Soul Of Yogyakarta: Spiritual Journey and Natural Destinations

Yogyakarta is a Special Region in Indonesia known for the rich traditional arts and cultural heritage. In 2013, I went on a photography assignment to explore the natural treasures that become the soul of the city. This video journal is a throwback from visiting Mount Merapi, natural caves of Gua Maria Tritis, and Parangtritis sand dunes. Iwan Putuhena Shot with: Canon 5D Mark II SUBSCRIBE … Continue reading Soul Of Yogyakarta: Spiritual Journey and Natural Destinations

My Jakarta: Drucella Benala Dyahati, Miss Scuba Finalist

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Ecology graduate and Miss Scuba Indonesia finalist Drucella Benala Dyahati is an advocate for marine conservation. (Photo by Iwan Putuhena)

Indonesia has some of the best diving spots in the world — just ask Drucella Benala Dyahati, a Miss Scuba Indonesia finalist who received the Miss Photogenic award at the competition. Her background as a WWF activist and her major in ecology at the Bogor Institute of Agriculture paved the way for her to join Miss Scuba in promoting tourism and marine conservation.

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My Jakarta: Heiner von Luepke, Advocate for the Environment

In the smoggy streets of Jakarta, Heiner von Luepke is an advocate for the environment. The six-foot-tall expat from Germany begins with his own life choices, like riding a bike to work every day, but he’s also trying to clean up the country at large. As a climate change adviser for the German NGO GIZ, von Luepke is working to curb global warming in Indonesia, … Continue reading My Jakarta: Heiner von Luepke, Advocate for the Environment

Petromak: Blast from the Past

A new resto boasts retro feel and hipster appeal | The new Petromak cafe shines a light on Indonesian comfort food and unique takes on classic dishes Petromak, a new restaurant at La Codefin, features a retro Indonesian concept that has created a buzz among Kemang hipsters since it opened in May. Owned by a group of Indonesian actors and actresses — Baim Wong, Lukman … Continue reading Petromak: Blast from the Past

Lio Collection Comes to Kemang

Bali-based furniture maker brings classic and contemporary designs to the capital | Featuring Indonesian-made wood, rattan and bamboo furniture that has won the company international praise and recognition, the Bali-based Lio Collection will soon open its first Jakarta store in Kemang Lio Collection is especially popular among furniture enthusiasts in Scandinavia, where it is recognized as the rattan and bamboo king. Known for producing top-quality … Continue reading Lio Collection Comes to Kemang

My Kemang : SHARON ROSE LEASA

A body artist specializing in tattoos sheds light on the subculture Body art became popular in Kemang in the late 1990s, with the arrival of backpackers and skateboarders who made body piercings and tattoos as common as clothing accessories. Today, Kemang is still the place to go for quality tattoos and piercings. Sharon Rose Leasa is a body modification artist at Skin Media Studio in … Continue reading My Kemang : SHARON ROSE LEASA

Why DVD Pirates in Kemang are Joyful

The continuing boycott of the Indonesian film market by Hollywood studios has caused no end of grief and disappointment among local movie buffs and cinemas houses. But in one corner of Kemang in a bevy of shops on Jl. Kemang Raya, those selling pirated DVDs of recent Hollywood releases are enjoying a brisk increase in business. For many Indonesian moviegoers, the past couple of months … Continue reading Why DVD Pirates in Kemang are Joyful

Fight Club: Baan Muay Thai

If you really think you can learn Muay Thai from an instructional video in the comfort of your living room, think again. Most of us have at some time stood in front of a mirror imitating punches and kicks that we saw in a movie or at a fighting match, and aspired to perfect methods to kick some serious butt. However, learning how to fight … Continue reading Fight Club: Baan Muay Thai

The Food of Kings At Royal Persian

We are all familiar with kebabs, the skewered grilled meats served at many food courts, restaurants, and street stands. While most of us might believe the kebab is a Middle Eastern food, it actually originated in Persia (now Iran). So what distinguishes Persian cuisine from other Middle Eastern dishes? The simple answer lies in the seasonings and spices. Persian food consists of more saffron-based dishes, … Continue reading The Food of Kings At Royal Persian

So Fresh, So Clean: AutoBridal Prioritas 9

With an estimated 12 million vehicles, a car wash service in this capital city is a business always in demand. To meet the needs of busy customers who never have time to bring in their car, or just simply don’t want to waste an hour in a waiting room, some car wash services are reinventing themselves. At AutoBridal Prioritas 9 in Kemang, a car wash … Continue reading So Fresh, So Clean: AutoBridal Prioritas 9

Higher Learning at Spinach DJ Academy

Being a professional DJ has gained respectability over the last decade. Back in the 90’s, a DJ’s public image was often associated with drugs and underground parties, but that is no longer the case. These days, taking DJ lessons is regarded by young musicians as not much different from learning the piano. Spinach DJ Academy, the first DJ school in Kemang, opened in 2005. Founded … Continue reading Higher Learning at Spinach DJ Academy

Focus Point: Oktagon

Photography is an expensive hobby and profession, so when you’re purchasing a camera or other necessary supplies, you want a store that provides quality products, knowledgeable guidance and reliable service. Oktagon in Kemang offers all of the above for amateur and professional photographers alike. Oktagon first opened for business in 2002 at Gunung Sahari in Central Jakarta. Owner Wiryadi Lorens says he wanted to contribute … Continue reading Focus Point: Oktagon