup and the Blue Swimmer Crab Cake. The pumpkin soup was served at the table, with the server pouring the soup into a bowl containing just the diced shiitake mushrooms. It was nicely done, but I wonder whether this was why the soup wasn’t piping hot. The blue swimmer crab cake was recommended by our waiter. The crab was beautifully soft and perfectly cooked, just lightly fried. The green curry sauce and the bitter greens complemented it well. Fragrant

Potato Head Garage Conveniently located at SCBD Lot 14 (ex Bengkel Kafe). Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53, Jakarta Selatan. Open 11am to 2am, seven days a week. Bookings are recommended particularly during weekends. Tel. 021 5797 3330. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook for info on upcoming events.

Jakarta Expat­­­­ · 19 June - 2 July 2013

and not heavy at all, this was a lovely starter. For my main I had to have a steak. I tried the internationally renowned Australian David Blackmore 100% full blood Wagyu at the waiter’s recommendation, and it did not disappoint! Rich and tasty, perfectly cooked medium rare, this steak was truly melt-in-your-mouth material. Steaks here are cooked on a wood fired grill, for a char and rambutan wood flavour unique to the Garage. As far as Wagyu goes, this was one of the best I’ve tasted. The steak came well presented on a wooden board with a small dish of salt, a wedge of lemon and my choice of sauce, the Yuzu Chili, a Japanese style medium chilli. With the steaks you need to order sides separately, so I had Baby Glazed Carrots and Mashed Potatoes. The mashed potatoes were particularly nice, smooth and texturally creamy without being too milky.  My vegetarian date ordered the Putanesca Rigatoni, with tomato, basil and capers. Simple but perfectly cooked al dente using fresh ingredients. An enjoyable meal that she and I would both order again.  Prices range from Rp.50-160,000 for starters and Rp.70-1,700,000 for mains. Yes, some of the steaks are pricey, but you›re paying for high quality beef from some of the best producers in the world. The cheapest steak is Rp.250,000. The staff are attentive and helpful, and our waiter, Reno, was excellent. The service stations around the restaurant seem to make the table service run smoother than other places in Jakarta. Our food arrived at the same time, albeit a little quickly between appetiser and main course.  For dessert we ordered the Creme D›Anjou and the Fruit Minestrone. The Creme D›Anjou was a pretty trio of sorbet, berries and vanilla, that tasted as good as it looked. I was intrigued by minestrone-style fruit salad and it was heavenly. I loved the texture of the finely cut fruit, served with a dollop of exotic fruit sorbet and topped with fluffy coconut espuma (foam). Both desserts were a refreshing end to a fantastic meal. Desserts are well priced at Rp.40-60,000.  We left very happy customers with full tummies! The Garage is a must-do, not just for great food and service, but you have to check out this incredible setting for yourself. Next time I will be trying something from the 'cold bar' appetisers which sound delicious, and definitely the wagyu beef burger. I would also recommend popping in for after-work drinks or dessert and coffee. A great spot for a romantic dinner or for a night out with a group of friends, I think the Garage is going to be one of my new favourites in Jakarta. 

Kelly Henley Kelly is a New Zealander living and working in Jakarta. She enjoys wining, dining and traveling with friends, and likes nothing better than relaxing on the beach with a good book.


Light Entertainment

Well Done Whoever You Are By Eamonn Sadler


ate one afternoon about ten years ago I received a call from an old friend of mine in Manila. We had been close when we were both working in the Philippines, but I had recently left to pursue other opportunities in Indonesia. He asked me if I had much spare time at the moment and as it happened I did, because I was working as a consultant to a telemarketing firm and getting paid a lot of money for doing very little in terms of hours. He asked me if I could help him out with a “quick presentation” the following day in Kuala Lumpur because his wife was about to give birth. He told me a bit about what needed to be done and after grasping the basic concept and negotiating a fee I agreed to go. The following morning I was on a flight to Malaysia and reading and re-reading the email my friend had sent me overnight outlining the “mission”. I was simply to meet the client, shake hands, and then hand over a certificate while posing for a few photographs that would subsequently be used by the company for press releases. ‘No problem’ I thought, in and out in half an hour tops. I jumped in a taxi at the airport and gave the address. As I approached the offices of the client I was to meet, I saw flags announcing the 100th anniversary of the company. As we got closer, I could see that the car parks in front were completely

full and people had resorted to parking on the sidewalks and in every available space anywhere near the offices. I wondered how the boss was going to find time to meet with me for this quick presentation on such a busy day. I was escorted from the car to the executive offices, where I was invited to sit for a moment while they informed the boss that I had arrived.

and all the top executives of his company. They greeted me warmly and it became clear that I was in fact the guest of honour. After some formalities he boss went up to give his speech. I listened very carefully to everything he said and took notes on my napkin - his speech was the only basis I could use for mine. My heart was in my throat as I heard him finish his speech and give me a lavish introduction.

Seconds later the large double doors to the boss’s office burst open and he emerged striding towards me with a broad smile and hand outstretched. I stood to greet him and he shook my hand warmly with both hands while welcoming me to his “humble” head office and thanking me for making the trip. I said it was my pleasure to be there and followed him into his office. I looked around for the cameraman but I couldn’t see one anywhere. We sat and made small talk for a while as coffee appeared. Then he spoke words that struck terror into my heart.

I made my way carefully to the stage, stopping on my way to the podium so that I could thank him for his kind words, tell him what a wonderful speech he had given and kill a few seconds. I stood at the podium and slowly composed myself. Firstly, I thanked the boss for his kind introduction of me and my (friend’s!) company, and congratulated him on his wonderful speech. Then I told the hushed crowd that it was bosses like him and great speeches like the one he had just given that make companies like this one great. Big round of applause. I asked him to stand up again at the head table and take a bow. He got a standing ovation – for about two minutes. I spent the rest of the ten minutes elaborating on the points he had made in his speech and expressing my amazement at the company’s achievements. To close, I told everyone present how proud they should be to be working for such a great company and how much they could learn from the great bosses who were sitting with me at the head table. I made the certificate presentation to non-stop applause and rejoined the head table where I was greeted with warm handshakes from all. I still don’t know what the company does. 

“Your speech will be after mine at about 2pm and then straight after that we’ll do the presentation, OK?” I sat there with a fixed smile on my face wondering what on earth I had got myself into. After a few seconds I managed to speak. “So we’re not doing the presentation here in your office then?” He laughed and explained why we were not. This was the company’s 100th anniversary and there were 2,000 VIP guests in a huge car park at the back of the offices. I was to speak for about ten minutes then make the presentation in front of the assembled crowd and members of the press. I swallowed hard. About half an hour later I was seated at the head table next to the boss

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An Englishman living in Jakarta, never a fan of intimate female companionship, made the mistake of accepting an offer from a pimp to introduce him to friendly, young Indonesian men. One Saturday evening, he received an unannounced visit from the pimp, who had brought along a youth. The Englishman thought his visitor looked unpleasant, unattractive and underage, so asked him to leave. But the unwanted escort refused to go. Moments later, two gangsters burst into the house and accused the foreigner of molesting their “younger brother”. They demanded compensation, but the Englishman refused to be intimidated, not least because he had not touched the youth. Thus, the four of them ended up at a police station. Fearing he would become the subject of a lurid TV news report or scandalous newspaper article, the expat agreed to a financial settlement with the gangsters. The police detective, taking their statements, concurred there was no criminal case and then typed up an agreement, whereby the Englishman made a payment of Rp.1 million to the older of the gangsters “for the purchase of an iPod”. After the cash was handed over and hands shaken all round, the detective felt duty-bound to give the foreigner a lecture. “We have thousands of beautiful girls here in Indonesia, thousands; so why do you need a boy?” he admonished. “And if you must have a man, why not take one like him?” he added, pointing at the leering older gangster pocketing the money. Scammers are equally adept at using the Internet to exploit sexual desire for profit. A 22-year-old Singapore man met a 17-year-old girl, Yap Siew Ting, in an online chatroom called Alamak. com. Within a month, she began to strip for him on camera, so he reciprocated and masturbated in front of his webcam – unaware that Yap’s boyfriend was recording him. The boyfriend then threatened to upload the compromising footage unless the man paid him money. He ended up paying S$97,350 in 89 transactions over nine months before going to police. The blackmailers were arrested last year. Police discovered they had five other victims, all men in their 20s. Jakarta Expat­­­­ · 19 June - 2 July 2013

Yap was sentenced to two years’ supervised probation, while her boyfriend received five years in jail and five strokes of the cane. The Soviet Union’s secret police, the KGB, was famous for its stable of female spies assigned to seduce foreign diplomats, who would then be recorded in compromising positions, after which they could be blackmailed. There is a wonderful anecdote – possibly apocryphal – that the KGB tried to spring such a honey trap on Indonesia’s founding president Sukarno during his 1959 visit to the Soviet Union. The story goes like this: Sukarno was notorious for his voracious sexual appetite and numerous conquests, so the KGB tasked several female operatives to pose as air hostesses on his flight to Moscow. The women then joined him at his hotel for an orgy, which KGB men secretly filmed from behind two-way mirrors. Sukarno was later taken to a screening room and shown a copy of the film, with which the Russians intended to blackmail him into taking a more pro-Communist stance. But Sukarno was delighted by the film and requested copies to take home, claiming Indonesians would be proud to see their leader with such beautiful women. What is definite is that America’s Central Intelligence Agency in the late 1950s decided to make a pornographic film depicting Sukarno – as part of their efforts to overthrow the Indonesian leader. The incident is recounted in the memoir of former CIA man Joseph Burkholder Smith and is also mentioned in British writer John Ranelagh’s book The Agency: The Rise and Decline of the CIA. Operatives had heard that Sukarno was involved with a Russian stewardess, so they planned to make a fake sex tape using porn star lookalikes. The idea was to make Sukarno appear to have been outsmarted by a female spy, thereby discrediting him among Muslims and his international allies, and causing such humiliation that he could be driven from office. First, the CIA had to watch a collection of Los Angeles porn films in the hope of finding a lookalike. When that failed, a latex mask was made, and a bald porn star was recruited to wear it and perform with a blonde actress. The film was called Happy Days and although it was never released, still photographs from it were reportedly disseminated in Asia.  17



BritCham - Financial Sector Breakfast Discussion. 19 Jun 2013 Speakers: 1. William Kuan, President Director of PT Prudential Life Assurance. 2. David Fletcher, President Director of Permata Bank. 3. Tom Aaker, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank. Moderated by James Bryson, President Director of HB Capital Indonesia. Much of the recent focus on Indonesia has been on the compelling demographics and the domestic consumption theme. An integral part of this structural story is the development of the financial services sector. Our panel of senior industry representatives and experts will discuss some of the key trends, challenges and opportunities. Member contribution: IDR 250.000 Non-Member contribution: IDR 325.000. How to register?  Email: Website: Location: TBA on RSVP

ICCC June BIZTRO. 20 June 2013 Join us for a night of networking and fun. Catch up with friends and business acquaintances over food and drinks. Everyone is welcomed. Please pass on this message to friends. Please note our new rates (effective June 2013) ICCC, Calindo, & CWA members: IDR 200.000/person Individual ICCC member is allowed 1 guest at member rate. Corporate ICCC member is allowed 5 guests at member rate. Non-member: IDR 300.000/person RSVP: Secretariat.iccc@gmail. com or +6221 5277890 Email: Website: Location: TBA on RSVP 18

Java Rockin’land. 22 June – 23 June 2013 @ Carnaval Beach Ancol, Jakarta •SIXPENCE NONE THE RICHER (USA) •GO CHIC (Taiwan)  •HIGHTIME REBELLION  •rumahsakit  •MUSIKIMIA  •DEADSQUAD •UTOPIA (Taiwan)  •SORE  •EDANE  •LAST DINOSAURS (Australia)  •EFEK RUMAH KACA  •SIKSA KUBUR  •JASAD  •HELLOGOODBYE (USA)  •CHERRY BOMBSHELL  •KOIL  •SUICIDAL TENDENCIES (USA)  •ANDRA AND THE BACKBONE  •KENSINGTON (Netherlands) •ROXX  •STEELHEART(USA)  •GUGUN BLUES SHELTER  •88 BALAZ (Taiwan)  •NEONOMORA  •COLLECTIVE SOUL (USA)  •SUGAR RAY (USA) Ticket Price: Daily Pass – Sunday 23 Jun 2013: IDR 352.000 2-Day Pass: 22, 23 June 2013 IDR 550.000 Info: +6221 96810022 / 23


Jakarta Comedy Club: Stand Up Summer Special. 22 June 2013, 8.30pm @ The AC, Nr Kemang Tom Rhodes is a world traveling comedian. The New York Times describes him as “A mostly natural intellect with a knack for reporting the harsh realities of life with a dark and absurdly optimistic cynicism.” Dana Pandawa, Indonesian comic by night, basketball coach by day, started performing stand-up comedy in Bahasa English in 2011. Now in high demand on the local comedy circuit Dana will perform this June at the JCC. Steve Allison  knows how to make people laugh and as soon as Steve picks up the microphone it’s obvious. With a cool and casual approach, hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed his clever style of comedy. It’s Aussie humour at its best. Tickets: IDR 300.000 each or IDR 350.000 on the day/door On sale NOW at Mambo Bodega, Next Door to Eastern Promise, Kemang. Open Mon - Thurs 10am8pm, Fri & Sat 10am-10pm, Sun noon-8pm. Bank Transfer Available (ask for details)  ALL ENQUIRIES to info@ or SMS to 08211 1943084 or PIN 218713FE Reservations Essential, Seating will be “first come first served” basis.


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Kalibata City apt 7fl, 2 bedroom 33m2. Rent $3000/yr. Sell $40.000 contact:

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Discover Villa Gamrang. Experience our hospitality and the complete privacy of your own beach house. Villa Gamrang (Cisolok beach, 4 hours’ drive from Jakarta) is designed to offer guests a wonderful and luxurious holiday with beautiful and natural surroundings. Stylish interior, several outdoor terrace’s, sea view, spacious garden, swimming pool, 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, complete kitchen, cable television, internet.

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Aspiring Golf writers: Golf Indonesia is a new free monthly Golf magazine, promoting the wonders of Golf all over the archipelago. We are looking for contributors who are passionate and avid golfers who would like to write for our

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Jakarta Expat - issue 96 - Art & Culture  

Indonesia's Largest Expatriate Readership.

Jakarta Expat - issue 96 - Art & Culture  

Indonesia's Largest Expatriate Readership.