Last May, a batik program was launched by three partner organizations — fashion apparel Batik Semar, the Textile Museum in West Jakarta and street children volunteer organization Sahabat Anak. The initial phase of the 40-week program finished in November 2013. Despite concerns about interest levels waning throughout the program, the course proved to be a more »
This, dear reader, is the third in a continuing series of articles examining that unique Asian republic – Gilanesia – as it revs up the national engine room in a historic election year. This week, we observe under our journalistic microscope, the process by which a Gilanesian becomes a politician. The reader is advised not more »
Earlier this month, I attended a Christmas celebration at the Indonesian embassy in Singapore. A strong crowd of 500 people gathered inside the Riptaloka Hall to celebrate late Christmas. The event was organized by the Indonesian Christian Community in Singapore (MKIS) and was attended by people of diverse faiths as a sign of harmony among more »
Although geographically, only a relatively small country, Gilanesia in 2014 – an election year – finds itself encumbered with a top heavy and inefficient bureaucracy which like Topsy of Uncle Tom’s Cabin fame, just “growed”. Gilanesian politicians and public servants love meetings, uniforms and using the word “syncretism”. Let us take a look at the more »
In preparation for this year’s floods in Jakarta, street children volunteer organization Sahabat Anak (Child's Friend) has already established two centers for donations.
The reader should first be acquainted with the history of this island paradise basking in equatorial ease nearby in Southeast Asia. Largely ignored by the outside world until recent centuries, Gilanesia slept peacefully and prosperously in the loving arms of various sultans and their dynastic families, save for the occasional in-house rebellion which usually resulted more »
Low quality arak produced by inexperienced parties can create problems as they can be poisonous. In spite of implementation of various regulations, poisonous arak can still be found in Bali. This lethal drink is usually supplied by inexperienced individuals who failed to properly remove methanol, the by-product of arak production. Methanol is a lethal substance that can cause extreme illnesses such as kidney failures, blindness or death.
“Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world,” the late Nelson Mandela used to say. Our government has allocated Rp 286.85 trillion ($30.4 billion) — 20 percent of the state budget — for education in 2013. The number will be possibly increased this year for about 7.5 percent. The president stated that the more »
The term corporate social responsibility came into use in the late 1960s and has grown in acceptance as more corporations recognize the link between the sustainability of their business and its obligation to the world. Business is no longer about just making a profit but about recognizing the impacts it has on the community and more »