Scoops Of Happiness

As published in Bali and Beyond August 2016 The hot and humid air of Jakarta combined with the chaotic traffic makes people, even the health-conscious ones, go in search of a scoop of ice cream to cool down (and stay sane). Luckily Jakarta has no shortage of crave-worthy ice cream parlors, from a simple scoop of classic…

Set Your Goal!

As published in Bali and Beyond January 2016 Discover how to stay fit in the capital city without being a member of any gym… The idea of a “workout” is usually associated with going to the gym – once you set your goal, you will find yourself become a regular member in a fitness center. But…

A gravity-defying workout

As published in The Jakarta Post Wed, June 3 2015 These days, workout aficionados are taking their fitness into the air. One new twist called PowerSwing combines antigravity yoga (AGY), gymnastics and Pilates into an exercise program ‘€” all while using a multifunctional suspension device. The woman behind the new discipline in Jakarta is Simone…

Contra-Mestre Papa-Léguas: Preserving capoeira’s philosophy

As published in The Jakarta Post Nov 2010 Jaime de Oliveira Gontijo, the founder of one of the world’s fastest-growing capoeira group, wasn’t born into a family of capoeira masters. In fact, Gontijo, also known as Contra-Mestre Papa-Léguas, only started learning capoeira, — a blend of martial arts, dancing, singing that has been labeled as a…

King of pop’s spirit lives on

As published in The Jakarta Post Aug 2012 Michael Jackson, one of the most-beloved entertainers and possibly one of the most influential artists of all-time, left an indelible legacy in pop culture. Jackson was hugely successful with his solo career, and his blend of impressive singing and dancing skills won him countless number of imitators. Countless performers,…

History, landscapes await in Ternate

As published in The Jakarta Post and Asia News Network Mon, April 25 2011 As published in The Nation (Thailand’s Independent Newspaper) Mon, Sept 5 2012 The natural allure of Ternate Island is rarely experienced. Alongside with its neighbor of Tidore, the island was renowned as a source of nutmeg and cloves during the age of…

The land of Toraja’s Sizzling Highlights

As published in The Jakarta Post Mon, April 25 2011 Known for its remarkable tenun or woven cloth and funeral ceremonies, Tana Toraja — “the Land of Toraja” — is a lot more than meets the eye. Located in South Sulawesi, this prominent tourist destination in Indonesia is encircled by mountains, cliffs, forests and dotted…

Capoeira finds a place in Indonesia

As published in The Jakarta Post Sun, May 2 2010 Capoeira, a form of martial arts-cum-philosophy and an icon of Brazilian culture, has been spreading its wings across Indonesia, with groups of practitioners sprouting in many of the country’s cities. Developed during the days of the slave trade in South America, thus long entrenched in…

Have fun with Foursquare

As published in The Jakarta Post Sun, May 2 2010 Keep your friends up to date on your whereabouts, get rewarded for becoming the most frequent visitor to preferred sites, get badges and even become a “mayor”. Foursquare — half game, half social networking — is handy and fun at the same time. Don’t get…

Local brands with global taste

As published in The Jakarta Post Sun, February 27 2011 Shoes mean more – a fashion statement and a show of a person’s personality, making the comfortable and affordable shoes irresistible. With so many pricey designer tags, the emergence of new local labels, like June+Julia (J+J) and UP, is fresh air for shoe lovers, offering…

Shredding for Jakarta

As published in The Jakarta Post Sun, August 8 2010 After more than 30 years in the music business, Saul “Slash” Hudson — the former guitarist of hard rock band Guns N’ Roses and one of the best guitarists in the business — came to town earlier this week, rocking crowds in Jakarta with a…

CDO binus: Brazilian martial arts on the campus

As published in The Jakarta Post Sun, Nov 21 2010 Binus University may have loads of student activities – from martial arts like wushu and Merpati Putih to modern dance, soccer, theater, swimming, photography, cultural and language clubs, and many more. Members of the student activity groups performed on stage during a month-long exhibition to welcome…