We Love Jakarta – EPISODE 2 – Selamat Idul Fitri

Welcome to Jakarta! This is the second episode about our adventures in this crazy city… In this episode, Putra and I visit Sunda Kelapa port in Jakarta to watch the morning prayer (Sholat Ied) to celebrate Idul Fitri. Selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri!!! Mohon Maaf Lahir & Batin!!! Share on Facebook Read more »

Festival Indonesia in Australia

If you are in Melbourne this September, make sure you head down to Queensbridge Square for a taste of all things Indonesian..  There will be traditional food, cultural performances, fashion shows and much more!  Indonesia’s youngest designer, Rafi Ridwan, will also be participating in the Fashion Shows on the 22 and 23rd September, showcasing a […] Read more »

Making a Positive Change – IGTC at Sentul

Driving through the winding narrow streets of a kampung close to Jalan Tol Jagorawi, it It is a little confusing trying to find our destination of the International Garment Training Centre in Sentul, Bogor.  As Johann Hoepflinger described, “if you think you are really lost trying to find it, you must be close already”. Arriving […] Read more »

Selamat Idul Fitri at Sunda Kelapa

Waiting for prayers to start at Sunda Kelapa in the early morning It seems that there is always a cause for celebration here in Jakarta, and the night before Idul Fitri has to be one of the biggest street parties I have ever seen here.  There was excitement in the air as the sounds of […] Read more »

Celebrating the end of Ramadhan at Istiqlal Mosque

As Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection, improvement and increased devotion and worship, I wanted to take the opportunity to visit Istiqlal Mosque, which is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia in terms of capacity, to witness the thousands of people praying together to mark the end of the fasting month. After being granted permission […] Read more »

Car Free Day during Ramadhan

Very early every Sunday morning, until around 9am, from Patung Pemuda Statue on Jalan Jenderal Sudirman to Monas on Jalan Mohammad Husni Thamrin, the streets are closed to traffic for Car Free Day.  Usually the road is filled with people walking, jogging, riding bikes and rollerblades, but we found during Ramadhan the roads are incredibly […] Read more »

Buka Puasa with Orphans at the Ridwans

Each evening during Ramadhan, the Ridwan’s have been hosting ‘Buka Puasa’ (Breaking the Fast), with the orphans in their community, as has been the tradition for Shinta and her husband Mohammad for the past 11 years. Firstly they snack together before praying and then eating their meal for the evening.  I have met these children […] Read more »

Taman Suropati Chamber during Ramadhan

During the month of Ramadhan, Taman Suropati Chamber have rescheduled their usual morning classes to 3-5pm each Sunday afternoon. We headed down recently, taking with us one of Treen’s dear friends and fellow teachers, Talisa, to enjoy the ambience in the park. I am incredibly envious of anyone with any musical talent and to see […] Read more »

‘Eksobatica’ Cultural Performance – Rama & Shinta

This was a beautiful performance of the love story of Rama and Shinta at the ‘Eksobatica’ event at Grand Indonesia… I would love to know the actual story as my Bahasa Indonesia is so limited I couldn’t understand too much.. Feel free to share the story with me if you know it as I would […] Read more »