Apr 292011

Before I left Indonesia to finish my degree abroad 13 years ago, I met an artist from Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi, during the Nur Gora Rupa art festival in Surakarta, Central Java. He invited me to his hometown.

I didn’t go simply because the place existed beyond my imagination. More than a decade ago, Sulawesi was not on the map of the Indonesian contemporary art scene.  Continue reading »

Apr 292011

Ubud is arguably the best place to use as a base if you’re visiting Bali; if you’re looking for culture, comfort, nature and inspiration. Ubud is surrounded by most of the things that bring people to Bali — scenic rice fields, small villages, art and craft communities, ancient temples, palaces, rivers, cheap accommodation and unique luxury hotels. Continue reading »

Apr 282011


It doesn’t have to be Earth Day for us to think about how we can make an impact (or less of an impact) on our planet. Here are some simple “green tips” for every day living. When done regularly, they just become a way of life.

1. Skip the bottled water

* Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of plastic container waste.
* Bring a reusable water bottle, preferably aluminum rather than plastic, with you when traveling or at work. This also applies to buying coffee.

2. Borrow instead of buying

* Borrow from libraries instead of buying personal books and movies. This saves money, not to mention the ink and paper that goes into printing new books. Download from bit torrent. Go paperless and wireless.  Continue reading »

Apr 282011

USATODAY.com has listed Indonesia as one of the 10 great places for travel bargains in year 2011. This year is still seen as a good time to travel. Even if budgets are limited, one only needs to look for the right place. Indonesia, with wide variety of attractions surely offers an abundance of choices at very affordable prices.

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Apr 282011

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said his ministry remains committed to keeping Papua`s primary forest regions intact and not letting them be exploited by forest concession holders.

The minister made the statement in a media dialogue on forestry policies held by ANTARA News Agency here on Tuesday.

He said there had been requests for opening the forest regions in Papua for non-forestry activities but the government was resolved to keep intact the 7.3 million hectares of primary forests in the province.  Continue reading »