Adelia Anjani Putri   22 September 2017 11:55 - It’s summertime and you feel the need to dip your toes in the sea or spend a chill day on the beach? We get it. But not everyone can get out of town for a getaway in Bali or Maldives. You might have a job you can’t leave behind or other reasons. We also get it. But it’s not a good enough reason to give away your dream of a sunny holiday.

Guess what? You don’t have to go far for a dose of good vitamin sea. You can stay in Jakarta and enjoy a paradise that as beautiful as, if not better, than Bali or Maldives.

We’re talking about Jakarta’s district of Thousand Islands, or Kepulauan Seribu. Before you frown, check out these pictures from @pulau_seribu_island_adventure that will make you believe that a weekend in Thousand Islands is all you need.

1. The sea is this clear!


Join us on our many adventures to the thousand Islands.

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2. You can snorkel with your friends, or if you’re too lazy to move around, you can just float. No judgement.


Thousand islands. Pulau Kotok Kecil

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3. You can do some action with a jet ski or play with the little ones on a float.


Fun in the sun

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4. In Pulau Kelapa, you can say hello and pet turtles and see baby turtles as well!

5. In Pulau Kelor, you can visit old Dutch building and trace local history.


Dutch forte Indonesia. Pulau Kelor.

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6. When the night falls, you can stay at homestays and mingle with locals. Hear their stories and experience the island life.

7. Or if you’re not a people person, you can stay onboard of a yacht that you can rent.


Set sail tomorrow.

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8. One thing for sure, your Instagram game will be on point.


Shooting on board for a commercial....

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Believe us now? :)



Angga Roni Priambodo  21 August 2017 15:50

“God was smiling when He created Indonesia,” the proverb said — and we believe that it might be right.

Indonesia has places with incomparable wonderful view and one of them is in Widi Island, South Halmahera, North Maluku.

Here are ten proof of the beauty of Widi Islands:

1. A hut in the middle of beautiful sea

Image: Instagram/andaruintan

2. Peaceful and quiet atmosphere

Image: Instagram/roroayuku

3. Stunning look of white sand and blue sea combined

Image: Samuel Stonehill

4. Daga Kecil Island in Widi Islands


5. Sunset in Widi Islands is not something you want to miss

Image: Instagram/serlyindahp

6. Snorkeling? You can do it there too!

Image: Instagram/wisat1

7. Lying down on white sand while enjoying the blue sea might relieve you from daily stress

Image: Instagram/ikafujirahayu8

8. Seafood? Choose as much as you want!

Image: Facebook/Apri Eko Prasetyo

9. If you are lucky, you might witness dolphins jumping on the water

Image: Instagram/nendensinov

10. What are you waiting for? Plan your trip now!

Image: Instagram/ikafujirahayu8



  18 August 2017 14:20

Indonesia has wonderful places and one of the most famous places to visit in Indonesia might be Raja Ampat.

However, since it cost quite a lot to go to Raja Ampat. But, there is another place you can go for similar breathtaking view.

With its wonderful view but lower cost, Kei Islands can be your next destination — if Raja Ampat costs too much for you. It is only one hour by flight from Ambon yet it offers a lot of wonderful spots to enjoy.

How does it look like? Check these pictures out!

1. Bair Island

Image: Instagram/Hafiedzuk23

2. Hawang Cave

Image: Instagram/@gustafnifan, @yonas_teniwut

3. Ngurtavur

Image: Instagram/@Hafiedzuk23, @Gary_iskak

4. Pasir panjang


5. Matwear

Image: Instagram/@maya_maskim

6. Ohoidertawun

Image: Instagram/@ommaan77

So, how? They are all amazing, aren’t they?

Annddd.. You do not need to get confused about where to stay since you can find hotels and lodgings there. Plus, you can get 4G signal there. Yay to the great pictures you can take for the 'Gram!

Original article by Wensislaus Noval Rumangun


Krystal Buckle  25 July 2017 15:55

Not every bakery can turn soto into a pastry, but that’s exactly what Talita Setyadi’s BEAU has done.

Traditional favorites such as kue lapis legit and soto are being transformed into textual, innovative versions of their former self on a daily basis. Testing the waters and pushing the limits of pastry creation is what Setyadi and her team do best.

Featuring mostly neutral colors and clean lines, the bakery’s interior places all emphasis on the pastries and cakes themselves. “I want the products to shine,” Setyadi says. Glass windows separate the chefs from the customers, providing a glimpse into the world of éclair decorating and bread baking. Setyadi’s strong vision for the space is what sets BEAU apart. “We found a way to tie everything together. It’s an experience, the interior design, the food, the uniforms. Everything is coherent, everything makes sense.”

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Aside from pastries and an extensive brunch menu, BEAU also serves Smørrebrød, Danish open-faced sandwiches. Standouts include the Gravad Laks sandwich with house-cured salmon, dill, yogurt, beet and radish, and Prosciutto with ricotta, caramelized cashews, arugula and honey.

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© 2017 Buckle

Talita Setyadi, a musician-turned-pastry-chef-turned-creative director, grew up in Auckland, making school holiday visits to Jogja to help out in her Grandmother’s bakery. While studying music and playing gigs as part of a three-piece folk trio, Setyadi started making her own macarons and selling them on the side. “We would sell my baked cupcakes, cookies and macarons at the door, so people could buy a cupcake and pay for the ticket,” she says. “I found that I could affect people the same way through food as I could through music.”

After deciding not to pursue music, Talita instead moved to France to study as a pastry chef. Ironically, “I found out, during my internship there, that I wasn’t actually a good working pastry chef. I would get bored doing the same thing,” she says. From there, she moved to New York to study restaurant management and bread baking. When asked what eventually made her come back and open a business in Jakarta, she answered: the ingredients. “Coming back to Indonesia I saw a plethora of food ingredients that I was not able to play with in France. Like coconut sugar, it’s so simple but I use it in almost everything. It’s like if you want to hit five birds with one stone,” Setyadi says.

Proudly preservative and food coloring free, even the colored powder sprinkled over their éclairs is made from dehydrated strawberries and potatoes. Perhaps it’s BEAU’s innovative use of traditional ingredients and modern interior that draws hordes of young Indonesians to the bakery each day. “From the beginning I knew I wanted to do something new. I wanted to be a pioneer of some sort, a trailblazer. I want to create Indonesian products that I can bring overseas” Setyadi says.

As for yet another possible career change, Talita seems pretty happy where she is at the moment. “I get to be the conductor, oversee the whole thing. It’s the dream,” she says. Plans to expand globally aren’t out of the question yet and word on the grapevine is that BEAU is opening in Bali next year.

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Krystal Buckle  20 July 2017 12:00

Established in 2014 by former editor of the Jakarta Post Abdul Khalik and Indonesian novelist Okky Madasari, the ASEAN Literary Festival aims to foster cultural dialogue through literature and promote freedom of expression. In 2016, the festival’s discussion of sensitive topics including the 1965 mass killings and LGBT community was widely objected to. Pressure from hundreds of demonstrators, including local militant groups, caused the event to nearly be shut down.

The festival was criticized last year, but it doesn't mean that there's not going to be another event this year.

In fact, this year, the 4th ASEAN Literary Festival is ready to launch in August with many interesting things to expect.

For a start, award-winning writer Faisal Tehrani will open and speak at the opening. "What makes the writer special?" you might ask. For a start, one play and five of Tehrani’s novels are banned in Malaysia. That should say something.

Then, the festival will host a series of events involving writers, artists, intellectuals and scholars from ten ASEAN countries. As a forum for the debate of contentious issues, the program will include speeches on blasphemy law, persecution and radicalism.

Journalist and writer Arswendo Atmodiloto will discuss one of Indonesia’s hottest issues in contemporary politics: religious blasphemy. The Culture and Education Ministry’s Director-General for Culture, Hilmar Farid will speak about uniting Southeast Asia through literature while foreign journalist Michael Vatikiotis will discuss populism and radicalism following the publication of his latest book on religious conflict. Poetry slams, travel writing workshops and book launches will also be held during the three-day festival.

“Being a community means exploring each other’s culture, including literature and books from each country member,” the festival co-founder Okky Madasari said in an interview with Antara. “Only culture and literature can genuinely tie us together. Focusing on only economics and politics would make the ASEAN community mere rhetoric and illusion,” she said.


The 4th ASEAN Literary Festival will take place in Kota Tua, Jakarta from August 3-6.


Krystal Buckle  14 July 2017 10:30

It’s not every day that you get the chance to ride a rainbow bicycle around a place that has seen centuries of colonization, protests, riots and change. Kota Tua, which translates to ‘Old Town’, stands as a relic of Indonesia’s history and Jakarta’s colonial past. With something for everyone, Kota Tua is a place worth battling the traffic for. Here is a list of 4 must-do activities:


  1. Immerse yourself in J-Town’s history

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History seeps from each building in Kota Tua, the most famous of which is the Jakarta History Museum, or more popular as Museum Fatahillah. Built in 1710 as the Batavia city hall, the museum exhibits paintings, furniture, objects from the Dutch East Indies Company and ancient archaeological remains. It includes the richest collection of Betawi style furniture from the 17th to the 19th century. A good place to get your bearings, the Museum’s second floor provides a view of the square and surrounding buildings from above.

The museum is open on Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..

  1. Ride a colorful bike around Taman Fatahillah

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Named after an Jakarta's own hero, Taman Fatahillah is the centre point of all activities in Kota Tua. Street vendors offer pimped up bicycles for two, an ideal mode of transport for exploring the square and capturing those winning Instagram photos. You can rent one only for Rp 20,000-30,000 per 30 minutes.


  1. Watch a free Wayang performance

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Museum Wayang offers free Wayang performances every Sunday at 10 a.m.. If you can’t make it on the weekend, the collection of over 4,000 puppets from territories all across Indonesia is still worth a visit. Open since 1975, the museum provides visitors with a unique glimpse of Javanese cultural heritage over the years.

The museum is open on Tuesday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m..


  1. Have a drink at Café Batavia

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Sipping on a cocktail and listening to live Jazz is the perfect way to end a day spent exploring Kota Tua.

Constructed in the 1830s, the interior of Café Batavia was refurbished to give guests a taste of what it was like to live and dine during the colonial era. Vintage photographs of 1930s celebrities and royals deck the upper floor or ‘Grand Salon’. Constructed mainly of wood, the café is blessed with an abundance of natural light thanks to large shuttered windows that look out over Taman Fatahillah and the colonial buildings surrounding it.

Quick tip: the Dim Sum set is perfect for a quick bite.

© 2017 Buckle

Well folks, there you have it. 4 things to do in Kota Tua in one day. It’ll be hot and crowded so be sure to bring a bottle of water while you’re taking in the sights and venturing from one Dutch building to the next.


Andry Trysandy Mahany  12 July 2017 11:00

Indonesia has beautiful places with wonderful view which even attract foreigners to come.

However, some of them have something you need to be cautious of while visiting them.

Here are some of the crazy/beautiful places and why you always need to keep an eye out for some (unpleasant) surprises.

1. Manyaifun Island, Raja Ampat

Image: youtube/@kaufikanril

Raja Ampat is one of destinations in Indonesia that tourists do not want to miss despite the expensive cost to go and stay there.

It was all pretty and nice until in the middle of 2016, Russian tourist Sergey Lykhvar was found dead in Manyaifun, one of the island in Raja Ampat, after missing for a day while snorkeling around the island.

When Search and Rescue (SAR) team found him, they saw a big saltwater crocodile in the location around his dead body.

The 37-year-old man was estimated to die after being attacked by the crocodile.

“We believe he was killed by a crocodile judging from the missing body parts and the extent of his injuries,” said the head of SAR team Prastyo Budiarto to The Guardian.

There are some spots in Raja Ampat that also have some predators, ranging from sharks to crocodiles.

2. Banyak Island, Aceh Singkil

Image: Shutterstock/PhotoRoman

Tourist recently started to flock to the island to see its underwater beauty, but fishes and corals are not the only thing waiting for them there.

A crocodile attack has also reportedly happened in the area. Belgian Nico Meers and German Lina Kall were reportedly missing after being dragged either by the sea waves or a saltwater crocodile.


3. Pantai Selatan or South Beach, Java

Image via Shutterstock/Isvara Pranidhara

In most spots along Java's Pantai Selatan, it's forbidden to swim far from the coastline because it's dangerous.

It’s not that it has myth that the ocean's ruler loves to take victims, but the waves in this area generally have high-energy as the coast is directly adjacent to the ocean and the wind blows hard.

In certain spots including Cimaja, Pelabuhanratu or Karangbolong there can be two meter height of waves.


4. Dieng Plateau

Image: Shutterstock/Martanto Setyo Husodo

Sileri crater in Dieng recently erupted and injured 20 tourists.

In 2011, The National Disaster Mitigation Agency warned people of possible poisonous gas coming out from Dieng craters. The agency also mentioned that Dieng could be more dangerous than Merapi if it erupts.

The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry noted there are 22 craters in Dieng people need to be careful of, one of which is Timbah Crater.


However, wherever you go, still you have to be careful and cautious since accident might happen anywhere, anytime.


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