Triwindu Market – Solo’s Treasures

In the city of Solo or Surakarta as it’s still fondly called, there is a place where one can (literally) find treasures. It is the place where a range of kiosks will tickle the interest of vintage aficionados not only from Indonesia but from all over the world. Built in 1939, it was to commemorate the 24th anniversary of Sultan Mangkunegoro VII’s rule. In fact, Triwindu consists of tri, meaning three and windu, meaning eight when multiplied thus equals 24. At first, the market was mainly selling traditonal food, clothes but eventually, it became a place to buy and sell used or secondhand equipments and goods. But through the great premise it brings, the market was dirty and cluttered. However in 2008, Solo’s mayor Joko Widodo really took the opportunity […]

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Yogya to Lombok – the low budget way.

Lombok, in West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia has been a widely sought out destination for both tourists and locals. With gorgeous beaches and the magnificent mountain of Rinjani standing beautiful and tall, it’s a place people and myself, would like to immerse in. Imagine the glimmers of warm, white sands along crystal blue waters. Imagine blue skies and the breeze dancing on your face. Imagine feeling the warm sand on your feet while gazing at the explosion of a red and orange sunset with the sweet music of ocean waves soothing your ears. If you’re more of a beach bunny like myself, well, how can you not resist? But being so, going there will most likely lead to having a loose wallet. So what could be better than a low budget […]

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Change

Joko Widodo or more locally known as Jokowi is a furniture businessman turned mayor of the city of Surakarta in Central Java, then for the bustling metropolitan capital, Jakarta. He is known for having a humble, down-to-earth personality and that subtle enthusiasm for problem solving. In just a matter of months after he took office in October 2012, he has won the hearts of millions of Indonesians eager for change. One of the special things about him is the implementation of the blusukan concept where the word blusuk in Javanese means “going in” or “unannounced visits”. Therefore, Jokowi is very active in going down to the field to see what is actually going on, actually getting out of the office to see how conflicts and unfortunate situations that has surfaced can be resolved.  As […]

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