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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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Kedai Rakjat Djelata – Embrace Commonality

And Yogyakarta never fails to make us fall in love with it. Walking through the food stall-cafe, it was like walking through time. With old school utensils used all around and for decorations, old adverts posted on the rustic tosca brick walls, it’s impossible not to be immersed into the whole vintage nuance. The name directly translates to food stall for the common and the concept was executed so tastefully. Providing old time classic drinks and Javanese dishes, there will be no stomachs left unhappy. In addition to that, the cozy setting with excellent choices of wooden furniture will make you never want to leave. Food is served on classic aluminum plates and it really feels like you’re traveling through time. Coming inside the cafe, one can notice the unique […]

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Dieng Plateau – A Land Above the Clouds, Abode of the gods.

Somewhere in central Java, particularly in Wonosobo, there is a place called Dieng. It’s a plateau, known as one lf the biggest plateaus in the world along with Nepal and the biggest in Java itself. I have been waiting to go there for months and I finally got the chance to do so. At 2000 metres above sea level, Dieng has its charm and if you want to see something different in Central Java, this is the place to go because it is very temperate and calming. I was lucky to get rays of sunshine before it got cloudy in the late afternoon and let me tell you, it was beautiful. As you grt higher in altitude, your eyes will be graced by the rolling, green hills of plantations, vegetable […]

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