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Go-Jek Go International

Go-Jek Go International

An American entrepreneur who has invested in Indonesian start-up Go-Jek is confident the motorcycle taxi company can one day take on the world. “Go-Jek is currently preparing a larger business plan,” Arthur Benjamin told the Jakarta Globe during his recent visit to the country. The 64-year-old said Go-Jek’s Jakarta business

Spreading the Travel Bug

Spreading the Travel Bug

When student Saphira Tanka Zoelfikar visited Singapore and Malaysia in 2007 with some friends, she was amazed to see the amount of helpful information available to tourists at each destination. As someone who has spent a lot of time traveling around Indonesia, Vira, as she is known to her friends,

Tempe-riffic!

Tempe-riffic!

I was checking out some recipes for dinner and lo and behold! Found a bunch of recipes on Tempe from all over the world! Yes, that traditional soy product originally from Java, Indonesia made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form. My

A Rockin' Time In Jakarta

A Rockin' Time In Jakarta

This year’s Java Rockin’ Land is set to take place July 22-24 to bring an epic lineup of international headliners to the Big Durian: 30 Seconds to Mars American rock band 30 Seconds to Mars will be making its first trip to Indonesia to perform on the first day of the festival.

Incubus Returning to Indonesia

Incubus Returning to Indonesia

For longtime fans of California rock band Incubus, it must feel like Christmas in July. Not only were they treated to the release of the band’s seventh studio album, “If Not Now, When?” last Tuesday, but they will also be able to catch the band live in concert at Istora

Rupiah, Where It Belongs

Rupiah, Where It Belongs

The Indonesian rupiah has been one of the strongest gainers against the US dollar this year, second only to the South Korean won. Excess dollar liquidity has contributed to the Indonesian currency’s strength — so much so that the rupiah might well have stayed below Rp 8,500 to the dollar

The Lady goes 'Gaga' over Indonesia

The Lady goes 'Gaga' over Indonesia

“Hi Indonesia, this is Lady Gaga,” the Mother Monster said in a video released on Youtube on Wednesday. “I promise I will be coming there soon on my Born This Way Ball tour.” After announcing the dates for her 2012 tour last week, Lady Gaga tweeted additional details that set Indonesian

Hollywood Returns

Hollywood Returns

In the clearest sign of hope yet, Indonesian officials signaled on Thursday that Hollywood blockbusters — including the last Harry Potter film — could be back on screens within a fortnight. Djonny Sjafruddin, head of the Indonesian Cinema Companies Union (GPBSI), told the Jakarta Globe that almost all film importation

Indonesia proposes ASEAN visa

Indonesia proposes ASEAN visa

Indonesia is to bring up the issue of instituting a joint ASEAN visa system at an ASEAN ministerial meeting (AMM) next July 16-23, a minister said. "The idea to adopt a joint ASEAN visa system for visitors from outside the ASEAN region will be discussed during a ministerial meeting in

For the Love of Her Homeland

For the Love of Her Homeland

Do you want to know what love is capable of? Ask Papua radio journalist Kathe Vince Dimara, who has unconditional love for her homeland. It was love for her motherland that made the winner of the prestigious S.K. Trimurti Award choose to become a journalist in a remote village in Papua. It