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Indonesia's Largest Expatriate Readership | 84th Edition | 19th December - 15th January 2013

Santa Claus came to town! - turn to page 12 to find out more.

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Dear Readers,

84th Edition | 19 Dec - 15 Jan 2013

Editor in Chief Angela Richardson Assistant Editor Cecilia Forsman Management Edo Frese Sales Dian Mardianingsih Marketing & Public Relations Silvia Forsman Distribution Dian Mardianingsih Graphics Adietyo Randualas Finance & Admin Pertiwi Gianto Putri Lini Verawaty Contributors Terry Collins Juan J. Leysner Tasha May David Metcalf Hush Petersen Eamonn Sadler Grace Susetyo Antony Sutton Kenneth Yeung Editorial Enquiries Circulation Enquiries Subscription Events

Fear gets the better of us sometimes, and when escalated by the media stories often get distorted, bringing about unnecessary panic and pandemonium. Take the turn of the new millennium for instance. Y2K (Year 2000 Problem) is rumoured to have cost businesses $500 billion and all for nothing, as the computer programming error never happened. Those who spent the preceding years warning others of their impending doom had to eat their hats and continue in shame – quite rightly, too. Today we face another similar fate – the Mayan calendar debacle and the belief of some that we are coming to the end of the world as we know it. According to the Mayan Mesoamerican Long Count linear calendar, December 21st (or sometimes translated as December 23rd) marks the end of the 5,125-year-long cycle (b’ak’tun). Since the discovery of the end of the 13th b’ak’tun on two sites (Tortuguero Monument 6 and La Corona Hieroglyphic Stairway 12) in the Mayan classical corpus, which notes all Mayan hieroglyphic inscriptions, mankind has conjured up various different translations to what seems to be merely an end of one era, leading into another, maybe similarly to how the Christian calendar moved from one millennia into another. We could and should view this as a positive: the dawning of a new age of consciousness perhaps, and a better tomorrow. Scaremongering is

unnecessary and a waste of people’s time and energy, which we could put into worthwhile ideas such as conservation instead. These kind of elaborated hoaxes breed ‘doomsday preppers’; people who live their live in preparation for the end of days, thus infecting their children with fear along with a worthless existence – a life spent living in fear is a life wasted. Hopefully you are all looking forward to your New Year’s celebrations and we have some fantastic reads to keep you going until we return in mid-January. If you’re still not sure where to have your Christmas feast, Kenneth Yeung has a rundown of eateries at which you can wine and dine without the fuss or mess. Grace Susetyo travels to Cirebon on the north coast of west Java to visit a Palace which practices religious tolerance – a positive message of peace this Christmas. Lily Akpuaka wants to help you rediscover happiness in the New Year in this issue’s Motivational Coaching, and Tasha May and Robert Anderson take you to Padang in Sumatra and West Papua to explore some lesstravelled beauties you should put on your travel list for 2013. Have a very Happy Christmas and Selamat Tahun Baru! 

Angela Richardson

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Hotel Aryaduta Jakarta Shima (Japanese): Dec. 22-25: Christmas ShabuShabu Rp.900,000++, Seasonal Sukiyaki Rp.900,000 ++, Wahyu Teppanyaki Rp.900,000 ++, Seafood Teppanyaki Rp.900,000 ++ JP Bistro: Christmas Eve buffet dinner. Rp.240,000 ++ per adult, Rp.130,000 ++ per child. 6pm – 10pm. Christmas Day buffet lunch. Rp.200,000 ++ per adult. Rp.110,000 ++ per child. 12pm – 3pm. Ambiente (Italian): Christmas Eve dinner, 4-course set menu. Rp.550,000 ++. 6pm – 10pm. (021) 23521234

Festive Feasting By Kenneth Yeung

If you’re yearning for a festive feast with all the trimmings but you lack the inclination to cook at home, then simply head to one of Jakarta’s big hotels offering Christmas Eve dinners and Christmas Day brunches.

Hotel Borobudur Bogor Cafe: Christmas Eve dinner. Rp.408,000 ++ per adult (inc. free flow gluhwein). Rp.208,000 ++ per child. Christmas Day buffet lunch. Rp.342,000 ++ (inc. free flow gluhwein). Rp.208,000 ++ per child. Miyama Japanese: Teppanyaki on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Starts from Rp.368,000 ++. (021) 380 4444, 383 5000 ext. 73400 or ext. 73100.

Dharmawangsa Hotel Christmas Eve buffet dinner: Rp.495,000 ++ per adult. Rp375,000 ++ per child. Christmas Day brunch: Rp.888,000 ++ (inc. free flow Laurent Perrier Champagne, wine, sangria and non-alcohol drinks). 11.30am to 3pm. (021) 725 8181 ext. 6237.

Four Seasons Hotel Seasons Café: Christmas Eve buffet. Rp.448,000 ++ per adult (inc. free flow juices and wine). Rp.348,000 ++ (inc. non-alcohol drinks) and Rp.205,000 ++ per child. Christmas Day brunch. Rp.448,000 ++ (inc. free flow fresh juices and wine). Rp.348,000 ++ (inc. non alcoholic drinks) and Rp.205,000 ++ per child. Christmas Day dinner buffet. Rp.238,000 ++ (inc. free flow fresh juices and ice tea). (021) 2523456.

Gran Melia Hotel Christmas dinner buffet. Rp.398,000 ++ (inc non-alcohol drinks), Rp.498,000 ++ (inc. free flow wine, sparkling wine and beer). 6pm - 10.30pm. Christmas Day brunch buffet. Rp.398,000 ++ (inc non-alcohol drinks), Rp.498,000 ++ (inc. free flow wine, sparkling wine and beer). 11.30am – 3pm. (021) 5268080.

Grand Hyatt Grand Cafe: Christmas Eve dinner buffet. Rp.438,000 ++ per adult, Rp.219,000++ per child. Christmas Day lunch and dinner buffet. Each at Rp.438,000++ per adult, Rp.219,000++ per child under 12. C’s: Offering a special festive a la carte menu for lunch and dinner from Dec. 12-26. Hotel is also selling turkey and beef hampers from Rp.2,288,000 to Rp.3,288,000. (021) 2992 1234.

Grandkemang Hotel Sperta: Christmas Eve dinner. Rp.245,000 ++ per person (incl. free flow non-alcohol drinks). 7pm - 10pm. Christmas Day brunch. Rp.265,000 ++ (incl. free flow wine, sparkling wine, mimosa & bloody marys) 11am 3pm. (021) 719 4121.

Grand Sahid Jaya Christmas Eve buffet. Rp.185,000 ++ per person. Children


Prices range from Rp.175,000 to Rp.988,000 per person, usually not including the “plus-plus”, which is generally 21% and mentioned only in small print on the promotional material. I’ll rephrase that: real prices range from Rp.211,750 to Rp.1,195,480 (about $22 to $125). The cost of hotel dining increases a few days later for New Year’s Eve dinner bashes. Several of the Christmas brunches include a free flow of alcoholic drinks, usually beer, sparkling wine and house wine. Some of the restaurants are halal, offering beef in place of ham, although there are still plenty serving pork. These sumptuous buffets are a great opportunity to engage in gluttony. The food often outshines the atmosphere, which tends to be somewhat artificial and formal, no matter how drunk one gets. An army of attentive waiters in Santa hats, a choir singing carols and a display of glitzy decorations all seem a bit unreal to me. People seeking something more convivial, albeit with less choice on the menu, can instead go to one of the pubs and bars doing festive promotions, which are generally cheaper than the hotels. Some establishments offer home delivery of roasted turkeys. Following is a list of what some of the major hotels and a few bars are offering. The prices are per adult, except where stated for children. If you want to dine at any of these places, then call first to make a reservation and see what’s on offer. Also listed are a few of the bars and restaurants that responded to requests for information regarding Christmas promotions. Offers are correct at time of going to print but may be subject to change. 

under 12 half-price. Christmas Day buffet. Rp.175,000 ++ . Children under 12 half-price. (021) 570 4444 Ext. 1412. Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Signatures Restaurant: Christmas Eve buffet dinner. Rp.488,000 ++ per person. 6pm – 10.30pm. Christmas brunch. Rp.488,000 ++. 11.30am – 3pm. Casa D’oro: Christmas Eve set menu dinner. Rp.788,000++. 6pm – 10.30pm. Christmas Day set menu dinner. Rp.888,000 ++. 6pm – 10.30pm. Kempi Deli is selling Christmas roasts and hams. (021) 2358 3800, 2358 3985. JW Marriott Hotel Christmas Eve dinner buffet. Rp.528,000 ++ per person (inc. non-alcohol drinks), Rp.618,000 (inc. free flow beer, sparkling wine and wine). 6pm-9.30pm. Christmas Day lunch buffet. Rp.558,000 ++ (inc. non-alcohol drinks), Rp658,000 ++ (inc. free flow beer, sparkling wine and wine). 12pm-3.30pm. (021) 57988888. Mandarin Oriental Cinnamon: Christmas Eve dinner. Rp.350,000 ++ per person (inc. non-alcohol beverages). Christmas Day brunch. Rp.675,000 ++ (inc. beer, wine, sangria and eggnog). Lyon: Christmas Eve dinner. Rp.688,000 ++ (inc. nonalcohol beverages). Eight-course set menu. Christmas Day brunch. Rp.988,000 ++ (inc. beer and wine). Xin Hwa: Christmas Eve dinner. Rp.488,000 ++. Christmas Day all-you-can-eat dim sum: Rp188,000 ++. Christmas Day Dinner: Rp.688,000 ++. (021) 29938888.

Hotel Mulia Senayan The Café: Christmas Eve buffet dinner. Rp.567,490 net per person. Christmas Day international buffet lunch. Rp.470,690 net (inc. non-alcohol drinks). Orient8 (French and Pan-Asian): Christmas Eve set menu dinner with a glass of wine. Rp.905,080 net. Christmas Day buffet brunch. Rp.469,480 net (inc. non-alcohol drinks). Edogin (Japanese): Christmas Eve buffet dinner. Rp.579,590 net. Christmas Day buffet lunch. Rp.410,190 net. Table8 (Chinese): Christmas Eve set menu dinner. Starts from Rp.650,980 net. Christmas Day set menu. Starts from Rp.650,980 net. Il Mare (Italian): Christmas Eve set menu dinner. Rp.965,580 net. Cascade Lounge: Christmas Eve light international buffet. Rp.337,590 net. (021) 5747777.

Park Lane Cafe One: Christmas Eve buffet. Rp.250,000 ++ per person. Children from 5-12 half price. Riva: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, 5-course festive dinner menu. Rp.650,000 ++ (021) 8282000.

Pullman Jakarta Central Park Christmas Eve dinner. Rp.396,880 net per person. Food only. Christmas Day brunch. Rp.360,580 net. Food only. (021) 29200088.

Ritz-Carlton (Mega Kuningan) Asia Restaurant: Christmas Eve dinner. Rp.538,000 per person (inc. free flow non-alcohol drinks). Rp 638,000 ++ (inc. free flow beer, sparkling wine, red and ++

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white wine). 6pm – 10pm. Christmas Day brunch. Rp.558,000 ++ (inc. free flow non-alcohol drinks). Rp.658,000 ++ (inc. free flow beer, sparkling wine, red and white wine). 11:30am - 3pm. Lobo: Christmas Eve dinner, 7-course set menu. Rp.758,000 ++. 6pm – 10.45pm. Christmas Day brunch. Rp.658,000 ++ (inc. free flow non-alcohol drinks). Rp.808,000 ++ (inc. free flow martinis, sparkling wine, red and white wine). 12pm - 3pm. (021) 25518888.

Sari Pan Pacific Fiesta: Christmas Dinner buffet over Dec. 24-26. Rp.250,000 ++ per person. 6pm – 10pm. Christmas Day brunch. Rp.280,000 ++. 11am – 3pm. Keyaki: Christmas buffet dinner over Dec. 24-25. Rp.400,000 ++. 6pm – 10.30pm. (021) 2993 2753, 2993 2752.

Shangri La Satoo: Christmas Eve buffet lunch. Rp.602,580 net/person; Rp.301,290 net/ child. Christmas Eve dinner. Rp.602,580 net/person; Rp.301,290 net/child. Christmas Day buffet lunch. Rp.602,580 net/person; Rp.301,290 net/ child. Christmas Day dinner. Rp.602,580 net (inc. non-alcohol beverages); Rp.301,290 net/child. Rosso: Christmas Eve dinner, 4-course set menu. Rp.683,650 net (inc. free flow of juices and soft drinks). Rp.953,480 net (inc. free flow of juices, soft drinks and wine). Christmas Day buffet brunch. Rp.598,950 net (inc. free flow of non-alcohol drinks). Rp.780,450 net (inc. free flow of soft drinks, ice tea, wine and sparkling wine). Christmas Day dinner, 4-course set menu. Rp.574,750 net (inc. one glass of red or white wine). BATS: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day set menu dinners. Rp.477,950 net (inc. one glass of red or white or sparkling wine).(021) 5707440.

Bars & Restaurants Aphrodite: Christmas Eve and Day meal specials. (021) 527 3307. Cazbar: Main course Christmas menu. Rp.145,000 net. (021) 576 4582. De Hooi: Christmas specials. (021) 7500742. Double Doors: Christmas specials menu in the lead-up to December 25. (021) 58356816.

Eastern Promise: 3-course set menu on Christmas Eve (7pm – 10pm) and Christmas Day (12pm – 10pm). Rp.175,000 net or Rp.145,000 net for main course only; Rp.50,000 net per child. (021) 71790151. Hazara: Christmas & New Year set menu over Dec 23 to Jan 7: Rp.225,000 ++. Minimum order: 8 persons. (021) 31925053.

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub: From December 22, 3-course Christmas lunch all day. Rp.200,000 ++. (021) 71794510

Murphy's Irish Pub: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 3-course Christmas lunch. Rp.200,000 ++. (021)7183382 La Na Thai: Christmas & New Year set menu over Dec 23 to Jan 7: Rp.225,000 ++ /person. Minimum order: 8 persons. (021) 31925037.

Kenneth Yeung Kenneth Yeung is a lapsed atheist.

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Raffles Unravelled By Terry Collins

to be credit enough. Mind you, I wasn’t sure that the rafflesia which also bears his name was intended as a compliment: the world’s largest flower emanates a stink akin to that of a rotting corpse. Hannigan gives solidly researched grounds - see the closing bibliography - for suggesting that the flower might be the most appropriate recognition. Hannigan’s is possibly just the second*1 of some 20 biographies which isn’t hagiographic, extolling the East India Company’s representative’s “saintly virtues”. Unlike the majority of other biographers of Raffles, Hannigan has lived and worked in Java, speaks Indonesian and has written on the history and culture of this fascinating island for the mainstream Englishlanguage media here, and the Asian Geographic Magazine. His researches, both here and in the Reading Room of the British Library in London, were meticulous, and included a “source ... which the Raffles-worshippers had always ignored: the other side of the story. An account existed of the years when Raffles ran Java, laid out in the allusive stanzas of high Javanese, written by a local aristocrat.”


s a lad growing up in postWorld War II London, I was force-fed a history diet which told me that Britain was great because it once had an Empire. I was taught that as an island nation, we had fought off the likes of the Spanish Armada, Napoleon and Hitler, and that our sea power had enabled us to civilise far off nations: we exported Bibles and imported resources such as cotton. Through our strict Protestant work ethic, our coal and our sheer inventiveness, we had harnessed steam and thus created the Industrial Revolution which was to prove a boon to Mankind.


All very simplistic and to our adolescent minds rather romantic. Our heroes were the adventurers and explorers such as Walter Raleigh who brought us tobacco, potatoes and gold he’d pirated off Spanish buccaneers. In 2002 he was listed in a BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. But Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles wasn’t. Until reading Tim Hannigan’s new published biography, I’d continued to share the notion that Raffles was a great man; discovering Borobodur, founding Singapore, and having a hotel named after him seemed

This refers to the sacking of the royal city of Yogyakarta on 20th June 1811 in order to replace the Sultan with one more compliant to British rule. When it was over, “just 23 members of the British party had been killed, and a modest 76 had been wounded. All along the battlements meanwhile, tumbled in the ditches, abandoned in the alleyways and heaped in great steaming piles in the broken gateways, were thousands of dead Javanese.” How Raffles came to be Lieutenant-Governor of Java is a tale of patronage and egotistical connivance and ambition.

from a poor family is patently false. His father was the captain of the slave ship on which he was born. That he left school at 14 was not unusual (as did this reviewer’s grandfather a century later); however schooling was a privilege for a minority in the early 19th century. Through the ‘patronage’ of his mother’s brother, he became a clerk with the East India Company, the de facto ruler of India, on a generous salary of £70 per annum. (Charles Dickens, who was born a year after Raffles set sail for Batavia, from the age of twelve worked a ten-hour day in a factory earning just over £15 per year.*2) During his ten years as a Company clerk, and thereon, Raffles was a prodigious autodidact, with a curiosity and drive which attracted both admiration and resentment. In April 1805, Raffles and his recently wed wife Olivia set sail on a five month voyage to Penang where he was to be the assistant secretary to the newly appointed Governor of Penang. Why he was granted the position at a salary of £1,500 - an incredible rise from his then probable annual salary of £100 - has never been satisfactorily explained. Gossipmongers of the time said that it was related to Olivia’s ‘dark past’, a relationship with the Company Secretary, William Ramsey, but she never faltered in her support of her husband. Once in Penang, Raffles impressed Lord Minto, the Governor-General of India, sufficiently to be given the task of gathering information about Java, a project which the Company had been discussing for a dozen years. Raffles later claimed that it was he who had initiated the Company’s (mis)adventures here because it “was worthy of His Lordship’s consideration, beyond the Moluccas”.

Hannigan brings to the fore other dramatis personae of the British inter-regnum, few of whom have been treated kindly by history. Some, such as Major-General Rollo Gillespie, the military commander, was eulogised in his lifetime, but there is little trace of Col. Colin Mackenzie who surveyed Prambanan or John Leyden, an orientalist who beguiled Raffles with his scholarship and poetry. Others, Hannigan treats less sympathetically. However, one thing is clear. All were subservient to Raffles’ selfaggrandisement, subsequently enhanced and polished by Sophia, his second wife. For more than a century, Singaporeans and we Brits have been under their spell. Hannigan has done us a great service with his – erm- spellbinding biography. It is packed with a wealth of background about the earlier history of Java, life in the sultanates with their intrigues, of the Mataram and Majapahit kingdoms, about how religions arrived with ill-educated traders, and the still relevant Javanese mysticism, with footnotes where appropriate. I cannot praise Hannigan’s work highly enough, but have one caveat: a book with such riches for anyone with a smidgeon of interest in Raffles and Indonesia would greatly benefit from an index. 

*1 Source: Sir Stamford Raffles A Manufactured Hero? by Nadia Wright. ( mai/files/2012/07/nadiawright.pdf) She suggests that the first was H. F. Pearson’s This Other India: A Biography of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles (pub. Singapore: Eastern Universities Press 1957) *2 Ibid.

Terry Collins Terry Collins is the co-author of Culture Shock! Jakarta and writes the Jakartass blog.

The suggestion that Raffles came

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Food & Drink

Chinese Food with a Twist By Hush Petersen

be the oven baked tiger prawns with cheese and spicy XO sauce. This dish has a strong and pleasant taste.

Jakartans who take their love of food seriously, rarely settle for a meal in a mall. Restaurants located in malls offer convenience, but nothing more. The service is horrible, and the food is bland at best. But ask anyone in the know to rattle off their top five restaurants in Jakarta and odds are none of the names you hear will be within spitting distance of a Forever 21.

Meanwhile, across the mezzanine in the Mandarin, executive chef Thierry Le Queau, speaks of Chef Jeff, whose steamed black cod with homemade green ginger puree, a re-interpretation of a traditional recipe, is quickly becoming one of Xin Hwa’s most popular dishes, with sizzling certainty.


hat restaurant-goers are looking for is a personal experience, something they can share with the Chef. They’re fed up with trends and fads. They expect fantastic food flanked by extraordinary service packaged inside a naturally sophisticated and welcoming dining area. They want a table at Xin Hwa in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The Mandarin, located at the southern lip of the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle, is known around town for housing Lyon, one of the city’s most celebrated French restaurants, but newly acquired chef Jeff Lee is helping Xin Hwa step out of Lyon’s shadow by serving signature dishes, which without compromising traditional Chinese elements, showcase raw ingredients and boast rich, instantaneous flavours. “Every chef in this industry has their strengths and I feel like mine lies in balancing tradition and innovation,” says Lee who fell in love with food decades ago in a traditional Chinese kitchen before working his way up the restaurant ranks and racking up

more than 15 years of experience in five-star international hotel chain restaurants.“My philosophy is not to abandon traditional Chinese cooking, but to create new innovative ways to experience a dish. Innovation and tradition are not opposites. The key is to understand them both, and through appropriate modifications make dishes more interesting, and easily accepted by a great number of people.” Lee promptly provides evolved re-interpretations of traditional dishes without losing the soul of the dish in translation. This, along with fantastic service and warm, inviting lighting that draws in clientele set Xin Hwa apart from Jakarta’s long line of traditional Chinese restaurants. “I think all Chinese food is amazing, and offers a lot of combination of herbs and methods of cooking,” says Lee, who firmly believes that it’s only after understanding of the most basic elements of a dish, as well as a variety of raw materials should a reinterpretation of a dish be considered. “My favourite signature dish would

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“In Jakarta’s gastronomic scene, Xin Hwa stands as an ambassador of a Chinese cuisine,” says Le Queau. “The restaurant itself is ground-breaking considering that most see it as going against typical colours and tables arrangements you would find in a traditional Chinese restaurant."  Le Queau believes that Lee’s strength lies in his ability to embrace authentic cuisine that appreciates health and transmits a personalized cuisine without losing sight of tradition. “Chef Jeff ’s cuisine speaks of the authenticity at every bite yet with a modern presentation,” says Le Queau. “Lee takes pride in bringing a luxurious but loyal Chinese cuisine with a modern twist to Jakarta. He sources the best local and imported ingredients to reinvent it into full out of the world flavours.” But not everyone is convinced that Xin Hwa deserves a spot atop a list of the city’s best Chinese restaurants. “The new chef ’s recommendations offer more modern Cantonese cuisine.

But the old menu is still available with many Szechuan dishes,” says Petty Elliot, the acclaimed Jakartabased food writer who recently paid a visit to Xin Hwa. “Chef Jeff Lee combines European ingredients, like cheese and goose liver, with classic Chinese ingredients, for example, oven baked tiger prawn with cheese with spicy XO sauce, Wok fried goose liver and cauliflower with Chinese yellow been sauce. “I also tried the fried rice with salmon and asparagus,” says Petty, who agreed that the service was impeccable and the ambiance proved impressive. “The salmon and asparagus are so fresh, it’s a pity the whole dish lacked tastes of garlic or ginger and lacked overall flavour.”

Manadonese Cuisine, Provincial Indonesian Food,” also sampled the deep-fried beef strips, shredded ginger with honey sauce and roasted sesame seeds, which she said offer a texture akin to pork crackling and tasted great, but one bite was enough. And in the end, this being Jakarta, it’s best to go out and form your own opinion of whether Chef Jeff ’s audacious spin on established cuisine is innovative or insipid. Either way, remember, whether you choose the chilled drunken chicken topped with “Shao Xing” wine shaved ice or fragrant black sesame fried rice with crabmeat and asparagus sprinkled with fish roe, one thing is for certain—you’re not in a mall. 

Petty, the author of “Papaya Flower,

HUSH PETERSEN Hush Petersen is currently on sabbatical 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 some time.



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The Road Less Travelled:

Sumatra’s Padang Words and photos by Tasha May

Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago and is a place of rich and diverse culture and natural beauty, much of which is off the main tourist trail and therefore has managed to retain its original charm. The local people are always quick to offer a friendly smile and show you warm and welcoming hospitality, which is a major appeal when travelling throughout the country.

• Traditional Padang Food

• Harau Valley


his month Mandala airlines has opened up a new sector with direct flights from Jakarta to Padang, the capital city of West Sumatra, making the area more accessible and providing opportunities for both local and international lovers of nature to reach and explore the majestic scenery in just over an hour and a half.

tropical foliage and a perfect location for those who love the outdoors and enjoy hiking and rock climbing, or just soaking up the tranquility provided by Mother Nature. Anai Valley Waterfall is also worth visiting as the spray from the waterfall brings welcome relief from the hot sun and is easily accessible from Padang city.

Padang seems to be most famous for its food and is one of the most popular dishes throughout Southeast Asia and is the cuisine of the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra. It is usually referred to as Masakan Padang and is most renowned for its rich flavours of coconut milk and spicy chilli, and most dishes include meat which must follow the strict Muslim halal dietary law. There are also plenty of options available for vegetarians with fresh vegetables simmered in thin curry and plenty of cassava, fresh corn and rice options available and as the dishes have no msg, they are incredibly tasty.

Nature lovers will also enjoy Singkarak Lake - the biggest lake in West Sumatra - spanning 1,000 hectares. It is set in a dramatic volcanic landscape with breathtaking vistas, where you can enjoy the sunset over the cloud capped mountains with a cup of local coffee and fresh seafood snacks, surrounded by the natural beauty that Indonesia is famous for.

One of the first and most striking features you will notice upon arrival is the distinct Minang architecture which can be seen scattered throughout West Sumatra, where the elegantly styled and decorated roofs soar high up to the sky at both ends, looking enchanting against their mountainous backdrops. This styling resembles the look of buffalo horns and symbolises the Minangkabau culture and according to Indonesian folklore, it originated from a legend of a fight between two buffaloes in a war between the Minangkabau and an invading Javanese clan.   Due to its tropical rainforest climate and average temperature of 26 degrees celcius, it is one of Indonesia's wettest cities with frequent rainfall throughout most of the year, which has resulted in vibrant green vegetation, lakes and rivers in plentiful water supply. During the heavier rainy season starting around November, Harau Valley is not to be missed as the water cascades over the sheer and magnificent rock faces transforming them into breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls. The area is absolutely stunning with rice fields and lush

Bukittinggi is one of the largest cities in West Sumatra and is set in the Minangkabau highlands close to the volcanoes of Mount Singgalang and the active Mount Merapi. At 930 metres above sea level, it is popular with visitors for its cool climate and is a perfect city to explore on foot. A great place to stay is at the Grand Rocky Hotel which was newly completed in early 2012 and has breathtaking views out to the Sianok Grand Canyon – also walking distance to ‘Jam Gadang’ - the giant Clock Tower built by the Dutch in 1926 and Pasar Atas and Pasar Bawah, the traditional downtown markets in the centre of Bukittinggi. If it’s culture you are searching for, you can enjoy a candlelight barbecue dinner under the stars with music and performances of the martial art of Pencak Silat and the beautiful Tari Piring plate dancers where the women wear lit candles in their headwear before smashing their plates and dancing on the broken pieces. You may also like to take a walking visit through the quaint kampungs and rice fields of Sanjai Village where you can also visit the

cassava factory and sample fresh and delicious cassava chips to keep up your energy for more exploring. For a lesson in history you can visit the Lobang Jepang (Japanese Caves) which is a network of underground tunnels and bunkers which were built by the Japanese during World War II. Also on the scenic drive from Bukittinggi to Padang, stop at  the ‘Mbah Soero’ Mining Tunnel in Sawahlunto where you can learn about the tunnels dug out by the ‘chain people’ and miners from 1898 to the late 1920’s. There is a small gallery showing the original chains worn by the workers around their legs and arms and also photos of the Sawahlunto mines. Close by is the Museum Goedang Ransoem which was a General Kitchen built by the Dutch Colonial Government in 1918 to supply food for coal mine workers and hospital patients. There are photo walls and descriptions of the history of the kitchen and outside you can watch the women as they patiently weave traditional cloth.   With a full and satisfied stomach and after the fresh air and idyllic scenery you will feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle the chaos of Jakarta once again. I am sure the impression of West Sumatra will have you wanting to return again and again to be reminded of the simple lifestyle and beauty which is now so easily reached thanks to the lovely staff at Mandala Airlines. 

Mandala Airlines Flights to Padang available daily at

Tasha May Tasha May grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and once bitten by the travel bug has never looked back! Freelance fashion graphic designer, blogger and lover of all things colourful, she has been documenting the great adventure of daily life in Jakarta at

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Religious Tolerance

Honouring the Faiths in Java’s North Coast By Grace Susetyo

Being the multicultural country that it is, there are many ways of celebrating Christmas in Indonesia. Even the weather is a departure from the Northern Hemisphere’s white winters. Mas Iman, an abdi dalem of 25 years, sitting in the 8-pillar pendopo. Abdi dalems do not receive any salary but claim that God never fails to provide their needs.


nd the customs pose surprises. They range from gala dinners in fancy hotels to charity runs in shantytowns, from unfamiliar carols in exotic languages to Hillsong-style megachurch bands, from midnight Nativity wayang shows to Melanesian pork feasts in earthen ovens. This holiday season, I decided to visit an unlikely Christmas destination. A 15th century Islamic palace that looks Hindu, but has Christian icons decorating the throne room: the Kraton Kasepuhan Cirebon.

A statement of multiculturalism At the palace, I was greeted by Mas Iman, an abdi dalem (pledged royal servant) who has been in service for 25 years. No, you won’t find Christmas trees or Santa’s elves here. However, I thought the very history of Cirebon reflected the Christmas message of peace. The Sultanate of Cirebon was established in 1445 as Prince Chakrabuana ascended the throne. Before that, the town was known as “Gunung Jati” and part of Pajajaran, a Hindu kingdom based in presentday Bogor. Being a northern coastal town, Cirebon developed into a fishermen’s settlement. Cai Rebon literally means “shrimp water” in Sundanese; a reference to the fishy juice resulting from the production of terasi, the fermented shrimp paste that flavours nasi goreng and other Indonesian dishes. “Cirebon” is also a corruption of caruban, which means “mixed” in Sundanese. This refers to the town’s mixed heritage, being on the border of Sundanese and Javanese territory. Today, Cirebonites speak a distinct dialect of Javanese, heavily influenced by Sundanese. Being a major international port, many foreigners also came here to trade or settle: Champa, Chinese, Indian, Arab, European. The Sultanate’s most famed ruler is Chakrabuana’s nephew Syarif Hidayatullah, who reigned from 1479 to1568. He is later canonised as Sunan Gunung Jati—one of the “Wali Songo” or nine saints responsible for the spread of Islam in Java. Born of an Egyptian Hashemite father and Chakrabuana’s sister Nyai Rara Santang, Hidayatullah traces his ancestry back to both the prophet Muhammad and

Sundanese Hindu god-kings. Hidayatullah married many wives, including Chinese princess Ong Tien Nio, who practiced Chinese religion. He also fostered friendship with Christian European traders.

Harmony in architecture Chakrabuana lost his right to the Hindu throne of Pajajaran due to his conversion to Islam, and subsequent dedication to spreading the faith throughout West Java. “Cirebon was established at the end of the Hindu era, and the dawn of Islamic kingdoms,” said Mas Iman. The crab claw gapura resemble the entrance of a Hindu place of worship. Despite having converted to Islam, Chakrabuana built the gapura in 1430 to honour his ancestors’ Hindu heritage. The original 15th century bricks were glued together using palm sap and rubbed together to produce adhesive-strengthening heat. “As you can see, even centuries later, they still remain strong here today,” said Mas Iman, adding that palm sap is much stronger than cement. The gates surrounding the 25-hectare palace complex are adorned with pieces of Chinese and Dutch porcelain. The foundations of the pendopos (gazebos) in the outer courts share the gates’ Hindu-style red bricks. It bears the mega mendung Chinese raincloud relief, which symbolises the Asian philosophy that a leader must be cool-headed, thus restoring balance in a tempestuous society, and showering it with life. However, the pendopo’s threeangled joglo roofs are distinctly Muslim Javanese. An altar has two poles, symbolising the Islamic creeds. The “Pandawa Lima”, which seats the army’s commander, has five poles symbolising the pillars of Islam and prayer times. The pendopo from which the Sultan observes events taking place outside the courts has 20 poles symbolising the qualities of Allah.

Feng shui and Jesus We entered the throne room from a side entrance. Footwear must be removed to acknowledge the Sultan’s presence as holy ground. “The Chinese believe that in residential houses, the front door and the back door must never be exactly opposite each other. That’s why the corridor leading to the front door is slanted,” explained Mas Iman. “The Chinese call it feng shui.”

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An ornate golden altar in the throne room.

The front door is open only on sacred days of celebrations, which include Javanese New Year (“1 Suro”), Sunan Gunung Jati pilgrimage day (“Grebeg Syawal”), and the birthday of Muhammad (“Maulidan”). I was drawn to a framed picture of the Cirebonite royal emblem. Macan Ali is a sitting tiger stylised in the Arabic calligraphy of the first Islamic creed (“No other God but Allah”). Somehow, it reminded me of the Jewish Lion of Judah, which in Christian tradition refers to Jesus Christ. Delft tile - Jesus fishes with disciples after resurrection.

A prominent relief in the room is the Kembang Kanigaran (national flowers), designed by Prince Kararangan in the 18th century. The red, green, and gold lotus bouquet relief is made of limestone. Lotus, in Buddhism, symbolises a leader rising above the waters and protecting the habitat underneath. The red and gold are obvious Chinese influences, symbolising joy and prosperity. The green reflects the Sultanate’s Islamic heritage and the colour of Paradise. A pair of white-gold cockatoos are perched on the bouquet, symbolising peace. Finally, the walls bearing the Kembang Kanigaran are covered with blue and brown Delft ceramic tiles. In the 17th century, Dutch colonialists presented them as gifts to Sultan Syafiudin Matangaji, hoping to bribe him into facilitating Dutch power over Cirebon. “Many Sundanese kingdoms fell back then,” recounted Mas Iman, “including the Banten Sultanate established by Sunan Gunung Jati’s son. The Dutch burned its palace to the ground. Today only a mosque remains.” But Cirebon did not give in to bribes and thus endures strong. Nevertheless, the Sultan graciously cherished the Delft tiles, which were

painted with scenes of Christian biblical accounts. These include Priest Zechariah and the angel, the Immaculate Conception, Joseph and Mary en route to Bethlehem, the Passion of the Christ, the Crucifixion, and the Conversion of Paul. “Islam recognises the Torah, Psalms, and even the Gospel as the Word of God. Therefore it is acceptable to decorate the palace with these Christian tiles,” said Mas Iman. “We share accounts such as the Creation of Man, the Great Deluge, the Sacrifice of Abraham’s Son. They’re both Islamic and Christian. And both religions teach goodness.” Today, Cirebon is still known as a city with strong Islamic roots, but one that flaunts a population of diverse faiths. It has one of the lowest rates of religious hate crimes in Indonesia, and adherents of any religion can worship there with peace.

So this Christmas was not exactly tree trimming, Santa shopping, and church services for me. But on this trip to Cirebon, I felt that perhaps Indonesia is, after all, a land which many non-Christians who walk in the footsteps of the Saviour call home. And with that thought in mind, I think I could hear the angels singing, “Peace on earth and goodwill to men.” 

Keraton Kasepuhan Cirebon Jl Keraton Kasepuhan No 43 Desa Kasepuhan Kecamatan Lemahwungkuk Cirebon West Java Visiting hours: 08:00 AM to 04:00 PM daily Entrance fee Rp5.000 You may request an abdi dalem to guide you on tour. Tipping them is not obligatory, but may be appreciated since they are unpaid devotees of the Keraton.

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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Meet the Expat

Meet Warwick Purser. The Australian-born entrepreneur who gained Indonesian citizenship through his passion for humanitarian work. By Cecilia Forsman

So Warwick, what first brought you to Indonesia? A one week honeymoon in Bali in 1969, aged 22. I was on my way to London to start work in a big international travel agency. The one week became two weeks, then three weeks because I kept delaying my departure. On the sixth week after totally falling in love with Indonesia I sent a message and advised the company in London I

would not be taking up my new job. You then went on to establish ‘Out of Asia’, one of Southeast Asia’s largest exporters of handicraft products. What did you set out to achieve? To be honest in the beginning I recognized a good business opportunity as so little Indonesian craft product was finding its way to the international market. Out of Asia pioneered the large-scale export of Indonesian crafts and this found its way into some of the largest and most prestigious retailers in the world. Once I saw how the business so visibly changed the lives of the crafts people involved, and at times there were many thousands, the business became a passion and led to many associated projects such as embroidery work for Acehnese women widowed after the tsunami and in many other cases, providing work for disabled and disadvantaged people and so forth. You’ve obviously invested a lot of your life in Indonesia, what sparked this passion to help Indonesia and its people? It is very easy to develop a passion about something which can so greatly improve the livelihoods of people involved in it. Although my efforts might have had an impact in making this change I was sometimes surprised with 10

the relative ease in terms of effort from my side that produced this change. The change so outbalanced the effort. This change meant kids could be educated, clothed properly and that good food and living conditions were always available. The craftsmen and women deserve most of the credit, not me. I was simply the bridge between this and the world market who buy and use the products. When people tell me that those who have benefited should be so grateful I always reply – no it’s me that should be grateful because I am one of the few in life given a passion for what they do – and when you have a passion like this you never feel like its going to work. You were an Australian who has now become an Indonesian citizen by Presidential Decree. Was it a difficult decision to change nationality? It was possibly the easiest decision in my life because after forty years living here I had been “groomed” for it for a long time. I had actually started the process to become an Indonesian citizen and had been warned it would take a long time. I was so lucky, when people at “the top” stepped in and the process was reduced to less than a month. I didn’t ask for special assistance and I was so honoured when it was given. How has the change of nationality affected your life? Where is home, do you have any family here in Indonesia? There are no real material advantages – the advantages are what you feel in your heart – a feeling of really belonging. My home is Yogyakarta in the village of Tembi where I have lived for twenty years and where I have a house and a hotel – the hotel used to be my family compound. I also have a house and a hotel in Ubud, Bali but Tembi is where the heart says is my home. Having said that I have a daughter Polly living in Bali so the pull to visit there is strong. I also have an “adopted” family of four children in Tembi. Local kids - two girls and two boys - who I have taken under my wing and look after. I recently brought their mother back from Jakarta where she was working and employed her in Tembi so she can be close to her family. I have a son, Oliver, living in Australia and luckily he often visits. How were you affected by the 2006 earthquake and the eruption of Mount Merapi in 2010? Well, the village and its surrounds were pretty

much demolished by the 2006 earthquake. But with the help of my friends and HSBC Bank we rebuilt the village and provided everyday living materials including food for many people in the area. Similarly with the Mt. Merapi eruption, although my village was not really affected, lots of areas close to the volcano were devastated. We brought our experience from the earthquake and quickly moved in to help these areas. In the earthquake I lost most of what I owned in my house including an important collection of art but had no time to feel sorry for myself when I was surrounded by people who had totally lost everything and were getting about rebuilding their lives with so much spirit. I was deeply affected by this, filled with respect at the amazing resilience of the people around me. I would like to think that I learned a lot from this experience. It was humbling when you have lost objects of significant value but discover from other people there is so much more to life than worrying about lost possessions. You also embarked on a mission with UNESCO to preserve Borobudur. Could you tell us a little about this project? Borobudur belongs to everyone including me, and I was amazed by the paltry funds initially made available to restoring it after it was covered by corrosive volcanic ash. The work was urgent because the reliefs and stupas of Borobudur were beginning to be affected by this ash and we had to start cleaning immediately. I got together a group of friends, foreign ambassadors, business people and others, formed a group called Friends of Borobudur and started working with UNESCO to raise the funds so the cleaning process could start immediately – which because there was funding – could! How has Indonesia grown since you first moved here, and where do you hope to see Indonesia headed in the future? Indonesian has grown enormously – not always to everyone’s benefit. My hope is that the growth will continue democratically, and the benefit of the growth will affect more and more people not just those “at the top”. As an Indonesian citizen, what about your country are you most proud of? The increasing sense of “Indonesianism” and as the country develops, how the next generations are becoming more and more proud of being Indonesian. I am of the older generation and I certainly feel it. 

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Faces of Jakarta

Tri the Electrical Technician Words and photos by David Metcalf


ri is a fairly determined young man with a plan. He moved to Jakarta three years ago from Yogyakarta where he studied Electrical Engineering having landed a job at the University of IBS (Indonesia Banking System) in Kemang. Like so many people who come to Jakarta seeking better job opportunities and more money, his children’s future is his foremost goal in life. His family includes two children aged six and 11years and they remain in Yogya, while their father saves as much money as he can to support the family.

many young Indonesians, that there is nothing much he can do about it. Tri also recognizes that it is important that he learns English, as this will create more job opportunities for him in the future. He hopes his children will complete their schooling and pursue a good education and take advantage of the opportunities that he has given them.. 

Tri lives on the University campus, which saves transport costs, and he gets to live there rent-free. He works twelve hours a day and has two days off. Every two months he takes the ten-hour bus ride back to see his family in Central Java, taking advantage of the many public holidays in Jakarta. In five years time Tri plans to return to Yogyakarta and start his own business. He talked to me about his very clear direction and sees plenty of opportunity in Indonesia. He is happy to see the big improvements in the economy in the past three years and hopes that this will continue, although he sites corruption as the biggest issue facing the country and feels a sense of frustration, like

David metcalf David Metcalf (Dayak Dave) is a professional photographer who specialises in photography workshop tours and cultural, adventure tours throughout Indonesia. Please visit his website and

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Motivational Coaching

In Pursuit of Happiness:

Learning from Tom, Dick and Harry By Lily Akpuaka


espite the hype about New Year being a time to celebrate there is something about the end of a year that causes us to pause, sit back and reflect. Perhaps it’s a realization that the clock is ticking, or maybe it is an instinct to leave your mark in the world. Irrespective we often look to our achievements to evaluate whether we are on the right track and if the celebrations should continue. Do achievements really lead to happiness, or does happiness lead to achievements? This question has the potential to have you going in circles faster than a dervish on a Redbull diet, yet it’s a question worth exploring. To do so we will borrow the ideas of a writer called Seligman... Meet Tom – Tom recently moved to Jakarta, he prides himself in being a simple man with logical thinking, logic and experience tell him that pleasures lead to positive emotions, which in turn lead to happiness. So Tom moulds his life around this belief and lives ‘the pleasant life; a life driven by the need (often incessant) to experience pleasure. Tom derives happiness from shopping, eating, drinking, parties, massages and sex. If you still have trouble with the concept think Hollywood where Hugh Hefner mentors the Kardashians. Yes, enjoyable? Yes, luxurious? Yes, alluring? Yes, fun? Meaningful? Ermmmm... Tom’s ‘pleasant life’ runs the motto ‘maximize pleasure and minimize pain’ – which is humane as not many people would have it the other way around. So Tom feels positive emotions and intentionally savours/enjoys these emotions. This is fine as long as it doesn’t spiral out of control; the pleasant life


works in generating happiness, but for how long? The challenges with ‘the pleasant life’ is we quickly become accustomed to things and start taking them for granted; leading happiness to fade. So you wonder - when does ‘the pleasant life’ lead to a sustainable form of happiness? That would be in combination with ‘the good life’ and ‘the meaningful life’? ‘The pleasant life’, like the garnish on an exceptional meal, makes things look pretty without adding much to its taste. To explore ‘the good life’ and ‘the meaningful life’ we meet our two other characters, Dick and Harry. Dick is your no nonsense, achievement driven individual, he is self-aware and goal oriented, he knows his strengths and has moulded his career, his relationships, his health - in fact he has moulded his entire life- to leverage these strengths. Being self-aware and goal oriented has served Dick well in life, he is an achiever, with a successful career he was shipped to Jakarta to deliver business results. Dick lives ‘the good life’ whilst also knowing his boundaries and his strengths. He sets engaging goals that pleasantly challenge him to tap into his inner resources - logically, emotionally and creatively - Dick plays to his strengths because he plays to win. Whilst engaged in goal achievement, Dick experiences a kind of happiness called ‘flow’, he gets so engrossed in his targets that he normally loses track of time and the world melts away, leaving him pleasantly satisfied at the end of a day. This feeling keeps on as long as the goal

is not achieved, but what happens once the goal is achieved? Dick suddenly feels empty, wondering now what? What more is there to life? He most likely jumps into another project, defines another goal to achieve – hence his reputation as the achiever, Dick leaves behind him a trail of achievements but fails to see their purpose. This is where Dick could learn a thing or two from Harry. Harry is just like Dick, however takes ‘the good life’ a step ahead. Whilst he is known to savour the pleasures in life, he has his priorities right - he is a self-aware individual who knows his strengths and better yet he has also taken the time to articulate his purpose in life, so he uses his strengths to belong to a greater, more worthwhile cause. Harry lives ‘the meaningful life’. The meaningful life encourages you to find a sense of purpose beyond achievement for achievement’s sake; it encourages you to ask yourself why certain goals are important, how they are worthwhile and what you contribute to society by achieving them. Essentially, the meaningful life provides the most sustainable form of happiness as it gives all aspects of life a sense of direction so that each goal you achieve contributes towards your purpose in life.

Conclusion Happiness is intertwined with achievement provided achievement has a greater purpose to it. So, why not do something different this year? Set out to find your purpose and work backwards to set goals that align with this purpose.

through this free strengths assessment tool: http://www.authentichappiness. aspx?id=310 Then, identify your purpose: • Make a table with five columns, labelling them Family & Relationships, Work, Community, Health & Wellbeing and Physical/Material Environment. • List positive words you would use to describe your ideal life in each of the areas in the appropriate column. • Review all the columns and identify all the words which have similar/common meanings, list them down separately. • Make an actionable mission statement using these words you listed, ensure your statement is beneficial to other people including yourself. • Ask yourself, ‘How can I use my strengths to deliver this mission in each area of my life?’ Make it a goal. • Then act accordingly… And if things feel awkward at first remember ‘a ship in harbour is safe-but that’s not what ships are for.’

How? Identify your character strengths

Lily Akpuaka Qualified Behaviour and Life Coach. / 0818 888 091

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Personal Tech & Apps

The Augmented Holiday Experience By Juan G. Leysner


ugmented reality (AR) code is a live, direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. It is related to a more general concept called mediated reality, in which a view of reality is modified (possibly even diminished rather than augmented) by a computer. As a result, the technology functions by enhancing one’s current perception of reality. By contrast, virtual reality replaces the real world with a simulated one. Augmentation is conventionally in real-time and in semantic context with environmental elements, such as sports scores on TV during a match. With the help of advanced AR technology (e.g. adding computer vision and object recognition) the information about the surrounding real world of the user becomes interactive and digitally manipulated. Artificial information about the environment and its objects can be overlaid on the real world. So what can you do with this technology?

Have Santa arrive on your desk: Ho ho ho! First you need a marker – you can use this one. Hook up your webcam and head on over to: from the Netherlands. Hold the marker in front of the camera to see Santa appear. Very easy! devices in the U.S. next Tuesday. The app works by pointing your phone’s camera at the company’s red holiday season coffee cups and 47 additional objects, such as bags of coffee, on display at Starbucks retail locations. If I go to Starbucks to drink a cup of coffee, I can produce animations involving five characters - an iceskater, a squirrel, a boy, a dog sledding and a fox - on my screen. You can also interact with the characters. For instance, if you tap the boy on the sled he does a somersault. Those who activate all five characters can qualify to win an as-yet-unnamed prize. The app also includes traditional and social sharing capabilities. You can send e-cards as well as holiday offers from Starbucks, among other things. Now we only have to wait until they will launch it in Indonesia.

Established in 2001, Aksara is quite simply the best place to shop for books, gifts and music in Jakarta. The coolest range of stationeries and home wares for your office and home, the best selection of gift wrapping paper and greeting cards, a curated selection of CDs, DVDs, vinyls, music merchandise and headphones, cameras and camera accessories. And of course, shelves and rows of the best books: new bestsellers, all-time classics, quite a few interesting titles you may not find anywhere else, and the best children’s book corner in town. Find the perfect gift and order online now at!

App Store and at Google Play.

Augmented reality Christmas card App by Macy’s This is bound to be a popular one among the kids. Kids usually write a letter to Santa listing their wishes and Macy’s is trying to make this more fun with its Augmented Reality Christmas Card App. Visit any Macy’s “Believe Stations” to post your kid’s letter to Santa and use this app on your Android or iOs device to give your kids an animated surprise with Virginia and her friends. Choose your favourite characters to take pictures with and create custom virtual Christmas cards. You can share these cards via email and also on Facebook and Twitter.

Starbucks is launching its first major augmented reality app this holiday season that will let customers animate their coffee cups with their smartphones.

To find out more on how to make this Christmas more fun for your kids go to: believe/?cm_mmc=VanityUrl-_-believe-_-n-_-n

Starbucks Cup Magic launches for iPhone and Android

A big leap for the Christmas card The new Funky Pigeon App, which allows mobile users to create and send fun, personalised greetings cards and postcards, is adding the mobile 3D augmented reality dimension ahead of the festive season - a world’s first and a giant leap forward for the humble Christmas card. Smartphone and tablet users simply point their device at the special edition Christmas cards to see a range of cartoon characters, including meandering meerkats, slapstick snowmen, jolly penguins, Santa Claus and his trusted companion Rudolph burst into 3D animated life.

QR codes and Christmas

Though the QR code is nothing new, its integration with the holiday experience is relatively fresh. A Vietnam-based international advertising agency has created Christmas cards that include QR codes. They are being called the “First ever QRistmas Tree”. They consist of an image of a Christmas tree with 12 QR codes, as a nod to the popular “12 Days of Christmas” carol. The codes each have an icon embedded within them that reveals the day’s gift. Each QR code plays a part of the well-known Christmas song. Similarly, QR codes have been included in a number of other uses over the holiday season. Most visibly are those promoting shopping discounts, as well as those encouraging donations into various charitable campaigns. And on that note I would say Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year!

Juan G. Leysner Juan G. Leysner has lived and worked in Jakarta for over 10 years and is the founder of 2,

The Funky Pigeon app can be downloaded for free at the The Harvest, established in 2004, became the first specialized European style pastry shop chain in Indonesia with 12 outlets now open in Jakarta, Bandung and Surabaya. The success of The Harvest lies in the family of a highly motivated, skilled and disciplined team of 800 and the continuous research and development of products, creative packaging and great service. offers the option of online shopping. Buy your pastries, chocolates, cookies and special gift items online and get them sent to your home or to your loved ones as gifts for the Christmas season. 16

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In case you don’t know, let me tell you a thing or two about our favoUrite beer and beloved island of Bali. Bir Bintang, brewed for the first time in Indonesia more than 80 years ago, has been the one beer you look for when you’re in town. There is nothing more comforting than a bottle of cold Bintang in your hand when you are sitting under Indonesia’s tropical sky. As for Bali, who can deny the beauty and allure of the island ever since Spies or Blanco shared them to the world? The island of The Gods is a name known all over the world, and everyone wants to visit Bali. Now Bintang and Bali, are inseparable. When you’re faced with the beaches and the waves of Bali, without a Bintang in your hand, it is not yet complete. Vice versa, a mouthful of Bintang will taste a lot better with the sand under your feet and the sound of gamelan in your ears. It’s a legendary relationship. That is the core of I*Bali campaign. The campaign is a tribute from Bintang to Bali. An acknowledgement of the island’s importance, as one of the most beautiful destinations in Indonesia. Bali is the one of the portals where our guests from around the world meet the wonderfulness of Indonesia for the first time, and also, taste the delight that is Bir Bintang. I*Bali is Bintang sharing the beauty, mystery, art, culture and the people of Bali to the world. It’s an honest promotion from one of Bali’s devoted fans. It’s saying, “Come to Bali, embrace the atmosphere, have a Bintang and have a great time.” And you know, Bintang is right. Come to Bali, come to Indonesia. Amazing and wonderful things await you, especially, Indonesia’s favourite beer: Bir Bintang. 

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Light Entertainment

idiot while “addressing” the ball. I’d already addressed it in my mind – into outer space with a first class stamp.

Stupid Game By Eamonn Sadler


could never work out what all the fuss was about. How hard can it be to whack a little white ball with a stick? I wanted to stride out onto the golf course wearing a pair of silly trousers and get stuck in immediately, but my employers at the time insisted I take some lessons first at their expense. In retrospect I guess they wanted to avoid me embarrassing them in front of senior expats from other companies who actually knew what they were doing and had some respect for the game. Very wise as it turned out. I yawned while Kevin the “golf pro” explained the different clubs and what they are for. I admired the scenery while he showed me the special grip I was to use, and I smiled as he wiggled his ass while demonstrating how to stand looking like an

After an eternity of blah blah blah he finally help up a seven iron and asked me if I wanted to “have a go”. I grabbed the stick and stepped towards the little green mat to whack the ball, but Kevin was still in the way. He wanted to go through the “check list”, but he could see from my blank stare that I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about. Patiently he went through it all again: Feet comfortably apart, head down, knees bent, back straight (with ass sticking out he he he), correct grip, left arm and club in a straight line from the shoulder, grip firmly with top two fingers of left hand etc etc etc. Far too much to remember I thought, and frankly Kevin was a bit too close behind me for comfort by this point, so I asked him impatiently if I could just give it a go and see what happened. Kevin stepped back with hands raised, palms towards me and head tilted downwards, the classic “Ok smart ass, up to you” gesture. I thanked him sarcastically and wound back the bat, all set to send the little white sucker into orbit.

After completing a 360 degree pirouette I looked down the driving range to see where the ball had gone. It hadn’t gone anywhere of course. It was still there on the little rubber tee in front of me. I looked at Kevin, red-faced, but he was absent-mindedly sorting his tees. I set up again, begrudgingly taking some of Kevin’s advice, and swung at the ball again. It bobbled off the tee a few feet and fell off the edge of the platform on to the grass. I looked around. Nobody was taking any notice. I grabbed another ball and placed it on the tee, stepped back and did my level best to stand something like the way Kevin had shown me. I wound back my arms again and swung with all my might. There was an almighty “thwack” and then a “clang” as the ball hit the roof above me and then a strange “pingy” sound as it bounced violently on the concrete just in front of me and scared me half to death. I looked at Kevin again but apparently he now had something far more interesting than me under his finger nail. He’d seen a thousand like me before. This went on for some time before Kevin

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finally came over and stood behind me, grabbing each relevant part of my body and patiently pushing or pulling it into something like the right position. After many more unsuccessful attempts, I finally made contact with my little white nemesis, and it went sailing roughly in the direction of the flags down the range. If you want to know what hapened next, read the previous two paragraphs 50 times. I now have a healthy respect for the game of golf, and I can say that after those ten initial lessons and 15 years of playing the game, I am still absolutely useless at it. Insert your favourite golf joke here. 

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overty. We have all driven past it, seen it on the television, or read about it. And we have all felt genuinely sorry for those who live impoverished lives.

Perhaps you have donated money to a charity or given some of your time voluntarily? But beyond that, what can we really do to make a significant difference? Jon Gwyther, an internationally renowned Director and photographer, felt so confronted by the extreme poverty he observed in Indonesia - that he began a photographic journey to bear witness to the lives of those far less fortunate than himself. It started with a single photograph and has grown into a stunning photographic book and exhibition, ‘Life’s Classroom’. The collection of evocative images lays bare the lives of those living below the poverty line in underprivileged areas of Indonesia. “This journey has led me to a place where connection is beyond language. A place that has no prejudice, as it cannot be afforded; a place where a simple smile is just that and generosity runs deep for those who have little to give. Life’s Classroom is a place that proves the real worth of a person can be found in their actions.” Jon has always believed that he lives a fulfilled and privileged life, but until he undertook this very personal journey, he had no idea just how privileged his life is. “The people featured on the pages of this publication are the teachers and students of Life’s Classroom. Their generosity, dignity, and human spirit are powerful mirrors that simply remind us just how fortunate our own existence is.” Proceeds from every book sold will be generously donated to the Red Nose Foundation in Jakarta. Their mission is to empower Indonesia’s underprivileged youth through their arts and education outreach programme. Jon hopes you will take Life’s Classroom into your own home, and experience the faces of some of the world’s poorest - who suffer simply because of where they were born. For further inquires regarding the book and charity please contact: Stephanie Hoo +61 416235089 or email at | | |

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The Perfect Healthy Christmas Present for your Child! Christmas & New Year’s Soccer Camps Camp 1: Dec. 19th, 20th & 21st, 2012 – Wednesday, Thursday & Friday Time: 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM (3 Hours per day) Location: Pro Arena Futsal – Pondok Indah next to PIM1 & PI Golf Course & ANZ Bank Camp 2: Dec. 26th, 27th & 28th, 2012 – Wednesday, Thursday & Friday Time: 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM (3 Jakarta Expat­­­­ · ­19 December - 15 January 2013



Jakarta Expat­­ · ­26 September - 9 October 2012


Jakarta Expat­­ · ­19 December - 15 January 2013

Jakarta Expat - issue 84 - Christmas & New Year  

Indonesia's Largest Expatriate Readership.

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