12 September 2017 10:40

Finding damaged roads while you're driving is indeed annoying. Unfortunately, sometimes the roads do not get fixed soon that we think we need to fix it ourselves.

But how many of us would actually do so?

Facebook account Eko Purnomo shared a moment of a man fixing a damaged road using his own car at the area of Selokan Mataram, Maguwoharjo, Yogyakarta.


The man complained about the damaged road which is actually used as an alternative way to avoid traffic jam in Yogyakarta.

“Salute for this man who fix the damaged road by himself using equipments and materials he brought in his car. The location was in Jalan Selokan Mataram, Maguwoharjo Selatan, Kradenan football field. The road is damaged and in certain times (morning and evening) the road will be full since it is used as an alternative way to avoid traffic jam in Jalan Jogja-Solo in front of the airport. #SAG” wrote Eko Purnomo on the caption.



Netizens react to the post positively:

“I hope you will always be healthy, Sir,” Wrote Teguh Surawan

“This man is really joss (awesome).. so kind-hearted.. with high sense of caring,” Wrote Maria Susanti

Original article by Laksa Mahardikengrat



Angga Roni Priambodo  08 September 2017 09:00

A mother and her son reunited after 35 years of separation.

The moment was shared by Uskub Muzamil, a netizen from Bengkulu, who helped them to reunite.

The son, Paidi, works for Muzamil to take care of his garden. The two began to share their story to each other.

“His name is Pak Paidi, from Wonogiri, and since 1981 he left his hometown to work along with his neighbor. When I asked him how many times has he got home to Wonogiri, he said he never [gets back to his hometown], and when I asked him how was his mother, I was surprised when he said he did not know, not even if his mother is still alive or not. At that moment I was shocked and I thought to myself, if his mother is still alive and healthy, she must have missed him a lot.” Muzamil wrote on his social account.

Shortly, Muzamil helped Pak Paidi to meet his mother again in Wonogiri. After knowing that his mother is still alive, Muzamil then take Paidi to his hometown on Tuesday.

Here are the heart-touching moments of Pak Paidi reunited with his mother after 35 years:



Petra Hapsari  02 September 2017 13:32

Travel blogger Jacob Laukitis shared how different the life in North Korea and the life in South Korea are.

After visiting North Korea around one year ago, finding out how weird the life in the country was, he decided to travel to South Korea.

Just over 60 years ago, both North Korea and South Korea were the same country before they ended up separating themselves from each other with South Korea being one of the most developed countries while North Korea becomes extremely closed country.

Is the situation in North Korea really different from South Korea’s? Let’s watch the video to find out!


Andry Trysandy Mahany  29 June 2017 11:22

Dancing Mountain House is currently known as one of the best settlements in Asia. The residence has also gained an award as the Asian’s best residential project.

It was designed by Budi Pradono, an architect who designed Bawen-Salatiga toll road which has been claimed as the most beautiful toll road in the world for its wonderful view.

Now, let’s take a look at some facts and pictures of the project.

1. Dancing Mountain House by Budi Pradono was awarded as the best residency in Asia in Arcasia Architecture Awards (AAA) 2016.


2. Arcasia is Council of Asian Regional Architects, formed by 19 architecture organization in Asia.


3. Arcasia regularly holds architecture congress and awards excellent architects.


4. Dancing Mountain House became the best after putting the role of architecture among the society in its concept and combining modernization with traditions.


5. The residential project was finished in 2014 yet it became a trend again as Salatiga toll road raised its popularity lately.


6. Since Dancing Mountain House does not have blocking, it enables it to create a kinship nuance.



Irwan Khoiruddin  27 June 2017 11:00

Have you ever wished having striking images straight out of your camera without the help of photoshop? Sounds pretty close to impossible, right?

But, the simple camera hacks by 5-Minute Crafts will show you how to invoke various effects without using photoshop or touch ups and lightroom.

1. Take pictures through your glasses

2. Use chapstick to create a dreamy effect

3. DIY heart-shaped bokeh

4. Draw using light like what those cool kids do on Instagram!

5. Make your own belt sling

Here's the full tutorial:



Retno Wulandari  17 May 2017 12:15

We've heard about batik, but batik is not the only fabric Indonesia has. With hundreds of ethnic groups, Indonesia has thousands of colorful traditional fabrics — all are equally beautiful and unique, each with its own meaning and values. 

Here are some of Indonesia's most popular fabrics.


One of Batik Pesisir patterns (Photo via Shutterstock)

Batik is Indonesia's most prominent traditional textiles, originating from the island of Java. Traditionally, batik is made of natural materials, such as cotton and silk, or a mixture of both, using natural dye and wax that created the fabric's beautiful and calm natural colors. Batik is made by applying hot wax onto white plain cloth, forming desired patterns and then dyeing it with colors. The cloth is then washed and boiled in water several times before it can be used.

One of Batik Pedalaman/Kraton patterns (Photo via Shutterstock)

Javanese batik is divided into two types: batik pedalaman (or Kraton batik) and batik pesisir (coastal batik). Batik pedalaman, also known as classical batik, came from Javanese royal tradition, especially in Yogyakarta and Surakarta (Solo). It was originally made for royals and aristocrats and has many traditional values and meanings. Batik pedalaman usually has geometrical patterns and comes in calm, dark colors, such as deep brown, light brown or deep blue.

Batik in Javanese wedding costume "Paes Ageng" (Photo via Shutterstock)

On the contrary, batik pesisiran, thanks to its Chinese, Indian and Arabian influence, is brighter in colors and more dynamic in patterns. More vivid colors often seen, such as red, green, fuchsia, blue and yellow. Patterns like flowers, bird of paradise, or butterflies also often seen in batik pesisiran.


Sasirangan (Photo via Wikimedia)

Sasirangan is a custom fabric of Banjar tribe in South Kalimantan. Its patterns and colors are obtained from the process of staining with a barrier, using rope or yarn to form certain patterns. Compared to the tie dye fabric in general, sasirangan patterns are typically more orderly and smaller, creating the impression of grace and elegance.


One of ulos patterns (Photo via Shutterstock)

Ulos is a traditional textile of Batak tribes of North Sumatra that is traditionally worn during weddings, funerals or other formal events. ulos is normally worn as a drape over the shoulder. There are many kinds of ulos for different ceremonial necessities, but in general, ulos is generally hand-woven, made using manual loom machine. In weddings, the bride and groom are bound together with one piece of ulos. In Batak culture, giving ulos (mangulosi) to friends and relatives is an expression of love and homage to the receiver.

Batak bride and groom wearing ulos (Photo via Kapanlagi)


Gringsing (Photo via Mukenabalietnik)

Gringsing is a traditional fabric from Tenangan, Bali. Making one piece of gringsing takes a very long time, about two to five years, as the process is mostly done by hands, with minimum tool involved. Gringsing name was derived from two words, gring which means “sick” and sing which means “no/negative”. The fabric is believed to be the disease repellent.


Palembang songket (Photo via BucukotaPalembang)

Songket is a traditional Malay woven fabric. It can be found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. The hand woven fabric is usually made of silk or cotton and considered exquisite, luxurious and prestigious traditional fabric to be worn only during ceremonies, weddings, and formal occasions. In Indonesia, songket can be found mainly in Palembang (South Sumatra), Minangkabau (West Sumatra), Medan (South Sumatra), Jambi, Lombok and Bali.

Komering bride wearing songket (Photo credit: Mahligai/Ridha Kusumabrata)

Lahat bride and groom wearing songket (Photo credit: Mahligai/Seno-Photomotion)



Besurek (Photo via Bengkulu Express)

Besurek (means “written”) comes from Sumatran province of Bengkulu. It is a batik-like fabric but most of its patterns resemble Arabic scripts or calligraphy. The patterns are influenced by the elements of Islam. The making of besurek is not much different from batik, but it has brighter and bolder colors.


Tapis (Photo via Wikimedia)

Tapis is a traditional woven fabric from Lampung. It is usually made in dark color, mostly black, deep red or deep green. It’s embellished with warped and couched gold threads that form the typical tapis patterns. Tapis can also be decorated with beads or small coins. Tapis is usually used during formal ceremonies and special occasions. In addition to part of wedding costume, Tapis can also be used as wall decoration. It comes with floral, geometric, or Arabic script patterns.

Women wearing tapis as sarong and sash (Photo via SanggarNusantara)


Lurik (Photo via BlogGunungKidul)

Lurik is a woven cloth with stripes that has traditionally been a typical rural male outfit among Javanese tribes. Made of rough cotton, the fabric is relatively cheap and affordable for the poor in the past. Now lurik has transformed into a modern cloth that is often used in modern fashion and has been made in more colors.

Lurik in modern fashion (Photo via Kapanlagi)


Tenun ikat Lombok (Photo via Wikimedia)

Ikat is woven from strings of yarn. Prior weaving process, strands of yarn are tied with plastic or rope in accordance with the pattern to be made, so that when dyed, the yarn won’t be stained with the dye.The looms used are non-electrical looms. Some areas in Indonesia famous for their ikat woven cloth are Toraja, Sintang, Jepara, Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Sumba, Flores and Timor.

Sutra Bugis

Sutra Bugis sarong matched with Baju Bodo (Photo via Masagena)

Sutra Bugis, or Bugis silk sarongs, was originally only used to pair with baju bodo (traditional clothes of South Sulawesi). Bugis silk sarongs have different checkered patterns that used to give a clue whether a Bugis is married. The smaller checkered pattern in bright colors is called the Ballo Renni and it is made for unmarried women. While the bigger checkered pattern in bright redcalled Balo Lobang is made for unmarried men. In addition to these two patterns, there are also some other patterns in Bugis silk sarongs.


Retno Wulandari  15 May 2017 12:30

Kebaya is a traditional women's blouse usually made of cotton, silk, or brocade that has openings on the front and long sleeves. Kebaya is usually worn during formal occasions, combined with batik sarong, songket, or other traditional textiles. But recently, kebaya with simple design appears in many casual events, as well as in Jakarta’s government offices every Thursday.

In its early days, traditional kebaya were only seen in the court of the Javanese Kingdom of Majapahit, to be mixed with kemben —a torso wrap worn by noblewomen— for extra cover, following the newly-adopted Islamic teachings. At first, kebaya was only allowed for royal family and female aristocrats. But later on, it started to be adopted by commoners.

As a popular fashion item in Javanese kingdoms era, the Javanese style kebaya had made its debut in some other kingdoms around the archipelago. Royals in Aceh, Riau and Johor Kingdoms, as well as some kingdoms in Northern Sumatra, adopted the blouse for social status.

After hundreds of years journey, kebaya has been adopted to local traditions and cultures, with nearly every region in Indonesia having its own form of the garment. Here are some types of kebaya we can see worn in Indonesia today.

Kebaya Kartini

Actresses wore kebaya in Kartini movie (Photo via Trivia.id)

This is a popular type of kebaya among aristocrats in 19th century Java, especially during the lifetime of Indonesian national heroine Raden Ajeng Kartini. The term of “Javanese kebaya” is often associated with kebaya Kartini, although there are a few differences between the two.

Garuda Indonesia adopted kebaya Kartini for its flight attendants (Photo via YouTube)

Kebaya Kartini usually made of fine, opaque fabrics, and, as seen in several Kartini’s photos, white is a popular color. This type of kebaya’s covers the hips. It also has minor adornment, such as stitching or applied laces. It also has a v-shaped collar, which is similar to Peranakan Encim kebaya. What makes kebaya Kartini different is the signature fold on the front, creating a tall and slender impression of the wearer.

Sometimes wearers of kebaya Kartini put a kerongsang, a metal brooch, on their chest as jewelry.

Kebaya Jawa (Javanese Kebaya)

Black velvet Javanese kebaya by Anne Avantie (Photo via Pinterest)

Kebaya Jawa as a wedding costume by Didiet Maulana (Photo credit: IKAT Indonesia)


The elegant Javanese kebaya comes with a simple design and a V-neck cut. Usually, it’s made from opaque or semi-transparent fine fabrics, plain or patterned, with stitching or embroidery adornment. They also come in other materials, such as cotton, brocade, silk and velvet. The transparent kebaya is worn over a matching undergarment, such as a bodice, kemben, or camisole.


Kutubatu in patterned fabrics, mixed with Javanese batik (Photo via TrendBajuKebaya)

Kutubaru with batik, adorned with kerongsang brooch (Photo via Instagram/@Inspirasi_Kebaya)

Kutubaru is another type of kebaya believed to be originated from Central Java. Its form is quite similar to Javanese kebaya. The difference is kutubaru has additional fabric called bef, connecting the opening of kebaya around the chest and abdomen, creating a rectangle-shaped collar, to recreate the look of the unbuttoned kebaya worn over matching kemben in the past.

Kebaya Bali (Balinese Kebaya)

(Photo via Shutterstock/Lano Lan)

Like its Javanese counterpart, Balinese kebaya also has the signature V-neckline with folded collar. The tight-fitting kebaya is made of semi-transparent fabrics, such as cotton or brocade, adorned with embroidery or lace. Sometimes the fabrics are already patterned with stitchings. Kerongsang brooch is seldom used and in exchange, Balinese wear a sash or shawl wrapped around the waist.

Balinese women wearing white kebaya and sarong during ceremony (Photo via Shutterstock/Tropical Studio)

Balinese women wear white kebaya as pakaian adat (customary dress) with sarong during rituals and ceremony. For other occasions or daily activities, they prefer more colorful kebaya with shorter sleeves.

Kebaya Sunda (Sundanese Kebaya)

Kebaya Sunda as a wedding costume (Photo via Verakebaya)

The Sundanese kebaya usually made of brocade in various colors, and often transformed to modern and wedding kebaya. The tight-fitting, embroidery-adorned kebaya has a U-collar neckline and sometimes features broad curves to show more skin. The contemporary Sundanese kebaya has an extra long lower parts on the back, covering hips and thighs. Wedding kebaya even has a sweeping long train, believed to be adapted from European wedding dress.

Kebaya Encim or Peranakan

Kebaya Encim or Kebaya Nyonya combined with batik pesisiran (Photo via Wikimedia)

Encim or Peranakan kebaya was usually worn by Chinese-Indonesian ladies who lived in Chinese settlements in various regions in Java coasts, such as Lasem, Tuban, Surabaya, Pekalongan, Semarang and Cirebon. Kebaya Encim is different from the Javanese kebaya for its finer embroidery and lighter, colorful and finer imported fabrics, such as silk or linen.  Kebaya Encim goes well with batik pesisiran sarong, which typically comes in brighter colors and more dynamics patterns.

Kebaya Encim also popular among Chinese ancestry in other Malayan countries, such as Malaysia and Singapore, with the name of “kebaya Nyonya.”

Kebaya Indo

(Photo via Wikimedia)

Kebaya Indo or Eurasian kebaya were popular amongst European ladies during the Dutch colonnial era in Indonesia. Dutch women and Indos (European-Asian ancestry) of high social status adopted kebaya as a formal social dress, adding their signature lacy fabrics to the traditional blouse. During their stay in the Dutch East Indies, the tropical heat made them abandon their tight corset and instead wear comfortable undergarment under their kebaya.  They probably adopted kebaya from the clothing worn by Nyai, Indonesian native in colonial households who lived in the house as housekeepers or concubines.

Eurasian and Dutch kebaya (Photo credit (right): David Grandison Fairchild)

Kebaya Indo has slight differences with Javanese kebaya in its shorter sleeves and lace adornment. Sometimes Dutch women imported fine laces from Bruges or the Netherlands for their kebaya embellishments. Kebaya worn by colonials usually were white in color and made of light fabrics. Black silk kebaya were often used as evening wear.


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